‘Big Hero 6 The Series’ Premieres on Disney Channel June 9

The Series Will Launch During with a Premiere Weekend Event June 9 & 10

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Disney’s animated “Big Hero 6 The Series” will launch with a premiere weekend event, featuring two back-to-back episodes on both SATURDAY, JUNE 9 and SUNDAY, JUNE 10 (9:00-10:00 a.m. EDT/PDT), on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel VOD platforms. Following the premiere weekend, episodes will debut every Saturday through September.

Emmy® Award-nominated Christy Carlson Romano reunites with the creative team of the global hit Disney Channel series “Kim Possible” – Emmy Award-winning producers Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley and Nick Filippi – when she guest stars as bot-fighter Trina.

Additional guest voice cast includes celebrity chefs Gordon Ramsay and Alton Brown as cooking competition participant Bolton Gramercy and host Yum Laboughé, respectively; Daniel Henney (“Criminal Minds”) and James Cromwell (“The Young Pope”) reprise their feature film roles as Hiro’s brother Tadashi and Professor Callaghan, respectively; Susan Sullivan (“Castle”) as Fred’s mother; John Michael Higgins (“Pitch Perfect”) as Fred’s sidekick robot Mini-Max; Diedrich Bader (“American Housewife”) as pompous local TV reporter Bluff Dunder; Sean Giambrone (“The Goldbergs”) as Fred’s geeky archrival Richardson Mole; Naoko Mori (“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”) as thief-for-hire Momakase; Lucas Neff (“Raising Hope”) as fast-food mascot Noodle Burger Boy; and Mara Wilson (“Matilda”) as self-made billionaire Liv Amara.

Executive producers McCorkle and Schooley said, “The ‘Big Hero 6 The Series’ crew has been busy cooking up exciting new adventures for Hiro, his best friend Baymax and the rest of the Big Hero 6 team as they continue their journey together in San Fransokyo. We cannot wait for the audience to come along for the fast and funny ride.”

“Big Hero 6 The Series,” based on the Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Academy Award®-winning feature film, continues the adventures and friendship of 14-year-old tech genius Hiro, his compassionate, cutting-edge robot Baymax and their friends Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Go Go and Fred as they form the legendary superhero team Big Hero 6 and embark on high-tech adventures as they protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains. In his normal day-to-day life, Hiro faces daunting academic challenges and social trials as the new prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.

Beginning Thursday, May 31, shorts featuring Baymax will debut across Disney Channel, DisneyNOW and Disney Channel YouTube. A line of consumer products will be available on shopDisney.com on May 1, at Disney store on June 1 and at retailers nationwide on July 1. A DVD from Walt Disney Studios titled “Big Hero 6 The Series: Back in Action!” will be released on June 26.

The “Big Hero 6 The Series” voice cast is Maya Rudolph as Aunt Cass; Ryan Potter as Hiro; Scott Adsit as Baymax; Jamie Chung as Go Go; Alan Tudyk as Alistair Krei; Khary Payton as Wasabi; Genesis Rodriguez as Honey Lemon; Brooks Wheelan as Fred; David Shaughnessy as Heathcliff; and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee as Fred’s dad. Recurring guest voice cast includes Jenifer Lewis as Professor Granville; Haley Tju as Karmi; Andrew Scott as Obake; and Andy Richter as Globby.

In addition to McCorkle and Schooley, Emmy Award-winning Nick Filippi serves as executive producer and supervising director. The series is a production of Disney Television Animation and carries a TVY7-FV parental guideline.

About Big Hero 6

From the studio that created “Frozen,” “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” the Academy Award-winning “Big Hero 6” is the 54th animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film was inspired by the Marvel comic created by Man of Action. The action-packed comedy centers on the special bond that develops between an inflatable robot and a young prodigy as they and their close friends seek to solve a mystery that threatens the city of San Fransokyo. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams and produced by Roy Conli, “Big Hero 6” was released in October 2014 and became the biggest animated film of the year with over $657 million worldwide. In addition to being named Best Animated Picture by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it was nominated for Golden Globe, Critics Choice and BAFTA awards, and was the recipient of five Visual Effects Society Awards, the most ever for an animated feature, as well as a Cinema Audio Society Award and a Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie. 

