By Courtney Potter
The world’s most famous naked mole-rat returns, and we get a gorgeous glimpse of the characters of Captain Marvel… See more, along with other news from around Disney, in this week’s news briefs!
Rufus the Naked Mole-Rat is Back in Live-Action Kim Possible
He’s a fan favorite from the original Disney Channel series Kim Possible, and he’s back in the brand-new upcoming live-action Disney Channel Original Movie… yes, Rufus the naked mole-rat is returning to Middleton, and he’ll be voiced once again by Emmy®- and Annie Award-winning voice actress Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons).
The DCOM follows everyday teen hero Kim Possible (Sadie Stanley) and best friend and sidekick Ron Stoppable (The Goldberg’s Sean Giambrone) as they embark on their freshman year of high school—all while dealing with a few evil super villains. With danger lurking around every corner, Kim must rely on her family and friends more than ever; it’s now up to “Team Possible”—Kim, Ron, tech-genius Wade, new friend Athena, and Rufus, a naked mole-rat that Ron meets along the way—to stop the villains and save the world!
Look for Kim Possible on Friday, February 15, at 8 pm. EST/PST, only on Disney Channel and DIsneyNOW.
Save the Date!
Be sure to mark these upcoming Disney events on your calendar:
|D23 and Walt Disney Archives
January 25, 2018
Lunch with a Disney Legend: Dave Smith
January 26, 2018
The Official Walt Disney Studios Tour—D23 Gold Member Exclusive
February 16, 2018
D23’s Happily Ever After Brunch
February 16, 2018
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Sleeping Beauty on the Lot
February 16, 2018
D23’s Magical Screening Series: Sleeping Beauty at Walt Disney World
March 7, 2018
Don’t Miss a Complimentary Advance Screening of Captain Marvel
August 23-25, 2019
D23 Expo 2019
January 18-February 25, 2019
2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts
January 25-February 17, 2019
Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure
March 1-April 23, 2019
Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
March 6-June 3, 2019
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening at Disneyland Resort
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening at and Walt Disney World Resort
March 8, 2019
Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel opens in U.S. theaters
March 29, 2019
Dumbo opens in U.S. theaters
April 19, 2019
Penguins opens in U.S. theaters
May 24, 2019
Aladdin opens in U.S. theaters
June 21, 2019
Toy Story 4 opens in U.S. theaters
July 19, 2019
The Lion King opens in U.S. theaters
August 9, 2019
Artemis Fowl opens in U.S. theaters
February 15, 2019
Kim Possible premieres on Disney Channel (8–9:32 p.m. EST/PST)
February 24, 2019
The Oscars® airs on ABC (8–11 p.m. EST)
March 3, 2019
American Idol kicks off second season on ABC (8–10:01 p.m. EST)
These Brand-New Captain Marvel Character Posters are Super… Awesome
We have to admit: We think it’s paws-itively genius that they’ve included Goose, Carol Danvers’ (Brie Larson) beloved cat, in the collection of brand-new character posters just released for Captain Marvel. Honestly, that cool kitty is a big reason we cannot wait to see the film. Other gorgeous new posters feature Larson as Captain Marvel herself (of course), Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as the commander of Starforce, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, and Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva.
Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure—from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe—that follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. When a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the maelstrom.
Look for Captain Marvel, directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, in theaters beginning March 8!
Fabulous Disney Parks Fashion Graces Vogue.com
Are you ready for a super fashionable way to continue celebrating Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary and its accompanying World’s Biggest Mouse Party? You positively must check out Vogue.com’s just-published rundown of some of the most eye-catching “Main Street Style” seen recently at Disney Parks around the world. Find out more, and see some of the iconic looks in action, here at D23.com.
Celebrate Minnie Mouse on National Polka Dot Day on January 22
Speaking of Mickey’s 90th—it’s Minnie Mouse’s anniversary, too, and she’s getting in on the fun this year in a really big way! Case in point: Next Tuesday, January 22, is National Polka Dot Day, and Disney is encouraging Minnie fans everywhere to #MinnieStyle with events in Los Angeles and New York, as well as cool new collections launching both online and in retail stores.
Torrid, Happy Feet, Pandora Jewelry, Crocs, Jewelmark, and luxury milliner Gigi Burris will all release Minnie-inspired capsule collections in celebration of her amazing milestone anniversary and this dot-filled annual fan holiday. Plus, this coming weekend, the female-founded “athleisurewear” brand Terez and the cold-pressed juice brand Pressed Juicery are hosting a Minnie-inspired fitness event open to the public at Los Angeles’ Westfield Century City shopping center; several Minnie-inspired juices will then be available, beginning January 22, at all 70+ Pressed Juicery locations nationwide! On the East Coast, artist Alake Shilling will debut stunning artwork inspired by Minnie at Mickey: The True Original Exhibition in New York City on January 22 during an exclusive event. Should you find yourself in the area, tickets are available now by clicking here.
So on January 22, break out those polka dots in honor of that ever-so-fashionable and ever-so-lovely Minnie Mouse… and don’t forget to tag your photos on social media with #MinnieStyle!
ICYMI: Need-to-Knows for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts!
It’s that time of year again—when the globe’s best in food, fine art, and frolicsome entertainment descend upon the hallowed grounds of Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. Read up on everything you absolutely must know about the Epcot International Festival of the Arts by clicking here.
Get Ready for Chinese New Year at Disney Parks Around the Globe
Chinese New Year (also called Lunar New Year) begins this February 5, when we’ll officially be living in the Year of the Pig! Disney California Adventure park in California and Shanghai Disney Resort have all manner of festivities planned—with delicious limited-time food offerings, sumptuous decorations, and memorable entertainment. Read more about DCA’s celebrations (which begins January 25) here, and about Shanghai Disney Resort’s festival (beginning this Saturday, January 19) here.
This Interactive Disneyland Paris Vault is Virtual-ly Amazing
Across the pond, our friends over at Disneyland Paris have tons of awesome things planned for 2019—including Legends of the Force – A Celebration of Star Wars, Festival of Pirates and Princesses, Marvel Season of Super Heroes, and much, much more… and you can now catch a playful glimpse of all the fun to be had via a brand-new interactive challenge!
The Disneyland Paris Vault (available in both French and English) contains 19 hidden clues about all those upcoming seasonal offerings and events. Guests of all ages are invited to try their hand at finding every clue—and once they do, the vault will unlock exclusive digital content as well as a special message from Disneyland Paris Ambassadors Giona Prevete and Joana Afonso Santiago.
Ready to play? Visit vault.disneylandparis.com to start your adventure!