8:30am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Animated Comedy 'Amphibia' Gets Early Season 2 Order at Disney Channel (Exclusive)
Disney Channel has picked up a second season of its new animated comedy Amphibia ahead of the series premiere.
The show, which debuts at 10 a.m. June 17 on Disney Channel and DisneyNow, chronicles the adventures of independent and fearless teen Anne Boonchuy (voiced by Brenda Song) after she is magically transported to a rural marshland full of frog people and meets the excitable young frog Sprig Plantar and his family.
Created and executive produced by Annie Award winner Matt Braly (Gravity Falls), the series is inspired by his heritage, family and childhood trips to Bangkok.
The voice cast also includes Justin Felbinger (Miles From Tomorrowland) as Sprig Plantar, who forges a once-in-a-lifetime friendship with Anne; Amanda Leighton (This Is Us) as unpredictable pollywog (aka tadpole) Polly Plantar, the youngest member of the Plantar family; and Disney Legend Bill Farmer (the voice of Goofy) as overprotective and traditional grandfather Hop Pop.
The guest voice cast includes Tony Hale (Veep) as mysterious salesman Apothecary Gary; Chris Sullivan (This Is Us) as southern tusked frog Gunther, who lives on the outskirts of Wartwood, and bed and breakfast owner Teddy; Stephen Root (Barry) as Wartwood's Mayor Toadstool; Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) as Mayor Toadstool's assistant, Toadie; Kristen Johnston and Matt Jones (both from Mom) as prison guards Braddock and Percy; Olympic figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir as celebrity talent show judges; Diedrich Bader (American Housewife) as famous bugball player, Frog Jordan; Kevin McDonald (Lilo & Stitch) as restaurant critic Mr. Duckweed; James Patrick Stuart (General Hospital) as local town vagrant One-Eyed Wally; and YouTube sensation Anna Akana as Anne's best friend from back home, Sasha.
"Matt and his team have created an imaginative new world in Amphibia, with multifaceted, relatable lead characters who throughout the series will experience transformational journeys," said Meredith Roberts, senior vp animation strategy at Disney Channels, in making the announcement. "We are excited to introduce these new characters as part of our Disney Channel animation lineup and can't wait for viewers to follow along on their adventures."
Amphibia debuts with new episodes daily beginning Monday, June 17, through Thursday, June 20. The series will air daily throughout the summer.
A series of shorts, Teen Girl in a Frog World, will begin rolling out in August on Disney Channel YouTube.
In addition, the DisneyNOW app will also unveil an immersive role-playing game Amphibia: Locust Pocus, where players go on quests to help Anne and Sprig fix the damage in Wartwood caused by the locusts.
Amphibia is a production of Disney Television Animation.
Watch the trailer below.