Dora Not the First to Show Age Adjusted Characters

image_thumb.pngAn earlier blog post was written about a new animated series that depicted Dora as an older girl. The animated series is scheduled to start airing this fall 2014 on Nickelodeon. The addition of new series that includes an aged character is not new. Updated shows like these are part of animated and non-animated programs.

Those that remember that remember the ABC sitcom “Boy Meets World”, might be a happy to know that there is a new series in the works called “Girl Meets World.” The new series will be airing on the Disney Channel and will feature some of the original cast members.

Nickelodeon has also aged the original characters from the animated series “Rugrats” when the little babies in the show were aged to middle schoolers in “All Grown Up!” The sequel ran for 5 seasons, while the original ran for 9 seasons.

Throughout television history, viewers have wondered what would become of their favorite characters as they became older. There are different sequels that have tried to answer that question. Some have been better received than others.

As “Dora and Friends:Into the City” premieres, many eyes will be watching to see if it has the same staying power as its predecessor, “Dora the Explorer.”

Disney Junior gets its Own Station this March

March 23rd many homes will be able to watch Disney Junior any time of the day.  At the current moment, Disney Junior is a block of programing for preschoolers that airs on the Disney Channel.  The shows usually air in the mornings and early afternoons.   Disney Junior is geared toward preschoolers like the channels PBS Sprout and Nick Jr.      Viewers should check with their local cable or satellite provider to find out if they are one of the homes that will be receiving Disney Junior.  Since it was announced a couple years ago that Disney would be creating Disney Junior television channel, they have developed several addition preschool show that will    help to fill the programming blocks that will be available.   Shows like Handy Manny, Chuggington, Mickey Mouse Club House and Special Agent Oso have been joined by new shows like Third and Bird, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.

Dora the Explorer 3rd Most Viewed Kid’s Show on ComCast On Demand

Comcast Xfinity, the on demand arm of the cable provider, revealed its most watched movies and television programs.    On the list of most watched children television shows is Dora the Explorer.   Dora the Explorer came in third place, with another top Nickelodeon show, SpongeBob SquarePants coming in first.  Second place was Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club House.   All of these shows are with classic figure or are shows that have been around for over a decade.

An Americanized Winnie the Pooh Drawing Criticism

Winnie the Pooh stories originated on British soil.  Disney, an American based company, bought the rights to Pooh and has since created several different movies, television shows, and books `based on the original Winnie the Pooh.   Winnie the Pooh books, according to some critics, has now had too much “Americanism”.   The original work, as some see it, should reflect the same dialect and wording of the original writing by author A.A. Milne.    Book publishers of the new Winnie the Pooh say that they are trying to appeal to a wider audience.    The question does remain to be asked if audiences across the globe and those in the United States like the “Americanism” of Winnie the Pooh.  Original fans of Pooh fell in love with the original Pooh.   Will these fans also embrace a more modern Winnie the Pooh?   That is a question that Disney and all those behind Winnie the Pooh have to be asking themselves as they create new products.

Source:  Time

Zooey Deschanel Tried to Not Get Overwhelmed Writing a Song for Winnie the Pooh

Let’s face it; Disney has had some great animated films over the years. With those movies have been so equally fantastic soundtracks. No wonder Zooey Deschanel had to keep herself from becoming overwhelmed with the task of writing a song for the recently Winnie the Pooh movie. “So Long”, the song Deschanel decided to write for Winnie the Pooh, is played at the closing credits of the movie. She says that the song is about the love that friends share.
Although she would love to be nominated and win an Oscar for the song, one of the things Deschanel would also like to the do is meet to of the masterminds behind some of the classic and beautiful Disney toons. According to an article from the Baltimore Sun, Deschanel would love to meet Richard and Robert Scheman, the brothers that composed songs like: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, “Chim Chim Cher-ee”,”Winnie the Pooh”,”The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers”,”Heffalumps and Woozles”, and other great songs.

New Pooh Animations Coming to Disney Junior

Next year Disney launches the Disney Junior television network. Along with the launch of the network will be some new and familiar shows. Winnie the Pooh short animations will be a part of the evening lineup of shows. Disney Junior joins several other cable stations like Nick Jr. and PBS Sprout, which are specifically for preschoolers. A new station and some new, yet familiar show like the Winnie the Pooh shorts will air. These will be newly created episodes, but Disney is currently running some short segments of Winnie the Pooh that are part of larger Winnie the Pooh movies. According to Kidscreen.com the new short animation will be based on a collection of Winnie the Pooh stories called Tales of Friendship with Winnie the Pooh.

 

Disney Gives Parents Ideas for Top Toys for this Holiday Season

Disney Animators’ Collection Princess Toddler Dolls

One of the things parents dread and deeply enjoy at the same time is getting presents for their children during the holiday season. Most parents enjoy watching the smile on their child’s face when they open their present and see something that they enjoy. The problem is that some parents do not know what to get for their children. Many different stores and manufacturers have released lists of toys that they think that children will enjoying having. Disney has also released their own list of toys and games that they believe children will enjoy. Of course their list may not fall in line with what some parents see as their solution for their gift giving dilemma. If the list doesn’t help then a great way get a good gift for your child is to ask him or her.

Disney’s “Most Wanted Holiday Toy” List

1. Disney Animators’ Collection Princess Toddler Dolls (Disney Store)

2. Disney AppMATesTM Mobile Application Toys (Spin Master)

3. Disney•Pixar Cars 2 Bomb Blastin’ Mater (Mattel)

4. Disney•Pixar Cars 2 Remote Control Vehicles (Disney Store)

5. Disney Princess 5-in-1 Wardrobe Set (Disney Store)

6. Disney Spotlight (First Act)

7. My First Disney Princess Singing & Storytelling Belle (JAKKS Pacific)

8. Pirates of the Caribbean Black Pearl Playset (LEGO)

9. Rock Star Mickey Interactive Plush & Role Play Guitar (Fisher Price)

10. Trivial Pursuit: Disney For All Edition (Hasbro)

 

Winnie the Pooh Movie Includes a Short of Nessie

A short being shown with the new Winnie the Pooh movie features Nessie.  Nessie is the mythical Loch Ness monster that has been a source of legends for centuries.   Legend says that there is a huge creature that lives in the Loch Ness located in the Scottish Highlands.  In Scotland loch is another name for lake.    

The Ballad of Nessie will play before the actual movie Winnie the Pooh is played on the movie screen.  

Winnie the Pooh movie has already been released in the United Kingdom, Italy, and France.  The release for the movie Winnie the Pooh is set for July 15, 2011 in the United States.  The hand-drawn animated film will include our favorite friends from the Hundred Acre Wood: Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Owl,Rabbit,  and Christopher Robin.

Learn How to Draw Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore Straight from Disney Studios

When you have a favorite cartoon character one of the things that you probably like to do is draw that character.    Two different instructional videos teach fans how to draw some of the popular Winnie the Pooh characters.  Both of these are YouTube videos uploaded by Walt Disney World Entertainment.   The both provide step by step directions that will hopefully make it easier to draw the Winnie the Pooh characters.

The first is video that provides instruction on how to draw the most melancholy resident of The Hundred Acre Wood, Eeyore.   This video has audio problems, but you may still be able to follow along with the video.  

The second video teaches viewers how to draw Winnie the Pooh.  Audio works well all the way through. 

Practice does make perfect so good luck as you practice Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore.