Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero
|Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero|
|Theme music composer||
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||21 (list of episodes)|
22 minutes (whole)|
Disney Television Animation
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||Disney XD|
|Original release||December 5, 2014 – present|
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero is an American animated series produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney XD. The series debuted on December 5, 2014, as a preview, followed by the official premiere on February 13, 2015. The series was ordered on October 16, 2013, for a scheduled fall 2014 premiere.
The series follows the adventures of Penn Zero, who unexpectedly inherits the job of his parents: being a Part-Time Hero. Penn must zap into various dimensions to take on the role of the hero in that world and save the day in their place. With the help of his friends, Boone, the Part-Time Wiseman, and Sashi, the Part-Time Sidekick, he must save the worlds from Rippen, a Part-Time Villain and Penn's art teacher, and his Part-Time Minion and principal of Penn's school, Larry.
Cast and characters
- Penn Zero (voiced by Thomas Middleditch): The main protagonist, a part-time hero and the son of two full-time heroes. Penn lives with his Aunt Rose and Uncle Chuck due to Rippen trapping his parents in a dangerous dimension known as the "Most Dangerous World Imaginable", and goes on part-time hero missions with his best friends Sashi and Boone. While Penn is the recognized leader of the group, he often asks advice from his parents by communicating with them through a device called a MUHU (Multi-Universe Hologram Uplink), and finds himself needing counsel from his friends as well.
- Boone Wiseman (voiced by Adam DeVine): Penn's friend, and a part-time wise man. Boone often bewilders his friends with his unconventional methods and thought processes, and at times they find him frustrating. While he is not the brightest, however, Boone's unorthodox style has proven effective in helping his friends complete missions. Boone was at one point a victim of severe aquaphobia, but later overcame it while visiting an ocean world in "Chicken or Fish?". His parents, like Penn's, were part-time heroes.
- Sashi Kobayashi (voiced by Tania Gunadi): Penn's friend, and a part-time sidekick. Sashi is the only girl on Penn's team, but despite that, she is fairly tomboyish and aggressive, with a violent attitude. The forms Sashi takes often provoke teasing from her teammates, but it doesn't stop her from proving how tough she is. Sashi is often a voice of reason and understanding despite her demeanor. Sashi wears glasses that the gang refer to as "the Specs," which can project holographic displays that inform the trio about their missions. Sashi's parents are unaware of her job as part-time sidekick to help save worlds. Instead, they think that she works at the local "Fish Stick on a Stick" restaurant-which is actually the headquarters of the part-time villains.
- Phyllis (voiced by Sam Levine): A grouchy, often irritable Slavic woman who maintains the Multi Universe Transprojector (MUT) used by Penn and his team to travel to other worlds and fight evil. The MUT is located in an abandoned movie theater called The Odyssey, which is right next door to the part-time villains' base in Fish Stick on a Stick. It is revealed during a flashback in "Zap One" that it was Phyllis who chose Penn's parents to be part-time heroes, and chose Penn as well. She also has a pet bear named Karen for security.
- Rippen (voiced by Alfred Molina): The main antagonist, and a part-time villain. Rippen is convinced of his own genius, but often finds himself dealing with the stupidity of his minion Larry. Rippen hates Penn and his friends and is fully aware who they really are, but is constantly thwarted by them in other worlds. Rippen's normal appearance includes pale skin and black hair. When not being a part-time villain, Rippen is the art teacher at Penn's high school. His great aspiration is to become a full-time villain, which requires that he successfully accomplish an evil scheme without being thwarted by Penn's team. In "Cereal Criminals" he claims to have a sister named Vlurgen who was favored by their parents. In "Zap One" it is revealed during a flashback that it was Rippen who tricked Penn's parents into the Most Dangerous World Imaginable.
- Principal Larry (voiced by Larry Wilmore): Rippen's part-time minion, a glasses-wearing man who seems more idiotic, friendly and nice than evil, and who usually does more to annoy Rippen than to fight Penn and his teammates. He seems to be extremely lucky as shown in the episode "Larry Manor", where he revealed to Penn that he had won the lottery 32 times. He has the tendency to monologue, much to Rippen's chagrin, and his discussions often reinforce the fact that he's somewhat out of touch with reality. His only villainous virtue is that he is blindly loyal to Rippen, to the point that Rippen is willing at times to forgive his incompetence. Larry's glasses can project holographic displays with info on their missions, similar to Sashi's. When not being a part-time minion, Larry is the principal of Penn's high school.
- Phil (voiced by Sam Levine): Rippen and Larry's Slavic assistant who operates their portal in the Fish Stick on a Stick restaurant. Like Penn's portal operator Phyllis, he usually seems to be in a sour mood.
The heroes' family
- Vonnie Zero (voiced by Lea Thompson): Penn's mother, a part-time hero who, because of Rippen, is trapped in the "Most Dangerous World Imaginable", with her husband Brock. She loves her son dearly, and understands that he misses them. However, her loving motherly side is coupled with a warrior's aggression not unlike Sashi's, and she is quite capable of handling herself in a fight despite being an ordinary human.
- Brock Zero (voiced by Gary Cole): Penn's father, a part-time hero who, because of Rippen, is trapped in the "Most Dangerous World Imaginable" with his wife Vonnie. Brock is part fearless fighter, part loving father, with a tendency to bring up embarrassing things during holographic chats with his son and Penn's friends. He also appears to have a rather antagonistic relationship with Penn's uncle, Chuck.
- Aunt Rose (voiced by Rosie Perez): Penn's aunt whom he is staying with while his parents are away. Aunt Rose appears to have little in common with her relatives, and Penn struggles somewhat with living under the same roof with her and her husband Chuck.
- Uncle Chuck (voiced by Lenny Venito): Penn's uncle, a balding man who-along with his wife Rose-is apparently uninvolved in the family hero business. The pair of them find other pursuits-such as dressing their pet chinchilla (named The Chinchilla) in sweaters and business suits-far more entertaining. The same cannot be said for The Chinchilla, who seems perpetually contemptuous of the things his owners subject him to. In "The QPC" it is revealed that Phil is on Chuck's bowling team, and that Chuck is Phil's best customer at "Fish Stick on a Stick."
- Mr. Sylvester and Mrs. Tia Kobayashi (voiced by George Takei and Lauren Tom): Sashi's parents, who, unlike Boone and Penn's parents, were never part-time heroes. They believe that Sashi works at Fish Stick on a Stick.
- Sheriff Scaley and Amber Briggs (voiced by Beau Bridges and Olivia Holt): a father and daughter from the town of Big Butte, in a world where cowboys ride dinosaurus and pterodactyls. Scaley is the town's aged-and intermittently lucid-lawman, who first joined up with Penn and company to prevent Rippen and Larry from stealing the townfolks' money from the town bank. Amber wanted to help her father enforce law and order but was barred by Scaley, which prompted her to join up with Rippen and Larry on their second mission to Big Butte when they attempted to rustle all the town's Triceratopses. However, after realizing that her father truly did care for her, she helped him and the heroes bring the villains in. The pair later appeared again when the villains' efforts to sabotage the heroes' portal resulted in the opening of vortexes that threatened to consume the multiverse.
- Captain Super Captain and Professor Evil Professor (both voiced by Adam West): twin brothers from a world where everybody has superpowers with the tendency to say their names really loudly and dragged out. Captain Super Captain is a hero and electrician who possesses superpowers like flight, super strength, and energy manipulation while Professor Evil Professor is a villainous cyborg. The team first met Captain Super Captain during a mission to stop Rippen and Larry from stealing the superpowers of all the heroes, and succeeded by helping him and the other heroes realize that they still could fight evil despite lacking their powers. He would then team up with them during their second visit to the world, during which Professor Evil Professor debuted and employed an evil medallion to brainwash all the heroes into becoming evil. Captain Super Captain was the only hero to escape this effect, and joined with the team in facing down his brother. Professor Evil Professor attempted to turn Penn to evil as well and offered him the chance to destroy Rippen, but Penn refused, and the professor was subsequently defeated. The professor also has a pet turtle named Shelly, and the brothers are apparently Jewish, as Captain Super Captain told his brother he would "see [him] at Hannukah" when he was arrested. Captain Super Captain was later one of the interdimensional allies who joined the heroes to save the universe from vortexes.
