New Disney releases for the week of December 9, 2012
Below is a list of new Disney items being released this week at Amazon.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on Amazon.com in another window.
Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.
|A Knight in Sticky Armor (Disney Junior: Doc McStuffins) (Little Golden Book) (Hardcover) (Available Tuesday, December 11 or Pre-Orderfrom Amazon.com)To order or for more information, click here
|Phineas and Ferb: Agent P’s Guide to Fighting Evil (Hardcover) (Available Tuesday, December 11 or Pre-Orderfrom Amazon.com)To order or for more information, click here
|The Disney Middle Ages: A Fairy-Tale and Fantasy Past (New Middle Ages) (Hardcover) (Available Tuesday, December 11 or Pre-Orderfrom Amazon.com)To order or for more information, click here
|The Pirate Games (Disney Junior: Jake and the Neverland Pirates) (Little Golden Book) (Hardcover) (Available Tuesday, December 11 or Pre-Orderfrom Amazon.com)To order or for more information, click here
|Babes in Toyland [Blu-ray] (Available Tuesday, December 11 or Pre-Orderfrom Amazon.com)This was the studio’s first live-action musical fantasy.
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|Disney Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey & Donald Have A Farm (Available Tuesday, December 11 or Pre-Orderfrom Amazon.com)To order or for more information, click here
|Heavyweights [Blu-ray] (Available Tuesday, December 11 or Pre-Orderfrom Amazon.com)The father-mother-son team of Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, and Ben Stiller appear in the film.
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|Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey and Donald Have a Farm (Available Tuesday, December 11 or Pre-Orderfrom Amazon.com)To order or for more information, click here
|Monsters, Inc. (Available Tuesday, December 11 or Pre-Orderfrom Amazon.com)Disney’s Songs and Story product line is a special value series of classic tales and memorable melodies. Enjoy songs from the original film or songs that equally match the whimsy of the property and a narrated story with original character voices and authentic sound effects. Perfect for movie lovers of Disney’s award winning Monsters, Inc. Great gift item for any child!
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|Songs and Story: Monsters, Inc. (Available Tuesday, December 11 or Pre-Orderfrom Amazon.com)To order or for more information, click here
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has now confirmed our initial report about an as-of-yet unannounced special musical episode of ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ titled ‘Minnie’s the Wizard of Dizz.’ Also confirmed — as clearly depicted in the DVD art pictured here — is that it will be an MMC take on the classic L. Frank Baum story, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
After being swept up in a big wind, Minnie and Pluto end up in the silly but spectacular land of Dizz. It’s an amazing place with rainbow trees, butterfly bows, and friendly ‘Chipmunchkins,’ but what Minnie wants most is to get home. Together, Minnie and her new friends Scarecrow Goofy, Mickey the Tin Mouse, and Donald the Lion set off to ask the wonderful Wizard of the Pink Crystal City to make their dreams come true. But look out! Sneaky Witch Pete wants Minnie’s magical, sparkly pink shoes, and he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve.
Included on the DVD along with the special episode are two other ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ episodes, ‘The Golden Boo-Boo’ and ‘Goofy’s Gone,’ as well as ten episodes of the short form series, ‘Minnie’s Bow Toons.’ In addition, the DVD will include a free download of the Minnie Bow Maker digital book app.
‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s the Wizard of Dizz‘ will be available to own on DVD on February 5, 2013. It’s expected to air on Disney Channel and Disney Junior prior to that, but the date is unknown at this time.
‘Minnie’s the Wizard of Dizz‘ will be released on DVD on February 5, 2013. And that, in a nutshell, is all we know. The news comes courtesy of Amazon.com which has recently begun accepting pre-orders for the title. According to cursory searches on the interwebs, there is nary a mention of it short of release dates in the mideast, often referring to it as ‘Wizards of Dizz’ [sic].
Apparently, and agreeably so, it will be a ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ special which will presumably be announced and air on Disney Channel and Disney Junior ahead of its DVD release. One could surmise from the title that this will be a take on the L. Frank Baum The Wizard of Oz series. The popular children’s series has already tackled Alice in Wonderland with its ‘Adventures in Wonderland’ episode.
Also lending credence to theory and adding a bit of suspicion to the subject matter and timing is Walt Disney Studios’ own Oz the Great and Powerful prequel to the series of books, which will bow into theaters a month later on March 8, 2013.
We will provide more information on the ‘Minnie’s the Wizard of Dizz’ special and DVD as it becomes available to us.
