Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Is Next Disney Kingdoms Series
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Following Seekers of the Weird and Figment, the Disney Parks blog revealed that the next series in Marvel’s Disney Kingdoms line will be Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The five part series is written by Dennis Hopeless with art by Tigh Walker. The series will be available at comic book shops in Spring 2015.

The Disney Kingdoms line tells comic book stories inspired by tales from Walt Disney Imagineering.

Latest Marvel Teaser Is Armor Wars
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Another day, another Marvel teaser… This one features Tony Stark and several Iron Man suits under the heading “Armor Wars.” Like the other teasers. this one carries the banner “Summer 2015″

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Disney XD Announces “Pranksgiving” programming lineup
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THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF “PRANKSGIVING,”

A CORNUCOPIA OF FUN-FILLED PROGRAMMING FOR KIDS AGE 6-14,

SET FOR NOVEMBER ON DISNEY XD

 

For the third consecutive year, a cornucopia of prank-themed storylines so plentiful  that they merit their own programming event, namely the popular “Pranksgiving,” will be presented NOVEMBER 1-30 on Disney XD.   Geared towards kids age 6-14, the programming event includes the premiere of an interstitial series created by acclaimed animation producers The Brothers McLeod (“Pedro and Franksheep,” BAFTA winners for their work with BBC Learning) which introduce the comical adventures of one clever turkey outsmarting one unsuspecting pilgrim.

 

Pranksgiving highlights also include hoax-themed episodes of the series “Lab Rats,” “Kickin’ It,” “Mighty Med,” “Kirby Buckets,” “Wander over Yonder” and “Phineas and Ferb,” the premiere of the original movie “Pants on Fire” starring Bradley Steven Perry (“Mighty Med,” “Good Luck Charlie”), Joshua J. Ballard (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”) and Tyrel Jackson Williams (“Lab Rats”), and an all-new edition of the hit hidden camera series “Just Kidding” hosted by multi-talented actor Calum Worthy (“Austin & Ally”).

 

November 2012 was Disney XD’s #1 month ever in Primetime in Total Viewers, Kids 6-14, Kids and Boys 6-11 and Kids and Boys 2-11; while 2013 was its #2 month ever among Boys 6-14 and Boys 9-14, and #4 in Total Viewers and Kids 6-14.

 

Every day throughout the month is a premiere event on WATCHDisneyXD.com and the WATCH Disney XD app for smartphones, tablets and connected TVs.  All shows in Disney XD’s Pranksgiving and all new episodes of “Star Wars Rebels” and “Gravity Falls,” among others, will be available to verified viewers on WATCH before airing on TV.  Also, the newly updated WATCH Prank-A-Tron 5000 game invites kids to pick from a prank-filled library of over 500 sounds from their favorite Disney XD shows, including “Kirby Buckets,” “Star Wars Rebels” and “Phineas and Ferb.”

 

Disney XD’s “Pranksgiving” schedule is: (all times ET/PT)

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (9:00 p.m.)

“Just Kidding” - the comedic prank show returns with a new host and executive producer, popular actor Calum Worthy (“Austin & Ally”), who will set the stage for kid and tween pranksters to play good-natured tricks on innocent bystanders.  Disney XD stars from “Mighty Med” and “Kickin’ It” will also guest host with Calum in several shows.  New episodes will roll-out Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings throughout the month.  TV-Y

 

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3 (8:30 p.m.)

“Kirby Buckets” - In the episode “The Legend of Prank Williams Jr.,” Kirby learns about the most outrageous prank that ever existed and is determined to find a way to replicate it. TV-Y7

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (7:00 p.m.)

“Pants on Fire” - Bradley Steven Perry (“Mighty Med,” “Good Luck Charlie”), Joshua J. Ballard (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”) and Tyrel Jackson Williams (“Lab Rats”) star in this Disney XD Original Movie.  The comedic, fantastical story introduces 15-year-old Jack Parker as all the lies he’s ever told suddenly become real — including a possessive girlfriend, a roving duo of alien body-snatchers, and Mikey, the made-up friend that Jack claims to tutor.  Now it’s up to Jack and his buddy Ryan to figure out who or what is behind this crazy situation, all while chasing down a plush purple hippo who may hold the key to unlocking this mind-boggler. TV-G

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 (7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.)

“Mighty Med” - In an episode titled “The Claw Prank Redemption,” Gus and Jordan execute a prank war on each other while Skylar asks Oliver to attend a school dance with her.  TV-Y7

 

“Lab Rats” - in an episode titled “Face Off,” Bree attempts to play a prank on Adam but it goes awry right before her big date for the school’s winter dance.  TV-Y7

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 (8:00 p.m.)

“Kickin’ It” - the episode titled “Kickin’ It In The Office” finds Milton finally taking a stand against Jerry’s recurring pranks by executing the ultimate prank himself.  TV-Y7

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 (8:30 p.m.)

