Disney Junior Tour Is Back with an All-New 80-City National Tour





Disney Junior Tour Is Back With an All-New 80-City National Tour Set To Debut Sept. 2
‘Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza’ Incorporates Characters From Disney Junior’s Hit Series ‘Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends’ for the First Time, as well as Mickey, Minnie, and Your Other Favorite Disney Junior Friends

Presales Begin Tomorrow; Public On-Sale Starts May 20

LOS ANGELES – May 16, 2022 – Dress up and join the party with “Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza,” launching Sept. 2 in Southern California. The all-new show features the first appearance of characters from “Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends” in addition to Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Doc McStuffins, the Puppy Dog Pals, and Alice from Disney Junior’s newest hit series “Alice’s Wonderland Bakery,” live on stage. The immersive, interactive concert experience includes singing, dancing, acrobatics and 3D special effects. It will feature favorite songs from hit Disney Junior series, as well as new original music. In “Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza,” Mickey, Minnie, and their pals are getting ready to throw a huge costume party but mysterious weather keeps interrupting the fun. Can Team Spidey help save the Costume Palooza?

Traveling to more than 80 North American cities beginning Sept. 2 through Dec. 17, 2022, the tour will have stops at legendary venues, including the Opry House in Nashville, the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis and Atlanta, and more.

The show is brought to you by the creators of the 2x Pollstar nominated “Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour,” which sold over 350,000 tickets. The live show is written and directed by Amy Tinkham and produced by Jonathan Shank of Terrapin Station Entertainment. Parents can go to DisneyJuniorTour.com to get more information, view tour dates and purchase tickets.

Spotify Fans First presale begins tomorrow, May 17, at 10 a.m. local time. Presale for Disney Visa Cardmembers and Disney Junior, Marvel, Spider-Man, and Disney Music Group social media followers (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter) begins Wednesday, May 18 at 10 a.m. local time. Ticketmaster and select venue presales begin Thursday, May 19, at 10 a.m. local time. VIP packages will also be available for pre-show opportunities, including premium seating, exclusive merchandise, and character experiences. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, May 20.

“We are going to blow the minds of Disney Junior fans with all the on-stage fun and new songs we have in store for them,” says Jonathan Shank, producer and CEO of Terrapin Station Entertainment. “We are so excited to be working with the Disney Junior team again on this premier preschool production bringing back all the beloved Disney characters, and now, for the first time, ‘Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends,’” says Shank.

“It is great to be able to bring the Disney Junior characters back on the road again, bigger and better, with incredible acrobatics, songs, and dances. We know that families won’t want to miss the chance to see ‘Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends’ perform, as well as Mickey, Minnie, and their favorite Disney Junior pals.” says Jennifer Rogers Doyle, senior vice president, Networks Franchise Management, Integrated Planning, Licensing, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution.

Follow the tour on social media at @DisneyJuniorTour.

Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza tour dates (subject to change):

September 2
Riverside, CA
Fox Performing Arts Center

September 3
Thousand Oaks, CA
Bank of America Performing Arts Center

September 4
Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Federal Theatre

September 6
Midland, TX
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center

September 8
Austin, TX
Bass Concert Hall

September 9
Sugar Land, TX
Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

September 10
Grand Prairie, TX
Texas Trust CU Theatre

September 11
San Antonio, TX
Majestic Theatre (2 shows)

September 13
Springfield, MO
Juanita K. Hammons Hall

September 14
Wichita, KS
Orpheum Theatre

September 15
Topeka, KS
Topeka Performing Arts Center

September 16
Saint Louis, MO
The Fabulous Fox Theatre

September 17
Des Moines, IA
Des Moines Civic Center

September 18
Lincoln, NE
Lied Center for Performing Arts

September 20
Cedar Rapids, IA
Paramount Theatre

September 21
Dubuque, IA
Five Flags Center

September 22
Bemidji, MN
Sanford Center

September 23
Ralston, NE
Liberty First Credit Union Arena

September 24
Minneapolis, MN
The Orpheum Theatre

September 25
Chicago, IL
The Chicago Theatre

September 27
Marion, IL
Marion Cultural and Civic Center

September 28
Richmond, KY
EKU Center For The Arts

September 29
Cincinnati, OH
Taft Theatre

September 30
Madison, WI
Overture Center for the Arts

October 1
Milwaukee, WI
The Riverside Theater

October 2
Midland, MI
Midland Center for the Arts (2 shows)

October 4
Louisville, KY
Louisville Palace Theater

October 5
Wabash, IN
Honeywell Center

October 6
Indianapolis, IN
Murat Theatre at Old National Centre

October 7
Lima, OH
Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center

October 8
Cleveland, OH
Connor Palace

October 9
Detroit, MI
Fox Theatre

October 11
Columbus, OH
Palace Theatre

October 12
Charleston, WV
Clay Center

October 13
Greensburg, PA
The Palace Theatre

October 14
Lancaster, PA
American Music Theatre

October 15
Wallingford, CT
Toyota Oakdale Theatre

October 16
Lowell, MA
Lowell Memorial Auditorium (2 shows)

October 18
Burlington, VT
The Flynn

October 19
Greenvale, NY
Tilles Center

October 20
Providence, RI
Providence Performing Arts Center

October 21
Baltimore, MD
The Lyric

October 22
Washington, DC
Warner Theatre (2 shows)

October 23
Albany, NY
Palace Theatre

October 25
Rochester, NY
Kodak Center

October 26
Wilkes Barre, PA
F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

October 27
Concord, NH
Capitol Center for the Arts – Chubb Theater

October 28
Philadelphia, PA
Kimmel Cultural Campus

October 29
Morristown, NJ
Mayo Performing Arts Center (2 shows)

October 30
Red Bank, NJ
Count Basie Center for the Arts (2 shows)

November 1
Williamsport, PA
Community Arts Center

November 2
Norfolk, VA
Chrysler Hall

November 3
Richmond, VA
Altria Theater

November 4
Roanoke, VA
Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

November 5
North Charleston, SC
North Charleston Performing Arts Center

November 6
Charlotte, NC
Belk Theater

November 8
Greensboro, NC
Tanger Center

November 10
Durham, NC
DPAC Durham

November 11
Columbia, SC
Township Auditorium

November 12
Birmingham, AL
BJCC Concert Hall

November 13
Nashville, TN
Opry House

November 14
Chattanooga, TN
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium

