Once more, the choices we make and the actions we take will shape us into Forces of Destiny as the Star Wars web-series from Lucasfilm Animation returns for a second season. Said season, comprising of eight episodes, was first announced in September 2017, and has been released online on YouTube.
Now, while many viewers may have appreciated the concept of Forces of Destiny as showcasing the various female characters of the Star Wars saga in action, critics would deride the show as “feminist pandering”. Their tune should change with one of the S2 episodes, featuring a guy: Luke Skywalker himself.
Even better, they got actor Mark Hamill to reprise his iconic role for episode 7 “The Path Ahead”, which elaborates on Luke’s Jedi training under Yoda on planet Dagobah. Hamill calls on his veteran voice acting skills to recapture a youngish voice as much as possible for Luke once more.
If you were wondering what brought on the sequence in The Empire Strikes Back, of Luke jumping through the Dagobah swamps with Yoda riding in a pack on his back, this episode answers your question. Some of the other episodes also take place “in between” movies or even film scenes.
For instance, episode 6 “Bounty Hunted” would explain how Princess Leia got her bounty hunter costume in Return of the Jedi. These and other adventures can be watch on Star Wars: Forces of Destiny, now available for viewing on Disney’s YouTube channel, before premiering on Disney Channel this March 25.
Let’s look back to the 90s and reminisce of childhood days as we go over this list of all Disney animated series that were part of The Disney Afternoon syndicated programming block, which ran seven television seasons from 1990 to 1997. The seasons listed with the titles indicate which seasons of the block they aired in.
Adventures of the Gummi Bears (Season 1)
Ducktales (Seasons 1-2)
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers (Seasons 1-3)
TaleSpin (Seasons 1-4)
Darkwing Duck (Seasons 2-5)
Goof Troop (Seasons 4-6)
The Shnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show (Season 5 Mondays)
Bonkers (Season 4, Season 5 Tuesday-Thursday, Season 6-7 all weekdays)
Gargoyles (Season 5 Friday, Season 6 Monday-Thursday, Season 7 all weekdays)
Aladdin the Series (Seasons 5-7)
The Lion King’s Timon and Pumbaa (Season 6 Friday to Season 7 Monday)
Quack Pack (Season 7 Tuesday to Thursday)
Mighty Ducks (Season 7 Friday)
All series were produced by Disney Television Animation.
Here’s a list of all rides and attractions themed after Marvel across all Disney theme parks all over the world.
Iron Man Experience (since 2017) = Tomorrowland of Hong Kong Disneyland, first ever Marvel-themed attraction in a Disney theme park
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! (since 2017) = Disney California Adventure in Disneyland Resort, first Marvel-themed attraction in a US-based Disney theme park; formerly The Twilight Zone “Tower of Terror”
Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster (TBA) = EPCOT in Walt Disney World
Ant-Man ride (2019) = Hong Kong Disneyland
Marvel’s Avengers ride (2023) = Hong Kong Disneyland
Sofia the First on Disney Junior gained a solid viewer following thanks to its concept of having the main character and her friends receiving help and advice from the Disney Princesses themselves, summoned by Sofia’s keepsake magical amulet. Here’s a list of the Princesses who’ve helped Sofia, and when they appeared.
SEASON 1(2012, 2013-14)
Cinderella – appears in the “Once Upon a Princess” pilot movie (2012) and helps Sofia befriend her new stepsister Princess Amber with the song “True Sisters”.
Jasmine (Aladdin) – appears in episode 12 “Two to Tangu”, where she helps Sofia and Amber learn not to fear trying new things by teaching them how to fly a magic carpet, with the song “The Ride of Your Lives”.
Belle (Beauty and the Beast) – appears in episode 17 “The Amulet and the Anthem” where she teaches Sofia that what we DO is more meaningful than what we SAY through the song “Make it Right”.
Ariel (The Little Mermaid) – appears in the “The Floating Palace 2-parter (22-23), teaching Sofia about love of family (and how it lies in all the family’s members), via the song “The Love We Share”.
Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) – appears in episode 24 “Holiday in Enhancia”, showing how Sofia can trust her animal friends to help her in times of need. She’s also the first Princess not to sing in her appearance.
Snow White – appears in episode 2 “The Enchanted Feast”, encouraging Sofia to follow her instincts. Like Aurora, she doesn’t sing.
Mulan – appears in episode 12 “Princesses to the Rescue!” teaching Sofia and her companions about inner strength and believing in themselves, to the song “Stronger than You Know”
Rapunzel (Tangled) – appears in “The Curse of Princess Ivy” (episodes 18-19), rescuing Sofia and Amber after the latter’s jealousy lands them in peril, while helping Amber to reconcile with Sofia through the song “Dare to Risk it All”.
Tiana (The Princess and the Frog) – appears in episode 20 “Winter’s Gift”, singing “From the Heart” to show Sofia what truly counts in gift-giving.
Merida (Brave) – appears in episode 5 “The Secret Library”, teaching Sofia confidence in her assigned task. Like Aurora and Snow White, she doesn’t sing.
In hindsight, that accounts for all official Disney Princesses in the franchise except one, Pocahontas. Other (non-Princess) summons by Sofia’s amulet include Olaf from Frozen in Season 3 episode 13 “The Secret Library: Olaf and the Tale of Miss Nettle”, and the evil Princess Ivy when Amber used the amulet in the Season 2 2-parter (where Rapunzel was officially summoned).