This Friday, Disney Channel will premiere the all-new music video for ‘Fashion is My Kryptonite from the upcoming special, ‘Shake It Up: Japan’ during the broadcast of Toy Story 3 (beginning at 8 pm ET). Performed by Bella Thorne and Zendaya, the music video also features ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ host Cat Deeley.
In the music video, Bella and Zendaya travel through a secret closet door into a fantastical fashion wonderland filled with high style and runways. The song was written by Ben Charles and the music video was directed by Marc Klasfeld (Katy Perry’s ‘Last Friday Night,’ China Anne McClain’s ‘Calling All The Monsters’).
Here’s a sneak peek at the video, courtesy of Disney Channel:
In addition, Disney Channel has provided us these behind the scenes photos featuring Bella, Zendaya and Cat on the set of the music video. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version of the image:
‘Fashion Is My Kryptonite’ will be included on the upcoming Walt Disney Records’ ‘Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance Deluxe CD,’ available exclusively at Walmart and Sam’s Club on August 14. The digital EP will be available on August 21. The single is now currently available to purchase on iTunes.
Photos by Brian Lowe for Walt Disney Records, courtesy of Disney Channel. All Rights Reserved.
‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky’ to Premiere September 19; New Skully Shortform Series
Disney Junior will debut the primetime special “Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky” on International Talk Like A Pirate Day, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. In the family night special event episode, Peter Pan returns to Never Land once again to help Jake and his crew win back their ship after losing Bucky in a race against Captain Hook and the Jolly Roger. The series’ first primetime special, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns,” debuted in February 2012 and was the most-watched cable telecast in nearly 10 years in Kids 2-5.
The short-form series “Playing With Skully,” which invites viewers at home to help Jake’s popular pirate lookout parrot Skully solve an array of pirate problems, will debut the same day during the Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel (9:55 a.m., 10:25 a.m., 10:55 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 12:25 p.m. and 12:55 p.m. ET/PT) and will also air on Disney Junior. David Arquette voices the role of Skully.
Beginning Friday, August 31, DisneyJunior.com/JakeSavesBucky will launch “Jake’s Heroic Race,” a collection of four mini-games themed to the primetime special, as well as a pirate name generator where kids will be presented with various scenarios and then assigned a pirate name based on their unique responses. New printable coloring pages will depict Jake demonstrating his heroic characteristics including bravery, confidence, kindness, loyalty and helpfulness.
A full-length preview of “Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky” will become available via Disney Channel on Demand on September 12. WATCH Disney Channel will simulcast the special in conjunction with the television premiere on September 19 on Disney Channel. The special will also be available the following day on WATCH Disney Junior and DisneyJunior.com.
“Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky” stars the voices of Colin Ford as Jake; Madison Pettis as Izzy; Jonathan Morgan Heit as Cubby; David Arquette as Skully; Corey Burton as Captain Hook; Jeff Bennett as Mr. Smee and Bones; Loren Hoskins as Sharky; Adam Wylie as Peter Pan; Dee Bradley Baker as Brightly and the Dragon; and Russi Taylor as Gilly. Rob LaDuca is executive producer, Mark Seidenberg is producer/story editor and Howy Parkins is the director. The special is a production of Disney Television Animation.
“Jake and the Never Land Pirates” is a music-filled interactive treasure hunt that revolves around a crew of kid pirates – leader Jake and pals Izzy and Cubby – and follows their Never Land adventures as they work to outwit two infamous characters, the one and only Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, from Disney’s classic “Peter Pan.” The series, which emphasizes teamwork, features original pirate rock music performed by Sharky and Bones of The Never Land Pirate Band.
Five-year-old actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who stars on the ABC hit series ‘Modern Family’ as Lily, celebrated her show’s 14 Emmy Award nominations with a visit July 20, 2012 to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Here, she strikes a super-hero pose with Agent P, the crime-fighting platypus from the Disney Channel animated show ‘Phineas & Ferb.’
Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort
Rocky and CeCe win a trip to Japan to be part of a dance video game production and the world famous Blue Man Group performs in a madcap “Shake It Up” event that’s infused with Tokyo teen fashion and “J-Pop” music. “Shake It Up: Made In Japan” premieres Friday, August 17 at 8:00 pm ET/PT.