Ahead of any official announcement, Amazon.com is now listing the DVD edition of the ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ music special ‘Mickey & Donald Have Farm‘ will be available to own on December 11, just a few short weeks after it debuts on Disney Channel on November 5, 2012.
Get set to roll up your sleeves, ride the Clickety-Clack Tractor and lend a helping hand in this farm-tastic barnyard adventure!
With an oink-oink here and a moo-moo there, it’s time to sing along, plant the crops and feed the animals on the new Clubhouse Farm. But when Farmer Pete’s giant windmill blows all the cows, chickens and piggies out of their pens, it’s up to YOU — with the right Mouseketools — to help Mickey and Donald find all the animals and bring them home.
The DVD edition also includes a free planting activity kit along with the following bonus episodes of ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse:’ ‘Goofy’s Petting Zoo,’ ‘Clarabelle’s Clubhouse Mooo-Sical,’ ‘Goofy The Homemaker,’ and ‘Donald Hatches An Egg.’
Earlier today, Disney/ABC Television Group’s Digital Media team released two new apps starring Disney Junior favorites, ‘Jake and the Never Land Pirates’ (iOS Universal) and ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ (iPad only), allowing the popular interactive shows to become even more engaging with their audiences.
In ‘Jake’s Never Land Pirate School,’ children are enrolled in Jake’s pirate school where they will learn all the skills to become part of Jake’s pirate crew. The app contains full animation and audio provided by the show’s vocal talents and includes direct interaction with Jake, Izzy, Cubby and Sharky and Bones. The first step to enroll is to create a pirate avatar which uses the iDevice’s camera (or camera roll) to place the child’s head on a pirate body. After that, it’s time to attend classes and engage in various ‘challenges’ which include: steering Jake’s ship, Bucky, through obstacle courses using the accelerometer; creating original pirate tunes with Sharky and Bones with various instruments, which the app records and plays back; Map & Spyglass in which the student uses a map and spyglass to locate various objects on the island; and Pixie Dust with Izzy (and a silent Skully) where the student learns to fly with pixie dust, navigating through a maze and avoiding a pop-up Captain Hook. And, of course, each activity is rewarded with gold doubloons which the student digs up as Jake counts them.
Along the way, the app teaches other skills such as counting, colors, superlatives and shapes. All of the activities are relatively simple to play and there’s literally no way to fail at any of them, especially with the encouragement of all of the show’s characters.
The app keeps track of all of the student’s progress and, when all the classes have been completed, the student is rewarded with certificate, deeming them an honorary Never Land pirate. The student then has the opportunity to decorate the certificate with virtual stickers and even printing it out on an AirPrint compatible printer.
The app itself is pretty flawless in its design and execution and will certainly delight any fan of the series. I only ran into a few minor issues myself. One is during the map & spyglass class, in which I was asked to locate a monkey which appeared to be hidden behind a tiki tree — it was only due to a pixie dust aura that the app finally showed as a clue that I was able to spot it. Another minor grievance is with decorating the certificate with the virtual stickers. There is no way to move or resize the stickers (you can remove them all with a press of a button however) and it wasn’t clear that you actually need to press and drag the stickers to the desired location on the certificate — that came only with trial and error. The certificate also has virtual stickers that represent the individual courses, but they only go into their designated spot on the certificate (which can be identified by nuances in the shapes), but there’s no instruction on this, nor a correction when they’re not properly placed — they simply just return back to the sheet. Last — and most minor of all — the instructions for creating the private avatar advise you on how to position your face once the photo is taken, but those instructions actually apply only to images from the camera roll, so it’s a bit confusing, particularly since it appears to not work.
Next is the ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally appisode.’ Not just a clever play on words, this is an actual full-blown adaptation of the Disney Junior primetime special in which Mickey Mouse and the rest of the ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ gang engage in a friendly road race to locate Mickey Markers spread throughout the land. While the appisode faithfully reproduces the program, it attempts to make the app even more interactive than watching it on tv. For example, any time Mickey would ask the viewer a question, the app pops up a Mickey microphone and actually listens for input from the child — though just like the television show, it doesn’t really matter what the response is. Where the app really shines, however, is that it introduces new content and games that wouldn’t be possible on the show. So for example, when the assistance of Toodles is required, characters can actually explain why a particular tool wouldn’t do the job if chosen. Children are also asked to lend a finger (or use the accelerometer) when the characters are faced with a task, such as cleaning up a pile of spilled rubber duckies or clearing the road of sand.
