Disney Junior’s New Sheriff Callie Cartoon Will Launch In App Before TV
Disney is constantly striving to stay one step ahead of their competition and keeping up with its youngest generation of fans is part of the formula. With more and more children having access to smart phones and tablets, their latest offering will launch through the Watch Disney Junior app and website before premiering on television. This isn’t just a small experiment to test the waters. Sheriff Callie’s Wild West, staring the voice talent of Mandy Moore as Callie, is on schedule to be a major feature for both Disney Channel mornings and Disney Junior. If successful, we may see more series introduced this way to both explore content delivery options for Disney’s many media outlets and also as a form of building excitement through exclusive content which provides interactivity on screen to build brands.
Sheriff Callie’s Wild West will be available in the WATCH Disney Junior app and website November 24th, which coincides with the Sofia the First Floating Palace TV premiere. The series will then premiere on television in January. Note that this series, or at least the latest episodes, may only be available to cable and satellite subscribers who have access to the WATCH app and website live content. Follow this link to Disney Junior’s Sheriff Callie page.
Per Disney Junior: The first Western for preschoolers, the animated series “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West” follows Callie, a loveable kitty cat sheriff, along with her deputy woodpecker Peck and their fun-loving cactus sidekick Toby, as they watch over their pleasant little frontier town of Nice and Friendly Corners, ensuring that everyone follows the “Cowpoke Code” of fairness, honesty, hospitality, cooperation and hard work. Utilizing the folklore of the Old West to impart lessons about good morals, manners and social ethics for kids age 2-7, the series highlights Disney Junior’s dedication to programming that features heartfelt storytelling as an impetus for learning and development.
Starring the voice of Mandy Moore (Disney’s “Tangled”) as Sheriff Callie, each episode features two 11-minute tales that focus on Callie, Peck and Toby as they greet their friends and neighbors and set out to ensure that their town remains the friendliest in the West. With her noodle lasso and pink cowgirl hat, Callie is always ready to come to the aid of her fellow townsfolk, guiding them in making the right choices. Whether teaching Peck about good sportsmanship through a game of horseshoes, or helping her horse Sparky regain his confidence after he slips and falls during a barrel race, Callie demonstrates the importance of being a good friend and neighbor.
Through relatable themes and winsome characters, the series helps reinforce lessons about forgiveness, honesty and sharing that parents are teaching their kids at home. For example, when Toby finds a pair of cowboy boots along the bank of Nugget Creek, Callie helps him realize that the honorable thing to do is to return the boots to their rightful owner instead of keeping them.
As with all Disney Junior programming, music plays a key role in “Sheriff Callie’s Wild West” with each episode presenting two original songs that highlight and enhance the story being told. With an emphasis on country-western music, the series pays homage to classic Western films and cowboy musical revues with songs including “We’re Gonna Clean up this Town” and “The Cowgirl Twirl.” A trio of singing prairie dogs pops up to perform little ditties throughout each episode reinforcing the lessons that are being introduced and providing a comedic transition between scenes.
In addition to Moore, the series stars Lucas Grabeel (Disney’s “High School Musical,” ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth”) as Peck; Jessica DiCicco (Disney’s “Gravity Falls”) as Toby; Mo Collins (“Parks and Recreation”) as Ella Cowbelle, Frida Fox and newspaper editor Abigail Crane; Cree Summer (“WordGirl”) as Priscilla Skunk; Kevin Michael Richardson (Disney’s “Wander Over Yonder”) as Farmer Stinky and Uncle Bun; Jeff Bennett (Disney’s “Jake and the Never Land Pirates”) as Mr. Dillo, Doc Quakers and Cody the Pony Express Rider; Gary Anthony Williams (Disney’s “Doc McStuffins”) as Dirty Dan and Dusty; and Carlos Alazraqui (Disney’s “Planes”) as Tio Tortuga.