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
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.
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.
Sometimes, we want to know what happens to our favorite characters while they live happily ever after, or what they’re up to before we met them at the start of their story. Perhaps we want to see them “growing up” as it were, if their story happens over several years.
With Disney, we don’t just have to imagine these pre-, mid-, or post-events to the stories of their characters. They’ll gladly show us through either more films, or a full-on TV series to build up their world. So let’s list the Disney Animated Canon movies that got expansion TV series.
On March 5, the last three episodes for season 4 of Star Wars Rebels will air on Disney XD. And with that, the much-beloved CG animated series that chronicled the early struggles of the Rebel Alliance against the Galactic Empire (before the Battle of Yavin) will come to an conclusion.
But that many not be the end of all animated Star Wars; Disney and Lucasfilm couldn’t possibly let go of such a popular mainstream story media. This might be the rationale for a recent trademark filing by the company, encompassing a multimedia range that could only mean a new series.
The trademark in question is named Star Wars Resistance. From the title alone, one can guess that this potential new animated cartoon will now chronicle a new time of conflict in the Galaxy far, far away: the low-intensity war between the Imperial remnants of the First Order and the Resistance.
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News of the trademark filing was brought up on Twitter by Jordan Maison, though he also opined the possibility that rather than an animated thematic sequel to Star Wars Rebels, Resistance would be the title of the new live-action Star Wars series being developed for Disney’s upcoming online streaming service.
One bit of information supporting the animated nature of Star Wars Resistance is that according to Maison the filing took place shortly after Lucasfilm Animation posted a job listing for talented animators to join their studio team, with references to Rebels and its prequel trilogy-era predecessor, Star Wars: Clone Wars.
In addition to the already-ending Star Wars Rebels, Lucasfilm Animation is also working on season 2 of the short animated web series Forces of Destiny, which features the female characters of the franchise. A CG-animated spinoff, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, is apparently getting new episodes in the future.
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.
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.
Disney XD has been ruling children’s cable programming ever since 2017, with some incredibly awesome series like Frozen: The Series and the long-awaited revival of the iconic 1980s show Ducktales. But The House of Mouse has only just begun in redefining what future programs can be seen in Disney XD.
This recent development’s going to knock some socks off. Disney XD is soon showing E-Sport competitions, courtesy of the household name for sports videogames, Electronic Arts. EA has inked an exclusive broadcast contract with Disney XD and ESPN to show coverage of the EA Sports Madden NFL 18 Championship Series.
In a prepared statement, EA senior VP and Competitive Gaming Division GM Todd Sitrin said their collaboration with ESPN and Disney XD will help bring top-notch E-Sports coverage of this competition in the hit videogame installment Madden NFL 18 to fans of sports gaming and EA all over the world.
Two E-Sports events will be covered through this agreement with ESPN and Disney XD. One is the The “Madden NFL 18″ Club Championship tournament, which began last week during Pro Bowl, January 26. The other is the Madden NFL Ultimate League, starting February 2 until April 28, the NFL Draft.
EA’s Madden NFL 18 has spent about the last 12 months comfortably sitting in Top 10 Best-Selling Videogame lists, a powerful indicator of its franchise staying power since the first Madden came out back in 1988. The latest installment is hailed as the most realistic NFL videogame yet, thanks to assistance from the real-world league.
Time will tell if this deal will lead to more E-Sporting events finding a ready coverage broadcaster in Disney XD. It’d make for a nice change of pace from the hit series such sporting coverage would air alongside of.
The beginning of the end has come in the adventures of the Rebel Alliance unit based on the spaceship Ghost, as the last six episodes of Star Wars Rebels premiere next month on Disney XD. And in similar fashion to the earlier parts of season 4, they come in batches.
It all begins on February 19, when Rebels season 4 episodes 10 – “Jedi Night” and 11 – “DUME” hit Disney XD at 9 PM ET. We reported nearly two weeks ago that this duo of episodes has been strongly hinted to have one major character die, most likely Kanan Jarrus.
To really amp up the hype for the last hurrah of Star Wars Rebels, Lucasfilm Animation and Disney have released an awesome midseason trailer. Aside from recapping key past events involving Kanan, it also teases what will happen in the end stretch. But a guest voice-acting debut role steals the show.
Endgame for Rebels features the first appearance in-series of the evil Emperor Palpatine. Even better, he’s voiced by his primary actor Ian McDiarmid who played him in Return of the Jedi, Empire Strikes Back (special edition) and all films of the Prequel trilogy. I guess it’s better late than never.
Palpatine’s brief scene snippet in the trailer is pretty interesting too, with him calling out Rebels main viewpoint character Ezra Bridger and declaring him “his” at last. Such a pronouncement is foreboding due to the fact that, while Hera Syndulla has appeared post-Return, Ezra (and Kanan, naturally) have not reappeared.
Star Wars Rebels stars the voice talents of Taylor Gray (Ezra), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan) and Vanessa Marshall (Hera) among many others. Following the two-episode weekly premieres, the series finale, three episodes adding to 90 minutes long, will hit Disney XD on March 5. It’s going to be huge then.