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WRECK-IT RALPH New Activity Sheets Now Available!!!
Wreck-It Ralph is out in theaters now. Click on the image below for 3 brand new activity sheets.
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‘CLIFFORD’S REALLY BIG MOVIE’ PREMIERES ON PBS KIDS
Features the late John Ritter as the voice of Clifford as well as Wayne Brady, Jenna Elfman, Judge Reinhold and John Goodman
November 19, 2012 – Scholastic Media, a division of Scholastic Inc., the global children’s publishing, education and media company, announced today that animated film ‘Clifford’s Really Big Movie’ will debut on PBS KIDS (check local listings) on Friday, December 14 as part of its year long celebration of the beloved character’s 50th anniversary.
The animated movie takes children and their families on Clifford’s biggest adventure yet, a rollicking cross-country road trip starring everyone’s favorite Big Red Dog and his best friends Cleo, T-Bone and an entirely new cast of characters. The animated film was originally released in 2004 by Warner Brothers and features the late John Ritter as the voice of Clifford as well as Wayne Brady, Jenna Elfman and John Goodman. A Scholastic Entertainment production, the cast also includes Grey Delisle (What’s New Scooby-Doo), Jess Harnell (Lilo and Stitch), Kel Mitchell (Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle), Judge Reinhold (Beverly Hills Cop III), Kath Soucie (Rugrats Go Wild), Cree Summer (A Different World), and Wilmer Valderrama (That 70’s Show).
For 50 years, Clifford the Big Red Dog has been entertaining children, parents and teachers with his BIG adventures. In his beloved dog, Norman Bridwell created a literary classic embraced by generations around the world. Since the first Clifford® book was published in 1963, the property has grown to include 126 million books in print and an Emmy® Award-winning television series – currently in its twelfth consecutive season on PBS KIDS. Scholastic is currently celebrating the property’s 50th anniversary; kids, parents and teachers can send Clifford a birthday card and learn more about ‘Clifford’s BIG Birthday Sweepstakes’ at www.scholastic.com/clifford.
For information, please visit Clifford’s official Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/officialclifford.
Vortexx to Air YouTube Sensation Gummibär’s First Television Feature & Premiere of Spike Holiday Specials This December
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 27, 2012) – Vortexx on The CW, an affiliate of Saban Brands, today announced special holiday programming for its five-hour kids television block, airing throughout December. Viewers can kick-off this year’s festivities with the television debut of internet smash hit Gummibär in “The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa,” in addition to the U.S. premiere of Christmas specials “Spike Saves Christmas” and “Spike’s Reindeer Rescue.”
Just in time for the season of joy, YouTube sensation Gummibär stars in his first singing and dancing-filled Christmas special, “The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa.” With more than two billion views on YouTube to date, “The Gummy Bear Song,” is the No. 1 most viewed “Animation” video on YouTube of all time. In this fun-filled movie, Gummibär and his band of wacky, misfit friends shake their booties from the North Pole to the tropics on a madcap search for Santa when he goes missing on Christmas Eve. But when they discover Santa was abducted by a dance-crazed alien, the fate of Christmas morning rests in the hands—and feet—of our lovable green gummy bear! Join the gummy craze on Saturday, December 1 at 8 a.m.
In “Spike Saves Christmas,” an elf and young recruit at Santa Claus’ workshop named Spike volunteers for a very important mission: to fetch the sack containing all the letters that the children have addressed to Santa. Unfortunately, Spike loses the precious mail, and it gets locked in the bank containing the fish reserve of Ping Ville, the city of penguins. With the help of Raymond, an older and experienced elf, he decides to break into the building in order to recover the sack and save Christmas. However, Tony and Vito, two polar bear burglars, plan to rob the bank on the same night. Viewers can find out if Spike can save Christmas on December 15 at 8 a.m.
On December 22 at 8 a.m., the Christmas adventure continues with “Spike’s Reindeer Rescue.” Christmas is approaching and Santa’s workshop is buzzing with activity as Spike, Raymond and the other elves are working around the clock in preparation when they get the news that Santa’s reindeer have been kidnapped. Viewers will watch in suspense as Spike attempts to save Christmas once again.
