Check out this Paw-some D23-Exclusive Pin Set!

By the D23 Team

Access the exclusive One Hundred and One Dalmatians pin at shopDisney

D23 Gold Members will have a special opportunity to celebrate the 60th anniversary of One Hundred and One Dalmatians when they “spot” this beautiful pin set! Now’s your chance to take home two of the most beloved canines in animation history with an exclusive pin set celebrating the film, created in beautiful soft enamel for D23 by Disney artist Jose Velasquez.

Featuring four-legged favorites Pongo and Perdita in swinging 1960s-inspired styling and color, this D23 Gold Member-exclusive set of two pins is sure to be the talk of the Twilight Bark!

This pin set, a limited edition of 1,750, will be available exclusively to D23 Gold members on shopDisney starting today!

*Available while supplies last. To purchase, you must log in to  shopDisney.com  with the Disney account tied to D23 Gold or  Gold Family  Membership. Pin sets  are $24.99 each , plus applicable sales tax. Maximum of one (1) pin set for purchase per D23 Gold  or Gold Family  Member for online orders. Shipping not available to PO boxes; shipping and handling fees may vary for all online orders. Other restrictions may apply. All information is subject to change including, but not limited to, artwork, release dates, editions sizes, and retail prices.

Even Debra Jo Rupp Is Mystified by Marvel Studios’ WandaVision

By Zach Johnson

Debra Jo Rupp is no stranger to sitcoms. As Alice Knight-Buffay on Friends (1994–2004) and Kitty Foreman on That ’70s Show (1998–2006), she’s made an indelible mark in television history, making her casting in Marvel Studios’ WandaVision all the more genius.

Rupp joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in the role of Mrs. Hart, the curious wife of Fred Hart (Fred Melamed). In the pilot episode, she attends a dinner party with her husband, hosted by Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision Paul Bettany). Mrs. Hart wastes little time before peppering the couple with questions such as: “Where did you two move from? What brought you here? How long have you been married? And why don’t you have children yet?” The questions wouldn’t seem invasive if either knew the answer. “I think it’s Mrs. Hart’s way of polite dinner talk,” Rupp insists. “It’s the answers, or lack thereof, that…”

Rupp cuts herself off, careful not to spoil one (or more) of the series’ many mysteries. Ironically, WandaVision—and the entire MCU—was a mystery to Rupp before director Matt Shakman called to offer her a role. “I’d been doing a lot of theater because I really like an audience. That’s why sitcom is so great for me, because I get camera and I get a live audience. I get a lot of energy from an audience,” Rupp says. “I’d worked at Matt’s theatre in Los Angeles. He called me and asked me to do it. He needed someone who knew the sitcom genre really well, because the others were less familiar, and he needed someone who could be dramatic. I fit the bill! I got the phone call and now I’m in this Marvel world.”

Prior to being cast, Rupp adds, “I knew absolutely nothing… but I learned quickly.”

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WandaVision marks Marvel Studios’ foray into the world of sitcoms—with an MCU twist, of course. The first episode is set in the 1950s, and Rupp enjoyed traveling back in time. “I was already used to doing a different period with That ’70s Show, but I had not done black-and-white like that before. I like the clothing of the ’50s, because it looks good on me, as opposed to the ’70s; that clothing is not good for a short person. So, that was a plus!” Rupp was also fascinated by the use of practical effects to replace each sitcom style. “In the kitchen scene where Lizzie is cooking, I watched all the men hidden in cupboards pulling strings,” Rupp recalls. “I said, ‘Wow! Don’t they have machines for this?’ Nope! It’s people.”

With only three episodes available to stream so far on Disney+, little is known about Mrs. Hart thus far… including her full name. “I’m going to call her Vivian,” Rupp says with a laugh. “From this moment on, she is going to be Vivian Hart… until we’re told otherwise!” Whether Mrs. Hart—er, Vivian Hart—will pop up in future episodes remains a mystery. “I don’t know what has been edited out,” Rupp teases, “but I’m hoping you do see me again.”

Adventures by Disney Announces Exciting Expedition and River Cruises

By The D23 Team

Feeling a touch of “wanderlust”? Listen up! There’s some fantastic news just being announced this week: Our friends at Adventures by Disney, who offer truly life-altering guided group vacations all over the globe, are introducing Expedition Cruises with two incredible destinations—Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands—as well as a Buenos Aires Escape add-on for Antarctica. But that’s not all: ABD has also announced its 2022 River Cruises, including a limited number of Seine Family River Cruise: National Geographic Photography sailings. And you can begin to book these sailings on Friday, January 22!

Adventure is truly the name of the game for ABD’s Antarctica & Patagonia Expedition Cruise, a twelve-day, eleven-night extravaganza that includes Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego National Park in Argentinian Patagonia, the Drake Passage, and (of course) the Antarctic Peninsula… Among the excursions: Guests will see Patagonia via train and take a catamaran to the southernmost tip of South America; go on shore via Zodiacs with a team of naturalist guides; hike and explore the landscape and shoreline of Antarctica; view wildlife in intimate, natural habitats; and so much more. (And don’t forget that possible Buenos Aires Escape add-on, four days and three nights prior to your Antarctica visit, where you can spend a day with Argentinean cowboys among other exciting activities.)

Galapagos

With ABD’s Galapagos Island Expedition Cruise, guests will spend a nine-day, eight-night sojourn trekking through incredible places like Gardner Bay and Suarez Point on Espanola Island, El Barranco on Genovesa Island, and even the Charles Darwin Research Center on Santa Cruz Island, where you’ll literally walk in Darwin’s footsteps. You’ll see lots of amazing animals (Marine Iguanas, Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue Footed Boobies, Galapagos Penguins, and more); have the chance to tour the islands in a transparent kayak; and even take part in an exciting football match (that’s “soccer” to us Americans) with the crew of your ship. And there are so many different activities available onboard both cruises, for young and young-at-heart—such as wildlife viewing parties, photography workshops, themed dinners and karaoke nights, Disney movies a-plenty, and lots of good times for the “Junior Adventurers” in your group (including game nights and iceberg-spotting contests).

What makes ABD truly unique is their Adventure Guides: Disney-trained guides who provide an extra (and extra-fun!) layer of storytelling and comfort to each guest’s journey; they’ll be along for the proverbial ride every step of the way. Plus, select sailings will feature seminars, workshops, and dinners with special Disney guests, including Dr. Mark Penning, Vice President of Animals, Science and Environment for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Look for him on the first sailing to Antarctica in December 2021.

River Cruises

As for ABD’s latest River Cruises, there are three enchanting trips to choose from for 2022: along the Rhine (Switzerland, France, Germany, Netherlands); the Danube (Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary); or the Seine (Northern France, including Normandy). Each sailing is an eight-day, seven-night delight—a few of which are “Adult Exclusive,” with added sophistication. And look for several specialty departures such as Food & Wine, Oktoberfest, and holiday sailings that visit Europe’s famous Christmas markets. But wait, there’s more: Distinctive experiences have been developed for select ABD Seine family sailings featuring a photographer from National Geographic—who will host talks and photography workshops throughout the trip.

Intimate, luxurious purpose-built ships… some of the most fascinating ecological wonders in the world… a team of Disney-trained Adventure Guides and naturalists who join you along the way… It’s all available through Adventures by Disney! Call 800-543-0865 or your Travel Agent to plan now for your 2022 cruising adventure with ABD, and make sure to visit AdventuresbyDisney.com to learn more.

Disney+ Gets Celebrational with Original Muppet Show—Plus More in News Briefs

By Courtney Potter

Time to Light the Lights: The Muppet Show is Coming to Disney+

Honestly, we thought Christmas was over—but with news like this, perhaps Santa’s still out there… Just this week, our pals at Disney+ announced that The Muppet Show is coming to the streaming service in just a few weeks’ time!

It’s true: All five seasons of the original Muppet TV series—which debuted nearly 45 years ago and showcases Disney Legend Jim Henson’s hilarious puppet creatures—will be available for folks to enjoy whenever their Muppet-y heart desires. (Seasons four and five were never previously available on home entertainment, which makes this news really special for longtime fans!) These shows include all the early antics of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, and the gang as they produce their eponymous variety show—featuring sketch comedy, original songs, and guest performances from such legendary stars as Steve Martin, Elton John, Liza Minelli, Alice Cooper, Julie Andrews, Bernadette Peters, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Gene Kelly, Mark Hamill, and many more.

