Broadway and television stars Christian Borle, Megan Hilty and Tom Cavanaugh lead the voice cast of the animated Lucky Duck, the first Disney Junior Original Movie. Geared towards kids age 2-7 and their families, the adventure at sea tells the story of a trio of misfit tub toys in search of the kids who will love them just the way they are. Lucky Duck premieres Friday, June 20 on Disney Junior at 7:00 pm ET/PT and Saturday, June 21 on Disney Channel at 9:00 am ET/PT. It will be also available for verified users on the WATCH Disney Junior app for smartphones and tablets and on WATCHDisneyJunior.com beginning Friday, June 6.
In the episode, the wicked fairy, Miss Nettle (voiced by guest star Megan Mullally), disguises herself as a powerful sorceress and attempts to steal Sofia’s magical amulet. With the help of Snow White, Sofia must learn to trust her instincts and speak up when she suspects someone is not who or what they say they are. It features an original song titled ‘All You Desire’ as performed by Sascha the sorceress.
Disney Channel announced it will begin production in July on Teen Beach Movie 2, the sequel to last summer’s Teen Beach Movie, a Disney Channel Original Movie that ranks as cable TV’s all-time #2 movie in Total Viewers. Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton and John DeLuca will reprise their starring roles as Brady, McKenzie, Lela, Tanner and Butchy, respectively. Additional casting will be announced shortly. Teen Beach Movie 2 will premiere in 2015 on Disney Channel.
Disney’s ‘The 7D,’ a contemporary, comedic take on the world of the Seven Dwarfs, will premiere Monday, July 7, at 10:00 am ET/PT on Disney XD and will debut on Disney Channel and Disney Junior later this year. Joining the voice cast are Jay Leno and Whoopi Goldberg in the recurring roles of Crystal Ball and Magic Mirror, respectively. The series’ previously announced voice cast includes Kelly Osbourne as the comically evil villain Hildy Gloom.
Season two of ‘Mickey Mouse,’ the multiple Emmy and Annie Award-winning comedy cartoon spotlighting Disney’s #1 star, debuts on Friday, April 11 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel and will be available on WATCH Disney Channel, Disney.com and iTunes the day after their linear premiere. Since its debut in June 2013, the series has reached over 100 million total viewers in the U.S. and currently airs in 160 countries in 33 languages.
One of the hotter properties at the 111th Annual International Toy Fair in New York is Disney XD’s and Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars series, ‘Star Wars Rebels.’ Although Lucasfilm has slowly been offering up character reveals and tidbits surrounding the new show, details have been slowly leaking through upcoming products including this 16-month 2015 calendar from Trends International.
The back of the calendar reveals the art for each of the months which either depicts characters engaging in battle, group shots or individual poses which also names them. In chronological order, the reveals/non-reveals are: Ezra, Hera, Chopper, Kanan, Sabine (depicted wearing a helmet as well as not), Inquisitor and Zeb.
Fans have been clamoring for ‘Gravity Falls’ merchandise since the show began in 2012 and now that it’s proven itself with a new series on the way, along with the ‘Mabel’s Guide’ short-form series and a line of series-inspired books, merchandising will soon be hitting the shelf.
At the 111th Annual International Toy Fair currently being held in New York, we were able to meet with Jazwares who is getting ready to launch an entire line of ‘Gravity Falls’ toys beginning in fall of 2014. While no photos were allowed of the products we saw (and not all the information was readily available), we did learn a few details which you’ll find below.
Season two of Disney Junior’s hit animated series ‘Sofia the First,’ is set to debuts on Friday, March 7 at 9:30 am ET/PT on Disney Channel. For the second season, the series has rounded up some amazing talent to lend their voices to characters appearing throughout the season. Among the guest stars are: Alyson Hannigan (‘How I Met Your Mother’) as a young faun who always felt she wasn’t special enough; Ginnifer Goodwin (‘Once Upon A Time’) as the castle’s kitchen maid who aspires to be an inventor; Melissa Rauch (‘The Big Bang Theory’) as Ruby’s fairy godmother; Anna Camp and John Michael Higgins (both of Pitch Perfect) as a charmingly sinister princess and a tall fire-breathing dragon; Isla Fisher (The Great Gatsby) and Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) as two adventurous young sprites; Nick Offerman (‘Parks and Recreation’) as a well-connected fox who reigns over Enchancia’s woodland creatures; Robert Morse (‘Mad Men’) as an elderly retired sorcerer; Christian Borle (‘Smash’) as an ambitious, young castle steward out to take Baileywick’s job; Oliver Platt (‘The West Wing’) as a sickly old dragon; Tracey Ullman (‘The Tracey Ullman Show’) as a happily wicked witch; and Phylicia Rashad (‘The Cosby Show’) as a cranky ice witch who eventually allows her heart to be melted by the power of music.
‘Ella the Elephant,’ a new animated preschool series about an adventurous elephant and her magic hat, will make its debut Monday, February 17 on Disney Channel (7:00 am ET/PT) and Disney Junior (1:00 pm ET/PT). Thereafter, the series will air weekdays on Disney Channel and Disney Junior as well as weekends on Disney Junior. The series is produced by DHX Media (‘Caillou,’ ‘Teletubbies,’ ‘Yo Gabba Gabba!’), a leading international producer and distributor of globally recognized children’s entertainment, in association with Canada’s TVO Kids and FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment.
Disney Channel has announced that the week of February 3, it will be launching a new short-form series based on its popular ‘Gravity Falls’ cartoon, titled ‘Mabel’s Guide to Life.’ A new episode is set to premiere each night, February 3 – 7, at 7:55 pm ET/PT. The schedule and individual episode synopses follow:
Mabel’s Guide to Dating (Monday, February 3)
Mabel gives her thoughts on dating and puts her dating quiz to the test with three of Gravity Falls’ most eligible bachelors — Grunkle Stan, Dipper and Soos.