Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero
Created byJared Bush
Sam Levine
Voices ofThomas Middleditch
Adam DeVine
Tania Gunadi
Alfred Molina
Larry Wilmore
Sam Levine
Theme music composerJared Bush
Sam Levine
Ryan Shore
Beau Black
ComposerRyan Shore
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes35 (61 segments) (list of episodes)
Executive producersJared Bush
Sam Levine
EditorJhoanne Reyes
Running time22 minutes (whole)
10:25[1] (separate)
Production companiesMercury Filmworks (season 1)
Tycoon Animation (season 2)
Top Draw Animation (additional, season 2)
Disney Television Animation
Original release
NetworkDisney XD
ReleaseDecember 5, 2014 (2014-12-05) –
July 28, 2017 (2017-07-28)

Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation for Disney XD. The series debuted on December 5, 2014, as a preview,[2] followed by the official premiere on February 13, 2015.[3] The series was ordered on October 16, 2013, for a scheduled fall 2014 premiere.[4] The series' co-creator, Jared Bush, also co-wrote and co-directed Walt Disney Animation Studios' 2016 film Zootopia.[5]

On April 22, 2015, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.[6] On July 19, 2016, it was announced that the show had been canceled after two seasons.[7] The series ended on July 28, 2017 with the hour-long series finale, "At the End of the Worlds".[7] 35 episodes were produced.[8]


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 his part-time minion and principal of Penn's school, Larry.


Main article: List of Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
121December 5, 2014 (2014-12-05)October 1, 2015 (2015-10-01)
214July 10, 2017 (2017-07-10)July 28, 2017 (2017-07-28)




The heroes' family


Residing in other dimensions

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The art style of the series was inspired by the look of animated films in the 1950s and 1960s, mostly the Disney work by such influential artists as Mary Blair, Eyvind Earle, Tom Oreb and Milt Kahl, but also from the more abstract and textured work of studios like UPA and Hanna-Barbera.[9]

The series' original score was composed by Ryan Shore.


Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero premiered on Disney XD in Canada on March 16, 2015.[10] The series debuted on Disney XD in the United Kingdom and Ireland on May 14,[citation needed] on Disney XD in Australia on June 1,[11] and on Disney XD in both the Middle East and Africa on September 7.[12]


  1. ^ Sam Levine [@Sam_Levine] (September 30, 2015). "10:25 on this show, it is a challenge. Gotta say I love the 22m format. And the next 2 nights you'll see why. So much more room..." (Tweet). Archived from the original on May 31, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2015 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Truitt, Brian (November 21, 2014). "First look: 'Penn Zero' premieres with holiday special". USA Today. Gannett. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  3. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 12, 2015). "Simulcast Premiere of 'Penn Zero: Part Time Hero' Set for February 13 on Disney XD and Disney Channel". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Archived from the original on January 13, 2015. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 16, 2013). "Disney XD Orders Animated Comedy Adventure Series 'Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero'". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  5. ^ "Disney's 'Zootopia' Concept Art, Synopsis". Stitch Kingdom. March 4, 2015. Archived from the original on May 9, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  6. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (April 22, 2015). "Disney XD Renews 'Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero' Starring 'Silicon Valley's' Thomas Middleditch (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero: Disney XD Series Cancelled; No Season Three". TV Series Finale. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  8. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 220. ISBN 9781476672939.
  9. ^ "A Multi-Dimensional Playground". 20 January 2015.
  10. ^ "ZAP IN. SAVE THE WORLD. ZAP OUT. REPEAT. PENN ZERO: PART-TIME HERO PREMIERES MARCH 16 ON DISNEY XD" (Press release). Toronto: DHX Media. March 4, 2015. Archived from the original on March 17, 2015. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  11. ^ P, Charles (June 1, 2015). "Foxtel in June: 200+ new shows including Orange Is The New Black, True Detective, Suits, PLL, Wimbledon and more". The Green Room. Foxtel. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  12. ^ "OSN TV Guide — September 2015". OSN. September 1, 2015. Retrieved September 1, 2015.