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SEQUEL TO MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS TO HIT THEATERS MAY 1, 2015
The Walt Disney Studios has announced a release date for Marvel Studios’ sequel to the biggest Super Hero blockbuster and third highest grossing film of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers. Joss Whedon returns to write and direct the UNTITLED MARVEL’S AVENGERS SEQUEL set for release May 1, 2015.
Monkey Business for CHIMPANZEE!
Time to Get Down to MONKEY Business!
In celebration of DisneyNature’s August 21st release of CHIMPANZEE on Blu-ray Combo Pack, we’ve got a whole lot of cuteness to support your coverage! How adorable are the chimps? Check out the embeddable slideshow and clips, below!
Toy Story Toons – Ain’t No Party Like a BATHTUB Party!
The toys are back! Disney*Pixar’s brand-new Toy Story Toon, PARTYSAURUS REX, will run in theaters before FINDING NEMO 3D starting September 14th. This adorable short is directed by Mark Walsh, produced by Kim Adam, and is the third installment of Toy Story Toons.
**** Check out this brand-new clip from PARTYSAURUS REX! ****
“Partysaurus Rex” features Rex (voiced by Wallace Shawn), the insecure toy T-Rex in the ‘Toy Story’ gang. Rex goes from shrinking violet to sudsy stud when Bonnie brings him into the bath! What follows can only be described as an EPIC bathtub party.
FINDING NEMO 3D & “Partysaurus Rex” Hit Theaters September 14th!
Meet the Power Rangers of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: SEASON 1, VOLUME 1 (Character Profiles)!!
In anticipation of the August 21st release of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS: SEASON 1, VOLUME 1 on DVD, we invite you to get to know your favorite rangers!
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS – THE RED RANGER (JASON)
A seventeen-year-old black belt in karate and the leader of the team, he is serious about his martial arts and spends much of his time working out new moves and perfecting old ones. The remainder of his time is spent on schoolwork and hanging out with his friends, like most other kids of his age.
Jason is a patriotic sort of guy who is very much into the idea of being a superhero and saving the world. He is, however, first and foremost, a teenager with all the ups and downs and hopes and dreams that go along with his age. Sometimes, his sly smile betrays his rugged young warrior mantle to reveal a kid next door with a mischievous streak.
As a Power Ranger, Jason draws his power from Tyrannosaurus Rex. His weapon is the Power Sword and he pilots the Megazord when it is fully assembled.
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS – THE PINK RANGER (KIMBERLY)
She is a bright and beautiful girl who loves mirrors, shopping malls and gymnastics.
At school she is always the most popular girl and loves the attention she receives. Deep down she is strong and independent and has always longed for adventure and danger.
She is always positive when she’s with her friends and saves her sarcasm for the bad guys. Kimberly does exhibit one “spoiled” trait, she loves to shop! But for her it isn’t about what she buys, it is about going somewhere and having fun looking at things. In other words, she is not spoilt; it’s just her way of being nice to herself!
Kimberly is also a champion gymnast and brings this skill with her into her life as a Power Ranger. She works hard at it and is able to jump out of almost any situation. As a Power Ranger, Kimberly draws power from the Pterodactyl. Her weapon is the Power Bow.
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS – THE BLUE RANGER (BILLY)
Billy is an ultra-intelligent kid who at times has trouble communicating with his peers. Many consider him a nerd…until they get to know him. The fact is, Billy is a sweet, good-hearted super-genius, who has focused entirely on academics. He often talks in techno-speak, using complicated language that only Trini seems to understand.
At school, Billy can be found inside the computer center testing his latest theory on gravity manipulation or designing his latest invention. He belongs to the debate team, the science club, the math club, the chess club, Mensa and William F. Buckley Vocabulary society.
Billy is fascinated by the world around him and has a deep need to know how everything works. In spite of his intelligence Billy is shy and reserved, except when he is with his fellow Power Rangers. It is with them that he feels at home and free to be himself.
As a Power Ranger, Billy draws power from the Triceratops and his weapon is the Power Lance.
MIGHTY MOPRHIN POWER RANGERS – THE YELLOW RANGER (TRINI)
Zordon describes Trini as the one who has “lightning hands and a peaceful soul.” She is a devoted martial artist, into both the spiritual as well as the physical aspect of karate. She is slow to anger but will, if pushed to the wall, neutralize any opponent with a minimum of effort. She is generally observant and is quite intelligent. She is, in fact, the only person who understands Billy.
