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.
Here’s a list of episodes for season 2 of Disney’s Descendants: Wicked World web-series, spun off from their Disney Channel film series Descendants. The adventures of Mal, Evie, Jay and Carlos on Auradon Prep continue as they face new challenges in being better rather than bad, good rather than evil.
“Slumber Party” (October 21, 2016) – exactly what it says on the card (Song: “Rather Be With You” sung by Mal, Evie, Audrey, Jane, Lonnie, Jordan, Freddie and Ally)
“Odd Mal Out” (October 28, 2016) – the start of the Auradon Prep Jewel-bilee celebration arc
“Pair of Sneakers” (November 4, 2016) – to be able to participate in the Jewel-bilee, Mal returns home to the Isle of the Lost with Freddie to get her heirloom jewel
“Wild Rehearsal” (November 11, 2016) – failing to find her jewel, Mal relapses into some villainy ways; but is it all her or is an outside force involved?
“Chemical Reaction” (November 18, 2016) – Mal’s sinister streak continues, and now even Evie is concerned
“Talking Heads” (December 2, 2016) – Maleficent must be so proud of her baby girl by this point (Song: “Evil” sung by Mal)
“Steal Away” (December 9, 2016) – it’s up to the rest of the original VK 4 to snap Mal out of her evil ways
“Evil Among Us” (January 6, 2017) – a new evil threat hangs its shadow over Auradon Prep: Zevon son of Yzma
“Options Are Shrinking” (January 13, 2017) – some of Auradon’s students try to fight back against Zevon, but he’s prepared for all interruptions
“Party Crasher” (January 20, 2017) – the Auradon Prep Jewel-bilee kicks off, and Zevon makes his move on Audrey’s production (Song: “Better Together” sung by Audrey)
“Mal-lone” (January 27, 2017) – in the aftermath of Zevon’s triumph, Mal finds herself cut off from the others who want no help from her, post-villain phase
“Trapped” (February 3, 2017) – the truth is told about Mal’s birthright jewel
“Face to Face” (February 10, 2017) – with Zevon about to complete his magical domination of Auradon, Mal and Evie must confront him by themselves
“United We Stand” (February 17, 2017) – it’s the final battle between Mal and Zevon for control of her heirloom jewel
“Celebration” (February 24, 2017) – after the struggle with Zevon, the Jewel-bilee carries on with the VKs getting their heirloom jewels (Song: “Better Together” (reprise) sung by Mal, Evie, Carlos, Jay, Ben, Audrey, Jane, Lonnie, Jordan, Freddie and Ally)
Thus far, Disney’s 2017 reboot of its classic animated cartoon series Ducktales has been everything fans wanted and more. From the greater presence of Donald Duck in the adventures and the driving myth arc regarding what happened to his sister – the nephews’ mother – everything’s been going at an exciting pace.
While classic Ducktales baddies like Flintheart Glomgold, the Beagle Boys and even Magica de Spell are all accounted for in this re-imagining of the series, there’s still room for more interesting new antagonists for Scrooge McDuck and his family to tangle with. Here’s a list of the prominent new villains.
Captain Peghook – a ghost pirate summoned by the nephews from Scrooge’s chamber of knick-knacks in the “Woo-oo!” pilot
Gabby McStabberson – Glomgold’s female henchman in “Woo-oo!”; claims to be raised by warrior monks who taught her swordsmanship; takes an interest in Donald
Hack & Slash Smashnikov – twin-brother henchmen of Glomgold’s, also from “Woo-oo!”
Toad Liu Hai – purported owner of the House of Lucky Fortune casino in Macaw, actually an ancient luck and fortune spirit harvesting the lucky energy of Duck relative Gladstone Gander in the episode “House of the Lucky Gander”
Mark Beaks – a modern-day tech guru millionaire, CEO of the search engine/online platform Waddle; while outwardly hip and friendly, he’s also amoral with corrupt practices; first appeared in “The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks”; some in the fan community nickname him “Mark Duckerberg”
Falcon Graves – a ruthless industrial spy secretly hired by Mark Beaks, also in “The Infernal Internship of Mark Beaks”; while single-mindedly focused on his job, he has his own standards and will turn against any employer feeding him false info
Toth-Ra – from “The Living Mummies of Toth-Ra”, a sinister undead Pharaoh mummy
Zeus – the Greek god from Olympus who is hostile to Scrooge for his great popularity with the public; appeared in “The Spear of Selene”
Briar and Bramble – two kelpies managing the Druids Cup golf tournament in “The Missing Links of Moorshire”, who try (but fail) to lure Scrooge and company – and Glomgold – to the water to drown them; their character designs are inspired by My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic with the characters voiced by Pony voice actresses Tara Strong and Andrea Libman
Star Wars Rebels may be over, but the telling of the adventures of the heroes fighting to keep peace and order in the Galaxy Far, Far Away seems never-ending. Later this year will see the premiere of a new animated TV series from Lucasfilm Animation, the anime-styled Star Wars Resistance.
Set in between the original and sequel Star Wars trilogies but much closer to the beginning of Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Resistance tells of a civilian pilot recruited into General Leia’s clandestine force to fight the emerging First Order before they become a serious threat to the New Republic.
Here’s a list of voice talent that have been initially announced for the show. You’d definitely recognize two of the names from the Star Wars sequel trilogy (and other roles). Star Wars Resistance will premiere in late 2018 on the Disney Channel and will also air on Disney XD.