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Disney Junior Debuts New Episodes of A Poem Is…

Disney Junior Debuts New Episodes of A Poem Is…
April is National Poetry Month, and Disney Junior is showing their support by debuting new episodes of their short form series “A Poem Is…”, which features famous actors lending their voices to classic Disney Animation. The actors, each a parent, will help young viewers appreciate the beauty of a poem, reciting works by notables such as Mary Ann Hoberman, Jack Prelustky, Langston Hughes, and May Swenson.

New 24 Hour Disney Jr. Channel

Disney Junior Logo

Walt Disney’s multiplatform brand aimed at kids and their guardians, Disney Junior, will be upgraded to a 24 hour channel today, March 23. The new Disney Jr. channel will be available via Comcast, Time Warner, Cablevision, Bright House and Verizon. It will serve as the main vehicle of classic Disney preschool shows, as well as new acquisitions that fit the brand. In line with this, the channel’s website at DisneyJunior.com will show off a new look, as well as stream complete digital episodes, games, and multimedia content.

Disney Jr introduces Doc McStuffins

Disney Jr introduces Doc McStuffins

This March, Disney Junior will add a new animated show to its roster of kid-friendly shows. Entitled Doc McStuffins, the show features a charming heroine who helps stuffed animals much in the same way a doctor would.

Created by Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Chris Nee (of The Wonder Pets, Little Bill) and directed by Emmy winner Norton Virgien (Rugrats), Doc McStuffins follows a six year old girl who heals stuffed toys in her clinic, which is conveniently situated in her backyard. Like most shows in Disney Junior, the series is aimed towards preschoolers.

Jake and the Pirates 3rd Season Greenlit by Disney

Jake and the Pirates 3rd Season Greenlit by Disney

The mega popular animated series Jake and the Never Land Pirates’s third season has been ordered by Disney Junior, which will bump up the episode tally to 100. Produced by Disney Television Animation and broadcast daily during the Disney Junior television programming block, the series is also planned to be featured on the new 24 hr Disney Junior channel that will launch in the US this coming March.

Jake and the Neverland Pirates is currently Disney’s #1 series among boys 2-5, as it revolves around a crew of kid pirates led by Jake and pals Izzy and Cubby. The crew goes on adventures around Never Land and constantly bump heads with two infamous characters – Captain Hook and Mister Smee (from Disney’s Classic Peter Pan). The series is perfect for kids as it emphasizes the importance of friendship, socializing, and teamwork.

Coolabi’s Poppy Cat gets a Digital Deal

Coolabi’s Poppy Cat gets a Digital Deal

UK producer and rights management company Coolabi has recently landed a US distribution deal with Entertainment One (eOne) for its preschool-targeted animated show Poppy Cat starting this fall.

Based on British author Lara Jones’ popular bestselling book series, Poppy Cat was originally commissioned by Nick Jr. UK and debuted on the 24 hr preschool channel PBS Kids Sprout last November.

24 Hour Disney Junior Channel US Launch

24 Hour  Disney Junior Channel US Launch

Disney’s 24 hour basic cable/satellite channel targeted towards kids age 2-7, Disney Junior, will launch on Friday, March 23 at midnight in the US, as per the announcement made yesterday at the TV Critics Assoc. Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. Originally introduced as a daily programming block on the Disney Channel last February 2010, Disney Junior became so popular with kids 2-5 that Disney has seen it fit to turn it into a dedicated channel.

Tinker Bell takes over Disney Junior in Disney Fairies Month

Tinker Bell takes over Disney Junior in Disney Fairies Month

October might belong to the ghosts, but this November, the fairies have taken over! Tinker Bell and the rest of her fairy friends will be frequenting Disney Junior all month long as part of Disney Fairies Month. Every Friday through the month will feature new fairy-themed programming, including Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue on November 18th, and the premiere of Pixie Hollow Games on November 25th. The events kick off on Friday, November 4th, when Tinker Bell recounts her early days, meeting enchanting creatures and discovering the magical world of fairies.

Disney Begins Production on Let It Shine and Oki’s Oasis

Disney begins production on Let It Shine and Oki's Oasis

Disney has announced that they have already entered the production stage on two new projects, namely a Disney Channel Original Movie entitled Let It Shine, and Oki’s Oasis, which is going to be part of their Disney Junior animated series line. Let It Shine has undergone production in Atlanta, Georgia, and is scheduled to premiere on the Disney Channel sometime in 2012. The Disney Channel Original movie is a modern day version of Cyrno De Bergerac, using teenagers and the world of gospel music and hip-hop as its setting. The TV movie features the support of notable music producers, performers, and songwriters Toby Gad (Beyonce’s If I Were a Boy and Fergie’s Big Girls Don’t Cry) and David Banner (Dance the Night Away and Chris Brown’s Get Like Me) and others. Let It Shine will be directed by Paul Hoen (of Camp Rock 2: Final Jam) and the script will be penned by Don D. Scott (of Barbershop). The movie will also feature choreography by Danny Teeson (American idol) and associate Brandon Show (So You Think You Can Dance)

Disney’s Jake and the Never Never Land Pirates DVD, CD boost September

Disney's Jake and the Never Never Land Pirates DVD, CD boost September

September generally gets a bad, what with it being the month most kids head back to school. Many of the folks at ToonBarn Studios have been out of school for a few years, but it still brings back a painful feeling on occasion, as soon as we see those first few leaves change. Thankfully, there’s so many good reasons to love September, that it can over power any homework assignment. Disney’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates, for example, are offering not just one, but two great September events for our pirate-loving happiness. On September 20th, the Disney Junior toon will release its first music soundtrack album – just a single week before the first DVD becomes available. So maybe there’s still some “oh, no!” for September; but Disney is doing all it can to turn that into “Yo, Ho!”

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