Disney XD Launches First Batch of Maker Creators’ Videos on Its Digital Apps

Variety is reporting that Disney XD, the Mouse House’s boy-targeted cable network, is releasing 18 videos from Maker Studios’ YouTube creator partners on its digital channels — one of the few concrete examples of synergy between Disney’s traditional media businesses and Maker.

The videos, produced under the Disney XD by Maker talent incubator program, will be distributed across the cabler’s digital platforms, including apps for desktop, mobile and connected-TV devices and on Disney XD’s YouTube channel. The Maker content will be free and carry ads.

You can read the entire article here.

Below is a clever little piece written by Tom Gran and Martin Woolley with animation services provided by Exit 73 Studios.

Natalia’s and Mayden’s Vida Loca,” ExpCaseros: Inventors Natalia, Mayden and their cat Archimede accidentally cause their entire town to turn into a hybrid cat-human-zombie horde, and experience a series of mishaps while searching for a cure to the madness.

The second is The Adventures of Luzu & Manolo which seems to be done in the same style as The Amazing World of Gumball.

Hello! I am Luzu!. I’m no expert, but I have a great time and try to make funny videos that are fun for people. I also try to upload games that we all love like Minecraft, GTA V Online, Star Wars Battlefront, Rocket League, Pokemon or Garrys Mod, but also many games a bit different as mobile applications, online games, indie games, multiplayer or basically any app that is funny. Steam games usually look at Youtube, the PlayStation Store or the Apple Store but if you have any recommendation not hesitate to share with me in the comments and remember to subscribe!

Bob Harper

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Bob Harper, Flash Animator at Lakeshore Learning.

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?I did everything from waiting tables to working in a comic book shop. For side money I did professional wrestling and standup comedy/magic.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?I really enjoyed working on Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends.  It was great working with a bunch of super talented folks, proving that Flash can be used for something fuller then web stuff.

How did you become interested in animation?
As a kid I loved cartoons, especially…. Continue reading

News: Disney Greenlights ‘Pickle & Peanut’ Toon Series Starring Jon Heder

Deadline.com is reporting that Disney has picked up Noah Z. Jones’ “Pickle and Peanut” show for their 2015 season. Joel Trussell is set to Executive Produce.

Incidentally, we interviewed  Joel Trussell last year and I’m a big fan of his work.

You may remember he directed the Nick short Stick and Carrot

…as well as one of my favorite shorts War Photographer.

Looking forward to this series!

From the site:

Disney Television Animation has launched production on a new series about a pair of unlikely buddies: an emotional pickle and a freewheeling peanut. Jon Heder and Johnny Pemberton provide the respective voices for Pickle & Peanut, which is slated for a fall 2015 premiere on Disney-branded channel and platforms around the world. Created by Noah Z. Jones (Fish Hooks), the series mixes 2D animation and live-action in telling the story of small-town underdogs trying to be anything but ordinary. Joel Trussell (Yo Gabba Gabba!) developed Pickle & Peanut and serves as executive producer with Jones. Mark Rivers is the story editor. “We see very few pitches that are as funny and original as Pickle & Peanut,” said Eric Coleman, SVP Original Series at Disney TV Animation. “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 toon unit also said today that it has ordered a third season of its Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts and Season 2 of Craig McCracken’s comedy Wander Over Yonder.