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Disney wants your sons and grandsons for its new cable channel

by Richard Keller, posted Dec 26th 2008 1:03PM

Toon Disney becomes Disney XD in February.Don't worry, Disney isn't recruiting them for some kind of army that will, dare I say it, rule the world. No, the mega-media conglomerate wants them, especially the 'them' that are between the ages of 6-14, to tune into their new cable network. Well, not 'new' in the sense that there's currently a blank space where the network will be. More like 'new' in the sense that they are re-branding one of their current properties.

Beginning in February, Toon Disney will morph into the newly named Disney XD. There won't be any High School Musical or Hannah Montana on this Disney network. Instead, this multi-platform brand will feature both live-action and animated fare that appeals to the mud-eating, snot-blowing, rough-and-tumble crowd of boys, tweens and teens. In addition to current Toon Disney fare like Jetix, there will be a number of new shows on XD as well.

The new offerings include Aaron Stone, about a video gaming teen who is secretly being trained as a super agent; Zeke & Luther, a mockumentary about two skateboarders and their quest to become the best in the world; and Kid Knievel, an animated show about a young boy trying to become the world's greatest daredevil. Now, for those of you girls who fear that they will be turned off by the XD shows, don't worry. Heck, you aren't even welcome to step on XD's door mat (Think of a big 'NO GIRLZ ALLOWED' sign on the door). That's okay, because you still have Disney Channel, which will become Lifetime for the tween crowd and continue to air programs that appeal to the female in everyone.

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Well YES this is good. I saw the thing during the Christmas Day Parade for Disney about the new show on XD about the video game playing boy and such (Aaron Stone) and it seems like its going to be awesome. More Suite Life will be good as well.

I hope they keep Power Rangers, Digimon, Pucca, Ying Yang Yo, and Super Robot Monkey Team HyperForce Go.

December 26 2008 at 5:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No matter what they'd say about the existing lineup, I'm worried about some of the existing programs on Toon Disney being cut for some of the likely crap that's being pushed onto the channel. I love that channel to death (especially since we just it as a standard cable channel at the beginning of the year) because it always shows the Disney cartoons from the '90s that I haven't seen in years.

December 26 2008 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

no offense to Disney but I don't want the next generation of girls/young women to be watching the "tween" version of Lifetime. Nor do I think any good will come of gender specific channel programming for children. So actually....every offense to Disney for this ridiculous move.

December 26 2008 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

D'ya think they know that XD = XD? If they do, that's pretty XD

I've always thought there should be a Disney Movie channel. All Disney/Pixar animated and live action movies, 24 hrs. a day. Wouldn't that be cool?

December 26 2008 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Well, I mean, it'd be cool if they had widely differing movies, and didn't repeat The Emperor's New Groove all day long.

December 26 2008 at 2:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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