‘Dino Ranch’ Preschool Series Renewed for Second Season on Disney Junior and Disney+

The animated preschool series “Dino Ranch” has been renewed for a second season at Disney, the production company Boat Rocker announced. Season two will air on Disney Junior and Disney+ in the United States and Latin America beginning in 2022.

“Dino Ranch” has received an incredible response from kids and parents around the world and we couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to produce a second season,” Michel Pratte, president of Boat Rocker Media and GM of Boat Rocker Studios, said in a statement. “The show is a shining example of franchise IP for Boat Rocker and we are looking forward to continuing to build brand affinity and engagement love for ‘Dino Ranch’ with our partners.”

“We’re very excited to continue our strong partnership with Disney for ‘Dino Ranch,’” Jon Rutherford, president of Boat Rocker Studios, kids & family, and rights, said in a statement. “Disney’s incredible support, along with the show’s ability to resonate with audiences through its unique blend of dinosaurs, family, and engaging storytelling has helped us achieve immediate success. With Season two, we plan on deepening engagement with our fans by unveiling new characters and locations, and many new thrilling adventures with the Cassidy family.”

“Dino Ranch” takes place on a working farm, home to the tight-knit Cassidy family: Ma (Jane), Pa (Bo), and their three adopted kids, Jon, Min, and Miguel. But it isn’t an ordinary ranch. The Cassidy family is in charge of rounding up, riding and caring for a lively herd of racing, roaring dinosaurs who are also their best friends.

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Boat Rocker has developed a licensing program for “Dino Ranch,” partnering with Jazwares on a line of “Dino Ranch”-themed toys that will be available in fall 2021. The company is also working with publishing partner Scholastic to design and produce a range of “Dino Ranch” readers, sticker storybooks, novelty, activity books, and audiobooks with products due to launch in the fall. Further licensees have been secured in the United States for apparel, bedding and bath, watches, Halloween costumes, and costume characters for live events.

“Dino Ranch” was created by Matt Fernandes (of Industrial Brothers) and is produced by Industrial Brothers and Boat Rocker Studios, in association with CBC Kids and Radio-Canada. Boat Rocker Studios manages global franchise development, including content distribution and consumer products. Animation services for season two of “Dino Ranch” will be provided by Boat Rocker’s Jam Filled Entertainment.

‘The Ultraman,’ ‘Ultraman 80’ Collections Coming to DVD Sept. 14 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release “The Ultraman” and “Ultraman 80”  in their North American DVD debut Sept. 14.

Both collections will be on six DVDs at $34.99 each.

Mill Creek Entertainment has licensed the available “Ultraman” back-catalog via international distribution company Indigo Entertainment from Tsuburaya Productions.

“The Ultraman” is the eighth original entry in the “Ultraman” series. This DVD collection includes all 50 episodes. In the animated series, across the planet Earth, strange glowing objects in the form of an unknown language appear in the skies. In order to investigate these strange phenomena, the Earth Defense Forces form the Science Guard Agency led by Captain Akiyama. Akiyama immediately forms a top-rated team of scientific experts. Choichiro Hikari from the Earth Defense Forces space station is chosen to join the Science Guard Agency and begins making his way back to Earth. But as he is traveling through space, Hikari meets Ultraman Joneus. Ultraman Joneus tells Hikari that the Earth is in great danger. In order to defend the Earth, Ultraman Joneus says he must become one with an Earth man. Hikari agrees and he and Ultraman Joneus join forces. When danger strikes, Hikari is able to transform into the gigantic 40 meter tall superhero Ultraman Joneus.

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The ninth original series is “Ultraman 80.” This 50-episode series follows Takeshi Yamato, a 22-year-old young man who lives a double life. During the daytime, he is a rookie but popular science teacher at a junior high school in Tokyo. But after school and on Sundays he works as a member of the elite UGM (Utility Government Members), an Earth defense organization that tackles difficult situations such as alien invasion and attacks from monsters. When the situation gets out of control, Takeshi transforms into a 50-meter-tall mighty warrior, Ultraman 80, and knocks down the most terrifying monsters to save the day.

