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Disney Television Animation Announces a Trio of New Pilots and “Haunted Mansion” Special

Disney Television Animation Announces a Trio of New Pilots and "Haunted Mansion" Special

Disney Television Animation announced today production on three pilots and new short-form series from Aaron Springer, Jhonen Vasquez and Jenny Goldberg, Jesse LeDoux and Matt Olsen, and Ryan Quincy; Extending its overall development deal with “Phineas and Ferb” co-creator Dan Povenmire; and a “Haunted Mansion” Special. 

“Haunted Mansion,” is a special for Disney Channel and Disney XD
inspired by the popular Disney Parks attraction. Legendary horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly
(“Gris Grimly’s Wicked Nursery Rhymes”) is attached to executive
produce and art direct with Scott Peterson executive producing, story editing
and writing and Joshua Pruett consulting producing and writing, both of
“Phineas and Ferb.” 

The television animation studio continues to add to
its roster of world-class artists and creators with three pilots and a new
short-form series from Aaron Springer, Jhonen Vasquez and Jenny Goldberg,
Jesse LeDoux and Matt Olsen, and Ryan Quincy
, all currently in production for Disney XD. The studio
has also extended an overall deal with Emmy Award-winning “Phineas and
Ferb” co-creator and executive producer Dan Povenmire for development on new projects. Recently nominated
for its ninth Emmy Award, “Phineas and Ferb” currently airs on Disney
Channel and Disney XD with the television special “Phineas and Ferb: Star
Wars” set to debut later this month. 

The news was announced today by Eric Coleman, Senior
Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation.

Coleman said, “Over the past
few years we have focused our strategy on making Disney Television Animation
the home for the strongest talent in the business. We have steadily built our
roster with both animation veterans and fresh voices, and have fostered an
environment where artists support and inspire one another. This group will
help us continue to deliver the great storytelling and beloved characters that
the Disney animation legacy is known for.”

New pilots in production are:

Dilley’s Super Duper Subterranean Summer”

Creative Talent: Director Aaron Springer, whose
credits include the Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts
and “SpongeBob SquarePants,” is creator.

Synopsis: Summer break takes an unexpected turn when Zak
and Marsha end up stuck in uncharted land at the center of the earth with
eccentric classmate Billy Dilley. 

“Very Important House”

Creative Talent: Jhonen
Vasquez, creator of cult favorite “Invader Zim” and character
designer Jenny Goldberg (“Rick and Morty,” “Bravest
Warriors”) are co-creators.

Synopsis: 11-year-old
Frolie moves into the Very Important House and suddenly finds herself in the
role of caretaker of the universe.


Creative Talent: Highly-regarded illustrator and
former Sub Pop Records art director Jesse LeDoux and actor/writer Matt Olsen (“Sly
Cooper”) are co-creators.

Synopsis: Deep in the woods, beyond human reach, exists the thriving animal community
of Douglas
where Barry the
bear, the world’s least
handy handyman, takes
it upon himself to fix all
the town’s problems.

New short-form series in production:


Creative Talent: Director Ryan Quincy of “South
Park” and IFC’s “Out There” is creator.

Synopsis: A boy creates a time machine lunch box and befriends a
fearless worm from the future.

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