Disney Channel goes back to the Middle Ages with the new animated comedy series Disney’s Dave the Barbarian, from Walt Disney Television Animation, scheduled to premiere in January 2004.
Created by Doug Langdale, Disneys Dave the Barbarian follows the title character’s comedic adventures with his offbeat family as they protect themselves and their kingdom from a world of odd foes. Complicating matters is brawny Daves non-barbarian demeanor. He prefers the finer things in life, like origami, bird watching and gourmet cooking. The majority of the episodes are split into 11-minute cartoons with two comedic adventures per episode.
“Through Doug Langdales approach to animation, Dave represents a true departure for Walt Disney Television Animation in its presentation of wacky, off-the-wall comedy,” says Barry Blumberg, president of Walt Disney Television Animation.
An improvisational comic working in Los Angeles, Langdale has built quite a resume in the animation industry. The two-time Emmy Award nominee created and executive-produced the popular series Disneys The Weekenders. He also co-created and co-executive-produced the Saturday morning cartoon Project Geeker, and served as executive producer and writer on The Mr. Potato Head Show. In addition, his writing on Disneys House of Mouse, Hercules, Disney/Pixars Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Aladdin, Darkwing Duck, Quack Pack and Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain earned him a pair of Annie Award nods. He also story-edited Earthworm Jim and wrote most of the episodes.
Dave the Barbarian is directed by Howy Parkins. The animation veteran most recently directed the tremendously successful series Disney’s Recess and Disneys Lloyd in Space, as well as the upcoming Disney DVD/VHS releases Disneys Recess: Taking the Fifth Grade and Disneys Recess: All Growed Down.
The shows voice cast is headed up by Danny Cooksey (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Disneys Pepper Ann). Joining him are Estelle Harris (Seinfeld) as Lula, Daves magical talking sword; Tress MacNeille (Disneys House of Mouse, The Simpsons) as Fang, Daves small-yet-fierce little sister; Erica Luttrell (The New Ghostwriter Mysteries) as Candy, Daves medieval material girl big sister; Kevin Michael Richardson (Like Family) as Uncle Oswidge, a curmudgeonly sorcerer and the kids misguided guardian; Frank Welker (Whats New Scooby-Doo) as Faffy, the familys miniature, lightning-spitting pet dragon; and Jeff Bennett (Johnny Bravo) as the stately narrator.
Fashion police Joan and Melissa Rivers will make recurring visits and Metallicas James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich will make their animation debut in a single episode as rogue teenage dragons.