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Too Dark For Disney? Behind The Deleted and Edited Scenes of Lilo & Stitch

What exactly is “too much” for a young audience? How do we possibly figure out what could be too sensitive to viewers of a movie or television show? I guess there isn’t any particular test to measure just how many people would find a certain piece of media offensive or triggering. As a company, business or even an individual, it is essential to keep in mind whether your content could have aspects that may be too sensitive for some of your viewers. With a conglomerate like Disney, it’s understandable that they have made the decisions to delete certain scenes in their movies. Disney releases movies and television series that everyone of all backgrounds can enjoy. At the end of the day, it’s appropriate to make changes to certain scenes that are not family friendly.

While scrolling endlessly on Twitter, I got to discover a side of Lilo & Stitch that I have never seen before. We all know the 2002 film for being the heartwarming story of a little girl named Lilo finding companionship in an extraterrestrial fugitive, who was originally supposed to cause chaos and destruction. Something that sounds so menacing is actually a classic that was and is still loved by many. The film was so successful that it led to three spin-off films, three television series, video games, merchandise and more. Surprisingly, but at the same time unsurprisingly, Lilo & Stitch has received some negative reviews from unhappy parents who think the movie is too violent for their kids. It really makes you wonder what level of outrage that would’ve ensued if Disney would’ve kept the deleted and edited scenes as is.

Luckily I discovered Twitter user @TristanACooper‘s thread on the scenes that never made it to the movie and the ones edited to appear less violent.

He includes other scenes that had to be edited such as the 747 plane hijacking scene, where the plane ended up crashing into buildings. I was appalled because I had never heard of such scene, and there’s a huge reason why. I decided to dive more into it and came across this haunting video by Vox media. This very moment was cut completely due to the obvious reason that the movie was released months after 9/11 and would appear triggering to anyone affected by the tragedy. The 747 airliner was changed to an alien craft and the city buildings were switched into Hawaiian mountains. The original ending was including on the special edition DVD.

Other than avoiding the outrage behind scenes following tragic events, it seems that Disney also dodged a topic that was probably too real for them. Here’s a deleted scene of Lilo experiencing racism from obnoxious tourists then playing a prank on them.

This scene shows Lilo & Stitch walking as tourists drive by them and ask for directions to the beach in the most obnoxious way possible. “Ay, you speak English? Which way to the beach?” Yes, go ahead and assume that she doesn’t speak English and proceed to ask for directions in the most bigoted way possible. This is a scene that I just do not understand the reason behind it being deleted. If anything it would have educated the viewers and gave them a sense of reality of how racist and obnoxious tourists can be towards natives in their own land.

As I stated above, there have been some angry parents that are leaving negative reviews of how violent Lilo & Stitch was for their kids. If they think the final released product was “violent”, then they would have really raged seeing this next deleted clip. Stitch, otherwise known as experiment 626, main purpose for being created was to turn the world upside down in mass destruction, but at the most part he was the sweet creature who loved and stood by Lilo. That’s what we all love about Stitch right?

Well take a look at this horrifying moment that shows a more evil and sadistic side of the lovable extraterrestrial character. I am just really shocked and lost for words that this was even thought of being included in the film.

Lilo’s introduces Stitch to her other best friend Pudge the fish, but things get dark real fast. Stitch smacks Pudge out of Lilo’s hands and a flock of birds come and attack Lilo and Pudge. Instead of listening to his friends cries of help, Stitch just stands there smiling and watching Pudge die. To show Stitch being this heartless is truly disturbing and I am more than glad that this scene was cut.

