Q&A with Ryan Quincy, Creator of Future-Worm!

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Future-Worm! by Ryan Quincy | Disney XD

There’s going to be a new series on Disney XD. It’s called Future-Worm! The new series is about a 12-year-old boy named Danny Douglas. In the series, Danny creates a time machine lunch box and befriends Future Worm, a fearless worm from the future with titanium-enforced abs (think Hulk Hogan meets Kris Kristofferson with a dash of Mr. T). The new series was created by Ryan Quincy, an alum of the Emmy Award-winning South Park series. Future-Worm! will premiere Monday August 1st on Disney XD. Continue reading for my Q&A with Ryan Quincy.

Q&A with Ryan Quincy

What is Future-Worm! about?
“Future-Worm!” is an animated comedy adventure series about a boy named Danny Douglas who creates a time machine lunch box and befriends Future Worm, a fearless worm from the future (with titanium-enforced abs). Together, the duo embarks on adventures through space and time.

Who is Danny?
Danny Douglas is an optimistic 12-year-old boy who loves science and wanted to find a worldly, thrill-seeking friend with whom he could venture out and see what the world has to offer.

What is Future-Worm like?
Future Worm’s look is inspired by pro-wrestlers Hulk Hogan, Macho Man and Ultimate Warrior along with Chuck Norris and Mr. T! He and Danny dive head first into their adventures, both at home and through time. He is the sidekick that every kid wants — he’ll always have your back.

Who are some of the other characters on the show?
Additional characters include Danny’s close friend, Bug, a smart and scrappy 8-year-old girl who lives in the junkyard across the alley from him and occasionally joins their adventures. Danny’s mom Megan Douglas is a loving and scatterbrained toy inventor who inspires and encourages her son’s creativity, and dad Doug Douglas is an overly cautious stay-at-home dad. We also have some great guest stars such real-life astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson who plays himself and Jonathan Frakes voices Steak Starbolt, the titular character in Danny and Future Worm’s favorite low-budget sci-fi television show “Steak Starbolt: The Best Generation.”

What’s so special about the show?
The format of the show is really unique. Each episode delivers an 11-minute story, a 3-minute story and a 7-minute story — we call it the ‘sampler platter.’ We get to have a lot of fun with all the different story lengths. And kids will love “Future-Worm!” because it is ultimately a story about two best friends having loads of adventures together.

How did you come up with the idea for the new series?
It started with just the name — Future Worm. If his name is Future Worm, he has to be a time traveler. That just sounded funny to me and I started thinking about the stuff that I loved as a kid. I just started drawing worms with beards and weird hairstyles and from there, the ball was rolling and the whole ‘world’ of the series started coming together.

Future-Worm! by Ryan Quincy | Disney XD

Ryan Quincy Biography

Emmy Award-winning director and producer Ryan Quincy is creator and executive producer of Disney XD’s animated comedy adventure series “Future-Worm!” 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. He also created IFC’s animated series “Out There,” for which he also voiced the lead role of Chad. Quincy began his career as an animator on the full-length feature film “South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut,” and spent twelve years working on the series in various roles including animation producer, animation director and lead animator. A native of Holdrege, Nebraska, Quincy received his Bachelor of Arts in English and a graphic design minor at the University of Nebraska Kearney. He aspired to be a pro-surfer, but a career-ending injury landed him in the hospital where he spent a lot of time watching cartoons, which sparked his love for animation, leading him to pursue it as a career. Quincy currently resides in Los Angeles, California, with his wife and young son and daughter. His hobbies include playing basketball and fishing.

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