Moms, Disney Junior has Valentine’s Day Fun for Your Kids with Doc McStuffins and Handy Manny

Happy Valentine’s from Doc McStuffins and Handy Manny

Doc McStuffins” episode titled “My Huggy Valentine,” Doc receives a stuffed Valentine’s Day heart named Val as a gift and Lambie gets jealous because she thinks Doc likes her new toy better. After diagnosing Lambie with “splitheartitis,” Doc reassures her that no one could ever take her place. Watch “Doc McStuffins” on the Disney Channel and on Disney Junior.

DOC, VAL

DOC, VAL

DOC, VAL, LAMBIE

DOC, VAL, LAMBIE

Watch on Valentine’s Day

Handy Manny” episode, Manny wants to ask longtime friend Kelly to a Valentine’s Day party. With a little help from the tools, he finally works up the courage and asks her to attend Mrs. Portillo’s party with him. The episode titled “Valentine’s Day Party” premieres Thursday, February 14 at 10:30 a.m., ET/PT on Disney Channel and 6:00 p.m., ET/PT on Disney Junior.

MANNY, SQUEEZE, FELIPE, PAT, STRETCH, RUSTY, TURNER, FLICKER, DUSTY

MANNY, SQUEEZE, FELIPE, PAT, STRETCH, RUSTY, TURNER, FLICKER, DUSTY

KELLY, MANNY

KELLY, MANNY

PHOTO CREDIT ©DISNEY CHANNEL/PLAYHOUSE DISNEY

Disney’s D23 Expo – Day 3 Wrap Up with Cast of “Shake it Up” “Pair of Kings” “Special Agent Oso” and More

The day is over and fans here in Anaheim are forever more changed with this year’s D23 Expo. Here’s how the rest of the day played out at this ultimate Fan event. If you missed this Expo and want to stay in the loop all year round, be sure to join D23 Fan Club for insights into the latest happenings at Disney and subscribe to our blog to see the latest in movie information including clips and photos.

Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer shares what’s new in this video clip

Wilmer Valderrama and Sean Astin

Special Agent Oso meets Handy Manny!

WILMER VALDERRAMA, SEAN ASTIN

WILMER VALDERRAMA, SEAN ASTIN

Special Agent Oso

Fans got to see and meet Sean Astin, who is also the voice of Special Agent Oso, along with character appearances from the show.

Sean Astin from Disney Junior's "Special Agent Oso"

Sean Astin from Disney Junior's "Special Agent Oso"

Sean Astin from Disney Junior's "Special Agent Oso"

Sean Astin from Disney Junior's "Special Agent Oso"

Pair of Kings

Fans got to meet and greet  the cast of Pair of Kings, Doc Shaw, Kelsey Chow, and Geno Segers.

The cast of Disney XD's hit series "Pair of Kings,"  DOC SHAW, MITCHEL MUSSO, KELSEY CHOW, GENO SEGERS

The cast of Disney XD's hit series "Pair of Kings," DOC SHAW, MITCHEL MUSSO, KELSEY CHOW, GENO SEGERS

The cast of Disney XD's hit series "Pair of Kings,"  DOC SHAW, MITCHEL MUSSO, KELSEY CHOW, GENO SEGERS

The cast of Disney XD's hit series "Pair of Kings," DOC SHAW, MITCHEL MUSSO, KELSEY CHOW, GENO SEGERS

Disney Channel Red Carpet 

ROSHON FEGAN, ADAM IRIGOYEN, DAVIS CLEVELAND, ZENDAYA, BELLA THORNE, CAROLINE SUNSHINE, KENTON DUTY

ROSHON FEGAN, ADAM IRIGOYEN, DAVIS CLEVELAND, ZENDAYA, BELLA THORNE, CAROLINE SUNSHINE, KENTON DUTY

Meet the Cast of “Shake it Up”

Fans get to meet Bella Thorne, Zendaya, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, and more!