November 15
Memphis, TN
Orpheum Theatre

November 17
Jacksonville, FL
Florida Theatre

November 18
Orlando, FL
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

November 19
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Broward Center (2 shows)

November 20
Clearwater, FL
Ruth Eckerd Hall (2 shows)

November 22
Greenville, SC
Peace Center

November 23
Knoxville, TN
Tennessee Theatre

November 25
New Orleans, LA
Saenger Theatre

November 26
Atlanta, GA
Fox Theatre

November 27
Mobile, AL
Saenger Theatre

November 30
Colorado Spring, CO
Pikes Peak Center

December 1
Denver, CO
Paramount Theatre

December 2
Salt Lake City, UT
Kingsbury Hall

December 4
Seattle, WA
The Paramount

December 5
Eugene, OR
Hult Center for the Performing Arts

December 6
Portland, OR
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

December 8
San Jose, CA
San Jose Civic

December 12
Santa Rosa, CA
Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation

December 14
Anaheim, CA
City National Grove of Anaheim

December 15
El Cajon, CA
The Magnolia

December 17
Los Angeles, CA
Orpheum Theatre (2 shows)

About Disney Junior
Part of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution’s Networks, Disney Junior is a global multiplatform brand with content created by Disney Branded Television expressly geared towards preschoolers aged 2-7 and their families. Available as a daily programming block on Disney Channel and a 24-hour channel, available in 77 million homes in the U.S, it has been the #1 preschool channel on TV for 36 straight quarters among kids 2-5, every quarter since it has launched. Home to some of the most cherished programming and franchises for preschoolers, including Emmy® Award-winning “Elena of Avalor,” Peabody Award-winning “Doc McStuffins,” and new hit series “Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends” and “Mickey Mouse Funhouse,” Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites parents and guardians to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for young children.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media for over eighty years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media.

For more information, visit marvel.com. © 2022 MARVEL

About Terrapin Station Entertainment:
Founded by industry veteran Jonathan Shank in 2020, Terrapin Station Entertainment, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is an artist management and production company dedicated to helping musicians and brands capitalize on their core audience and shine in the cultural mainstream. With expertise in management, family entertainment, and brand experiences, the Terrapin team strives to ensure that clients achieve their goals. www.terrapinent.com



‘BUNK’D’ Takes to the Wild West in the Sixth Season





‘BUNK’D’ Takes to the Wild West in the Sixth Season of the Comedy Hit Series, Premiering Friday, June 10, on Disney Channel
–Disney Channel Increases Season Order From 25 to 30 Episodes–

The long-running hit comedy series “BUNK’D” will return for its sixth season on FRIDAY, JUNE 10, at 7:30 p.m. EDT/PDT on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW. Disney Channel also announced a pickup of five additional episodes today, bringing the total to 30 episodes for the sixth installment of “BUNK’D.” A spinoff of the Disney Channel fan-favorite comedy “Jessie” (2011-2015), “BUNK’D” revolves around the hilarious adventures of the campers and counselors at Maine’s rustic Camp Kikiwaka. Series regulars Miranda May (Lou), Trevor Tordjman (Parker), Mallory James Mahoney (Destiny) and Israel Johnson (Noah) will return for the new installment set at a dude ranch in the Wild West. They will be joined by new cast members Shiloh Verrico (“Country Comfort”) as Winnie, Luke Busey (“Cobweb”) as Jake, and newcomer Alfred Lewis as Bill. Erin Dunlap will continue to serve as executive producer and showrunner of the series, with May also landing an executive producer role. As in previous seasons, May will continue to direct select episodes.

Season six, titled “BUNK’D: Learning the Ropes,” begins as Lou, Parker, Destiny and Noah arrive at the soon-to-be Kikiwaka Ranch in Dusty Tush, Wyoming, where Lou must convince the surly owner, a.k.a. The Marshal, to officially sell the property to her. In the meantime, counselors Noah and Destiny have their hands full with the newly arrived campers, including Bill, a no-nonsense descendant of famous cowboy Bill Pickett who prefers roping cattle to hanging out with friends; Winnie, a fearless girl who’s earned the nickname Wild Winnie by breaking the rules and occasionally blowing things up; and Jake, a laid-back, easy-going boy who also happens to be a video-gaming fanatic.

“BUNK’D” is executive produced by Dunlap, May, David Booth, Valerie Ahearn and Eric Schaar and was created by Pamela Eells O’Connell. The series carries a TV-G parental guideline.

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“Disney’s Summer Magic Quest” Special Debuts Sunday, June 26





“Disney’s Summer Magic Quest” Special Debuts Sunday, June 26, on Disney Channel
In this “Magic Quest” outing, the summer crusade will take our competitors through the iconic locations of EPCOT, where the impossible becomes possible.
[via press release from Disney Branded Television]
‘DISNEY’S SUMMER MAGIC QUEST’ SPECIAL DEBUTS SUNDAY, JUNE 26, ON DISNEY CHANNEL

–Yvette Nicole Brown Returns To Host the Third Installment of the ‘Magic Quest’ Competition, Featuring ‘ZOMBIES 3’ Stars Meg Donnelly, Pearce Joza, Kylee Russell and Matt Cornett on a Challenge-Filled Quest through Walt Disney World Resort EPCOT–

“Disney’s Summer Magic Quest,” the third installment of Disney’s popular “Magic Quest” specials, is set to debut with “ZOMBIES 3” stars Meg Donnelly, Pearce Joza, Kylee Russell and Matt Cornett competing in a playful battle royal featuring new monumental challenges. The quest will take place inside EPCOT at Walt Disney World Resort after dark as part of The World’s Most Magical Celebration that honors the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World. Beloved actress and comedian Yvette Nicole Brown (“Big Shot”), who also hosted last December’s “Disney’s Holiday Magic Quest,” will return as the stars battle it out in a series of exciting new challenges and obstacles through a variety of iconic and immersive EPCOT attractions. “Disney’s Summer Magic Quest” will premiere SUNDAY, JUNE 26, at 7:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Disney Channel and will begin streaming on Disney+ later this summer.
In this “Magic Quest” outing, the summer crusade will take our competitors through the iconic locations of EPCOT, where the impossible becomes possible. The two teams will race around the world and beyond, competing throughout all four neighborhoods of EPCOT, including “World Showcase,” the home of 12 unique country experiences; “World Discovery,” which highlights adventures in space; “World Nature,” showcasing the natural beauty of Earth; and “World Celebration,” exploring the history of innovations. The competing stars will also get premiere access to the all-new Wonders of Xandar Pavilion with the “Guardians of the Galaxy”: Cosmic Rewind attraction and get an insider’s look into the Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure attraction. Expect to see surprise moments and special guests as the two teams run against the countdown clock to complete their quest before sunrise. A donation to the Special Olympics in support of their mission to empower athletes with different abilities will be made in honor of the winning team.

