We first mentioned the ‘Summerween’ episode of ‘Gravity Falls’ in our coverage of the Disney Television Animation panel at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year and now the time to celebrate is almost here! This Friday, the ‘Summerween’ episode premieres on Disney Channel and we’ve been given this first look at some of the hilarity that is sure to ensue.
Summerween is the Gravity Falls version of Halloween in Summer with Jack-o-Melons and lots of trick-or-treating. Dipper and Mabel are excited to join in on the fun, but when Wendy casually mentions that trick-or-treating is for kids, Dipper’s whole outlook on the evening changes. The night gets even more complicated when a monster that Dipper accidentally insulted makes them fulfill his candy quota by night’s end or else he will eat them. The all-new episode premieres Friday at 9:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel.
Below are a few stills as well as a video clip from the show provided to us by Disney Channel in which Soos warns Dipper and Mabel about the Summerween Trickster. Warning: This clip may contain small spoilers and leave you hanging with an uncontrollable and insatiable hunger for a Mr. Adequate Bar.
All images courtesy and © Disney Channel. All Rights Reserved.
Disney Junior has quietly launched a microsite at sofiathefirst.com in anticipation of its first original Disney princess, ‘Sofia the First.’ An original movie is set to premiere on November 18, 2012 at 7 pm ET on Disney Channel, to be followed by a series commencing in spring 2013.
The movie/series follows the adventures of Sofia (voiced by ‘Modern Family’s’ Ariel Winter) as she adapts to becoming a princess after her mother, Queen Miranda (Sara Ramirez) weds King Roland II of Enchancia and gains an instant family in the form of twin step-siblings James and Amber (who is the eldest by seven minutes). Enrolled at Royal Prep (with headmistresses Flora, Fauna and Merryweather), Sofia must learn what it takes to become a princess, all the while dealing with the jealousy of step-sister Amber, the evil-doings of the sorcerer Cedric (and his pet raven Wormwood) and keeping the secret that she can talk with animals thanks to the Amulet of Avalor presented to her by the King. Inside the castle, Sofia’s best friend is a rabbit named Clover (voiced by Wayne Brady) while her best friends she moved away from are Ruby and Jade. Also appearing on the series is Baileywick, the royal steward (voiced by Tim Gunn) as well as occasional surprise visits from classic Disney princesses such as Cinderella.
Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series was developed by Craig Gerber (Pixie Hollow Games) who also wrote the movie. Jamie Mitchell (‘Special Agent Oso’) serves as both Executive Producer and Director on the series. Gerber is Co-Executive Producer and serves as the Story Editor.
Disney/ABC Television Group will sponsor interactive activities for kids and families to celebrate creativity and innovation, at World Maker Faire 2012, a two-day exposition spanning science, technology and the arts at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), September 29-30. These next generation of thinkers and tinkerers are invited to take part in an inventive healthy cooking demonstration by celebrity chef Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s popular daytime series “The Chew”; participate in activities inspired by Disney’s hit series “Phineas and Ferb” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”; and use human-power to activate an eco-friendly Disney XD game.
“Imagination and innovation inspire everything we do at Disney/ABC, so we applaud and encourage these dreamers and thinkers who delight in the magic of discovery to drive positive changes in the world,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group. “The New York Hall of Science and World Maker Faire are perfectly aligned with our mission to connect kids and families to the excitement of innovation through entertainment, learning and play.”
“Disney has been a sponsor of NYSCI for more than a decade. We have collaborated on many projects that encourage kids and families to think creatively and be curious about our world,” said Margaret Honey, president and CEO of NYSCI. “Disney/ABC Television Group is a natural partner with World Maker Faire, and we are thrilled to have Carla and the entire Disney team involved in what is quickly becoming New York’s premiere showcase of science, technology and invention.”
“We are thrilled to have such a creative and innovative company like Disney/ABC Television Group participating in World Maker Faire and bringing hands-on activities and their incredible TV personality for attendees to interact with,” said Sherry Huss, maker-in-chief. “Disney’s connections to young people and their commitment to getting kids and families creating make them an ideal partner.”
The lineup of Disney/ABC Television Group activities at World Maker Faire 2012 includes:
Saturday, September 29 at 11:00 a.m. Make: Live Stage (Zone D)
- Carla Hall from ABC’s “The Chew” gives a culinary demonstration on making a delicious dish healthier for the entire family.
Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Dsney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb” inspire a kite-making activity worthy of the animated duo’s coolest inventions.
- Disney XD goes green with “The Wash Out,” a clothes laundering game using human-powered technology.
Sunday, September 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Kid crafters can engage in Disney Junior’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” swashbuckling sword-making activity.
- Disney XD goes green with “The Wash Out,” a clothes laundering game using human-powered technology.
