At this year’s Annecy Festival, Disney Branded Television and Disney Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) presented a jam-packed lineup of new and returning series and specials, as well as a few sneak peeks of previously announced programs.
The presentation featured segments led by Hélène Etzi, country manager and general manager of media for The Walt Disney Company France; Orion Ross, vp of animation for The Walt Disney Company EMEA; and Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television.
Disney revealed that several series have received renewals: Chip n’ Dale: Park Life, Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends, Firebuds, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, and Kiff.
Disney Junior’s Ariel
- Based on The Little Mermaid, this animated musical series is aimed at preschoolers and features Ariel and other franchise characters when they were kids themselves. The program will add new characters as well, including Ariel’s best friends Lucia and Fernie. The series is in production now and will be released in 2024. Kuni Tomita Bowen is supervising director and Chrystin Garland is the art director. Wild Canary is producing in association with Disney Junior.
- This series follows six middle schoolers who are tricked into going to a tropical island summer camp run by a mad scientist. There, the group will encounter strange, supernatural creatures and have plenty of adventures. Titmouse is producing in association with Disney Channel.
- Daniel Dubuis is directing this preschool series created by Obie Scott Wade and produced by Mikros Animation for Disney EMEA. The show unspools in a day camp for magical creatures and follows the antics of Darly – a half-pig-half-Pegasus, and Loomis – a half-donkey-half-unicorn.
The Sunnyridge 3
- Created by Stevie Gee and Essy May, The Sunnyridge 3 is a comedy-mystery series about three best friends living in suburban London. There, the trio runs into all sorts of supernatural and sci-fi scenarios which will teach them that real life is stranger than fiction. Liz Whittaker directs with Blink Industries and Boat Rocker producing for Disney EMEA.
- Executive-produced by Peter Ramsey, Tendayi Nyeke, and Anthony Silverston, this anthology series is one of Disney’s buzziest titles from this year’s lineup. The show’s 10 episodes are set in futuristic versions of Africa and inspired by the region’s diverse histories and cultures. Episodes came from creators based in Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
- From creators Andrès Fernandez and Pozla (aka Rémi Zaarour), The Doomies turns on best friends Bobby and Romy who accidentally open a gateway to another world. The show has a look that’s all its own and takes place in a quirky French town in the heart of Brittany, realized with moody flair and graphic style. Xilam Animation is producing and Fernandez is directing.
- Created and produced by Sylvain Dos Santos and directed by Charles Lefebvre, this soccer-centric series is produced by Cybergroup Studios and La Chouette Compagnie. In the show, the world’s best soccer players use magic to enhance the spectacle of the sport. Twelve-year-old Key dreams of playing in the big leagues and discovers that he has a unique and powerful spell that could not only help him get there but could make him the fabled “Dragon Striker.”
The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse: Steamboat Silly
- Coming to Disney+ on June 28, this is the final short film from the Emmy-winning series of shorts The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse. It’s directed by Eddie Trigueros and produced by Disney Television Animation.
- Primos tells the story of Tater Ramirez Humphrey, an eccentric girl with big dreams who is set on being extraordinary. One summer, 12 cousins move in with her and help Tater find out what it is that sets her apart. Shaun Cashman is supervising director and Philip Cohen produces for Disney Television Animation.
- During the brief peek, Disney also revealed that the show’s key voice cast includes Myrna Velasco, Melissa Villaseñor, Michelle Ortiz, and Jim Conroy.
Zombies: The Re-Animated Series
- Disney is bringing back its high school-set supernatural franchise Zombies with this new animated series. Set to debut on Disney Channel on July 21 and Disney+ shortly after, the musical short-form series will bring back all the franchise’s most popular characters as well as several new monsters.
Playdate with Winnie the Pooh
- This isn’t your grandma’s Winnie the Pooh. Disney has given its popular yellow bear one of his most extreme makeovers yet for this preschool musical show that emphasizes the importance of collaborative play and spending time with others. The show is directed by Jojo Ramos Patrick and will premiere later this summer in the U.S. before a global rollout. Oddbot Inc. produces in association with Disney Junior.
Disney Junior Wonderful World of Songs
- Henry Dalton directs this series of musical shorts for preschoolers. Rob Cantor and Genevieve Goings perform the songs that appear in the shorts, including reimagined versions of The Lion King’s “Circle of Life,” Peter Pan’s “You Can Fly!,” Moana’s “How Far I’ll Go,” and “It’s A Small World.” The shorts will begin airing on Disney Junior and Disney+ in the U.S. this summer as part of Disney’s 100th anniversary celebration.
Pictured at top: Disney Junior’s Ariel, Kizaki Moto: Generation Fire, Primos