Animated ‘Strawberry Shortcake’s Spring Spectacular’ Due on DVD and Digitally April 30 From Distribution Solutions and NCircle

The animated Strawberry Shortcake’s Spring Spectacular will be released on DVD and via digital retailers April 30 from Distribution Solutions and NCircle Entertainment.

In the program, Strawberry thinks more popularity will help her baking dreams come true and decides to compete to win best float at the flower festival.

The voice cast includes Ana Sani, Diana Kaarina, Margarita Valderrama, Bahia Watson, Andrea Libman, Shannon Chan-Kent, Tabitha St. Germain, Ingrid Nilson, Ian Hanlin and Chirag Naik.

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‘Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City Season One’ Available on DVD From Distribution Solutions

NCircle Entertainment’s animated Strawberry Shortcake: Berry in the Big City Season One is available on DVD from Distribution Solutions.

The compilation of 20 episodes follows Strawberry Shortcake as she goes to live with her Aunt Praline in the only place a budding baker can go to make their mark: Big Apple City.

The program features the voices of Ana Sani, Diana Kaarina, Margarita Valderrama, Bahia Watson, Andrea Libman, Shannon Chan-Kent, Tabitha St. Germain and Ingrid Nilson.

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10 New Episodes of ‘Bluey’ Available Now on Disney+

Ten new episodes of “Bluey” are streaming on Disney+ in the United States and around the world (outside of Australia and China).

New Episodes include: “Cubby,” “Exercise,” “Relax,” “Stickbird,” “Show and Tell,” “Dragon,” “Wild Girls,” “TV Shop,” “Slide” and “Cricket.”

“Bluey” features the loveable and inexhaustible Blue Heeler dog Bluey, who lives with her Mum, Dad and little sister Bingo. The new episodes showcase 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 that bring to life how children learn and grow through play.

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

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Also in 2024, the first “Bluey” special, “The Sign,” will premiere on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corp.) in Australia and on Disney+ in the United States and around the world.

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.

Samsung TV Plus Adds New Free Kids TV Streaming Channels

Samsung TV Plus has added new free kids TV streaming channels, including such series as “Barney and Friends,” “Baby Einstein,” “Teletubbies,” “Caillou,” “The Adventures of Super Mario Bros 3” and “Sonic the Hedgehog.”

The additions bring the total number of free, 24-7 kids channels to 20.

Samsung TV Plus is also now curating all children’s content within a dedicated kids experience called “Best of Kids.” 

The complete kids channel lineup includes:

  • “Strawberry Shortcake”
  • “Polly Pocket”
  • “Teletubbies”
  • “Blippi”
  • “Nick Pluto TV”
  • “PBS Kids”
  • “Bob the Builder”
  • “Barney and Friends”
  • “The Adventures of Super Mario Bros 3”
  • “Moonbug”
  • “Caillou”
  • “Lego Channel”
  • “pocket.watch”
  • “Sonic the Hedgehog”
  • “Kidoodle.TV”
  • “Baby Einstein”
  • “Ryan and Friends”
  • “ToonGoggle”

Animated ‘Last Kids on Earth — Book Three’ Due on DVD April 18 From Distribution Solutions and NCircle

NCircle Entertainment will release Atomic Cartoons’ The Last Kids on Earth — Book Three, featuring 10 episodes of the tween series, on DVD April 18 from Distribution Solutions.

In the series, life after the zombie apocalypse is pretty good for 13-year-old Jack Sullivan. He lives in a cool tree fort with his best friends, speeds through town playing real-life Mario Kart, has a crew of monster buddies, battles zombies regularly, and generally treats life like a video game. But then Jack’s friends make a startling discovery — they may not be the last kids on earth after all. This is great news for everyone — except Jack, who fears he’ll lose his friends and his fabulous life. It’s also hard convincing his friends everything’s great when they are being hunted by a monstrous Nightmare King and an ancient evil that won’t rest until the earth has been devoured.

The series features the voices of Nick Wolfhard (“Smiling Friends,” “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic”), Montse Hernandez (“Jane the Virgin,” “Elena of Avalor”), Garland Whitt (Training DaySave the Last Dance), as well as a celebrity cast members including Mark Hamill, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Campbell and Catherine O’Hara. 

