Information Bytes: Occasions, Awards, Disney Updates & PBS KIDS Celebrations

Following the information that Disney is planning extra sequels for its traditional hits, a tweet from actor Tim Allen suggests he’ll return to the position of Buzz Lightyear for Toy Story 5 after handing off the Area Ranger duties to Chris Evans for the 2022 origin story spin-off Lightyear. 

Allen, who has voiced Buzz in all of the Toy Story films since 1995, wrote in character “See ya quickly Woody, you ar ea unhappy unusual little man and you’ve got my pity. And off we go to quantity 5! To infinity and past!”

Talking of the way forward for the Disney-Pixar toon enterprise, returned CEO Bob Iger appeared this week on CNBC’s Squawk on the Road to guarantee followers and trade watchers that the Mouse Home will stay a stalwart Toon City landmark, saying: “Animation will proceed to be an vital enterprise for us for a very long time.”

Within the video, Iger factors out the success of Oscar winner Encanto and this 12 months’s Oscar-nominated Turning Purple, regardless of the problems of post-COVID theatrical releasing. This needs to be reassuring to Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios staff as the corporate continues to work in the direction of its deliberate $5.5 billion in value slicing measures, together with content material chops.

Lastly, graphic novel followers had been handled to a teaser trailer for the live-action (however fairly fantastical) Disney+ Authentic collection American Born Chinese language. Primarily based on the genre-hopping action-comedy created by Gene Luen-Yang, the Disney Branded Tv / twentieth Tv manufacturing is led by exec producer/showrunner Kelvin Yu (Bob’s Burgers, Central Park).

American Born Chinese language tells the story of Jin Wang, a median teenager juggling his highschool social life together with his dwelling life. When he meets a brand new international pupil on the primary day of the college 12 months, much more worlds collide as Jin is unwittingly entangled in a battle of Chinese language mythological gods.

The solid consists of , together with Golden Globe winners Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan (Every thing All over the place All at As soon as), Ben Wang, Yeo Yann Yann, Chin Han, Daniel Wu, former Taekwondo champion Jimmy Liu and Sydney Taylor. Visitor starring as a legendary pantheon of characters are Ronny Chieng, Jimmy O. Yang, James Hong, Leonard We, Stephanie Hsu and Poppy Liu, in addition to human characters performed by Lisa Lu and Turning Purple‘s Rosalie Chiang.


Licensing Expo

Registration is now open for Licensing Expo, the world’s largest annual occasion devoted to licensing and model extension, going down June 13-15 on the Mandalay Bay Conference Heart in Las Vegas, organized by Informa Markets’ World Licensing Group and sponsored by Licensing Worldwide. Register at

Main gamers within the toy trade and youngsters’ leisure area have already dedicated to exhibiting on the 2023 Expo, together with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Funko, Hasbro, Jazwares, Mattel, Moonbug Leisure, Peanuts Worldwide, The Pokémon Co. Worldwide, SEGA of America and Sesame Workshop.

“As we proceed to see progress in imaginative collaborations and product ranges throughout the licensing and style spheres, this 12 months’s occasion would be the place to find the numerous methods through which style is driving licensing conversations and experiences,” says Anna Knight, Senior Vice President of the World Licensing Group, organizers of Licensing Expo.


Dance Monsters (c.o Netflix © 2022)
Dance Monsters (c.o Netflix © 2022)

The Producers Guild of America introduced nominees for The PGA Innovation Award, recognizing the manufacturing of a noteworthy, impactful new media program that considerably elevates the viewers’s viewing expertise. The recipient can be introduced on the Nominee Celebration Occasion on the night of February 23 in Los Angeles, and highlighted on the PGA Awards ceremony February 25 on the Beverly Hilton Resort.

2023 PGA Innovation Award Nominees:

  • Dance Monsters (Lime Footage)
  • Expertise Yosemite (CityLights)
  • Ghostbusters VR Academy (HOLOGATE)
  • LeMusk – A Cinematic Sensory Expertise (Intel Company)
  • Lustration (New Canvas)
  • On the Morning You Wake (To the Finish of the World) (ASTREA)
  • OXYMORE by Jean-Michel Jarre (VRROOM)
  • PerfectoVerse (Watch and Play)
  • Keep Alive, My Son (UME Studios)
  • Stranger Issues Immersive Watch Occasion (Sawhorse Productions)
  • Verizon Pepsi Halftime Extremely Move (R/GA)


VIEW Oscar shorts

Forward of the beforehand introduced function contenders panel, VIEW Convention weill current a free digital dialogue with administrators behind this 12 months’s Oscar nominees for greatest animated brief: Sara GunnarsdóttirCharlie MackesyAmanda Forbis & Wendy TilbyJoão Gonzalez and Lachlan Pendragon.

The panel will happen Tuesday, February 28 at 9 a.m. PST. Register free of charge at


Pinkalicious & Peterrific - Cupid Calls It Quits
Pinkalicious & Peterrific – Cupid Calls It Quits

PBS KIDS is celebrating each a well-liked vacation and an vital component of well being care with recent February content material that includes youngsters’ animated favourite.

The brand new season of Pinkalicious & Peterrific kicks off at present (February 10) throughout PBS KIDS Household Film Night time with the re-air of the hour-long Valentine’s Day particular “Cupid Calls It Quits.” Within the particular, Pinkalicious and Peter befriend Cupid who overs them a commerce: he’ll develop into an actual child for a day whereas Pinkalicious develop into cupid. However will Pinkalicious and Peter be capable of unfold love throughout Pinkville?

Episodic premieres start Feb. 13, bringing household audiences together with Pinkalicious and her mates in Pinkville on brand-new adventures — taking advantage of the final snowy days, changing into immersed in an artwork exhibit, having fun with a canine present, serving to her neighborhood and studying vital classes. Watch episodes on PBS KIDS or on-line at and the PBS KIDS YouTube channel.
Daniel Tiger: At the Dentist
Daniel Tiger: On the Dentist
February additionally marks Nationwide Youngsters’s Dental Well being Month, so the pleasant Fred Rogers gang of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood are serving to their younger mates prepare for his or her first appointment with the brand new digital sport Daniel Tiger: On the Dentist, developed with the assessment of the American Academy for Pediatric Dentistry. The sport will launch February 17 at

On the Dentist, that includes Daniel Tiger and Dr. Plat, prepares kids for a optimistic expertise when going to the dentist. Via stress-free, interactive gameplay with Daniel and Mr. Dino, youngsters will familiarize themselves with a dentist go to by experiencing the sights and sounds of assorted devices and processes utilized by the dentist. Moreover, the sport will encourage little ones to brush their enamel for 2 minutes, as advisable by the AAPD.

Making youngsters snug with visiting the dentist and establishing an oral care routine early particularly matter right here within the U.S., the place tooth decay is the primary power childhood illness. Caregivers can go to for extra sources and to discover a pediatric dentist of their space.