Production is underway on the first Disney Junior Original Movie, entitled Lucky Duck, from the director of The Adventures of Chuck and Friends and the Nelvana Studio forces behind Mike the Knight.
The music-filled animated movie is slated to premiere in summer 2014 on Disney Junior in the US followed by a rollout on Disney Junior channels worldwide. It stars the voices of Christian Borle and Megan Hilty (both of Smash) and Tom Cavanaugh (Royal Pains). The movie follows a plucky rubber ducky named Lucky that, after accidentally being tossed off a cargo ship, sets off in search of the perfect home.
The original movie concept is a tried and true format for the older-skewing Disney Channel, which released Teen Beach Movie this past summer after a string of successes with its High School Musical and Wizards of Waverly Place movie franchises. Disney Channel’s Zapped, starring Zendaya Coleman, is also in the pipeline for a 2014 release.
Lucky Duck, co-produced by Nelvana Studio and Disney Junior, is directed by Don Kim and written by Michael G. Stern (Imagination Movers). Executive producers are Nelvana’s Irene Weibel and Colin Bohm.