Even more flawless in its execution, the only possible gripe with this app is its size — almost 500 MB — but justified considering it has the absolute look and feel of the actual Road Rally episode.
Disney legend Dick Van Dyke recently recorded his guest appearance for an upcoming episode of Disney Junior’s ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.’ Van Dyke will be playing the role of Goofy’s long-long Grandpappy, Captain Goof Beard.
‘Anytime it’s Disney, I’m ready — I always show up,’ Van Dyke said. ‘I’ve worked with Donald once and I think I’ve worked with the seven dwarfs at one point down at Disneyland, but this is the first time I’ve ever worked with Goofy and I’m playing — of course — his grandfather. I’m a pirate. Nobody ever knew Goofy’s grandfather was a pirate before. They did tell me I was gonna have to sing, but I don’t have to sound like Goofy. ‘Cuz I said that I can’t do.’
Disney Junior has provided us with this behind-the-scenes photo of Dick Van Dyke recording his role as Captain Goof-Beard as well as this b-roll footage of Van Dyke reading lines as well as providing a sneak peek at what Captain Goof-Beard will look like.
No air date for the episode of ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’ has been announced.
Tonight, Van Dyke will present his former co-star Mary Tyler Moore with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award which will be broadcast live on TNT and TBS beginning at 8 pm ET. On presenting her with the award, Van Dyke notes ‘she picked me to give it to her. If she hadn’t, I would have never forgiven her (laughs). But I read it in the papers that she was gonna get the award and I thought of course I’m gonna do it, but then the phone didn’t ring for a couple of weeks and I said you know I’ve been hanging on the edge of a cliff here.. (laughs) waiting? I thought, who you gonna get, Ed Asner? So no, I’m really looking forward to the thrill of giving her that.’
Photo by Todd Wawrychuk. Photo and video © and courtesy Disney Junior. All Rights Reserved.
This coming holiday, parents and their preschoolers will discover a whole new way to watch and play their favorite Disney preschool DVDs, with the all-new ‘Mickey Mote.’ This one-of-a-kind kid’s remote control from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will debut November 16th packaged with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Number Roundup and Handy Manny: Big Construction Job. The new ‘Mickey Mote’ is a child-friendly handheld remote control, shaped like Mickey ears, that will take children’s viewing experience to a whole new level by providing an engaging interaction with their favorite Disney characters. With multiple levels of play, the new Mickey Mote is designed to provide hours of fun, engaging and challenging adventures for kids age 2-5.
HOW IT WORKS: The Mickey Mote works with any Disney Preschool DVD that includes Discovery Mode™, the interactive ‘Watch & Play’ feature on the DVD. All parents have to do is program the remote control — there’s an easy and quick set-up guide in each DVD — and select the Discovery Mode feature on the menu screen. Within minutes, kids will be easily responding to questions, throughout the story, about scenes they just watched (such as ‘What color is Goofy’s hat?’) by pressing one of four color-coded buttons on the device — a yellow star, green circle, orange triangle or blue square – to click in their responses. Discovery Mode features include two levels of play, which provides more challenging questions as the child grows.
Once families have purchased a Disney Preschool DVD that comes packaged with the Mickey Mote, they can continue to build their Disney Preschool libraries, as the Mickey Mote works is compatible with any Discovery Mode enhanced DVD. For example, parents can immediately use the remote with any of the following titles: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Adventures in Wonderland Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Choo Choo Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Minnie’s Bow-Tique Handy Manny: Manny’s Motorcycle Adventure Handy Manny: Manny’s Big Race Little Einsteins: Fire Truck Blast Off My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Super Duper Super Sleuths My Friends Tigger & Pooh: Bedtime With Pooh. Plus look for more Discovery Mode DVDs in the future.
Suggested retail price for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Mickey’s Number Roundup and Handy Manny: Big Construction Job packaged with the “Mickey Mote” is $29.99.
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Numbers Roundup features more than 100 minutes of content with five exciting, numbers-themed adventures. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is the #1 program on Playhouse Disney as well as the #1 series with children between the ages of two and five years. Bonus features include a never-before-seen bonus episode that won’t air on Disney Channel until January, 2011 as well as the Discovery Mode feature.
Note: Discovery Mode can also be played using any DVD remote control.
Disney has ordered a fourth season of its #1 series for preschoolers, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” Consisting of 13 new episodes and nine extended specials, Season Four will premiere on the recently announced Disney Junior, a new television and online brand and, ultimately, a re-branded 24-hour basic cable/satellite channel devoted to preschool-age children around the world.
