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Yuri Lowenthal, Tara Platt to star in “Shelf Life”

by Matthew Price Published: July 7, 2011
Production Still from Season One of Shelf Life, featuring Tara Platt as Hero Lass, Travis Willingham as Hero Man, Yuri Lowenthal as Bug Boy and Bryan Enk as Samurai Snake! photo by Matthew Matt Swanson, from the Shelf Life facebook page
Production Still from Season One of Shelf Life, featuring Tara Platt as Hero Lass, Travis Willingham as Hero Man, Yuri Lowenthal as Bug Boy and Bryan Enk as Samurai Snake! photo by Matthew Matt Swanson, from the Shelf Life facebook page

Yuri Lowenthal, Tara Platt, Travis Willingham, and Bryan Enk are set to star in the new live-action web series “Shelf Life,” which stars four action figures on a young boy’s shelf.

The series was co-written by comic book writer Paul Jenkins and Lowenthal.  Jenkins will direct. 

Created and produced by Lowenthal (Terminator: TSCC, Ben 10: Alien Force, Legion of Superheroes) and Platt (The Gilmore Girls, Charmed, Afterworld) the series will follow the action figures’ irreverent antics.

The first season of Shelf Life introduces us to Hero Man (Travis Willingham: Thor, Transformers, Marvel Super Hero Squad), Hero Lass (Tara Platt), Bug Boy (Yuri Lowenthal) and Samurai Snake (Bryan Enk) and is set to debut in late summer.

It was produced under Lowenthal and Platt’s Monkey Kingdom Productions shingle in conjunction with Stephanie Thorpe’s (Elf Quest: A Fan Imagining, Night of the Zombie King, After Judgment) Ultimatum Entertainment. The series was shot at Monkey Kingdom Studios in downtown Los Angeles.

“It’s a high concept idea, and it was very important to us to have high production values and high quality scripts as well,” said Platt, who lived in Oklahoma from age 7 to 11.

Lowenthal said he wanted to make a show for nerds.

“Technology has made it easier and cheaper to shoot and distribute shows via the Internet, but we didn’t want to use that as an excuse for putting out a show that wouldn’t be competitive even if you were watching it on TV.” Lowenthal said.  “I’m a nerd. I wanted to make the kind of thing that my friends and I would watch. It’s got the four S’s: Sex, Social commentary, Slapstick and Superheroes. It’s like Toy Story only we say (expletive deleted) a lot more.”

- Matt Price

 

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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