Look for The Muppet Show to start streaming on Disney+ beginning Friday, February 19! (Just don’t tell Statler and Waldorf; we’re not quite sure how they’ll react!)

5 Fantastic Things to Watch This Weekend

Another weekend is upon us—along with another chance to don your comfiest sweats, brew up some hot chocolate, and settle in for some great viewing from across the worlds of Disney. Hulu debuts The Sister on Friday, while Saturday sees Disney Channel premiering an all-new episode of Big City Greens and Nat Geo WILD bringing us a new episode of The Incredible Dr. Pol. And there’s a lot more where that came from…

Sneak Peek at WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure with Tom Holland

Work on the sure-to-be-incredible Avengers Campus at Disneyland Resort continues apace, heading towards its (still-top-secret) opening date—and to that end, the good folks at Disney Parks just revealed a spidey-sense-tingling new look inside the campus’ WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure attraction, featuring Peter Parker himself: actor Tom Holland.

In the brand-new video above, Holland shares more details about his role in the highly anticipated attraction and his excitement for working with Walt Disney Imagineering on this new adventure. In case you need a refresher in what to expect from this incredible attraction: In the Worldwide Engineering Brigade (WEB) workshop, young engineers specialize in developing innovative technologies to equip and empower a new generation of Super Heroes. This workshop showcases the inventions of Peter Parker and the rest of the WEB Tech team, including their adorable Spider-Bots—which are designed to be robotic sidekicks capable of building anything a Super Hero might need. When Peter’s demonstration goes awry, the Spider-Bots become stuck in a replication loop, creating even more Spider-Bots!

While wearing 3-D glasses, guests’ mission will be to test-drive the aspiring inventor’s latest invention—the WEB Slinger vehicle—and discover their own web-slinging super powers. Through specially designed, innovative technology that recognizes body movements and gestures, guests will reach out their hands and sling webs from their wrists, just like Spider-Man. As the WEB Slinger vehicles progress, guests will virtually pass through several other Campus addresses, including Pym Test Kitchen, Avengers Headquarters, and the Collector’s Fortress (also home to Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!).

Stay tuned for more Avengers Campus news as it becomes available.

Marvel Behind the Mask

New Disney+ Documentary Special: Marvel’s Behind the Mask

In further Marvel-related news, there’s a new documentary special to look forward to, coming soon to Disney+. Marvel Entertainment has announced Marvel’s Behind the Mask, premiering next month exclusively on the streaming service.

Marvel’s Behind the Mask will explore the power of identity behind the world’s most iconic Super Heroes we know and love today. From the very inception of comic books, secret identities have been an integral part of both Super Heroes and Villains leading “normal” lives. But it’s the characters beneath that resonate with fans, all across generations. Since the advent of the Marvel Age of Comics in the early 1960s, Marvel’s writers and artists have used the notion of identities to examine the evolving concept of equal rights. These legendary Marvel creations and stories have not only reflected the world outside our window—they have become a reflection of our own identities and who we truly are.

Marvel’s Behind the Mask will feature guests from across Marvel’s 80-year legacy, including the writers and artists behind the rise of characters like Black Panther, Miles Morales, Ms. Marvel, Luke Cage, the X-Men, Captain Marvel, and many other characters in the Marvel Universe, highlighting Marvel’s impact on pop culture and media. Look for the special on Disney+ beginning Friday, February 12.

Disney Brings Magic to Three Central Florida Hospitals

Going into the hospital can be pretty overwhelming when you’re a kid… The Disney children’s hospitals program brings Disney characters and stories to children facing serious illness, continuing a legacy that dates back to Walt Disney himself.

In 2020, The Walt Disney Company announced that areas within three Central Florida children’s hospitals would be magically reimagined through the program. Now, as a new year begins, these whimsically transformed spaces are officially part of the patient experience at AdventHealth for Children, Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, and Nemours Children’s Hospital—and, as evidenced in the new video above, they’re already beginning to make a difference for kids who stay there!

Disney is committed to delivering moments of magic to children when they need it most, and three hospitals are just part of Disney’s $100M plan to reimagine the patient experience in children’s hospitals and to grant every eligible Disney wish globally.