If this wasn’t an eye-opening experience then I don’t know what is. Though learning the dark side of one of Disney’s most successful movies is hardly anything new, it’s still so mind blowing. While this hasn’t changed my positive perception of Lilo and Stitch, seeing what didn’t make it into the movie and the reasons behind it is just so fascinating. I find that all the deleted and edited scenes besides the racism one, have a sort of common theme of violence. What can you possibly expect from a movie about an extraterrestrial creature created for the purpose of evil? I am still glad that Disney toned it down a bit. To reprise the question asked before: What exactly is “too much” for a young audience? I guess we have a better understanding now.


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Disney Will Release Gravity Falls: The Complete Series on DVD, Blu-ray July 24

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Gravity Falls:
The Complete Series

Beloved Disney Series Available
as a Complete Series Box Set on
Blu-ray and DVD for the First Time
July 24th, 2018 from Shout! Factory

This summer, pack your bags and get ready to join Dipper and Mabel on their adventures in the enigmatic town of Gravity Falls! On July 24th, 2018, Shout! Factory will release Gravity Falls: The Complete Series, featuring all 40 episodes of Disney’s hit Emmy Award-winning series, available for the first time in a Complete Series box set.

Created by Alex Hirsch, Gravity Falls airs on Disney Channel and Disney XD. The series stars Hirsch, Jason Ritter (Kevin (Probably) Saves the World), Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers, The Last Man on Earth) and Linda Cardellini (Bloodline, Freaks and Geeks), along with a plethora of celebrity guest stars, including Mark Hamill, J.K Simmons, Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Chelsea Peretti, and Nathan Fillion. Adored by critics and fans alike, Gravity Falls has developed a passionate fan base for its quirky yet endearing portrayal of the wonder and magic of childhood adventures.

Available on Blu-ray and DVD, The Complete Series will be available in two editions. The Collector’s Edition will be a seven-disc box set that includes an entire disc of bonus features, including brand-new bonus content created specifically for this release. There will also be a six-disc retail edition that includes all 40 episodes of the series, but does not include the bonus feature disc. Bonus features are in-progress, and will be announced at a future date. Fans of the series can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com

Inspired by Hirsch’s real-life adventures with his twin sister, Gravity Falls follows twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines on an adventure of a lifetime when they spend the summer with their great uncle, Grunkle Stan, in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon.

But there may be more to Gravity Falls than meets the eye, as Dipper and Mabel encounter strange occurrences and weird creatures. When Dipper stumbles upon a mysterious book, he discovers it is the answer to uncovering the town’s mysterious happenings. Soon, Dipper and Mabel realize they must rely on each other to navigate this unfamiliar place. Meanwhile, Grunkle Stan guards a secret of his own-one that just might hold the key to unlocking the deeper mystery that is Gravity Falls.

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‘The Rocketeer’ Animated Reboot in Production for Disney Junior

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Disney Junior has begun production on “The Rocketeer,” a new animated adventure series for young kids and their families slated to debut in 2019. Inspired by Dave Stevens’ popular comic book series, “The Rocketeer” follows Kit, a young girl who receives a surprise package on her birthday revealing she’s next in line to become the Rocketeer, a legendary superhero who has the ability to fly with the help of a rocket-powered jet pack. Armed with her cool new gear and secret identity, Kit is ready to take flight and save the day with her gadget-minded best friend, Tesh, and airplane mechanic uncle, Ambrose, who join her on her epic adventures. The announcement was made today by Joe D’Ambrosia, senior vice president, Original Programming, Disney Junior.

D’Ambrosia said, “We are very excited to introduce ‘The Rocketeer’ to our young Disney Junior audience. The vast storytelling found in the original comic books provides the perfect opportunity to create an exciting new adventure series told from a young girl superhero perspective that the whole family can enjoy together.”

