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Kids Programming (31)

First Look: 'Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur'

Written by 13 January, 2023

Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, based on Marvel's hit comic books, follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette and her 10-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur. After Lunella accidentally brings Devil Dinosaur into present-day New York City, the duo works together to protect the city's Lower East Side from danger.

Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur premieres on Disney Channel 2/10/23 and Disney+ 2/15/23.


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First Look: 'Circuit Breakers'

Written by 28 October, 2022

Circuit Breakers is a half-hour anthology series about middle-schoolers in the near future that uses science fiction as a backdrop to tell universal stories about growing up. The series was created by Melody Fox with executive producer Matt Hastings directing three episodes from the season including the pilot. Circuit Breakers is executive produced by Hastings, Andrew Orenstein, Cottonwood Media’s Sarah Haasz, David Michel and Cécile Lauritano, Aircraft Pictures’ Anthony Leo and Andrew Rosen, and Todd Berger. Fox and Gillian Horvath serve as co-executive producers. 

Each installment of Circuit Breakers features a sci-fi twist on kid relatable stories, with the intent of kids and families asking themselves how they would act in each unique situation. The gripping trailer highlights the seven distinct stories with cast including Callan Farris (Grimcutty), Nathaniel Buescher (APB), Veda Cienfuegos (Undone), Cole Keriazakos (Southside), Maz Jobrani (Immigrant), Cale Ferrin (Endlings), Quincy Kirkwood (Y: The Last Man), Arielle Halili (Less Than Kosher), Gavin MacIver-Wright (Odd Squad: Mobile Unit), Khiyla Aynne (13: The Musical), Maya McNair (Clarice), and more.  

Circuit Breakers premieres Friday, November 11th, 2022 on Apple TV+




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'Daniel Spellbound' (Photo Gallery)

Written by 25 October, 2022

In modern day New York City, magic is real - it's just hidden from the public. But Daniel Spellbound knows just where to find it. Making his living "tracking" hard to find magical objects, Daniel catches the attention of‌ the wrong people when ‌he discovers a ‌rare ‌artifact and suddenly the‌ ‌fate‌ ‌of‌ ‌magical world ‌hangs‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌balance.

Daniel Spellbound premieres Thursday, October 27th, 2022 on Netflix.




























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Review: 'Daniel Spellbound'

Written by 27 October, 2022

If you haven't heard of Daniel Spellbound before now, keep in mind that it premiered today on Netflix. Which means, of course, that like many Netflix originals, the pre-premiere press coverage has been close to non-existent. 

Which is a shame, because this CGI-series from Matt Fernandes (Dino Ranch, Remy & Boo, Kingdom Force) and Boat Rocker Studios is a blast. Part YA Indiana Jones mashed together with magic and set in modern-day New York City, the series is a non-stop action romp that has the feel of the best parts of Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse

Teenager Daniel Spellbound (Alex Barima) is a tracker of magical ingredients and he makes his living selling rare goods to sorcerers and wizards for their spells. He lives in a New York City where magic lives just below the surface and it's an arrangement that (mostly) works for everyone. But it turns out that Daniel owes a debt to the evil Pie Maker and the only way he can make that right is to uncover the location of a rare magical item: The Fugu Rose. 

That quest will eventually include everything from a talking pig named Hoagie (Devin Mack) to an attempt to steal the heart of a Mermaid Queen. Along the way, Daniel meets Gremlins with a broken ice cream truck, an Insect King and a mysterious Dark Mage. It all ends with an epic battle pitting Daniel, Hoagie the Pig and their partner Lucy Santana (Chantel Riley) against the Dark Mage as they try and defend the Gryphon's egg and save the world.



Daniel Spellbound is just a blast and while it might be a bit too frentic for the youngest viewers, this series will delight young teens. And to be honest, I am about as far from the target audience as you imagine and I watched the entire ten-episode season in one session. There is something incredibly relaxing about just sitting back and letting yourself get caught up in the energy of a fun and engaging series.