Pixar Popcorn

Pixar Popcorn—Streaming on Disney+ Starting Friday, January 22

Earlier this week, the country celebrated National Popcorn Day… and in honor of such an auspicious (and delicious) occasion, Disney+ has begun streaming some hilarious all-new shorts from our pals at Pixar.

Pixar Popcorn, a collection of 10 mini shorts exclusive to the streaming service, features characters from Pixar favorites like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Cars, and The Incredibles in new, bite-size stories created by Pixar Animation Studios’ talented animators.

Titles to watch include Dancing with the Cars, Soul of the City, Cookie Num Num, Dory Finding, Fluffy Stuff with Ducky & Bunny, and more. Check ‘em out this weekend!

Don’t Miss This Capsule Collection Featuring Original Artwork Inspired by Soul

By Zach Johnson

We want the soul collection.

In celebration of the animated feature film Soul (now streaming on Disney+), Disney and Pixar collaborated with the creative agency HUE Unlimited to bring Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) and company to life through a curated collection of wearable art pieces. Together, they commissioned four emerging Black artists—Bee Harris, Biannca Pastel, Arrington Porter, and Corey Van Lew—to create a product line that spans apparel, phone cases, PopSockets®, throw blankets, totes, and tumblers, available exclusively through Amazon.

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Through TONL—HUE Unlimited’s community incubator designed for creatives by Black creatives—Harris, Pastel, Porter, and Van Lew aimed to capture the soul of the film and its heartfelt story of family, friendship, music, and self-discovery, told through their unique perspectives and experiences as diverse creatives. “We’re proud to work on this meaningful collection inspired by Soul and to be able to have each artist’s unique vision shine through,” says Michael Watson II of HUE Unlimited. “As a part of the next generation of creatives, we deeply understand that authenticity is incredibly important to audiences—so being able to curate a collection of products that represents Black voices overall is a dream come true.”

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Harris’ theme, “The Village,” is a collage of the supportive Black women in Joe’s life, including his mother, Libba Gardner (voice of Phylicia Rashad); band leader and hero Dorothea Williams (voice of Angela Bassett); and others. “Working on this collection was a dream come true! It was an honor to highlight the four Black women in Joe’s village,” says Harris, a visual artist and activist whose work reflects and represents the multi-faceted aspects of the Black Diaspora. “These women represent the strong-willed, supportive women in my life who have helped me discover and walk in my purpose. I walked away with a deeper understanding of myself and my capabilities as an artist. It was both challenging and inspiring to create something so unique to things I’ve done in the past.”

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Pastel, meanwhile, chose “Joe & His Fro” as her theme. “Throughout the film, Joe learns some very valuable lessons on his journey, so I wanted to express the connection between colors, characters, and stories in every detail,” says Pastel, who draws inspiration from ’90s cartoons and movies, music, photography, and more. “My favorite part of this process was choosing color palettes because, for me, it’s like picking a feeling. How I want a piece to feel depends on the colors I create with. Throughout the process, I realized I could create authentically, be myself with my process and have fun with my art—which is exactly what I did.”

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Porter, also known as “Heir Porter,” specializes in oil paintings inspired by Black culture, film, music, and people. Porter chose the theme “Joe’s World,” creating an exaggerated portrait of Joe, wearing his late father’s royal blue suit, enveloped by a piano in outer space. “Creating artwork for this collection was an awesome experience! As an artist, I found myself connected to the film, relating back to a familiar place within my own love for music and being in constant pursuit of my dreams,” explains Porter. “Outside of being a visual artist, I too am a pianist, so I related to Joe’s character on a more personal level.”

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Van Lew, whose work highlights Black excellence and joy, chose the theme “The Great Gardner” and created a full-body portrait of Joe and Mr. Mittens exploring another dimension: The Great Before. “This was an amazing opportunity for us as artists to tap into our version of ‘The Zone’ and create a visual representation of what this moment means to us!” says Van Lew. “The parallel worlds in the movie go hand-in-hand with the parallel universe I depict in my paintings. Down to the digitally made background paired with the hand-painted characters, I aimed to immerse people in an alternate realm of my own.”

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Fans can shop the entire collection featured on the Pixar Soul Shop on Amazon. Fans can also stretch their own creativity by designing personalized products—accessories, home goods, hoodies, and T-shirts—using their favorite piece of artwork from the Soul collection.