At school, Trini is very active in school events and good causes. Most of the kids in school look up to her and follow her examples.
In spite of her extraordinary skills, she is quite a patient person and will take a certain amount of pushing – but only to a point. Then her training takes over and she becomes a razor-sharp fighter with lightning reflexes.
As a Power Ranger, Trini’s power comes from the Sabertooth Tiger. Her weapon is the Power Daggers.
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS- THE BLACK RANGER (ZACK)
Zack is a kid in love with life. He is everybody’s friend and lights up a room when he enters it. He’s also a kid with a good heart and a seemingly boundless supply of energy. He is smooth talking, streetwise, very clever and has the ability to disarm his adversaries with a quick smile and a smooth line. He fancies himself to be a ladies’ man. At school, you will find Zack hanging around the music rooms, telling stories in the quad or helping a kid out with a teacher problem.
Zack’s passion in life is music and dance. He loves all kinds of music from Handel to Hip Hop and can dance to any beat. He is also an accomplished gymnast – a skill which he combines with dancing and martial arts to form a karate style he calls Hip-Hop-Kido.
Zack is quite intelligent and uses that intelligence to provide a balance to Jason’s gung-ho style. Though his courage is inarguable, he will often act as the voice of caution when a situation is unclear or overly dangerous. Intuition is the guide of Zack’s life – a fact that is often reflected in the rationale of the decision he makes.
As a Power Ranger, Zack draws power from the Mastodon. His weapon is the Power Axe.
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGER – THE GREEN RANGER (TOMMY)
Tommy is initially the most powerful of the Power Rangers. He received his Green Ranger power while under the spell of Rita. He was saved by the Power Rangers from a life serving the Evil Empress and joined them to fight on the side of good.
Using his formidable martial arts skills and his Power Shield, Tommy was always there to help out the Power Rangers when things got tough. That is until through treachery, Rita and Goldar managed to cause Tommy to lose his powers.
After a while Tommy was once again called on to help the Power Rangers and was powered by Zordon, but his powers are only temporary and they ebb and flow.
As a Power Ranger, Tommy draws power from the Dragonzord. His weapon is the Dragon Dagger.
Zordon is an ageless sage who is wise and kind. His only problem is that Rita trapped him in an inter-dimensional time warp. His only means of communication is through the inter-dimensional communication device that Alpha 5 built in the command center. From there he monitors Rita’s actions, directs Alpha 5 and the teens in their mission and hands out advice to whoever asks.
A powerful evil sorceress, Rita Repulsa was imprisoned by Zordon in a space dumpster for ten thousand years, along with his minions, until the dumpster landed on the moon and was opened by two human astronauts. Now free, she’s determined to take over Earth, but finds herself time and time again foiled by the Power Rangers. Rita is relentless in her quest for control of the Earth, now spending most of her time dreaming up new ways to strip the Power Rangers of their powers.
Saban Brands Unveils Full Lineup for New Saturday Morning Kids Programming Block
LOS ANGELES, CA (August 10, 2012) –Today Saban Brands announced new original content from WWE will anchor its programming block, dubbed Vortexx, which debuts nationwide on The CW August 25th. WWE Saturday Morning Slam packs the riveting in-ring action, the larger-than-life WWE Superstars, and WWE’s kid-friendly entertainment into the fastest, most energy-filled half-hour on television. WWE Superstar profiles, behind-the-scenes footage and an exclusive WWE match every week will all combine to make WWE Saturday Morning Slam the perfect destination for the youngest viewers in the WWE Universe.
“We are extremely excited to partner with the WWE to bring their world class-brand of entertainment to Vortexx,” said Joel Andryc, Co-President, Vortexx. “With a focus on action, adventure and comedy, Vortexx is the perfect home for WWE Saturday Morning Slam and will definitely excite our fans.”
Also coming to the block, which airs Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon, will be marquee titles including Justice League Unlimited, Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy and Iron Man: Armored Adventures. Vortexx will feature many iconic franchises available to viewers in one place for the first time.
