The House of Mouse is lining up new Disney Channel Original movies and has extended its overall deal with Travis Braun, which includes a greenlight for his new preschool series Pupstruction (pictured).
Set to premiere on Disney Junior and Disney+ in 2023, animated adventure Pupstruction is about an all-dog construction company created and executive produced by Braun. Vic Cook (T.O.T.S.) serves as executive producer, Robyn Brown (Muppet Babies) is co-producer and story editor and Abigail Nesbitt (T.O.T.S.) is supervising director. LA-based studio Titmouse (Big Mouth, Arlo The Alligator Boy) is producing the series, in association with Disney Junior.
Under his extended deal, Braun will develop and produce live-action and animated projects for all Disney platforms including streaming and theatrical releases. As such, he is developing an original live-action movie for Disney Channel. No details on this project were announced at press time.
Braun, who first signed an overall deal with Disney in 2018, created and executive produced the Disney Channel animated series T.O.T.S., which premiered in 2019. Braun also wrote on Disney Junior shows Vampirina, Puppy Dog Pals and Muppet Babies.
Adding to its slate, Disney Branded Television is developing From the Desk of Zoe Washington, a live-action film based on the 2020 book of the same name by Janae Marks. The Disney Channel Original Movie stars a middle-schooler who learns that her father was falsely imprisoned and fights to free him. Actors Kerry Washington (Scandal) and producer Pilar Savone (Django Unchained) are executive producers through Simpson Street Productions, alongside Effie Brown (Dear White People) from Gamechanger Films. The release date and where it will launch have not been finalized yet, according to a Disney spokesperson.
Also announced yesterday at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, Disney Television Animation is releasing two new Mickey Mouse films on Disney Junior this year. Mickey’s Tales of Two Witches, which revolves around in-training witches who join forces to take down a mischievous ghost, premieres October 7. On December 2, Disney Junior will bow Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas where Mickey and the gang scramble to reach a magical star so they can wish everyone home in time for Christmas. Rob LaDuca and Mark Seidenberg (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) are executive producers on both films.