Randy Cunningham 9th Grade Ninja returns for second series on Disney XD; hit Irish-produced animated series to return to screens in early 2014.
London -- Disney Europe Middle East & Africa announced the start of production for a second series of action-packed animated comedy, Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja. Set to return to screens from early 2014, the series will air on Disney XD in more than 129 countries worldwide.
BAFTA award-winning animation company Boulder Media in Ireland and Titmouse Inc. in Los Angeles, US both return to produce the 52 x 11 minute second season of Randy Cunningham. Each eleven minute episode follows Randy Cunningham and his best buddy Howard as they navigate everyday teenage life at High School while taking on monsters and madmen bent on freeing an evil 800 year old Sorcerer imprisoned beneath Norrisville High by the original ninja and guarded ever since by Randy’s predecessors.
The second series of Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja stars Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation, House of Lies, Everybody’s Fine) as the voice talent for Randy Cunningham; Megan Mullally (Will & Grace, Parks and Recreation) as Mrs. Driscoll, Randy’s science teacher; Emmy award-winning John Oliver (Smurfs, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) as Coach Green and Andrew Caldwell (Transformers, My Name Is Earl) as Howard. John DiMaggio (Futurama, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Chowder) is Hannibal McFist and Kevin Michael Richardson (Static Shock, Justice League, The Powerpuff Girls) is Viceroy. The series is created and executive produced by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas whose previous credits include Scooby-Doo: Mystery Inc. and R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour. Emmy and Annie award-winning Shaun Cashman (Director: The Penguins of Madagascar, Chowder) is Supervising Director and Otto Tang (Metalocalypse) is Art Director. Guest voice talent in the first series of Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja includes Simon Pegg, Sarah Hyland, Steve Zahn, David Koechner, Andy Richter, Billy Idol, Bobcat Goldthwait and David Alan Grier.
“Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja is our most global animated production yet, produced in Europe and drawing on talent from both sides of the Atlantic,” commented David Levine, Vice President, Programming, Production and Strategic Development, Disney Channels EMEA. “Great animation can come from anywhere in the world and this show demonstrates Disney XD’s commitment to finding those animators to produce entertaining shows for our fans.”
“With a second season of Randy Cunningham, I'm thrilled that we will be able to share with our Disney XD fans around the world more hilarious, action-packed buddy comedy stories that just happen to involve a ninja saving the planet from unspeakable evil,” commented Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation.
“Season two of Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja is going to be huge,” added series creator and executive producer Scott Thomas. “From the stories to the designs to the animation, we're going even bigger and crazier as Randy and Howard face their wildest adventures yet. If you aren't already watching RC:9GN, now is the perfect time to start, and if you're already a fan, you're going to be blown away by Season two.”
“We've assembled the best writers, artists, animators and crew in all of animation to make sure season two of RC:9GN delivers the hilarious comedy and pulse-pounding action our fans have come to expect,” added series creator and executive producer Jed Elinoff. “We can't wait to unleash these fresh new episodes on the world.”
The show is produced by Disney’s London based production hub which drives the investment in, and development of, animation and live action content outside North America, for both European and global distribution. It has already achieved great success with series such as Jungle Junction, Art Attack and Henry Hugglemonster (Disney Junior) and Violetta (Disney Channel).
Source: Disney XD EMEA
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.