After watching the premiere season, you might be curious about whether Netflix might order a second season. My prediction is yes, because the initial order from Netflix was announced as being twenty episodes. My suspicion is that the streamer will save the second group of ten episodes for a few months and then release them as a "second season," even though for budgetary reasons they are really all part of a one season order.

Daniel Spellbound premiered Thursday, October 27th, 2022 on Netflix.


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First Look: 'Slumberkins'

Written by 17 October, 2022

Apple TV+ today released the trailer for the heartwarming original preschool series Slumberkins, premiering globally on Friday, November 4. Emmy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson serves as executive music producer, creating original music for the mixed media puppet/2D animation series from The Jim Henson Company.

Based on the leading children’s emotional learning brand Slumberkins, the series brings to life characters from the beloved books while empowering the emotional wellness of children through supportive storytelling. Embark on adventures with Bigfoot, Unicorn, Sloth, Yak, and Fox as they explore a world of feelings.

The Slumberkins voice cast introduces young newcomers Brayden Morgan as Bigfoot, Olive Baity as Unicorn, Miles Flack as Sloth, Araceli Prasarttongosoth as Yak, and Yonas Kibreab as Fox with narration by Jennifer Hale (Ralph Breaks the Internet). Additional voice cast includes Jason Ritter (Raising Dion) as Fox’s Father, Pamela Adlon (Better Things) as Fox’s Mother, Adelynn Spoon (Luck) as Kit, Yvette Nicole Brown (Big Shot, Disenchanted) as Yak’s mother, Josh Banday (Upload, Not Dead Yet) as Bigfoot’s Father, and many more.

Slumberkins was created for television by Alex Rockwell (Word Party, Pajanimals). The Jim Henson Company’s Halle Stanford executive produces alongside Rockwell. Callie Christensen (MIT, Elementary Education and Special Education) and Kelly Oriard (M.S., Counseling and Marriage Therapy & School Counseling), creators of the Slumberkins education brand, serve as co-executive producers of the series. Dr. Dan Siegel, Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute serves as an expert on attachment and human development as part of the Apple TV+ changemaker initiative.

 




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'Cars On The Road' (Photo Gallery)

Written by 05 September, 2022

Cars On The Road follows Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and his best friend Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) as they head east from Radiator Springs on a cross-country road trip to meet up with Mater’s sister.

Premiering on Disney+ Day, September 8th, Cars On The Road is produced by Marc Sondheimer. The series' episodes are directed by Steve Purcell (Eps 1, 2, 8), Bobby Podesta (Eps 5, 6, 9) and Brian Fee (Eps 3, 4, 7). Composer Jake Monaco created the score for all nine episodes, which is featured on the Cars On The Road soundtrack from Walt Disney Records. 

































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Family Programming Premieres: 09/25/2022 - 10/01/2022

Written by 25 August, 2022

Here is a rundown of kids and family programming premiering this week:

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2022:
Celebrity Jeopardy Season Premiere (ABC)

Celebrity Wheel Of Fortune Season Premiere (ABC)

Outrageous Pumpkins (Food)

Under Wraps 2 (Disney)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH, 2022:
Halloween Cookie Challenge 
(Food)

My Little Pony: Make Your Mark (Netflix)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH, 2022:
Bobby's Triple Threat Series Premiere (Food)

Outchef'd Series Premiere (Food)

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2022:
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Season Premiere (Disney+)

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers Season Two Premiere (Disney+)

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2022:
Dragon Rescue Riders: Heroes Of The Sky (Peacock)

Looney Tunes Cartoons Halloween Special (HBO Max)

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH, 2022:
Floor Is Lava Season Premiere (Netflix)

Get Rolling With Otis (Apple TV+)

Hocus Pocus 2 (Disney+)

Phantom Pups Series Premiere (Netflix)

Rainbow (Netflix)
Rainbow is a modern tale of a teenager's coming-of-age journey loosely inspired by the all-time classic “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. The cast is led by Dora Postigo, Áyax Pedrosa, Wekaforé Jibril (Spirit Disco), Carmen Maura, Carmen Machi and Luis Bermejo.

