Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer

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Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer
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Billy Dilley's Title Card
Also known asBilly Dilley
Genre
Created byAaron Springer
Directed byAndrew Overtoom (supervising animation director)
Leticia Lacy (art director)
Voices of
Theme music composerJeremy Fisher
Opening theme"Billy Dilley"
Ending theme"Catch Me If You Can"
Composer(s)David Ricard
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes13 (25 segments)
Production
Executive producer(s)Aaron Springer
Producer(s)Wade Wisinski and Jan Hirota (line producers)
Merriwether Williams (co-producer)
Clayton Morrow (supervising producer)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Disney Television Animation
Rough Draft Korea
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkDisney XD
Original releaseJune 3 (2017-06-03) –
June 15, 2017 (2017-06-15)

Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer is an American animated television series created and executive-produced by Aaron Springer.[1] The series lasted for one season and aired on Disney XD from June 3 to June 15, 2017.

Plot[edit]

The show follows the adventures of Billy Dilley (Aaron Springer), a 7th grader who loves science, and his lab partners, Zeke (Tom Kenny) and Marsha (Catherine Wayne), and his pet rat, Anaximander, who on summer vacation find themselves trapped in Subterranea-Tania, a strange world located in the Earth's core after a test ride in Billy's science fair project The Cheeserator, a giant drilling machine designed for cutting holes in enormous Swiss cheese, goes horribly wrong.

Characters[edit]

  • Billy Dilley (voiced by Aaron Springer) – An eccentric science-obsessed boy, who is more observant and often willing to explore much of the creatures in Subterranea-Tania. He at times is often describe as silly, weird, trouble-prone, and optimistic at times.
  • Zeke (voiced by Tom Kenny) – A long-haired, preteened slacker who was assigned to work with Billy. He often tries to appear cool and aloof, but in reality gets emotional quite easily. He is considered the voice of reason and usually makes sarcastic remarks. Zeke also tends to be a talented chef, often making Calzones and Pancakes.
  • Marsha (voiced by Catherine Wayne) – A wannabe social butterfly and budding journalist who was assigned to work with Billy. She is very impressionable and lively, if somewhat spacey at times.
  • Anaximander – Billy's silent pet rat who spends much of the episodes lazing around.
  • Judy (voiced by Sarah-Nicole Robles) – A cute female swamp creature that Billy befriends. She appears in the episode “Hey Judy” and also made some small appearances in “The Mushroom Prince”, “Rat’s Entertainment”, and “The Battle for Subterranea-Tania”.
  • Count Raymond Wretcher (voiced by James Arnold Taylor) – A self-proclaimed tyrant from Subterranea-Tania, who dreams of covering the surface world with sludge. He pretends to be friendly towards Billy as an attempt to steal the Cheeserator to bring up to the surface.
  • Mrs. Wretcher (voiced by Kerri Kenney-Silver) – Count Wretcher’s overbearing mother, who often complains to her son about spreading sludge outside the castle grounds. She is never physically seen as she only appears as a portrait with a speaker below to communicate with others.
