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.
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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).
While Marvel is busy dominating the blockbuster movie industry with its MCU film series from Marvel Studios, it hasn’t neglected the small screen either. From intense live-action series for grown-ups to animated cartoons for the kiddies, Marvel Television and Animation have plenty of bases covered, and are developing more shows.
Now, Marvel Animation is busy with the production of an animated film in the new Marvel Rising label, entitled Secret Warriors. But they’re already collaborating on a new series with veteran actor Laurence Fishburne and his Cinema Gypsy Production. The Marvel Comics characters being considered are both old and new.
The currently-running regular comic-book title Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur has been one of the best-sellers in Marvel nowadays. This is the team-up of a classic creation, Jack Kirby’s intelligent red T-Rex Devil Dinosaur (1978) and the super-smart Inhuman Lunella Lafayette aka Moon Girl (2016). Now they’re getting a show.
Marvel made the announcement recently on their official website. The statement also ties the decision to develop this new animated cartoon with the push being generated by the MCU film Black Panther for smart female characters like T’Challa’s sister Shuri.
“If this past weekend’s release of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther has taught us anything, it’s that brilliant young girls run the world,” went Marvel’s announcement. “Lunella Lafayette, it’s time for you to take center stage!”
Once the Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series is green-lighted, it would be distributed by Disney Channels Worldwide. But there’s no final word yet on whether it will air on Disney XD (like most Marvel animations), Channel, or Junior. In addition, Fishburne would likely be bringing creative talent into this production from his ABC series black-ish and its spinoff grown-ish. That’s all the info for now, but Disney Movies List will be watching for more.
Ever since it originally appeared in 1972 as a children’s novel by Mary Rodgers, Freaky Friday has been one of the most well-liked stories ever to enter the popular imagination. The concept of a mother and daughter suddenly switching bodies was just ripe for plenty of comedy and some drama.
It’s no surprise that Freaky Friday has been adapted multiple times on film, TV and stage. Disney for instance had a TV movie version starring Shelley Long and Gaby Hoffman in 1995 shown on ABC. Now, they’re going to adapt the stage musical for TV on Disney Channel this year.
The original stage musical for Freaky Friday was developed by Disney Theatrical Productions, making an easy transition to television. Some of the stage performers are also reprising their roles on Disney Channel, like Heidi Blickenstaff as Katherine the mom. Cozi Zuehlsdorff will portray daughter Ellie (and Katherine post-switch, and vice-versa).
Bridget Carpenter, who wrote the book for the musical, will return to adapt it into a screenplay, while Tom Kitt and written by Brian Yorkey, who were respectively composer and lyricist, will also reprise for the TV movie’s musical numbers and soundtrack. Susan Cartsonis and Thomas Schumacher serve as producers.
A teaser for Disney’s Freaky Friday shows the signature scene where the mom and daughter switch bodies. This version has Blickenstaff’s Katherine and Zuehlsdorff’s Ellie doing a tug-of-war with an antique hourglass that triggers their “exchange”. Following a brief moment of confusion, the two of them scream in familiar fright.
Other cast members for the TV musical are Alex Désert, Ricky He, Disney Channel regular Jason Maybaum, Kahyun Kim, Dara R. Moss, Jennifer LaPorte, Isaiah Lehtinen as Karl and Sarah Willey. This latest adaptation of Freaky Friday will premiere this summer, only on Disney Channel.
We’re breaking the monotony of articles leading up to the potentially historical box office premiere of Black Panther, in order to bring this new update regarding the next MCU film to premiere after that. Some two weeks have passed without any new word about Avengers: Infinity War. That changes now.
MCU fans who have access to Disney Channel, pay attention. They’re going to have a special feature exclusive to them that will air on the evening of February 16. It hasn’t been specified what to expect from the special, but it’s most likely a behind-the scenes look on Infinity War.
The Avengers feature, which will probably have interviews with the actors and the people behind the camera, is part of a special event block called Night of Heroes. Incidentally, Friday night is also the premiere of a new Disney Channel Original Movie, Zombies, which will be promoted during the Night of Heroes block.
