3 new animated shows for 05-06
"Disney's The Buzz on Maggie," a comedy about everyday life seen through the eyes of a creative girl fly; "Disney's Katbot," a comedy about a robotic cat alien sent to study tween culture on Earth; and "Disney's Emperor's New Skool," (working title) a coming-of-age comedy based on Walt Disney Pictures' "The Emperor's New Groove." The series are scheduled to premiere during 2005-06 and are produced by Walt Disney Television Animation Studio, now celebrating its 20th anniversary year. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production, Disney Channel, at the semi-annual gathering of the Television Critics Association.
Set in the fly metropolis of Stickyfeet, "Disney's The Buzz on Maggie" takes viewers into the daily life of flies, seen from the point of view of Maggie, an unusually creative and expressive tween fly. Maggie is fun-loving, highly energetic and thinks outside the box, but ruffles antennae with her inspired antics in the conventional, hard-working world of upstanding flies. When she is faced with one of the many routines of everyday life, Maggie devises a way to make it fresh and exciting – and before long, she puts her exuberant, can-do attitude to work on translating her inspiration into reality – but her actions inevitably upset the balance of the world around her and have consequences she doesn't anticipate. Dave Polsky ("Scary Movie 2") serves as executive producer and Laura Perkins Brittain (Disney Channel's "That's So Raven") serves as co-executive producer. The director is executive producer Dave Wasson ("The Ugly Duck-Thing"). The series stars Jessica DiCicco ("Bratz") as Maggie, David Kaufman ("Stuart Little" television series) as older brother Aldrin, Thom Adcox (Disney Channel's "American Dragon: Jake Long") as younger brother Pupert, Cree Summer (Disney Channel's "The Proud Family") as best friend Rayna and Tara Strong (Disney Channel's "The Proud Family") as Aldrin's girlfriend Dawn. "Disney's The Buzz on Maggie" is produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and premieres in June 2005.
"Disney's Katbot" is a comedy series about a curious, somewhat naïve, fun-loving cat robot – Katbot – from the planet Katatonia, who – as part of her schooling – is sent to Earth to study tween culture. By using her hypno-façade, she disguises herself as Katerina Botenski, a foreign exchange student from a small Eastern European country she also calls Katatonia. The only person who knows her secret is her best friend Junior Lebore, the son of her host family. Through her friendships with an eclectic group of earthlings, Katbot experiences life on Earth with a unique and comic perspective. Sherri Stoner ("Tiny Toon Adventures"), Bart Jennett (Disney's "Recess") and John Carlin serve as executiveproducers. Kristin Ellington is a co-executive producer and Randy Myers ("The Powerpuff Girls," "My Life as a Teenage Robot") is the director. The series stars Anneliese van der Pol (Disney Channel's "That's So Raven") as Katbot, Charlie Schlatter ("Ferris Bueller" television series) as Junior Lebore and Mayim Bialik ("Blossom") as Paula. The series is a production of Walt Disney Television Animation in association with Funny Garbage and premieres in September 2005.
Based on the Walt Disney Pictures' theatrical release "The Emperor's New Groove," "Disney's Emperor's New Skool" (working title) is set in the Incan public school system. Kuzco just had a birthday which means he's finally ready to become the official emperor…but first he must graduate from Kuzco Academy and foil the scheming partnership of Yzma and Kronk to reclaim his throne. Bobs Gannaway (Disney Channel's "Lilo & Stitch: The Series) serves as executive producer and Dave Knott (Disney Channel's "Recess") and Howy Parkins (Disney Channel's "Dave the Barbarian") are directors. The series stars Patrick Warburton ("The Emperor's New Groove") as Kronk and Rip Taylor ("The Addams Family" television series) as Royal Record Keeper. "Disney's Emperor's New Skool" (working title) is a production of Walt Disney Television Animation and premieres in January 2006.