Pendleton Ward

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Pendleton Ward
Pendleton Ward at the Tomorrow Show.jpg
Pendleton Ward in 2011
Born (1982-07-08) July 8, 1982 (age 32)
United States
Pen name Pen Ward, Pendelton Ward, buenothebear
Occupation Animator, Writer, voice actor
Nationality American
Education CalArts
Period 2005–present
Genre Adventure
Notable works Adventure Time
Bravest Warriors

Pendleton "Pen" Ward (born July 8, 1982) is an American animator, screenwriter, producer and voice actor who works for Cartoon Network Studios and Frederator Studios. He created the Emmy-award winning series Adventure Time (2010)[1] and the internet series Bravest Warriors (2012).[2] Ward is a graduate of the CalArts Animation Program.[3] He grew up in Texas and currently resides in Los Angeles.

Early life[edit]

Ward became interested in animation at an early age, inspired by his mother, who is an artist and worked with animators. He started drawing flipbooks in first grade. He often worked with his best friend, Alec "the logdog" Coates, on short comic books.

Ward attended CalArts, where he became friends with J. G. Quintel and Alex Hirsch. They later worked on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack together. In 2009 Quintel went on to create Regular Show and Hirsch went on to create Gravity Falls. Eric Homan, vice president of Frederator Studios, offered Ward a job at the studios after watching one of his films at the annual CalArts animation screenings.[4]


In 2002–2003, Ward published a webcomic titled Bueno the Bear. He later took down the comics because he thought they were "terrible". However, he retains the name "buenothebear" for his website and his handle on sites such as Twitter. Ward created a student film titled Barrista, starring Bueno the Bear that was later released by Frederator Studios.

Ward continued to work on short animations for Frederator's Random! Cartoons, which aired on the Nicktoons Network. There he worked with several people who would later join him on the Adventure Time series, including composer Casey James Basichis, Adam Muto, and Niki Yang, many of whom had attended the California Institute of the Arts alongside Pen. His two shorts were The Bravest Warriors and the Adventure Time animated short. The Adventure Time short was made in 2006 and went on to become an internet phenomenon in 2007, with over a million views by November of that year. Ward initially pitched Adventure Time to Nickelodeon, but was rejected. It also took some time before Cartoon Network decided to pick it up.

In 2007, Ward was hired to work on the first season of Cartoon Network's The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack as a writer and storyboard artist. Flapjack was a storyboard-driven show, allowing the storyboard artists to write all the dialogue and draw all the action based on an outline assigned to them. During his time on Flapjack Ward was paired up with Mike Roth (currently the supervising producer of Regular Show) and later Alex Hirsch, who has since gone on to create the show Gravity Falls and develop Fish Hooks for Disney Channel. The experience inspired Pen to approach Adventure Time the same way once it was picked up as a series.

In 2012, Frederator Studios developed Bravest Warriors and turned it into a web series for the relaunch of Cartoon Hangover. Former Adventure Time lead designer Phil Rynda worked on the redesigns of the characters for the series. The series premiered during the fall of 2012 through Cartoon Hangover's YouTube channel alongside a comic book series of the same name by Boom! Studios.

At an unknown time during the 5th season of Adventure Time, Ward unexpectedly stepped down from running the show. "I quit because it was driving me nuts," Ward revealed in the October 9th edition of Rolling Stone magazine. However, he said he'd never leave the show and is currently working as one of the show's writers and storyboard artists.



Year Title Role
2008–2009 Random! Cartoons Storyboard artist, character designer, director
2008–2009 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Writer, storyboard artist
2010–Present Adventure Time Creator, writer, storyboard artist, producer (seasons 1–2), executive producer, showrunner (season 3–5)
2014 Over the Garden Wall Writer, storyboard artist
Episode: "Songs of the Dark Lantern"


Year Title Role
TBA Adventure Time Movie Creator, Producer and Writer[5]


Year Title Role
2012–Present Bravest Warriors Creator
2014–Present Bee and PuppyCat Animatic editor, voice director

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2012 Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?! Writer
2013 Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I Don't Know! Writer
2014 Little Pink Best Buds Writer, artist

Short films[edit]

Year Title Role
2007 Barrista Writer, animator
2011 Pikapew Poop Chu Story, animatic, soundmixing

Voice roles[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Barrista Bueno the Bear / Sasha Short film
2008 Random! Cartoons Abraham Lincoln / Old Man Episode: "Adventure Time"
2009 The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack Rower #1 / Sail Boss Episode: "Ben Boozled"
2010–Present Adventure Time Lumpy Space Princess / Shelby / Additional voices 58 episodes
2011 Pikapew Poop Chu Ash / Brock Short film
2012 Bravest Warriors Computer Episode: "Emotion Lord"
2014 Broken Age Gus Video Game


Ward has previously stated that his friends, many of whom he works alongside on Adventure Time, are his biggest drawing and animating influences.[6] In another interview, he explained that he was influenced by The Simpsons.[7]


  1. ^ Weisman, Jon (August 14, 2013). "Emmy Wins Come Early for 'Adventure Time,' 'Portlandia,' 'Simpsons'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ Sims, Chris. " 'Adventure Time' Creator Pendleton Ward's Next Project, 'Bravest Warriors,' Looks Awesome and Flapjack." Comics Alliance. February 8, 2012.
  3. ^ "Pendleton Ward Bio". Turner. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Farago, Andrew. "Random Thoughts from Frederator Cartoonists". Animation World Network. Thursday January 29, 2009. Retrieved on July 28, 2011.
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  6. ^ Ewalt, David. "It's Adventure Time! Pendleton Ward Talks About His Hit Cartoon". Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  7. ^ DeMott, Rick. "Time for Some Adventure with Pendleton Ward." Animation World Network. Sunday April 25, 2010. Retrieved on November 20, 2010.

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