More information about World Maker Faire 2012, including ticket prices, is available at makerfaire.com.
As part of National Preparedness Month this September, the American Red Cross today announced a $1 million grant from Disney (DIS:NYSE) to help kids and families prepare for disasters and other emergencies. Disney’s investment will support the Red Cross Pillowcase Preparedness Program as well as other youth services. Disney also developed an interstitial that will air throughout the month of September on Disney Channel, which highlights simple actions kids can take to prepare for emergencies.
“We are so thankful to Disney for their support of the American Red Cross,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the Red Cross. “Their generosity and collaboration is showing the public, especially our youth, how easy it is to prepare for the unexpected. Disney is helping us to prepare communities across the U.S., and they’re by our side as we respond to disasters.”
Earlier this year, Disney donated more than 100,000 Mickey Mouse plush to the Red Cross to give to children affected by disaster, who have lost everything. “The Mickey Mouse plush bring comfort to those impacted by disaster, which brings a sense of normalcy back into children’s lives,” said McGovern.
The Red Cross Pillowcase Preparedness Program — an initiative that eases children’s fears about disasters, emergencies and evacuations — will first pilot in New Orleans and Los Angeles. Children learn to pack their favorite items from home into a pillow case for easy transport, and parents learn ways to dispel their children’s concerns about evacuations.
“It’s essential for families to be prepared so kids feel safe in an unpredictable situation,” said Jay Rasulo, senior executive vice president and chief financial officer or The Walt Disney Company. “With the compassion and expertise of the Red Cross, along with Disney’s unique position to reach millions of households, together we hope to educate and empower families across the country with the tools and resources they need to feel secure in any environment.”
In addition to the grant, Disney’s Friends for Change – a global initiative that inspires kids and families to take action and make a difference in their communities – developed an interstitial that will air on Disney Channel and the Friends for Change website (Disney.com/Friends) throughout September. The spot, which features Disney Channel star and Friends for Change Ambassador Debby Ryan (“Jessie”), shows kids three easy steps to prepare for the unexpected: Get a kit, make a plan, and be informed. The spot also encourages kids to involve their community and friends in the process.
Disney is also providing support to Red Cross youth services, including youth volunteer engagement programs, and disaster services in Los Angeles; New York City; Bristol, CT; New Orleans; Orlando; and Orange County, CA.
In honor of the release of the ‘Austin & Ally’ soundtrack, from the popular Disney Channel series of the same name, co-star Ross Lynch will be appearing at Studio Disney 365, located in the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort on September 23, 2012, for a CD release and signing event.
To participate in the signing, guests must purchase a copy of the CD at Studio Disney 365 beginning at 8 am on September 23 (limit of two CDs per guest). Guests will receive a single voucher allowing them to return to meet with Ross Lynch from 1 – 4 pm. There will be a maximum of 300 guests allowed to partake in the event.
Available to own on October 2, 2012, the new ‘Disney Channel Holiday Playlist’ is full of two things: holiday spirit and Disney Channel star power. From the stars of favorites such as ‘Shake It Up,’ ‘A.N.T. Farm,’ ‘Good Luck Charlie,’ ‘Austin & Ally’ and more, this album is sure to bring holiday cheer to any young fan. And now thanks to Amazon.com, we get a full track list of who’s performing on the album and what they’re singing:
1. Shake Santa Shake – Zendaya
2. Rockin Around the Christmas Tree – Bella Thorne
3. Christmas Soul – Ross Lynch
4. Jingle Bell Rock – The McClain Sisters
5. Song for You – Bridgit Mendler and Shane Harper
6. Winter Wonderland – Olivia Holt
7. Christmas is Coming – Ross Lynch and R5
8. All I Want For Christmas – Caroline Sunshine
9. Christmas Night – Coco Jones
10. Happy Universal Holidays – Adam Hicks
Disney Channel has quietly launched a micro site of its upcoming family comedy series, ‘Dog with a Blog,’ which announces the show will premiere on November 4, 2012 at 8 pm. The microsite can be found by visiting SEESTANBLOG.COM.
In ‘Dog With A Blog,’ Tyler and Avery are new step-siblings. Tyler is popular, charismatic and seems to get by solely on his looks, and Avery is smart, socially responsible and despises guys like Tyler. However, the biggest adjustment for the newly blended family comes with their new dog Stan – who talks and blogs. He’s smart, a bit of a trouble maker and loves his new family, who must keep his marvelous ability a secret. Stan’s canine point of view, whether in the home, in the yard or on his blog, helps the kids navigate both their new sibling situation and ultimately, becomes the tie that binds the family of six (Tyler, Avery, little sister Chloe, Mom, Dad and Stan). Even though he talks and likes a lot of ‘human’ things, Stan is still pure dog. He chases his tail, barks at mailmen, ardently approaches poodles and is not so wild about cats.