Geared towards kids 2-7 and their families, each episode of “The Rocketeer” will feature two 11-minute stories and include an original song. Nicole Dubuc (“Transformers: Rescue Bots”) is executive producer. The series will be produced by Wild Canary in association with Disney Junior.

Disney Channel Greenlights Two Animated Series ‘Amphibia’ and ‘The Owl House’

Disney Channel has ordered two original animated series – “Amphibia,” from Annie Award-winning director Matt Braly (Disney’s “Gravity Falls”), and “The Owl House,” from Dana Terrace, one of Variety’s “10 Animators to Watch,” whose credits include Disney’s “DuckTales” and “Gravity Falls.” Both series, slated to premiere in 2019, are produced by award-winning Disney Television Animation (TVA). The announcement was made today by Eric Coleman, senior vice president, Original Programming and general manager, Disney Television Animation.

The network has also ordered a season four pickup for Disney TVA’s Annie Award-nominated “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” from creator Daron Nefcy.

Coleman said, “‘Amphibia’ and ‘The Owl House’ are both set in wildly imaginative worlds and share hallmarks of great Disney storytelling, including fantastical elements and memorable characters. Matt and Dana each bring a unique sensibility to their shows unlike anything else on TV right now.”

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Amphibia” is a comedy series that chronicles the adventures of 13-year-old, self-centered Anne Boonchuy who is magically transported to the fictitious world of Amphibia, a rural marshland full of frog-people. With the help of an excitable young frog named Sprig, Anne will transform into a hero and discover the first true friendship of her life. Braly serves as executive producer.

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Executive-produced by Terrace, “The Owl House” is a horror-comedy series that follows Luz, a self-assured teenage human girl who accidentally stumbles upon a portal to the Demon Realm where she befriends a rebellious witch, Eda, and an adorably tiny warrior, King. Despite not having magical abilities, Luz pursues her dream of becoming a witch by serving as Eda’s apprentice at the Owl House and ultimately finds a new family in an unlikely setting.

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The fourth season of “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” will follow teen princess from another dimension Star Butterfly (voiced by Eden Sher) and her best friend Marco Diaz (voiced by Adam McArthur) as they continue their adventures in Mewni and explore new dimensions. However, as things change in the royal palace Star will soon learn that running the kingdom is far more complicated than she once thought. Nefcy serves as executive producer. In its third season, “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” ranks as Disney XD’s #1 series in Kids 6-11 and Kids 9-14. The hardcover book “Star vs. the Forces of Evil: The Magic Book of Spells,” created by Disney Press, will be released in July 2018.

Disney Junior’s Muppet Babies Reboot Premieres March 23

Disney Junior’s reimagined “Muppet Babies” will premiere FRIDAY, MARCH 23 with two back-to-back episodes on Disney Channel (10:00 a.m. EDT) and in the DisneyNOW app. The series’ soundtrack featuring the theme song, performed by Tony Award®-winner Renée Elise Goldsberry (“Hamilton”), and additional songs from the series will be released digitally by Walt Disney Records tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 23.


Based on the original Emmy® Award-winning series, the all-new CG-animated “Muppet Babies” chronicles the hilarious playroom antics of the young Kermit the Frog, Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal and brand-new Muppet Baby, Summer Penguin. The series will feature guest appearances by fan-favorite Muppets including: Statler and Waldorf, Bunsen and Beaker, Rowlf the Dog, Rizzo and Dr. Teeth.

Set in the vibrant playroom of an urban brownstone with an expansive backyard, the Muppet Babies have everything they need at their fingertips to lead them on their fantastical adventures. The backyard alone is home to Kermit’s bouncy “pond,” Piggy’s dressing room, Summer’s art table, Gonzo’s chicken coop, Fozzie’s stage and a communal treehouse. In every episode, through a rainbow transition, the Muppet Babies use their imaginations to transport them into a fantasy sequence, each with a distinct style ranging from collage, comic book and classic cartoons to live-action footage. While spotlighting the zany comedy that the Muppet Babies are known for, each story is also designed to introduce young viewers to the unique problem-solving power of imagination.