  • Big Doug (voiced by Brian Doyle-Murray) – The one-eyed mammoth farmer and owner of “Big Doug’s Wonderful World of Wigs”. He made his first appearance in “Ol' MacBilly” and had some small appearances in “Rat’s Entertainment” and “The Battle for Subterranea-Tania”.
  • Hag Witch (voiced by Susanne Blakeslee) – An elderly sorceress who has a massive crush on Count Wretcher. Billy works for her as her apprentice.
  • The Troggies – Primitive ape-like creatures in Subterranea-Tania.
    • Yucky (voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz) – A young Troggie who is friends with Billy. His vocabulary consists almost entirely of his own name. While he can be naive and mischievous, Yucky tends to be very intelligent.
  • Tony (voiced by Kenny Pittenger) – A snail-like creature who was formerly an apprentice to the Hag Witch and a friend to Billy.
  • The Gorks – A tribe of lizard warriors who have a hatred for surface-dwellers. In “Lab Friends… Forever?”, they were convinced that Billy, Zeke, and Marsha were the ultra-rare Wormasaurus Rex.
    • Gorkager (voiced by Brian Posehn) – The wise leader of the Gorks. While he is intelligent, he tends to be aggressive at times.
    • Chancellor Gork (voiced by Aaron Springer) – The second-in-command to Gorkager. He only appears in the first episode, mistaking Billy for an entertainer.
    • The Great Gork in the Celing (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) – The old Gork god who lives in the clouds of Subterranea-Tania.
  • Gregory P. Zartran (voiced by Travis Willingham) – A golden haired barbarian who is actually a homeless conman desperately trying to look for a good home and food.
  • Francis (aka Gumbrump) (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson) – A brownish-red cyclops creature who is said to be Zartran’s arch-enemy, but is actually his best buddy. He regularly speaks in a wimpy nasally voice, though whenever he goes in-character as the Gumbrump, he speaks in a deep, growly voice.
  • Thurston (voiced by Tom Kenny) – The servant to Count Wretcher and Mrs. Wretcher. He doesn't seem to have much of a personality.
  • The Orangutanasaurs – Creatures who are similar to the Troggies, but they speak better english.
  • The Mushroom Prince (voiced by Aaron Springer) – The ruler of Subterranea-Tania’s mushroom patch. He appears in the episode “The Mushroom Prince”.
  • Aunt Agnes (voiced by Mary Jo Catlett) – An elderly lizard women who is secretly a member of the Subterranea-Tania police. She appears in the episode “Billy/Willie”.
  • Mr. Ogre Chef (voiced by Fred Tatasciore) – A large monster chef who lives in a cave. He appears in the episode “Calzones”.
  • Hag Sisters (voiced by Tom Kenny and Catie Wayne) – The Hag Witch’s two sisters who are said to be beauticians. They appear in the episode “Silly Spheres”.
  • Jared (voiced by Andy Milonakis) – A tentacled creature who is a hideous flesh eater. He appears in the episode “Jared”, where he suffers from amnesia and befriends Zeke and Marsha.
  • Sluggy (vocal effects by Fred Tatasciore) – A slug who Billy befriends as a pet after feeling ignored by Anaximander. He appears in the episode "Sluggy".
  • Mud Men – Gross, slimy creatures who live in Subterranea-Tania. In “The Date”, Billy and Zeke disguised a Mud Man as Marsha’s summer love, Greg Hastings.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The show was first announced in 2014 as a potential pilot.[2] In March 2016, it was confirmed that Disney XD has greenlit the show for a full series along with Big City Greens.[1]

