As part of my trip to LA I was able to visit Disney Toon Studios (always a favorite of mine) and while we were there we were able to screen the first episode of Future-Worm! and the meet and interview Ryan Quincy (creator and executive producer) and talk to him about his new show Future-Worm!. Emmy Award-winning director and producer Ryan Quincy is best known for his work on the long-running animated series “South Park,” for which he won two Emmy Awards in 2008 and 2009 and was nominated in 2010 and 2011, all for Outstanding Animated Program.
Future-Worm! is an animated comedy adventure about an optimistic 12-year-old named Danny Douglas who creates a time machine lunch box through which he meets and befriends Future Worm, a fearless worm from the future (with titanium-enforced abs). Together, the duo embarks on adventures through space and time. Doing the voices are Andy Milonakis as Danny Douglas, James Adomian as Future Worm, Melanie Lynskey as Megan Douglas (the mom), and Ryan Quincy himself as Doug Douglas (the dad).
During the interview, we asked Ryan if they were going to explore the origin of the show and how Future-Worm! and Danny came together. Ryan told us “There were five 90 second shorts that we did last summer. Future Worm shorts. Some of the origin is in that. With the series, we want to just hit the ground running. And over the course of the season, there’ll be some callbacks to some of that. Basically, what happened was, Danny created this time machine lunchbox, sent it so far into the future that these future scientists found it, opened it up, and some of Danny’s lunch was in there, there was an apple in there that happened to have a worm in it. And they put it through their genetic escalator, and gave him all these attributes. Like, the bulletproof beard, the photoreceptor visor, and the 24 titanium-enforced abs. So then, they sent, Future Worm back, you know, to hang out with Danny. That’s kind of in a nutshell, the origin of how they met.”
We also asked Ryan what was the inspiration behind Future Worm? Ryan said “When I came over to Disney to develop something, they told me to make a show that I always wanted to make. And I always loved time travel, and adventure shows. I’m good friends with Justin Roiland, who did Rick and Morty, and when we were talking he said, yeah, just — I was like, I think I want to do a time travel show. He’s like, well, if you’re gonna do that there’s always the rules you have to deal with. And then I was like, do you, though? I don’t know. Maybe the characters kind of say, like, ah, forget the rules, and just kind of barrel ahead. And that was really sort of the inspiration of doing sort of this self-indulgent time travel. You can see there that not every episode is time travel. There’s other adventures, too.”
This gives you a little insight to the new show. Here is the title for the new show:
While we were there we were able to get our own “time travel” lunchbox. Inside was a Future-Worm! t-shirt (like Ryan is wearing below) and a bag of gummy worms. On the back of the lunch box Ryan and some of the animators for the show took the time to draw some of the characters for us and then sign the box. It is really cool!
The first episode premiers on Disney XD on August 1! If your kids watch Disney XD already, they are going to fall in love with this show. There are a lot of references to the 80’s and 90’s that parents will pick up on. Each unique episode includes an 11-minute main story and supporting subplot, a 3-minute runner sketch and a 7-minute sitcom style story.
As the story goes, only child Danny Douglas hoped to find a worldly, thrill-seeking friend with whom he could venture out and see what the world has to offer. Future Worm, who amassed a wealth of experience during his travel through time, longed for a home and family. When Danny’s lunch box invention brings them together, the kindred spirits dive head first into their adventures, both at home and through time, usually unaware of the consequences.
This trip is sponsored by Disney. This does not affect my opinions and they are 100% my own.