1-2-3-4 Who that knocking at my door? 5-6-7-8 Hurry up and don't be late, Fish Hooks Panel in 6A!
On Sunday, July 24, 2011, the Disney Channel hosted a San Diego International Comic-Con panel featuring the creator, cast and producers for its popular animated series, Fish Hooks. Disney fans were reeled in to meet series creator Noah Z. Jones, executive producer Max Atoms, director Bill Reiss, actress Chelsea Kane (Beatrice "Bea" Goldfishberg) and voice actors Atticus Schaffer (Albert Glass) and Justin Rolland (Oscar Fishtooth). The panel was moderated by Disney executive Jill Sanford, Director of Original Series for Disney Television Animation.
Noah Z. Jones (animator, writer and illustrator) spoke about how Disney discovered his writing and illustrations, then approached him about creating a new animated series. After pitching several shows, Disney bit on Fish Hooks and offered Jones a job at the studios in Burbank. Jones and his family relocated from Maine to Southern California, where he's been having a blast!
The cast and executive producers answered a few fan questions, spoke about the show and possibilities for future episodes. They also spoke about the talented actors who've lent their voices to the show's quirky characters, including Jerry Stiller (Principal Stickler), Tiny Lister (Mr. Mussels), Edie McClurg (Mrs. Goldfishberg) and the animated Richard Simmons (Coach Salmons).
The Disney Channel also unveiled a new animated series, Gravity Falls, set to air on the Disney Channel in Spring 2012. Moderator Jill Sanford likened the animated comedy to the 90's cult television series Twin Peaks with its small town weirdness and supernatural elements.
Gravity Falls (Disney Channel)
This animated comedy tells the story of twins Dipper and Mabel — two city kids sent to spend the summer with their crusty old great uncle Stan (aka Grunkle Stan) in Gravity Falls, Oregon. Turns out, Gravity Falls is not a run of the mill vacation spot, but is a strange and wondrous place — home to every weird creature and phenomenon imaginable, from gnomes to time portals to quantum waffles. Created and executive-produced by Alex Hirsch (Fish Hooks), the series is a production of Disney Television Animation.