JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES: JAKE SAVES BUCKY Primetime Special Premieres Wednesday, September 19 on Disney Channel

Disney Junior will debut the primetime special Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky on International Talk Like A Pirate Day, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 (7:00-8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. In the family night special event episode, Peter Pan returns to Never Land once again to help Jake and his crew win back their ship after losing Bucky in a race against Captain Hook and the Jolly Roger. The series’ first primetime special, Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Peter Pan Returns, debuted in February 2012 and was the most-watched cable telecast in nearly 10 years in Kids 2-5.

The short-form series Playing With Skully, which invites viewers at home to help Jake’s popular pirate lookout parrot Skully solve an array of pirate problems, will debut the same day during the Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel (9:55 a.m., 10:25 a.m., 10:55 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 12:25 p.m. and 12:55 p.m. ET/PT) and will also air on Disney Junior. David Arquette voices the role of Skully.

Beginning Friday, August 31, DisneyJunior.com/JakeSavesBucky will launch Jake’s Heroic Race, a collection of four mini-games themed to the primetime special, as well as a pirate name generator where kids will be presented with various scenarios and then assigned a pirate name based on their unique responses. New printable coloring pages will depict Jake demonstrating his heroic characteristics including bravery, confidence, kindness, loyalty and helpfulness.

A full-length preview of Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky will become available via Disney Channel on Demand on September 12. WATCH Disney Channel will simulcast the special in conjunction with the television premiere on September 19 on Disney Channel. The special will also be available the following day on WATCH Disney Junior and DisneyJunior.com.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake Saves Bucky stars the voices of Colin Ford as Jake; Madison Pettis as Izzy; Jonathan Morgan Heit as Cubby; David Arquette as Skully; Corey Burton as Captain Hook; Jeff Bennett as Mr. Smee and Bones; Loren Hoskins as Sharky; Adam Wylie as Peter Pan; Dee Bradley Baker as Brightly and the Dragon; and Russi Taylor as Gilly. Rob LaDuca is executive producer, Mark Seidenberg is producer/story editor and Howy Parkins is the director. The special is a production of Disney Television Animation.

Jake and the Never Land Pirates is a music-filled interactive treasure hunt that revolves around 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 Mr. Smee, from Disney’s classic Peter Pan. The series, which emphasizes teamwork, features original pirate rock music performed by Sharky and Bones of The Never Land Pirate Band.

Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior launched in February 2011 with a daily programming block on Disney Channel. In its first year, Disney Junior posted the network’s biggest yearly audience in the daypart in Total Viewers, Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49, increasing by double-digit margins among preschooler demographics over year-ago levels. On March 23, 2012 Disney Junior added a cable and satellite channel in the U.S. bringing the total number of channels to 30 worldwide.

via Disney Press Release

Disney to Introduce a Little Girl Princess, “Sofia the First,” in Animated Series and Movie on Disney Channel and Disney Junior

Disney will introduce a little girl princess to its celebrated legacy of princess fairytales in an animated television movie and series, Sofia the First, premiering in fall 2012 and spring 2013 respectively, on Disney Channel and Disney Junior channels around the world. While Disney princess fairytales have been enchanting audiences for more than 70 years, this is the first time a series has centered on a princess as a little girl. The stories are designed to communicate positive messages and life lessons that are applicable to preschool-aged children. The series and movie are productions of Disney Television Animation.

Sofia the First stories are set in the storybook world of young Sofia who starts out life as a regular girl. But when her mom marries the king, she is whisked off to a glamorous, but sometimes confusing, castle world of royalty, pomp and new step-siblings, Amber and James. Sofia the First will include appearances by Fauna, Flora and Merryweather (fairies seen in Disney’s classic Sleeping Beauty) as the headmistresses of Royal Prep, the academy that Sofia, along with other princes and princesses, attends. Special event appearances will be made by classic characters including Cinderella and other Disney Princesses.

In announcing the series, Nancy Kanter, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, said, “In Sofia, we have a ‘peer to peer princess,’ a relatable girl experiencing the same social issues as our young viewers – learning how to fit in, making new friends, conquering new skills and building sibling relationships.” She continued, “Although Sofia will have plenty of pretty dresses and sparkly shoes, our stories will show Sofia, and our viewers, that what makes a real princess is what’s inside, not what’s outside. That the inner character of kindness, generosity, loyalty, honesty and grace make you special, not the dress you wear.”

Providing the voice of Sofia is Ariel Winter (ABC’s “Modern Family”). Also highlighting the voice cast is Sara Ramirez (ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”) as Queen Miranda; Wayne Brady (“Whose Line Is It Anyway?) as Clover, a wise-talking Rabbit; and Tim Gunn (ABC’s “The Revolution,” “Project Runway”) as Baileywick, the family’s Royal Steward. The actors providing the voices of King Roland, Amber and James will be announced soon.

The series was developed by Craig Gerber (“Pixie Hollow Games”) who also wrote the movie. Jamie Mitchell (“Special Agent Oso”) serves as both Executive Producer and Director on the series. Gerber is Co-Executive Producer and serves as the Story Editor.

The Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s animated and live action series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. Disney Junior is available on basic cable in more than 99 million U.S. homes (via a daily block on Disney Channel) and to millions of other viewers on 28 Disney Junior channels and free-to-air broadcast partners around the world. It is also seen via subscription video-on-demand and a broadband website, DisneyJunior.com. In 2012 Disney Junior will add a basic cable and satellite channel in the U.S.
Disney Television Animation is an industry leader in the production of quality animated properties for television. Disney Television Animation is part of the Disney/ABC Television Group at The Walt Disney Company.
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via Disney Channel Press Release