Disney greenlights ‘Randy Cunningham’

Boulder Media, Titmouse team on toon

LONDON — Disney’s U.K. hub has announced its most ambitious animation to date, “Randy Cunningham: Ninth Grade Ninja,” a collaboration between Ireland’s Boulder Media and Los Angeles-based Titmouse.

The 52-part, 11-minute toon is destined for boys’ web Disney XD this fall and will air in more than 129 countries.

Show focuses on what Disney described as “the fast-paced adventures of unlikely hero Randy Cunningham,” who must protect his school and the planet from certain destruction.

Animation studio Boulder came on board after the project was kick-started by Disney Television in Burbank.

Shingle has hired 50 extra artists and animators to work on “Randy Cunningham,” per Disney.

Titmouse is leading pre-production duties on the series, which stars comedian and writer Ben Schwartz as the voice of Randy. Tim Curry will voice the evil sorcerer with Megan Mullaly as Mrs. Driscoll, Randy’s science teacher.

Series is created and executive produced by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas, whose credits include “Scooby Doo” and “Paris Hilton’s My New BFF.”

Tricia Wilber, chief marketing officer, Walt Disney Co., EMEA, said: ” ‘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.”

Marc Buhaj, senior VP of original programming, Disney Channels, EMEA called the toon “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.”

Wilber and Buhaj said they were also developing new shows with U.K. animation studio Aardman and comedy shingle Baby Cow.