ERNIE D, ADAM IRIGOYEN, ROSHON FEGAN, ZENDAYA, ROB LOTTERSTEIN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER), BELLA THORNE, DAVIS CLEVELAND, KENTON DUTY, CAROLINE SUNSHINE

ERNIE D, ADAM IRIGOYEN, ROSHON FEGAN, ZENDAYA, ROB LOTTERSTEIN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER), BELLA THORNE, DAVIS CLEVELAND, KENTON DUTY, CAROLINE SUNSHINE

ERNIE D, ADAM IRIGOYEN, ROSHON FEGAN, ZENDAYA, ROB LOTTERSTEIN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER), BELLA THORNE, DAVIS CLEVELAND, KENTON DUTY, CAROLINE SUNSHINE

ERNIE D, ADAM IRIGOYEN, ROSHON FEGAN, ZENDAYA, ROB LOTTERSTEIN (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER), BELLA THORNE, DAVIS CLEVELAND, KENTON DUTY, CAROLINE SUNSHINE

ADAM IRIGOYEN, ROSHON FEGAN, ZENDAYA

ADAM IRIGOYEN, ROSHON FEGAN, ZENDAYA

BELLA THORNE, DAVIS CLEVELAND, KENTON DUTY, CAROLINE SUNSHINE

BELLA THORNE, DAVIS CLEVELAND, KENTON DUTY, CAROLINE SUNSHINE

Here are Disney’s D23 2011 Photos from Friday, Saturday and Sunday! 

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End of Day 2 + Day 3 Morning of Disney’s D23 Expo Starts with Handy Manny and Marvel’s Joe Quesada

If you’re not in Anaheim, then you’re missing the latest from the magical world of Disney. Don’t worry, we’re here to help keep you updated with the latest news – within hours of it happening here on our blog.

Catching up from where we left off yesterday late afternoon -

Meet the Cast of Fish Hooks

Fans got to meet Noah Z. Jones, Chelsea Kane, and Kyle Massey from Disney’s Fish Hooks!

DANA SNYDER, ATTICUS SHAFFER, KYLE MASSEY, NOAH Z. JONES

DANA SNYDER, ATTICUS SHAFFER, KYLE MASSEY, NOAH Z. JONES

ATTICUS SHAFFER, DANA SNYDER, NOAH Z. JONES, KYLE MASSEY

ATTICUS SHAFFER, DANA SNYDER, NOAH Z. JONES, KYLE MASSEY

Meet and Greet with the Cast of A.N.T. Farm

Excited fans got to see a performance by China Anne McClain, and meet the cast including Jake Short, Sierra McCormick, Stefanie Scott, and Carlon Jeffery.

CHINA ANNE MCCLAIN

CHINA ANNE MCCLAIN

CHINA ANNE MCCLAIN, SIERRA MCCORMICK, JAKE SHORT, STEFANIE SCOTT, CARLON JEFFERY

CHINA ANNE MCCLAIN, SIERRA MCCORMICK, JAKE SHORT, STEFANIE SCOTT, CARLON JEFFERY

DISNEY FANS

DISNEY FANS

The Characters of Monster’s University

Meet the character designers, Rickey Neirva and Dan Scanlon, behind Pixar’s upcoming animated feature Monsters University. Check out the photos from their presentation below showing how they bring these wonderful characters to life.

THE CHARACTERS OF MONSTERS UNIVERSITY - RICKY NEIRVA, DAN SCANLON

THE CHARACTERS OF MONSTERS UNIVERSITY - RICKY NEIRVA, DAN SCANLON

DAN SCANLON & A CHARACTER From MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

DAN SCANLON & A CHARACTER From MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

RICKY NEIRVA, DAN SCANLON

RICKY NEIRVA, DAN SCANLON

DAN SCANLON

DAN SCANLON

THE LION KING 3D

D23 Attendees got to see an exclusive advance screening of the Disney Digital 3D version of The Lion King.