7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. (Educational and Informational Hour) —Cubix
In a world full of robots, an ingenious young boy named Connor and his miraculous transforming robot Cubix must combine forces, along with the help of their human and robot pals, to save the day when the evil Dr. K plots to steal the mysterious power source known as Solex.
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. (Educational and Informational Hour) —Rescue Heroes
The Rescue Heroes are a crack team of international emergency response professionals who travel the globe to help those in danger. Equipped with the latest up-to-the-minute knowledge, high-tech hardware and cutting-edge technology, they are dedicated to promoting safety and saving lives everywhere.
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.—Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy
The massive spaceship Terra Venture represents mankind’s greatest accomplishment as it traverses the galaxy. When this tremendous achievement is threatened by dangerous aliens, led by the insect-like villain Scorpius and his daughter Trakeena, a new team of Power Rangers from different walks of life unite to become the Galaxy Rangers in a saga that will take them to undiscovered worlds and even other galaxies.
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.—Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL
Yuma Tsukumo is a young duelist who strives to become the Duel Monsters champion. During a duel with a school bully, a mysterious spirit called Astral appears before him, and helps him to win. Astral explains to Yuma he is searching for his lost memories, which have been transformed into 99 Xyz Monsters cards called Numbers and have been scattered across the globe. In order to recover his memories, Astral teams up with Yuma in order to recover the Numbers cards. Using the powers of Zexal, the two must compete with Numbers Hunters, who seek to claim the Numbers cards for themselves in order to destroy Astral’s home world.
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.—Iron Man: Armored Adventures
Tony Stark, teenage heir to a billion-dollar corporation, must take on the mantle, and formidable armor, of Iron Man when his father mysteriously disappears. Along with his teenage friends, James Rhodes and Pepper Potts, Iron Man must save the world from a multitude of villains and balance the pressures of teenage life with the duties of being a super hero.
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.—Justice League Unlimited
The “founding members” of the Justice League, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl continue to defend the planet from every known threat. Along the way, they are aided by a large number of other superheroes from the DC Universe, including Aquaman, Black Canary, Captain Marvel, Supergirl and more. The League not only clash with their famous nemeses, from Brainiac, Lex Luthor, Mantis and many others, but the building tensions between the Justice League and a secret government agency known as Project Cadmus brings heightened conflict to a series where every child’s favorite superheroes are called to action.
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.—WWE Saturday Morning Slam
WWE Saturday Morning Slam packs the riveting in-ring action, the larger-than-life WWE Superstars, and WWE’s kid-friendly entertainment into the fastest, most energy-filled half-hour on television. WWE Superstar profiles, behind-the-scenes footage and an exclusive WWE match every week will all combine to make WWE Saturday Morning Slam the perfect destination for the youngest viewers in the WWE Universe.
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.—Dragonball Z Kai
The epic adventure continues as the famous martial artist Goku and his son Gohan are shocked when they learn that Goku belongs to an alien race called the Saiyans, who are bent on destroying the Earth. Father and son travel the galaxy, battling Saiyans and other enemies in their heroic attempt to save the world from total destruction.
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.—Yu-Gi-Oh! Classic
Yu-Gi-Oh! tells the tale of Yugi Moto, a young boy who solves an ancient artifact known as the Millennium Puzzle, causing his body to play host to a mysterious spirit. Yugi and his friends love playing the card game Duel Monsters, and with the help of his doppelganger, Yugi becomes the most famous duelist in the world. When Yugi learn that the spirit inside his puzzle is actually an unnamed Pharaoh from Egyptian times, he and his friends attempt to help the Pharaoh regain his memories.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.—Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL
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“Our goal is to reenergize Kids Broadcast Television by providing entertaining and high-impact programming on Vortexx all morning long,” Andryc continued. “We are proud of the lineup we have put together, which also includes classics and fan favorites like Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy and Yu-Gi-Oh!”
Saban Brands will also be hosting a live chat with a Power Ranger during the premiere of the Vortexx television block. Fans can interact LIVE with a Power Ranger on August 25 from 7 a.m. to noon on Twitter at @MyVortexx.
In addition to this new television block on The CW, MyVortexx.com will also offer fun activities, interactive games, and other exciting and unexpected content online and across mobile devices, giving kids the full Vortexx experience 24/7/365.