Ever since its establishment in 1987 the Disney Legend Awards honored people whose works have been integral to the success of the House of Mouse. Whether they were animators, theme park designers, musicians, film/TV production personnel, and artists, many have been named Disney Legends. Now, the 2019 awardees are revealed.
Disney announced the ten names that make up this year’s class of Disney Legends on May 16. Two are from the company’s theme park arm, two are from ABC News. The rest made their marks in Disney films and television. Some of them however, are from the MCU film franchise.
It’s perhaps appropriate that following the decade-one culmination of the MCU storyline, some of its stars will be honored. Some of them will continue with the franchise’s future installments and shows. One however, may have taken his final bow for the MCU. Becoming a Disney Legend makes a proper sendoff.
Here’s a list of the honorees for Disney Legends 2019:
Robert Downey Jr. – Tony Stark/Iron Man, Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008-2019)
Jon Favreau – Happy Hogan, MCU; also film director for “Iron Man” 1-2, “Jungle Book” and “Lion King” remakes (2016, 2019)
Ming-Na Wen – voice of “Mulan” (1998); also Melinda May in ABC-MCU series “Agents of SHIELD”
Hans Zimmer – composer for “Lion King” (animation and remake) and the first four “Pirates of the Caribbean” films
James Earl Jones – voices of Darth Vader (“Star Wars”) and Mufasa (“Lion King”)
Kenny Ortega – film director; currently famous for Disney Channel originals (“High School Musical” and “Descendants”)
Bette Midler – film star for Disney (“Hocus Pocus” and Touchstone label
Robin Roberts – ABC journalist
Diane Sawyer – ABC journalist
Barnette Ricci – Walt Disney Studios President/Show Director
Wing Chao – Disney Parks and Resorts Asia Pacific VP (Development); Disney Imagineering Executive VP
When it premiered in 2017 on Disney Channel, viewers weren’t sure what to think about “Tangled: The Series.” The story of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and Flynn/Eugene (Zachary Levi) seemed done in the “Tangled Ever After” short after all. But building on its TV movie pilot “Before Ever After,” the show proved popular enough with viewers.
It’s no wonder then that the series received a second season, retitled as “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure.” Here Rapunzel decides to actively investigate the black rocks that gave back her long golden (and indestructible) hair. Accompanied by Flynn, Cassandra (Eden Espinosa) and their friends, the long journey will test their determination and trust in one another.
Ultimately things come to a head with season 2’s double-episode finale which aired Sunday, April 14. Flynn discovers his true family legacy, and Rapunzel suffers a most unexpected betrayal. What’s worse, we won’t even know what happens next until the series’ season 3, confirmed but not yet announced for airing.
That all said, here’s a list of all episodes aired for “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure,” or “Tangled: The Series” season 2:
Beyond the Corona Walls (first half) – June 24, 2018
Beyond the Corona Walls (second half) – double length season premiere
The Return of Quaid – July 1, 2018
Goodbye and Goodwill – July 8, 2018
Forest of No Return – July 15, 2018
Freebird – July 22, 2018
Vigor the Visionary – July 29, 2018
Keeper of the Spire – August 5, 2018
King Pascal – August 12, 2018
There’s Something About Hook Foot – August 19, 2018
Happiness is… – August 26, 2018
Max and Eugene in Peril on the High Seas – March 3, 2019
Curses! – March 10, 2019
The Eye of Pincosta – March 10, 2019 (start of two-episode airings per week)
Rapunzel and the Great Tree (first half) – March 17, 2019
Rapunzel and the Great Tree (second half) – double length episode
The Brothers Hook – March 24, 2019
Rapunzel: Day One
Mirror, Mirror – March 31, 2019
You’re Kidding Me!
Rapunzeltopia – April 7, 2019
Lost and Found
Destinies Collide (first half) – April 14, 2019
Destinies Collide (second half) – double length season finale (and WHAM! episode)
Last Sunday, the inaugural season of “Star Wars Resistance” had its finale on Disney Channel and Disney XD. It was certainly an action-packed temporary farewell to the Aces team of the Colossus Platform as they finally openly stand against the First Order. It was also an ending to some important relationships as characters cement their alignments on two opposing factions.
Here’s a list of discussion points regarding the two-part “Resistance” season finale “No Escape.” The first part of the episode aired back in March 10:
Major plot tie-in to the 2015 sequel film “The Force Awakens,” as First Order General Hux denounces the New Republic by having Starkiller Base destroy the Republic capital on the Hosnian System. Among the numerous lives lost is the family of Resistance spy Kaz Xiono.
Following the imprisonment of most of Team Fireball, the Aces and Commander Doza, Kaz leads his remaining allies to find a way to escape from Colossus. The solution: the platform itself, revealed to be a giant spaceship long concealed underwater.
That realization plays into how the Colossus people begin to systematically remove First Order Stormtroopers from the place. Through quick decoy play they trick the troopers into sections that can be flooded, flushing them out into the ocean where the monster fishes eat their fill.
First Order Agent Tierney has completely brought over Fireball mechanic Tam Ryvora, who willingly joins them and becomes hostile to her former friends. Since her only reference to the First Order’s predecessor the Empire, is her very kind factory worker grandfather, Tam supports their successors.
After most of the season being spent in starfighter races, the Aces finally get into all-out combat with First Order TIE Fighters. Even ex-Imperial Griff Halloran seems genuinely invested in protecting Colossus from them. More aerial combat ensues and Kaz saves Jarek Yeagar by shooting down Vonreg in a dogfight.
Space pirates have been the initial antagonists for the Colossus’ Aces before the First Order arrived. This time around they return to help their erstwhile victims against the TIEs. Granted, they have their own beef against the First Order, but a new alliance forms here.
The appearance of a Star Destroyer forces the Colossus crew to fall back and escape into hyperspace. Their planned destination is the planet D’Qar, headquarters of the Resistance. Unfortunately the entered coordinates were incomplete, ensuring the Colossus will reappear somewhere else in the Galaxy. And in any case, the Resistance would ultimately abandon D’Qar as of “The Last Jedi” anyway.
“Star Wars Resistance” season two premieres this fall on Disney Channel and XD. It’ll be close to the cinematic arrival of “Star Wars: Episode IX.”
While it’s already gotten the green light for a follow-up second season on Disney XD, “Star Wars Resistance” is now busy getting its two-part season finale underway, with the first segment of “No Escape” premiering this past Sunday. At that point the series has caught up to the events of “The Force Awakens” and deals the main character Kaz (Sean Christopher) a devastating, personal blow.
As fans of “Resistance” wait with bated breath for the conclusion of the show’s first season next week, let’s wrap up our own series of lists regarding its predecessor “Star Wars Rebels.” Tuesday last week marked the first anniversary of the end of “Rebels” after four seasons, something fans of the animated series greatly celebrated.
That said we’ll enumerate theepisodes for the last two seasons of “Star Wars Rebels” here, ahead of what we hope to be a seasonal wrap-up of “Resistance” next week. As Ezra Bridger said when we last saw him, “The Force will be with you, always.” Obi-Wan Kenobi surely approves:
Steps into Shadow: Part 1
Steps into Shadow: Part 2 – September 24, 2016 (2-part season premiere)
The Holocrons of Fate – October 1, 2016
The Antilles Extraction – October 8, 2016
Hera’s Heroes – October 15, 2016
The Last Battle – October 22, 2016
Imperial Supercommandos – November 5, 2016
Iron Squadron – November 19, 2016
The Wynkahthu Job – November 26, 2016
An Inside Man – December 3, 2016
Visions and Voices – December 10, 2016
Ghosts of Geonosis: Part 1
Ghosts of Geonosis: Part 2 – January 7, 2017 (2-part midseason premiere)
Warhead – January 14, 2017
Trials of the Darksaber – January 21, 2017
Legacy of Mandalore – February 18, 2017
Through Imperial Eyes – February 25, 2017
Secret Cargo – March 4, 2017
Double Agent Droid – March 11, 2017
Twin Suns – March 18, 2017
Zero Hour: Part 1
Zero Hour: Part 2 – March 25, 2017 (2-part season finale)
The third season is particularly popular for bringing over a character from the old “Star Wars: Expanded Universe” book series into the new Disney-Lucasfilm continuity: Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen). It also sees a good focus on the Mandalorian culture, from which Sabine Wren hails (and which were actually appropriated by Jango Fett and his clone-son Boba Fett).
Heroes of Mandalore: Part 1
Heroes of Mandalore: Part 2 – October 16, 2017 (2-part season premiere)
In the Name of the Rebellion: Part 1
In the Name of the Rebellion: Part 2 – October 23, 2017 (first 2-part episode that is neither a season premiere nor finale)
The Occupation – October 30, 2017
Flight of the Defender – October 30, 2017 (first 2-episode air date in the series, of which there will be more)
Kindred – November 6, 2017
Crawler Commanders – November 6, 2017
Rebel Assault – November 13, 2017
Jedi Night – February 19, 2018 (mid-season premiere, famous as the episode that depicted the death of popular character and Jedi purge survivor Kanan Jarrus)
Wolves and a Door – February 26, 2018
A World between Worlds – February 26, 2018
A Fool’s Hope
Farewell – March 5, 2018 (3-episode air date, with the latter two being a 2-episode finale for both the season and the series)
The fourth season is the culmination of the struggle to liberate the planet Lothal from the Empire by the Rebel Alliance cell centered on the spaceship Ghost. The costs would be ultimately heavy especially towards the end, but will provide “Star Wars Rebels” with incredible storytelling across its plot arcs. This complete package would endear the show to “Star Wars” fans and set another high bar for the successor animated series, “Star Wars Resistance.”