Zendaya and Bella Thorne perform three new original songs in the storyline: “Made In Japan,” “The Same Heart” and “Fashion is My Kryptonite.” The latter song will premiere on Radio Disney during a “Take Over” with Bella Thorne and Zendaya on Friday, July 20. Their music video for the song, guest starring Cat Deeley, will premiere on Disney Channel in August.
Beginning Friday, August 3, DisneyChannel.com/ShakeItUp will launch new music activities, games and quizzes inspired by “Shake It Up: Made In Japan,” including a quiz that will determine the Japanese-influenced fashions of a Rocky or CeCe-inspired avatar. Upon printing their avatar, viewers can learn how to assemble their own origami. Also on Friday, August 10, DisneyChannel.com/ShakeItUp will host an exclusive seven minute sneak peek of “Shake It Up: Made In Japan.”
The television premiere schedule is:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
“Shake It Up: Made in Japan” 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 Cable.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
“Shake It Up: Made in Japan” premiere on Disney Channel with a simulcast on WATCH Disney Channel. The special event will also be available on demand in WATCH Disney Channel immediately following the linear broadcast.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
“Shake It Up: Made in Japan” will be available on iTunes, Microsoft Xbox and Sony Playstation, as well as on Mobile VOD platforms which include AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon.
Starring are: Bella Thorne and Zendaya as CeCe Jones and Rocky Blue, Davis Cleveland as Flynn Jones, Roshon Fegan as Ty Blue, Adam Irigoyen as Deuce Martinez, Kenton Duty as Gunther Hessenheffer and Caroline Sunshine as Tinka Hessenheffer. Keone Young, Anita Barone, R. Brandon Johnson and Buddy Handleson guest star.
“Shake It Up” is executive produced by Rob Lotterstein (“The War at Home,” “Ellen”) and Eileen Conn (“Mad About You,” “Just Shoot Me!”). The series is a production of It’s A Laugh Productions, Inc. and carries a TV-G parental guideline.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that it will release the primetime special, ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky‘ on Disney DVD on October 16, 2012. The hour-long special is expected to premiere on Disney Junior in September.
Set sail with Jake and his crew on a full-length, high-speed adventure on the high seas. According to the Never Land Pirate Code, Jake and his crew must race Bucky against the Jolly Roger and the sneaky Captain Hook. But if Bucky loses, he’ll belong to Hook forever! Of course, Hook uses every trick in the book and wins the race! But, Jake and his crew might have a way to get Bucky back. With the help of Peter Pan, the young pirates embark on an adventure across Never Land that includes getting past a fire-breathing dragon! With your help, Jake’s crew can save Bucky from the devious Captain Hook!
Jake’s newest full-length adventure invites kids to set sail on the high seas, learn the Pirate Code, and battle against a mighty guardian dragon. The combo pack comes with more than 2 hours of content on DVD, a digital copy and an official Jake Never Land Sword. In addition, fans can sing along to all the fun, swashbuckling songs on a special Pirate-oke feature exclusive to the DVD!
Additional episodes included are:
- Peter’s Musical Pipes/The Never Night Star
- Captain Hook’s Hooks/Mr. Smee’s Pet
- Race-Around Rock!/Captain Hook is Missing!
- Captain Hook’s Lagoon/Undersea Bucky!
For more information or to pre-order ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky,’ visit Amazon.com
A hidden camera, a sense of humor and the help of Hollywood’s top special effects artists are all kids and their families need to pull the ultimate good-natured prank on their unsuspecting mom or dad in “Code: 9,” a new hidden camera reality series that’s comedy for the whole family, premiering Thursday, July 26 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel.
Hosted by Wes Dening (“The Stafford Brothers”), the unscripted comedy series pairs kids with a parent to help create, plan and cast the entire prank. In every episode, one family member goes deep undercover with special prosthetic make-up and costumes and goes face-to-face with their unsuspecting parent as one of the actors who helps pull off the big surprise. The signal “code 9″, indicates the start of the prank when the target is walking in and everyone needs to be in their places and ready.
