Disney+ to Launch 10 New Episodes of Kids’ Series ‘Bluey’ Jan. 12

Disney+ will release 10 new episodes of the children’s series “Bluey” Jan. 12.

“Bluey” features the loveable and inexhaustible Blue Heeler dog Bluey, who lives with her Mum, Dad and little sister Bingo.

In the 10 new Disney+ episodes, Bluey showcases the joyful simplicity that can be found in families turning everyday events of family life — like making a cubby house (blanket fort) or a trip to the beach — into unique adventures. The episodes include:

  • “Cubby” – Bluey and Bingo build a very special cubby for their stuffed toy, Kimjim.
  • “Exercise” – Bingo pretends to be Boss Bluey’s new employee in the middle of Dad’s backyard workout.
  • “Relax” – Bluey and Bingo would rather explore their holiday hotel room than relax on the beach.
  • “Stickbird” – On a trip to the beach, Mum teaches Bluey how to throw, while Bingo and Dad get creative with a funny shaped stick.
  • “Show and Tell” – Bluey wants to know why Dad’s always bossing her around.
  • “Dragon” – Bluey asks Dad to help her draw a dragon for her story.
  • “Wild Girls” – Coco wants to play Wild Girls with Indy, but Chloe wants her to play another game.
  • “TV Shop” – At the pharmacy, Bluey and Bingo have fun playing with the CCTV screens.
  • “Slide” – Bingo and Lila are excited to play on their new waterslide.
  • “Cricket” – During a friendly game of neighborhood cricket, the dads struggle to bowl Rusty out.

 

Following its January Disney+ premiere, the new episodes will air on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior in territories around the world later in 2024.

Also later in 2024, Disney+ will bow the previously announced first-ever “Bluey” special, “The Sign.” It will also air on ABC (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation) in Australia. The 28-minute special is penned by “Bluey” creator and writer Joe Brumm and directed by Richard Jeffery from Ludo Studio.

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Jointly commissioned by ABC Children’s and BBC Studios Kids & Family, “Bluey” is created and written by Joe Brumm and produced by multi-Emmy Award-winning Ludo Studio in association with Screen Queensland and Screen Australia. The series streams to U.S. and global audiences (outside of Australia, New Zealand and China) across the Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney+ through a global broadcasting deal between BBC Studios Kids & Family and Disney Branded Television.

Season Two of ‘Rugrats’ Debuting April 14 on Paramount+

Paramount+ has released the official trailer and key art for season two of the original animated series “Rugrats” reboot, which debuts with the first 13 episodes of the season April 14, exclusively on the service in the United States and Canada.

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The series will also be available to stream on Paramount+ in the United Kingdom, Australia, Latin America, Brazil, South Korea, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria at a later date.

The series reboot follows the iconic babies — Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Susie, Phil and Lil — as they explore the world and beyond. In the second season of “Rugrats,”the babies are back and ready to take on the world with their pint-sized perspectives. New episodes follow Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Susie, Phil and Lil as they cross the frozen tundra, discover the treasures of ancient babies and go on the greatest adventure of all: meeting Tommy’s new brother.

Returning to the playpen is Tommy’s little brother Dil, voiced by Tara Strong (“Teen Titans Go!”) who is reprising her role in this new series. Also joining the series this season are guest stars Yvette Nicole Brown (“Community”) as Miss Mellie, the friendly and silly tour guide at re-created Old West town Tot Springs; Wendie Malick (“The Owl House”) as Judith, Charlotte’s glamorous yet often condescending mother; Sarah Niles (“Ted Lasso”) as Nanny Pip, a proficient and encouraging robotic nanny who watches Angelica; and Alia Shawkat (“Severance”) as Trish, Betty’s new girlfriend who is eager to make friends with everyone.

The series stars E.G. Daily (Tommy Pickles), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie Finster), Cheryl Chase (Angelica Pickles), Cree Summer (Susie Carmichael) and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil DeVille), all of whom are reprising their roles in this new series.

