Disney XD Starts Production in Ireland on New Original Animated Series Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja
London, March 6, 2012 - Disney EMEA today announced that it has started production in Ireland, on a new action-packed animated comedy, Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja. Set to premiere on Disney XD from autumn 2012 and air in more than 129 countries worldwide, the series follows the fast-paced adventures of unlikely hero Randy Cunningham who, armed with his magic demon fibre suit, the teachings of the ‘Ninja Nomicon’ (an 800 year old Ninja-ing guide for dummies) and his best buddy, finds himself as the one thing protecting his school and the world from certain destruction!
Disney’s London based production hub has commissioned BAFTA award-winning animation company Boulder Media in Ireland and Titmouse Inc in Los Angeles, USA to produce the animated 52 x 11 minute series for Disney XD. Dublin-based Boulder Media is handling the series from animation through to post-production and has already hired 50 additional artists and animators to work on the project for its two year duration. Emmy Award winning studio Titmouse Inc based in LA, USA is leading the pre-production creative for the series.
Each eleven minute episode follows Randy Cunningham and his best buddy Howard as they navigate everyday teenage life at High School while taking on monsters and madmen bent on freeing an evil 800 year old Sorcerer imprisoned beneath Norrisville High by the original ninja and guarded ever since by Randy’s predecessors.
Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja stars Emmy Award-winning comedian and writer Ben Schwartz (Parks & Recreation, House of Lies, Everybody’s Fine) as the voice talent for Randy Cunningham; the voice of Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spamalot, Charlie’s Angels) as the evil Sorcerer; Megan Mullaly (Will & Grace, Parks & Recreation) as Mrs Driscoll, Randy’s science teacher; Emmy award-winning John Oliver (Smurfs, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) as Coach Green and Andrew Caldwell (Transformers, My Name is Earl) as Howard. John DiMaggio (Futurama, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Chowder) is McFist and Kevin Michael Richardson (Static Shock, Justice League, Powerpuff Girls) is Viceroy. The series is created and executive produced by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas whose previous credits include Scooby Doo and Paris Hilton’s My New BFF ; Emmy and Annie award-winning Shaun Cashman (Director: The Penguins of Madagascar, Chowder) is Supervising Director and Otto Tang (Metalocalypse) is Art Director. Guest voice talent includes: Andy Dick, Bobcat Goldthwait, John Weatherspoon, Andy Richter and Sterling Knight.
Tricia Wilber, Chief Marketing Officer, The Walt Disney Company, EMEA & General Manager, Disney Channels EMEA comments, “Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja is our most global production yet. Driven by the team here in London, the series draws on talent from both sides of the Atlantic to help create a world class show. We are thrilled to be working with the outstanding teams at Boulder in Ireland and Titmouse in LA on this project.”
Marc Buhaj Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Channels, EMEA said: “Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja is one of an exciting new wave of global Disney XD series. This animated project combines a unique mix of full-on buddy comedy with awesome ninja action and is set to explode into the hearts and minds of Disney XD viewers around the world.”
Producer Anne Tweedy, Boulder Media adds: “We are seriously excited to be working on this very cool action packed show. We anticipate that given the combined talents of Titmouse and our own crew this show will make a lot of noise globally. We consider ourselves fortunate to have the best animators, BG artists, compositors and production crew and are proud to say the majority are home grown with the remainder of the crew coming from across Europe. It is also a thrill to be recognized for the level of work we produce at Boulder.”
Created in May 2007, Disney’s London based production hub drives the investment in and development of animation and live action content outside North America, for both European and global distribution. It has already achieved great success with series such as Jungle Junction (Disney Junior) and Rated A for Awesome (Disney XD) and has recently announced new animated productions for Disney Junior - Winnie The Pooh’s Tales of Friendship and The Happy Hugglemonsters.
Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja will be broadcast on Disney XD globally from autumn 2012.
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About Disney XD
Launched in the UK in August 2009, Disney XD is a boy-focused, girl-inclusive channel for kids aged 6-14 years. Disney XD includes a compelling mix of live-action and animated programming, hyper-targeting boys and their quest for discovery, accomplishment, sports, adventure, music and humour. Next X is a brand new local production for Disney XD. Disney XD branded content spans television, online and VOD platforms. The programming line-up includes series, movies and short-form content.
About The Walt Disney Company in Europe Middle East and Africa:
The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with five business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and its interactive media group.
About Boulder Media
Dublin-based Boulder Media was established in 2000, and is now one of Ireland’s largest animation companies. Over the years they have produced shows for leading broadcasters such as Cartoon Network US (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), Nickelodeon (El Tigre) and BBC (Funky Fables). Throughout all of these larger productions the company produced almost a dozen pilots for Disney, Film Roman and the BBC as well as in their own in-house short films that have screened in film festivals around the world.
In 2007 Creative Director Robert Cullen was nominated for an Emmy for his work on Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends and in 2008 one of their animators, Monica Kennedy, was nominated for an ANNIE (the Oscars for animation), for Outstanding Character Animation in a TV Series for El Tigre.
The Amazing World of Gumball, co-produced by Boulder Media, won awards for Animation and Writing at the 2011 British Academy Children's Awards, and the series also won the Annie for Best Animated Television Production – Children at the 39th Annual Annie Awards.
About Titmouse Inc:
Titmouse is currently in series production on Disney’s Motorcity, and Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse, Venture Brothers, Superjail!, China, IL and other TV, video game and commercial projects.
Titmouse is a full service animation studio located in Hollywood, California. The Company specializes in traditional animation using the latest in state-of-the-art digital techniques. In existence for over five years, the studio has already produced a string of high profile, highly successful projects ranging from broadcast and cable television, to feature film, national commercial advertising campaigns and well known TV and film main title sequences. In addition to production, Titmouse has harnessed a cutting-edge creative team with many collective years of success to create and develop an aggressive slate of original projects that span all media platforms. For more information visit www.titmouse.net.