During France’s Annecy International Animation Festival, Disney has unveiled details about their upcoming Chip n’ Dale reboot, along with Monsters at Work and several new upcoming original series that will launch on Disney+.
The presentation began with a look at Monsters at Work, which will see both Billy Crystal and John Goodman once again voicing their iconic roles, Mike and Sully. Debuting in 2020, the series picks up six months after Monsters Inc, and will focus on a “new generation of workers at the Monsters, Inc factories – led by a mechanic (Tylor Tuskmon) – who fancy themselves as funny and are looking to shine.”
“Animation continues to be one of the cornerstones of Disney magic and story-telling, across Disney Channels and excitedly, now on the new streaming platform, Disney Plus,” said country manager at Walt Disney France Helene Etzi in a press release. “As a company, we are privileged to work with so many creative masterminds, both here in France and across Europe, who are first in class when it comes to relaying timeless stories for all members of the family.”
Turning to the Chip n’ Dale reboot, the only details that were revealed for the time being are that the series will feature 39 seven-minute length episodes “using traditional animation styles and feature contemporary slap-stick narratives as the furry pair struggle with life in the big city.”
Along with Chip n’ Dale and Monsters and Work, new series Bluey, Ghost Force, Amphibia, The Owl House, T.O.T.S., 101 Dalmatian Street, and Mira, Royal Detective were announced. Below are the synopsis for each of them, along with a first look for several:
• Bluey: Acquired from BBC Studio, Bluey – intended for pre-school audiences – centers on “a highly imaginative Blue Heeler dog and her canine pals.” Currently, the show is the number one Australian children’s series on metro broadcast in the country.
• Ghost Force: Intended for children six years of age and up, Ghost Force follows a group of junior high school friends who “team to form a secret superhero team dedicated to protecting New York City.”
• Amphibia: Follows a thirteen year old girl named Anne who “gets transplanted to a frog-filled world called Amphibia where she becomes a local hero.”
• The Owl House: A “magic-filled fantasy series about a teenage girl who similarly finds herself in another world ruled by magic.”
• T.O.T.S.: A pre-school animal themed series “which teaches that all you need to have a family is love after characters question how a mother bird could have a baby kitten.”
• Mira, Royal Detective: Another pre-school mystery-adventure series “inspired by Indian culture and customs.” It is currently scheduled to launch in 2020.
Last but not least, a musical clip from the already airing in Europe 101 Dalmatian Street was shown at the presentation. In a statement from the press release, since its launch in this March, the series “has already been viewed by 34 million people, including 12 million kids across 17 EMEA markets.”
Along with all the new content, Disney also announced a fourth and fifth season of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir” – currently in pre-production – as well as new seasons of eOne and Frog Box’s PJ Masks for its Disney Junior channel.