Sunday, March 3, saw the premiere of the 18th episode of “Star Wars Resistance,” follow-up series to “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars: Rebels” from Lucasfilm Animation. With that, all that is left is the finale for the show’s first season, divided into two episodes airing until mid-March.
As seen in “Descent,” things are going very far south for young Resistance spy Kaz Xiono, with all his friends being caught one after another by the First Order on Colossus Station. Escape might be their only option, as the Resistance is now busy with the events of “The Force Awakens” elsewhere to help out.
With this inaugural season of “Star Wars Resistance” winding down, let’s enumerate its component episodes:
The Recruit (Part 1) – October 7, 2018
The Recruit (Part 2) – October 7, 2018 (hour-long two-part premiere)
The Triple Dark – October 14, 2018
Fuel for the Fire – October 21, 2018
The High Tower – October 28, 2018
The Children from Tehar – November 4, 2018
Signal from Sector Six – November 11, 2018
Synara’s Score – November 18, 2018
The Platform Classic – November 25, 2018
Secrets and Holograms – December 2, 2018
Station Theta Black – December 9, 2018
Bibo – January 13, 2019
Dangerous Business – January 20, 2019
The Doza Dilemma – January 27, 2019
The First Order Occupation – February 3, 2019
The New Trooper – February 10, 2019
The Core Problem – February 17, 2019
The Disappeared – February 24, 2019
Descent – March 3, 2019
No Escape (Part 1) – TO AIR March 10, 2019
No Escape (Part 2) – TO AIR March 17, 2019
“Star Wars Resistance” airs at Sunday evenings on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW.
Two years after their last TV movie-length grand adventure, the Villain Kids and their friends at Auradon High are ready for another round of Good – and Bad – versus Evil in Disney Channel’s “Descendants 3.” Having somehow proven twice over that the children of fairy-tale baddies need not follow in their parents’ footsteps, Mal and her fellow VK’s are ready to invite new students to Auradon.
But Evil never rests and never forgets. While Ursula’s daughter Uma may have been thwarted back in “Descendants 2,” she’s been bitterly biding her time to resume the invasion of Auradon. And this time she’s got some heavy grown-villain backup in Dr. Facilier and Hades.
In between helping a new batch of VK’s to fit in with life at Auradon High, and the looming threat of another villain attack, Mal, Carlos, Evie and Jay will be facing perhaps their most epic battle for goodness yet.
Here’s a list of the new cast additions for “Descendants 3” on the Disney Channel, directed as usual by D-Channel Original Movie master Kenny Ortega:
New Villain Kids
Celia – daughter of Dr. Facilier, played by Jadah Marie; if the “Wicked World” animated miniseries holds, then she’s also the sister of Freddie
Squeaky – one of the twin sons of Mr. Smee, bosun to Captain Hook; he’s played by Christian Convrey
Squirmy – the other twin son of Smee; he’s played by Luke Roessler
New Villain Parents
Dr. Facilier – witch doctor antagonist of “The Princess and the Frog”; also father to Freddie (in “Wicked World”) and Celia in this film; he’s played by Jamal Sims
Hades – Greek God of the Underworld and big bad to “Hercules;” he’s played by Cheyenne Jackson
Queen Leah – mother to Queen Aurora and grandmother to Princess Audrey; she’s played by Judith Maxie
“Descendants 3” brings back Dove Cameron as Mal, Cameron Boyce, as Carlos, Sofia Carson as Evie, Booboo Stewart as Jay, Mitchell Hope as Prince Ben, China Ann McCain as Uma, and much more from the previous two installments. It will premiere mid-year on Disney Channel.
When Disney began pulling out its content on the online streaming giant Netflix, followed by the eventual announcement of their own digital streaming platform Disney+, it seemed to signal to everyone that the entertainment juggernaut will in future offer streaming of their movies and shows only within its own backyard.
But this latest development seems to debunk that theory. Disney has apparently stuck a new deal with a streaming service based outside the US. This is Stan, one of Australia’s homegrown streaming platforms, and the first to have an original program to score a nomination at the Logies (Aussie Emmys).