The “Ultraman” and “Ultraman 80” sets feature episode guides and audio of the original Japanese soundtracks with English subtitles.

‘Luca’ Swimming to Digital and Disc Aug. 3

The Pixar animated film Luca will come out on digital and on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Aug. 3 from Disney Media and Distribution.

The film is available now on the Disney+ streaming service.

Set in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Luca is a coming-of-age story about a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer. Luca shares his adventures with his friend Alberto, but their fun is threatened by a deeply held secret: They’re sea monsters from a world below the water’s surface.

The release touts a variety of bonus features including never-before-seen featurettes, deleted scenes and two alternate openings.

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Disney+ to Debut New Animated ‘Loki,’ ‘Simpsons’ Crossover Short July 7

Disney+ has announced The Good, The Bart, and The Loki, a new Marvel-themed short from “The Simpsons” premiering July 7.

In the new short coming exclusively to Disney+, Loki is banished from Asgard once again and must face his toughest opponents yet — the Simpsons and Springfield’s mightiest heroes — as the God of Mischief teams up with Bart Simpson in the crossover production.

Tom Hiddleston, star of the series “Loki” on Disney+, provides the voice of Loki.

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The Good, The Bart, and The Loki is the second in a series of Disney+ shorts from “The Simpsons” that highlight the service’s brands and titles. The previously released “Star Wars”themed short Maggie Simpson in ‘The Force Awakens from Its Nap’ is now streaming on Disney+.

New episodes of Marvel Studios’ original series “Loki” stream Wednesdays on Disney+.

Netflix Announces Three New Animated Comedy Series for Kids and Families

Netflix has announced three new animated comedy series for kids and families to be released globally.

“A Tale Dark & Grimm,” based on the best-selling book series by Adam Gidwitz and due in fall 2021, follows Hansel and Gretel as they run away from home to find better parents — or at least ones who won’t chop off their heads. As Hansel and Gretel leave their own story and venture through other classic Grimm fairy tales, unexpected narrators’ guide us through their encounters with witches, warlocks, dragons and even the devil himself. As the siblings roam a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind the famous tales, as well as how to take charge of their destinies and create their own happily ever after.

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“Dogs in Space” is also coming in fall 2021. In the series, in the not-so-distant future, genetically enhanced dogs are sent across the universe in search of a new home for the human race. It’s a giant cosmic game of fetch, as the canines seek a planet that will save humanity and — more importantly — let them return to their beloved owners.

“Super Giant Robot Brothers,” slated to debut in 2022 is an action-comedy series that follows two giant robots who discover they are brothers, as they help defend Earth from the forces of intergalactic evil.

“Comedy comes in many flavors and we are excited to add a few new ones to the menu at Netflix,” Megan Casey, director, original animation, said in a statement. “From a character comedy about dogs on a very unusual space mission by first-time creator Jeremiah Cortez, to a dark comedic take on fairy tales based on the wildly popular book A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz, to a giant robot buddy comedy from Victor Maldonado and Alfredo Torres, we are thrilled to give kids and families all over the world more reasons to laugh.”

‘Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog’ Due on Digital and DVD Sept. 14

Two of animation’s top canine characters team up in Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog, a new, full-length animated family film set for release on digital and DVD Sept. 14 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog finds the teen sleuths in the town of Nowhere, Kan., where they meet Courage the Cowardly Dog. There they investigate what makes the backwoods hometown of Courage and his owners Eustace and Muriel Bagge one of the weirdest places on Earth. The canine colleagues sniff out a strange object, putting the team on the trail of a giant cicada monster and her winged warriors.

The release includes three bonus classic “Scooby-Doo!” episodes: the “Scooby Doo, Where Are You!” episode “Decoy for a Dognapper”; the “The Scooby Doo/Dynomutt Hour” episode “The Gruesome Game of the Gator Ghoul”; and the “The Scooby-Doo/Dynomutt Hour” episode “Chiller Diller Movie Thriller.”

