October 16, 2013 9:00am PT by Philiana Ng
Disney XD Orders Animated Adventure Series 'Penn Zero' (Exclusive)
Disney XD is adding another animated series to its slate.
The kids network has greenlighted comedy adventure series Penn Zero: Part Time Hero, about a boy who inherits the coolest job ever, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
From Jared Bush (All of Us, Zootopia) and Sam Levine (Wreck-It Ralph, Bolt), Penn Zero follows suburban boy Penn who suddenly lands a job as a part-time hero and leader of a team of good guys who zap to other worlds to save the day.
Every day after school, Penn teams up with sidekick Sashi and wise man Boone to fight the evil part-time villain Rippen. Together, they tackle everything from space, the Old West, lands of enchantment and the ultimate challenge -- suburbia.
The voice cast comprises of Thomas Middleditch as Penn, Adam DeVine (Workaholics) as Boone, Tania Gunadi as Sashi, Alfred Molina as Rippen and Larry Wilmore as Principal Larry, who is also Rippen's part-time minion.
Production is underway, with the series being eyed for a fall 2014 premiere.
"Jared and Sam have created something wonderful — a series with just the right balance of comedy, adventure and heart," said Eric Coleman, senior vp original series at Disney Television Animation. "With its multiple characters, changing locations, and its lush art direction, this series is one of our most ambitious to date."
Bush, who will write, and Levine, who will direct, are executive producers on the series.