For more information on Vortexx on The CW, please visit www.MyVortexx.com.
Vortexx is an entertainment platform focused on delivering content, activities and products featuring high-energy action, adventure and comedy. On television, Vortexx provides programming, which airs Saturdays from 7 a.m. – noon on the CW. The nationally-broadcast programming block features marquee titles such as Power Rangers Lost Galaxy and Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL in addition to WWE and Justice League Unlimited. In addition to television, Vortexx offers a variety of online and mobile entertainment destinations that will keep kids entertained 24/7/365. Vortexx is an affiliate of Saban Brands. Learn more at MyVortexx.com.
About Saban Brands
Formed in 2010 as a subsidiary of Saban Capital Group, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company’s experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands through content, media and marketing. SB applies a strategic transmedia management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages. The company provides full-service management, marketing, promotion and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct-to-consumer initiatives and specialized property extensions. SB is led by a superior management team with decades of experience in media, content creation, branding, licensing, marketing and finance. For more information, visit www.sabanbrands.com.
About The CW
The CW Network was formed as a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation in 2006. The CW is America’s fifth broadcast network, targeting young adult viewers, specifically young women, 18-34. The CW offers a five-night, 10-hour primetime lineup of original programming that runs Monday through Friday; a one-hour weekday afternoon block; and a five-hour Saturday morning animation block.
Curious George® Premieres its Seventh Season on PBS KIDS with an Australian Adventure Featuring Special Guest Bindi Irwin
–TV’s #1 Series for Preschoolers takes George on his first ever trip to the Australian Outback Monday, December 3, 2012 on PBS KIDS (check local listings)–
Boston, MA and Universal City, CA, November 19, 2012 – Curious George, television’s number one series for preschoolers[*], opens its seventh season on PBS KIDS with a trip down under and a special appearance by animal conservationist Bindi Irwin. In “Monkey Down Under,” George and The Man with the Yellow Hat head south for an Australian Outback Adventure. While The Man with the Yellow Hat goes sea cow sightseeing, George stays behind to investigate a set of giant footprints in the sand. Could it be a mysterious hopping clown rabbit? Or perhaps…a baby kangaroo?! Tune-in as Bindi teaches George about koalas, emus, kangaroos and more starting Monday, December 3, 2012 on PBS KIDS (check local listings).
“I was so excited to be a part of Curious George,” says Bindi Irwin. “He’s my favorite monkey, I’ve loved him my whole life. It’s wonderful he could help me teach kids about the beaut bonza animals that live around my home at Australia Zoo.”
“Monkey Down Under” kicks off a full season of animal-themed Curious George episodes. Throughout the new season, George learns about a wide range of mammals, reptiles, insects and birds. Online, parents will find special activities to help satisfy their little monkey’s curiosity about animals. Parents can download “Exploring the World of Animals” for tips on identifying animals in their own neighborhoods. They can also print out George’s Butterfly Hide-and-Seek activity sheet for coloring butterflies and get the “Act Like an Animal!” activity, which helps children make a “critter catcher.”
“Curious George is a trusted source and a proven ally to help kids learn about the world around them,” says Senior Vice President of Animation Production for Universal 1440 Entertainment Ellen Cockrill. “This season he’ll use his curiosity to guide kids through exploring different types of animals.”
“We knew putting a monkey and a kangaroo together would make for a great episode,” says executive producer Dorothea Gillim. “Bindi Irwin serves as the perfect guide to introduce Australia’s unique animal world to George and young viewers at home.”
The season premiere is followed by two more brand-new episodes airing Tuesday and Wednesday, December 4-5 (check local listings). A complete list of new episodes and storylines airing that week is detailed below:
Monday, December 3, 2012
“Monkey Down Under”
G’Day Mate! George and The Man with the Yellow Hat visit the land down under for an Australian outback safari adventure! While the Man goes sightseeing for sea cows, George stays behind to investigate footprints in the sand. Could it be a mysterious hopping clown rabbit? Or perhaps…a baby kangaroo!
