Two years ago, ‘Gravity Falls’ made its San Diego Comic-Con debut. Then a fledgling animated series with just a few episodes aired, the series was intended to be spotlighted along with a few other Disney Television Animation (DTVA) shows in the panel held in a relatively small room. Much to everyone’s surprise — especially the series’ creator, Alex Hirsch, however, it was already a breakout hit with the fans and Stitch Kingdom is pleased to be able to say we were there (you can read the full report here). Fast forward to 2014 and ‘Gravity Falls’ was featured in its own panel, easily playing to a much larger, standing room only crowd.
This is a placeholder for my review of the first episode of Disney XD’s ‘Star Wars Rebels’ that was screened last night to an invitation-only crowd at San Diego Comic-Con. It is a placeholder because I did not have the opportunity to actually attend the screening held at the Reading Theater in the Gaslamp District. Perhaps when I actually get to see ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ I will update this article. Until then, this is a placeholder. And in order to fill the space which is being held, I will indulge my self and explain just why it’s a placeholder.
Ahead of any official announcements, Walmart today began accepting pre-orders for two upcoming DVD releases: ‘Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion‘ and ‘Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars.’ Neither title offers a release date at this time, although the timing could not be more appropriate given the start of the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con.
Presumably ‘Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion‘ is the full title of the upcoming hour-long special that will air in October, serving as the lead-in for the Disney XD series which takes place between Episodes III and IV in the Star Wars saga.
PBS and the American Experience series have announced that they will premiere a new four hour, 2 night film titled Walt Disney in fall of 2015. Written by Mark Zwonitzer and produced and directed by Sarah Colt, the film features rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of Disney’s greatest films and includes interviews with animators and artists who worked on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Imagineers who helped design Disneyland.
Just ahead of San Diego Comic-Con, Lucasfilm has just released an extended trailer for its upcoming animated series, ‘Star Wars Rebels,’ which will debut as a one hour special on Disney XD in October.
The Jedi have been wiped out and the Empire spreads tyranny through the galaxy. Hope runs thin. But on the small planet of Lothal a big change is looming. A group of rebels meet a 14-year-old con artist named Ezra and soon it’s clear their destinies are linked. Aboard their ship, the Ghost, Ezra and the rebels embark on an adventure to ignite a rebellion and strike back against the Empire.
Disney Television Animation is in development on ‘Haunted Mansion,’ a special for Disney Channel and Disney XD inspired by the popular Disney Parks attraction. Legendary horror genre artist and children’s book illustrator Gris Grimly is attached to executive produce and art direct with Scott Peterson executive producing, story editing and writing and Joshua Pruett consulting producing and writing, both of ‘Phineas and Ferb.’
The television animation studio continues to add to its deep roster of world-class artists and creators with three pilots and a new short-form series from Aaron Springer, Jhonen Vasquez and Jenny Goldberg, Jesse LeDoux and Matt Olsen and Ryan Quincy, all currently in production for Disney XD. The studio has also extended an overall deal with Emmy Award-winning ‘Phineas and Ferb’ co-creator and executive producer Dan Povenmire for development on new projects.
Twenty-six stars of Disney’s hit programming for kids and tweens perform a new interpretation of the song ‘Do You Want to Build a Snowman?’ from Disney’s Academy Award-winning animated film Frozen. The new pop arrangement of the song will debut Friday, July 18 on Radio Disney; its music video will premiere on the popular WATCH Disney Channel app for verified users on Friday, July 18 and Sunday, July 20 on Disney Channel.
Yesterday, Lucasfilm introduced a new character from its upcoming animated series, ‘Star Wars Rebels’ — Agent Kallus, an Imperial Security Bureau (ISB) agent. Voiced by David Oyelowo, Kallus is described a ‘ruthless, unforgiving, and an example of the Empire’s tyranny.’ Also described as a ‘rebel hunter,’ Kallus’ position is on the ground, leading stormtroopers in face-to-face battles against anti-Imperial groups — and his combat skills are impressive, including the use of a modified version of Zeb’s honor guard staff.
ABC will be bringing star power to Comic-Con 2014 with returning fan favorites ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ as well as hit series ‘Resurrection,’ upcoming holiday special ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot’ and highly anticipated midseason series ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter.’
On Thursday, July 24, ABC and Pixar Animation Studios will give fans a first-look sneak peek with a panel on the original holiday special, ‘Toy Story That Time Forgot.’ Go inside the show as the panelists give you an exclusive inside-look at the sketches, storyboards and concepts that went into the making of this Disney•Pixar special! Join producer Galyn Susman (‘Toy Story OF TERROR!’), director Steve Purcell (‘Brave’) and head of story Derek Thompson (‘WALL•E’) for a moderated Q&A panel from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Room 6A, followed by a special autograph session from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the ABC Castle on the Convention Center Floor, booth #4245.
Laura Marano and Leigh-Allyn Baker team up to star in the comedic buddy adventure Bad Hair Day, a Disney Channel Original Movie scheduled to premiere in 2015. Leigh-Allyn Baker makes her foray into producing as executive producer of the movie.
Marano stars as a high school tech whiz who’s bound and determined to be crowned prom queen. But on the big day, everything that can go wrong does go wrong, starting with her sudden and epically uncontrollable hair and her once lovely yet now destroyed prom dress. She soon comes to rely on a down-on-her-luck cop (Baker) who’s in pursuit of a missing necklace that the teen unwittingly has in her possession. Prom day goes from bad to mad as the pair is pursued by a dogged jewel thief on a wild ride across the city. Christian Campbell has been cast as the jewel thief.