Disney Channel has begun production on a new Playhouse Disney preschool series entitled SPECIAL AGENT OSO, starring Academy Award-nominated actor Sean Astin as the voice of Oso, an endearing, bumbling teddy bear who enlists the help of viewers at home to complete his missions.
The series, which pays homage to such classics as the James Bond films and THE PINK PANTHER, follows Oso as he does the work of U.N.I.Q.U.E. (United Network for Investigating Quite Usual Events), an international organization of stuffed animals charged with helping kids accomplish everyday tasks such as mailing a letter, cleaning their room and learning how to use the library. Throughout every special assignment the accident-prone Oso maintains a sunny outlook on life and an overflowing enthusiasm for his job with his catchphrase "it's all part of the plan."
Each episode will consist of two 11-minute adventures featuring clever titles and original music that reference the classic spy genre in a kid-friendly way that parents and caregivers will also enjoy.
A production of Walt Disney Television Animation, SPECIAL AGENT OSO features an innovative mixture of digital cut-out, 3D, Photoshop and Flash Animation. Ford Riley (THE LAND BEFORE TIME, HIGGLYTOWN HEROES) is creator and executive producer. Jamie Mitchell (THE NEW ADVENTURES OF WINNIE THE POOH, LITTLE MERMAID, HEY ARNOLD) is director and co-executive producer.