Disney Junior has released a first responder animated comedy adventure by Craig Gerber, who also created and produced the network’s hit series Sofia the first and its outsourcing, Elena of Avalor.
Like these two shows Firebirdspremiering at Disney Junior and Disney + next year is full of music. The show follows a team of young children, who are the kids of first responders, along with their talking vehicle pals as they go on adventures together and learn what it really is to be a hero.
This is Gerber’s first series to debut with his new production banner, Electric Emu, under his overall development contract for Disney Branded Television.
Additionally, Gerber has a second project in development with Kris Wimberly, who worked with him on Elena of Avalor and is also a director Fire buds. This series, created by Wimberly, follows a time-traveling treasure hunter and is executive produced by both Wimberly and Gerber.
Fire buds, meanwhile, takes place in a fantastic world where talking vehicles live, work and play with the people who drive them. The focus is on a boy and his fire truck teaming up with their first responder friends to help others in their community.
The show is designed to highlight the importance of teamwork and helping your fellow citizens. Each episode consists of two 11-minute stories and contains at least one new original song.
The voice actors for the Disney Television Animation production include Declan Whaley (Criminal thoughts), Terrence Little Gardenhigh (Force of danger), Vivian Vencer (Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure), Lily Sanfelippo (Marvel’s Spidey and his amazing friends), JeCobi Swain (Housekeeping) and Caleb Paddock (Adult beginners).
“Firebuds is about the spirit of community service and thinking about others before yourself,” said Gerber. “Just as our young heroes try to step in their parents’ tire tracks, we hope to inspire children to volunteer and help others. For me personally it is a very meaningful show and the perfect way to start the next chapter of my career at Disney. “
Gerber won an Emmy Writing for Ian and an Original Song for Emmy for Sofia the first.
In addition to Gerber, Matt Hoverman is the story editor and Krystal Banzon, Leanna Dindal, Jeremy Shipp and Norma Sepulveda make up the writing team.
Francis Giglio is the art director, and Rob Pratt and Craig Simpson are the supervising directors and producers, respectively. The episodic directors are Wimberly and Julius Aguimatang.
The music team consists of Beau Black as serial songwriter and Frederik Wiedmann as composer.