The original voice cast is joined by new voices, including Ashley Rae Spillers and Tommy Dewey (Tommy’s parents, Didi and Stu Pickles); Tony Hale (Chuckie’s father, Chas Finster); Natalie Morales (Phil and Lil’s mother, Betty DeVille); Anna Chlumsky and Timothy Simons (Angelica’s parents, Charlotte and Drew Pickles); Nicole Byer and Omar Miller (Susie’s parents, Lucy and Randy Carmichael); Michael McKean (Grandpa Lou Pickles); Charlet Chung (Kimi); and Grey Delisle (Begley). Also returning as guest stars in season two are Henry Winkler (Boris); Swoosie Kurtz (Minka); Telma Hopkins (Celeste); Raini Rodriguez (Gabi); Keith Carradine (Bob Brine); and Richard Ayoade (Duffy).

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Produced by Nickelodeon Animation, the new “Rugrats” is based on the series created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo and Paul Germain. The original “Rugrats” series launched Aug. 11, 1991, and was in production for nine seasons over the course of 13 years. It earned four Daytime Emmy Awards, six Kids’ Choice Awards and its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

Episodes of ‘Nature Cat’ Among Content Added to PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in March

New episodes of “Odd Squad,”  “Let’s Go Luna!,” “Molly of Denali,” “Nature Cat” and “Cyberchase” are streaming on the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in March.

The subscription rate for the channel is $4.99 a month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

Four episodes in volume 14 of “Cyberchase” began streaming March 3. Among the episode adventures, the Northern Frontier ducks are off on their annual migration, and the CyberSquad join the flock. Next, a mysterious creature is trampling through Crestwood Park, leaving visitors too scared to enter. The CyberSquad investigate, and along the way, experience the wonders of nature, learning why it’s important to leave nature as you find it. Then, something is heating up the ocean waters of Coralina, harming its lush coral reef. With the help of an action hero crab, will the CyberSquad solve this underwater mystery before it’s too late? And Jackie wins the chance of a lifetime to apprentice with the incomparable fashion designer Fabio DeZine. Jackie quickly learns it takes more than just a pretty drawing to design something with real, sustaining impact.

Four episodes in volume 13 of “Let’s Go Luna!” start streaming March 10. During the adventures, in Switzerland, Carmen breaks her favorite clock and must recall what she has learned about how clocks and watches work. And Leo loves “Swiss Cheese,” but becomes obsessed with finding out who or what is making the holes. Next, in Paris, Andy gets inspired by French movie-magic innovator George Méliès. And when Honey rides off in a helium balloon over Paris, worried Carmen and pals give chase. Then in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Andy is convinced his dad is a caveman, and Carmen is assigned the “joyful” task of cheering up her grumpy grandpa. Also in Dubrovnik, Leo, the kids and Luna use a Tesla Coil to power Fabuloso’s broken reading-light hat and a perfect storm of misunderstanding and mistaken identity lead to Andy being accidentally recruited into a folkdance troupe.

Five episodes in volume 14 of “Nature Cat” arrive on the channel March 24. In the episodes, when Nature Cat comes across petrified wood, the gang is curious as to how it formed. And the pals want to build a new clubhouse but buying new stuff hurts nature. Can the gang find a different way? Next, Squeeks doesn’t want to step down as Moss Queen. Can her old buddies create their own Moss Kingdom to get her back? And when leaf-moving machines threaten to ruin everyday life, the crew fights back. Can the small gang make a big change? Then, Nature Cat is squeamish around creepy-crawlies, but the Agents need to get to know a daddy longlegs to complete their mission. And a moon-munching monster is munching the moon. Next, the pals want their favorite sunflower to stick around a little longer, but the growing season is over. And when the gang gets lost during a treasure hunt, Nature Cat says to follow mossy trees home. But will his camping trick do the trick? Plus, it’s way too hot to complete Nature Cat’s Warrior Challenge. Can the gang find a way to cool off? And Nature Cat’s friend Screechy the screech owl is an expert at hide-and-go-screech. Can Nature Cat finally win a game with his friends’ help?

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Three episodes in volume 14 of “Molly of Denali” begin streaming March 24. In “The Qyah Ice Classic/The Great Qyah Clean Up,” spring is coming and soon the river ice will break, but when? All of Qyah is making their guesses, and the one that comes closest earns a special prize. Then, spring has sprung, and the whole village pitches in to clean up Qyah. Molly and Tooey discover a mystery piece of trash that turns out to be treasure. Next, in “Puppy Sitting/Big Dreams and Blue Skies,” while Tooey and his family are away in Japan, Trini offers to puppy-sit his newest sled dog. Then, Molly is thrilled to learn about Ellen Paneok, who inspired her mom to become a pilot. Meanwhile, in “Sticker Shock/A Song for Lola,” Tooey’s brothers won’t stop using Tooey’s stuff. To keep track of who owns what, Tooey labels everything he can. And Vera’s Lola Miranda is coming back to Qyah on a visit from the Philippines, and Vera wants to surprise her with a special song.

