Disney’s hugely popular duck-billed, beaver-tailed, teal-colored character Perry the Platypus, as seen on “Phineas and Ferb,” the #1 animated series for kids and tweens, will be the main attraction on Platypus Day, Saturday, March 3. The celebration includes the introduction of “The Platypus Walk,” a catchy spy-surf-rock song and dance designed to encourage fun physical activity as part of Disney’s commitment to inspire kids and families to lead active lifestyles. The day also includes 11 hours of “Phineas and Ferb” programming including two new Perry-focused episodes on Disney Channel and Disney XD, an interactive website dedicated to Perry the Platypus, a fun giveaway and special Platypus Takeover at all Disney Stores in the U.S. & Canada and events via local Radio Disney stations across the nation.
“The Platypus Walk” song will debut today, Wednesday, February 8, when Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (creators/executive producers, “Phineas and Ferb”) join Radio Disney’s Ernie D on air (4:00-5:00 p.m., PT) as Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Major Monogram. Also beginning today, viewers can visit DisneyChannel.com to learn the steps to “The Platypus Walk” dance. Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Major Monogram will also co-host the Top 30 Countdown on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4.
“The Platypus Walk” music video debuts Saturday, March 3 on Disney Channel and Disney XD. The dance, choreographed by Rosero McCoy (“Shake It Up” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam”), will be demonstrated by Friends of Perry (FOP) and fan favorites: Bridgit Mendler, Bradley Steven Perry, Jason Dolley, Mia Talerico, Leigh-Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer (“Good Luck Charlie”), Bella Thorne and Zendaya, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine (“Shake It Up”), Debby Ryan, Kevin Chamberlin, Skai Jackson, Karan Brar, Cameron Boyce and Peyton List (“Jessie”), Billy Unger, Kelli Berglund, Spencer Boldman and Tyrel Jackson Williams (“Lab Rats”), Jason Earles, Leo Howard, Mateo Arias, Dylan Riley Snyder, Olivia Holt and Alex Christian Jones (“Kickin’ It”), and Ross Lynch, Laura Marano, Raini Rodriguez and Calum Worthy (“Austin & Ally”).
All Friends of Perry (FOP) are invited to visit DisneyChannel.com to learn the dance moves from Rosero McCoy, download a printable certificate and iron on decal, play Perry games and become a fan of Agent P.
In anticipation of Perry’s big day, the weekend celebration begins with a new Perry-centric “Phineas and Ferb” episode, “Mom’s in the House,” on Friday, March 2 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT) followed by an 11-hour marathon, Saturday, March 3 (9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. Disney XD’s 12-hour “Phineas and Ferb” marathon begins with the premiere of another new episode, “Perry the Actorpus,” on Saturday, March 3 (8:00 a.m., ET/PT).
Disney Channel celebrates Black History Month beginning WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 with young viewers expressing what Black History means to them, in a new installment of the original interstitial series “This Is Me.” Filmed at the Challengers Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles, the interstitials feature kids sharing their thoughts about what inspires them, their hopes and dreams and how they want to change the world.
“We are proud to commemorate Black History Month with programming content that empowers kids to express themselves and share how they are already making a difference in the world,” said Ron Pomerantz, Vice President, Marketing and Creative, Disney Channels.
Geared towards 6-14 year-olds, the “This Is Me” series is designed to celebrate the uniqueness of every day kids and highlight aspects of their lives that have made them who they are today.
Fan favorite Debby Ryan (“Jessie”) stars as a teen who secretly breaks free from her painfully shy self and into the persona of a bold podcast host who rocks her Seattle high school with music and the message to ‘be yourself,’ in Radio Rebel, a Disney Channel Original Movie based on the novel Shrinking Violet, premiering Friday, February 17 at 8:00 pm ET/PT. The soundtrack will include Debby Ryan performing the smash hit “We Got the Beat.”
In Radio Rebel, Ryan plays Tara Adams, an introverted high school junior who can’t bring herself to speak in class — and especially when the newly-popular rocker, Gavin, is in her midst. Tara can’t imagine anything more intimidating than when her drama teacher teams her in class with Gavin and his prom date, the school’s cliquish queen bee, Stacy. Her shyness at school notwithstanding, alone in her room at home, Tara casts herself as Radio Rebel and, as host of a nightly podcast, showcases her passion for music and self-expression and her message to abandon cliques and celebrate each other’s differences. Radio Rebel quickly gains fans on campus — especially when her show lands on a big, local radio station — much to the chagrin of the school’s principal who considers Radio Rebel and her message to be in clear defiance of the school’s “anti-distraction policy.” Meanwhile, Gavin raves about the mysterious host and her taste in music but still, shy Tara – now oddly jealous of her alter-ego – can barely finish a sentence in front of him. As students clamor to learn the identity of Radio Rebel and the show’s popularity extends across Seattle, Tara’s two worlds begin to collide, reaching an apex when Radio Rebel is nominated prom-queen and the school, in turn, bans prom, causing a backlash from her fans. Now, Tara wrestles with two even bolder moves — organizing an alternative to the prom and revealing that she is Radio Rebel.
Starring are Debby Ryan as Tara Adams, Sarena Parmar (“How to be Indie,” Degrassi”) as Audrey, Adam DiMarco (“The Haunting Hour”) as Gavin, Merritt Patterson (“Kyle XY”) as Stacy and Atticus Mitchell (“My Babysitter’s a Vampire”) as Gabe.
The teleplay for Radio Rebel was written by Erik Patterson and Jessica Scott (Another Cinderella Story, “The Haunting Hour”) and directed by Peter Howitt (Sliding Doors, Johnny English). The executive producers are Fernando Szew (“A Christmas Kiss”), Michael D. Jacobs (“3 Holiday Tails”), Robyn Snyder (“16 Wishes”), Jane Goldenring (“I Do (But I Don’t”), Kim Arnott (“The Haunting Hour”) and Oliver De Caigny (“Dear Santa,” “The Haunting Hour”). Based on the novel Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph, the movie was filmed in Vancouver, Canada. It is a production of MarVista and Two 4 the Money Media.
The multiplatform premiere schedule is:
THURSDAY, JANUARY 20
Radio Rebel page will be live on disneychannel.com with information about the movie and characters.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10
Radio Rebel exclusive preview available via Disney Channel On Demand, a video-on-demand service available to a variety of affiliates including AT&T U-Verse, Cablevision and Time Warner customers.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13-THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Disney Channel will present music-themed episodes and movies during a “We Got The Beat” viewing event (7:30-10:00 p.m., ET/PT).
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
The premiere of Radio Rebel (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel with simulcasts on Sprint TV and MobiTV.
Disney’s beloved Peter Pan makes his way back to Never Land and makes his debut in the popular Disney Junior series ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ in an all-new primetime special, ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns.’
Premiering on Disney Channel on February 13 at 7:00 pm ET/PT, Peter Pan (voiced by Adam Wylie) arrives on Pirate Island to enlist the aid of Jake, Izzy, Cubby and Skully in finding his lost shadow. The special will also include six original songs.
Starting Monday, February 6, DisneyJunior.com/PeterPan will feature ‘Jake’s Countdown to Peter Pan’ and the debut of a new two-part game, ‘Shadow Shenanigans,’ where players can take on the role of Peter Pan’s shadow to try to wake the sleeping Jolly Roger crew and then play a shadow matching game.
A full-length preview of ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns’ will become available via Disney Channel on Demand on February 6. Mobile providers Sprint TV and MobiTV will simulcast the special in conjunction with the television premiere on February 13 on Disney Channel. The special will be available the following day on mobile VOD for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon customers.
Disney Junior has provided us with these sneak peek images from the special:
The second season of ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ continues on Disney Junior with all new episodes starting February 20. Special guest stars include Sharon Osbourne, Josh Duhamel, Jane Kaczmarek and Tiffani Thiessen who will join series regulars David Arquette, Tori Spelling, Lisa Loeb, Adam West and Ariel Winter.
Images courtesy of and © Disney Junior
Disney Channel has shared with us these first look publicity image and stills from its upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie, Let It Shine, starring Tyler James Williams, Coco Jones and Trevor Jackson. Let It Shine is a modern day teenaged take on the classic Cyrano de Bergerac story set against the worlds of gospel and hip-hop music.
The story follows 16-year-old Cyrus DeBarge (Tyler James Williams), an aspiring musician who has a gift for rhyme yet lacks the self-confidence to take the stage and, through his rap song, tell his longtime crush Roxanne Andrews (Coco Jones) how he feels about her. After he and his flighty best friend, Kris McDuffy (Trevor Jackson) enter a songwriting contest, Kris is mistakenly named the winner for a song Cyrus wrote. Fearful of being thrust into the spotlight, Cyrus panics and allows Kris to take credit for his heartfelt lyrics and soon he’s standing by as Roxanne begins to fall for Kris.
The Let It Shine soundtrack will feature 12 original songs by acclaimed music producers/songwriters/performers such as Rock Mafia, Grammy-winner Toby Gad and David Banner. It will premiere on Disney Channel in June 2012.
All images courtesy of and © Disney Channel. All Rights Reserved.
‘Octonauts,’ the BAFTA-nominated animated show for preschoolers, based on the popular children’s book series of the same name, will make its U.S. debut Monday, January 9 at 11:30 am ET/PT on Disney Junior on Disney Channel. Created by award-winning design team Vicki Wong and Michael Murphy of Meomi Design, the series follows the lively underwater adventures of Captain Barnacles Bear, Lieutenant Kwazii Cat and Medic Peso Penguin, as they explore the ocean and work to protect all of its unique sea creatures. Produced by Silvergate Media with animation by Academy Award-nominated Brown Bag Films, the animated series made its initial debut in the UK in October 2010.
‘Octonauts’ introduces young viewers to exciting new underwater worlds and fascinating marine life. In each 22-minute episode, Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso receive an ‘octo alert,’ which serves as a call to action for the heroes to embark on the day’s mission. With help from their extended crew –Tweak, a bunny mechanical engineer; Shellington, a marine biologist sea otter; Dashi, a dependable dog who serves as the Octonauts’ official mission photographer; Professor Inkling, the Octonauts’ octopus founder; and Tunip, a special breed of underwater sea creature called a vegimal – the team sets out to explore, rescue and protect their unique underwater habitat.
Happy news that the Duncans are expecting a bundle of joy was revealed during the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie, Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!, and now Disney Channel viewers around the world can vote for their favorite from among 10 names for the baby sister or brother who will debut in an hour-long special planned for spring 2012 on the hit series “Good Luck Charlie.” Voting has already started and runs through December 16, at DisneyChannel.com/BabyVote.
Choices for if it’s a Boy are Noah, Jonah, Toby, Bobby Jr. and Bo and Sydney, Erika, Mallory, Talia and Jenny if it’s a girl.
Adam Bonnett, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide, said: “There’s no greater excitement than the arrival of a new baby in the house, and we are eager for our viewers to share in the relatable anticipation of a baby girl or baby boy joining the Duncan family that they’ve come to know and love.”
Joy of joys in Season Three — the Duncan household prepares to expand with the impending arrival of a new baby, rubber duckies and choo-choo trains, while parents Bob and Amy juggle their jobs, and their kids, PJ, Teddy and Gabe, cope with both their teen years and their mischief-making toddler sister, Charlie.
Starring are Bridgit Mendler as Teddy Duncan, Leigh-Allyn Baker as Amy Duncan, Bradley Steven Perry as Gabe Duncan, Mia Talerico as Charlie Duncan, Eric Allan Kramer as Bob Duncan and Jason Dolley as PJ Duncan.
The Russo siblings — Justin, Alex and Max — face a sudden and ultimate test to determine which one of them will be entitled to keep their wizardly powers. After 106 episodes of the Emmy Award-winning hit comedy, the answer will finally be revealed on a special one hour episode premiering FRIDAY, JANUARY 6 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.
The Emmy-Award winning series ignited the careers of Hollywood Records recording artist Selena Gomez, David Henrie and Jake T. Austin, who joined the show at 14, 18 and 12 years of age, respectively. Also starring are Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera and David DeLuise.
In the one hour episode, popular guest stars Bridgit Mendler (“Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!”) and Gregg Sulkin (Disney Channel UK’s “As The Bell Rings,” “Avalon High”) return as Justin’s vampire girlfriend Juliet Van Heusen and Alex’s werewolf boyfriend Mason.