The “Magic” Story Behind Dick Van Dyke’s Influence on WandaVision

By Zach Johnson

At D23 Expo 2019, the team behind WandaVision—director Matt Shakman; head writer Jac Schaeffer; and actors Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn, Randall Park, and Kat Dennings—joined Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige onstage to talk about WandaVision, a nine-episode series best described as mash-up of classic sitcoms and large-scale cinematic action.

It was, by all accounts, an exhilarating way to begin a visionary new era—one that would see WandaVision become Marvel Studios’ first series for Disney+ in January 2021. But the weekend was also exhilarating for another reason: Feige and Shakman had set up an extraordinary, unforgettable lunch with Disney Legend Dick Van Dyke. WandaVision begins as an homage to a 1950s sitcom, inspired by The Dick Van Dyke Show. So, who better than Van Dyke—one of Hollywood’s most beloved performers and treasured talents—to serve as an unofficial consultant?

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In a Q&A with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, Shakman—who directs all nine episodes of WandaVision, rolling out Fridays on Disney+—recalls how Van Dyke helped to shape the series.

D23: How did your meeting with Dick Van Dyke come about?

Matt Shakman (MS): Something that’s really important to everyone is authenticity. To that end, we reached out to people who had worked on shows we were using as reference points. Dick Van Dyke was, obviously, the most notable person who fell into that category. He’s a hero of mine and of Kevin’s. The chance to talk to him about tone, about style and about the day-to-day of that show and how they put The Dick Van Dyke Show together was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We reached out to him to find a time that would work for everyone’s schedule, and it just so happened to be on the weekend of D23 Expo 2019. It was extra magical to sit down with him at Club 33 at Disneyland, overlooking Pirates of the Caribbean. That was quite an amazing afternoon

D23: What specific insights did Mr. Van Dyke offer during that lunch?

MS: I was very curious how they maintained control over tone, because that show is timeless and it resonates just as much today as it when it first aired. I wanted to know how they created a comedy that lasted that long. And his answer was very simple. He said, ‘If it couldn’t happen in real life, it wouldn’t happen on the show.’ [The Dick Van Dyke Show creator] Carl Reiner would begin every week by asking the cast what had happened in their lives and the funny things that had happened to their families. Then, he would take those stories and would weave them into the show; it was ripped from the family headlines. That grounded it and it allowed for there to be wild and crazy comedy, because it was always built on something that really happened in people’s family lives. That was really important. Dick Van Dyke is magical. His physical comedy is amazing. But it’s like, ‘How do you make room for wonderful physical comedy without making it feel too broad?’ I think that was the solution. We were trying to do the same thing, which is to always remember we were grounding this in the story of Wanda and Vision and their love for each other.

D23: How did you balance those sitcom tropes with classic Marvel elements?

MS: Because we were playing around with style, tone and genre, we used a lot of experimental filmmaking techniques as well, like changing aspect ratios and using different lighting and lenses. The question we often asked ourselves was: ‘What would hold all of this together?’ The answer—or at least the one that that works for me—is that, ultimately, this show is a love story between Wanda and Vision. And if you’re rooting for them and you’re believing in their connection—a connection that I think has been really beautifully established in the MCU films in relatively little screen time—then hopefully all of the crazy things we’re doing on top of that will hold together.

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D23: How well-versed was Mr. Van Dyke in what’s already happened in the MCU?

MS: We didn’t talk too much about the MCU. It was really was about telling him how much we admire him and how much his work had meant to us, as well as to pick his brain on how he made that show. I can’t remember the exact number, but they did something like 30 episodes a year—so many more episodes than network television today! Then, he would go off during his hiatus and make Mary Poppins. He was working so hard and making one magical thing after another. He was so generous in offering us his time. He is less fluent in the MCU than some Marvel fans are, which is understandable. But we gave him some basic background on the characters in the show and what we were trying to do, and he was really wonderful to listen to that and give us his advice.

D23: Was there ever any talk about bringing him on for a cameo?

MS: We were very interested in creating our own show that happened to be in the format of a sitcom rather than trying to do a show that had sitcom cameos in it… This is our own world.

D23: After your lunch with Mr. Van Dyke, what was it like to actually film the ‘50s episode?

