This summer, Disney Junior is giving kids something to quack about with the premiere of the network’s first-ever original movie, Lucky Duck. Debuting Saturday, July 12 at 6 p.m. ET the animated musical film features the voices of Broadway and television stars Christian Borle, Megan Hilty (both of Smash) and Tom Cavanagh (Royal Pains) as a trio of misfit tub toys who embark on an epic journey to find kids who will love them, just the way they are. Leading up to the premiere, viewers will be treated to un-bill-lievable episodes of the brand new short series Sarah & Duck, weekdays at 5:55 p.m. ET beginning on Monday, July 7.
Lucky Duck follows a courageous rubber duck with a broken squeaker named Lucky (voiced by Borle) who, after accidentally being tossed off a cargo ship, sets off on a high seas adventure in search of the perfect home. Along the way, he comes across two kindred spirits, an extroverted hippo with mis-matched eyes named Flo (voiced by Hilty) and an apprehensive turtle named Snap (voiced by Cavanaugh). Together, the trio learns the importance of believing in themselves, and never giving up on their dreams. Showcasing its cast of musical theatre veterans, Lucky Duck features six original songs, including the ballad “I’m a Lucky Duck;” the up-tempo “Tub Toy Twist;” and the heartfelt “Friends Will See You Through.”
Also making a splash onto Disney Junior next month is the new animated short, Sarah & Duck. Debuting Monday, July 7 at 5:55 p.m. ET, the enchanting and imaginative series follows the curious adventures of Sarah, a wide-eyed, seven-year-old, and her flappy best friend, Duck, as they explore the world around them in unexpected ways. In the premiere episode titled “Lots of Shallot,” Sarah and Duck find some free seeds in their newspaper and plant them to see what grows. Following the series’ premiere, Sarah & Duckwill air regularly weekdays at5:55 p.m. ET.
Those interested in both the movie, and the shorts, can waddle over to DisneyJunior.ca to learn more about the characters, download colouring and activity sheets, and play the fun new game “Tub Toy Tumble,” to help save Lucky and his friends from the deep ocean. Lucky Duck will be available on Disney Junior OnDemand beginning July 25.
Lucky Duck is a production of Nelvana Studio in association with Disney Junior. The movie was directed by Don Kim (The Adventures of Chuck and Friends) and written by WGA Award winner Michael G. Stern (Imagination Movers). Executive producers are Nelvana Studio’s Irene Weibel and Colin Bohm (Mike the Knight). The songwriters are Rick Garcia and William V. Malpede (Rango) and the underscore was written by Frederik Wiedmann (Green Lantern: The Animated Series).