“Wander Over Yonder” - in an episode titled “The Funk,” Lord Hater is taught a lesson after he turns to bullying the universe just to make himself feel better.  In “The Enemies,” Lord Hater and Sir Brad Starlight team up to fight the one person they hate more than each other, Wander.  James Marsden (“Enchanted”) reprises his role as Sir Brad Starlight.  TV-Y7

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27 (8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.)

“Randy Cunningham Ninth Grade Ninja” - in the episode titled “Shoot first, Ask Questions Later” finds Randy and Howard using Ninja-ing to level the playing field during a game of laser tag.  In “Ninjaception,” Randy is stuck in a dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream, and now must figure out how to escape the loop.  TV-Y7

 

“Phineas and Ferb” - in “Doof 101,” Dr. Doofenshmirtz is sentenced to community service for being evil and much to his daughter  Vanessa’s chagrin, he’s assigned to teach science at her high school.  Guest starring are Gary Cole as Principal Lang, Josh Gad as Wendell, Danica McKellar as Becky and Jennifer Grey as Mrs. Pierpont. TV-G

 

Source: NTI, U.S. ratings, Primetime, November 2012 and November 2013.

The Lion King Celebrates Two Worldwide Anniversaries
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Disney’s THE LION KING celebrates two anniversaries among its 10 productions worldwide. The London production marks its 15th anniversary on Sunday, October 19th at The Lyceum Theatre.  The award-winning musical has entertained over 12 million theatregoers and remains the West End’s best-selling stage production. It also recently became the sixth longest-running West End musical of all time. The critically-acclaimed production remains the West End’s most popular musical with over 810,000 guests per year. To celebrate this milestone and to thank Londoners for embracing and supporting the show, Disney gave away 1500 tickets earlier this week to the anniversary performance.

Celebrating its 3rd anniversary, the Madrid production of THE LION KING opened on October 21st, 2011 at the Lope de Vega Theatre. Produced locally by Stage Entertainment, 2014 has been the show’s strongest year in overall box office grosses and attendance since is premiere, with attendance levels nearing 100%.

 

Marvel Announces Spider-Gwen Series
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Revealed at Marvel’s New York Comic Con “Spider-Man” Panel, Marvel Comics is excited to announce the latest addition to the Spider-Man mythos – Spider-Gwen! The new on-going series will focus on Gwen Stacy, who, in an alternate universe, was the one bitten by the radioactive spider giving her spider-powers!

After a sell-out introductory issue that’s part of the events of the current Spider-Man storyline, “Spider-Verse“, the new series, written by Jason Latour (Edge of Spider-Verse, Wolverine and the X-Men), artist Robbi Rodriguez (Edge of Spider-Verse, All-New X-Men), and colorist Rico Renzi spotlights Marvel’s latest cult-favorite hero as she introduces readers to a whole new world where she is the one true spider-hero!

Speaking with Marvel.com, Latour confesses that the drum-playing, rebellious Gwen Stacy, aka Spider-Gwen, has a long road ahead of her to prove she’s not the costumed menace the NYPD has painted her as– especially since her father is the NYPD Captain tasked with bringing her down. “[Spider-Gwen’s] journey is going to pull her father along into its wake. He knows her secret, and it’s a truth that threatens to make his world into a very dangerous lie.”

Latour also teased villains for Spider-Gwen and her father through the series, “We’ll absolutely see an ‘evil’ Matt Murdock (a.k.a. Daredevil), and the Kingpin. I’m a huge old school Daredevil fan, so I get this real sick thrill out of twisting him around and making him the villain. There’s also a new twist a character you’d immediately identify as a villain, who we’re re-casting as a more complex threat to Gwen and Captain Stacy—a character coming at her from within the system…”

“It’s a rare character that gets the public outcry that Spider-Gwen got,” says Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “From the sell-out of Gwen’s first appearance to the groundswell on Twitter we’re excited to bring more Spider-Gwen into the world with the creators who started it all!”

Marvel Comics’ Spider-Gwen swings into comic book retailers in February 2015.

Maleficent Free Fall iOS App Updated
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The Maleficent Free Fall app has been updated. Here is the description of the update:

Brand new update with 265 levels and three new gameplay modes.

  • “Defeat King Stefan” – Help Maleficent recover her wings, block Stefan’s fetal blow and take flight once more.
  • “Destroy the Thorns” – Maleficent is bringing down the wall of thorns. Help her restore the Moors to its former beauty.
  • “Crown Aurora” –  Help Knotgrass, Thistletwit, and Flittle bring the crown to Aurora and unify the kingdoms.

