Disney Television Animation has begun production on ‘The Lion Guard,’ an animated television movie and series that continues the story introduced 20 years ago in the acclaimed Disney animated film The Lion King. Geared towards kids age 2-7 and their families, ‘The Lion Guard’ television movie will premiere in Fall 2015, and the subsequent series will debut in early 2016 on Disney Junior and Disney Channel.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that the Disney Junior favorite, ‘Doc McStuffins: School of Medicine,’ will be available to own on DVD on September 9, 2014. The compilation DVD includes five episodes that look at the various specialties in which doctors practice medicine. In addition, the DVD includes an exclusive Doc McStuffins dress up play set.
Disney Channel will launch a vibrant new channel logo and overall on-air graphics design on Friday, May 23 in the U.S. and on each of the other 42 Disney Channels worldwide this year. All interstitial programming, identification spots and programming menus will feature the new logo, style and palette. The design provides the unified global business with a creative, contemporary new look that authentically celebrates the faces, families and environments of Disney Channel viewers throughout the world.
Jay Leno guest stars in ‘Phineas and Ferb Save Summer,’ a special one-hour episode, premiering Monday, June 9 at 10:00 am ET/PT on Disney XD. The episode ushers in several new episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series airing throughout the summer. The new episodes include notable guest stars such as Jon Stewart, Elizabeth Banks and Simon Pegg.
Leno plays the voice of Major Monogram’s boss, Colonel Contraction of the O.W.C.A. (Organization Without a Cool Acronym), in the special episode in which Phineas, Ferb and the gang host a global summer concert – just as Doofenshmirtz’s latest ‘-inator’ invention moves the Earth, putting summer itself in jeopardy.
A special soccer-themed episode of the Emmy Award-winning ‘Mickey Mouse’ series of shorts, ‘O Futebol Classico’ will premiere on Friday, June 6 at 7:55 pm ET/PT. In the comedic cartoon — which is presented entirely in Portuguese — spectator Mickey must use his quick-wit to find a way to watch a popular soccer championship.
The short will be available on WATCHDisneyChannel.com, the WATCH Disney Channel app for smartphones and tablets, Disney.com and iTunes the day after the linear premiere.
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.