Finally, five episodes in volume 19 of “Odd Squad” begin streaming March 31. First, three villains team up with Bonnie Blaster and her high-powered, oddness-causing gadget. Next, Jamie Jam and Marty Marmalade join forces  to trade tips to throw off the Agents and avoid getting Scaught. Then, globetrotting villain Stu Venir is turning monuments into keychains. The Agents must uncover a pattern to predict where he will strike next. And it’s Oswald’s birthday. After running into a Party Crasher creature, there are suddenly four of him who seem identical. The Mobile Unit is called upon when a lost Baby Laser Chicken is found in the Austrian countryside, and when struck with oddness, the Odd Squad Timekeeper that keeps time for all the clocks around the world suddenly stops working. Also in this volume: Orla thought she was the only ancient Agent left, but when a distress call comes through, it’s clear that she was wrong. Ancient Agent Olando heads into the field with the Mobile Unit, and in a two-part special, the Odd Squad Mobile Unit must stop a group of villains who want to break into Headquarters to steal an artifact. Little do the Agents know, their greatest challenge will come from someone inside.

‘Gigantosaurus Season 2 — We’re in This Together!’ Headed to DVD Nov. 15 From NCircle and Distribution Solutions

NCircle Entertainment and Distribution Solutions will release season two of Cyber Group Studios’ animated “Gigantosaurus” on DVD Nov. 15. Gigantosaurus Season 2: We’re in This Together! features 90 minutes and eight episodes.

In season two, four little dino heroes — Rocky, Tiny, Bill and Mazu — are as brave and inseparable as ever and are off on new adventures in Cretacia. Whether running, flying or singing, the four friends explore brand-new corners of their land and make cool discoveries as they seek to learn the secrets of their new and mysterious friend Gigantosaurus, the biggest and fiercest dinosaur of all the dinos in Cretacia. Through great adventures and belly laughs alike, Rocky, Tiny, Bill and Mazu overcome all sorts of fears and obstacles.

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The animated series features the voices of Dylan Schombing (“Pup Academy,” “Watchman”), Nahanni Mitchell (“The Powerpuff Girls,” “Dragon Prince”), Nicholas Holmes (“Batwoman,” “Arrow”) and Heather Doerksen (Pacific Rim, The Cabin in the Woods). 

The children’s entertainment brand “Gigantosaurus” spans not only books and DVDs, but also toys and video games.

The U.K.’s first Gigantosaurus Land will open in 2024.

Special ‘A Donkey Hodie Halloween’ Streaming on PBS Kids Prime Video Channel

The new special A Donkey Hodie Halloween is available to stream now on the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel.

In the special, it’s Purple Panda’s first Halloween in Someplace Else, but he’s afraid because he doesn’t know what to expect. Donkey Hodie is there to help. She prepares Panda for all the things he’ll see on Halloween while their neighbors make it extra special. 

Other Halloween-themed shows streaming now on the channel include:

  • Caillou’s Halloween, in which Caillou has so much to look forward to from finding the perfect pumpkin to picking a costume;
  • PBS Kids: Spooky Stories, featuring a creepy collection of stories from “Dinosaur Train,” “Nature Cat,” “Ready, Jet Go!” and “Peg + Cat”; and
  • The Berenstain Bears: Trick or Treat, in which viewers join the Bear Family for  Halloween adventures from trick-or-treating around the neighborhood to taking a trip to a haunted lighthouse as Brother and Sister learn that seemingly scary things can be fun. 

 

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The PBS Kids Prime Video Channel offers more than 3,000 episodes of educational and entertaining shows and shorts for kids ages 2-8. The subscription rate is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

New Episodes of ‘Odd Squad,’ ‘Alma’s Way’ Among Titles Streaming on PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in July

New volumes of “Odd Squad,” “Alma’s Way,” “Molly of Denali,” “Cyberchase” and “Nature Cat” will be added to the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in July.