Leading up to the episode and in anticipation of the competition, viewers are invited to visit DisneyChannel.com to create personalized greetings in support of their favorite Russo sibling. A message ticker will be seen on Disney Channel throughout the week of January 2.
“Wizards of Waverly Place” airs on Disney Channels around the world and has reached over 182 million unduplicated viewers in 169 countries in 32 different languages. Before wrapping production last May in Los Angeles, the series inspired a Disney Channel Original Movie, “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie,” which debuted in 2009 and ranks as cable TV’s second-most-watched scripted cable telecast of all time. The movie won a 2009 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Children’s Program,” and the series won the same category in 2010 and was nominated again in 2011. “Wizards of Waverly Place” has been lauded for its portrayal of Latinos and has won Alma, Imagen and NAACP Image Award nominations.
Notable guest stars throughout the years include supermodel Cindy Crawford, music sensation Shakira, magician David Copperfield, Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor, and actors Ian Abercrombie, Rachel Dratch, Joely Fisher, Kate Flannery, Jeff Garlin, Lucy Hale, Ted McGinley, Belita Moreno, John O’Hurley, Leven Rambin, Octavia Spencer, Wilmer Valderrama and Fred Willard.
“Wizards of Waverly Place” was created by Todd J. Greenwald (“Hannah Montana,” “Saved By the Bell: The New Class”) and is executive-produced by Vince Cheung, Ben Montanio (“Married…with Children,” “Greetings from Tucson”) and Greenwald. The one hour episode was written by Vince Cheung, Ben Montanio and Todd J. Greenwald and directed by Victor Gonzalez. A production of It’s a Laugh Productions for Disney Channel, the series carries a TV-G parental guideline.
Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior unwrap a joyful slate of new holiday specials for kids and families beginning Friday, December 2. The festive fare includes the premiere of Disney Channel Original Movie “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!,” worldwide music sensation Justin Bieber performing his new holiday hit “Mistletoe” on “So Random!,” Grammy-Award winner Kelly Clarkson guest starring in a seasonal special of “Phineas and Ferb” and more.
To get in the spirit, viewers are invited to visit DisneyChannel.com, DisneyXD.com and DisneyJunior.com for holiday activities and games. Among them are a new “Pair of Kings” game, “Super Sled Scramble,” launching Friday, November 18, and “Snoco Launcho,” a winter version of the popular “Loco Launcho” game, debuting Thursday, December 1 at DisneyXD.com/Holidays. Beginning Friday, December 2 at DisneyChannel.com/Holiday, users are invited to build a personalized snowman greeting for family and friends, and at DisneyJunior.com/Holiday, a new “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” interactive game will debut – “Hook’s Merry Winter Treasure Hunt,” where kids and parents can help Captain Hook and Mr. Smee search for Jake and the crew’s missing presents. On Saturday, December 17, the site will debut the “Imagination Movers” holiday episode “A Little Elf Esteem” prior to its premiere on Disney Junior.
Following are the highlights for Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD’s Holiday Line-up (all times ET/PT):
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2
7:30 p.m. – “Fish Hooks,” “Merry Fishmas, Milo”
Milo and Oscar throw a Christmas party, but when they need help with the party prep, they send a special holiday request to their favorite magical dude, Fish Santa. Meanwhile, Bea tries out for the role of Fish Mall Santa.
7:45 p.m. – “Phineas and Ferb,” “Phineas and Ferb’s Family Christmas Special”
The boys decide to put on a traditional family Christmas special featuring their family, friends and a few very special guests, including Kelly Clarkson (playing herself). The episode features three new holiday songs – Isabella’s “Let it Snow,” a Buford and Baljeet rendition of “Good King Wenscelas,” and the whole gang singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
8:00 p.m. – “Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!”
In the Disney Channel Original Movie, the Duncan’s scramble to reunite in time for Christmas… and along the way they get more than one unexpected gift.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4:
7:30 p.m. – “So Random!”
