Back in the days before video games, kids (to be specific,
young boys who lived in the suburbs) lived differently.
9-to-13 year-old males would get up on a Saturday morning
and then select that day's weapon of destruction (i.e. their skateboard,
bicycle or scooter). They'd then ride out in their neighborhood looking for
adventure with the only hard-and-fast rule to live by: That they had to head
back home when the streetlights came on.
Sandro Corsaro remembers that world vividly. As a kid
growing up in Stoneham, MA., he spent many a Saturday cruising around the
cul-de-sac. Where Sandro would often bash an elbow or scrape a knee as he tried
to learn a new trick on his skateboard on Nixon Lane. And it was this time and
that place (more importantly, that feeling) that Corsaro was trying to
recapture when he created Disney XD's "Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil."
"Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil" Sandro Corsaro
"I remember - when we first started working on this animated
series - having these long conversations with Chris Savino
about what it was like to be a kid growing up in the suburbs in the 1970s,"
Sandro explained. "The rules that you had to live by back then. Where you could
ride anywhere you wanted in the neighborhood just as long as you didn't cross
Main Street. Or that tight feeling that you got in your chest whenever you
tried a new trick on your skateboard. That's what we wanted 'Kick Buttowski' to
be about. Kids pushing back against the
safety & conformity of the suburbs so that they could then have all of these crazed, stunt-filled
And at the very center of this Emmy-nominated (for
Outstanding Short-Form Animated Program) series is the show's title
character, Clarence "Kick" Buttowski. Voiced with a steely intensity by
"Diagnosis Murder" veteran Charlie Schlatter, Kick is a pot-bellied young boy
who is determined to someday become the world's greatest daredevil. Which is
why Kick spends every waking hour thinking up new death-defying stunts to
perform. What's more, he walks around wearing a crash helmet as well as an Evil
"People often ask me if I was like Kick when I was a kid,"
Corsaro laughed. "And while I did do some pretty crazy stuff - like roller-blading
down Broadway -- I wasn't nearly as hardcore as Kick is."
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And speaking of Sandro's family, Corsaro readily admits that
he drew a lot of inspiration for the characters in "Kick Buttowski: Suburban
Daredevil" from his own family.
"Brianna is actually modeled after my older sister. Who was
kind of the golden child of my family," Sandro said. "While I was outside
jumping over things, she was taking piano lessons, French lessons, signing up
for an extra math packet. She could do no wrong."
Whereas Corsaro's older brother ... He was the template for
Wade, that teenaged gas station attendant who's always so supportive of Kick's
Kick, Gunther and Wade from "Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil"Copyright 2010 Disney XD. All rights reserved
"I thought that my older brother was the coolest person in
the world," Sandro recalled. "He moved out of my parent's house when he was
only 18 and then went to work at a record store. I used to go visit him at his
job and stare up at that poster that had been personally signed by Jon Bon Jovi
and wish that I had his life. That I was free to come and go as I pleased."
Which brings us to Kick's parents, Harold & Denise
Buttowski. Corsaro admits that he may have given his own parents some grief
when he was growing up. But nothing like what Kick puts poor Harold &
"And nowadways ... My Mom tells me that I've added 30 years to
my Dad's life. He's so proud that his son created this animated series which
constantly references his old hometown," Sandro stated.
And the Stoneham, MA.
references really do come fast & thick on "Kick Buttowski: Suburban
Daredevil." Take - for example - the show's "According to Chimp" episode. Where
hundreds of chimpanzees escape from Mellowbrook Zoo and then terrorize the
populace. That's something that could have actually happened in Stoneham, MA.
Given that this Boston suburb is home to the Stone Zoo.
"I was actually back in Stoneham last Fall," Corsaro
remembered. "And it's amazing how much of that town has remained the same since
I was a kid. The Watchmaker shop is still in the same place. As is the Dairy
Dome and Dead Man's Drop."
Speaking of traveling ... Sandro and the "Kick Buttowski:
Suburban Daredevil" team went down to San Diego last month to do a panel for
this Disney XD series at Comic-Con International. And Corsaro was really gratified. Both by the huge crowd
that turned out on Sunday, July 25th as well as the great questions
that the kids in the audience came up with.
"Oh, sure. There were kids who asked the obvious questions.