In the premiere episode, the Tribble family wants to prank dad who they think loves golf and his clubs a little too much. With the help of “Code: 9″ host, Wes, and a Hollywood special effects and design team, mom and the kids plan it out then sit back and watch as dad takes the heat for a golf cart mishap that involves his clubs.
“Code: 9″ is executive-produced by Mark Herwick (“Launch My Line,” “Kitchen Nightmares”), Douglas Ross (“Big Brother”), Gregory Stewart, Kathleen French and Alex Baskin and was created and directed by Herwick. The reality series is a production of Evolution Media (“The Real Housewives of Orange County”). It carries a TV-G parental guideline.
They’ve done it again! And by ‘they,’ I mean Disney Mobile’s Creature Feep, and by ‘done it again,’ I mean created something almost entirely new. Disney Mobile today launched ‘Where’s My Perry?‘ for Apple iOS and Android devices and the newest entry into the immensely popular ‘Where’s My Water?’ has already been garnering raves from fans of both Swampy the Gator and Disney Channel’s ‘Phineas and Ferb.’
While some of the mechanics are the same, keeping it true to the franchise, Disney has once again successfully introduced ample gameplay design changes to warrant being its own standalone game worth paying for. Whereas Swampy required water to take a bath and Cranky required poison to make his ‘food’ algae-free, the premise here is that Perry the Platypus /aka/ Agent P is needed by Major Monogram at the OWCA (Organization Without a Cool Acronym), but the tubes he usually uses to transport himself are jammed. The objective is to use water (and steam) to power the tubes to send Perry tube-surfing so he can save the world, or at least settle disputes between Major Monogram and Carl.
Dr. Doofenshmirtz has other things on his mind, however, and that’s to stop Perry the Platypus for the last time on each level. To do this, he has three -inators strategically placed throughout each level: the heat-inator, the freeze-inator and the celeberate-inator. The last is the easiest to explain since it just sucks up whatever it can and transforms it into a party (via confetti). The first two make up the core physics of the game, turning water into steam (and vice versa) and water into ice (and vice versa). So for example, if a heat-inator strikes ice, it turns it into water. If it strikes water again, it turns to steam, and the whole process can be reversed. In addition, there is a new liquid called sludge. Sludge has an amazingly high viscosity (much, much more than ooze) and it can be really tricky to work with. In addition, sludge, which is normally black and neutral, can be affected by -inators, making them have the same properties and effects when they touch water. Sludge can cover grates and while blue sludge and orange sludge affect water, as well as cause a explosion when they come in contact with each other, black sludge doesn’t interfere with regular water. Essentially the physics are pretty intense on this iteration of the genre and they often make the game far more fun and challenging to play.
Like ‘Where’s My Water?’ items are collected throughout the levels and they, in turn, unlock bonus levels. Here the items are OWCA files. Some are files on other members of the OWCA (or as some prefer to call it, ‘a petting zoo with hats’) and some are files on Dr. Doof’s -inators. All of the dossiers are taken from the ‘Phineas and Ferb’ series and offer up some good (and ‘brief’) reads. While Swampy’s bonus levels involved using the accelerometer to mimic the same gameplay, ‘Where’s My Perry?’ bonus levels involve guiding Balloony (from ‘The Chronicles of Meap’ and ‘Meapless in Seattle’) through a scrolling screen much like the balloon levels from ‘Where’s My Water?.’ After tri-gnoming the first four introductory levels, I started on the bonus levels and I have to say my first reaction was ‘what the heck?’ However, after playing a few more levels, my reaction completely changed to ‘no, really, what the heck?’ It just seemed so ridiculously easy and — for lack of a better word — dumb. My sentiments did change, however, as I progressed further through the bonus levels as it started to require using elements from the regular game to help Balloony reach the top without popping or being pushed off the edge of the screen. Add to this that the screen scrolls by itself, with or without Balloony, so it can be a challenge sometimes to coordinate everything just right.
Achievements also exist, but they’re pretty primitive right now and I managed to get most of them just from playing the game through the first time. I would expect that to change as more levels get introduced. Like the other games in the franchise, new levels are expected to be delivered in the future at no additional charge.