“Bright Lights, Little Monkey”
George, Allie, and Bill go on a late-night search for a mysterious creature – the Perseids. But taking pictures in the dark is hard enough without making noise that would scare away their camera-shy guests. They’ll need a new way to communicate…in a flash!
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
“We Otter Be Friends”
After an otter swims away with Mr. Quint’s boat keys, a stranded George tries everything he can to retrieve them. But the otter is a faster swimmer, a quicker runner, and a better hider than George. Can George out-otter the otter and get the keys back?
“Sir George and the Dragon”
George is starring in his first play. Under the hot stage lights, George falls asleep and dreams he’s a guarding a medieval castle! Can the clever monkey figure out how to keep Dragon Charkie out of the castle and be the hero of the play?
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
What’s long, low to the ground, and loves to clean milkweed off the lobby floor? Hundley’s newest friend and caterpillar, Hundley Jr! But when Hundley is torn between looking after the lobby and caring for his new friend, he turns his lobby duties over – to a monkey!
“Curious George Gets Winded”
Bill needs one more newspaper delivery to win the coveted Golden Pouch, but a big snowfall ruins his chances. Even with George’s help, there’s no way he can deliver all those papers in time. Can George’s monkey-made wind sled help the duo sail to victory?
Curious George airs weekdays on PBS KIDS (check local listings). For more monkey fun, visit Curious George’s website at pbskids.org/curiousgeorge. The site has games, printables, and video clips to enrich kids’ creativity.
Proud Sponsors of Curious George® on PBS KIDS® are Chuck E. Cheese’s®, Stride Rite Children’s Group, LLC, and ABCmouse.com. Additional funding provided by public television viewers.
Curious George is a production of Imagine Entertainment, WGBH Boston, and Universal 1440 Entertainment. Executive producers are Ron Howard (Imagine), Brian Grazer (Imagine), Ellen Cockrill (Universal), Carol Greenwald (WGBH), Dorothea Gillim (WGBH), Jon Shapiro and David Kirschner. Curious George and related characters, created by Margret and H.A. Rey are copyrighted and trademarked by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and used under license. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLP. Television series: ©2012. Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS NAMES JENNIFER LEE DIRECTOR OF “FROZEN”
Screenwriter/Director Lee Joins Director Chris Buck at the Helm of WDAS’ 53rd Full-Length Animated Feature
BURBANK, Calif. (November 29, 2012) — Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS) taps Jennifer Lee to join Chris Buck at the helm of its 53rd full-length animated feature “Frozen,” which is slated for the big screen on Nov. 27, 2013. Lee, who has contributed to the film’s screenplay, is one of the screenplay writers of this year’s hit arcade-hopping adventure “Wreck-It Ralph.”
Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, “Frozen” is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
“Frozen” producer Peter Del Vecho says the match-up is perfect. “Jenn has a real connection to the film and creates dynamic and relatable characters. Her sense of comedy, adventure and story structure paired with Chris Buck’s vast experience and incredible instincts create an ideal situation for this film.”
Lee’s screen adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights” is being produced by Troika Pictures. She has an original screenplay in development with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way, and her original script “Lucid Dreams” was optioned by Wolfgang Peterson’s Radiant Productions. Lee holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire.
Buck directed (with Kevin Lima) Disney’s 1999 high-swinging feature “Tarzan,” which won an Oscar® and a Golden Globe® for Best Music/Original Song (Phil Collins’ “You’ll Be in My Heart”). He directed (with Ash Brannon) 2007’s Oscar-nominated “Surf’s Up” for Sony Pictures Animation. His credits within animation also include 1989’s “The Little Mermaid,” “The Rescuers Down Under” (1990) and “Pocahontas” (1995).
With original songs by Tony®-award winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit”), “Frozen” journeys into theaters Nov. 27, 2013, in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters. For more information, like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DisneyFrozen.
Join The Magic With These MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC Clips!!
In celebration of the December 4th release of MY LITTLE PONIES: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: ADVENTURES IN THE CRYSTAL EMPIRE on DVD, here is a new non-exclusive clip – My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: Adventures in the Crystal Empire Clip 1