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If you’re a fan of South Park, then you likely heard of Ryan Quincy. He’s an LA-based artist, animator, and director and a two-time Emmy Award-winning animation director and producer who’s developed a new animated series for Disney. Quincy recently shared the first two episodes of Future-Worm!, an animated cartoon written for children, during an event I attended in LA.
Ryan Quincy Creates an Animated Cartoon For Kids
Quincy wanted to create something his kids, now age 8 and 10, could watch, and that’s how he channeled his inner child to create this new half-hour animated show. What’s interesting about the first two episodes is that there’s no introduction to the characters. It almost feels like you’ve entered in the middle of the story, and in actuality, you are.
Five 90-second shorts were created and released last summer which gave viewers the backstory. To fill us in on the details Quincy did a quick overview of how the story began. Danny Douglas, a 12-year old boy, created a time machine lunch box which he sent it into the future. It was knocked off course and sent far into the future where a group of scientists found it, opened it, found Danny’s lunch inside, including his apple which had a stowaway inside.
They put the simple worm through their Genetic Escalator, which increased his intellectual capacity and the need for adventure. Then they added “super powers” like his photoreceptor visor, bulletproof beard, and of course every boy’s dream, 24 titanium-enforced abs.
The Story of Future-Worm!
Now enhanced, the worm was returned through time to Danny where his mission is to make sure Danny never has a dull day again. The new Future-Worm has traveled the world and the decades. He could be anywhere and in any term, but he chooses to be with Danny. And that’s the core of the show. It’s about friendship, experiencing things together, and watching out for each other with a little time travel and a few bits of education thrown in.
Channeling His Inner 12-Year Old Self to Create Danny
For the character of Danny, Quincy looked at himself as a child. He was a little chubbier than the other boys, he wore a captain’s that from Disneyland, and he wasn’t into learning instead preferring artistic pursuits like drawing, art, making movies, and reading comic books. That’s one thing about Danny Quincy choose to do differently. He decided to have the character be interested in science.
Danny and Future-Worm are sidekicks experiencing life’s journey together while battling aliens, hanging out with historical figures, and doing other fun stuff. They’re helped out on their adventures by a few quirky characters like Bug, a feisty girl who needs more screen time, and Robo-Carp.
The show’s format packs two short episodes into one half hour show for maximum entertainment. Catch this new animated series on Disney XD starting August 1, 2016.
Photos from the Future-Worm! Blogger Event