But that mini-feature on Avengers: Infinity War is priority for MCU fans. Marvel Studios may have already released trailers of it, and LEGO has announced tie-in play sets that spoil a few things about it, but we’re still not quite knowledgeable about what happens in the film.
We do know however that Black Panther’s storyline will connect to it. It’s hard to forget Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa demanding a shield be given to Chris Evans’ (bearded) Captain America. Other films to get an inside look at after Infinity War, are The Incredibles 2 and A Wrinkle in Time.
Night of Heroes starts at 8PM Eastern/5PM Pacific on Disney Channel. No timeslot was given as to when the Avengers: Infinity Wars special will go on however; so you might just have to sit down through the whole program yourself.
When one assumes the worst case concerning the future consolidation of their media content onto one exclusive streaming platform, that action appears to come across as a death sentence for the other streaming services that originally hosted said content. One of those platforms is Netflix, standing to lose almost everything.
But that’s exaggerated fear-mongering, if Disney has anything to say about it. True, their video streaming project goes on as scheduled, but their objective is merely to gain more consumers as the media landscape shifts. An executive of the company denies any ulterior motive amounting to hobbling soon-to-be rival platforms.
Disney chief strategy officer Kevin Mayer is emphatic in his assurances care of The House of Mouse. “We are not trying to hurt or kill Netflix,” he said at the Code Media conference in Huntington Beach on Tuesday. “We are trying to serve consumers…Our success will not come from Netflix’s expense.”
The Disney-branded media streaming service is due to launch late next year in 2019. Its initial library would be a hoard of Disney animated and live-action films plus TV shows reaching back into past decades, alongside exclusive original content. Netflix, already carrying some of said programming, must compensate by creating more new original content of its own as replacements.
However, all content that would go to the Disney streaming platform (and the sports-oriented ESPN-Plus) will be different from what’s already on at the “traditional” Disney cable TV networks like Disney Channel and XD, plus ESPN and ABC.
“The model serves us well,” Mayer said, about ensuring that Disney’s cable channels and streaming will not overlap to prevent redundancy of one or the other. “I’m not sure there is an urgent need to disrupt it.” He also hasn’t said anything about possible Fox content, as that mega-deal isn’t done yet.
The network double-team of the Disney Channel and Disney XD is one of the most formidable cable programming combinations around, delivering some of the best and beloved TV movies, shows and animated series for children and teens all over the world.
One particular animated show that had been a darling of the Disney Channel was Kim Possible, premiered in 2002. The concept of a high school cheerleader doing part-time work as a private superhero spy who fought mad scientists and super-villains was a major TV hit, lasting four seasons and having two movies before finally wrapping things up in 2007.
What if I told you now that “the sitch” is a live-action Kim Possible film being developed by Disney? Hold your horses though; it won’t come out in cinemas. This proposed movie will only be shown on the Disney Channel that was the animated series’ original home, 16 years later.
From High School Musical to Descendants, Disney Channel original movies have been a greatly anticipated feature. But can we even be sure that the Kim Possible film be any good? Well, the cartoon’s creators Mark McCorkle and Robert Schooley are writing the script; so considering them, it’s a good sign.
Blythe Nailling of ABC’s Last Man Standing will serve as casting director, although no casting details have been revealed as of yet. Zanne Devine joins McCorkle and Schooley as executive producers, while Adam B. Stein and Zach Lipovsky are set to co-produce and co-direct.
This seems to be the next big Disney Channel project to follow the impending February 16 premiere of a new original movie musical, Zombies with Milo Manheim and Meg Donnelly. Kim Possible was so utterly loved by audiences and the TV industry that it won an Emmy in 2003. Everyone’s hoping it’ll be awesome.
To celebrate its 100th original movie for television with a reboot of the 1980s film Adventures in Babysitting, the Disney Channel will be offering a nostalgic, four-day movie marathon treat for all its loyal viewers. Since the first Disney Channel original movie aired 18 years ago with its initial offering of Under Wraps, these endearing DCOMs captured the hearts of all Disney fans with its family-friendly themes and memorable characters. Disney will jumpstart their movie marathon treat on May 27 following this schedule: