‘The Bob’s Burgers Movie’ Headed to Digital July 12, Disc July 19

The 20th Century Studios animated adventure The Bob’s Burgers Movie will be available on digital July 12 and on Blu-ray and DVD July 19 from Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. A 4K Ultra HD Steelbook featuring custom artwork will be available only at Best Buy.

The film will also begin streaming July 12 on HBO Max and Hulu.

The animated musical comedy-mystery-adventure is based on the long-running, Emmy award-winning series. In the feature, after a ruptured water main creates a sinkhole in front of Bob’s Burgers and blocks the entrance, Bob and Linda Belcher struggle to keep the business afloat, and the kids try to solve a mystery that could save the restaurant. 

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Bonus features include deleted scenes, animation extras, audio commentary and a new short, “My Butt Has a Fever.”

The film has earned more than $33.2 million in theaters.

‘Bob’s Burgers Movie’ to Stream on HBO Max and Hulu Starting July 12

The 20th Century Studios animated film The Bob’s Burgers Movie will debut July 12 on streaming services HBO Max and Hulu.

The animated musical comedy-mystery-adventure is based on the long-running Emmy-winning series. The story begins when a ruptured water main creates an enormous sinkhole right in front of Bob’s Burgers, blocking the entrance indefinitely and ruining the Belchers’ plans for a successful summer. While Bob and Linda struggle to keep the business afloat, the kids try to solve a mystery that could save their family’s restaurant.

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Voice talent includes Kristen Schaal, H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, Larry Murphy, Zach Galifianakis and Kevin Kline. The film was directed by Loren Bouchard and Bernard Derriman. The screenplay is by Loren Bouchard and Nora Smith. The producers are Loren Bouchard, Nora Smith and Janelle Momary.

RuPaul to Join ‘Zombies 3’ Debuting on Disney+ July 15

RuPaul will join the cast of Zombies 3, the third story in Disney Branded Television’s musical franchise, which will premiere globally July 15 exclusively streaming on Disney+.

The threequel, which introduces a new group of mysterious outer space aliens to the diverse student body of zombies, cheerleaders and werewolves at Seabrook High, will make its Disney Channel debut on Aug. 12 with a special encore premiere featuring additional bonus footage and a brand new “lost song” musical number.

Multi-talented actor/host/recording artist RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”) joins the cast as the voice of “The Mothership,” a comedically passive-aggressive UFO that brings the aliens to Earth.

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Zombies 3 stars Milo Manheim as zombie Zed and Meg Donnelly as cheerleader Addison, who are beginning their senior year at Seabrook High in the town that’s become a safe haven for monsters and humans alike. Zed is anticipating an athletic scholarship that will make him the first zombie to attend college, while Addison is gearing up for Seabrook’s first international cheer-off. Then suddenly, extraterrestrial beings arrive in Seabrook, provoking something other than friendly competition. The movie also stars Chandler Kinney as Willa, Ariel Martin as Wynter, Pearce Joza as Wyatt, Carla Jeffery as Bree, Trevor Tordjman as Bucky, Kylee Russell as Eliza, Terry Hu as A-spen, Matt Cornett as A-lan, Kyra Tantao as A-li, James Godfrey as Bonzo and Kingston Foster as Zoey.

Disney+ Orders Fourth Season of ‘High School Musical: The Musical — The Series’

Disney+ has ordered a fourth season of its original series “High School Musical: The Musical — The Series” just ahead of its third-season premiere on July 27.

Each of the eight episodes of the third season will stream weekly on Wednesdays, exclusively on Disney+. The Disney Branded Television series, created and executive-produced by Tim Federle, is inspired by the two-time Emmy Award-winning “High School Musical” franchise. The music-driven, GLAAD Media and Kids Choice Award-winning series has garnered record numbers for its soundtracks across the first two seasons and holiday special, with 2 billion combined streams to date, according to a Disney+ release.

“This series continues to deliver best in class drama, humor, and heart,” Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television, said in a statement. “Tim Federle’s vision and interpretation of this legacy IP keeps evolving season over season and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for the Wildcats next.”

“This series has been an epic adventure from the start and I’m beyond grateful that we get to keep making music, telling these stories, and showcasing these exceptional stars,” Federle said in a statement.

Season three of “High School Musical: The Musical — The Series” is set at Camp Shallow Lake, a sleepaway camp in California, as the Wildcats and their fellow campers are primed for a summer ripe with romance, curfew-less nights and a taste of the great outdoors.  Also, there’s a high-stakes production of Frozen on the horizon and a drama-filled “docu-series” of the production in the works.

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“High School Musical: The Musical — The Series” season three stars Joshua Bassett, Sofia Wylie, Matt Cornett, Julia Lester, Dara Reneé, Frankie Rodriguez, Saylor Bell Curda and Adrian Lyles. Also featured this season are recurring guest stars Aria Brooks, Liamani Segura and Ben Stillwell  as well as guest stars Corbin Bleu, Meg Donnelly, Jason Earles, Kate Reinders, Olivia Rose Keegan, Olivia Rodrigo, Larry Saperstein and Joe Serafini.

 

‘Grease 2’ Bowing June 7 in Blu-ray Steelbook for 40th Anniversary

The musical Grease 2 will be released in a limited-edition Blu-ray Steelbook June 7 from Paramount Home Entertainment for its 40th anniversary.

