Good morning. It’s Monday, November 8, 2010, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.
Disney Channel announced it will officially launch its new Disney Junior K2-7/family multiplatform brand this coming February 2011. Disney Junior will debut content on the network, in place of its Playschool Disney programming block, as well as a new integrated website, VOD, mobile and paid download platforms. Disney Junior, which will focus its efforts heavily on social values and age appropriate behavior and somewhat less on education-based curriculum, will be available on basic cable in more than 99 million US 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. As planned, in 2012 the new Disney Junior will launch as a 24/7 basic cable and satellite channel in the US, taking over channel space currently held by the 10-year-0ld Soapnet channel. Disney Junior will feature both new and existing programming. Among the new programs will be: Jake and the Never Land Pirates featuring the voice of David Arquette and original music by The Never Land Pirate Band; Disney Poetry Shorts featuring poems for kids set against classic Disney animation; the short form series Mickey Mousekersize and Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps, the latter featuring the voices of Sean Astin and Brad Garret, while both series fall under Disney’s Magic Healthy Living initiative; Babar and the Adventures of Badou; and Tinga Tinga Tales.
Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment 3D CGI animated feature film Despicable Me jumped over the $500 million worldwide box office hurdle over the weekend. With a domestic gross of $248 million, Despicable Me now stands second only to Toy Story 3 ($414 million) as the biggest domestic grossing animated movie of the year, and the 10th most successful animated movie ever in domestic gross. Despicable Me becomes the sixth most successful movie that Universal has ever distributed domestically. Overseas, the movie’s box office take is at $247 million, becoming the studio’s top grossing movie internationally for 2010. The movie has not yet opened in China. Despicable Me will release on Blu-ray and DVD on December 14, 2010.
Will Sally Field and Martin Sheen take on the roles of Spider-Man‘s Aunt May and Uncle Ben in the new Columbia Pictures‘ Spidey movie? Well it’s all over the web … so to speak … but there is no official word from the studio as of yet. Directed by Marc Webb, the cast of the new Spider-Man movie already includes Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, and Rhys Ifans as the still to be announced villain. The movie is slated for a 3D release on July 3, 2012.
In other Spider-Man related news … the previews and opening of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark have been delayed, per Playbill. The Julie Taymor musical, which features music and lyrics by U2’s Bono and The Edge, which was to have begun previews on November 14 will now begin November 28, with the opening night shifting from December 21, 2010 to January 11, 2011. While some have cited safety issues, following a series of accidents that occurred during flying scenes in rehearsals, Producer Michael Cohl said in a statement:
- “Shows like ours, that embrace the challenge of opening on Broadway without an out-of-town tryout, often need to adjust their schedules along the way. Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark has an unprecedented level of technical artistry, and getting it right takes time. We apologize in advance to any inconvenienced ticketholders.”
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More new programming news for Disney Channel and Disney XD, include two new animated series Take Two with Phineas and Ferb and Tron: Uprising.
- The short-form Take Two with Phineas and Ferb will see the stars of Disney’s animated comedy duo hosting a mixed animated/live-action talk show where Phineas and Ferb will interview will interview celebrity guests in two-minute segments. Some of the first guests will include Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Tony Hawk, Taylor Swift, Neil Patrick Harris, Emma Roberts and Randy Jackson. The show premieres Friday, December 3, between 9-9:15p on Disney Channel. The program will also air on Disney XD. Expect to see other characters from Phineas and Ferb interacting with the guests too.
- Disney XD has given the go ahead for Tron: Uprising, a new animated series based on Disney upcoming feature film Tron: Legacy (12/17/10). As we previously reported, the network is already working on a 10-part Tron micro-series that will bow in fall 2011. Set to debut in summer 2012, the animated Tron: Uprising series will star voice cast including Elijah Wood, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mandy Moore, Paul Reubens, Nate Corddry and Lance Henriksen, with Bruce Boxleitner reprising his role as Tron. Produced by Disney Television Animation, Tron: Uprising is executive produced/directed by Charlie Bean (Robotboy, Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls), with consulting producers Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz (both screenwriters on Tron: Legacy, and executive producers on Lost) and Justin Springer (co-producer Tron: Legacy).