In 2015, Merriwether Williams was confirmed in a Twitter post by Vincent Waller as one of the show's writers,[3][4] whilst Character designer Robertryan Cory announced on his Tumblr page he has been working on the series since December 2014, just over a year before the pickup was officially announced.[5]

Episodes[edit]

The series consists of 13 half-hour episodes,[6] with most of them containing 2 11-minute segments with the final episode being a full-length episode.

No.TitleWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1a"Lab Friends... Forever?"Merriwether Williams, Sam Cherington, Zeus Cervas, Kenny Pittenger, Aaron Springer and Clayton MorrowZeus Cervas, Kenny Pittenger, Aaron Springer and Clayton MorrowJune 3, 2017 (2017-06-03)BD1010.19
When Billy Dilley's science fair project the Cheeserator gets struck by lightning and goes haywire, Billy, his lab partners Zeke and Marsha, and his pet rat Anaximander, find themselves stuck in a strange underground land called Subterranea-Tania.
1b"Surviving Billy"Merriwether Williams, Sam Cherington, Charlotte Jackson, Aaron Springer and Clayton MorrowCharlotte Jackson, Ryan Jouas, Aaron Springer, Clayton Morrow and Chuck KleinJune 3, 2017 (2017-06-03)BD1020.19
On their second day in Subterranea-Tania, Billy, Zeke and Marsha find their way back to the Cheeserator after getting kidnapped by a vicious Pterosaur. After getting back to the Cheeserator, the trio build a house made out of extra parts for safety.
2a"Hey Judy"Zeus Cervas, Sam Cherington, Damon Jones, Kenny Pittenger, Clayton Morrow, Aaron Springer and Merriwether WilliamsZeus Cervas and Kenny PittengerJune 7, 2017 (2017-06-07)BD1030.10[7]
A cute female swamp creature called Judy falls head over heels with Billy, who is too busy dealing with a crush of his own, a common earthworm who he names "Lisa".
2b"Count Wretcher"Merriwether Williams, Damon Jones, Andy Gonsalves, Kenny Pittenger, Chong Suk Lee, Clayton Morrow and Aaron SpringerAndy Gonsalves, Kenny Pittenger, Chong Suk Lee, Clayton Morrow and Aaron SpringerJune 6, 2017 (2017-06-06)BD104N/A
Billy strikes up a friendship with the sludge-obsessed Count Wretcher, who offers to help fix the Cheeserator for his own nefarious plans.
3a"Calzones"Drew Applegate, Sam Cherington, Damon Jones, Dennis Messner, Andrew Overtoom, Aaron Springer, Clayton Morrow and Merriwether WilliamsDrew Applegate, Dennis Messner, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom and Aaron SpringerJune 4, 2017 (2017-06-04)BD1060.17[8]
Zeke, the "King of Calzones", must defend his title when a rival chef enters the picture.
3b"Crab Hands"Sam Cherington, Derek Drymon, Andy Gonsalves, Chong Suk Lee, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Aaron Springer, Dave Tennant and Merriwether WilliamsAndy Gonsalves and Chong Suk LeeJune 4, 2017 (2017-06-04)BD1050.17[8]
Billy invents a grafting machine and starts adding different creature parts to his body, but the creatures are off to get him.
4a"The Date"Aaron Springer and Clayton MorrowAaron SpringerJune 5, 2017 (2017-06-05)BD108N/A
When Marsha learns she has missed her date with her summer camp crush Greg Hastings, Billy and Zeke attempt to cheer her up by fixing her up with a subterranean replacement.
4b"The Troggies Next Door"Casey Alexander, Drew Applegate, Derek Iversen, Damon Jones, Dennis Messner, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Aaron Springer and Merriwether WilliamsCasey Alexander, Drew Applegate, Dennis Messner, Clayton Morrow and Aaron SpringerJune 5, 2017 (2017-06-05)BD107N/A
Zeke feels intimidated by a primitive tribe called the Troggies, who can do everything better than he does.
5a"The Mushroom Prince"Merriwether Williams, Damon Jones, Luke Brookshier, Charlotte Jackson, Aaron Springer and Clayton MorrowLuke Brookshier and Charlotte JacksonJune 6, 2017 (2017-06-06)BD109N/A
Marsha starts a newsletter about Subterranea-Tania and Billy is desperate to know what she's written about him.
5b"Welcome to the Hag House"Zeus Cervas, Sam Cherington, Derek Iversen, Damon Jones, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Kenny Pittenger, Aaron Springer and Merriwether WilliamsZeus Cervas, Clayton Morrow, Kenny Pittenger and Aaron SpringerJune 7, 2017 (2017-06-07)BD1100.10[7]
When Billy becomes the new apprentice to Subterranea-Tania's resident sorceress Hag Witch, the two concoct a love potion to try on Count Wretcher.
6a"Beastie Billy"Luke Brookshier, Charlotte Jackson, Derek Iversen, Damon Jones, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Aaron Springer and Merriwether WilliamsLuke Brookshier, Charlotte Jackson, Clayton Morrow, and Aaron SpringerJune 8, 2017 (2017-06-08)BD111N/A
Marsha is convinced that Billy has been cursed after he takes a rock from a sacred patch for scientific analysis.
6b"Zartran"Zeus Cervas, Derek Iversen, Damon Jones, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Kenny Pittenger, Aaron Springer and Merriwether WilliamsZeus Cervas, Clayton Morrow, Kenny Pittenger and Aaron SpringerJune 8, 2017 (2017-06-08)BD112N/A
A barbarian named Zartran moves in with Billy and friends, and entertains them with stories of his epic battle with the Gumbrump, but he turns out to be a fraud as he tricks the trio into leaving their home..
7a"K is for Klutz"Wolf Rudiger-Bloss, Luke Brookshier, Zeus Cervas, Sam Cherington, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Kenny Pittenger, Aaron Springer and Merriwether WilliamsWolf Rudiger-Bloss, Luke Brookshier, Zeus Cervas, Clayton Morrow, Kenny Pittenger and Aaron SpringerJune 9, 2017 (2017-06-09)BD1130.14[9]
When Marsha suddenly becomes extremely klutzy, Billy goes through great lengths to keep her away from his ant farm.
7b"Tommy X"Ben Adams, Derek Iversen, Damon Jones, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Aaron Springer, Jonny Van Orman and Merriwether WilliamsBen Adams, Clayton Morrow, Aaron Springer and Jonny Van OrmanJune 9, 2017 (2017-06-09)BD1160.14[9]