DON HAHN, ROBERT NEUMAN, ROB MINKOFF, ROGER ALLERS

DON HAHN, ROBERT NEUMAN, ROB MINKOFF, ROGER ALLERS

LION KING FANS

LION KING FANS

D23 Expo: Auction

The evening ended Saturday with a special LIVE Auction where D23 fans could bid on unique experiences, tours, artwork, props, and one-of-a-kind Disney treasures.

DISNEY MEMORABILIA AUCTION

DISNEY MEMORABILIA AUCTION

Our Coverage of Sunday at D23 Starts with Handy Manny

Fans got to meet the voice of Manny, Wilmer Valderrama, along with character appearances from the show.

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HANDY MANNY, CHRISTIAN VALDERRAMA, WILMER VALDERRAMA

New for Disney Fans – Marvel Comics 

Hear about the evolution of Marvel, beginning with its first comic book in 1939 from Joe Quesada, Marvel’s chief creative officer and one of the most respected and sought-after writers and artists in the entertainment industry.

JOE QUESADA, Marvel Comics

JOE QUESADA, Marvel Comics

JOE QUESADA of Marvel Comics

JOE QUESADA of Marvel Comics

 More photos from D23 Days One, Two and Three

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D23 – Disney 23 Ultimate Fan Expo 2011, a set on Flickr.

Tune into our blog for more coverage later today from the closing day of D23!

Good News for Parents New Programming for Kids 2-7 from Disney

Disney Junior

Disney Junior

As a parent who worries about safe programming options, we thought you’d want to know about the launch of Disney Junior, a new multiplatform destination for kids age 2-7, which reminds us of traditional Disney storytelling from our youth with Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. Disney Junior will debut MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (8:30 a.m., ET/PT), with the new animated series “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” There will be five other new series joining the Disney Junior schedule: “Mickey Mousekersize,” “Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps” (supporting Disney’s Magic of Healthy Living initiative) and “A Poem Is…” (narrated by Jennifer Garner and Katie Holmes, among other familiar voices), and full length series “Babar and the Adventures of Badou” and “Tinga Tinga Tales.” Viewers’ current favorites, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Handy Manny,” “Special Agent Oso,” “Jungle Junction” and “Imagination Movers.”

In addition to Disney Junior’s animated and live action programming Disney will blend learning components including early math and language skills with healthy eating and lifestyles to support social and emotional development.

There will even be a dedicated section for parent and caregivers will highlight character-inspired recipes, crafts and party planning tips and ideas, along with how-to videos at the website DisneyJunior.com.

About the New Programs:

Jake and the Never Land Pirates

Jake and the Never Land Pirates

 

“Jake and the Never Land Pirates” is a new animated adventure series that introduces a crew of kid pirates – leader Jake and pals Izzy and Cubby – and follows their Never Land adventures as they work to outwit two infamous characters, the one and only Captain Hook and Smee, from Disney’s classic “Peter Pan.” The series, which emphasizes teamwork, features original pirate rock music performed by The Never Land Pirate Band. Many of the key creative professionals behind Disney’s #1 series for preschoolers, “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” are at the helm of “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” Rob LaDuca executive-produces, with Mark Seidenberg serving as producer/story editor, Kelly Ward as voice director and Howy Parkins directing the series. It is a production of Disney Television Animation.

“Mickey Mousekersize,” a new short-form series part of Disney’s Magic of Healthy Living initiative is hosted by Mickey Mouse and focuses on the fun of exercising, encouraging children at home to get up and move along with Mickey and pals.

Special Agent Oso

Special Agent Oso

“Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps” a new short-form series part of Disney’s Magic of Healthy Living features Oso and friends as they watch a live-action kid demonstrate three healthy steps to exercising and eating right. Sean Astin and Brad Garrett star as Oso and Buffo.

