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Disney TV & Streaming May Animation Highlights

Star Wars: The Bad Batch
Star Wars: The Bad Batch

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Disney TV & Streaming May Animation Highlights

All the toons in bloom across The Walt Disney Co.’s linear channels and streamers Disney+ and Hulu.

Following the April 30 launch of new Pixar short 22 vs. Earth, animation fans can log on to Disney+ for the premiere of the new Lucasfilm Animation’s Star Wars: The Bad Batch, new episodes of docuseries Inside Pixar: Unpacked and a wide variety of library additions. Plus, the 101 Dalmatians live-acton prequel Cruella arrives on Premier Access for an additional fee.

Tuesday, May 4
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Premiere. The elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in The Clone Wars) find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch — a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.

Friday, May 7
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 102

Library Titles: Wander over Yonder S1 & S2

Everyone’s Hero

Friday, May 14
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 103

Library Titles: Special Agent Oso S1 & S2

Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps

Cruella

Cruella

Friday, May 21
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Episode 104

Inside Pixar: Unpacked batch premiere.

  • “About Time” (dir. Erica Milsom) How can the passage of time be utilized as a tool for emotional storytelling? Narrator W. Kamau Bell breaks down how time can become its own character in Pixar films, looking at period pieces such as Brave and the tear-jerking passage of time in Up.
  • “Everybody Loves a Villain” (Tony Kaplan) From Ernesto de La Cruz to Lotso to Hopper, foes of all shapes and sizes are essential to many of our favorite Pixar movies. But what makes a good villain? Narrator W. Kamau Bell digs into why we love to hate our favorite antagonists and what makes them so complicated.
  • “The Squint Test” (Tony Kaplan) Pixar characters strive to strike a balance between realistic and caricatured. Narrator W. Kamau Bell explains how basic shapes and drawings influence the character design and story of favorite films such as Up, Ratatouille and The Incredibles.
  • “Inner Drive” (Erica Milsom) Beyond the world of Cars, vehicles of all kinds have made their mark throughout Pixar’s films. Jump in and go for a ride with narrator W. Kamau Bell as he cruises through some of his favorite Pixar planes, trains, and Incredibiles.
  • “No Small Roles” (Tony Kaplan) Take a deep dive into the art of crowds animation. Each of your favorite Pixar characters live in worlds populated by fellow fish, cars, toys and humans, but creating thousands of these fully animated background characters is no easy feat. Join narrator W. Kamau Bell in understanding how Pixar adds thousands of background characters into every film.

Library Titles: Big City Greens S2

Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures S1

Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast

Friday, May 28
Premier Access: Cruella. Set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, Cruella follows a young grifter named Estella (Oscar winner Emma Stone), a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman (two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson), a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute. But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella de Vil.

Library Titles: Bluey Shorts S2

MODOK

MODOK

On Hulu, adult audiences and comic-book fans can finally face the wrath of the hilarious, homicidal Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. on Friday, May 21, while kids can join Mary and the gang for a third season of Madagascar: A Little Wild (May 27) or get to know the loveable delivery crew of Pikwik Pack (May 4).

May is also the last month to catch Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2 on the Hulu platform.

Amphibia

Amphibia

TV viewers can catch the Season Two Finale of Matt Braly’s Amphibia on Disney Channel, the premiere of new preschool original The Chicken Squad on Disney Junior as well as new adventures for Mira, Royal Detective and the Puppy Dog Pals.

Saturday, May 1
9:30-10:00 a.m. EDT (Disney Channel) Amphibia “True Colors” – Season Two Finale – The family travels to Newtopia to say their goodbyes and finally send all three girls home. However, someone has other plans.

Monday, May 3
5:00-5:30 p.m. EDT (Disney Junior) Mira, Royal Detective “The Eid Mystery” – Mira’s friend Sadia asks for her help in solving the case when they find a lost holiday eidi gift envelope on the ground. Guest stars include Rizwan Manji (Schitt’s Creek) and his daughter Ayana Manji (Perfect Harmony) as Mr. Khan and his daughter Sadia, Zehra Fazal (Glitch Techs) as Mrs. Khan and Kausar Mohammed (East of La Brea) as Mrs. Jafri.

“The Case of the Pinched Paintbrush” – When Priya’s special paintbrush goes missing, Mira must go on the case to help her find it. Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) guest stars as Naveen.

Monday, May 10
5:00-5:30 p.m. EDT (Disney Junior) Mira, Royal Detective “Mystery in the Sky” – When Mira sees a strange speck in the sky, her friends help her investigate what it could be. Tiya Sircar (The Good Place) and Huse Madhavji (Utopia Falls) recur as the Queen and King of Naiyapuran.

“The Case of the Message in a Bottle” – Mira and her friends follow the clues found in a message in a bottle.

Friday, May 14
10:00-10:30 a.m. EDT (Disney Channel) Puppy Dog Pals “7th Inning Fetch” – Bob and the pugs head to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

“National Bob Day” – Bingo and Rolly throw a National Bob Day to make Bob feel special.

7:30-7:55 p.m. EDT (Disney Junior) The Chicken Squad “Chicken Squad to the Rescue” – Series Premiere – The Squad must learn to work together to rescue a stranded puppy.

“A Speedy Exit” – The Squad gets carried away while upgrading their headquarters.

7:55-8:25 p.m. EDT (Disney Junior) The Chicken Squad “The Natural” – Little Boo gets overconfident during Captain Tully’s training activities.

“A Dirty Job” – Sweetie’s enthusiasm about Dr. Dirt’s work causes problems in the lab. Jane Lynch (Glee) and Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory) guest star as Dr. Dirt and Dinah, respectively.

Friday, May 21
7:30-7:55 p.m. EDT (Disney Junior) The Chicken Squad “Gone to the Dogs” – When chew toys begin disappearing from around the neighborhood, the Squad investigates. Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Resident) guest stars as Lt. Scruffy and Jane Lynch (Glee) returns as Dr. Dirt.

“Coop Dreams” – To help the Squad win a Critterball Tournament, Coop relies on a pair of super-shoes instead of trusting his own ideas.

Monday, May 24
5:00-5:30 p.m. EDT (Disney Junior) Mira, Royal Detective “The Case of the Lost Treehouse” – When Sahil and his childhood friend can’t find their old treehouse, Mira is on the case. Usman Ally (Lifeline) guest stars as Sahil’s childhood friend, Mohamed.

“The Case of the Vanishing Picnic” – Mira helps Mikku and Chikku find their missing basket of picnic food.

Friday, May 28
7:30-7:55 p.m. EDT (Disney Junior) The Chicken Squad “Roommate Rumble” – When new roommates Frazz and Riley host a housewarming party, they can’t agree on anything, so the Squad steps in to help. Tony Hale (The Mysterious Benedict Society) and Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs) guest star as Frazz and Riley, respectively.

“The Need for Speed” – When the Squad soups up their new car to be extra fast, Little Boo feels like he no longer has a place on the team.

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