9:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Disney Junior Greenlights 'Eureka!'; Renee Elise Goldsberry and Lil Rel Howery Among Cast (Exclusive)
Disney Junior has begun production on Eureka!, a new animated series about a talented young inventor living in the fantastical prehistoric world of Rocky Falls.
Ruth Righi (Disney Channel's Sydney to the Max) voices the title character in the show, which hails from Brown Bag Films, the same studio behind Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins.
Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton) and Lil Rel Howery (Free Guy) also star as Eureka's parents, Roxy and Rollo, while another Hamilton alum, Javier Muñoz, plays her teacher, Ohm.
Eureka! tells the story of a young girl inventor who is way ahead of her time. Utilizing creative out-of-the-box thinking, she designs inventions and contraptions in the hopes of making the world a better place and moving her prehistoric community into a more modern era. With the help of her supportive parents, teacher, best friends — Pepper and Barry — and beloved pet mammoth Murphy, Eureka is learning to embrace that she is not ordinary — she's extraordinary.
Rounding out the voice cast is Kai Zen (Amphibia) as Pepper, Devin Trey Campbell (Broadway's Kinky Boots) as Barry and Fred Tatasciore (Big Hero 6 The Series ) as Murphy.
The show will debut later this year.
"Eureka is an inspiring young girl with a big imagination and even bigger heart," said Joe D'Ambrosia, senior vice president of original programming and general manager at Disney Junior. "Through her creative inventions and friendships, she brings her prehistoric town together and helps others learn to look at the world from different perspectives. We like to think of her as our very first Disney Imagineer."
Christiana "Chee" McGuigan, a science educator who has worked at the California Science Center, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, serves as the series' science education consultant. Dr. Knatokie Ford, biomedical scientist, social entrepreneur and former senior policy adviser for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, advised on the original series development. Engineering experts from Disney's Imagineering team advised on the early development of Eureka's inventions.
Norton Virgien (Doc McStuffins) and children's book author-illustrator Niamh Sharkey (Henry Hugglemonster) are the series' creators and executive producers. Erica Rothschild (Sofia the First) developed the series with Virgien and Sharkey and serves as co-executive producer and story editor. Film and television writer and director Rusty Cundieff (Tales From the Hood) and TV producer Donna Brown Guillaume (Happily Ever After: Fairytales for Every Child) are consulting producers. Singer-songwriter-producer Kari Kimmel (Spirit Riding Free) is the series' songwriter, and Frederik Wiedmann (All Hail King Julien) is the composer. Brown Bag Films produces in association with Disney Junior.