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The “Muppet Babies” voice cast includes Jenny Slate (Disney’s Academy Award-winning “Zootopia”) as Miss Nanny; Melanie Harrison (“Fish Hooks”) as Piggy; Dee Bradley Baker (“Milo Murphy’s Law”) as Animal; Ben Diskin (“The Spectacular Spider-Man”) as Gonzo; Eric Bauza (“The Adventures of Puss in Boots”) as Fozzie; Jessica DiCicco (“Puppy Dog Pals”) as Summer; and rounding out the cast as Kermit is Matt Danner (“Gravity Falls”), who also serves as supervising director on the series.

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“Muppet Babies” is a co-production between Disney Junior, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media’s (DCPI) Publishing and Digital Media group, and The Muppets Studio. Tom Warburton (Disney’s “The 7D”) is executive producer and Emmy Award-winner Eric Shaw (“SpongeBob SquarePants”) is story editor and co-producer. Andy Bean (“Puppy Dog Pals”) serves as the series’ songwriter/composer and Keith Horn (Disney’s “The 7D”) is co-composer.

The Incredibles 2 Trailer Is Here: Elastigirl Is Front and Center

June 15th is so close yet so far away. Since The Incredibles 2 was first announced, the superhero family has became the center of the conversation in animation, and there’s no doubt that it will be the biggest animated feature of the year.

Luckily fans got to indulge in the big trailer that Disney/PixarPixar has just dropped during the 2018 Winter Olympics! Fourteen years after the prequel that made us fall in love with the suburban yet heroic family, Bob “Mr, Incredible”, Helen “Elastigirl, Violet, Dash & Jack-Jack are back with more adventures on their hands. While “Elastigirl” is out fighting crime and campaigning for the return of supers, Mr. Incredible may be facing the biggest challenge back at home, watching the kids and discovering baby Jack-Jack’s secret powers.

In July 2017, director Brad Bird announced that Elastigirl will be the focus of the sequel. Back in 2015 he explained to CinemaBlend about why the film will not “comment on modern superhero movies”.

“I don’t think that kind of idea stays interesting for very long. You can kind of get a cheap laugh for the moment. I think you want to go longer range than that.”

Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 will be in theaters on June 15, 2018, one year earlier than its original release date.

Annie Awards 2018: See the Full List of Winners

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It’s a big night in animation because the 45th annual Annie Awards is honoring and celebrating some of most notable television shows and features in animation. The ceremony took place at the University of California, Los Angeles Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California.

Presenters included Glen Keane, Russi Taylor, Jerry Beck, EG Daily, Debi Derryberry, Tom Kenny and many more big names in animation. James Baxter, Stephen Hillenburg,  Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby were honored with the Winsor McCay awards. Disney Historian Didier Ghez was honored with the June Foray award this year. Disney Pixar’s Coco dominated this year by winning every award it was nominated for. Congrats to all of the winners tonight!

1. Best Animated Feature

COCO | PIXAR ANIMATIONS STUDIOS

2. Best Animated Feature-Independent

THE BREADWINNER | CARTOON SALOON, AIRCRAFT PICTURES, MELUSINE PRODUCTIONS

3. Best Animated Special Production

REVOLTING RHYMES | MAGIC LIGHT PICTURES

4. Best Animated Short Subject

DEAR BASKETBALL | GLEN KEANE PRODUCTIONS, KOBE STUDIOS, BELIEVE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP

5. Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial

JUNE | BROAD REACH PICTURES, CHROMOSPHERE, LYFT

6. Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children

OCTONAUTS | VAMPIRE SQUID PRODUCTIONS LIMITED, A SILVERGATE MEDIA COMPANY, IN ASSOCIATION WITH BROWN BAG FILMS

7. Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children

WE BARE BEARS | CARTOON NETWORK ANIMATION STUDIOS

8. Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production

RICK AND MORTY | WILLIAMS STREET PRODUCTIONS 

9. Best Student Film

POLES APART | PALOMA BAEZA

10. Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an Animated Production

COCO | PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, SHAUN GALINAK, DAVE HALE, JASON JOHNSTON, CARL KAPHAN, KEITH DANIEL KLOHN

11. Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production

TROLLHUNTERS | BRUNO CHIOU, YI-FAN CHO, KEVIN JONG, CHUN-JUNG CHU

12. Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production

COCO | JON CHUN CHIU LEE

13. Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES | DANIEL BARRETT, SIDNEY KOMBO-KINTOMBO, EMILE GHORAYEB, LUISMA LAVIN PEREDO, ALESSANDRO BONORA

14. Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Video Game

CUPHEAD | HANNA ABI-HANNA

15. Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production

SAMURAI JACK | CRAIG KELLMAN 

16. Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production

COCO | DANIEL ARRIAGA, DANIELA STRIJLEVA, GREG DYKSTRA, ALONSO MARTINEZ, ZARUHI GALSTYAN

17. Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production

DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE | DAVE WASSON, EDDIE TRIGUEROS, ALONSO RAMIREZ-RAMOS

18. Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production

COCO | LEE UNKRICH, ADRIAN MOLINA 

19. Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production

DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE | CHRISTOPHER WILLIS 

20. Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production

COCO | MICHAEL GIACCHINO, KRISTIN ANDERSON-LOPEZ, ROBERT LOPEZ, GERMAINE FRANCO, ADRIAN MOLINA

21. Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production

SAMURAI JACK | SCOTT WILLS

22. Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

COCO | HARLEY JESSUP, DANIELLE FEINBERG, BRYN IMAGIRE, NATHANIEL MCLAUGHLIN, ERNESTO NEMESIO

23. Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production

DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE | STORYBOARD ARTIST: EDDIE TRIGUEROS

24. Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

COCO | STORYBOARD ARTIST: DEAN KELLY

25. Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production

SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS | TOM KENNY

26. Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production

COCO | ANTHONY GONZALEZ 

27. Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production

RICK AND MORTY | RYAN RIDLEY, DAN GUTERMAN

28. Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production

COCO | ADRIAN MOLINA, MATTHEW ALDRICH

29. Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production

SAMURAI JACK | PAUL DOUGLAS 

30. Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

“COCO” | STEVE BLOOM, LEE UNKRICH, GREG SNYDER, TIM FOX

 

Star vs. The Forces of Evil Is Powerful and Progressive

What can we expect from a show that features a female lead from another dimension with powers, characters with strong personalities and constant development, and also the inclusion of characters with different backgrounds? Well this show just may have been the powerful gold ticket to bring Disney back to the A-game. A for animated that is. Not to mention a truly entertaining plot and characters that you just can’t help becoming attached to. Star vs The Forces of Evil is just as powerful as the main character herself.

As it may have been too obvious to point out at the time, I do feel like both Disney networks (Disney Channel and Disney XD) have went through a dry-spell period regarding cartoons. Most new cartoons that did premiere were often given the cancelled treatment far too soon. A majority of acquired programming were quickly pulled from Disney XD in 2017. I was worried for the future of the channel. Let’s not forget that Disney XD was the replacement for “Toon Disney” back in the day. Toon Disney was a place for the cartoons of Disney to have a center stage. I didn’t expect the new channel to live up to the expectations of those who watched Toon Disney, but I did not want to see animated series being abandoned or looked as an afterthought. But in the past three years or so, I saw a positive shift in the network towards creating more original animated series, and I feel that it truly started with Star vs. The Forces of Evil.