Starring are: G. Hannelius (“Den Brother,” “Good Luck Charlie”), Blake Michael (“Lemonade Mouth”), Francesca Capaldi (“A.N.T. Farm”), Beth Littleford (“I’m in the Band,” “Crazy, Stupid Love,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”), Regan Burns (“Wizards of Waverly Place”) and Stephen Full (“I’m in the Band”) as the voice of Stan the dog. Kuma (Stan) is a Husky/Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix who was rescued from a shelter. He is trained by Guin Dill and Steve Solomon of Good Dog Animals, an animal company with over 40 years combined experience in the motion picture and TV industry.
Disney XD’s “Crash & Bernstein,” a “bro-comedy” that follows Wyatt Bernstein, the only son among four kids, whose new puppet, Crash, comes to life and becomes his loud-mouthed surrogate brother who knows no limits, premieres Monday, October 8 at 8:30 pm ET/PT.
In the premiere episode, “Crash Lands,” Wyatt Bernstein is reluctantly taken to a Build-A-Bestie store for his birthday and, while there, creates a boy-filled version of a Bestie, a puppet he names Crash, who comes to life as the brother he always wanted. Crash finds Wyatt living in a household full of sisters, including popular 16-year-old Amanda, fashion-forward middle sister Cleo and assertive 6-year-old Jasmine, so he comes up with a plan to help Wyatt get his own room. But, Crash’s plan soon backfires, jeopardizing the relationship with his new brother.
Starring are newcomer Cole Jensen as Wyatt, Emmy Award-nominated puppet master and filmmaker Tim Lagasse (“Johnny and the Sprites,” “Between the Lions”) as Crash, Oana Gregory (“Lab Rats”) as Amanda, Landry Bender (“The Sitter”) as Cleo and Aaron R. Landon (“New Girl”) as Pesto. Recurring are Mary Birdsong (“Reno 911″) as Mel and Mckenna Grace as Jasmine.
“Crash & Bernstein” was created by Eric Friedman (“Austin & Ally,” “I’m In The Band”) and is executive-produced by Friedman and Emmy Award nominee Mike Larsen (“Real Time with Bill Maher,” “Rodney”). Jim Armogida and Steve Armogida (“Grounded for Life”) serve as consulting producers. The puppet was designed and built by Chiodo Brothers Productions, Inc, based in Burbank, California. The series is a production of It’s A Laugh Productions, Inc.
On Monday, September 17, DisneyXD.com/Crash invites fans to “Crash This Site,” an activity allowing viewers to browse any website and watch Crash destroy the site piece?by?piece with each click of the mouse, simply by adding a bookmark to their browser toolbar. Beginning Monday, September 24, “Wyatt’s Room Remodel” activity debuts at DisneyXD.com/Crash in which players can help Wyatt and Crash redecorate Wyatt’s room. Launching on Monday, October 8 is a new virtual-reality arcade game, “Bro-tastic Games,” where players can choose to compete as Wyatt or Crash for the high score in a series of wacky “bro-based” mini?games, including “Epic Destruction,” “Tackle Crush,” “Fairy Castle FAIL,” “10-Doll Bowling” and “R/C Copter Flying.”
The multiplatform schedule is as follows:
Friday, August 31
Crash and Cole Jensen host a Disney XD Fall Preview special, introducing a new episode of “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja” and a sneak peek of “Slugterra” and “Crash & Bernstein,” available on WATCH Disney XD, DisneyXD.com and Disney XD on Demand via several affiliates, including AT&T, Charter, Cox, Time Warner, Verizon, Comcast and DIRECTV.
Monday, September 24
“Crash & Bernstein” premiere episode will be available on iTunes as a free download.
Monday, October 1 – Friday, October 5
Special sneak peeks of “Crash & Bernstein,” featuring Crash and Cole Jensen, will air every night on Disney Channel.
Monday, October 8
Series premiere of “Crash & Bernstein” on Disney XD at 8:30 pm ET/PT. Directly following, the series premiere episode will be available on WATCH Disney XD and DisneyXD.com.
Tuesday, October 9
“Crash & Bernstein” premiere episode available on Disney XD on Demand via several affiliates, including AT&T, Charter, Cox, Time Warner, Verizon, Comcast and DIRECTV; Disney XD Mobile VOD via AT&T U-Verse, MetroPCS, Sprint and Verizon; along with Xbox Live and Sony Playstation.
Starting this fall, Walt Disney World Resort guests will become the stars of ‘Phineas and Ferb & YOU: A Brand New Reality.’ The virtual experience will allow guests to play with animated characters from Disney’s Emmy Award-winning animated series ‘Phineas and Ferb.’ The fun happens at Downtown Disney West Side, next to Bongos Cuban Café from September 1 through December 1, 2012 from 2 pm – 9:30 pm daily.