The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. Viewers can also stream full episodes of shows for free on PBS Kids.

Four episodes in Volume 18 of “Odd Squad” start streaming July 8. The live-action series is about a high-tech agency run by kids who investigate unusual phenomena and use math to set things right. Each assignment helps kids 5 to 8 build math, problem-solving and collaboration skills. 

Four episodes in Volume 6 of “Alma’s Way” start streaming July 19. Aimed at viewers ages 4 to 6, the series follows 6-year-old Alma Rivera, a proud, confident Puerto Rican girl who lives in the Bronx with her parents, younger brother Junior and Abuelo, as well as a diverse group of close-knit friends, family and community members. Each episode models self-awareness, responsible decision-making and empathy, while encouraging kids to generate and value their own ideas and questions.

Four episodes in Volume 11 of “Molly of Denali” debut July 22. In the series, kids meet Molly Mabray, a curious Alaska Native girl. Molly helps her parents run the Denali Trading Post in the fictional village of Qyah, Alaska. Each episode helps children ages 4 to 8 learn how to use informational texts to solve problems.

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Five episodes in Volume 13 of “Cyberchase” start streaming July 22. In the series, three earth kids go on epic adventures to stop Hacker and save Cyberspace using brain power. Empowering kids ages 6 to 8 to be creative problem solvers, the series builds viewers’ math and environmental literacy skills.  

Five episodes in Volume 13 of “Nature Cat” debuts July 29. The series investigates and explores nature with the help of his animal friends while encouraging children ages 3 to 8 to get outside, connect with the natural world and understand the need for environmental conservation. 

Mattel’s ‘Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go — Best Friends’ Due on DVD May 24 From NCircle

Mattel’s Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go — Best Friends will be released on DVD May 24 from NCircle Entertainment and Distribution Solutions.

The disc features eight episodes of the series, in which Thomas and Percy are practically inseparable and everyone on the Island of Sodor knows they’re rarely seen without one another.

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The series  delivers meaningful life lessons as Thomas learns that the “high road” is not always the easy choice. 

New Episodes of ‘Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood’ Among Titles Available on PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in April

New episodes of “Elinor Wonders Why,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” and “Molly of Denali” are available on the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in April.

The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

Six new episodes of “Elinor Wonders Why” will be added to the PBS Kids Prime Video channel April 22, along with an hour-long special Elinor Wonders Why: A Wonderful Journey hitting the channel April 19. In A Wonderful Journey, the gang goes camping at Hidden Lake, where they meet an inventor named Bianca and find a way to help frogs that are being affected by a nearby road project. 

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Five new episodes of  “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” will hit the channel April 15. In the new volume, Daniel and Katerina come up with a new way to play together in “Daniel and Katerina Listen to Each Other.”

Nine new episodes of “Molly of Denali” will also launch on the channel April 12. In a special two-part episode “Basketball Blues,” Molly is in a basketball shooting slump, and Tooey and Alaskan basketball star Kamaka Hepa try to help her out.

Genius Brands Animated Series ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’ to Stream in China

Genius Brands International has announced the launch of season one of its flagship animated children’s series, “Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten,”  on Alibaba Group’s video streaming platform Youku starting March 2022.

Youku is one of the top three streaming platforms in the mainland China territory, according to Genius. 

Additionally, the  series will be available via the Tudou and Kumiao apps.

“Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten,” executive produced by and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, focuses on the adventures of six unique kids who are learning to master their super skills, along with their ABCs, with the help of their teacher Arnold Armstrong (aka the superhero Captain Fantastic).

“I have always loved bringing my latest projects to my Chinese fans, because they’re some of the most passionate fans in the world, so I can’t wait for them to see ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten,'” Schwarzenegger said in a statement.

“Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten” premiered on April 23, 2021, on Genius Brands’ Kartoon Channel! in the United States and Canada and has since garnered more than 75 million views, according to Genius. The company will continue to launch the series in key territories around the world in 2022.

“Alibaba’s Youku is one of the most far-reaching media platforms for kids in the world, and we are excited to make ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’ available to millions of kids across China,” Andy Heyward, chairman and CEO of Genius Brands, said in a statement. “This unique action-packed series delivers all the elements that resonate with kids today, along with positive messaging and Arnold’s star power.”