MS: I have not directed a lot of multi-cam sitcom. In fact, I’ve done none of it. My own experience in sitcom really is as a child actor [in Just the Ten of Us; Good Morning, Miss Bliss; and other ’80s programs]; I understood the flow of how you put on a show in front of a live audience, from my own experience as an actor. But we also learned a lot from talking to Dick Van Dyke about it. What I found especially interesting about how they put on the Dick Van Dyke Show is that they rehearsed it, and then when they did the performance for the audience, they didn’t stop and go back and do a “take two” of a scene or make any changes, which is very common now when you go to a live taping. The emcee who’s there, one of their big responsibilities is to keep the audience engaged take after take. But the Dick Van Dyke Show was filmed from beginning to end—straight through—without any breaks. It was like watching a play, which I think is a tremendous gift to the live audience and in turn allows the live audience to give a giant gift to the actors. The audience was watching it like a play; they were invested and giving their whole energy to the process. And the actors in turn would feed off of that. That’s what we wanted to do as well. [For the WandaVision pilot, the crew] dressed up in costumes and the audience did, too. We treated it very much like it was happening in the late ’50s.

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D23: Sitcoms aside, what comic storylines inspired the series? The MCU gives directors and writers room to play, so can we assume that what we’ll see onscreen won’t be exactly what’s in the books?

MS: What I’ve admired so much about the MCU is that they are creating new stories that build on what’s come before, but they’re creating something for this moment that feels like it’s made for this moment. It’s exciting. It’s new. We drew inspiration from all of the comic books that are out there about Vision and Wanda. But ultimately, we didn’t adapt any one of them. We took what was interesting and built on them to create something new—which is what each one of those comic book writers did back then, anyway; they read what had come before and stood on the shoulder of giants and put out their own new version of it. These Disney+ shows are amazing because they create an opportunity to tell a longer story and to go deep with characters in a way that the movies don’t always allow, especially the Avengers movies that have so many different characters in them. We have nine episodes to really go deep; it feels like a multi-issue comic run.

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5 Fantastic Things to Watch This Weekend

By Zach Johnson

Get ready for an animated weekend! The fun starts Friday when FXX broadcasts the 2016 film Ice Age: Collision Course. That same day, Disney+ will debut Pixar Popcorn, a collection of mini shorts featuring iconic characters from classic Pixar Animation Studios film. Then, on Saturday, Disney Channel will air an all-new episode of Big City Greens. On the live-action side, Hulu will debut the limited series The Sister Friday, while on the unscripted side, Nat Geo WILD will premiere a brand-new episode of The Incredible Dr. Pol Saturday.

Ice Age

Ice Age: Collision Course—Friday, January 22, at 12 p.m. ET on FXX
Manny (voice of Ray Romano) has some serious concerns after his daughter, Peaches (voice of Keke Palmer), announces her engagement to Julian (voice of Adam DeVine). Still unlucky in love, Sid (voice of John Leguizamo) volunteers to plan the couple’s wedding. To Manny’s dismay, nothing can stop his daughter’s impending nuptials… except maybe the end of the world. After Scrat (voice of Chris Wedge) accidentally launches himself into outer space, he sets off a chain reaction that sends an asteroid hurtling toward Earth. Now, the herd must leave home to explore new lands and save itself from Scrat’s major mistake.

Pixar Popcorn

Pixar Popcorn—Friday, January 22, on Disney+
Enjoy a quick pop of Pixar fun with this collection of 10 mini shorts featuring characters from popular Pixar films like Coco and Toy Story in new, bite-size stories created by Pixar Animation Studios’ talented animators. Craving more than just a snack? You can watch all of the mini shorts—including A Day in the Life of the Dead, Chore Day the Incredibles Way, Cookie Num Num, Dancing with the Cars, Dory Finding, Fluffy Stuff with Ducky & Bunny, Soul of the City, To Fitness and Beyond, and Unparalleled Parking—back-to-back until you’re full.

the Sister

The Sister—Friday, January 22, on Hulu
Written by Neil Cross, this four-part series is inspired by Cross’ novel Burial. One rainy evening, Nathan (Russell Tovey) is surprised by an unwelcome visitor from the past. He’s never been able to forget the worst night of his life: a party that led to the sudden, shocking death of a young woman. Only he and Bob (Bertie Carvel), an eccentric old acquaintance, know what really happened… and they want to keep it that way. Years later, Bob brings Nathan terrifying news that threatens to tear his world apart… because Nathan has his own secrets now—secrets that threaten the life he’s built for himself and his family.

