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.
Star Wars Resistance is now five episodes into its inaugural season on Disney XD and Disney Channel, and so far the reception’s been quite good. After all, it’s filling in the blanks space after the original Star Wars trilogy and the yet-to-conclude sequel films. The fact that the same show-runners from Star Wars Rebels are at work here’s another bonus.
Episode 5 of Resistance, “The High Tower”, finally brings the overall plot to some progression by marking the first in-series appearance of the Imperial remnant First Order, bad guys from Episodes VII to IX. They’ve been who Kaz (Christopher Sean) has been assigned by General Leia Organa’s Resistance to spy on at Colossus after all.
So we have Kaz trying to do his spying thing that he’s been waiting for. He gets discovered and must hide before the First Order troopers find him. His hidey-hole turns out to be the room of his fellow Ace pilot Terra Doza, and it’s filled with items that are both in-universe merchandise from the Galaxy Far, Far Away, and clever references to stuff from the decades-spanning sci-fi saga loved by millions of fans around our world. Here’s the list:
Poster for the Boonta Eve Classic (the Tatooine pod-race organized by Jabba the Hutt, which Anakin Skywalker races on in The Phantom Menace)
Poster of graffiti art by Sabine Wren (the Mandalorian anti-Imperial bounty hunter, TIE pilot washout, and graphic artist from Star Wars Rebels)
Model of T16 airspeeder (mentioned by Luke Skywalker in A New Hope; he had a personal T-16 and a similar scale model in his old Tatooine home)
Imperial Stormtrooperaction figure
Ubese bounty hunter action figure (aliens from planet Uba IV; one of them, named Boushh, was impersonated by Princess Leia following his death elsewhere, to infiltrate Jabba’s palace in Tatooine during Return of the Jedi)
Banthadoll (based on the quadruped mounts of the Tusken Raiders/Sand People as seen in A New Hope)
Tookadoll (based on alien cats in the Star Wars Galaxy, first mentioned in the Expanded Universe/Legends before being introduced in The Clone Wars as both dolls and the actual creature; a particular Tooka breed is the Loth-cat seen in Star Wars Rebels)
Ewokdoll (based on the small humanoid bearlike natives of Endor, who helped the Rebel Alliance defeat the Empire in Return of the Jedi; current-continuity books have even mentioned Ewoks as therapy animals)
When Disney announced that they were rebooting their famous 80s-90s animated series Ducktales, they were so confident in its TV performance that they already renewed it for a second season while the inaugural one was still in production. The reimagining didn’t disappoint, so Disney renewed for Season 3 a month before Season 2 would premiere.
Well, Ducktales returned to Disney Channel for more adventures last Saturday, with the premiere episode “The Most Dangerous Game…Night!” But already fans have an inkling on what to expected (somewhat) in the new season thanks to teaser images shared on SDCC 2018 back in July.
From flashback versions of Scrooge and Glomgold, to a steam-punk version of the Gizmoduck suit, to Beakley cosplaying Darkwing Duck, there’s a lot of stuff to digest. More exciting is the thought of new characters joining the show, both old characters from the original series and the Duck comics, to new persons created for the reboot. We have a little video of the previewed characters from SDCC, and we’ll try to list the debut characters as well as possible developments.
SEASON 2 NEW CHARACTERS
Pig character (anyone from Herbert, Porker Hogg, Angus McSwine, Pig Mayor to Soapy Slick, from comics)
Bird character – new head of Glomgold Industries
Fethry Duck – Donald’s beatnik cousin, from the comics
Bird character 2 – new friend of Webby and (possibly) Lena
Dijon – the kleptomaniac but ineffective thief, debuted in Ducktales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
John D. Rockerduck – another business rival of Scrooge from the comics, “oil tycoon” capitalist
Bubba the Caveduck – debuted in Ducktales (1987) season 2
Jose Carioca – Donald’s fellow Caballero
Panchito Pistoles – Donald and Jose’s fellow Caballero
SEASON 2 PLOT POINTS
Flashback young Flintheart Glomgold
Flashback(?) Scrooge, Goldie(?) and Fenton(?) in gold-rush attire
Disney’s story of Rapunzel has been continuing way past her original 2010 film Tangled, through the form of various media such as the distant finale 2012 short film Tangled Ever After and TV movie Tangled: Before Ever After. But the meat of her ongoing narrative has been Disney Channel’s Tangled: The Series, premiered 2017 and now on its second season.
The show focuses on Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) adjusting to life as Princess of Corona, reconnecting with her parents, and investigating the mystery that is the return of her long (and now unbreakable) hair, with the help of her boyfriend Flynn (Zachary Levi) and her lady-in-waiting aka bodyguard Cassandra (Eden Espinosa). Here’s a list of episodes from the first season run.
What the Hair? (March 24, 2017)
Rapunzel’s Enemy (March 31, 2017)
Fitzherbert, P.I. (April 7, 2017)
Challenge of the Brave (April 14, 2017)
Cassandra v. Eugene (April 21, 2017)
The Return of Strongbow (April 28, 2017)
In Like Flynn (July 23, 2017)
Great Expotations (July 30, 2017)
Under Raps (August 6, 2017)
One Angry Princess (August 13, 2017)
Pascal’s Story (August 20, 2017)
Big Brothers of Corona (October 1, 2017)
The Wrath of Ruthless Ruth (October 8, 2017)
Max’s Enemy (October 15, 2017)
The Way of the Willow (October 22, 2017)
Queen for a Day (November 19, 2017) – double-length special
Painter’s Block (November 25, 2017)
Not in the Mood (December 2, 2017)
The Quest for Varian (December 9, 2017)
The Alchemist Return (December 16, 2017)
Secret of the Sundrop (January 13, 2018) – double-length finale
Season 2 of the series would begin later in June 2018, now retitled Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure.
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.