Disney XD draws kids into Fangbone

The youth-focused channel is inviting kids to help determine content elements, such as character voices, for its new animated series.

Fangbone may be a 9-year-old Skullbanian warrior willing to wage battle with the evil wizard Drool, but he needs to find his voice, and that’s where Canadian kids will come in.

For the next five weeks, young  viewers will help determine a number of factors on the new Radical Sheep Productions/Disney XD series, titled Fangbone after its lead character, ahead of its late-January premiere.

By visiting the DisneyXD.ca website, not only can kids choose the voices of Fangbone and his sidekick, Bill The Surbanite, but they will watch two scenes and decide on which they prefer to be incorporated into the pilot.

This includes deciding whether the music in a scene where the pair faces off against the nasty Tyrano-pug should be dramatic or quirky.

“We are always making original content with fans in mind, and this approach gives us the chance to get the fans involved and invested from the get go,” said Michael Goldsmith, Disney XD’s director, original programming, said in a statement. “By allowing them to weigh in during the decision making process, we’re able to better serve our viewers and create a show that they feel connected to.”

Disney XD was recently acquired by Halifax-based DHX Media in a $170-million deal that also includes Family channel and both Disney Junior channels. The sale is pending CRTC approval.