DISNEY TELEVISION ANIMATION BEGINS PRODUCTION ON "PICKLE & PEANUT," A BUDDY COMEDY FOR DISNEY XD STARRING JON HEDER AND JOHNNY PEMBERTON
Studio Also Receives Season Pickups for "Mickey Mouse" Cartoon Shorts and "Wander Over Yonder"
Scheduled for a fall 2015 premiere on Disney XD, "Pickle & Peanut" employs an innovative mix of 2-D animation and live-action clips to tell the small-town adventures of two underdogs who dream up plans to be anything but ordinary. The series was created by Noah Z. Jones ("Fish Hooks") and developed by Joel Trussell ("Yo Gabba Gabba!"). ... Mark Rivers ("Jimmy Kimmel Live!") is the story editor.
[Disney TVA Senior Vice President Eric] Coleman said, "We see very few pitches that are as funny and original as 'Pickle & Peanut.' We instantly fell in love with these characters, and Noah and Joel have built a world with a visual style and sensibility unlike anything on TV."
The animation studio ... also received a third season order of the Emmy and Annie Award-winning "Mickey Mouse" cartoon shorts and a second season order of Craig McCracken's comedy series "Wander Over Yonder." "Mickey Mouse" cartoon shorts ... have reached over 135 million unduplicated viewers worldwide, in 34 languages. ...
The last couple of weeks, I've been in and out of a bunch of different studios. But I'm not doing a lot of fist-hand posting about it, because even though I don't get hassled by studio managers that much, after years of slogging around I get tired of the occasional churlish phone call from this or that exec. (It's been known to happen even when I'm saying something positive and uplifting. Hard to fathom, but there it is.)
It gets old, you know? So I shy away from it.
Mostly. But a little about the MM shorts: What I find refreshing about them is how visual they are. One of the Mouse Short artists told me that the writers are largely responsible for that. I find the minimal dialogue/maximum sight gags a very good thing.