Disney Channel Options ‘Upside-Down Magic’ Book Series for Television


'Upside-Down Magic'Disney Channel has announced that it has optioned Upside-Down Magic, a new book series from Scholastic, for development of an original TV show. The first book of the series, by bestselling authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins, will be released on September 29, 2015.

Upside-Down Magic follows the misadventures of Nory, the youngest in a family of elite magicians, who finds herself relegated to a class for misfits after one magical mishap too many. There Nory meets a group of kids with equally wonky powers. Surrounded by people who believe in her, she starts to question if her so-called ‘upside-down magic’ might actually be right side up after all.

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‘Sofia the First’ to Encounter Merida in ‘The Secret Library’ Television Event

PRINCESS MERIDA, PRINCESS SOFIASofia’s Aunt Tilly returns to give her a gift that will unlock a secret world and appoint Sofia storykeeper of magical books in ‘Sofia the First: The Secret Library,’ the first episode of a four-part story arc, debuting Monday, October 12 on Disney Channel at 9:00 am ET/PT and Disney Junior at 7:00 pm ET/PT. The first episode features a special appearance by Merida from Disney/Pixar’s Brave.

Bonnie Hunt and Eric Stonestreet reprise their roles as Aunt Tilly and Sofia’s flying horse, Minimus, respectively. Hugh Bonneville lends his voice as the Narrator throughout the four-part Secret Library storyline. Additional guest stars include Cary Elwes as nefarious Prince Roderick, Ruth Connell as Merida and Dean Norris as Minimus’ brother, Mazzimo.

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‘PJ Masks’ to Premiere on Disney Junior in September

'PJ Masks'Entertainment One Family (eOne) today announced that its innovative new CGI animated series, ‘PJ Masks,’ will debut on Disney Channel and Disney Junior on Friday, September 18, 2015.

‘PJ Masks’ is produced by eOne and Frog Box, in collaboration with the award-winning French animation studio TeamTO, and with Disney Junior and France 5. The series is based on French author Romuald Racioppo’s imaginative and striking picture book series Les Pyjamasques. A much loved publishing property in its native France, where books debuted in 2008, 15 titles have been published in the country to date with plans to release two new titles every year.

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REPORT: ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Sequel, ‘Puppy Papers’ Series in Development at Disney

Earlier today, The Animation Guild Blog, representing the Local 839 IATSE union, provided a list of projects currently in the works at various studios in the Southern California area. Among the list are a few of interest when it comes to Disney television and feature animation.

Among the several already-known projects for Disney Television are two new entries: ‘Unannounced fairy tale’ and ‘Puppy Papers.’ An extensive Google search for the latter provided very little information on the new series, other than it’s being developed by Rough Draft Studios for Disney. All we could find were professional references for storyboard artist Aimee Major Steinberger and animation sheet timer David Lyman.

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‘Invisible Sister’ with Rowan Blanchard Premieres October 9 on Disney Channel

'Invisible Sister'The upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie Invisible Sister, starring Rowan Blanchard (‘Girl Meets World’) and Paris Berelc (‘Mighty Med’), is set to premiere Friday, October 9 at 8:00 pm ET/PT on Disney Channel as part of ‘Monstober,’ Disney Channel’s month-long Halloween-themed programming event.

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‘Goldie & Bear’ to Debut in November on Disney Channel; Available September 12 on WATCH Apps

JACK, BEAR, GOLDIEDisney Junior will debut the first six episodes of fairytale-inspired ‘Goldie & Bear’ on the popular WATCH Disney Junior platforms, beginning Saturday, September 12,with one new episode premiering on the WATCH Disney Junior app and WATCH Disney Junior.com each Monday from September 21 through October 12. Set in the magical world of Fairy Tale Forest, the animated series for kids age 2-7 reunites Goldie and Bear, after the renowned porridge incident featured in “Goldilocks and The Three Bears.” The series premieres in November on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

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‘The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar’ in November with Rob Lowe, Gabrielle Union, James Earl Jones; Preview at D23 Expo

The Lion GuardThe epic storytelling of Disney’s The Lion King continues with The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, a primetime television movie event premiering in November on Disney Channel. The movie follows Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, as he assumes the role of leader of the Lion Guard, a team of animals tasked with preserving the Pride Lands. The movie is a precursor to ‘The Lion Guard’ television series, premiering in early 2016 on Disney Channels and Disney Junior channels around the globe. A special preview of The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar will be presented at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, on Sunday, August 16.

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Disney’s Descendants ‘Return to the Isle of the Lost’ to Introduce More Children of Villains

'Isle of the Lost' by Melissa de la CruzAt BookCon earlier this year, New York Times best-selling author and author of Disney Descendants prequel, Isle of the Lost, Melissa de la Cruz, announced that there would be a sequel to the book, expected in May of 2016.

Today, additional details of the upcoming title have been released. Return to the Isle of the Lost is now slated for publication on May 10, 2016, presumably aligned for a sequel to the telefilm for summer 2016 as well. Like the original book, Disney is listing a pagecount of 320 pages for the upcoming sequel. The preliminary publisher’s description is as follows:

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CONFIRMED: ‘Star Wars Rebels Season One’ on Blu-ray in September; Full Bonus Features Detailed

'Star Wars Rebels Season One' on Blu-rayWalt Disney Studios Home Entertainment today confirmed an earlier report by Stitch Kingdom that Disney XD’s ‘Star Wars Rebels’ complete first season will be available to own on 2-Disc Blu-ray and 3-Disc DVD on September 1 (now available for pre-order).

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Disney ‘Descendants’ Soundtrack Available July 31; Includes A Capella Hip Hop Version of ‘Be Our Guest’

Descendants Soundtrack Cover ArtWalt Disney Records will release the soundtrack for Disney’s ‘Descendants’ on Friday, July 31, the day the eagerly-anticipated movie premieres on Disney Channel. The soundtrack pre-order is available now on Amazon. It features the single ‘Believe,’ performed and written by 16 year-old recording artist Shawn Mendes and original songs performed by the ‘Descendants’ cast plus bonus tracks and a score suite.

Beginning Tuesday, June 16, Shawn Mendes’ ‘Believe’ single will be available as a song purchase or free with the purchase of the ‘Descendants’ soundtrack at select digital retailers. The song will premiere in the U.S. and Canada, Monday, June 15 on Radio Disney at 7 pm ET /4 pm PT.

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