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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 week's scoop features a slew of sequels, teen spies, a night of frights and a Disney parade.
DreamWorks Sequels: Too Much of a Good Thing?
If you like Kung-Fu Panda, Penguins of Madagascar and How To Train Your Dragon, you'll love... Kung-Fu Panda, Penguins of Madagascar and How To Train Your Dragon! DreamWorks Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg announced plans for so many sequels that your kid might be driving you to the last one. Katzenberg said there'd be four Penguins pictures, six Kung-Fu flicks, and at least three more Dragon deliveries. That's a lot of movies, but they're not slated to infinity and beyond. Katzenberg told Empire Magazine: "Our movies and our franchises... have a beginning, a middle and an end; they're not open-ended. Each of the films is a chapter of a story and in every instance we knew what that journey was or could be before we even started."
In a sign of things to come in the media world, Jackson Rathbone (Twilight) and Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights) are set to star in Aim High, a web series about a teenage government agent juggling school life and spy business. According to MTV, Aim High will be distributed online sometime in 2011, with all webisodes later compiled on DVD. We've sure come a long way since lonelygirl15.
Hollywood breathes life into another graphic novel as production begins on The Clockwork Girl, a digitally-animated film based on the graphic novel by Sean O’Reilly, The story revolves around a robot girl (voiced by Spy Kids' Alexa Vega) who teams with a mutant-monster boy to save their world, even though they’re from warring families. Other voices include Jesse McCartney, Carrie-Anne Moss, Brad Garrett and Jeffery Tambour. I’ll say this -- it's nice to learn about an animated feature that doesn’t have to rely on crude jokes and site gags to lure an audience. It’s also nice to see Vega back in action! (Learn more about the film and watch scenes here).
How do you follow up a day of gift-giving and festive eating? With a good scare! At least that’s how R.L. Stine celebrates. His new show on The Hub, R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour, debuts with back-to-back episodes on Dec. 25. I like seeing horror shows for kids because it means they get to enjoy this marvelous genre in a safe way, without interfering with my own grown-up love for things that go bump in the night. (See a sneak peek).
Everyone Loves a Parade
One good holiday parade deserves another. ABC will air the 27th 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade special on Christmas Day. The event will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest in Florida, Nick Cannon in California and Maria Menounos in Florida. And if Nick Cannon’s involved, you know his wife isn't far behind. Expect performances by Mariah Carey, Darius Rucker, Amber Riley (Glee), Selena Gomez, Debby Ryan (Suite Life on Deck), Jackie Evancho, Lee DeWyze, Sean Kingston and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Just know that the Disney special has already been taped. Call me a parade purist, but isn't part of a parade's magic watching it live?
Do you think Disney’s Christmas Day Parade can compete with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade? Chime in now!