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Meet the heroes -- and superheroes -- of Disney XD's 'Mighty Med': EXCLUSIVE

What do you get when you cross S.H.I.E.L.D. with ER? A pile of initials — and something like the premise of Mighty Med, Disney XD’s upcoming live-action comedy series.

The show follows the adventures of regular teens — a.k.a. “Normos” — Kaz (Bradley Steven Perry of Good Luck Charlie) and Oliver (Jake Short of A.N.T. Farm), who score jobs at a secret hospital that treats sci-fi and fantasy characters… including superheroes. The tagline: They’re saving the people who save the people.

In episode 1, the boys first discover the entrance to Mighty Med and meet a roster of colorful characters, including hospital chief Horace Diaz, his meddling telekinetic nephew Alan, and teenage superheroine Skylar Storm. Get a glimpse of Skylar in action — as well as the show’s two “normos” — in the exclusive clip below.


Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Tom Cavanagh headline Disney Junior's 'Lucky Duck'

Two Smashing Broadway stars — and one Royal Pain — will star in Disney Junior’s first-ever original movie, an animated musical called Lucky Duck.

The film stars Tony winner Christian Borle as Lucky, a spirited rubber duck in search of a new home. Over the course of his journey, he meets new friends including sassy hippo Flo (Hilty, currently co-starring on Sean Saves the World) and cautious turtle Snap (Cavanagh, perhaps still best known as NBC’s Ed). Don Kim of The Adventures of Chuck and Friends directs; WGA Award-winner Michael G. Stern wrote the script, while Rick Garcia and William Malpede of Rango composed its music.

“We’re eager to introduce young kids and their parents to our first Disney Junior Original Movie, an exciting adventure with a heart-warming message about never giving up despite all odds,” Joe D’Ambrosia, Disney Junior’s Vice President of Original Programming, said in a statement.

The film is slated to premiere on Disney Junior next summer.

Disney XD and the NBA team up for second annual 'Pranksgiving' -- EXCLUSIVE

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year… for mischievous puppets, anyway.

On Monday, November 4, Disney XD will premiere its second annual “Pranksgiving” programming event. And this year, a few new faces have been drafted to make Pranksgiving even bigger and better: NBA stars Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets) and DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers), who will form a special “pranking crew” with purple-skinned imp Crash of Crash & Bernstein.


'Jessie,' 'Shake It Up' prepare for Disney Channel's 'Monstober' -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGES

Get ready for a month-long monster mash.

Tomorrow, Disney Channel will launch its annual 31-day celebration of all things spooky — an event affectionately nicknamed “Monstober.” Highlights this year include Jessie‘s third season premiere, the premiere of spooky British import Wolfblood, and a creepy Toy Story special. As you can see from the photo above, Monstober will also feature a Halloween-themed episode of Shake It Up.

Click through for a full Monstober lineup — as well as sneak peeks at spooky episodes of both Jessie and Liv and Maddie. All times listed are ET. READ FULL STORY

'Little Mermaid' Blu-ray: Howard Ashman explains the moment you fell in love with Ariel -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Younger generations might take Disney animation for granted today, but The Little Mermaid maintains a special place in the heart of moviegoers who were around to experience it in theaters in 1989. Who Framed Roger Rabbit had opened the industry’s eyes just the year before to the renewed potential of animation, but Disney, which had barely survived a hostile takeover a few years earlier, hadn’t attempted a fairy tale — its bread and butter — in 30 years. The Little Mermaid wasn’t just a return to form; it represented an entirely new artistic template that melded superior storytelling with Broadway-caliber music, courtesy of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.

The duo came to Disney’s attention after their off-Broadway hit, Little Shop of Horrors, and Ashman, in particular, gave voice to this new Disney spirit. “Howard was from a different world,” says co-writer and co-director John Musker, who along with Ron Clements, was part of a new wave of ambitious young Disney animators. “He was kind of a chain-smoking theater guy. And we were non-smoking, California, low-key, animation guys, and it was an interesting mix of our sensibilities. Howard was kind of mentor for us, in terms of the way he approached the songs and his thinking behind the songs.”

The Little Mermaid became a box-office hit and earned two Oscars for its music. Menken and Ashman went on to work on Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film to score a Best Picture nod, and they’d started writing songs for Aladdin when Ashman died in 1991 from complications related to AIDS. He was only 40 years old.

In the new Diamond Edition Blu-ray for The Little Mermaid, which comes out on Tuesday, Disneyphiles can view rare footage of Ashman as he gives a lunchtime lecture to the staff during the making of that pivotal film. In it, he explains the essential importance of what he calls the girl’s “I Want Song” — the crucial tune where the heroine “plunks herself down on a tree-trunk somewhere to sing about what she dreams about.”