Like 'Are we ever going to get to see Kick's hair?' And the answer to that
question is no," Sandro smiled. "But then there those kids who asked really
interesting questions. Like 'Why does 'Kick Buttowski' look different than all
the other animated series on TV? Why are the backgrounds out of focus?' And it
was Charlie Schlatter who jumped in at that point and then explained the
concept of racked focus."
Corsaro came away from Comic-Con feeling newly energized. He
was thrilled to see some of the drawings that "Kick Buttoski: Suburban
Daredevil" fans had done of characters from the show.
"I just hope that they're just as enthusiastic about Season
2 of the show. Which is going to feature some exciting new characters," Sandro
said. "Like Gordon Gribble, Kick's first real rival when it comes to who is
Mellowbrook's top daredevil. And then
there's Hush and Razz, the guys who run the top skate shop in town, Skidzee's."
And there are lots of other surprises that will be revealed
in Season 2 of "Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil." Which is supposed to debut
on Disney XD in the Spring of 2011. But - for now - Corsaro is just enjoying
the ride. Which started out with him working as a production assistant on "The
Iron Giant" (where Sandro regularly rubbed elbows with Brad Bird, Teddy Newton
and Mark Andrews) and recently resulted with the creator of this animated
series having his picture printed on the front page of the Boston Globe.
"Of course, given the way that I behaved as a kid, I bet
that there are a lot of my old neighbors who thought that I'd eventually end up
with my face on the front page of the Boston Globe. But not for a good reason,"
"Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil" airs on Disney XD Saturday
mornings at 8:30 am ET / PT, 7:30 a.m. CT
Good read, reminded me of my hometown in NC. Looking forward to catching Kick soon!
Yeah... great show... In the episode I saw the main character talks back to his teacher and other authority figures and then decides to just walk out of school. My children are now banned from watching it. Walt must be rolling in his grave.
Joe, when you get back to 1953 say hi to Ward Cleaver for us. It's a cartoon! And a really fun one at that. The Mouse himself was quite a rascal before he went Corporate.
Agree with Joe except that I don't have kids. If I ever do and for some reason this junk is still on, I'll ban it too. Bring back the classic stuff like DuckTales, Darkwing and GoofTroop.
Kick and Gunther are awesome! LOL
i ♥ kick!!!
horrible 2010 animation .. people need to get a style and quite making toons from teh box
Having grown up in Bucks County PA, I can see what he was going for. The show, which I found entertaining on a number of levels, is true to his roots. Its a shame half this country isn't like this anymore ------ But I'll save that for another post....Certainly did remind me of the good old days hanging around Silver Lake Park.
We were stuck inside so I watched more than a few episodes this weekend with my kids. Think it was part of the DXD channels marathon. All I can say is LOL.
HELLO I LVE IN NYC I HAVE A 2 YEAR OLD SON NAME ETHAN WHO IBREATHS,EAT, AND SAY'S KICK ALL DAY LONG AND THE DAYS HE CAN NOT SEE IT ON DISNEY XD I'M IN TROUBLE DOING REPEATS OF KICK ON MY COMPUTURE I WOULD LOVE TO ORDER OR EVEN OWN EVERTHING KICK FROM A BED SHEET SET TO THE ACTUAL TALKING KICK, SCOOTER, STICKERS WHATEVER MERCHANDISE YOU CREATE I'V NEVER SEEN ANY OF MY KIDS SO DRAWEN TO A CARTOON LIKE THIS THANK YOU FOR YOUR AMAZING IMAGINATION AND CHILD HOOD MEMORIES I CAN SHARE WITH MY SO IN ADVANCE I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE KICK PARTY DECORATIONS FOR NEXT YEAR HE WILL BE 3 AND WOULD LOVE TO MAKE HIM HIS PARTY WITH THE COSTUME THANKS AGAIN PARENTS OF A TRUE DIE HARD FAN OF Kick Buttowski:
Kick is great. Caught my first glipse of the show back home in Colombia, where it is dubbed is Spanish. And I loved it. Once the episode ended I hopped on the computer to find out more! The artistry is great. The colors are amazing and the Show in itself is so entertaining! Keep up the good work. Im 29 and loved it !
(to those parents complaining... the way your kids act is not because of a single tv show ; )
kick buttoski iam you, friend
Well, I'm from Germany.I must say that the VERY great show "Kick Buttowski" began in Germany on SuperRTL in the end of April this year (2011).And I was very impressed of him and love him ♥
I would be very thankful if a DVD of season 1 would be published (of course in Germany too!)
I love disney xd kick buttowski is my faveret show