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1. First Look: Disney’s ‘Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero’

In addition to "Star Vs. The Forces of Evil," Disney TV Animation is producing a second action/comedy series slated to debut on Disney XD in 2015: "Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero."

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2. Dylan Riley Snyder Interview

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Dylan Riley Snyder in Kickin’ It

Are you a fan of Kickin’ It? Well, have we got a treat for you! We were lucky enough to get an interview with Dylan Riley Snyder, who plays Milton on the show. We talked about karate, his character, what kind of pet he wants, and more. Check it out!

Q: Let’s talk about your character, Milton.

Dylan: My character is probably the most well-meaning character on the show, but every time he tries to do something he gets shot down. It drives him more than a little wild. But it’s fun.

Q: Do you guys take karate lessons?

Dylan: Leo [Howard]

does karate. I don’t do karate, but we take classes. The instructors are always on set and we learn the moves on set, mostly basic kicks and punches that we learn and piece together into a fight sequence.

Q: If you could have any pet in the world, what pet would you choose?

Dylan: I would have a fox—a red fox. I think they are beautiful! I think it would be great to show up at a party with a fox on a leash. Or I’d pick a Savannah cat…they’re the cats that look like cheetahs. But I’m allergic to cats!

Dylan Riley Snyder and Leo Howard in Kickin' It

image courtesy Disney Channel

Q: What’s something about you that most people don’t know?

Dylan: I like science a lot. I like looking at things in different ways, solving puzzles, and doing things with my hands…fixing stuff.

Q: What should people do to make the world a better place?

Dylan: Take a look in the mirror and fix what you can. Think about how you can make the people around you happy! And speak up! The world would be a much better place if more people would say what makes them happy.

Be sure to also check out Dylan’s book recommendation video

for the STACKS, and catch our interviews with his castmates Leo Howard and Olivia Holt!

See ya next time,

image from kids.scholastic.com — En-Szu, STACKS Staffer

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3. Disney Announces “Star Wars Rebels” Animated Series for 2014

Just two months after Disney cancelled the Cartoon Network series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, they have announced a new series called Star Wars Rebels. The show will debut on the Disney Channel as a one-hour special in 2014, before continuing as a regular series on Disney XD. The show will be set during the two-decade timespan between Episode III and IV, at a time when “the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.”

Dave Filoni, who was supervising diretor on Clone Wars, will head up the production as exec producer. He will be joined by Clone Wars veterans Kilian Plunkett (Art Director) and Joel Aron (CG Supervisor), as well as some fresh faces:

Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.

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4. Disney Announces “Star Wars Rebels” Animated Series for 2014

Just two months after Disney cancelled the Cartoon Network series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, they have announced a new series called Star Wars Rebels. The show will debut on the Disney Channel as a one-hour special in 2014, before continuing as a regular series on Disney XD. The show will be set during the two-decade timespan between Episode III and IV, at a time when “the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape.”

Dave Filoni, who was supervising diretor on Clone Wars, will head up the production as exec producer. He will be joined by Clone Wars veterans Kilian Plunkett (Art Director) and Joel Aron (CG Supervisor), as well as some fresh faces:

Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.

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5. “Tron Uprising” Preview talkback

Tonight at 9:30pm Eastern/Pacific, Disney’s Tron Uprising airs its pilot on Disney Channel (it’s also available online). I personally think this series is a breakthrough for a US-generated animated action series; a game changer.

For decades the standard look for adventure cartoons was the model started by Doug Wildey on Hanna Barbera’s Jonny Quest (1964). Later, Bruce Timm and the team at Warner Animation advanced the field with Batman: the Animated Series (1992), and there’s no denying Anime certainly brought a new feel to the genre.

Tron Uprising certainly borrows from those traditions and ups it a notch – a BIG notch. To be fair, the pilot airing tonight only shows off half the picture – the beautiful visuals designed by Art Director Alberto Mielgo and Lead Character Designer Robert Valley. The pilot Beck’s Beginning is a bit of a paste-up – as its constructed from the elements of the previously announced mini-sodes which were originally planned to preview the show (Disney execs decided to edit them into one 31 minute episode instead of presenting them as serialized bite-sized pieces, as first intended). Producer/director Charlie Bean (The Ren & Stimpy Show, Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, The Amazing World of Gumball) has the perfect sensibility for this show – and from what I understand the storyline for the actual series is far more complex than the set-up presented tonight.

But so far, I love what I see. How about you? What’s your take? You have no excuse not to give it a try. Take a look at some of this gorgeous production material below. Top row: some of Mielgo’s magnificent production paintings; second row: a model sheet for some of the lead characters; third row: a few of Valley’s storyboards and (at my request) a Beck model sheet (click thumbnails to enlarge). Click all images for larger, fuller views.



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6. Ypulse Essentials: Spotify Launches Brand Apps, Prom Spending, Wikipedia’s Education Program

Spotify is adding brand apps to its streaming service which means that major companies (will soon be able to suggest playlists. AT&T, Reebok, Intel, and McDonald’s are among the first to create such apps, and by entering the music space,... Read the rest of this post

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7. Ypulse Essentials: WhyReef, Disney XD's 'Next X', Facebook Gives Marketing Tips

'WhyReef' nurtures virtual sea life (the educational online coral reef world for kids/teens, launched by Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History in preexisting virtual world Whyville, racked up 40k visits in its first 10 days) (Virtual World... Read the rest of this post

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8. Ypulse Essentials: Generation Next Revisited, Charm Girls Club, Kidgurus

Building on Mtn Dew (how the brand gained a following by investing in subcultures like action sports, indie music and video games. And what was missing at the Licensing Show - also note the mention of Tony Hawk's new line of teen multivitamins.... Read the rest of this post

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9. Ypulse Essentials: Kanye Upstages VMAs, After the 'Fiesta', Fame Chasers

Kanye behaving badly (during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech deemed rude, but exactly the type of "controversy the VMAs openly crave." The singer apologized via his blog, but the incident still upstaged other noteworthy moments including Madonna's... Read the rest of this post

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10. Ypulse Essentials: Youth & Games @ TechCrunch50, Nick Says 'Unplug', The 'O 'Mission

Youth & Games (kicks off the first day of the TechCrunch 50 Conference with the spotlight on kid-focused and entertainment start-ups. Plus a previous TechCrunch 50 winner personal finance service Mint.com is sold to Intuit for $170 million)... Read the rest of this post

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11. Disney Succeeds With Tween Girls [Without Really Trying]

Last week summer ratings came in for Disney XD and the news was bittersweet. For all of the brand's retooling efforts and much publicized kid-whisperer-led research into the emotional hooks that connect with tween boys, the channel did meet with... Read the rest of this post

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12. Ypulse Essentials: Disney XD's New Research On European Youth, Kid Tech @ CES, 'Blacking Up'

Miley moves on (from "Hannah Montana." Unsurprisingly, Disney announces the upcoming fourth season will be the last. Plus Disney XD releases a massive study of European tweens. Western Europe is where this study predicts the most advanced adoption... Read the rest of this post

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13. Ypulse Jobs: TRU, iTunes & More

Today we bring you our weekly sampler of the cool youth media and marketing gigs you can expect to find on our Ypulse Jobs Board. If your company has an open position in the youth media or marketing space, we encourage you to post there. Post a... Read the rest of this post

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14. Youth Media And Marketing Movers & Shakers

Today we bring you another installment of Youth Media Movers and Shakers. We’ve culled through industry publications looking for the recent executive placements we think you should know about. If you have executive news that you want us to... Read the rest of this post

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15. Ypulse Essentials: Half A Billion Apps, Bieber’s Perfume Commercial Is Comical, Gaga Crashes Amazon’s Cloud

There are now half a billion (apps in the Apple App Store. Here’s an infographic about just what’s in there, what’s most popular, and how much people pay for them) (Mashable) - Is it us or is this commercial for Justin... Read the rest of this post

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16. Ypulse Essentials: Disney XD’s ‘Lab Rats,’ The Oscars & Cultural Value, Harry Potter eBooks

Disney XD is premiering a new program about lab rats tonight… (well sort of! The show is about three super-human teens who grew up in a lab where they slept in vertical tubes and ate protein pellets until their “step-brother” discovers... Read the rest of this post

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