Press release - Shorts

February 1, 2022

Rise Up, Sing Out: Fact Sheet

Disney Branded Television’s “Rise Up, Sing Out” is a series of eight animated, musical shorts geared towards kids, parents and caregivers. The shorts are designed to be inspiring, empowering and optimistic about race, culture, community and celebrating differences. The songs and music were written and produced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of the GRAMMY Award®-winning musical group The Roots (“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”). Thompson and Trotter also serve as executive producers on the shorts through their Two One Five Entertainment production company, alongside Latoya Raveneau (Disney+’s highly anticipated “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder”), who also serves as executive producer.

Introducing a group of neighborhood friends of multiple ethnicities, the short stories directly reflect the realities of the world kids live in today and are designed to provide a framework for conversation among kids and families.

“Rise Up, Sing Out” is produced in collaboration with Academy Award®-winning animation studio Lion Forge Animation (“Hair Love”) for Disney Junior.


A digital soundtrack featuring songs from the shorts will be available beginning Friday, Feb. 4, from Walt Disney Records.


“Rise Up, Sing Out”

Musical Short-Form Series


U.S. Premiere:
Feb. 2, 2022

Nia Thompson (“Taniya”)
Alexander Bello (“Kingston” and “Adam”)
Ramone Hamilton (“Terrell”)
Donovan Monzón-Sanders (“Gabriel”)
Raia Kita (“So-Hyeon”)
Sarah Vattano (“Amelia” and “Hannah”)
Kamia Benge (“Shawna” and “Rogerneiqua”)
Alanna Ubach (“Abuela”)
G.K. Bowes (“Taniya’s Mom” and “Ms. Washington”)
Tariq Trotter (as Himself)

Executive Producers:
Latoya Raveneau
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter

Music By:
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson
Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter

Supervising Director:
Saxton Moore

Produced by:
Lion Forge Animation for Disney Junior

Parental Guideline:

Press Contact:
Disney Branded Television Communications
Erica McCearley