And, of course, there are other contributions from the television series. Voice talent recorded specifically for the game which interjects itself as you play (it can smartly be turned off if you — ahem — grow weary of Carl’s voice over and over), complete with sub-titles, which can sometimes get in the way of gameplay, but can also smartly be toggled on and off individually. Completing levels usually rewards the players with a little animated vignette which depicts Agent P’s arrival to the OWCA headquarters and, of course, lots of other tributes along the way.
All in all, as a well-documented fan of the franchise, I have to give ‘Where’s My Perry?’ two thumbs and a sore index finger up. Although it took only a couple of hours to get through it all, it was incredibly entertaining and I can’t wait for the next installment. ‘Where’s My Perry?’ is an instant classic five years in the making.
Disney’s ‘Where’s My Perry?’ is $.99 and available now for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices via the App Store and should be available for Android devices shortly.
High-wattage star power and notable creative teams from Disney’s favorite series for kids and families are the centerpiece of Disney Channel and Disney XD’s fan meetings at the leading pop culture convention, Comic-Con International 2012, Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 in San Diego.
Included in the stellar guest line-up are: Elijah Wood and Bruce Boxleitner with executive producer Charlie Bean and consulting producers Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz from “TRON: Uprising;” Jason Morgan Ritter, creator Alex Hirsch and creative director Michael Rianda from “Gravity Falls,” and “Fish Hooks” creator Noah Z. Jones, executive producer Maxwell Atoms, along with Justin Roiland and Kari Wahlgren. Also, Vincent Martella, Alyson Stoner, Dee Bradley Baker, and co-creators Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh from the Emmy Award-winning “Phineas and Ferb” will screen a clip of the epic summer episode “Where’s Perry, Part 1;” noted creator and animation producer Craig McCracken will show a sneak peek of his upcoming comedy series for Disney Channel, “Wander Over Yonder.”
Disney XD will break out exclusive advance clips of new “Motorcity” episodes and the upcoming series “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja.”
Disney Channel and Disney XD Panels at Comic-Con International 2012:
TRON UPRISING – FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. (Room 6A)
Voice cast Elijah Wood (“Beck”) and Bruce Boxleitner (“Tron”) join executive producer/director Charlie Bean and consulting producers Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz. The panel will also feature never-before-seen clips of Disney XD’s turbo-charged original series “Motorcity” and a sneak peek of the upcoming animated series “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja.” The panel will be moderated by Daily Variety film editor Josh Dickey.
PHINEAS AND FERB – SATURDAY, JULY 14, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Room 6A)
Creators/executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh join cast members Vincent Martella (“Phineas”), Alyson Stoner (“Isabella”) and Dee Bradley Baker (“Perry”). The panel will also include an exclusive sneak peek of this summer’s epic two-part cliffhanger episode “Where’s Perry?” Special guest moderator to be announced at Comic-Con.
DISNEY CHANNEL TELEVISION ANIMATION – SATURDAY, JULY 14, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (Room: 5AB)
Disney Channel Television Animation: Fans can see exclusive footage and clips from upcoming episodes of Disney Channel’s BAFTA award-winning series “Fish Hooks” and its newest mystery adventure series “Gravity Falls,” plus a first look at the upcoming series “Wander Over Yonder.” Panelists include: “Fish Hooks” creator/executive producer Noah Z. Jones and executive producer Maxwell Atoms and voice talent Justin Roiland (“Oscar”) and Kari Wahlgren (“Shellsea”); “Gravity Falls” creator Alex Hirsch and creative director Michael Rianda and voice talent Jason Morgan Ritter (“Dipper”), and “Wander Over Yonder” creator Craig McCracken and co-producer Lauren Faust. The panel will be moderated by Eric Coleman, Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation.
Disney Friends for Change, a global initiative that inspires kids and families to take action and make a difference in their communities, today announced that Disney Channel stars Debby Ryan (“Jessie”), Bella Thorne and Zendaya (“Shake It Up”), and Ross Lynch and Laura Marano (“Austin & Ally”) will serve as Friends for Change Ambassadors, encouraging kids and families to make a lasting, positive change by helping people, communities, and the planet.