Big City Greens

Big City Greens—Saturday, January 23, at 9. a.m. ET on Disney Channel
In the brand-new episode “Rent Control,” Gloria (voice of Anna Akana) is preparing for a visit from her parents (voices of guest stars Amy Hill and Keone Young)… and out of insecurity, she ropes the Greens into escalating lies about her success. Then, in “Pool’s Gold,” Cricket (voice of Chris Houghton) goes on a quest to find the best pool in Big City.

The Incredible Dr. Pol

The Incredible Dr. Pol—Saturday, January 23, at 9 p.m. ET on Nat Geo WILD
In the brand-new episode “Marvelous Miss Maisey,” Drs. Lisa and Pol are ready and willing to assist during a horse’s emergency delivery and Dr. Brenda examines a calf born during subfreezing temperatures. Later, Dr. Lisa takes a look at some 4-H pigs that are running fevers; although diagnosing the problem is easy, treating the squealing pigs is a challenge!

It’s Hard to Believe… High School Musical is 15

By Julia Mariah Vargas, Walt Disney Archives

Unbeknownst to many, January 20, 2006, would mark the start of something new.

In 2021, the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical celebrates 15 years of encouraging a generation of kids to freely express themselves, challenging the status quo along the way. This “contemporary ‘break-into-song’ production,” directed and choreographed by Disney Legend Kenny Ortega, was described in early publicity materials as a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story, “set in a high school, but instead of feuding families, [it would have] rival social cliques that strive to keep the young couple apart.”

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Troy and Gabriella step out of their comfort zones into the “Start of Something New.”

Troy Bolton (played by Zac Efron), a popular basketball star, and Gabriella Montez (played by Vanessa Hudgens), the bright “new kid,” shake the core of East High when they audition for the lead roles in the upcoming winter musicale. However, by defying expectations and taking a chance on their dreams, the pair inspires their peers to reveal some surprising hidden talents of their own. The movie also introduces us to unforgettable characters such as Chad, Troy’s best friend and basketball teammate who “lives, eats, and breathes basketball,” played by Corbin Bleu; Taylor, the president of the academic decathlon team who fills Gabriella in about the social hierarchy of the school, played by Monique Coleman; and the twins, Sharpay and Ryan Evans, played, respectively, by Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel, who are usually the leads in the school productions.

Following its premiere, High School Musical achieved numerous notable feats. Within 24 hours of its January 20 premiere, 1.2 million unique visitors logged on to DisneyChannel.com—the most ever for the site at the time. On March 14, 2006, it became the first made-for-TV musical to premiere on the iTunes Music Store. The movie’s soundtrack, featuring memorable songs such as “Breaking Free” and “We’re All in This Together,” was certified Platinum and rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart—the first-ever TV movie soundtrack to do so. It also received the Billboard Music Award for Soundtrack of the Year, and won Primetime Emmys® for Outstanding Children’s Program and Outstanding Choreography.

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Students in the East High cafeteria urge each other to “Stick to the Status Quo.”

Furthermore, the movie was a source of inspiration for later arena and stage productions, such as “High School Musical: The Ice Tour” and “High School Musical: The Concert.” And, once Disney Theatrical Productions licensed the script for school and local theater use, more than 2,000 amateur stagings of the show were produced within the first two years—an impressive feat for the already-impressive property. It was also the source material for entertainment offerings at Disney’s California Adventure and Walt Disney World Resort with the “High School Musical Pep Rally.” The popularity of the movie ultimately resulted in a trilogy of releases, with High School Musical 2 premiering on Disney Channel in 2007, and High School Musical 3: Senior Year debuting in theaters in 2008.

Fifteen years after its initial bow, High School Musical still proves to be a cultural phenomenon, regularly reaching newer audiences. In 2019, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series was released on Disney+, following the “real” students of East High as they put on their own production of the beloved movie. Although the faces are now different and the stories new, the series celebrates the same spirit of togetherness and importance of courage to be one’s authentic self in high school—the very sentiments that first touched our hearts more than a decade ago. This iconic movie is streaming now on Disney+.

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The “We’re All in This Together” dance number became a viral trend across the nation and continues to entertain today.

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know High School Musical?

