Category Archives: Disney

Production Has Begun for The One and Only Ivan

Production has officially begun for The One and Only Ivan, a film based on the Newberry Medal award-winning children’s book by Katherine Applegate.   This will be a live-action/CG hybrid adaptation and filming is already underway at Pinewood Studios outside London.

Here’s what Disney has told us about the film so far:

  • The One and Only Ivan is based on the true story of a uniquely talented gorilla named Ivan who shares a communal habitat with other animals at a suburban shopping mall.
  • The film will explore the importance of friendship and the place we call home.
  • The film is directed by Thea Sharrock, has a screenplay by Mike White, and is produced by Angelina Jolie (Maleficent), the late Allison Shearmur (Solo: A Star Wars Story, Cinderella), and Brigham Taylor (Christopher Robin, The Jungle Book).
  • The amazing cast includes Bryan Cranston, Ramon Rodriguez, Ariana Greenblatt, Indira Varma, and Eleanor Matsuura. Characters’ voices will feature Jolie, Sam Rockwell, Brooklynn Prince, Helen Mirren, and Danny DeVito.

Stay tuned for more details!

Disney’s Phineas & Ferb Available in Its Entirety on DisneyNOW Beginning May 2

Disney’s global hit animated series “Phineas and Ferb” will be available in its entirety on DisneyNOW, beginning WEDNESDAY, MAY 2. The first season will be available for all users, while the subsequent three seasons will be available for verified users.

Disney XD will also air the entire “Phineas and Ferb” library – 126 episodes, seven one-hour specials and the record-breaking Disney Channel Original Movie “Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension – throughout the month of May. Episodes will air weekdays, beginning Tuesday, May 1 (5:00-8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT), leading into a “Phineas and Ferb” Memorial Day weekend marathon, Friday, May 25 (5:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) through Monday, May 28 (8:30 p.m. EDT/PDT).

The beloved Emmy® Award-winning series premiered on Disney Channel in 2008. In the U.S., it was TV’s #1 animated series among Tweens 9-14 and the #1 animated TV series in prime time among Kids 6-11 from 2008-2011.

The “Phineas and Ferb” voice cast includes Vincent Martella as Phineas Flynn; Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Ferb Fletcher; Ashley Tisdale as Candace Flynn; Mitchel Musso as Jeremy; Caroline Rhea as mom Linda Flynn-Fletcher; Richard O’Brien as dad Lawrence Fletcher; Dee Bradley Baker as Perry the Platypus; Alyson Stoner as Isabella; Jeff “Swampy” Marsh as Major Monogram and Dan Povenmire as the nefarious Dr. Doofenshmirtz.

“Phineas and Ferb” was created and executive produced by Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, and produced by Disney Television Animation.

Frozen on Broadway Nominated for Three Tony Awards

Since its debut, Frozen on Broadway has been  setting box office records, and now the new Broadway musical from Disney Theatrical continues its success with nominations for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Jennifer Lee), and Best Original Score (Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez). The stage production features 12 new songs which is twice as much music as the film.

Frozen on Broadway was also recognized with Best Musical nods from the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle this season!

Be sure to check out the official Frozen on Broadway trailer below.



Disney Junior Marks the First Kids Television Premiere in Space With a Screening of the Animated Series ‘Mission Force One’

Lauded for inspiring young viewer’s imaginations about space, science and technology, Disney Junior’s “Mission Force One,” the latest chapter of acclaimed series “Miles from Tomorrowland,” marked the first kids television premiere in space, when an episode entitled “The Space Station Situation” debuted to astronauts on board the International Space Station earlier this week. The episode, which features an exact replica of the space station using NASA’s original designs, was also shown at a private screening event at the nonprofit Space Center Houston, the official visitor center for NASA Johnson Space Center, this past weekend before making its television debut, MONDAY, MAY 7 (5:30-6:00 p.m. EDT), on Disney Junior  and in the DisneyNOW app.

In the episode, young adventurer Miles and his friends travel back in time to prevent the International Space Station from getting stuck in the future, with help from the astronauts on board. Revered space and science figures voicing themselves include NASA astronauts Scott Kelly, Jeanette Epps and Yvonne Cagle; the European Space Agency’s astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti from Italy; Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko; NASA space station flight director Holly Ridings; and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Randii Wessen, Diana Trujillo, Bobak Ferdowsi and Kevin Hand. Bill Nye recurs as Professor Rubicon and the episode also features GRAMMY® Award-winning, world-renowned banjo player Bela Fleck.

“Mission Force One” follows Miles Callisto as he leads a highly skilled team of friends, each with their own unique STEAM abilities, on exciting outer space expeditions. Experts from NASA, NASA’s JPL, the Space Tourism Society and Google serve as consultants on the series, which incorporates unique space and science facts into each storyline.

Created and executive produced by Emmy®-nominated Sascha Paladino (“Henry Hugglemonster”), the series is a production of Wild Canary in association with Disney Junior.

Nominees Announced for 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards

Camila Cabello, Meghan Trainor, Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran lead the nominations for the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA). Nominees for music’s biggest event for families were announced Monday during a #FriYAYLive nomination livestream, hosted by Radio Disney’s Morgan and DJ Lela B with special guests Jenna Ortega (“Stuck in the Middle”), singer-songwriter Carson Lueders and social media influencer Sofie Dossi. Recently named Radio Disney “NBT” artist JAGMAC was also featured and treated fans to two acoustic performances. Beginning today through SUNDAY, JUNE 3, fans from around the world can vote for the artists that they want to take home an “ARDY” across six voting platforms: Disney.com/RDMA, the Radio Disney app, the DisneyNOW app, Google Search Voting and Radio Disney’s Facebook and Twitter.

Radio Disney nominated top artists across 15 categories, including one new category, “Doubletap – Favorite Social Music Artist,” recognizing musical talent across social media platforms. The winners will be announced FRIDAY, JUNE 22, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, California. A special telecast of the sixth annual show, “2018 Radio Disney Music Awards,” will be presented, on SATURDAY, JUNE 23 (8:00 p.m., EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel as well as multiple Disney-branded platforms, including Radio Disney, the Radio Disney app, the DisneyNOW app and Disney.com/RDMA. Tickets for the RDMA are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com/RDMA.

In 2017, Justin Bieber, Kelsea Ballerini and Alessia Cara were among the top RDMA winners. Over 283 million votes from around the world were tallied last year. Social engagement was robust leading up to the show, amassing billions of impressions across prominent platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, the Radio Disney app and RadioDisney.com.

The 2018 RDMA is sponsored by new and returning clients from the automotive, toy, food and entertainment categories, including Aquabeads®, Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Goldfish® crackers, KRAFT® Macaroni and Cheese Shapes, Nintendo’s Mario Tennis Aces video game on the Nintendo Switch system and The Walt Disney Studios. Den of Thieves, the production company that has delivered some of the biggest moments in live event television, returns for the fourth consecutive year to produce the 2018 RDMA.