Pendleton Ward in 2011
July 8, 1982 |
Los Angeles, California
|Occupation||Animator, writer, voice actor|
|Notable work(s)||Adventure Time
Pendleton "Pen" Ward (born July 8, 1982) is an American animator, screenwriter and producer who works for Cartoon Network Studios and Frederator Studios. He created the three time Emmy-nominated Adventure Time (2010) and Bravest Warriors (2012). Ward is a graduate of the CalArts Animation Program. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California and grew up in San Antonio, Texas.
Early Life 
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.
Ward attended CalArts, where he became friends with J. G. Quintel. They later worked on The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack together. In 2009 Quintel went on to create Regular Show. 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.
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 later created a short for Frederator Studios titled Barrista, starring Bueno the Bear.
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 went 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.
|2008–2009||Random! Cartoons||Creator, director
|2008–2009||The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack||Writer, storyboard artist|
|2010–present||Adventure Time||Creator, writer, storyboard artist|
Web Series 
Video Games 
|2012||Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd You Steal Our Garbage?!||Creator, writer|
|2011||Pikapew Poop Chu||Story, animatic, soundmixing|
Voice Roles 
|2007||Barrista||Bueno the Bear
|2008||Random! Cartoons||Abraham Lincoln
|Episode: "Adventure Time"|
|2009||The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack||Rower #1
|Episode: "Ben Boozled"|
|2010–present||Adventure Time||Lumpy Space Princess
|2011||Pikapew Poop Chu||Ash
|2012||Bravest Warriors||Computer||Web series
Episode: "Emotion Lord"
|2012||Marceline and the Scream Queens||6||Creator|
Ward has previously stated that his friends, many of whom he works alongside on Adventure Time, are his biggest drawing and animating influences. In another interview, he explained that he was influenced by The Simpsons, Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro, David Lynch, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Dr. Tran, The Adventures of Tintin and The Office.
- Lloyd, Robert. "Adventure Time With Finn & Jake' enters a wild new world." Los Angeles Times. April 5, 2010. Retrieved on November 20, 2010.
- Sims, Chris. " 'Adventure Time' Creator Pendleton Ward's Next Project, 'Bravest Warriors,' Looks Awesome and Flapjack." Comics Alliance. February 8, 2012.
- "Pendleton Ward Bio". Turner. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- Ward, Pendleton. "http://www.formspring.me/buenothebear/q/847631564 ]." Formspring. Retrieved on August 16, 2012.
- Farago, Andrew. "Random Thoughts from Frederator Cartoonists". Animation World Network. Thursday January 29, 2009. Retrieved on July 28, 2011.
- Ewalt, David. "It's Adventure Time! Pendleton Ward Talks About His Hit Cartoon". Retrieved 16 August 2012.
- DeMott, Rick. "Time for Some Adventure with Pendleton Ward." Animation World Network. Sunday April 25, 2010. Retrieved on November 20, 2010.
External Links 
- Official website
- Pendleton Ward on Twitter
- Pendleton Ward at the Internet Movie Database
- Pendleton Ward on Tumblr
- Art of the Title discussion with Ward about Adventure Time's titles