Previous editions of the special, titled “Disney’s Holiday Magic Quest,” aired in December of 2020 and 2021 on Disney Channel and featured cast members from the “ZOMBIES” franchise. Both specials are currently available to view on Disney+.

“Disney’s Summer Magic Quest” is produced by 7ate9 Productions. Artur Spigel serves as executive producer and director.



‘Cookies & Milk,’ Animated Series in the Works at Disney





‘Cookies & Milk,’ Animated Series Based on the Forthcoming Book by Shawn Amos, in the Works at Disney From Laurence Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy Productions and Jesse James Films

“Cookies & Milk,” an original animated series based on the forthcoming middle grade novel of the same name by Shawn Amos, is in development at Disney Branded Television’s animation studio, Disney Television Animation. The executive producers are Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland of Cinema Gypsy Productions (ABC’s “black-ish” and Disney Channel’s upcoming “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur”), Jesse Murphy and James Sears Bryant of Jesse James Films, and Shawn Amos. Brian Egeston (“The Game,” the upcoming film “On A Wing and A Prayer”) is set as co-executive producer and story editor.

The debut novel is semi-autobiographical, inspired by the childhood of Shawn Amos, a blues musician and the son of iconic Wallace “Wally” Amos Jr., founder of the Famous Amos chocolate chip cookie brand.

In making the announcement, Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television, said, “It’s an absolute coup to bring Shawn Amos’ heartfelt, humorous book to Disney television screens and, with the guiding vision, credibility and track record of our Cinema Gypsy and Jesse James Films creative team, we’re looking forward to telling this authentic and relatable story about belonging, self-acceptance and forgiveness.”

Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland of Cinema Gypsy said, “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Shawn Amos, Ayo Davis and the talented team at Disney Branded Television. Shawn’s semi-autobiographical novel, ‘Cookies & Milk,’ is partially based on his own experiences growing up as the son of Wally ‘Famous’ Amos. This humorous and heartwarming exploration of summer fun and friendship, seen through the eyes of a young Black boy being raised by his divorced father, is full of joy, self-discovery and a whole lot of unconditional love.”

The “Cookies & Milk” teleplay follows the summer adventures of harmonica-playing middle schooler Ellis Johnson as he begrudgingly helps his wildly optimistic and quite possibly magical father open the world’s first cookie shop in 1970s Hollywood, California.

Jesse James Films recently acquired the rights to the book, which received a six-figure advance in a two-book deal from the publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. “Cookies & Milk” is set to be published in Spring 2022.

In a joint statement, Jesse Murphy and James Sears Bryant said, “We are so excited to have found the right home for this show with Disney Television Animation, Laurence and Helen. Shawn has created such a beautiful reimagining of his childhood in a narrative that we hope will universally connect with audiences on and off the page.”

Shawn Amos said, “What a dream to see this Black kid from Hollywood become a Disney character. I wrote ‘Cookies & Milk’ for my son to help him understand his family, his culture and himself. I hope kids of all colors will see something of their own selves in Ellis. I’m so grateful to Helen, Jesse and Laurence for championing my story. I know it’s in good hands with them and the deeply creative folks at Disney.”

This series greenlight marks the second animated project at Disney for Cinema Gypsy, which has a first-look deal with ABC Signature and is in production on “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” for Disney Channel.

Laurence Fishburne and Cinema Gypsy Productions are represented by CAA, Landmark Artists Management, and attorneys Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein Lezcano Bobb & Dang. Jesse James Films is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment and Crowe & Dunlevy. Brian Egeston is represented by manager Adam Robinson at The Rookery, The Gersh Agency and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher LLP. Shawn Amos is represented by Barnes & Thornburg, LLP.

About Cinema Gypsy
Cinema Gypsy Productions, led by Helen Sugland and renowned actor Laurence Fishburne, was founded in 2000 with an eye toward developing projects that highlight cultural, racial and gender diversity issues in America. They are the Executive Producers of “black-ish,” the Emmy-nominated and NAACP Award-winning ABC show, as well as its spinoffs, “Grown-ish” and “Mixed-ish.” In 2017, Cinema Gypsy Productions produced the hit podcast series, “Bronzeville,” about Chicago’s center of Black culture in the 1940s. It also produced numerous nominated and award-winning projects including: “Thurgood” (HBO), “Five Fingers” (Lionsgate), “Akeelah and the Bee” (Lionsgate), “Once in the Life” (Lionsgate), “Always Out Numbered” (HBO), “Hoodlum” (United Artists), “Miss Evers Boys” (HBO), “Madiba” (BET) and “Snowy Day” (Amazon Studios). Its next endeavor is Marvel’s “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,” an animated series based on the popular comic book series, which recently completed production on season 1 to premiere in early 2023.

About Jesse James Films
Jesse Murphy and James Sears Bryant founded Jesse James Films, a production entity that focuses on bringing engaging intellectual property to the screen with an emphasis on diversity-driven content. Murphy was formerly the head of development overseeing Marlon Wayans’ and Rick Alvarez’s term deal at Universal Television. Bryant is the founding partner of the National Litigation Law Group (NLLG) and former President of ProServ Basketball – a division of ProServ.

About Disney Branded Television
Disney Branded Television encompasses the creative storytellers and production and content marketing teams responsible for Disney-branded television series, movies and other programming spanning live-action, animated and unscripted formats. The group fuels the Disney+ streaming platform and Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior linear networks with content geared toward kids, tweens, teens and families, with stories that are imaginative, aspirational and reflective of their world and experiences. Projects include: “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “Monsters at Work,” “The Mysterious Benedict Society” and “Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends.” Disney Branded Television has created some of the most iconic and award-winning properties and franchises, including Peabody Award winners “Doc McStuffins” and “The Owl House”; Emmy Award winners “Big City Greens” and “Elena of Avalor”; the beloved “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts plus the Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) franchise, comprised of more than 100 titles.