“It’s a really unique document nowadays because there isn’t that much footage of Howard and certainly of Howard explaining his working process,” says Musker. “It’s a really great clip.”

Click below to see an exclusive portion of Ashman’s lecture and the voice of Ariel, Jodi Benson, as she explains working with him on Mermaid‘s “I Want Song,” “Part of Your World.” READ FULL STORY

'Dog With a Blog': Get a sneak peek at season 2 -- EXCLUSIVE


Growing up isn’t easy — even when your BFF is a wisecracking dog with his very own URL.

That’s the general gist of “Too Short,” the first episode of Dog With a Blog‘s second season. As the title implies, the story revolves around height-challenged Avery (G. Hannelius), who heads back to school only to find that she’s the only one who didn’t have a growth spurt over the summer. Thankfully, Avery’s well-intentioned mother Ellen (Beth Littleford) is there to make the kid feel better about her shortcomings.

Well, maybe not. “I run into the living room, find her sitting on the couch, and say, ‘Honey, I hear you’re having issues. With your body. Let’s talk. Why don’t you just point to a part of your body… and we’ll talk about it?'” Littleford tells EW, laughing. “Just Just incredibly awkward… And of course, she screams and runs away.” Watch that cringe-inducing moment below:

'30 Rock' star Jack McBrayer talks his new Disney cartoon 'Wander Over Yonder' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Between its ridiculous situations, zany cutaway gags, and outlandish characters, 30 Rock may as well have been a live-action cartoon. So it seems appropriate that Disney Channel’s newest cartoon stars an alum of Tina Fey’s sitcom: Jack McBrayer, a.k.a. cheery, ambiguously immortal NBC page Kenneth Ellen Parcell.

McBrayer plays the title character of Wander Over Yonder, a wide-eyed “intergalactic traveler and constant do-gooder” whose adventures take him across the universe — and constantly set him against the wicked Lord Hater, a petulant avatar of everything that’s wrong with Internet culture. Animation fans should be impressed by the series’ pedigree: Powerpuff Girls architect Craig McCracken created and executive-produces Wander, while My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic developer Lauren Faust serves as co-producer and story editor. (Faust and McCracken also happen to be married.) The show premieres Friday at 9 p.m. ET on the Disney Channel.

Which classic characters inspired McBrayer’s latest performance — and what’s the secret to his unflagging energy? Find out in our interview below.

'The Little Mermaid' returns to theaters with a new-millennium twist: iPads allowed

Now you can literally be part of Ariel’s world with Disney’s new The Little Mermaid app. The animated classic will play in select theaters beginning Sept. 20 with a new rule: tablets allowed.

Disney created an app called Second Screen Live especially for The Little Mermaid, in which viewers can “interact with the film, play games, sing along, find new surprises, and compete with the audience,” according to their website. It seems that Disney has caught on to the trend of how we tend to watch movies and TV these days anyhow — while constantly checking our devices. Apparently, viewers will be able to watch Ariel, Flounder, and Sebastian while playing against other moviegoers on their device. Now if only the app included Prince Eric’s phone number …

Here’s Disney’s trailer for The Little Mermaid Second Screen Live:

'Liv & Maddie': New exclusive clip from Disney Channel's twin-com

What freaky twin thing?

There’s a new generation of lookalike blonds invading Disney Channel this fall: Liv and Maddie, a pair of polar opposites who just happen to be twin sisters. Mary-Kate Maddie is a wry, down-to-earth basketball star; Ashley Liv is a glamorous ex-TV star getting used to life as a regular kid. In this case, both girls are played by one actress: 17-year-old Dove Cameron, previously seen in bit parts on Shameless and The Mentalist. (She’s also got quite a voice.)

Get a sneak peek at the series premiere in the clip below, which shows the gals sharing some twin time. Maybe next they’ll discover that they both love Oreos dipped in peanut butter!


Disney's 'Sofia the First' meets Princess Belle -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Princesses helping princesses, y’all. Through the magic of song!

In this Friday’s episode of Sofia the First, the title character finds herself in a royal pickle after being struck by a mysterious curse. (The hex comes after Sofia brags to her friends — life lessons, anyone?) There’s only one person who can help the pint-size princess break the spell: bookish Belle, a.k.a. the Beauty of Beauty and the Beast.

Sure, it’s a little jarring to see the classic heroine rendered in computer animation. But isn’t more Belle always a good thing?

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