Kid Scoop: Cars, Penguins and Nonedible Thanksgiving Treats

With each serving of Kid Scoop, we share the latest news in the world of kids' TV and movies, so you can be the know-it-all for a change. This latest scoop features cars, penguins, books, balloons and Thanksgiving treats (not the edible kind).

Boys, Start Your Engines
Boys will never tire of cars. Knowing this, Disney XD is preparing a new animated series for 2011 called Motorcity. Featuring the voices of Kel Mitchell, Jim Breuer and Mark Hamill(!), the series is about rebel teens fighting for freedom in a world in which car driving is banned. May the g-force be with them.

More Penguins
If you thought we were over the penguin thing with Happy Feet and March of the Penguins, think again. Mr. Popper’s Penguins, the classic 1938 children's book by Florence Atwater is being given new wings as a feature film in 2011.  This classic story of a businessman who inherits six penguins stars Jim Carrey (who can certainly waddle with the best of them), Carla Gugino and Angela Lansbury as a local pub owner.

Swept Up
Book stores are still a goldmine for Hollywood. The latest treasure: Cate Tiernan's 15-book best-selling young adult fantasy series, Sweep, which Universal is planning for the big screen. Sweep is about a high school junior who discovers she's a witch. Cate Tiernan is actually the pen name of author and illustrator Gabrielle Charbonet.

Soul Surfing
Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and AnnaSophia Robb are all on board to star in the feature film Soul Surfer, which will be released next April. The movie is based on competitive teen surfer Bethany Hamilton’s memoir Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. Hamilton lost her arm in a shark attack, but returned to the top of her sport. This will be the screen debut of Carrie Underwood.

Potter Power
While you're waiting for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 on Nov. 19, ABC starts celebrating early with a four-day Harry Potter weekend Nov. 11-14, including airing all five Harry Potter films and sharing an exclusive sneak peek at two clips from the new movie

Thanksgiving Treats
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a wimpy kid! A Diary of a Wimpy Kid balloon is joining the 13-balloon lineup at the 84th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It's there to promote the fifth book in Jeff Kinney's "Wimpy Kid" book series, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth."

Speaking of Thanksgiving traditions that don't involve cooking, eating or football, ABC airs the timeless 1966 classic A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (alongside This Is America, Charlie Brown: The Mayflower Voyagers) on Thursday, Nov.18 at 8 pm, and again on Thanksgiving night. Who doesn't like toast and popcorn for dinner?

Is watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving a Thanksgiving tradition in your home? Chime in now!

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