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Christian Richards Jacobs is an American musician, television producer, voice actor and former child actor. He is most recognized as the co-creator of the award-winning Nick Jr. children's television series Yo Gabba Gabba! and as the lead singer of the superhero-themed Orange County ska/new wave band The Aquabats, under the pseudonym The MC Bat Commander.

Disney works

Year Title Role Notes
1984 ABC Weekend Special Kurt Landry Episode: "Henry Hamilton, Graduate Ghost"
1985 Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears Cavin voice (season 1)
1989 Hard Time on Planet Earth Mark Brady Episode: "Rodeo Show"
1989 ABC Afterschool Special Danny Episode: "My Dad Can't Be Crazy...Can He?"
1990 Exile Derf TV movie
1998 The Aquabats! Bat Commander TV pilot

Disney and The Aquabats

The original 1998 pilot for what would eventually become the 2012 television series The Aquabats! Super Show, entitled The Aquabats!, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, was commissioned by Disney subsidiary Buena Vista Television. Creative differences with Disney eventually led the project to be shelved and disowned by both Disney and The Aquabats alike. A second pilot, entitled The Aquabats in Color! was picked up by Fox Family Channel, but was cancelled upon Disney's acquisition of the network in 2001. The band, which portrays its members as over-the-top, campy superheroes, also features scores of villains and other characters that the band "fights" onstage during its live performances. In light of The Aquabats' multiple struggles with The Walt Disney Company, the band's shows would poke fun at Disney by way of these villains, sometimes portrayed as Disney executives or characters, in the years that followed, usually at venues such as the House of Blues Anaheim, which is located on Disney property at the Disneyland Resort.

Despite these differences, in the 2005 Walt Disney Pictures superhero comedy film, Sky High, real-life Aquabats promotional posters can be seen in the background in some scenes. In the 2014-15 Marvel Comics series, Legendary Star-Lord, protagonist Peter Quill/Star-Lord is depicted as a fan of The Aquabats in Issue #3, singing the band's 1997 song "Super Rad!" along with the ship's computer.

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