Disney Junior Announces Slate of New Original Series and Shorts





Alice! Mickey! Pooh! Spidey! Disney Junior Announces Slate of New Original Series and Shorts, Along With Returning Franchises, Debuting Across Disney+ and Disney Junior Platforms Through 2024 at First-Ever Disney Junior Fun Fest
New Original Series:
’Hey A.J.,’ Inspired by Martellus Bennett’s Family
’Kindergarten: The Musical,’ a Musical Series About Navigating Kindergarten With Music by Kay Hanley, Michelle Lewis, Dan Petty (”Doc McStuffins”) and Charlton Pettus (Tears for Fears)
’RoboGobo,’ About a Team of Robot Rescue Pets
’SuperKitties’ From Silvergate Media

New Short-Form:
’Me & Mickey’ Vlog Shorts
’Winnie the Pooh’ Shorts

Series Renewal:
’Alice’s Wonderland Bakery’

Casting News:
John Stamos To Voice Iron Man in ’Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends’
Lou Diamond Phillips and Yvette Nicole Brown Join the Cast of ’Firebuds’
Justina Machado, Bobby Moynihan, Eric Bauza and Kari Wahlgren Join the Cast of ’Pupstruction’

Premieres:
’Eureka!’ To Premiere June 22, 2022
Season Two of ’Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends’ To Debut This August
’Mickey Mouse Funhouse: Pirate Adventure” Summer Tentpole Special To Air This August

Disney Junior has announced its new slate of original programming for kids 2-7 that will air across Disney+ and Disney Junior platforms through 2024. Disney Branded Television President Ayo Davis announced these projects along with some key casting news today during the Disney Junior Fun Fest event taking place at Disney California Adventure. The Fun Fest is a one-day event celebrating the entertaining and music-filled stories of the #1 preschool television network’s hit series, bringing the magic of Disney Junior straight to fans.

”Disney Junior is already home to some of the most beloved preschool programming, and today, we have unveiled the next slate of content that is sure to entertain preschool kids for years to come,” said Davis. ”As with Disney Junior’s current slate, each of these projects is unique, inspiring and encompasses all of the brand values that have come to represent Disney Junior over the last decade — storytelling with heart that resonates with both kids and parents. From beloved icons such as Mickey and Spidey to new stories and characters, this slate further solidifies Disney Junior as THE home for preschoolers.”

New Greenlights Announced Today:

ORIGINAL SERIES:

”HEY A.J.”
Produced by: Surfing Giant Studios in association with Disney Junior
Based on books created by: Martellus Bennett
Executive Producers: Martellus Bennett, Jeff ”Swampy” Marsh and Michael Hodges

Inspired by former Pro Bowler and Super Bowl Champion and children’s book author Martellus Bennett’s family, ”Hey A.J.” is a high-energy adventure comedy about a curious and extremely imaginative 7-year-old girl, A.J. Whether imagining a long car drive is an exciting rocket ride or turning a grocery store line into a dance party, A.J. uses her big imagination to make any situation more fun and exciting.

”KINDERGARTEN: THE MUSICAL”
Produced by: Oddbot Entertainment in association with Disney Junior
Creators: Michelle Lewis and Charlton Pettus
Executive Producers: Tom Warburton, Michelle Lewis, Kay Hanley, Charlton Pettus and Dan Petty
Co-Executive Producer/Story Editor: Laurie Israel

”Kindergarten: The Musical” is an animated musical series about navigating all of the ”firsts” young kids experience while attending kindergarten. Whether having your own set of school supplies for the first time, finding a place to sit in the lunchroom or making a new friend, kindergartners can feel so many feelings that are sometimes hard to express with just words; singing about it feels more comforting and expressive. The series follows 5-year-old Birdy, who, with the help of her amazing teacher and new friends, uses her imagination to express her fears, excitement and joy through big Broadway-style song and dance numbers, proving that kindergarten is just like a big stage and there is nothing a good song can’t fix.

”ROBOGOBO”
Produced by: Brown Bag Films in association with Disney Junior
Creator/Executive Producer/Supervising Director: Chris Gilligan
Developed for Television by/Co-Executive Producer/Story Editor: Matt Hoverman

”RoboGobo” highlights five adorable pets without a home — until kid inventor Jax adopts them and gives them super-powered robo-suits. Now Hopper, Boomer, Allie, Shelly and Winger are a team of superheroes saving other pets in trouble and learning how to become a family in the process.

”SUPERKITTIES”
Produced by: Silvergate Media in association with Disney Junior
Creator/Executive Producer: Paula Rosenthal
Co-Executive Producer: Kirk Van Wormer

”SuperKitties” is an adorable and action-packed new series about four fierce and furry superhero kittens — Ginny, Sparks, Buddy and Bitsy — who are on a mission to make Kittydale a more caring and ”pawesome” place. Defeating villains and imparting important messages of kindness, empathy, friendship, resilience and problem-solving, the ”SuperKitties” voice cast includes Emma Berman (Disney-Pixar’s ”Luca”) as Ginny, Cruz Flateau (”CoComelon”) as Sparks, JeCobi Swain (ABC’s ”Home Economics”) as Buddy and Pyper Braun (”Country Comfort”) as Bitsy.

ORIGINAL SHORT-FORM:

”ME & MICKEY”
”Me & Mickey” is a new series of vlog-style video shorts featuring Disney’s #1 star, Mickey Mouse, as he invites preschoolers to laugh and play along as he talks about everyday topics familiar to their lives, including morning and nighttime routines and packing a backpack, and also engages with silly games and challenges like ”Super Silly Stare Off,” ”Talk Like a Pirate” and ”Super Silly Dance Party.”

”WINNIE THE POOH” (Working Title)
”Winnie the Pooh” (working title) is a new musical short-form series starring Winnie the Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.