Wolfboy & The Everything Factory (Apple TV+)


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Family Programming Premieres: 08/14/2022 - 08/20/2022

Written by 14 August, 2022

Here is a rundown of kids and family programming premiering this week:

MONDAY, AUGUST 15TH, 2022:
Deepa & Anoop Series Premiere (Netflix)
Joined by her color-changing pet elephant, a joyful little girl creates music, merriment and mischief at her Indian family's Mango Manor hotel.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17TH, 2022:
Junior Baking Show (Netflix)
Britain's most talented young bakers wow judges with cakes, biscuits, breads and more in this kid-focused spinoff of "The Great British Baking Show."

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18TH, 2022:
Dragons: The Nine Realms Season Premiere (Hulu)
Set 1,300 years after the events of How To Train Your Dragon, dragons are now just a legend to the modern world. When a geological anomaly opens up an immense, miles-deep fissure in the Earth’s surface, scientists from all over the world gather at a new research facility to study the mysterious phenomenon. Soon a group of misfit kids, brought to the site by their parents, uncover the truth about dragons and where they’ve been hiding -- a secret they must keep to themselves to protect what they’ve discovered.

He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe (Netflix)
On Eternia, the first planet of creation, a demonic tyrant rises: Skeletor! With dark armies at his command, Skeletor is on the march, hell-bent on capturing Eternia’s kingdoms, and its ultimate prize – Castle Grayskull, the ancient fortress of mystery said to contain the greatest power in the universe. It’s up to He-Man and his brave squad of rookie heroes to stop Skeletor and restore the peace. Both sides come armed with enchanted Power Weapons – transforming them into Masters of the Primal Powers of the Universe. It’s Master vs. Dark Master, He-Man vs. Skeletor – fighting for control of Eternia, Castle Grayskull, and the fate of us all. In the end, who will become MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE?

FRIDAY, AUGUST 19TH, 2022:
The Cuphead Show! Season Two Premiere (Netflix)
Based on the award-winning video game that smashed onto the scene with a gorgeous retro animation style, THE CUPHEAD SHOW! is a character-driven comedy series following the unique misadventures of loveable, impulsive scamp Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman. As the two scour their surreal homeworld of the Inkwell Isles in search of fun and adventure, they always have each other’s back. Unless there’s only one cookie left, in which case it’s every cup for himself. THE CUPHEAD SHOW! combines nostalgic delights, side-splitting gags, and a healthy dose of the heebie jeebies—especially when a ridiculously weird nemesis, The Devil himself, arrives on the scene to toy with our heroes. For King Features, C.J. Kettler will serve as the Executive Producer and Cuphead creators Chad and Jared Moldenhauer will serve as Executive Producers for Studio MDHR. The series will be produced by Netflix Animation and is executive produced by Emmy and Annie Award-winning producer, Dave Wasson (Mickey Mouse Shorts) and co-executive produced by Cosmo Segurson (Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling).




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First Look: 'Duck & Goose'

Written by 27 June, 2022

Inspired by the New York Times bestselling books by Tad Hills, Duck & Goose is a preschool series that celebrates the unique camaraderie of Duck and Goose, two best feathered friends that don’t always see beak to beak. That is until they discover that embracing and appreciating each other's differences can help them think up entirely new ideas to help solve everyday challenges, both big and small. 

Duck & Goose is directed by Brian Muelhaupt (Sesame Street) with Jane Startz (Ella Enchanted), Douglas Wood (Bob the Builder, Little Einsteins), Chris Prynoski (Harriet the Spy), Shannon Prynoski (Harriet the Spy), Ben Kalina (Harriet the Spy), Antonio Canobbio (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs) and Tad Hills (Duck & Goose) executive producing. Peabody Award winner Wood also serves as showrunner. Cathy Davidson, Ph.D., founding director of the Futures Initiative and a distinguished professor in the Ph.D. program in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and Christina Katopodis, Ph.D., executive director and postdoctoral associate at Transformative Learning in the Humanities, serve as the transformative learning experts on the series through Apple TV+’s changemakers initiative. 

Duck & Goose premieres Friday, July 8th, 2022 on Apple TV+.




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