Zeke tries to impress his extreme sports hero Tommy X when he pays a visit to Subterranea-Tania, but he seems to hang out with Billy more.

Guest Star: Steve-O as Tommy X
8a"Billy/Willie"Drew Applegate, Derek Iversen, Dennis Messner, Kyle More, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Aaron Springer and Merriwether WilliamsDrew Applegate, Dennis Messner, Clayton Morrow and Aaron SpringerJune 10, 2017 (2017-06-10)BD1180.09[10]
Zartran returns to swindle Aunt Agnes out of her treasure by getting Billy to pose as her long-lost nephew Willie.
8b"The Telltale Wart"Ben Adams, Casey Alexander, Mike Bertino, Sam Cherington, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Aaron Springer and Merriwether WilliamsCasey Alexander (storyboard director)

Ben Adams, Casey Alexander, Mike Bertino, Clayton Morrow and Aaron Springer
June 10, 2017 (2017-06-10)BD1140.09[10]
Billy becomes obsessed with his Troggie friend Yucky's wart, and decides to transfer it onto his body without Yucky's permission, but guilt starts to kicks in.
9a"Ol' MacBilly"Drew Applegate, Mike Bertino, Derek Iversen, Dennis Messner, Kyle More, Clayton Morrow, Sarah Oleksyk, Andrew Overtoom, Aaron Springer and Merriwether WilliamsDrew Applegate, Mike Bertino, Dennis Messner, Clayton Morrow, Sarah Oleksyk, Andrew Overtoom and Aaron SpringerJune 11, 2017 (2017-06-11)BD115N/A
Teased by a gang of lizard youths for his hair, Billy decides to save up for a wig by looking after Big Doug's prized mammoth.
9b"Silly Spheres"Ben Adams, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Kenny Pittenger, Aaron Springer and Merriwether WilliamsKenny Pittenger (storyboard director)

Ben Adams, Clayton Morrow, Kenny Pittenger and Aaron Springer
June 11, 2017 (2017-06-11)BD121N/A
Billy, Tony and Yucky guard Hag Witch's house while she's out, but they can't resist breaking into her spells cabinet.
10a"Wretcherous Treachery"Zeus Cervas, Derek Iversen, Kyle More, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Aaron Springer, Jonny Van Orman and Merriwether WilliamsZeus Cervas (storyboard director)