“A Poem Is…” is a short-form animated series showcasing poems for children set to scenes and imagery from classic Disney films including “Dumbo,” “Bambi” and “Lady and the Tramp.” Narrated by Katie Holmes and Jennifer Garner, the series is designed to cultivate fond memories of Disney classics for parents and create new ones for kids by introducing young children to the beauty of a poem.

Babar and the Adventures of Badou

Babar and the Adventures of Badou

“Babar and the Adventures of Badou” is an updated version of the classic “Babar” series and introduces King Babar’s energetic eight-year-old grandson, Badou, and friends as they explore the world of Celesteville.

“Tinga Tinga Tales” is a vibrant animated adventure series inspired by traditional African animal folktales and the art of Tanzania.

Here’s an interesting look at the creative side of this new series:


Disney Junior will be available on basic cable in more than 99 million U.S. homes on Disney Channel and to millions of other viewers on 25 Disney Junior channels (Playhouse Disney channels) and free-to-air broadcast partners around the world. It’s also seen via subscription video-on-demand and a broadband website, DisneyJunior.com.

Coming in 2011: Disney Junior for Kids Ages 2-7

Disney JuniorWe’re excited to share the news! In February 2011, the Disney Channel will be launching Disney Junior, a new multi-platform brand devoted to children ages 2-7 and their families. You’ll be able to watch daily TV shows on the Disney Channel, find more interactive materials on the website, watch content on VOD and mobile platforms!

Disney Junior will invite parents and grandparents to join their children in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, both classic and new, while incorporating specific learning and developmental themes.

There are also a lot of new series launching with the brand such as “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” an animated adventure combining new and classic Disney characters Captain Hook and Smee (“Peter Pan”); a series of Disney Poetry Shorts which showcases poems for children set against classic Disney animation; two short form series, “Mickey Mousekersize” and “Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps,” to encourage healthy lifestyles for preschoolers and families; “Babar and the Adventures of Badou,” an updated version of the classic “Babar,” that introduces King Babar’s energetic eight-year-old grandson, Badou, and friends as they explore the world of Celesteville; and “Tinga Tinga Tales,” a vibrant animated adventure inspired by traditional African animal folktales and the art of Tanzania.

Don’t worry!! Playhouse Disney hits “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Handy Manny,” “Special Agent Oso” and “Imagination Movers,” among others, will also be part of Disney Junior.

Disney Junior will be available on basic cable in more than 99 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on 25 Disney Junior channels (currently Playhouse Disney channels) and free-to-air broadcast partners around the world. It will also be seen via video-on-demand and a broadband website, DisneyJunior.com.

Even better news!! As part of Disney’s Magic of Healthy Living initiative, which encourages healthier lifestyles for kids and families, Disney Junior will premiere two new short-form series, “Mickey Mousekersize” and “Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps.” Hosted by Mickey Mouse, “Mickey Mousekersize” focuses on the fun of exercising and encourages children at home to get up and move along with Mickey and pals. “Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps” features Oso and friends as they watch a live-action kid demonstrate three healthy steps to exercising and eating right. Sean Astin and Brad Garrett star as Oso and Buffo.

Your children will also love the Poetry Short Series designed to bring fond memories of Disney classics to parents and create new ones for kids. The series of short-form animation showcases poems for children set to scenes and imagery from classic Disney films. It will introduce preschoolers to the beauty of a poem well read and combine it with extraordinary moments in Disney animation history.

Be sure to tune into the Disney Channel – young or old, it is magical for all of us.

It’s Time for Disney’s Project Green! Starting Tomorrow Here’s What to Watch

Although we want to live GREEN year-round, Disney has created an awesome lineup to help celebrate Earth Day with the following programs for preschoolers, kids and tweens… although, I have to admit, I watch Disney programs (yeah, you do too, I know!).

