Disney+ has launched and we’ve been binging like crazy on it.
We pre-ordered but if you’re still hesitating for some reason, you can sign up for a free 7-day trial to ponder your choices.
Monthly costs are just $6.99 per month or $69.99 a year (almost $14 savings if you go this route!).
Disney+ will have 25 original series and 10 original movies within the first year alone, on top of their massive content collection from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox.
It’s gonna be an amazing year, folks.
But first, here are some of the great original programmings to check out!
Gasps of incredulous joy from Star Wars fans could be heard everywhere when “The Mandalorian” was announced, the first live-action television series set in the Star Wars universe timeline running between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.”
This 8-episode series created and written by Jon Favreau (!!!) stars Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell from Game of Thrones), as a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy faaaar from the authority of the New Republic. You may have seen the little bundle of green joy that’s been breaking the internet as well. Yes, replay all the Baby Yoda scenes to your heart’s content.
But don’t make the mistake of referring The Mandalorian as Boba Fett though – like what Hot Topic accidentally did with their merchandising and have now corrected. While their armor looks quite similar, they’re completely different!
“The Mandalorian” episodes (and all other original Disney+ series) is released on a weekly basis. Sorry, bingers! Old-fashioned weekly anticipation coming back in style.
Lady and the Tramp
It was 64 years ago that the animated “Lady and the Tramp” tugged at our heartstrings, especially when baby Lady popped out of the holiday gift box with her cute puppy eyes.
Exclusively to Disney+ we are now blessed with a live-action remake of this timeless classic with Lady, a cocker spaniel voiced by Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie from “Thor: Ragnorok” and Agent M in “MIB: International”) and Tramp, a scruffy mutt voiced by Justin Theroux (Ethan from “Joker” and Kevin Garvey from “The Leftovers”).
And how fitting that the real-life version of Tramp, played by Monte, is a 2-year old terrier mix from HALO Animal Rescue in Phoenix, Arizona that got lovingly adopted after the movie was made!
Viewing party idea? Cook up a big pot of spaghetti and meatballs, grab a bottle of wine, and snuggle into this adorable remake.
Forky Asks a Question
“Toy Story 4” opened earlier this summer with the introduction of a new “toy” called Forky (not Sporky!) and we’ll get to see more of his hilarious antics with a series of Pixar shorts called, “Forky Asks a Question”.
As Forky was created from trash by little cutie Bonnie, naturally, he has a lot of questions about the world.
All 10 episodes of the series aired on launch day so you’ll get to see Forky understand, what is love? Or…cheese?
Marvel’s Hero Project
This new 20-episode documentary series (unscripted) is released on Disney+ weekly starring inspiring kids that are sparking positivity in their own communities across the country.
As we look up to comic superheroes like Iron Man and Thor, there are real-life heroes in all ages amongst us as well, and this series celebrates and acknowledges these awesome kids’ stories!
It’ll also help ignite conversations within families on difficult topics and gives the encouragement that you can go out and make a difference too. We’re definitely excited about this feel-good series!
Disney+ is the exclusive platform home to Pixar Animation Studios short film series “SparkShorts” where new shorts from storytellers across the entire studio will be featured.
Dubbed as the “Experimental Storytelling Initiative” within Pixar (basically, indie filmmaking), it gives an opportunity for artists in the studio to play with new ideas by doing a low-budget project of their own.
6 shorts are currently available:
“Purl”: An eager ball of pink yarn that gets a job at a fast-paced male-centric company
“Kitbull”: A tale of a fierce stray kitten and a pitbull sparking an unlikely friendship
“Smash and Grab”: Two old robots risk everything for freedom and for each other
“Float”: A new father discovers that his son floats, making him different from other kids
“Loop”: A non-verbal and autistic girl is paired with an energetic and talkative boy at camp
“Wind”: A grandma and grandson are trapped in a huge, never-ending sink-hole and attempts to escape
Every time I go to the movies to watch a Pixar movie, I always look forward to the short film that airs before it. To share so much storytelling in a short amount of time is amazing and gives us all the feels!
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
An original National Geographic documentary television series has 12 episodes starring Jeff Goldblum in “The World According to Jeff Goldblum”.
This kooky actor (and jazz musician!) is essentially traveling the world and exploring topics that strike his fancy: ice cream, sneakers, tattoos, Korean food, and more. An entire episode dedicated to Jeff learning about ice cream? Yes, please.
“I’m not here to be didactic or professorial in any way,” Goldblum says. “I know nothing — that’s the premise. I’m a humble student and, in fact, kind of a late bloomer… a late Gold-bloomer.”
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
What a mouthful! And so meta.
This 10-episode scripted mockumentary follows a group of students as they countdown to their first-ever production of “High School Musical.” The location is also set at the real-life East High, where the original movie was filmed!
Sorry, original movie fans, no Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens here.
A reality series hosted and executive produced by Kristen Bell, “Encore!” reunites cast members of a high school musical to recreate their performances years after, with the help of Broadway talent!
Musicals will include “The Sound of Music,” “Annie,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and more in this high school reunion/behind-the-scenes documentary musical.
The Imagineering Story
This documentary series chronicles the fascinating 65-year history of Walt Disney Imagineers, the people involved in the design, construction, and the business of Disney theme parks.
Featuring exclusive interviews and never-before-seen footage from Disney parks worldwide, this is definitely high on our list of favorites amongst the Disney+ originals!
This list covered just Day-one launches but if you’re interested in seeing beyond for Year 1 and Year 2, here’s a quick peek from their Twitter!
#Thread : Here’s all the upcoming Disney+ Original Content announced so far! (2/3)
— Disney Plus News (@DPlusNews) July 24, 2019
#Thread : Here’s all the upcoming Disney+ Original Content announced so far! (3/3)
— Disney Plus News (@DPlusNews) July 24, 2019
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