Zeus Cervas, Clayton Morrow, Aaron Springer and Jonny Van Orman
June 12, 2017 (2017-06-12)BD1230.10[11]
Tired of being castle-bound by his domineering mother, Count Wretcher breaks loose and tries to convince Billy and friends to continue fixing the Cheeserator.
10b"Jared"Sam Cherington, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Kenny Pittenger, Chris Reccardi, Aaron Springer and Merriwether WilliamsClayton Morrow, Kenny Pittenger, Chris Reccardi and Aaron SpringerJune 12, 2017 (2017-06-12)BD1200.10[11]
Billy grows jealous when Zeke and Marsha befriend a strange creature called Jared, who eventually turns out to be a hideous flesh-eater who suffered from amnesia.
11a"Sluggy"Luke Brookshier, Derek Iversen, Charlotte Jackson, Damon Jones, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Aaron Springer and Merriwether WilliamsLuke Brookshier, Charlotte Jackson, Clayton Morrow and Aaron SpringerJune 13, 2017 (2017-06-13)BD1190.13[12]
Feeling ignored by Anaximander, Billy decides to take in a new pet, a slug called Sluggy.
11b"Double Bubble"Luke Brookshier, Derek Iversen, Charlotte Jackson, Kyle More, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Aaron Springer and Merriwether WilliamsLuke Brookshier, Charlotte Jackson, Clayton Morrow and Aaron SpringerJune 13, 2017 (2017-06-13)BD1220.13[12]
When Zeke starts avoiding his chores by throwing his trash on the roof, he and Billy end up dealing with a large-scale garbage problem on their hands.
12a"The Glorp of the Gorks"Zeus Cervas, Derek Iversen, Damon Jones, Kyle More, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Kenny Pittenger, Aaron Springer and Merriwether WilliamsZeus Cervas, Clayton Morrow, Kenny Pittenger and Aaron SpringerJune 14, 2017 (2017-06-14)BD1170.10[13]
When the Gorks' sacred slime is tampered with, Billy is enlisted to help find the culprit.
12b"Rat's Entertainment!"Drew Applegate, Zeus Cervas, Derek Iversen, Dennis Messner, Kyle More, Clayton Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Kenny Pittenger, Aaron Springer and Merriwether WilliamsDrew Applegate, Zeus Cervas, Dennis Messner, Clayton Morrow, Kenny Pittenger and Aaron SpringerJune 14, 2017 (2017-06-14)BD1240.10[13]
When Anaximander starts molting his fur, the people of Subterranea-Tania decide to put on a show to make him feel better.
13"The Battle for Subterranea-Tania"Casey Alexander, Mike Bertino, Derek Iversen, Kyle More, Clay Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Aaron Springer, and Merriwether Williams
Zeus Cervas, Derek Iversen, Kyle More, Clay Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Kenny Pittenger, Aaron Springer, and Merriwether Williams
Casey Alexander (storyboard director)

Casey Alexander, Mike Bertino, Clay Morrow, and Aaron Springer

Zeus Cervas and Kenny Pittenger (storyboard directors)

Zeus Cervas, Clay Morrow, Andrew Overtoom, Kenny Pittenger, and Aaron Springer
June 15, 2017 (2017-06-15)BD125–1260.14[14]
As Billy, Zeke and Marsha prepare to leave Subterranea-Tania by throwing a "farewell party", Billy accidentally causes a robot-alien invasion led by an evil clone of Billy. The people of Subterranea-Tania then turn against Billy and it's up to the trio to try to stop the invasion once and for all.

Broadcast[edit]

Billy Dilley's Super-Duper Subterranean Summer premiered on Disney XD in Canada on June 5, in Germany, Disney XD premiered the series on July 7, in Australia and New Zealand, the series premiered on Disney XD in October 2017, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the show premiered on Disney XD on September 18, 2017.

Reception[edit]

Emily Ashby of Common Sense Media gave the series 3 out of 5 stars; saying “This new world of Billy's appeals to kids' sense of imagination, even if it does so with more nonsense than anything else. The show is visually pleasing, boasts a talented voice cast, and is filled with nonstop action and laughs.”[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Milligan, Mercedes (March 4, 2016). "Disney XD Announces 'Billy Dilly' and 'Country Club'". Animation Magazine. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  2. ^ Amidi, Amid (July 17, 2014). "Disney TV Inks Deals With Aaron Springer, Jhonen Vasquez, Jesse LeDoux, and Ryan Quincy". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  3. ^ ""Billy Dilley's Super Duper Subterranean Summer" News & Discussion Thread". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ "Aaron Springer and Merriwether Williams are working on something new for Disney! – Idiot Box". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Your work is starting to look...Aaron Spinger-ish". Archived from the original on October 12, 2016. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
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