TV has been taking over more and more turf at Comic-Con for the past few years, but this year there’s a noticeable increase in the participation of kidvid programs.
For a confab best known for attracting comicbook-loving manboys, how does the tamer children’s fare make a splash?
Disney focus is to build on the multigenerational fanbase that exists for such shows as Disney XD’s “Tron: Uprising” and “Phineas and Ferb.”
“The older fans who grew up on ‘Tron’ are now watching with their kids,” said exec producer-director Charlie Bean. “We made a show we wanted to see. And those are our people at Comic-Con.”
To pique the interest of the older fans, the panel will include voice actors Elijah Wood and original “Tron” star Bruce Boxleitner, as well as producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, who bring their own fanbase to the panel with a pedigree that includes Con fav “Lost.”
Disney’s toon hit “Phineas and Ferb” has been a big part of the Mouse House’s presence at the Con since 2008. Just like at the confab, a crucial factor in the show’s success is its multi-level appeal to kids and adults alike, according to creators Jeff “Swampy” Marsh and Dan Povenmire.
“Now, the guy dressed as Optimus Prime is married to the girl dressed like Sailor Moon, and they have kids,” said Marsh. “Our fans are wonderful, fanatical folks. We don’t have to do a lot to wave a flag.”
“We get big cross-action, with adult fans who watch with their kids,” added Povenmire. “I think we set the bar for the new shows Disney makes now. It used to be just us (at Comic-Con), and now it’s the cool place to be.”
“The Powerpuff Girls” mastermind Craig McCracken and “My Little Pony” creator Lauren Faust will be bringing a sneak peak of their new animated comedy for Disney Channel, “Wander Over Yonder,” to the Con in hopes of building advance buzz for the show slated to preem next year.
“Even though I produced kids shows, I produce for all ages. All kids have parents, and if we can expose the work we are doing to parents, it helps them watch it together,” McCracken said. “It’s a personal goal to get the family together and have them all enjoy it.”