Pendleton Ward

Pendleton Ward

Pendleton Ward in 2011
Born (1982-07-08) July 8, 1982
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Pen name Pen Ward, Pendelton Ward, buenothebear
Occupation Animator, writer, voice actor
Nationality American
Education CalArts
Period 2005–present
Genre Adventure
Science fiction
Notable works Adventure Time
Bravest Warriors

Pendleton "Pen" Ward (born July 8, 1982) is an American animator, screenwriter, producer, and voice actor who works for Cartoon Network Studios and Frederator Studios. He created the Emmy Award-winning series Adventure Time (2010)[1] and the internet series Bravest Warriors (2012).[2] Ward is a graduate of the CalArts Animation Program.[3] He grew up in San Antonio, Texas and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Early life

Ward became interested in animation at an early age, inspired by his mother, who is an artist and worked with animators. He started drawing flipbooks in first grade. He often worked with his best friend, Alec "The Logdog" Coates, on short comic books.

Ward attended CalArts, where he became friends with J. G. Quintel and Alex Hirsch. They later worked on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack together. In 2009 Quintel went on to create Regular Show and Hirsch went on to create Gravity Falls. Eric Homan, vice president of Frederator Studios, offered Ward a job at the studios after watching one of his films at the annual CalArts animation screenings.[4]


In 2002–2003, Ward published a webcomic titled Bueno the Bear. He later took down the comics because he thought they were "terrible". However, he retains the name "buenothebear" for his website and his handle on sites such as Twitter. Ward created a student film titled Barrista, starring Bueno the Bear that was later released by Frederator Studios.

Ward continued to work on short animations for Frederator's Random! Cartoons, which aired on the Nicktoons Network. There he worked with several people who would later join him on the Adventure Time series, including composer Casey James Basichis, Adam Muto and Niki Yang, many of whom had attended the California Institute of the Arts alongside Pen. His two shorts were The Bravest Warriors and the Adventure Time animated short. The Adventure Time short was made in 2006 and went on to become an internet phenomenon in 2007, with over a million views by November of that year. Ward initially pitched Adventure Time to Nickelodeon, but was rejected. It also took some time before Cartoon Network decided to pick it up.

In 2007, Ward was hired to work on the first season of Cartoon Network's The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack as a writer and storyboard artist. Flapjack was a storyboard-driven show, allowing the storyboard artists to write all the dialogue and draw all the action based on an outline assigned to them. The artists each worked in pairs, and during his time on Flapjack Ward was partnered up with Mike Roth (formerly the supervising producer of Regular Show) and later Alex Hirsch, who has since gone on to create the show Gravity Falls and develop Fish Hooks for Disney Channel. The experience inspired Pen to approach Adventure Time the same way once it was picked up as a series.

In 2012, Frederator Studios developed Bravest Warriors and turned it into a web series for the relaunch of Cartoon Hangover, however Ward has little involvement in the series. Former Adventure Time lead designer Phil Rynda worked on the redesigns of the characters for the series. The series premiered during the fall of 2012 through Cartoon Hangover's YouTube channel alongside a comic book series of the same name by Boom! Studios.

Sometime, during the 5th season of Adventure Time, Ward abruptly stepped down from running the show, explaining it was negatively affecting his "quality of life". In the October 2, 2014 edition of the Rolling Stone magazine, Ward stated "I quit because it was driving me nuts". However, he continued to work as one of the show's writers and storyboard artists until the end of the season six, and he still serves as an executive producer.[5] In an interview with Indiewire prior to the debut of season seven, head writer Kent Osborne noted that Ward stopped writing episode outlines at the beginning of season 7, but still looks over them and provides input as he is focusing on an Adventure Time movie.[6]



Year Title Role
2008–2009 Random! Cartoons Storyboard artist, character designer, director
2008–2009 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Writer, storyboard artist
2010–present Adventure Time Creator, story, writer (seasons 1–7), storyboard artist (seasons seasons 1, 3, 5), producer (seasons 1–2), executive producer (seasons 3-present), showrunner (seasons 3–5)
2014 Over the Garden Wall Writer, storyboard artist
Episode: "Songs of the Dark Lantern"
2015 Uncle Grandpa Director, writer, storyboard artist, story
Episode: "Guest Directed Shorts"
2016 The Simpsons Singer (Adventure Time couch gag)
Episode: "Monty Burns' Fleeing Circus"


Year Title Role
2013 I Know That Voice Himself
TBA Adventure Time Creator, Executive Producer and Writer[7]


Year Title Role
2012-present Animation Pals[8] Co-Creator, voice of Dr. Katz
2012–present Bravest Warriors Creator, voice of Computer
2014–present Bee and PuppyCat Animatic editor, voice director, director[9]

Video games

Year Title Role
2012 Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?! Writer
2013 Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know! Writer
2014 Little Pink Best Buds Writer, artist
2014 Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom Creator
2015 The Magpie Collection[10] Character designer

Short films

Year Title Role
2007 Barrista Writer, animator
2011 Pikapew Poop Chu Story, animatic, soundmixing

Voice roles

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Barrista Bueno the Bear / Sasha Short film
2008 Random! Cartoons Abraham Lincoln / Old Man Episode: "Adventure Time"
2009 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Rower #1 / Sail Boss Episode: "Ben Boozled"
2010–present Adventure Time Lumpy Space Princess / Shelby / Additional voices 58 episodes
2011 Pikapew Poop Chu Ash / Brock Short film
2012 Bravest Warriors Computer Episode: "Emotion Lord"
2013 I Know That Voice Himself Documentary
2014 Broken Age Gus Video Game
2015 Uncle Grandpa Uncle Grandpa / Pizza Steve Episode: "Guest Directed Shorts"


Ward has previously stated that his friends, many of whom he works alongside on Adventure Time, are his biggest drawing and animating influences.[11] In another interview, he explained that he was influenced by The Simpsons.[12]


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