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Based on the No. 1 New York Times best-selling children’s book series, the animated series won the 2020 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program. 

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.

Genius Brands Launches Its First AI-Generated Children’s Series ‘Kidaverse Fast Facts’

Genius Brands International has announced the launch of its first AI-generated children’s series “Kidaverse Fast Facts,” utilizing OpenAI’s ChatGPT, among other AI technologies.

The series will include new and exclusive shorts and will first premiere in March across Genius Networks’ YouTube and social channels, and then broaden its footprint under both Kartoon Channel! and Ameba across multiple AVOD, SVOD and FAST platforms including Amazon Prime Video Channels, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Apple iOS, Android TV, Android Mobile, Pluto, Roku, Samsung, LG and Vizio Smart TVs.

“Kidaverse Fast Facts,” for children 4-11, utilizes AI for scripts, images, voices and animation. The series will include new and exclusive shorts hosted by History Henry, Science Sally and Sporty Steve, and each video will educate children, featuring lessons and facts about science, history, music, literature and more.   

“We’re excited to bring this innovative series to market and, by using ChatGPT, the series is able to quickly and effectively adapt and deliver our content and concepts in a kid-friendly, snackable format,” Andy Heyward, chairman and CEO of Genius Brands, said in a statement. “The future of children’s entertainment is here, and we’re thrilled to be at the forefront of this revolution.”

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“AI is a game changer for us, providing significant cost efficiencies and speed to market, allowing us to expand our content initiatives and fuel our programming pipeline in a way that couldn’t have been possible before,” Todd Steinman, president of Genius Networks, said in a statement. “These AI tools and the content they create will certainly have a huge impact in children’s entertainment and beyond. With its innovative use of AI, we are confident that ‘Kidaverse Fast Facts’ will be a hit with kids and parents around the world.”

PBS Kids Bows New Episodes of ‘Pinkalicious & Peterrific’ for Valentine’s Day

PBS Kids is celebrating Valentine’s Day with new episodes of “Pinkalicious & Peterrific.”

The new season kicks off Feb. 10 during PBS Kids Family Movie Night with the re-air of the hour-long special “Cupid Calls It Quits.” In the special, Pinkalicious and Peter befriend Cupid who overs them a trade: he’ll become a real kid for a day while Pinkalicious become cupid.

The new episodes premiere on Feb. 13. In the new lineup, audiences will join Pinkalicious and her friends in Pinkville on new adventures, including taking advantage of the last days of snow, becoming immersed in an art exhibit, and working together to help their community. 

The new episodes are available to watch on PBS Kids (check local listings), streaming on PBS Kids, the PBS Kids YouTube channel.

In “Snow Alarm,” after a winter with no snow, Pinkalicious and Peter learn that they may have one last chance at a snow day when it’s forecasted for that very night. Together they invent a snow alarm to alert them when the first snowflake touches the ground.

In “The Pinkest Reward,” when Pinkalicious earns a ribbon for her good deeds the rest of her friends are inspired to make ribbons too, but this leaves Pinkalicious feeling hers is less special. To make her feel better, her friends come together to give back to the community just like she did.

In “Giganto Powder,” Pinkalicious and Peter use Mommy’s new invention — Giganto Powder — to make things grow big.

In “The Extraordinary Art Experience,” Pinkalicious and Rafael get to go to a special art museum exhibit where the paintings come to life. When a girl from a painting, named Fuchsia, jumps out of her painting and doesn’t want to go back, they have to show her why her painting is so special.

In “The Pinkminster Dog Show,” Pinkalicious helps Rafael train his dog Rusty to enter the Pinkminster Dog Show, but the judges are in for a big surprise when Rusty’s tricks are very different from the other dogs performing.

In “Do Over Ray,” Mommy’s new invention, the Do-Over Ray, gives people the chance to try something again if they mess up. But when the machine malfunctions and ruins one of her paintings, Pinkalicious learns that sometimes it’s better to fix things yourself.

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In addition to the new episodes, the Pinkamusical Garden game will be available in a Valentine’s Day season mode all month, available on pbskids.org or the PBS Kids Games app.