SERIES RENEWAL:

”ALICE’S WONDERLAND BAKERY” SEASON TWO
Produced by: Disney Television Animation
Executive Producer: Chelsea Beyl
Co-Executive Producer/Art Director: Frank Montagna
Producer: Ciara Anderson

”Alice’s Wonderland Bakery” is a fantastical animated series for preschoolers and their families inspired by the beloved world of ”Alice in Wonderland.” The series centers on Alice, the great-granddaughter of the original heroine and a budding young baker at the enchanted Wonderland Bakery, where her magical treats help bring a new generation of friends and families together. The series’ voice cast includes Craig Ferguson as Doorknob, Eden Espinosa as The Queen of Hearts, GRAMMY® Award winner Jon Secada as The King of Hearts, Vanessa Bayer and Bobby Moynihan as twins Tweedle Do and Tweedle Don’t, Donald Faison as Harry the March Hare, Yvette Nicole Brown as Mama Rabbit and newcomer Libby Rue as the voice of Alice.

OTHER NEWS — PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED TITLES:

”MARVEL’S SPIDEY AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS”
Produced by: Disney Junior and Marvel Studios in association with Atomic Cartoons
Executive Producer: Harrison Wilcox
Supervising Producer: Steve Grover
Co-Executive Producer: Bart Jennett

John Stamos will be voicing the role of Iron Man/Tony Stark in season two of Disney Junior’s hit series ”Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends.” The additional new Marvel heroes and villains that will be featured in season two are Ant-Man (voiced by Sean Giambrone), Wasp (voiced by Maya Tuttle), Reptil (voiced by Hoku Ramirez), Black Cat (voiced by Jaiden Klein), Sandman (voiced by Tom Wilson) and Electro (voiced by Stephanie Lemelin). The new season premieres August 2022 and will include a new ”Glow Webs Glow” storyline. Season two will also feature four new original songs and a ”Glow Webs Glow” anthem song by series’ songwriter/composer Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy).

”Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends” follows the adventures of Peter Parker, Gwen Stacy and Miles Morales as they team up to defeat foes and save the day. In season two of the series, the trio of young Super Heroes are able to call on Avengers pals Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp and Reptil, in addition to Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Black Panther, for help when trouble arises — like when villain Electro tries to drain all of the power in the city and the Spidey Team must band together to use a new glowing web formula to turn the lights back on.

”MICKEY MOUSE FUNHOUSE”
Produced by: Disney Television Animation
Executive Producer/Supervising Director: Phil Weinstein
Co-Executive Producer/Supervising Story Editor: Thomas Hart
Producer: Steve Walby

John Stamos also stars as the voice of Captain Salty Bones in the upcoming summer tentpole episode of ”Mickey Mouse Funhouse.” In ”Mickey Mouse Funhouse: Pirate Adventure,” legendary pirate Captain Salty Bones invites Mickey, Minnie and friends to join the biggest treasure hunt ever and see if they can become true pirates.

Series star Harvey Guillén, who voices the role of Funny the Funhouse in the series, was at Disney Junior Fun Fest to help announce the new 22-minute special, which also features recurring guest stars Jenifer Lewis as Wheezelene and Richard Kind as Cheezel and is set to premiere August 2022.

”EUREKA!”
Produced by: Brown Bag Films in association with Disney Junior
Creators/Executive Producers: Norton Virgien and Niamh Sharkey
Co-Executive Producer/Story Editor: Erica Rothschild
Consulting Producers: Donna Brown Guillaume and Rusty Cundieff

”Eureka!” tells the story of a young girl inventor who is way ahead of her time. Utilizing creative out-of-the-box thinking, she designs inventions and contraptions in the hopes of making the world a better place and moving her prehistoric community into a more modern era. With the help of her supportive parents, teacher, best friends — Pepper and Barry — and beloved pet mammoth Murphy, Eureka is learning to embrace that she is not ordinary … she’s extraordinary. Series premieres June 22, 2022.

Series star Ruth Righi (voice of Eureka) was on-hand during the Disney Junior Fun Fest event to reveal a first look at the series’ main title theme song, which is performed by Lexi Underwood (Disney+’s upcoming ”Sneakerella”). The link to the full theme song is available here: https://youtu.be/LoKERGIZGxE.

”FIREBUDS”
Produced by: Disney Television Animation
Creator/Executive Producer: Craig Gerber
Producer: Craig Simpson

From Emmy® Award-winning creator and executive producer Craig Gerber (Disney’s ”Elena of Avalor” and ”Sofia the First”), ”Firebuds” is a music-filled series following a team of young kids who are the children of first responders, and their talking vehicle sidekicks, as they embark on adventures together and learn what it truly means to be a hero. The series premieres fall 2022.

During Disney Junior Fun Fest, it was announced that Lou Diamond Phillips and Yvette Nicole Brown would be joining the previously announced voice cast as co-fire chiefs, Chief Bill and Chief Faye. Brown was on-hand during the event to reveal a first look at the main title theme song, which is written and performed by the series’ songwriter Beau Black (Disney’s ”The Lion Guard”). The link to the full theme song is available here: https://youtu.be/WaE0JIvtjGc.

”PUPSTRUCTION”
Produced by: Titmouse in association with Disney Junior
Creator/Executive Producer: Travis Braun
Executive Producer: Vic Cook
Co-Producer/Story Editor: Robyn Brown

”Pupstruction” follows the adventures of the world’s first all-dog construction company, Pupstruction. It centers on Phinny, an innovative young corgi who might be the smallest pup on the crew but proves that you don’t need big paws to have big dreams or big ideas.

The series’ voice cast, announced during Disney Junior Fun Fest, includes Yonas Kibreab (”Into the Dark”) as Phinny, Carson Minniear (”Big City Greens”) as Tank, Scarlett Kate Ferguson (”I’m Dying Up Here”) as Roxy and newcomer Mica Zeltzer as Luna, as well as Justina Machado (”One Day at a Time”) as Maya, Bobby Moynihan (”Alice’s Wonderland Bakery”) as Bobby Boots, Kari Wahlgren (”The Ghost and Molly McGee”) as Scratch, Eric Bauza (”Muppet Babies”) as characters Harry, Sniff and Lloyd and Alessandra Perez (”T.O.T.S.”) as Bailey.

About Disney Junior
Part of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution’s Networks, Disney Junior is a global multiplatform brand with content created by Disney Branded Television expressly geared towards preschoolers aged 2-7 and their families. Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites parents and guardians to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for young children. Disney Junior is home to some of the most cherished programming and franchises for preschoolers, including Emmy®Award-winning ”Elena of Avalor,” Peabody Award-winning ”Doc McStuffins,” and new hit series ”Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends” and ”Mickey Mouse Funhouse.”



Villains and Superheroes Are Taking Over Friday Nights With New Series





Villains and Superheroes Are Taking Over Friday Nights With New Series ‘The Villains of Valley View’ and ‘Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion,’ Premiering Friday, June 3, on Disney Channel
— Trailers for ‘The Villains of Valley View’ and ‘Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion’ Released Today —

In honor of National Superhero Day, Disney Branded Television announced the premiere date for its two newest Disney Channel series, “The Villains of Valley View” and “Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion,” launching Friday, June 3.

“The Villains of Valley View,” centered around a teenage supervillain and her family as they are forced to uproot their lives and change identities, will premiere with two back-to-back episodes at 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT. “Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion,” following Mexican American teen Violet Rodriguez who is chosen by a magical luchador mask that transforms her into the superhero Ultra Violet, will follow with two back-to-back episodes at 9:00 p.m. EDT/PDT. Both series will stream shortly thereafter on Disney+.

Normal is overrated in “The Villains of Valley View.”
When teenage supervillain Havoc stands up to the head of the League of Villains, her family is forced to change their identities and relocate to a sleepy Texas suburb. With the help of her effervescent new neighbor Hartley, Havoc — going incognito as Amy — must somehow hide her superpowers and quell her villainous nature in favor of something she and the rest of her family have fought against all their lives: being normal.

Stage trained actress Isabella Pappas (as Havoc/Amy) leads a talented ensemble cast, including Lucy Davis (“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”) as Eva/Surge, James Patrick Stuart (“General Hospital”) as Vic/Kraniac, Malachi Barton (Disney Channel’s “Under Wraps”) as Colby/Flashform, Reed Horstmann (“The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia”) as Jake/Chaos and newcomer Kayden Muller-Janssen as Hartley. Patricia Belcher (“The Week of”) recurs as Celia.

“The Villains of Valley View” is created by Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore (“Lab Rats”), who also serve as executive producers and showrunners.

Lucha Libre comes alive in “Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion.”
Violet Rodriguez, an everyday Mexican American teen, is chosen by a magical luchador mask which transforms her into Ultra Violet, a superhero fighting crime alongside her luchador uncle, Cruz, also known as Black Scorpion. Although Cruz takes Violet under his wing to teach her the responsibilities of her special powers, she doesn’t always see eye to eye with him when it comes to his methods for capturing crooks. In the meantime, she must keep her superhero identity secret from her parents and her older brother Santiago (“Tiago”), as well as her friends and schoolmates. However, she does lean on one close confidante: her best friend Maya Miller-Martinez, who provides advice and assists with documenting Ultra Violet’s adventures on social media.

Disney star Scarlett Estevez leads the all Latinx cast, including J.R. Villarreal (“Akeelah and the Bee”) as Cruz De la Vega/Black Scorpion, Marianna Burelli (“Paramedicos”) as Nina Rodriguez, Juan Alfonso (“American Princess”) as Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Brandon Rossel (“Fast Layne”) as Santiago “Tiago” Rodriguez, newcomers Zelia Ankrum as Maya Miller-Martinez and Bryan Blanco as Luis León.

“Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion” is developed and executive produced by Eric S. Garcia and Leo Chu (“Alexa & Katie”), who also serve as showrunners. Additional executive producers include Joe Nussbaum, Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit.

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May 2022 Programming Highlights for Disney Channel





May 2022 Programming Highlights
— All Programming Subject to Change —

Monday, May 2
Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Junior
Mira, Royal Detective “The Mystery of the Legendary Sword”
(5:00-5:30 p.m. EDT)
Mira and her friends embark on an epic quest to find a legendary sword said to belong to the rightful ruler of Jalpur.
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Friday, May 6
Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
Raven’s Home “Mr. Petracelli’s Revenge”
(8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT)
In order to inherit Victor’s classic car, Booker must get straight A’s. But Raven’s former teacher, Mr. Petracelli, swears there’s no way Booker will earn an A in his class.
TV-G

Saturday, May 7
Original Series – Extended Length Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
Amphibia “All In”
(8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT)
Anne and her friends fight for their lives as the fate of both worlds hangs in the balance.
TV-Y7

Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
The Owl House “Labyrinth Runners”
(9:00-9:30 a.m. EDT)
When the Emperor’s coven comes to Hexside, Gus teams up with an unlikely ally.
TV-Y7 FV

Friday, May 13
Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
Raven’s Home “Date Expectations”
(8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT)
Desperate to take Cami to a dance, Booker convinces Ivy to throw a party at the Chill Grill. But Cami’s plans get in the way of Ivy having a successful party.
TV-G

Saturday, May 14
Series Finale – Extended Length Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
Amphibia “The Hardest Thing”
(8:00-8:30 p.m. EDT)
Anne’s journey comes to an end.
TV-Y7

Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
The Owl House “O Titan, Where Art Thou”
(9:00-9:30 a.m. EDT)
Eda and Luz scramble to face the Day of Unity. King faces his true identity.
TV-Y7 FV

Monday, May 16
Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Junior
Mira, Royal Detective “Mikku and Chikku’s Hometown Mystery”
(5:00-5:30 p.m. EDT)
Mira is thrilled to accompany Mikku and Chikku to their hometown, a mongoose-filled village where she meets their parents, joins a local festival and helps solve a surprising mystery.
*Guest starring is ESPN sportscaster Kevin Negandhi as a mongoose announcer, Punam Patel (“Space Force”) and Sendhil Ramamurthy (“Good Sam”) as Mikku and Chikku’s parents, and Nik Dodani (“Atypical”) and Lilly Singh (“The Muppet Mayhem”) as Mikku and Chikku’s cousins, Anish and Anisha.
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Saturday, May 21
Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
The Owl House “Clouds on the Horizon”
(9:00-9:30 a.m. EDT)
Everyone on the Isles prepares to celebrate the Day of Unity.
TV-Y7 FV

Saturday, May 28
Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Channel
The Owl House “King’s Tide”
(9:00-9:30 a.m. EDT)
The Day of Unity begins.
TV-Y7 FV

Monday, May 30
Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney Junior
Mira, Royal Detective “The Mystery of the Royal Flight”
(5:00-5:30 p.m. EDT)
When Neel’s new flying invention gets a mysterious hole during a big royal event, Mira must figure out what happened before it’s too late.
*Megan Suri (“Never Have I Ever”) guests stars as Princess Ambika.
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‘Mira, Royal Detective’ To Debut Four Bollywood-Inspired Specials





‘Mira, Royal Detective’ To Debut Four Bollywood-Inspired Specials Beginning May 2 Through June 20

The acclaimed animated series for preschoolers “Mira, Royal Detective” will culminate with four extended-length specials that celebrate Bollywood music and dancing while also familiarizing young viewers with different perspectives and critical thinking. The specials will be presented beginning MAY 2 through JUNE 20 on Disney Junior. The series is also available on Disney+.

