Following the success of Disney’s 2014 animated film Big Hero 6, loosely adapted from a minor Marvel Comics title, Disney decided to develop it into a franchise with a sequel animated series. Big Hero 6: The Series premiered on Disney XD last year with the special pilot “Baymax Returns” then transferred to The Disney Channel for its full first-season run.
The show follows the continuing adventures of Hiro Hamada, his rebuilt partner care robot Baymax, and his techie friends from the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology (SFIT) as they fight crime on the side while balancing schoolwork and ordinary life.
Of course, with the antagonist of the BH6 movie behind bars, the good guys need some villains to take on during their vigilante work, and Disney TV Animation plus Man of Action Studios have obliged with a truly eclectic collection of baddies to serve as Big Hero 6’s Rogues Gallery:
Obake (Andrew Scott) – an enigmatic criminal mastermind with some sinister plan for San Fransokyo, setting up other criminals to fight the Big Hero 6 to learn more about them and prepare appropriate countermeasures; the only clue Hiro has is that he’s a former SFIT student
Mr. Yama (Paul Briggs) – returning from the original film, an underground bot fighter with a bad rep, whom Obake ropes into being his reluctant right-hand man; shares some past history with Hiro in underground bot-fighting
Baron von Steamer (Jeff Bennett) – an eccentric mad scientist with an obsession for steam-punk technology; archenemy of Fredzilla’s dad Mr. Frederickson aka superhero Boss Awesome
Globby (Andy Richter) – formerly Dibs the purse thief; an accident while snatching Honey Lemon’s chemical-purse turns him into living goo
High Voltage (Katy Mixon and Sophie Reynolds) – real names Barb and Juniper, a “popular” mother-daughter villain tandem with electrical powers and a rock music motif
Momakase (Naoko Mori) – sushi chef who moonlights as a cat burglar; armed with cooking knives
Nedd Ludd (Jon Rudnitsky) – a former real estate developer who cracked under the strain and became a reclusive extremist Luddite who gets violent at the very sight of any technology
Mad Jacks (Rob Riggle, Kevin Michael Richardson, Kerri Kenney) – adrenaline junkie mercenary trio whose names include “Jack” somewhere in them
Mr. Sparkles (Patton Oswalt) – unpopular host of a somewhat popular game show; goes insane after his popularity is upstaged by the Hamada’s pet cat, Mochi
Noodle Burger Boy (Lucas Neff) – animatronic mascot of the Noodle Burger fast-food, reprogrammed by Yama
Orso Knox (Fred Tatasciore) – businessman turned into a wild monster
Trina (Christy Carlson Romano) – a bot-fighter around Hiro’s age, revealed to be a humanlike robot created by Obake, whom Trina considers to be her father
When Disney first teased in 2015 that they were going to remake beloved 1980s animated series Ducktales, fans of the original were cautious, owing to the hit-or-miss nature of reboots in general. They were however mollified with the first previews, and when the one-hour special premiered, they were more receptive.
By the time the first season of the new Ducktales ended this August, a solid majority of the fandom, old and new, were believers. Having a 100% fresh score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes is a strong argument for the remake’s quality. And as the second season draws near (with a third season green-lighted already) let’s walk down memory lane a bit by listing the episodes of the inaugural season.
Woo-oo! (August 12, 2017) – one-hour special; if divided into two half-hour episodes, the second half is retitled…
Escape from Atlantis!
Daytrip of Doom! (September 23, 2017) – first of two distinct episodes in one-hour premiere, the second being…
The Great Dime Chase!
The Beagle Birthday Massacre! (September 30, 2017)
Terror of the Terra-Firmians! (October 7, 2017)
The House of the Lucky Gander! (October 14, 2017) – airing order reversed with following episode on Disney XD Canada
The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks! (October 21, 2017) – airing order reversed with preceding episode on Disney XD Canada
The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra! (October 28, 2017)
The Impossible Summit of Mount Neverrest! (December 2, 2017) – last episode premiered on Disney XD before the series moved to The Disney Channel
The Spear of Selene! (May 4, 2018) – first new episode on The Disney Channel
Beware the B.U.D.D.Y. System! (May 11, 2018)
The Missing Links of Moorshire! (May 18, 2018) – broadcast premiere made on Disney XD Scandinavia, March 21
Mystery at McDuck Manor! (May 25, 2018) – broadcast premiere made on Disney XD Scandinavia, April 3
Jaw$! (June 16, 2018)
The Golden Lagoon of White Agony Plains! (June 23, 2018)
Day of the Only Child! (June 30, 2018)
From the Confidential Case Files of Agent 22! (July 7, 2018)
Who is Gizmoduck?! (July 14, 2018)
The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck! (July 21, 2018)
Sky Pirates…in the Sky! (July 28, 2018)
The Secret(s) of Castle McDuck! (August 4, 2018)
The Last Crash of the Sunchaser! (August 11, 2018)
The Shadow War! – Night of De Spell! (August 18, 2018) – first part of two-episode one-hour finale special
The Shadow War! – Day of the Ducks! – final episode of season 1
Ducktales season 2 starts October 20 on The Disney Channel.
During the run of the first season of the Ducktales remake on Disney XD, and then after moving to the Disney Channel, there were a series of online shorts that were uploaded to further promote the animated series as well as various Disney original programming. One of these short web-series is Webby Reacts, starring Webby (Kate Micucci) reacting to various Disney Channel programming. Hilarity ensues.
Each episode runs only about a minute or so, with Webby giving her snarky two cents on a variety of Disney Channel content. Here’s a short list of her episodes.
“Webby Reacts To: Andi Mack” – “Bex’s Secret” – May 8, 2018
“Webby Reacts To: Andi Mack” – “Ummm” – May 10, 2018
“Webby Reacts To: ZOMBIES” –May 12, 2018
“Webby Reacts To: Stuck in the Middle” – May 16, 2018
“Webby Reacts To: Raven’s Home” – May 18, 2018
“Webby Reacts To: Descendants 2” – May 24, 2018
“Webby Reacts To: Descendants 3” – May 26, 2018
And to make things short, Disney Channel was kind enough to upload a compilation of all episodes in a single video for viewing.
Ducktales will start its second season – plus a special Christmas episode – on October 20 only on the Disney Channel.
Starting Sunday, October 7, the latest Star Wars animated series from Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars Resistance, will premiere on the Disney Channel, followed on Disney XD. Taking place six months before the start of The Force Awakens, it follows a young Resistance pilot and spy snooping on suspected First Order activity at a refueling station on an ocean planet.
While there, Kazuda Xiono will meet new people, who will become friends, rivals and possible foes as he tries to determine who to trust and not, while the Galaxy hurtles into a new period on galactic conflict for its very existence.
Star Wars Resistance focuses on Kazuda and Ace Squadron, a group of mercenary star-fighter pilots who provide security for Colossus Station on planet Castilon. When not fighting against raiders and other potential threats, the Aces spend time by doubling as racers on aerial and space courses, competing for extra money and celebrity while giving Colossus a show to gamble on.
Kazuda Xiono (Christopher Sean) – a New Republic pilot from an influential family with a Senator for a father; recruited into the Resistance by Poe Dameron and assigned to the Outer Rim world of Castilon to check possible movements from the First Order; joined the Team Fireball star-fighter racing crew and becomes one of the Aces
Torra Doza (Myrna Velasco) – youngest Ace of Ace Squadron and daughter of Captain Imanuel Doza, boss of Collossus Station on Castilon; became a pilot to get out of her overprotective father’s shadow and is Kaz’s closest Ace rival
Hype Fazon (Donald Faison) – a Rodian merc and the most egotistic pilot of Ace Squadron; his fighter carries labels from corporate sponsors
Griff Halloran (Stephen Stanton) – a grizzled former Imperial pilot who has the air of a veteran; pilots his old TIE Fighter that has been customized beyond its original specs
Freya Fenris (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) – cold and business-like, the oldest Ace pilot aside from Griff; she shares a last name and resemblance to Astrid Fenris, a smuggler seen in the background of Solo: A Star Wars Story
Bo Keevil (VA unrevealed) – a Kel Dor Ace pilot who wears a mask and speaks little, if at all; notorious for trying to stunt-fly his star-fighter beyond its capacities, leading to frequent crashes in racing and fighting
Many must have wondered what it would be like if the Disney 2014 animated film Big Hero 6 became a regular series. The story just flowed naturally in that potential direction, being a superhero team origin movie. Big Hero 6 was after all adapted from a niche Marvel Comics title.
Well now, Big Hero 6: The Series is nine episodes old and still going on its inaugural season in the Disney Channel. Beyond the team and certain main character names, there really isn’t much attempt to sync the setting with its Marvel source. That leaves the production team numerous possibilities.
And with people who worked on Kim Possible years ago as part of the creative minds behind the further adventures of Big Hero 6, we can count on seeing really colorful characters on the other side of the law from our ad hoc team of do-gooders. So far we have:
Obake – former student of the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology; villain mastermind with a single-minded focus on the Big Hero 6
Yama – gangster and underground bot-fight organizer; got roped into being muscle for Obake
Barb – one half of the villain tandem High Voltage, with electrical powers; mother of Juniper
Juniper – one half of the villain tandem High Voltage; daughter of Barb
Globby – formerly Dibs, a snatch thief transformed into a slime monster
Baron Von Steamer – evil genius specializing in steam-punk tech; archenemy of Boss Awesome, aka Fred’s dad
Momakase – ninja thief with a chef motif with an arsenal of cooking knives as weapons
Mad Jacks – a mercenary spec ops team with all members named “Jack”
Those are the villains that have appeared to menace the Big Hero 6 in all episodes premiered. There are sure to be more, but that’ll be for some other time.
Nobody expected High School Musical on the Disney Channel to become as big a hit as it did following its premiere there in 2006. Still, Disney is never one to miss on an opportunity to capitalize on something big from their productions. Thus was born High School Musical 2, which first aired the following year.
Some interesting trivia about the production and airing of the HSM sequel: while the plot takes place on summer vacation at East High, the TV film was shot during colder weather. It still didn’t stop the production from making things real warm and fun though.
