Disney has recently announced that Disney Junior’s new animated comedy-adventure series The Chicken Squadwill premiere with two back-to-back episodes on Friday, May 14 (7:30 p.m. EDT/PDT) on Disney Junior and DisneyNOW. The series, which takes inspiration from the popular books from Doreen Cronin, follows three young chicks—Coop, voiced by Ramone Hamilton; Sweetie, voiced by Gabriella Graves; and Little Boo, voiced by Maxwell Simkins—and their retired search-and-rescue dog mentor, Captain Tully, who is voiced by Yvette Nicole Brown. The chicken siblings and Captain Tully embark on all manner of adventures in their very own backyard—from rescuing a stranded puppy from a creek to helping a bird track down its missing food—and are always at the ready to lend a helping wing.
Casting includes Tony Hale (Forky Asks a Questionand Disney+’s upcoming The Mysterious Benedict Society) will voice Frazz, a nervous squirrel; Jane Lynch (Glee) is Dr. Dirt, a forensic scientist snail; Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) plays the chicks’ mother, Dinah; Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs) voices gruff pack rat Riley; Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Resident) lends his voice to retired firehouse dog Lt. Scruffy; and Melissa Villaseñor (Saturday Night Live) and Zack Pearlman (Dragons: Race to the Edge) will voice mischievous raccoon siblings Wheeze and Snick. Also keep an ear out for Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Chrissie Fit (Pitch Perfect franchise), who are among the guest stars fans will hear during The Chicken Squad’s first season. Bloom and Fit will lend their voices to Rebeecca, a nervous honeybee, and Quilla, a friendly porcupine, respectively.
A digital soundtrack, Disney Junior Music: The Chicken Squad, featuring the theme song and music from the series, is also set for release Friday, May 14, on Walt Disney Records.
The Chicken Squad was developed and is executive produced by Emmy® Award winner Tom Rogers (Elena of Avalor). Humanitas Prize and Emmy® Award winner Rachel Ruderman (Sofia the First) is co-producer and story editor; Tony Trujillo (FarmVille 2) is art director; and Emmy Award-nominated Elliot M. Bour (Elena of Avalor) and Scott Bern (Puppy Dog Pals) are supervising directors.
GRAMMY® Award winner Alex Geringas (Voltron: Legendary Defender) and Emmy Award-nominated Mike Himelstein (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) are the series’ songwriters, and Emmy Award winner Gregory James Jenkins (T.O.T.S.) is composer. The Chicken Squad theme song is performed by multitalented actress, singer, and recording artist Renée Sandstrom (Kids Incorporated/Wild Orchid), along with Geringas.
It’s expected that the series will eventually arrive on Disney+ globally but no release details have been announced at this time.