- Blaze (voiced by Sean Astin): a hotshot flyer from a world with a dragon flight academy resembling an Air Force base. Blaze embodies coolness, from his multiple sets of aviator sunglasses to his talents in flight, fire-breathing, and saxophone playing; he also refers to himself in the Third person. Blaze was pitted against Penn by Rippen, a rivalry accentuated by the fact that Sashi-in dragon form-developed a crush on Blaze. However, the two ended up joining forces to defeat Rippen, and Blaze subsequently joined the team to help save the multiverse from a series of destructive vortexes.
- Nug (voiced by Maria Bamford): a cavewoman and member of a secret agency that employs primitive Stone Age gadgetry. After their initial visit to her world, Nug was one of several individuals accidentally pulled into Penn's world by a malfunctioning portal, who then joined the heroes in a mission to close a series of vortexes that threatened to consume all reality. After seeing other worlds, Nug loathed the idea of being forced to return to her own world, and was tricked by Rippen into entering one of the vortexes in an effort to get rid of Penn. Fortunately, their allies managed to rescue them, and Nug was returned home.
- Shirley B. Awesome (voiced by Wanda Sykes): a female military action figure.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||21 (38)||December 5, 2014||October 1, 2015|
Season 1 (2014–15)
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Storyboard by||Original air date||Production
|1||"North Pole Down"||Adam Henry and Tom De Rosier||Story: Jared Bush and Sam Levine|
Teleplay: Jeff Poliquin
|Joseph S. Scott and Heiko Drengenberg||December 5, 2014||104||N/A|
Penn doesn't want to celebrate Christmas because his parents won't be there. However, he is sent to the North Pole to fill in for Santa Claus to save Christmas.Guest star: Henry Winkler as The Snowman
|2a||"Chicken or Fish?"||Chuckles Austen||Jared Bush and Sam Levine||Stu Livingston||February 13, 2015||102||2.91|
|Penn, Boone, and Sashi are zapped into an underwater world to save a society of fish people, but their mission gets complicated when Penn finds out that Boone is afraid of water.|
|2b||"The Old Old West"||Adam Henry||Jared Bush and Sam Levine||Wolf-Rüdiger Bloss||February 13, 2015||102||2.91|
When Penn and his team are zapped into an old west cowboy world where the cowboys ride dinosaurs, the town sheriff joins them on their mission to prove he still has what it takes.Guest star: Beau Bridges as Sheriff Scaley Briggs
|3a||"Babypocalypse"||Tom De Rosier||Kenny Byerly||Kathleen Good||February 14, 2015||103||0.62|
Penn, Boone, and Sashi are zapped into a world of living stuffed-animals to save the town's mayor from giant babies.Guest star: Diana Rigg as Mayor Pink Panda
|3b||"That Purple Girl"||Chuckles Austen||Julia Miranda||Brandon Warren||February 14, 2015||103||0.62|
Penn and Boone's friendship is put to the test when they both fall for a beautiful alien princess that they must escort though the jungle back to her tribe.Guest star: Elizabeth Henstridge as Princess
|4a||"I'm Super!"||Adam Henry||Jase Ricci||Joseph S. Scott||February 15, 2015||101||0.53|
When Penn, Boone, and Sashi are zapped into a world where everyone has superpowers, Penn learns that you don't have to have superpowers to be a hero.Guest star: Adam West as Captain Super Captain
|4b||"The Fast and the Floor Rugs"||Tom De Rosier||Jared Bush and Sam Levine||Heiko Drengenberg||February 15, 2015||101||0.53|
|After Penn and his team are zapped into a desert world filled with flying carpets, Penn begins to question Boone's abilities as the team's wise man.|
|5a||"Brainzburgerz"||Chuckles Austen||Story: Jared Bush and Sam Levine|
Teleplay: Jase Ricci
|Stu Livingston||February 16, 2015||105||0.69|
