Platypus Day 2012 is March 3; New Song Premieres Today on Radio Disney

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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.

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‘This Is Me’ Highlights What Black History Means to Disney Channel Viewers

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.

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‘Radio Rebel’ Starring Debby Ryan to Premiere Ferbruary 17 on Disney Channel

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.”

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Sneak Peek: ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ Special Featuring Peter Pan

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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.

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‘Let It Shine’ Disney Channel Original Movie First Look

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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.

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‘Octonauts’ to Debut on Disney Junior, January 9

‘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.

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‘Good Luck Charlie’ Asks Fans to Choose New Baby’s Name

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.

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‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ Series Finale to Air January 6

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.

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Disney Channel Announces Holiday Line-up with Guest Appearances by Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson

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.

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‘Zombies and Cheerleaders’ Stitch Kingdom Report Confirmed by Disney Channel

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.

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