In collaboration with select non-profit organizations, Disney Friends for Change Ambassadors will lead campaigns to engage millions of kids to take action and volunteer. Each nonprofit will receive a Disney Friends for Change grant to further the reach and impact of the themed campaign. In total, $750,000 will be awarded to the following three efforts:
- “Helping Communities – Volunteer,” led by Debby Ryan and in collaboration with Free The Children (from June 29 – August 16)
- “Helping People – Be a Leader,” featuring Bella Thorne and Zendaya, and in collaboration with Free The Children (from August 17 – September 27)
- “Helping the Planet – Green Your Scene,” championed by Ross Lynch and Laura Marano, and in collaboration with TreePeople (from September 28 – November 30)
“We are so excited about the real difference kids are making every day using our action kits and volunteering in their communities,” said Leslie Goodman, senior vice president for Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy at The Walt Disney Company. “Through the leadership and encouragement of our Disney Friends for Change Ambassadors, we hope to inspire millions of more kids to take action and change their worlds.”
Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “The bond our viewers have with our talent is deep and powerful. As ambassadors of Friends for Change, our talent can serve as a megaphone for the importance of pro-active community involvement, motivating kids and their families to discover the many rewarding ways we can all make our world a better place to live.” He continued, “I often talk to my team about extending our value as a company beyond the TV screen, and this initiative does an exemplary job of that – and for this, I could not be prouder.”
As part of the program, Disney Channel will debut a series of interstitial messages, featuring the Disney Friends for Change Ambassadors beginning MONDAY, JUNE 18. Disney Channel, Radio Disney, and Disney.com will chronicle the Ambassadors throughout the summer as they volunteer and inspire kids of all ages to lead. Also part of the interstitial series and debuting FRIDAY, JUNE 29, Debby Ryan will share her personal experience volunteering in India through Disney Friends for Change with Free The Children, where she helped build a new school for a local village. Inspired by the stories and efforts of Disney Friends for Change kids, Debby helped to start the Ambassadors program.
To coincide with the on-air interstitials, Friends for Change will offer tools and resources at www.disney.com/friends where kids and families can discover additional ideas on how to make a difference. Site visitors are able to download action kits, learn more about the Ambassadors’ campaigns, and participate in the new Shout Out Module, an online forum that allows kids and families to motivate each other and exchange tips on actions to help their schools and neighborhoods. Families can also vote online to further support each Ambassador’s campaign and help thousands of more kids as a result.
Kids and tweens will once again have the opportunity to shake it up and break it down with the return of Disney Channel’s popular dance competition “Make Your Mark: Shake It Up Dance Off.” Last year, more than 12 million viewers watched the two-night finale event, skyrocketing it to #1 among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14 for both nights. This year, kids once again will have the opportunity to compete for the Grand Prize – a performance in an episode of Disney Channel’s top-rated series “Shake It Up.”
Beginning today, viewers can visit DisneyChannel.com/Danceoff where “Shake It Up” choreographer Rosero McCoy hosts instructional dance videos that teach kids steps seen in the hit Disney Channel series. New dance tutorials will be uploaded throughout the summer and beginning June 29, with the consent of a parent, kids ages 8-16 are invited to visit DisneyChannel.com/Danceoff to create and submit their own short dance videos to be considered for a chance to compete in the on-air dance competition. Dance videos can be choreographed or freestyle and up to 45-seconds long, with a maximum of five dancers.
Also this summer, Club Penguin players will have the chance to make their mark and shake it up when Club Penguin’s annual Music Jam is transformed into the “Make Your Mark: Ultimate Jam.” Beginning July 19 through August 1, players in the Internet’s #1 virtual world will be invited to chat and dance with customized Rocky and CeCe penguins, and even unlock exclusive dance moves, just like the characters from “Shake It Up.”
In September, finalists will be announced and they’ll square off in front of celebrity judges during the “Make Your Mark: Shake It Up Dance Off” which will air on Disney Channel in October. “Shake It Up” stars Bella Thorne and Zendaya will return to the popular dance competition.
Last year’s competition garnered more than 7.5 million total site visits and nearly 30,000 online dance video submissions resulting in more than 68 million video starts in four months. Six finalist teams were chosen to compete in the two-night finale event which included celebrity judges Selena Gomez, recording artist Sean Kingston and choreographer Rosero McCoy, and a performance from Hollywood Records recording artist, China Anne McClain.