Since its premiere in March 2020 and for more than 100 stories, “Mira, Royal Detective” has highlighted the rich, diverse cultures of India. Each episode centers on the clever heroine Mira and her friends, including her sleuthing mongoose sidekicks Mikku and Chikku, as they help others by solving mysteries in their kingdom community of Jalpur.

“Mira, Royal Detective” also boasts a talented South Asian cast, including Freida Pinto, Kal Penn, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Hannah Simone, Jameela Jamil, Aparna Nancherla, Aasif Mandvi, Sonal Shah, Parvesh Cheena and Leela Ladnier as the voice of Mira.

Among the “Mira, Royal Detective” milestones are holiday-themed episodes centered around Holi and Diwali and an Eid al-Fitr episode with cast Rizwan Manji, Ayana Manji, Zehra Fazal and Kausar Mohammed.

Sascha Paladino (“Miles from Tomorrowland”) is executive producer. It was developed by story editor and co-producer Becca Topol (“Elena of Avalor”), and IW Group’s Shagorika Ghosh Perkins is the series’ cultural consultant and consulting producer. It is a production of Wild Canary in association with Disney Junior, with animation by Technicolor India.

The series was recently nominated for a National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Vision Award that recognizes diverse, inclusive programming in all its forms. It was also nominated for Annie Awards, recognizing its original music written by songwriters Matthew Tishler and Jeannie Lurie and composer Amritha Vaz. Vaz was also nominated for an ASCAP Film and Television Music Award for the series’ score.

The upcoming Bollywood-themed specials celebrate the iconic genre with higher stakes mystery and adventure, robust musical performances, spectacular costuming and elaborate dance numbers by series’ choreographer/dance consultant Nakul Dev Mahajan. Among the guest stars are Lilly Singh, Nik Dodani, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Punam Patel, Megan Suri, Kapil Talwalkar and ESPN sportscaster Kevin Negandhi.

Shagorika Ghosh Perkins said, “I speak for everyone who made this show when I say it’s been a joyful and rewarding experience to be part of a series that highlights South Asian culture in such a bold and beautiful way. We’re so proud of its contribution to the cultural landscape and what it offers a generation of young children.”

Nakul Dev Mahajan said, “These specials bring Bollywood dance, a genre that I love deeply, front and center for kids and their entire families too. This show gave me the chance to proudly showcase so many styles of dance, including Kathak, which I never thought I would see on American TV, and it’s icing on the cake to now focus entirely on Bollywood dance.”

The Mira character debuted at Disney Parks in October 2020 and, in May 2021, led the Disney Junior Stars Motorcade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Mira will also make a special appearance during the upcoming Disney Junior Fun Fest taking place at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, on April 29. Extensions of “Mira, Royal Detective” include storybooks, picture books and early reader books from Disney Press; soundtracks from Walt Disney Records; a DVD from Walt Disney Studios; apparel and accessories from shopDisney.com; and a licensed product line from Just Play, including dolls, plush and role-play toys available at major retailers.

The schedule for the four specials follows:

MONDAY, MAY 2
“The Mystery of the Legendary Sword” – Mira and her friends embark on an epic quest to find a legendary sword said to belong to the rightful ruler of Jalpur.

MONDAY, MAY 16
“Mikku and Chikku’s Hometown Mystery” – Mira is thrilled to accompany Mikku and Chikku to their hometown, a mongoose-filled village where she meets their parents, joins a local festival and helps solve a surprising mystery.

MONDAY, MAY 30
“The Mystery of the Royal Flight” – When Neel’s new flying invention gets a mysterious hole during a big royal event, Mira must figure out what happened before it’s too late.

MONDAY, JUNE 20
“The Big Jalpur Wedding Mystery” – It’s the day of a huge, joyful wedding in Jalpur, and Mira and her friends must track down the missing groom so the wedding can go on as planned.

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Disney Original Documentary Announces New Feature Project





Disney Original Documentary Announces New Feature Project on Beloved Muppets Creator and Visionary Jim Henson, Directed by Ron Howard and Produced by Brian Grazer and Imagine Documentaries
The Film Will Feature Unprecedented Access to Henson’s Personal Archives, From His First Performances as a Teenage Puppeteer to the Worldwide Success of ‘Sesame Street,’ ‘The Muppets’ and Beyond

(BURBANK, CA – March 30, 2022) Disney Original Documentary announced today its next feature project from Academy AwardⓇ-winning director Ron Howard, Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer and Imagine Documentaries’ Sara Bernstein and Justin Wilkes. The upcoming documentary will be the definitive portrait of Henson, produced with the full participation and cooperation of the Henson family, and will present a fascinating and intimate look at Jim’s illustrious career creating treasured characters and revolutionizing television and film.

With never-before-seen personal archives, the film will give audiences an exciting first-person view into the life of one of the world’s most inspiring and iconoclastic creators through exclusive home movies, photographs, sketches and Henson’s personal diaries. Joining Grazer, Howard, Bernstein and Wilkes as producers is EmmyⓇ-winning Margaret Bodde (“George Harrison: Living in the Material World”). The film will be executive produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Michael Rosenberg. Howard will also be reteaming with his “Pavarotti and Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years” collaborators Mark Monroe and Paul Crowder, who serve as the writer/producer and editor/executive producer, respectively.

