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Disney’s new streaming platform Disney+ is poised to make a big splash when it launches November 12. The House of Mouse is coming out strong with low introductory pricing and a showcase of original programming and fan favorites. The new streaming service is only $6.99/month. Subscribers can bundle Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu for $12.99/month – conveniently, the same price as Netflix’s standard monthly subscription.
Disney+ has exclusive rights to all of Walt Disney Studios’ library, as well as the titles from Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar. The entertainment giant also recently acquired 20th Century Fox assets that include popular titles like The Simpsons and National Geographic. The new service launches with a library of 5,000 Disney Channel and Disney Jr episodes and 100 Disney Channel. Subscribers can stream the entire Pixar library and all Disney animated classics from the vault in the first year.
Even with the flashy lineup of favorites, Disney+ will make the biggest impact with new original films and series. Disney+ isn’t holding back; it’s going head to head with original content powerhouses Netflix, Amazon, and HBO with a full lineup of blockbuster film-quality programming for the small screen. Here are ten new programs that audiences can’t wait to see.
The highly anticipated premiere of the original Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, is set just after The Return of the Jedi. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni promise a space western with an all-new set of characters. Expect to see Jawas, bounty hunters, Stormtroopers, and more in the eight-episode series. Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Taika Waititi, and Carl Weathers back a star-studded cast. Stream the show from launch day on the new service.
Fresh off the Season 6 ending of Younger on TVLAND, Hilary Duff reprises her role on Disney as Lizzie McGuire. The original show featured Duff at thirteen years old with an animated sidekick version of her inner voice. The reboot features Duff all grown up, working at her dream job in New York City as a 29-year-old, and dating a nice guy. The twist is that she still has the same 13-year-old animated sidekick whispering in her ear. It’s the perfect amount of nostalgia for those who watched the original and should be a hit.
Millions of fans celebrated the 40th anniversary of The Muppet Movie this year, and are excited to see a new show featuring their favorite Muppets on Disney+. Although it won’t debut until 2020, producers promise a new unscripted series of shorts. Kermit the Frog tweeted a message to Muppet fans confirming the new show last week. Fans are also loudly requesting that Disney+ stream the five seasons of the original Muppet Show, only three of which were ever made available on DVD. Hopefully, those classic episodes will make their way into the new streaming platform soon.
In line with the studio’s recent decision to remake animated classics as live-action movies, Disney+ plans one for the small screen. Look for a version of Lady and the Tramp on launch day of the new streaming service. Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux star provide the personalities for the on-screen canines.
Kristen Bell's new reality series gives some adults the chance to re-create their high school musical. The show reunites the original cast for an encore performance. The audience gets to watch them navigate the rehearsals, friendships, and labels of adolescence. Will they shed the awkwardness of their former selves or revert to old patterns? Hopefully, it’s not too predictable and provides closure for those who need it.
Although the fictional East High for the hit TV movie was in Albuquerque, filming occurred at a high school in Utah. Now the real-life students of East High in Utah are taking on a production of their own. Follow along as the reality series shares the process of East High’s production of “High School Musical: The Musical.” Fans of the original movies will love the classic songs and new ones.
The stepbrothers return in an adventure to rescue their sister from space. The ever-annoyed Candace, played by Ashley Tisdale, was abducted by aliens and is happily living on a planet free of pesky little brothers. No doubt she’ll complain to her parents about the boys’ hijinks before all evidence of their inventions disappears. I can already hear her predictable complaint, “Mooooooom, Phineas and Ferb built a spaceship and rescued me when I didn’t need rescuing!”
In the ultimate game of imagination, Disney asks the Marvel Universe characters what things would look like with one small change. All of the original actors participate in the new animated show, bringing their wit and personality to the roles. Imagine the Marvel Universe if Captain America were a zombie. Or, what if Peggy Carter was Captain Britain and Steve Rogers was still skinny and encased in an exo-suit? The situations are endless and should result in a whole new look at our favorite Marvel characters.
Technically these are three separate shows, but they all occur in the Marvel Universe. Fans of Bruce Banner are eager to watch the original series, She Hulk. You wouldn’t like her when she’s angry, but her alter-ego is a lawyer who fights for justice. The new original series Ms. Marvel debuts the first Muslim character, Kamala Khan, as a protégé to Carol Danvers. Marvel fans also look forward to the new show, Moon Knight. As a former mercenary left for dead in an Egyptian desert, gaining superhero powers changes his life.
The day the big scary monsters realized that they could generate more power from laughs than screams changed their world. The new show from Pixar, Monsters at Work, picks up after the end of the original movie. The plot follows new characters Tylor and his mom, Millie, as they transition to producing laughs after having prepared their whole lives to scare children.
Disney enters the streaming world on November 12th with an enviable library of hits. Combined with an aggressive pricing strategy, the entertainment giant obviously isn’t scared of competition. However, to those who have owned the classics and can watch them at any time, it’s the original programming that seems compelling. These ten shows are making a big buzz for potential subscribers. Which one will you watch first?
Megan Southard is a writer, mom, technology enthusiast, and movie junkie. She dreads the day her kids have to explain gadgets to her and is old enough to say, "I was the remote for our TV growing up."
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