Exhausted from recent missions, Penn is relieved when he is zapped into a seemingly ordinary job as a food court employee in a mall, but it turns out that Penn and his team are in an alternate world where a zombie apocalypse is taking place.Guest star: Michael-Leon Wooley as General
|5b||"Chuckle City"||Adam Henry||Story: Jared Bush and Sam Levine|
Teleplay: Kenny Byerly
|Wolf-Rüdiger Bloss||February 16, 2015||105||0.69|
When Penn, Boone, and Sashi are zapped into a clown world as clown cops, Sashi must tap into her silly side to save the mission.Guest star: Garry Marshall as Soda Jerk
|6a||"Flurgle Burgle"||Tom De Rosier||Story: Jared Bush and Sam Levine|
Teleplay: Kenny Byerly
|Kathleen Good||February 23, 2015||106||0.69|
Penn becomes concerned that Sashi takes her role as sidekick too seriously. Meanwhile, he and his team are zapped into a new world as spaceship heroes to save a starship from destruction, but the mission is complicated when Sashi accidentally turns Penn into a weird space animal.Guest stars: George Takei as Sashi's Dad, Lauren Tom as Sashi's Mom
|6b||"Temple of the Porcelain God"||Chuckles Austen||Kenny Byerly||Brandon Warren and Jean-Sebastien Duclos||February 23, 2015||106||0.69|
|Phyllis has Penn and his team watch a play-back of their just-completed mission in which they were explorers in a race against time to return an idol to a temple while being chased by Rippen and a giant man-eating toilet.|
|7a||"Defending the Earth"||Adam Henry||Jeff Poliquin||Joseph S. Scott||March 16, 2015||107||0.47|
When the team is zapped into an alternate world where Penn is president, Sashi is a general, and Boone is a Supreme Court justice, Boone finds himself on the most popular game show in the galaxy where he must plead his case and compete against Rippen in an outrageous contest that will determine the fate of the Earth. However, Boone has a fear of public speaking.Guest stars: Chris Parnell as Judge Blort Clooney, Bruce Vilanch as himself
|7b||"Number One, Number Two"||Tom De Rosier||Paiman Kalayeh||Joe Oh||March 16, 2015||107||0.47|
|While in a medieval world, Rippen holds tryouts to replace Larry as his number two, and Penn goes undercover as Rippen's new minion to find a village's stolen gold.|
|8a||"3 Big Problems"||Chuckles Austen||Kevin Hylton and Mike Winn||Stu Livingston||March 23, 2015||108||0.39|
Penn and his team are zapped into a world where they are enormous yet misunderstood monsters. They must convince the human President of a nearby island city that the monsters mean them no harm.Guest star: Maria Bamford as The President
|8b||"Cereal Criminals"||Adam Henry||Kenny Byerly||Wolf-Rüdiger Bloss||March 23, 2015||108||0.39|
In a world where everyone is a cereal mascot and cereal is grown on farms, Penn seeks the help of an imprisoned Rippen to catch The Milk Man, a villain threatening to flood all the cereal crops with milk, turning them soggy.Guest star: Paul Reubens as The Milk Man
|9a||"I'm Still Super!"||Tom De Rosier||Jase Ricci||Heiko Drengenberg||April 6, 2015||109||0.68|
Penn, Boone, and Sashi are zapped back to the super hero world to help Captain Super Captain defeat his twin brother, Professor Evil Professor, who has turned all the superheroes evil.Guest star: Adam West as Captain Super Captain & Professor Evil Professor
|9b||"Balls!"||Chuckles Austen||Jeff Poliquin||Brandon Warren||April 6, 2015||109||0.68|
Concerned about his abilities as a leader, Penn and his team are zapped into a world where they are sports balls to teach the other balls to defend themselves from their enemies.Guest stars: Kari Wahlgren as Bowling Ball, Brian Posehn as Beach Ball Grandpappy
|10a||"The Princess Most Fair"||Tom De Rosier||Jase Ricci||Kathleen Good||April 27, 2015||110||0.36|
The team zaps into a musical fairy tale universe where everyone sings when they speak. Penn is a princess, Sashi is a knight, and Boone is a fairy godmother. During their mission to save the queen from being turned to stone, their true feelings come out in song.Guest star: Rena Strober as Queen