In his 36-year career, Jim Henson created some of the world’s most cherished characters, including classic Muppets like Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy and all of “Sesame Street”’s iconic residents, including Big Bird, Grover, Cookie Monster, and Bert and Ernie. He also created beloved fantasy films like “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth,” which included iconic characters and technological advances that pushed the boundaries of the time. Tracing his life and work, the documentary will follow how the brilliant innovator came to shape the childhoods of generations to come.

In a statement, Jim Henson’s family said, “The Jim Henson Company’s archive is a treasure reflecting our father’s work, personal life and inspirations, and has been carefully maintained for the last 30 years under the leadership of archivist Karen Falk. It will be thrilling to see the story that emerges from these materials in the hands of a truly great filmmaker like Ron Howard, who has the perfect spirit and personality to tell Jim Henson’s story.

“Jim Henson transcends generations through his iconic characters, and it’s one of the many reasons why I have been a lifelong fan,” said director Howard. “I can’t wait to share a side of him and his career that people have never seen before. Henson’s limitless imagination and restless creativity is like few others and has influenced so much of our world as we know it. I’m humbled to be able to share a deeper look into his life and story.”

“Jim Henson has impacted our culture for generations, and his creative legacy continues to live on,” said Disney Original Documentary Vice President Marjon Javadi. As iconic storytellers in their own right, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Sara Bernstein and Justin Wilkes are the best auteurs to share Jim Henson’s story with the world. We’re thrilled to be partnering with the team at Imagine Documentaries and the Henson family on this undoubtedly inspirational film.”

The untitled film on Jim Henson is directed and produced by Ron Howard. Brian Grazer, Margaret Bodde and Imagine Documentaries’ Sara Bernstein and Justin Wilkes will also produce the film for Disney Branded Television under the Disney Original Documentary banner. The film will be executive produced by Imagine Entertainment’s Michael Rosenberg and Disney Original Documentary’s Marjon Javadi. Mark Monroe will serve as writer/producer and Paul Crowder will edit/executive produce.

The Disney Original Documentary banner will largely produce and acquire content for Disney+ with more announcements coming soon.

About Disney Original Documentary
Disney Original Documentary is committed to pushing the boundaries in non-fiction storytelling by embracing new creative voices, approaches and styles in cinema. Our goal is to build global connections by sharing authentic narratives that resonate with broad audiences. By championing stories from diverse points of view, we aim to expand Disney’s storytelling legacy and give audiences new ways of seeing themselves, and the world we live in, on screen. Disney Original Documentary programs exclusively for Disney +.

About Imagine Documentaries
Imagine Documentaries was formed in 2018 by Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard with a focus on developing and producing premium feature documentaries and non-scripted television. Based out of New York, Imagine Docs is run by Academy Award-nominated and Emmy, Peabody and Producer’s Guild Award-winning producers Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein. The division expands on Imagine’s rich history in the documentary space which includes the hit documentary series Mars and Breakthrough (National Geographic) as well as the Ron Howard-directed films Jay- Z’s Made in America, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (2017 Grammy winner for Best Music Film), Pavarotti, and the Sundance 2020 documentary feature Rebuilding Paradise (National Geographic Films). Recent releases include Julia, the definitive documentary on Julia Child, directed by Julie Cohen and Betsy West (Sony Pictures Classic); Paper & Glue , directed by legendary French artist JR (MSNBC); the Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary Short award winner Coded: The Hidden Love of J.C. Leyendecker (MTV Films); Joe Berlinger’s Crime Scene anthology series, The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel andThe Times Square Killer, which both reached the top #5 globally on Netflix; Gossip, a limited series chronicling Cindy Adams’ four-decade career at the New York Post as the “reigning queen of gossip” (Showtime); Who Are You Charlie Brown?, the definitive feature documentary on Charles Schulz (AppleTV+); Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel (Netflix); and Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine (Showtime); We Are The Brooklyn Saints (Netflix); On Pointe (Disney+); The Day Sports Stood Still (HBO); Dads (Apple+); D Wade: Life Unexpected (ESPN Films); and Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band (Magnolia Pictures), Upcoming projects include the Rory Kennedy directed feature documentary, Downfall, investigating Boeing’s 737-Max airplane crashes (Netflix); Amy Poehler’s documentary feature directing debut, Lucy and Desi, on the personal and professional partnership between Lucille Ball and husband Desi Arnaz; Ron Howard’s next documentary feature film on chef Jose Andres and the World Central Kitchen organization (National Geographic Films); The Supermodels, a docuseries featuring the iconic careers of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington (AppleTV+); the Martin Scorsese-directed documentary on New York’s 1970’s music scene and the New York Dolls; and Black and Blues: The Colorful Ballad of Louis Armstrong (AppleTV+).



Celebrate Animation at the 94th Oscars With ‘Life Is Shorts: Oscars 2022′





Celebrate Animation at the 94th Oscars With ‘Life Is Shorts: Oscars 2022,’ Hosted by Tamron Hall and Featuring Disney and Pixar’s Acclaimed Shorts, on Friday, March 25, on Disney Channel and Disney XD
LIFE IS SHORTS: OSCARS 2022

“Life is Shorts: Oscar 2022,” celebrating the magic of animation and featuring three Academy Award®-winning or -nominated shorts from Disney and Pixar — “Bao,” “Burrow” and “Lou” — will debut Friday, March 25, on Disney Channel and Disney XD in support of the 94th Oscars®. Hosted by daytime talk show host Tamron Hall, the special will kick off March 25 (8:30 p.m. EDT/PDT on Disney Channel and 9:00 p.m. EDT/PDT on Disney XD) and air throughout the weekend.

Descriptions for the short films included in the special are the following:

“Burrow” (2020 Academy Award Nominee)
In “Burrow,” a young rabbit embarks on a journey to dig the burrow of her dreams, despite not having a clue what she’s doing. Rather than reveal to her neighbors her imperfections, she digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble. After hitting (bed)rock bottom, she learns there is no shame in asking for help.

“Bao” (2018 Academy Award Winner)
In “Bao,” an aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life, but Dumpling starts growing up fast, and Mom must come to the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever.

“Lou” (2017 Academy Award Nominee)
When a toy stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box. After a madcap chase through the schoolyard, the items in the box unite to teach the bully that giving back can be even more fulfilling than taking away.

The special presentation is produced by Localish for Disney Channel and Disney XD as part of the lead-up to the Sunday, March 27, 2022, live broadcast of the 94th Oscars on ABC.

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