The third season of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” will continue to roll out on Disney Channel through 2011 with new episodes, the new physical fitness-themed short-form series, “Mickey Mousekersize,” and two brand new primetime specials, including “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally” which premieres this fall. Last October the series’ first-ever primetime special, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo Choo Express,” ranked as cable’s #1 program in its timeslot among its targeted Kids 2-5 demo, more than doubling year-ago preschool ratings in the time period. A family viewing event, 54% of Adults 18-49 viewed it with a preschooler.
Launched in May 2006, the Emmy-nominated “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” ranks among the top 10 series on all TV with kids 2-5 this year to date. Globally “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” reached over 140 million unduplicated viewers worldwide, airing in 158 countries/territories and in 30 different languages. Source: Nielsen Media Research, 2010: 12/28/09-7/11/10, Live+SD U.S. ratings. 2010 rank based on program level data with minimum 10 telecasts. Reach based on 4Q09. Individual country source lines available upon request.
Combining the rich heritage of Disney’s beloved classic characters with state-of-the-art CG animation, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” introduces a whole new generation of preschoolers to Mickey and his pals. Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Pluto and Daisy all join Mickey in this vibrant interactive series.
The series’ curriculum is designed to introduce problem solving and early mathematics skills (sequencing, counting, classifying, sorting, complex patterns, spatial relations, size and distance comparisons, addition, subtraction, weights and balances) in a fun way through contemporary, interactive storytelling. Series consultants are Dr. Renee Cherow O’Leary, Debbie Jaffe Gower and Iris Sroka, Ph.D. Rob LaDuca is executive producer of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” is produced by Disney Television Animation.
“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” currently airs weekdays at 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. ET/PT and weekends at 9:00 and 9:30 a.m. ET/PT during Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney programming block for preschoolers. The series carries a TV-Y parental guideline.
In honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Disney Digital Books (DDB) is offering kids everywhere a 7-day free trial to four Earth Day themed books in addition to its robust online library of over 600 other classic Disney stories all available at the click of a mouse.
The Earth Day themed books, which contain relevant content to help kids learn about the environment, include all new illustrations and an audio component, providing early readers an engaging storytelling experience with entertaining voices and sound effects and the ability for children to follow along as the story is read aloud.
The four Earth Day themed books on DDB include:
Mickey Goes Green – Donald wants to understand why Minnie brings her own bag to shop at the grocery store. Minnie explains how reusing things helps the planet. Donald learns this and many other eco-friendly tips that he can do every day to help make Mickey Park a better place.
Mission Ocean Rescue - Rocket is taking the Little Einsteins to enjoy a day at the beach when they discover that the beach is full of trash. The team joins together to clean up the beach but soon they find a baby dolphin needs their help! Join the team while they complete these two very important missions.
No Place Like Earth - It’s Earth Day at the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Esteemed scientist Professor Von Drake is the main speaker. The Professor has a lot to say about ways we can help save our planet every single day. To the Professor’s surprise, Mickey and the gang have even more to say—and show.
Think Green - Mayor Rosa has asked Handy Manny to help get the town ready for its annual Earth Day celebration held each year on April 22nd. As the team prepares for the big event, Manny and the citizens of Sheet Rock Hills teach the tools about the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling!
Disney Chanel will debut the third season of its #1 Playhouse Disney series “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 (9:00 a.m., ET/PT). The third season, which brings the series to 100 episodes, will also include the new physical fitness-themed short-form series, “Mickey Mousekersize” and three new primetime specials.
Supporting Disney’s ongoing commitment to helping kids and parents achieve healthier lifestyles by engaging preschoolers in fun physical activity, the 10 new three-minute “Mickey Mousekersize” shorts, hosted by Mickey Mouse, focus on the fun of exercising and encourage kids at home to get up and move along with Mickey and pals. The short form series will debut this fall.
In addition to 31 new music-filled episodes, three brand new primetime specials will be presented. Last October, the series’ first-ever primetime special, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo Choo Express,” ranked as TV’s #1 program in its timeslot among its targeted Kids 2-5 demo, more than doubling year-ago preschool ratings in the time period. A family viewing event, 54% of Adults 18-49 viewed the event with a preschooler.
The season launches with an episode entitled “Goofy’s Goofbot” in which Goofy builds a super smart and strong toy robot that looks just like him. Other storylines for season three include an “Indiana Jones”-like adventure, an underwater submarine voyage and a desert journey.