Maleficent Free Fall is available in the App Store

Disney Introducing Frozen and Spider-Man Branded Bagged Apples
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Disney Consumer Products (DCP) continues to introduce new “better for you” foods featuring some of its most popular characters to inspire kids worldwide to eat more fruits and vegetables and lead a healthier lifestyle. More than 4.1 billion servings of Disney-branded fruits and vegetables have been served in North America since DCP began tracking in 2006. Disney’s Frozen and Marvel’s Spider-Man-branded bagged apples by Sage are the latest additions and available now at grocery retailers nationwide. DCP’s (booth # 1838) wide assortment of licensed produce, featuring classic characters like Mickey Mouse to new favorites, will be on display at the PMA Fresh Summit Convention and Expo on October 17-19 in Anaheim, Calif.

“Beyond the toy aisle, Frozen is also keeping the produce section fresh and cool,” said John T. King, vice president of licensing, consumables, Disney Consumer Products. “The global appeal of our stories and characters gives Disney Consumer Products an opportunity to continue to expand our produce portfolio and empower parents with more nutritious food options for their kids.”

Disney Consumer Products’ summer fruit program with Albertsons significantly increased traffic and produce sales at participating locations. Select Albertson stores created in-store displays to highlight the robust selection of Disney-branded fruits, and hosted kids and family events to encourage healthier eating. Through a recent collaboration with Winn Dixie, consumers were greeted with signage featuring characters from popular Disney properties including Frozen, Disney Princess, and Cars. Select Winn Dixie stores also hosted Disney-themed events with music, activities, and samples of fresh fruits and vegetables. Through new collaborations with DCP, licensees and retailers have seen their produce business thrive, and the impact on families multiply.

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Research has shown that more than 94 percent of moms say healthy living is important. More than 60 percent of moms say that making healthy living fun is important to their family, and they look to Disney over other kids’ entertainment brands to be a leader in health and wellness.* As a part of the Disney Magic of Healthy Living initiative, Disney Consumer Products transformed the landscape of Disney-licensed food offerings and maintains a balanced portfolio with 85 percent of all of its U.S. licensed food and beverage products meeting the company’s nutrition guidelines with only 15 percent reserved for special occasion treats. Many of Disney-licensed foods also carry the Mickey Check, a tool to help make it easier for kids and families to identify those products that meet the company’s nutrition guidelines.

Disney Magic of Healthy Living partners with parents to inspire kids and families to lead healthier lifestyles. Through engaging content, useful tools and unique experiences, this company-wide initiative helps parents by making nutritious eating and physical activity simple and fun. Under the umbrella, the TRYit campaign inspires kids to try new foods, fun moves, and simple ways to be their best.

For more information on Disney Magic of Healthy Living and TRYit, please visit www.thewaltdisneycompany.com/mohl or www.disney.com/tryit

*Source: Hypothesis Healthy Living A&U (June 2013). Behavior change data from the 2012 Family Room study.

First Look At Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #5
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This November, the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe stand on the edge of a knife, and the world faces annihilation in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #5! Blockbuster writer Rick Remender is joined by chart-topping artist Terry Dodson as Act II: Inversion gives rise to a new world DISORDER! Heroes will be broken, eyes will be opened, and a universe will tilt on its AXIS.

Splintered and alienated, the forces of Avengers and X-Men stand on opposing sides. The Red Skull has been released from his holding cell in Avengers Tower. Someone aided him. Someone who was present on Genosha. But whom? And why are the heroes and villains acting so strangely?

Narrowly escaping with their lives, Spider-Man and Nova are enlisted by Steve Rogers for a daring mission that could determine the fate of us all. The new Sorceress Supreme finally gains her revenge against the benevolent Doctor Doom. The Superior Iron Man battles Daredevil for the fate of an Extremis infected San Francisco. And in the name of survival of the fittest, the X-Men claim their new home.

The tide is rising, and the Axis of Evil will spread. And the world will tremble in fear. Don’t miss AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #5 on sale in November!

For more on Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, please visit www.marvel.com. Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelAXIS and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel [www.twitter.com/Marvel]!

Warwick Davis To Appear In Star Wars: Episode VII
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Via a video on YouTube, it was revealed that Warwick Davis will return to that galaxy far, far, away for Episode VII in 2015.

Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, as well as Weazel and Wald in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace­ is a staple at fan events including Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Warwick thanked his fans for their support via Twitter.

Disney Theatrical Head Discusses Frozen, Marvel, Star Wars
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In an in-depth interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney Theatrical head Tom Schumacher discusses several projects that have been discussed to be developed as a live event:

  • Regarding Frozen, they began development before the movie was released. Schumacher has a design concept and has begun talking to directors. He cautions, “it doesn’t need to be fast, it needs to be great.”
  • In addition they are working on The Princess Bride, Father of the Bride, and a transfer of London’s Shakespeare in Love play.
  • Schumacher has thought about adapting Toy Story  and Enchanted, but was unable to make the concepts work
  • Tom Schumacher has talked with Marvel about theatrical opportunities.
  • Regarding Star Wars, “There is a very interesting Lucas-oriented live event that could happen, but there’s no rush on that.”