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Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog features the voice talents of Frank Welker as Scooby-Doo/Fred Jones, Grey Griffin as Daphne Blake, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy Rogers and Kate Micucci as Velma Dinkley. The film also features Jeff Bergman as Eustice Bagge, Marty Grabstein as Courage the Cowardly Dog and Thea White as Muriel Bagge.

‘Boss Baby’ Sequel Coming to Peacock and Theaters on Same Day

The animated sequel The Boss Baby: Family Business will debut on the Peacock streaming service and in theaters on the same day, July 2.

The film, from Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation, will be available to Peacock Premium subscribers, who pay $4.99 a month for the service, at no additional cost. It’s the first time Peacock has had a simultaneous theatrical-streaming release.

Peacock is owned by Universal’s parent company, NBCUniversal.

The film features the voices of Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow, James Marsden and Jeff Goldblum, and follows the Templeton brothers, who have become adults and drifted away from each other. Then, a new boss baby brings them together.

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‘Sonic Boom’ Season One Available on Blu-ray From NCircle and Mill Creek

In time for the Sonic the Hedgehog 30th anniversary, Sonic Boom: The Complete Season 1 is available on Blu-ray Disc from Mill Creek Entertainment and NCircle Entertainment.

In the TV series, the anthropomorphic blue hedgehog Sonic (along with friends Tails, Knuckles and Sticks, as well as frenemy Doctor Eggman and Buster, a slime-belching robot dog) boosts, spins and peels out through a dystopian future.

The series, based on the Sonic the Hedgehog video game that debuted 23 years earlier, aired from 2014 to 2017.

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‘Space Jam’ Shooting to 4K Ultra HD for 25th Anniversary

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the family film Space Jam  on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack and digital July 6 to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary.

In the 1996 film, six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes’ Bugs Bunny collide in a future universe with Jordan as a live-action hero entering an animated world. Captured by Bugs Bunny to foil a ghastly gang of space creatures, Jordan must play the basketball game of his life to save the beloved cartoon heroes from a hideous kidnapping scheme.

The film also features Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle and the voice of Danny DeVito. Bill Murray, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing appear as themselves.

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Space Jam received an Annie Award for Best Individual Achievement: Technical Achievement and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television (1997).

The Space Jam Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack contains previously released special features, including commentary from director Joe Pytka, Bugs Bunny (voiced by Billy West) and Daffy Duck (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker); the featurette “Jammin” with Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan; and music videos including Seal’s “Fly Like an Eagle” and Monstars’ anthem “Hit ‘Em High.”

The 4K re-release is also timed for the sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy, with LeBron James, which will be released July 16.

‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Due on Disc July 13

The animated The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run will come out on Blu-ray and DVD July 13 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

In the CGI-animated adventure with live-action elements, SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary goes missing in a plot hatched by Plankton to get the Krabby Patty recipe, and he and his friend Patrick head to the Lost City of Atlantic City to retrieve him. The film features appearances by Keanu Reeves and Snoop Dogg, among others.

The film was originally released as a premium VOD rental March 4 and also to Paramount+ streaming subscribers.

Special features on disc include:

  • The mini-movie “I’m Urchin You to Leave”;
  • “Campfire Songs,” with the”Agua” music video by Tainy & J. Balvin, the “How We Do” lyric video by Snoop Dogg and Monsta X, the “Krabby Step” lyric video by Tyga, Swae Lee & Lil Mosey, and the“Agua” lyric video by Tainy & J. Balvin;
  • “Campfire Stories,” with the deleted storyboards “Wake Up” and “Sumo Ninja”;
  • “Camp Coral Buddies,” with “The Ballad of SpongeBob and Patrick!” and “I ♥ Camp Coral by SpongeBob SquarePants”;
  • “Camp Arts and Crafts,” featuring “Drawing the Cutest Camper Ever,” “Drawing the Cutest Snail Ever” and “The Amazing Stages of Animation”; and
  • “But Wait … There’s S’mores!,” featuring “The Wonders of the Patty Mobile.”