On January 20, 2006, it was the start of something new. High School Musical set a Disney Channel record when 7.7 million fans tuned in for the premiere. And after becoming the first TV movie soundtrack to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, it became the top-selling album of the year. Directed and choreographed by Disney Legend Kenny Ortega, the film made stars out of Zac Efron (as Troy Bolton), Vanessa Hudgens (as Gabriella Montez), Ashley Tisdale (as Sharpay Evans), Corbin Bleu (as Chad Danforth), Monique Coleman (as Taylor McKessie), and Lucas Grabeel (as Ryan Evans). In honor of the film’s anniversary, we’re calling on Wildcats of all ages to take our quiz. Will you bop to the top?

1. Where is High School Musical set?
A) Albuquerque, New Mexico
B) Park City, Utah
C) Salt Lake City, Utah
D) Santa Fe, New Mexico

2. Gabriella and Troy meet on which holiday?
A) Christmas
B) Halloween
C) New Year’s Eve
D) Valentine’s Day

3. Which one of these words is NOT on a banner outside of East High School?
A) Community
B) Focus
C) Integrity
D) Respect

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4. How many hats does Ryan wear throughout the film?
A) Six
B) Seven
C) Eight
D) Nine

5. What was the name of Gabriella’s previous school?
A) Moon High
B) Stars High
C) Sun High
D) Wind High

6. What does Troy NOT hide behind during the winter musical auditions?
A) A camel
B) A costume rack
C) A curtain
D) A mop

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7. What is the title of the winter musical audition song?
A) “Bop to the Top”
B) “Start of Something New”
C) “What I’ve Been Looking For”
D) “When There Was Me and You”

8. What dance move does Ryan call a “crowd favorite”?
A) Grapevine
B) Jazz square
C) The Moonwalk
D) The Twist

9. What are the names of the lead characters in the winter musical?
A) Aimee and Mickey
B) Andy and Maddie
C) Annie and Max
D) Arnold and Minnie

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10. When are the callbacks originally supposed to take place?
A) Wednesday at 3 p.m.
B) Thursday at 3 p.m.
C) Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
D) Friday at 3:30 p.m.

11. What textbook is Martha Cox (Kaycee Stroh) reading in “Stick to the Status Quo”?
A) Advanced Algebra II
B) English Grammar & Composition
C) The New Exploring American History
D) Physics 101

12. What food does Gabriella accidentally spill on Sharpay in the cafeteria?
A) Buffalo wings
B) Chili cheese fries
C) A sloppy Joe
D) Spaghetti and meatballs

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13. Which Broadway icon’s photo does Chad’s mom keep in (not on) the refrigerator?
A) Andrew Lloyd Weber
B) Michael Crawford
C) Nathan Lane
D) Stephen Sondheim

14. In what year did Troy’s dad win the basketball championship?
A) 1981
B) 1983
C) 1985
D) 1987

15. Which necklace charm does Sharpay NOT wear?
A) A crown
B) A microphone
C) A music note
D)A star

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16. Which iconic woman does Taylor NOT mention in her speech to Gabriella?
A) Eleanor Roosevelt
B) Frida Kahlo
C) Jane Goodall
D) Maya Angelou

17. Which statement tee does Chad NOT wear to school?
A) Easily Distracted
B) I Come with My Own Background Music
C) I Worship Waffles
D) Smells Like Team Spirit

18. What dessert does Zeke give to Sharpay after winning the championship?
A) Apple Pandowdy
B) Brownies
C) Cookies
D) Crème brûlée

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Correct Answers:

1. A, Albuquerque, NM
2. C, New Year’s Eve
3. B, Focus
4. D, Nine
5. C, Sun High
6. B, A costume rack
7. C, “What I’ve Been Looking For”
8. B, Jazz square
9. D, Arnold and Minnie
10. C, Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
11. C, The New Exploring American History
12. B, Chili cheese fries
13. B, Michael Crawford
14. A, 1981
15. B, A microphone
16. D, Maya Angelou
17. D, Smells Like Team Spirit
18. C, Cookies

If you got…

1–6
You gotta get’cha head in the game! Better luck next time.

7–12
You’re soarin’, flyin’! Try again and you could go from understudy to center stage.

13–18
Way to go, Wildcat! Are you sure you weren’t a student at East High?