After initially appearing as themselves for a few minutes, they are then transformed into animated “Trooper” characters to assist Moxy (the raccoon) and Mack (the moose). Hank Azaria voices the character of Shellfish Sheldon (which is ironic, since he’s Jewish), and Rachael Ray and Josh Duhamel also appear on the show as “Admirables.” Owens will appear in the episode, “A Spectrum of Possibilities,” as “Trooper Charlie,” and the group meets a bird who also has autism.
Kellee McQuinn, co-executive producer for the show, explained why she’s so excited for the upcoming episode:
“One of our writers wanted to ensure an episode in season one focused on autism inclusion because his child is on the spectrum. Everyone has been so passionate about this particular episode and we all understood the sensitivities of having a child with Autism star in a national television show. Charlie’s not an actor; and together we worked together to make sure he was comfortable on the set and well prepared before it came time to taping and recording his episode.”
Watch the official trailer below: