TOY FAIR: ‘Gravity Falls’ Merchandise Arriving in Fall 2014

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.

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‘Sofia the First’ New Season Adds A-List of Guest Voices; Snow White to Appear in April

PRINCESS SOFIA, PRINCESS SNOW WHITE &copy DISNEY JUNIOR 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.

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‘Ella the Elephant’ to Debut on Disney Channel, Disney Junior on February 17

'Ella the Elephant'‘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.

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‘Gravity Falls’ ‘Mabel’s Guide to Life’ Short Form Series to Premiere in February

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.

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‘Sofia the First: The Floating Palace’ on DVD in April

'Sofia the First: The Floating Palace'Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that the Disney Junior television special, ‘Sofia the First: The Floating Palace’ which features an appearance by Ariel, will be available to own on Disney DVD on April 8, 2014.

Do you believe in mermaids? You will — when you set sail on a magical full-length adventure under the sea with Sofia the First! After Sofia helps a young mermaid named Oona, Sofia’s amulet grants her the power to transform into a mermaid and visit her new friend’s secret underwater kingdom. But when Cedric (disguised as a sea monster) plots to steal Oona’s enchanted Mermaid Comb, danger surfaces for both worlds. With a little help from special guest, Princess Ariel, Sofia embarks on an adventure to rescue Oona. Overflowing with oceans of song-filled fun, ‘Sofia the First: The Floating Palace’ proves that when families and friends work together, they can weather any storm and save the day!

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‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie-rella’ on DVD Before February Premiere

'Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie-rella'Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has announced that Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie-rella will be available to down on DVD on February 11, 2014 (now available for pre-order, three days before it is set to premiere on Disney Channel and Disney Junior, on February 14.

In the special episode, our pals need to get Minnie a surprise present, so they keep her busy with plenty of chores to do at the Clubhouse. Tired from so much work, Minnie falls asleep and dreams that she is Minnie-rella! Inspired by the fairy tale of Cinderella, the story of Minnie-rella sparkles with music and fun as we recognize our favorite Clubhouse characters in familiar roles.

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‘Henry Hugglemonster: Meet the Hugglemonsters’ on DVD in January

'Henry Hugglemonster: Meet the Hugglemonsters'Welcome to the newest, happiest, most monster-rific spot on the map — the wondrous land of Roarsville — where five-year old Henry Hugglemonster lives, plays and learns something ‘roarsome’ every day! Together with his loving parents and grandparents, big brother Cobby, sister Summer, baby bro Ivor and a town full of cuddly monsters, Henry embraces all the joys and challenges of growing up. Whether he’s helping his sister put on a show, setting up a hugglejuice stand or entering his monsterdog Beckett in a pet pageant, he’s always discovering new ways to be the best brother, friend and monster he can be! Packed with over two hours of song-filled fun, teamwork and adventure, Henry Hugglemonster: Meet the Hugglemonsters will make your preschooler roar for more every time.

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Disney Channel’s ‘Descendants’ to Feature Teenage Kids of Classic Villains, Premiere in 2015

Disney's DescendantsCasting is underway for Disney’s Descendants, a contemporary live-action adventure-comedy that taps into Disney’s heritage characters — notably its most evil villains — to introduce their progeny, a modern day generation of teenagers who ultimately question the evil that’s always been in their hearts.

Kenny Ortega, the Emmy Award-winning director and choreographer of Disney’s record-setting High School Musical TV movies and feature film, returns to Disney Channel to direct Descendants. The casting directors are Natalie Hart and Jason La Padura, C.S.A..

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‘Cloud 9′ Disney Channel Original Movie, ‘I Didn’t Do It’ and ‘Win, Lose or Draw’ Sneak Peek, January 17

Set high atop snow-capped mountains in the adrenaline-fueled world of competitive snowboarding, the Disney Channel Original Movie Cloud 9 tells the inspiring story of two snowboarders who must overcome self-doubt to learn that achieving their dreams is possible. Executive-produced by Ashley Tisdale, and starring Luke Benward and Dove Cameron, Cloud 9 premieres Friday, January 17 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel.

The evening of the movie’s premiere — part of Disney Channel’s annual ‘JaNEWary’ programming event — will include a new episode of the hit series, ‘Liv and Maddie,’ the premiere of Disney Channel’s comedy series, ‘I Didn’t Do It’ and a first-look at the upcoming game show, ‘Disney’s Win, Lose or Draw.’

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‘Sofia the First: The Floating Palace’ Featuring Ariel Premieres November 24

Sofia and her family take to the high seas for a royal vacation in the first-ever ‘Sofia the First’ primetime special, ‘Sofia the First: The Floating Palace,’ premiering Sunday, November 24 at 7:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel and Thursday, November 28 at 7:00 pm ET/PT on the Disney Junior channel. The undersea adventure, in which Sofia is magically transformed into a mermaid, features a special appearance by Princess Ariel from The Little Mermaid, voiced by Disney Legend Jodi Benson who reprises her iconic role from the animated film. The special also introduces a new character named Oona, a young mermaid voiced by Kiernan Shipka.

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