How it works: As many three guests are invited to stand inside the virtual experience set, and out of 20 randomly pre-determined animation segments, Phineas and Ferb, Agent P or even Dr. Doofenshmirtz will magically appear to play and dance alongside them. It all happens in a virtual (on-screen) 30-second experience. But the fun doesn’t end there! Guests may visit a special website to download and share with family and friends a complimentary souvenir photo of their starring role. To complement this limited time engagement, special Phineas and Ferb merchandise will be available at a nearby merchandise stand.
For more Phineas and Ferb fun at the Walt Disney World Resort, guests may go undercover with Agent P—the alter ego of Perry the Platypus—on a fun-filled quest around World Showcase at Epcot or meet and greet Phineas and Ferb at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
“Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja,” an action-packed, animated comedy series that follows the adventures of an unlikely hero who, with his super human ninja suit, the ‘NinjaNomicon’ (an 800 year-old Ninja guide) and the help of his best buddy Howard, finds himself as the one thing protecting his school and the world from certain destruction, is set to premiere on Disney XD. A special preview will air Monday, August 13 at 9:00 pm ET/PT with the series premiere on Monday, September 17 at 7:00 pm ET/PT. New episodes will premiere Monday through Thursday at 7:00 pm ET/PT.
Created and executive produced by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas (“Scooby-Doo”), “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja” stars an award-winning cast: Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Recreation,” “House of Lies”) as Randy Cunningham, Andrew Caldwell (“Transformers,” “Hannah Montana”) as Howard Weinerman, Kevin Michael Richardson (“The Penguins of Madagascar”) as Willem Viceroy III, John DiMaggio (“Futurama”) as Hannibal McFist, Dave Wittenberg (“Stitch!”) as Bash Johnson, Jim Rash (“Community”) as Principal Slimovitz, Tim Curry (“The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) as The Sorcerer, Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”) as Mrs. Driscoll and John Oliver (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) as Coach Green.
The multiplatform roll-out is as follows:
Saturday, August 11
Full episode preview of “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja” is available on WATCH Disney XD.
Monday, August 13
A full episode preview of “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja” follows the premiere of Disney’s Magic of Healthy Living “TRYathlon” special (9:00 p.m., ET/PT). In the episode “Last Stall On The Left,” Freshman Randy Cunningham discovers the ‘NinjaNomicon,’ which reveals that he has been chosen to be Norrisville’s newest Ninja. Armed with his power-packed ninja suit, he faces his first battle with McFist’s monster Krakenstein, while juggling his new secret identity and being there for his best friend Howard.
Directly following the preview on air, “Last Stall On The Left” will be available on iTunes as a free download.
DisneyXD.com launches a “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja” page featuring a new side-scrolling platformer game, “Randy Cunningham: Punchocalypse,” with intense action and high flying ninja moves.
Wednesday, August 29
“Enter the NinjaNomicon” activity launches on DisneyXD.com/Randy, allowing players to take control of Randy within the NinjaNomicon. In the activity, an evil force has scattered the pages of the NinjaNomicon and thrown it into chaos, and it is up to the player to put them back in order. Players will be able to access a special power in the activity called “Cold Rage” that can be used in the “Randy Cunningham: Punchocalypse” game.
Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16
Jason Dolley and Bradley Steven Perry (“Good Luck Charlie”) host the nightly programming lineup on Disney Channel and give viewers a “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja” sneak peek and highlights of the new series.
Monday, September 17
Series premiere (7:00 p .m., ET/PT) – In the episode “Got Stank,” after triangle-playing band geek Bucky is benched for showboating, he is ‘stanked’ by the Sorcerer’s noxious gas which turns him into a crazy monster creating mayhem at Norrisville High. Randy must learn the secret to saving Bucky who has fallen under the influence of the evil Sorcerer’s powers by destroying the one thing Bucky holds most dear.
At DisneyXD.com/Randy, all five levels of the “Randy Cunningham: Punchocalypse” game will launch. Players take on the role of Randy, who equipped with his battle skills and ninja gear must rescue best pal Howard from their rivals.
Tuesday, September 18
“Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja” episodes available on WATCH Disney XD, Disney XD Mobile VOD via AT&T U-Verse, Sprint and Verizon; along with iTunes, Xbox Live and Sony Playstation. Select episodes will be available on DisneyXD.com.
Thursday, September 20
A new episode of “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja” will be available on WATCH Disney XD.
“Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja” is a production of The Walt Disney Company Limited in association with Robin Red Breast, Inc. (a subsidiary of Titmouse, Inc.) in Los Angeles and Boulder Media in Dublin, Ireland. It carries a TV-Y7-FV parental guideline.