Anyway, while the song numbers featured in High School Musical 2 weren’t about as breakout memorable as the original, they’re still quite great to listen, sing and dance to. So let’s get to listing songs:
What Time Is It? (Main cast) – divided into main part and reprise by a few-minutes dialogue scene
Fabulous (Sharpay with Ryan and the “Sharpettes”)
Work this Out (Main cast except Sharpay and Ryan, with Taylor, Kelsi, Zeke, Martha, Jason)
You are the Music in Me (Troy and Gabriella with Kelsi and other Main cast except Sharpay and Ryan)
Humuhumunukunukuapua’a (Sharpay with Ryan) – cut in initial airing; deleted scene restored in home media
Originally one of just many small-budget Disney Channel Original movies at the time it premiered in 2006, the Kenny Ortega-directed High School Musical became a breakout hit and momentary pop cultural phenomenon of the 2000s that produced two sequels (the third premiering in cinemas) and other media, books and comics.
Now well over 10 years later (and with subdued discussion on making a film number 4) let’s return to the start of something new, as it were, and present you a list of the famous “ear-worm” songs from the first High School Musical movie, with the singers involved thusly indicated.
Start of Something New (Troy and Gabriella – Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens)
Get’cha Head in the Game (Troy Bolton)
What I’ve Been Looking For (Sharpay and Ryan – Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel)
What I’ve Been Looking For – Reprise (Troy and Gabriella)
Stick to the Status Quo (East High School Students – Ensemble Cast)
When There Was Me and You (Gabriella Montez)
Bop to the Top (Sharpay and Ryan)
Breaking Free (Troy and Gabriella)
We’re All In This Together (East High School Students)
Disney on the cable front is currently making big splashes with some of their current animated programming, from the Ducktales reboot to series adaptations of Animated Canon films like Tangled and Big Hero 6. But new shows are always being conceptualized and developed, with some having gotten previews shown recently.
The Annecy International Animated Film Festival has kicked off in Monday, June 11. While a spot was prominently given to Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, Disney also made time to show teaser images of animated series they announced last year, and announce one new show to accompany them.
Vikingskool – newly announced at the 2018 Annecy, an Irish-French-Norwegian co-production; follows the adventures of three Viking friends as they attend the titular Vikingskool, described as a “Top Gun” school for future Viking adventurers; due to premiere in late 2019 in Disney cable channels for Europe, Africa and the Middle East
The Owl House – created by Dana Terrace, it focuses on normal human teen Luz, who stumbles into a portal to the Demon Realm and comes under the care of Eda the Owl Lady, an unconventional witch; despite being a magic-less human, Luz is determined to become a witch and makes herself Eda’s apprentice; will premiere in 2020
The Rocketeer – a younger-oriented adaptation of Touchstone Pictures’ 1991 period superhero film, based on the same-named comic books; Kit Seacourt gets an unusual birthday gift: a rocket pack that marks her as the latest iteration of the retro superhero the Rocketeer; she blasts off for adventure with her gadget inventor friend and aircraft mechanic uncle; coming 2019 on Disney Junior
101 Dalmatian Street – another take on the popular Animated Canon entry, live-action adaptation and earlier animated spinoff; the Dalmatians, all with names starting with “D”, live in North London as interpreted by Disney in super-rich backgrounds; announced last year and set to premiere sometime in 2018
Big City Greens – due to arrive this month on Disney Channel, this series is about naïve troublemaking country boy Cricket Green, who moves to the city with his farming family, and their livestock and everything from home
While she had been originally counted as part of the original lineup of the Disney Princesses when the franchise launched in 2005, Tinker Bell, Peter Pan’s pixie companion, was just as quickly removed from that brand and used as the figurehead of another franchise tailored for young girls: Disney Fairies.
Set in Peter Pan’s home of Neverland, Disney Fairies focused on the adventures of Tinker Bell as part of the fairy civilization that lived in Pixie Hollow. This provided Tink with a supporting cast of her own, telling stories that have been made into 3D animated films direct to video.
Here’s a list of the Tinker Bell feature films released for home entertainment thus far.
Tinker Bell (2008)
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009)
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010)
Secret of the Wings (2012)
The Pirate Fairy (2014)
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2015)
There was also one television special that was aired on Disney channel:
Pixie Hollow Games (2011)
It’s sometimes considered an official installment of the Disney Fairies Tinker Bell films, happening between Great Fairy Rescue and Secret of the Wings.
We’re almost done with this project by this point. Another week is here and with it, another segment in our steadily-compiled list. We’re talking about the Disney web series As Told by Emoji, and now we’re down to enumerating the episodes of Season 4. So without further ado, they are:
Ducktales – a “preview” of the 2017 reboot, animated to the new theme song cover by Felicia Barton, with a prominent September 2017 calendar marking the premiere date on Disney XD
Judy’s Journey – a “prequel” to Zootopia, detailing Judy Hopps’ journey from her Bunnyburrow hometown and through police training to become “1st rabbit cop”; also doubles as a special message to advocate Bullying Prevention
The Little Mermaid
The Lion King
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
The last three are more straightforward condensed adaptations.