On April 22nd the new Disney movie: Ocean’s also opens, which will be so exciting for me as I love the ocean (am a sailor) and from the previews can tell you this will be an amazing movie for you to watch with your family. (see below)

One more exciting new Disney program is the Friends for Change: Project Green with Joe Jonas (“JONAS”) and Demi Lovato (“Sonny With A Chance”) talking about the importance of protecting the planet’s oceans and waterways, will debut on Earth Day. Kids can add to the more than 1.5 million “Friends for Change “pledges” that have already been made by visiting Disney.com/ProjectGreen and committing to help local habitats.

This Weekend be Sure to Tune-In For These GREEN Disney Themed Shows!

SATURDAY, APRIL 17

· “Special Agent Oso” (8:00 a.m., ET/PT) – In “Recycling is Forever,” Oso helps Joshua recycle his family’s bottles, cans and paper.

· “Handy Manny” (8:30 a.m., ET/PT) – In “The Earth Day Challenge / Dario Dance,” with the help of Sheet Rock Hills mechanic, Gary (voiced by eco-crusader Dave “Sustainable Dave” Chameides), Manny and the tools replace Manny’s truck engine with a new environmentally-friendly electric motor, which they later submit as their entry for the “Sheet Rock Hills Earth Day Challenge.” Then Elliot (voiced by Lance Bass) teaches Mayor Rosa’s nephew Dario how to dance in time for the Earth Day dance in the park.

· “Imagination Movers” (10:00 a.m., ET/PT) – In “Power Play,” when the Movers realize they are using too much electricity and are almost out of power for the warehouse, they put several energy saving techniques to the test including solar panels, a water wheel and a windmill.

On Earth Day - You can also watch these Specials with your family. Be sure to remember the popcorn!

THURSDAY, APRIL 22

· Playhouse Disney will encore green-themed episodes of “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Handy Manny,” “Special Agent Oso,” “Imagination Movers” and “Jungle Junction” (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., ET/PT).

· Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato star in two new Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green spots stressing the importance of protecting the planet’s oceans and waterways (6:25 p.m. and 6:55 p.m., ET/PT). Throughout the evening Disney Channel will encore Disney’s Friends for Change: Project Green anthem “Make A Wave,” performed by Jonas and Lovato, which will also be featured in the upcoming Disneynature film “OCEANS,” opening in theaters Earth Day 2010.

· Disney Channel continues its Earth Day celebration with encore presentations of environmentally-themed episodes of hit series “Phineas and Ferb,” Hannah Montana,” “The Suite Life On Deck” and “Wizards of Waverly Place,” followed by an encore presentation of Disney Channel Original Movie “Minutemen” (6:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT).

All Playhouse Disney series carry a TV-Y parental guideline. “Phineas and Ferb,” “Hannah Montana,” “The Suite Life on Deck,” “Wizards of
Waverly Place” and “Minutemen” carry a TV-G parental guideline.

Handy Manny: Behind the Scenes ~ 100th Episode

We were invited to come to Salami Studios in No. Hollywood  on Thursday, Feb. 4 to meet with the supporting characters for Disney’s Playhouse hit series, Handy Manny. We got to meet the actors who play Felipe, Pat, Turner, Stretch, Squeeze, Dusty, Rusty, Flicker, Kelly and Mr. Lopart and watch them in action.

Handy Manny 100th Episode

During our time at Salami Studios we interviewed the cast of characters, the producers and creative minds behind Handy Manny. It was lots of fun to be part of their 100th Episode event and hope you will watch Handy Manny on Disney’s Playhouse and be sure to visit the website for fun and interactive things to do online.

Tune In: We’re going to air this footage on Tuesday, February 16th on Kerri Pomarolli’s Laugh Break show at 4 PM ET online at MMTVN. If your kids love Handy Manny, have them tune in to see how Handy Manny is created from the cast to the producers – plus they’ll get to see the cake from the 100th episode as this was a milestone in the production of this popular kids program. It’s a great way to see how the characters get their voice!

Don’t worry, if you miss it, you can always watch the replay!