Worldwide music sensation Justin Bieber performs “Mistletoe” from his holiday album. Also in the episode, MC Grammar raps about Christmas and introduces Dr. Dreidel; Coolest Kid enjoys holiday treats and advises kids to stay in school; Becky Beaver learns she has a wonderful life; Platowski Bros. sing about one another to the tune of holiday jingles; and Harry Potter shops at Voldemarts for the holidays.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9:
8:30 p.m. – “A.N.T. Farm,” “sANTa’s Little Helpers”
Everyone is in the Christmas spirit at Webster High School, including principal Skidmore, who asks Chyna, Olive and Fletcher to build toys for needy kids. But when they discover that Skidmore is actually selling the toys for profit, they devise a scheme to booby trap the gifts.
9:00 p.m. – “Jessie,” “Christmas Story”
When Christina and Morgan Ross get caught in a snowstorm, the family fears they won’t make it home in time for Christmas and Jessie is left with shopping for the kid’s Christmas presents and getting the house decorated for the holiday. When Jessie takes the kids to the mall to see Santa, they have a run-in with his mischievous elves.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11:
8:30 p.m. – “Shake It Up,” “Jingle It Up”
CeCe does some last minute Christmas shopping for her mom, but buys herself a purse instead. With no money left for her mom’s scarf, CeCe gets herself a couple of jobs at the mall to make some extra cash. Meanwhile, Rocky tries to make a young boys Christmas wish come true and Deuce reluctantly invites Dina to join his family for some Christmas caroling.
DISNEY JUNIOR PROGRAMMING BLOCK ON DISNEY CHANNEL:
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2:
8:30 a.m. – “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” “It’s a Winter Never Land!/Hook On Ice”
Jake, Izzy and Cubby awake to find that Peter Pan has left the crew presents and a tree to celebrate Winter Treasure Day/Captain Hook invites Jake and the crew on a winter treasure hunt.
8:55 a.m. – “Minnie’s Bow-Toons,” “Dance Lessons”
Minnie and Daisy help Clarabelle get ready for the Snowball Dance by teaching her the Snowflake Shuffle and altering her droopy dress into a dazzling new Winter Wonder.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16
7:00 a.m. – “Handy Manny,” “Snow Problem”
In the new half-hour special, Manny and the tools get separated from each other on the way to fix a broken ski lift, so Manny must set out to rescue the tools and save their winter ski vacation.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23
7:30 a.m. – “Imagination Movers,” “A Little Elf Esteem”
The Movers help Carol, a young elf-in-training, learn everything she needs to know to earn her elf bells in time to help Santa deliver presents on Christmas Eve.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30
7:00 a.m. – “Handy Manny,” “Snow Day”
Manny and the tools help Kelly get to her store during a big snow storm and build sleds to play in the snow.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 5
8:00 p.m. – “Pair of Kings,” “Pair of Santas”
In an effort to bring their holiday traditions to Kinkow, the kings promise the islanders a Super Christmas and enlist the island elves to make presents for the kingdom.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6
8:00 p.m. “Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil,” “Cousin Kyle Christmas/Snow Problem”
Kick battles an ice storm and bizarre obstacles in order to find a last minute Christmas gift for Cousin Kyle. When Kick’s family gets snowed in from an avalanche, Kick goes to the extreme to rescue them before cabin fever sets in.
Disney Channel today confirmed a report made by Stitch Kingdom weeks ago stating that they were actively developing and casting a series titled ‘Zombies and Cheerleaders.’ We initially reported on the project back in June, when we noticed domain name registrations alluding to the project, but it wasn’t until September that we were able to confirm the project and provide extensive details on the series.
According to Disney Channel, the music-driven pilot will begin production in December (with as an of yet unannounced cast), to be considered for a series in 2012.
The story follows Zed Necrodopolis, a typical high school student with one small caveat; he happens to be a zombie. Despite a high-tech wristwatch designed to curb any appetite he may have for his classmates, he and his zombie friends remain unpopular with the school’s most influential group, the pom-pom wielding cheerleaders. Never one to back down from a challenge, Zed sets out to improve zombie student body relations and win the attention of Addison, the cheerleading squad’s newest member.
“Zombies and Cheerleaders” is executive produced by Eric Weinberg (“Scrubs,” “Death Valley”) and was written by Joseph Raso and David Light who also serve as co-executive producers. Todd Strauss Schulson (“A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas”) will direct the pilot.
For more information on the show, see our detailed report here.