The follow up to 1978’s Grease, Grease 2 was originally released on June 11, 1982. In the film, Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield star as high school students from very different backgrounds who find love despite the expectations of everyone around them. It’s 1961 and there’s a new crop of seniors ready to rule Rydell High, including the coolest cliques on campus — the Pink Ladies and T-Birds. Michael Carrington (Caulfield) is the new kid in town, but he’s been branded a brainiac. Can he fix up an old motorcycle, don a leather jacket, and avoid a rumble with the leader of the T-Birds (Adrian Zmed) to win the heart of Pink Lady Stephanie Zinone (Pfeiffer)?

The release includes access to a digital copy of the film.

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Disney+ to Bow Sing-Along Versions of Musicals

Disney+ March 14 announced plans to introduce sing-along versions of  musicals, beginning with Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto on March 18.

While watching the new Disney+ sing-along version of Encanto, subscribers can follow the on-screen lyrics and sing along.

Sing-alongs available later this year on Disney+ will include Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen, Frozen 2, Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast (2017).

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Musical ‘1776’ Due on 4K Ultra HD May 31 for Its 50th Anniversary

For its 50th anniversary, the musical 1776 will be released on 4K Ultra HD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment May 31.

The release includes a limited-edition sleeve with theatrical poster art and includes both the 165-minute director’s cut and the 167-minute extended cut, both presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos + 5.1 audio.

1776 is a musical celebration of the founding of the United States of America based on the award-winning Broadway production. The story centers on the tough and unyielding John Adams (William Daniels), the charming and pragmatic Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva), the brilliant young Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard), and the rest of the Continental Congress. All events lead up to that most significant historical date: July 4, 1776.

A Blu-ray Disc includes multiple extras.

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Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’ to Stream on Disney+, HBO Max Starting March 2

Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-lauded musical feature West Side Story will debut on Disney+ in the United States and most international countries on March 2. 

It will also reportedly stream on HBO Max in the United States.

The film will launch in Taiwan on March 9 and Japan on March 30 on Disney+.

In addition, the ABC one-hour special “Something’s Coming: West Side Story — A Special Edition of 20/20” is available to stream on Disney+ now.

Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (Ariana DeBose) and 11 Critics’ Choice Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (DeBose, Rita Moreno), West Side Story is the winner of three Golden Globe awards — Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy; Best Actress, Musical or Comedy (Rachel Zegler) and Best Supporting Actress (DeBose). The film has also received nominations from the DGA (Spielberg), PGA (Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger), WGA (Tony Kushner) and SAG (DeBose for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role) and has been named one of the year’s top 10 films by the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review, the latter having voted Rachel Zegler Best Actress of the Year.

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Directed by Spielberg from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tony Kushner, West Side Story tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. This reimagining of the musical stars Ansel Elgort (Tony); Ariana DeBose (Anita); David Alvarez (Bernardo); Mike Faist (Riff); Brian d’Arcy James (Officer Krupke); Corey Stoll (Lieutenant Schrank); Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino); with Rita Moreno (as Valentina, who owns the corner store in which Tony works); and introducing Rachel Zegler (Maria). 

1936 Musical ‘Dancing Pirate’ Due on DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 22 From Film Detective

The 1936 musical Dancing Pirate will be released on special-edition Blu-ray and DVD Feb. 22 from Cinedigm and The Film Detective.

Billed as the first ever 100% Technicolor dancing musical, Dancing Pirate stars Charles Collins as a dance teacher from Boston who is tricked into joining a band of pirates, leading him to be fitted for a noose in California. He catches a break when the mayor’s daughter demands the hanging be postponed until he teaches her to waltz.

Dancing Pirate earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Dance Direction. The film features many familiar faces from Hollywood’s Golden Age, including Frank Morgan (The Wizard of Oz) as the mayor, Steffi Duna (Waterloo Bridge) as his dancing daughter and Rita Hayworth (Gilda) in an early performance as a specialty dancer.

The special-edition release features a new restoration from original 35mm archival material with a new 4K scan.

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“We are delighted to release our first Blu-ray from the recent acquisition of the late Alexander Kogan’s Film’s Around the World Library,” Phil Hopkins, president of The Film Detective, said in a statement. “This particular title was his prized possession, obtained from the famous film collector Wade Williams more than a decade ago. This important piece of film history is finally getting the proper attention it deserves.”

Bonus features include audio commentary and an original insert essay from author Jennifer Churchill; “Glorious Pioneers: The Birth of Technicolor,” an interview with author/historian David Pierce; and “Ambushed by Mediocrity: Remembering the Dancing Pirate,” an interview with film producer/historian Michael Schlesinger.

Animated ‘Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm’ Due Theatrically and on Digital Dec. 3 From Level 33

The animated musical Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm will be released in theaters and for digital purchase and rental Dec. 3 from Level 33 Entertainment.

In the film, in a land known as the Kingdom of Rhythm, young bear Bongee vows to protect the young Princess Katrina with his life. When the evil witch Bandrilla casts a spell on the people of the kingdom, Bongee sets out with the aid of his friend Myrin to break the spell and return singing and dancing to the land, while Bandrilla and her henchmen, Barnabas and Ivan, do all they can to stop them.

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Bongee Bear and the Kingdom of Rhythm features the voices of Rob Paulsen, Dom DeLuise, Ruth Buzzi, Debi Derryberry, June Lockhart, Julian Sands, Danica McKellar, Daryl Sabara, Jess Harnell, Jeff Bennett, Bill Farmer, Phil Proctor, Tatyana Yassukovich and Richard Van Vleet.