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Premiering in 2015 and created by Daron Leah Nefcy, Star vs The Forces of Evil began with a Star Butterfly, a princess from another dimension who found herself in a major whoopsie when she accidentally sets fire to her family’s castle. Star is sent to Earth by her parents to complete her magic training as a foreign exchange student. She then meets Marco Diaz, who becomes a guidance in her life and a sort of voice of reason. Marco is always protective over Star, and vice versa. It kind of pushes the predictions that the two may end up together in the series one day. For now, Marco will just have to deal with Star’s current boyfriend Tom Lucitor, a demon prince from the underworld with anger issues he tries to control. Princess Star possess powers strong enough to fight off, well, evil of course. She always finds herself fighting off her number one enemy Ludo and his army, though sometimes she is willing to cooperate with him. Star is always accompanied by her Mewni best friend Pony Head, who’s so possessive of their friendship she often treats Marco poorly in the process.

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After Star vs. The Forces of Evil’s premiere it became Disney XD’s #1 animated series ever with 1.2 million viewers. The series has average-to-high ratings and quite positive reviews for it, as it should. As a series, Star vs. The Forces of Evil is powerful and gives off a strong message. It features characters of different ethnicities, personalities, and even sexualities. Early 2017, the show featured Disney’s first ever same-sex kiss(es) on any series, during the 39th episode “Just Friends” in the second season.

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It was very brave and awesome of the creator to provide representation for young people a part of the LGBTQ+ community. It’s also worth mentioning that the creator Daron Leah Nefcy is the second woman ever to create an animated Disney series. The progressive content of this series didn’t stop there of course.

 

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More recently in November 2017, Star vs. The Forces of Evil premiered an episode that featured Marco in disguise as a princess. Later when he is outed as a boy, that didn’t stop other princesses from continuing to defend him.

“That doesn’t prove anything! Princesses can be hairy!”

“Why does it matter if he’s a boy?”

“He can be a princess if he wants to”

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BRAVO! Score 1000 for Disney and the SVTFOE team. This series is doing a brilliant job of representation and being groundbreaking. It was renewed for a fourth season in 2017 so we will get to see more of Star, Marco, Tom & the others hopefully very soon.

‘Coco’, ‘The Boss Baby’ & More Animated Features Nominated for Oscars 2018

The Oscars 2018 nominations are in – and we’re excited to see which animated films made it. The year of 2017 had a number of animated feature films that left impressions among the masses, and it’s their time to shine at the 90th annual Academy Awards. No matter the winner, we are thrilled to announce that these films have been nominated for Best Animated Feature Film:


The Breadwinner

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Directed by Nora Twomey, is the story of 11-year Parvana who’s living in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan with her family. She must dress as a boy in order to support her mother and sister, after her father was unjustly arrested. The film is based on Deborah Ellis’ best-selling novel. It’s world premiere was at Toronto’s International Film Festival in September 2017.

Coco

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Though music is banned in this family, that doesn’t stop 12-year-old Miguel Rivera from achieving his dreams to become a musician. Coco became the highest-grossing film of all-time in Mexico the following week of its premiere. As of January 21, 2018, the film has  grossed $656.7 million worldwide and received much praise for its representation of Mexican culture.

Ferdinand

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Ferdinand is the story of a young bull who just wants to live a peaceful existence. But after he ditched his bull training camp in Spain, his peace comes crashing down when his captors come after him. Directed by Carlos Saldanha and released on December 15, 2017, Ferdinand has grossed a worldwide total of $234.8 million in box office sales.

The Boss Baby

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Tim Templeton tells his story of how his 7-year-old self dealt a unordinary life of having a baby brother with the voice of an adult man and the salary of one too. The Boss Baby stars Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel and more. The film grossed at $498.9 million worlwide despite mixed reviews.

Loving Vincent

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Loving Vincent is the world’s first painted featured film, and the story surrounds the mystery behind Vincent van Gogh’s death in 1890. Interesting enough, the film was done by 125 painters and they used the same technique as Van Gogh. The film was directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, and premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

Congrats to all of the nominees!