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“Genius Brands has done a tremendous job of creating a truly unique series that kids and their families can enjoy together,” Aaron Liao, GM of Youku Kids, said in a statement. “With Arnold Schwarzenegger driving ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’ and the creative storylines and compelling characters, we have no doubt that we will be able to create an impressive fan base in China, building on the success of the series in the U.S. and Canada.”

The series, voice-directed by John Landis and featuring head writer Steven Banks (“SpongeBob SquarePants”), is produced by Genius Brands and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment in association with Schwarzenegger’s Oak Productions. Gill Champion, CEO of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment; Heyward; Schwarzenegger; and Paul Wachter of Main Street Advisors serve as executive producers.

Holiday-Themed Programs Hitting PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in November

Holiday-themed programs will be curated in a special section of the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel in November.

The festive season kicks off with a Thanksgiving special from “Arthur” and Christmas movies from “Nature Cat” and “Wild Kratts.” Compilations featuring PBS Kids characters will also be available in the collection, including stories about winter fun, Hannukah traditions, and Christmas celebrations in Spanish.

The subscription rate for the PBS Kids Prime Video Channel is $4.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription.

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol is available Nov. 19. Viewers join Nature Cat and his pals for an hour-long Christmas movie. In this homage to A Christmas Carol, Nature Cat is bursting with what he thinks is “Christmas Spirit,” and wants to celebrate with lots of presents for himself, and by decorating the woods with bright lights and loud festive music for everyone. Daisy, Hal and Squeeks are upset, because Nature Cat’s desire to celebrate Christmas in a big way is causing problems with their friendship, as well as bothering all of the animals in the woods. It’s not until Nature Cat is visited by three Christmas Spirits that he finally sees the true meaning of Christmas.

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Also due Nov. 19 is Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas. In this one-hour special, it’s Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. They are just beginning to open their presents when the Wild Kratts Alarm sounds. The villains Zach Varmitech, Gaston Gourmand and Donita Donata are kidnapping all the baby animals to turn them into Christmas ornaments. Christmas will have to wait as the Wild Kratts spring into action to save their friends and get them home for Christmas.

Also on Nov. 19 comes the four-episode PBS Kids: Celebrate Hanukkah. When Albert Einstein has Peg and Cat over on Hanukkah, he shows them how to make a 2D piece of paper into a dreidel in “Flat Woman Problem/The Hanukkah Problem.” Then, Francine’s sharp-tongued grandma Bubba is the star of an “Arthur” episode all about family traditions in “Is That Kosher?/Never Never Never.” Finally, jump into a “Super Why!” story with the Super Readers to learn more about the holiday in “Judith’s Happy Chanukah!”

Finally on Nov. 19 comes the four-episode PBS Kids: Felices Fiestas!. Viewers join Daniel, Peg and her sidekick Cat, alien Jet Propulsion, and superhero WordGirl as they celebrate the holidays. Daniel and his friends go sledding, Jet searches to define the spirit of Christmas, and more.

Arthur: An Arthur Thanksgiving is available Nov. 26. In the five-episode collection, Arthur and his family are getting ready for Thanksgiving. But, when Pal disappears to go on his own adventure, Arthur puts his plans on hold to search for him. Meanwhile, D.W. starts to think that Aunt Minnie might be more of an Aunt “Meanie.” Can family, friends and the rest of Elwood City get Pal home and help D.W. and Aunt Minnie celebrate the best Thanksgiving yet?

Also due Nov. 26 is the five-episode PBS Kids: More Snowy Stories with characters from “Elinor Wonders Why,” “Hero Elementary,” “Molly of Denali,” “Pinkalicious & Peterrific” and “Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum.” Pinkalicious and her brother Peter build a pink-mazing gingerbread house that attracts a holiday fairy in “Gingerbread House/Christmas Tree Trouble.” Elinor and her pals build a giant snow friend in “Leave it to Ari/Snow Friend.”

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Other titles coming to the holiday carousel are Arthur’s Perfect Christmas, Caillou: Let’s Go Sledding!, Let’s Go Luna: Christmas Around the World, PBS Kids: Happy Holidays, PBS Kids: Snowy Stories and PBS Kids: Winter Wonderland.