This partnership will see Stan carry an astonishing number of films and TV series from Walt Disney and its various subsidiaries. Here’s the full list:
Toy Story trilogy
The Lion King
Cars (1 and 2)
Monsters (Inc. and University)
Big Hero 6
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
The Little Mermaid
A Wrinkle in Time
Iron Man trilogy
Captain America (First Avenger and Winter Soldier)
Avengers films (up to Infinity War)
Guardians of the Galaxy
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Sofia the First
The Lion Guard
Tangled: The Series
Star Wars Rebels
All these Disney goodies should already be available on Stan throughout Australia by December 14. So no, the House of Mouse isn’t hogging all its media for streaming yet.
Mira: Royal Detective, the recently announced upcoming 3D-animated series for Disney Junior based on the culture of India, sounds like it’s going to be a great hit in the vein of Sofia the First, and other shows like it. But there’s a problem: it’s premiering two whole years from now.
If you can’t wait that long for something new and animated on Disney’s cable programming, well they actually have a production premiering in January next year. Titled “Gigantosaurus”, it’s an adaptation of the prehistoric-themed children’s book by Jonny Duddle, and produced for Disney Junior by Cyber Group Studios from France.
The show will focus on a foursome of young dinosaurs exploring their Jurassic-era world to uncover the secret of the titular Gigantosaurus. Along the way they’ll encounter new things and situations to overcome with teamwork.
Here’s a list of characters:
Mazu – the young dinosaur who wants to learn more about the world
Tiny – the fun-loving dinosaur who wants to enjoy their escapades
Bill – the cautious dinosaur who isn’t that excited to go on adventures
Rocky – the brave one who confronts any problems and the unknown head-on
Gigantosaurus premieres January 18 on Disney Channel and app.
In 2002, Disney Channel premiered Kim Possible, an action-comedy animated series about a high-school girl who sets herself up as a general do-anything freelancer online, only to become a globe-trotting crime-fighter with a number of friends, allies and foes. The show combined awesome action sequences with Kim’s personal issues as a growing adolescent, and her relationship with her best friend/sidekick.
Some 12 years after the fourth and final season of Kim Possible ended its run on Disney Channel, they’re bringing it back – as a live-action feature-length TV film, with a story written by the original animated series creators. It’s the third Kim Possible TV movie, a retelling of the story with Kim and Ron starting out at Middleton High School.
Here’s a list of the cast announced for the live-action Kim Possible next year:
Sadie Stanley – Kim Possible, high-school cheerleader, problem solver, crime fighter
Sean Giambrone – Ron Stoppable, Kim’s sidekick and best friend.
Alyson Hannigan – Dr. Ann Possible, Kim’s mother, a brain surgeon
Connie Ray – Nana Possible, Kim’s grandmother
Todd Stashwick – Dr. Drakken, a mad scientist and Kim’s primary archenemy
Taylor Ortega – Shego, Drakken’s energy-wielding henchwoman, Kim’s personal rival in hero-villain terms
Erika Tham – Bonnie Rockwaller, Kim’s childhood frenemy and cheerleading rival
Ciara Wilson – Athena, transfer student at Kim’s school
Issac Ryan Brown – Wade, computer genius, ace inventor and hacker, Kim’s “voice with an internet connection”
Patton Oswalt – Professor Dementor, another mad scientist with an over-the-top German accent; he is the only character from the animated series to be reprised in live-action by his voice actor
There will also be a cameo from Christy Romano, the original voice actress of Kim Possible from the show.
Kim Possible will premiere February 25, 2019 on Disney Channel.
When Disney premiered Sofia the First back in 2012, they pioneered a blueprint on the production of similar 3D-animated series in fantastic settings and starring young female characters that help others and solve problems. The formula was revisited in Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina and now one new show.
Disney Junior has begun work on Mira, Royal Detective – an animated series following in the convention footsteps of Sofia the First. Set in the magical kingdom of Jalpur, which takes inspiration from India, it follows Mira, a young girl who becomes Royal Detective of Jalpur after rescuing the kingdom’s prince.
To fit right into the setting, Disney also cast quite the number of actors and actresses with some Indian heritage in order to provide voice talent, in support of fresh voice Leela Ladnier, 15, who will portray Royal Detective Mira. Here’s the initial cast list:
Leela Ladnier as Mira, Royal Detective
Jameela Jamil as Pushpa, Mira’s Aunt
Freida Pinto as Queen Shanti of Jalpur
Hannah Simone as Pinky, a commoner girl
Kal Penn and…
Utkarsh Ambudkar as Mira’s animal companions, a pair of mongooses
Mira, Royal Detective will premiere on Disney Junior sometime in 2020.