From my hometown newspaper’s website (The Times-Picayune in New Orleans) comes an article on the future of the Imagination Movers. Disney has decided not to renew the show for a fourth season.
Imagination Movers is, in my opinion, the best show on the Disney Junior block of programming, and with a 5 year old and an 18 month old I’ve seen a lot of it. It’s better than Chugginton, Special Agent Oso, and even Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Sure, it follows a pattern as most of these shows do, but it’s the only show on the block to actively encourage creative thinking and brainstorming. The music is also enjoyable for both kids and adults. It’s a show that the whole family can watch.
However, from the article it sounds like the Imagination Movers will be on a Disney station for some time to come. They’ll continue to air new episodes until season 3 runs, out and when Disney Junior makes the move to a full station it will air episodes of Imagination Movers as well as music videos and other segments.
The article also revealed that Disney received a percentage on tour and tour merchandise revenue. This was the first I had heard of the arrangement and I’m sure the Imagination Movers are glad to have the extra touring income.
Although I’d rather see more episodes of Imagination Movers, it seems the show is at a point where Disney has enough (75 episodes) to repeat them on Disney Junior without making it seem like the same one is playing over and over again. Meanwhile, the Imagination Movers can focus on other things without spending a good portion of the year producing the television show.