Cartoon Network has begun production on a new animated series titled Squirrel Boy. The 13×30 show is being produced at Cartoon Network Studios in Burbank, Calif. and is slated to debut in the summer of 2006.
Created and exec produced by Everett Peck (Duckman), Squirrel Boy follows the exploits of ten-year-old Andy and his best friend, Rodney, a know-it-all squirrel with a lot of big ideas. Joining them on some of their neighborhood adventures is Rodney’s best squirrel buddy, Leon, who prefers the call of the wild to Rodney’s life as a kept squirrel.
Leon will be voiced by Tom Kenny, the voice of SponegeBob SquarePants. Other veteran voice actors tapped for the new series include Richard Horvitz (Invader Zim) as Rodney J. Squirrel, Pamela S. Adlon (Disney’s Teacher’s Pet) as Andy Johnson and Kurtwood Smith (That ’70s Show) as Andy’s father.
Squirrel Boy joins the growing list of Cartoon Network original series, which includes the Emmy Award-winning Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars and The Powerpuff Girls, as well as Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, The Life & Times of Juniper Lee and Camp Lazlo. Other shows currently on the production slate at Cartoon Network Studios include the half-hour series Ben 10, My Gym Partner’s a Monkey and the untitled project starring Andre Benjamin (a.k.a. Andre 3000) of the hip-hop duo Outkast.