|10b||"Hail Larry"||Adam Henry||Paiman Kalayeh||Joseph S. Scott||April 27, 2015||110||0.36|
|Larry becomes an acting part-time villain as he substitutes for the ailing Rippen. The team's mission is endangered when Penn takes pity on Larry.|
|11a||"It's a Colorful Life"||Chuckles Austen||Elizabeth Rinehart||Stu Livingston||June 1, 2015||111||0.35|
When Penn and his team are zapped into a world where the colorful Hues and the gray Drabs are in a feud, they must stop Rippen from destroying the rainbow rocks, which provide the world's colors.Guest stars: Pamela Adlon as Drab Lieutenant, Harland Williams as Helper Hue, Maurice LaMarche as narrator
|11b||"Larry Manor"||Adam Henry||Jase Ricci||Wolf-Rüdiger Bloss||June 1, 2015||111||0.35|
Dimension zapping is suspended when the power goes out on the whole block, so Larry invites Rippen, Penn, Boone, and Sashi to his mansion. When Larry's pet teacup elephant goes missing, Penn and Rippen compete to see who can find him first. Meanwhile, when the power comes back on, Phyllis and Phil battle each other in another dimension.Guest stars: Maria Bamford as Matthews, Maurice LaMarche as Fredricks
|12a||"Lady Starblaster"||Tom De Rosier||Jeff Poliquin||Kathleen Good||June 8, 2015||112||0.46|
|Sigourney Weaver as Lady Starblaster|
|12b||"Amber"||Adam Henry||Paiman Kalayeh||Joseph S. Scott||June 8, 2015||112||0.46|
Penn and his team return to the dino-cowboy world and get help from Sheriff Scaley Briggs to stop Rippen and Briggs' daughter Amber from rustling Cow-o-saurs.Guest stars: Beau Bridges as Sheriff Scaley Briggs, Olivia Holt as Amber Briggs
|13a||"Totally Into Your Body"||Chuckles Austen||Chad Drew||Brandon Warren||June 22, 2015||113||0.42|
After Boone fools around on the zapping platform, he and Penn swap roles, so Boone takes on the role of hero for their mission. Boone and Sashi are a science crew that have been shrunken down to cure Penn, an infected patient, by injecting him with medicine from the inside. Meanwhile, Rippen and Larry are also inside Penn's body and are trying to stop the team from completing their mission.Guest star: Maria Bamford as Mrs. Monkenfluffer
|13b||"Fish and Chips"||Adam Henry||Jase Ricci||Joseph Scott||June 22, 2015||113||0.42|
When Penn, Boone, and Sashi return to the underwater world, Penn questions the importance of their mission to find an unpopular royal fish named Rufus.Guest star: Peter Stormare as Rufus
|14||"The Ripple Effect"||Chuckles Austen and Adam Henry||Story: Jared Bush|
Teleplay: Jeff Poliquin
|Stu Livingston and Wolf-Rüdiger Bloss||July 6, 2015||114||0.39|
When Penn discovers that Phyllis is trying to locate the Most Dangerous World Imaginable to bring his parents back to Middleburg, he takes matters into his own hands and attempts to zap into the dimension to rescue them himself. Unfortunately, Penn accidentally zaps into the Least Dangerous World Imaginable, which leads to catastrophic results.Guest stars: Kate Micucci as Cute-ling General, Kumail Nanjiani as Cute-ling Mayor
|15a||"Where Dragons Dare"||Chuckles Austen||Shane Morris||Brandon Warren||July 20, 2015||115||0.47|
When the teams zaps into a world as dragons, Penn must overcome his jealousy of popular fellow cadet Blaze to complete his mission and finish at the top of his class at Wingfire Academy.Guest stars: Sean Astin as Blaze, Kenny Loggins as Montage Singer
|15b||"Rip-Penn"||Tom De Rosier||Story: Jeff Poliquin|
Teleplay: Jase Ricci
|Heiko Drengenberg||July 20, 2015||115||0.47|
|While in a Victorian London world, Penn accidentally drinks a potion that turns him into a monster Rippen whenever he loses his temper.|
|16a||"Chuckle City 500"||Tom De Rosier||Paiman Kalayeh||Kathleen Good||August 10, 2015||116||0.45|
Penn, Sashi and Boone return to Chuckle City to compete in a clown-style street race that determines who will be the next Mayor.Guest stars: Jeff Gordon as Wacky Bustgutty, Garry Marshall as Soda Jerk
