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First Look: Disney’s ‘Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero’


In addition to Star Vs. The Forces of Evil, Disney TV Animation is producing a second action/comedy series slated to debut on Disney XD in 2015: Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero. A short preview, which was unveiled at Comic-Con last month, has now been posted online on the USA Today website.

Following the adventures of an ordinary boy who has a job as a part-time hero, the show is created by writer Jared Bush and artist Sam Levine. Bush is a TV writer whose credits include the UPN sitcom All of Us and the reality show Who Wants to Marry My Dad?, and more recently, he has been attached as the writer of Disney’s upcoming feature Zootopia. Levine, who is directing Penn Zero, is a Disney vet who has worked in the animation department of films like Hercules and Tarzan, and as a story artist on Bolt. Levine also developed and directed the unproduced Disney feature Joe Jump, which eventually morphed into another videogame-themed movie called Wreck-It Ralph.

The brief preview makes it difficult to gauge how the show will distinguish itself from the countless other kids-as-heroes shows like Johnny Test and Danny Phantom, but the clips suggest that, at the very least, the series has a distinctive sense of design and solid production values.