What is Disney Junior’s Firebuds about?

FIREBUDS - Key Art. (Disney)
FIREBUDS - Key Art. (Disney) /

Looking for a new show to watch with the kids? Look no further than Disney Junior’s Firebuds which returns to continue its first season on Friday March 10!

After the series premiered on the Disney-owned network in September 2022, the animated children’s series has recently received mainstream attention for having disability representation in its upcoming episodes. With the show geared towards children, the representation comes at a necessary time as children’s programming continues to reflect the real world that its young viewers live in. The series is created by Craig Gerber, who is known for creating other Disney Channel programming such as Sofia the First and Elena of Avalor.

The main cast includes Declan Whaley as Bo Bayani, Vivian Vencer as Violet Vega Vaughn, JeCobi Swain as Jayden Jones, Terrence Little Gardenhigh as Flash Fireson, Lily Sanfelippo as Axl Ambrose. Upcoming guest stars include some familiar voices such as Melissa Rauch as Beth Bayani, Lauren ‘Lolo’ Spencer as Jazzy Jones, Lou Diamond Phillips as Chief Bill Bayani, LaChanze as Jenna Jones, Oscar Nuñez as Chef Fernando, Yvette Nicole Brown as Chief Faye Fireson, Kevin Michael Richardson as Floyd Fireson.

Want to know more about what Firebuds has to offer for its kid viewers? Read on to find out!

What is Disney Junior’s Firebuds about?

A group of kids and their anthropomorphic rescue vehicle buddy cars go through the communities of Gearbox Grove and Motopolis and help keep them safe from danger. The show features children from diverse ethnic groups such as Bo Bayani, a Filipino-American boy, Violet Vega Vaughn, an Asian-American girl, and Jayden Jones, an African-American boy. The show is littered with life lessons for young kids such as learning how to work as a team, cultural awareness, and taking responsibility for your actions and this upcoming season is no different.

In the episode “Cleft Hood”, you’ll see one of the characters, Castor, carries Anya, a stuffed car with its own cleft lip. This choice was inspired by one of the writers of the show, Jeremy Shipp, who wanted to be apart of solving the challenge of the lack of representation for people with facial differences.

In the following episode, “All That Jazzy” the storyline focuses on Jazzy, who wants to be a lead dancer after watching two of the star dancers perform. Jazzy is voiced by Lauren “Lolo” Spencer, an actress and muscular dystrophy activist.

Check out the trailer for Firebuds below:

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Season 1 of Firebuds continues airing on Friday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m. ET on Disney Channel and 1:25 p.m. ET p.m. on Disney Junior. You can stream full episodes of the show on DisneyNow.com and on streaming services Hulu and Disney+ after they air on broadcast.

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