|16b||"Rock and Roll"||Tom De Rosier||Shane Morris||Joe Oh||August 10, 2015||116||0.45|
Penn is excited to be a super spy agent, but when he finds out he's actually a cavemen spy with the lowest tech gadgets imaginable, his sour attitude on the situation endangers the mission.Guest star: Maria Bamford as Nug
|17a||"Plantywood: City of Flora"||Chuckles Austen||Paiman Kalayeh||Stu Livingston||August 17, 2015||117||0.45|
In a world where everyone is a plant, Private Detective Penn is excited to unravel a twisted mystery.Guest star: Rena Strober as Orchid
|17b||"Boone's Apprentice"||Adam Henry||Jase Ricci||Wolf-Rüdiger Bloss||August 17, 2015||117||0.45|
The team is zapped into an animal barbarian and wizards world where Boone is tasked with conjuring up a magic spell to stop Rippen.Guest star: Blake Anderson as Hogarth
|18a||"The QPC"||Tom De Rosier||Jase Ricci and Paiman Kalayeh||Kathleen Good||September 28, 2015||118||0.63|
Uncle Chuck and Aunt Rose must prove that they have a heroic side, after they break the Quadrithium Power Converter (QPC), an essential part of the machine that zaps Penn back from other worlds, before their nephew is lost forever.Guest stars: Maria Bamford as Mrs. Monkenfluffer & Matthews, Maurice LaMarche as Fredricks, Fred Tatasciore as Coach Egsgard
|18b||"Shirley B. Awesome"||Chuckles Austen||Adam Stein||Brandon Warren||September 28, 2015||118||0.63|
Penn, Boone, and Sashi are zapped into a backyard world where they are military action figures and Sashi meets her hero, General Shirley B. Awesome.Guest star: Wanda Sykes as Shirley B. Awesome
|19a||"Massive Morphy Merge Mechs"||Chuckles Austen||Sam Levine||Stu Livingston||September 29, 2015||120||0.63|
|Penn, Boone, Sashi, Rippen and Larry must figure out how to work together when they merge as giant metamorphosing robots, battling for control of an alien planet.|
|19b||"Ultrahyperball"||Adam Henry||Thomas Middleditch||Wolf-Rüdiger Bloss||September 29, 2015||120||0.63|
When the fate of two alien planets is tied to the outcome of a sporting event, Penn finds a loophole in the game and must convince the two opposing coaches to admit their love for each other in order to save both planets.Guest stars: Jason Alexander as Coach Wallace, Jane Kaczmarek as Coach Jackie, John Anderson as Announcer Mike, John Henson as Announcer Ron, Dee Bradley Baker as referee
|20||"Zap One"||Tom De Rosier and Adam Henry||Jared Bush||Joe Oh and Joseph S. Scott||September 30, 2015||119||0.43|
|Penn's origin story is revealed in a flashback to his first day of high school when he learns his parents are part-time heroes instead of insurance salespeople.|
|21||"Save the Worlds"||Tom De Rosier and Chuckles Austen||Jeff Poliquin||Kathleen Good, Brandon Warren, Wolf-Rüdiger Bloss and Stu Livingston||October 1, 2015||121||0.45|
Phil and Rippen tunnel into The Odyssey and damage the Multi Universe Transprojector, causing unbalance in the multiverse. Vortexes form in every world that Penn and his team have visited. Penn, Boone, and Sashi must travel to each world and close all of the vortexs before everything and everyone from all the worlds get sucked into nothingness. During their mission, Penn finds a blue cristalish object in the nothingness, which, according to Phillis, is key to finding his parents.Guest stars: Beau Bridges as Sheriff Scaley Briggs, Adam West as Captain Super Captain, Maria Bamford as Nug, Sean Astin as Blaze, Olivia Holt as Amber, Wanda Sykes as Shirley B. Awesome
Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero premiered on Disney XD in Canada on March 16, 2015. The series debuted on Disney XD in the United Kingdom and Ireland on May 14, on Disney XD in Australia on June 1, and on Disney XD in both the Middle East and Africa on September 7.
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