Correction: As part of the support for Nickelodeon’s Victorious special, Freak the Freak Out will feature a Freak the Freak Out Karaoke Game at TheSlap.com (www.theslap.com) and not the website listed here on Friday.
Electronic Arts (EA) and Paramount Digital Entertainment enter into a distribution deal for action/adventure game Rango The Video Game, based on the upcoming animated feature film, Rango (www.rangothemovie.com), featuring Johnny Depp as the voice of Rango. The movie and video game title will release in March 2011. Developed by Artificial Mind & Movement, Rango The Video Game will be available for console platforms including PlayStation3, Xbox 360, Wii, and Nintendo DS. More information about the game can be found at www.rangomovie.com or http://info.ea.com.
Studio 100‘s the theme park division, Plopsa, acquires the adventure theme park Holiday Park in Hassloch, South West Germany. Plopsa (a word coined by the kid’s TV characters Kabouter Plop and Samson & Ger) closed Holiday Park, which will retain its name, at the end of October and plans to reopen the park in April 2011. Plopsa will invest some US$35 million in the Holiday Park over the next four years. Studio 100 characters, including Maya the Bee, Vicky the Viking, Heidi and Tabaluga will be featured throughout the park. Plopsa will also maintain the number of employees at the park, currently 85, with plans to grow the staffers in the future. Plopsa already operates three theme parks in Belgium, Plopsaland De Panne, Plopsa Indoor Hasselt and Plopsa Coo, and one theme park in the Netherlands, Plopsa Indoor Coevorden.
Kideo, which creates personalized and braded video products, has re-launches its website. The newly designed site allows users to instantly create customized videos featuring their kid and their favorite animated characters, including Dora the Explorer, Spider-Man, Barney, and Care Bears, on Kideo.com via a new online streaming and instant download. The customized videos can be shared on social networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube using streaming and downloadable options. The process uses the PixFusion, the parent company of Kideo, photo-personalized technology.
Classic Media and the US Postal Service partner for a special holiday promotion that features the DVD of the classic holiday special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which will be available at 5,000+ post offices nationwide as part of the US Postal Service’s A Simpler Way to Holiday program. Consumers that choose to purchase and ship Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer DVDs via Priority Mail will save $2 on the price of the DVD. The promotion will be supported with in-store signage and Rudolph-branded boxes.
Fluid World, Sanrio‘s UK licensing agent, inks a new housewares licensee deal with Zap for additional Sanrio characters. Under the new pact, Sanrio characters including Badtz Maru, Charmmy Kitty, Chococat, Keroppi, Kuromi and My Melody will be featured on a range of products including cushions, duvet covers, curtains, towels, fleece blankets (including Snuggle Fleeces), bean bags, pajama cases, rugs, headboard covers and sleeping bags. Character cushions will be the first products to debut at retail for spring/summer 2011, followed by duvet sets in fall/winter 2011.
Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; November 5-7, 2010:
Megamind (Paramount (DreamWorks)) PG Opening weekend $47.7m
Red (Summit Entertainment) PG-13 $8.9m-4 wk total $71.9m
Hereafter (Warner Bros.) PG-13 $4.0m-4 wk total $28.7m
Secretariat (Buena Vista) PG $4.0m-5 wk total $51.0m
The Social Network (Sony/Columbia) PG-13 $3.6m-6 wk total $85.0m
Life as We Know It (Warner Bros.) PG-13 $3.1m-5 wk total $48.5m
Easy A (Sony/Screen Gems) PG-13 $500,000-8 wk total $57.2m
Legend of the Guardians/Owls of Ga’Hoole (Warner Bros.) PG $460,000-7 wk total $54.0m
Waiting for Superman (Paramount Vantage) PG $386,000-7 wk total $5.4m
Despicable Me (Universal) PG $386,000-18 wk total $248.3m
Source: Rentrak (www.rentrak.com)
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