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The Rocketeer is coming to Disney Junior in a New Animated Series

Disney Junior has begun production on The Rocketeer, a new animated adventure series for young kids and their families slated to debut in 2019.

Inspired by Dave Stevens’ popular comic book series, The Rocketeer follows Kit, a young girl who receives a surprise package on her birthday revealing she’s next in line to become the Rocketeer, a legendary superhero who has the ability to fly with the help of a rocket-powered jet pack. Armed with her cool new gear and secret identity, Kit is ready to take flight and save the day with her gadget-minded best friend, Tesh, and airplane mechanic uncle, Ambrose, who join her on her epic adventures. The announcement was made by Joe D’Ambrosia, senior vice president, Original Programming, Disney Junior.

D’Ambrosia said the comics provide a perfect opportunity to create new adventures told from a young girl superhero perspective for the whole family. The series is geared towards kids 2-7 and their families. each episode of The Rocketeer will feature two 11-minute stories and include an original song. Nicole Dubuc is executive producer. The series will be produced by Wild Canary in association with Disney Junior.

Disney Pint Size Heroes Series 2 in March

The newest series of Disney Pint Size Heroes are here!

This series features some of your favorite Disney characters. Unwrap the blind bags to find Donald Duck, Dumbo, Sulley, Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tinker Bell, Wall – E, and many more!

Collect them all this Winter! Pint Size Heroes: Disney Series 2 is out in March from Funko.

At Toys”R”Us you can find Armor Baymax, Baymax and Super Hiro!

Lilo, Stitch and Scrump can be found at Hot Topic!

Those Two Geeks With Alex & Joe Episode Thirteen

On the docket this week: The geeks have seen Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jediand want to talk about it. And they do. With full spoilers almost right from the get go, so be warned.

As always, the Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jc_hesh if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter or email ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Thanks for listening, and we’ll see you next week in the future!

Democrats on the Senate and House Antitrust Subcommittees Call for Hearings on the Disney/Fox Deal

On Thursday, Disney announced they’d be acquiring a large portion of 21st Century Fox including its film and TV studio, some cable networks, and some sports networks. The deal is priced at $52.4 billion.

Some have called into question the merger for numerous reasons including its impact on consumers, creators, and the job loss due to the merger. That questioning now includes some elected officials and Democrats in the Senate and House antitrust subcommittees have called for hearings on the deal.

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) in statement said:

This week we have seen the announcement of another industry-changing merger, which would have major implications in television, film, and media. Yesterday, Disney announced that it is acquiring 21st Century Fox’s film and television studios, cable entertainment networks, and international television businesses. I’m concerned about the impact of this transaction on American consumers.

As the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, I have asked Senator Lee, who has worked closely with me in this area in the past, and Chairman Grassley to schedule a hearing on the proposed merger so that there is appropriate oversight over the antitrust review process.

Klobuchar is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary antitrust subcommittee.

Klobuchar has also asked Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), who chairs the subcommittee, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who chairs the Judiciary Comittee, to schedule a hearing on the proposed deal. Lee and Klobuchar in October called for a hearing regarding the AT&T and Time Warner merger.

The House Judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) has called for a closer look at the deal and in a statement:

Another day, another mega-merger. Disney’s proposed purchase of 21st Century Fox threatens to put control of TV, movie, and news content into the hands of a single media giant.

If it’s approved, this merger could allow Disney to limit what consumers can watch and increase their cable bills. Disney will gain more than 300 channels, 22 regional sports networks, control over Hulu, and a significant portion of Roku.

America is in a Monopoly Moment. We need more competition than before, not less, to create an economy that has more choices and innovation, lower prices, and better jobs. The House Antitrust Subcommittee should look at this proposal very closely.

In the deal, the companies said the regulatory process would take up to 18 months and that review would likely be by the Justice Department. No Congressional approval is needed.

X-Men vs. Avengers Will Cost 5,000 to 10,000 Jobs

We’ve mentioned a few of the ways the Disney takeover of Fox is bad for consumers and the Writers Guild of America West has voiced their concerns for creators. There’s another reality, this merger will cost people their jobs, a lot of jobs.

Rich Greenfield, an analyst with BTIG has issue a report titled, “Disney’s $2 Billion in Synergies is Good for Jobs #FakeNews,” that estimates that 5,000 to 10,000 jobs could be at stake if the merger is approved and goes through.

In the announcement Disney said they’d expect $2 billion in savings through synergy. That’s corporate speak for cost-savings through cutting jobs. According to annual reports, Disney’s global workforce is 195,000 and Fox is about 22,000.

In a memo to employees Fox owner Rubert Murdoch outright admits there will be layoffs.

We are deeply committed to finding opportunities for our people as well as ensuring that anyone impacted is well taken care of.

So, when you’re cheering on the X-Men’s introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the new Fantastic Four film under the Marvel Studios banner, remember the thousands fired to make that happen so you can be entertained.

Writers Guild of America West Warns About the Expense to Creators When it Comes to the Disney and Fox Deal

We’ve laid out a whole lot of reasons the Disney and Fox deal isn’t good for consumers and the Writers Guild of America West has issued a statement opposing the $52.4 billion deal as it’s not good for creators.

In the relentless drive to eliminate competition, big business has an insatiable appetite for consolidation. Disney and Fox have spent decades profiting from the oligopolistic control that the six major media conglomerates have exercised over the entertainment industry, often at the expense of the creators who power their television and film operations. Now, this proposed merger of direct competitors will make matters even worse by substantially increasing the market power of a combined Disney-Fox corporation. The antitrust concerns raised by this deal are obvious and significant. The Writers Guild of America West strongly opposes this merger and will work to ensure our nation’s antitrust laws are enforced

The deal still needs to pass regulatory hurdles before it’s completed, a process that’s expected to take as long as 18 months.

How Does the Disney and Fox Deal Impact BOOM! Studios First Look and Investment?

In 2013, 20th Century Fox inked a first-look deal with BOOM! Studios providing the movie studio a mountain of intellectual property to create future movies with. In 2014, that deal expanded to include 20th Century Fox TV. In 2017, things shifted a bit as 20th Century Fox made a “strategic investment” in the comic book giving the company a minority stake in the “largest independently-controlled” comic book and graphic novel library.

Not even six months later Disney has announced it is acquiring a sizable chunk of Fox’s assets in a massive deal that will see the movie and scripted portions of Fox coming under the Disney banner. A question was raised, how would this deal impact Fox’s with BOOM!?

We reached out to BOOM! Studios pondering what the future held for the comic publisher under this deal and received the following from Vice President, Marketing Arune Singh:

While we don’t have any information beyond what has already been reported in the press, we are excited for the new opportunities that this partnership  provides for our friends at Fox. Both Fox and Disney are world class organizations with exceptional teams, so we look forward to their shared success in the future.

In regards to BOOM! Studios, there will be no immediate changes to how we operate day-to-day. Fox is a valued partner but they are also a minority shareholder, meaning we will continue to operate independently and pursue the same opportunities that have made BOOM! Studios such a success for over twelve years.

While the future remains cloudy, expect the next major opportunity to read the tea leaves at 2018 San Diego Comic-Con and if BOOM! and Fox partner again for another drink-up.

“Opportunity” for R-rated Deadpool to Continue Under Disney

We’re generally down on the whole Disney purchased FOX assets as it’ll be bad for consumers, creators, and more but fans want to know the really important stuff, like will Deadpool remain R-rated in future movies?

Journalist Ben Fritz says that’s a possibility, not a definite:

Short version, if next year’s sequel makes as much as the original, Deadpool 3 will be R-rated. Deadpool 2 will be released June 1, 2018.

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