Disney+ Releases Extensive List of What Titles Will Be Available On Day One
Disney+ is almost here, less than 100 days away from launch. The upcoming mega-contender in the streaming wars released the titles that will be available on the service from its first day. Other impressive titles will show up shortly thereafter, though those can be subject to change. The cost will still be around $7 per month, and viewers will have an extensive catalogue to choose from. The Day One offerings are remarkable, but there are also some very interesting projects to be released in the first year. Surprisingly, along with features and scripted series, there are a number of reality and documentary programs that only Disney+ could do.
Let’s dive into the list without further ado.
Original Movies and Series Available From Launch
Maybe all you need to know about Disney+ are what original programming will be available when the service launches. If so, Disney offered up quite a few details about what’s coming down the pike. Of course, this may not be a full or final list, but this is what they’ve confirmed. Most of the programming offered will be series, but there will be one animated film, a reimagining of a Disney classic animated film.
Kristen Bell, of the Good Place and Veronica Mars, executive produces this reality series that features second chances. Specifically, this show will reunite the cast of high school musical performances for another shot at glory, this time with the help of Broadway stars. The performance will likely be the climax of each episode, but the drama will come from the reunions of these former high school friends and their ability to recapture the magic of those high school stage dreams.
Forky Asks a Question
As far as original series go, this short from Pixar featuring Tony Hale’s Toy Story 4 character seems more at home on Quibi than a traditional streaming service. These 10 shorts will feature the character asking questions about how the world works. Since he’s a collection of trash given life by the imagination of a child, there’s plenty for this little fella to learn.
High School Musical Series
This series honors the original High School Musical series of movies, but follows its own narrative at the real-life East High. In this world, High School Music is a movie. So, this scripted series details how a group of students adapts that movie into a stage production for their class. Expect the series to be filled with meta jokes, Easter eggs, and maybe even some cameos.
Lady and the Tramp
Tessa Thompson takes time out from ruling Asgard to portray “Lady,” a clean, spoiled house dog who falls for “The Tramp,” a street dog voiced by Justin Theroux. Like many recent Disney remakes featuring animals, this series will be a hybrid of live-action and CGI animation. It will probably follow the plot of the 1955 classic, with a few tweaks for the modern day. Now, where is our Aristocats remake?
The first-ever live-action Star Wars project for television (since the Star Wars Holiday Special, that is) from Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni. Starring Pedro Pascal as the titular character, it follows the adventures of a crew of bounty hunters, led by Carl Weathers and Gina Carano, as they fight remnants of the Empire and do a job for Werner Herzog. Giancarlo Esposito, Nick Nolte, and Bill Burr also will appear. The plot is a closely-guarded secret, but rumors suggest Pascal’s character will be tasked with kidnapping (or worse) an infant, and then decides to protect the little one. A second season is already underway, according to Favreau, and the series boasts a per-episode budget of around $15 million.
Marvel’s Hero Project
Another reality project from Marvel focuses on real-life heroes. No, not those folks who dress up in costumes or even folks like first-responders who put their lives on the line to save others. Rather, this series will follow young community activists who live selflessly to better the lives of others. Expect MCU stars to help raise the profile of these kids’ actions and immortalize their efforts to make a difference without punching people in the face.
Like the animated adventures of Forky above, this Pixar series will feature short animated films. The goal of this series will be to highlight the next generation of animators. These young storytellers will tell stories from unique perspectives and some style and technique unfamiliar to Pixar fans. This series will likely run for a long time.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Like Mister Rogers, Jeff Goldblum hails from the city of Pittsburgh. There must be something in the water in those three rivers that makes their genial celebrities curious about how our world connects together. Goldblum hosts this reality series shows us the larger world of things we take for granted in everyday life. He won’t visit a crayon factory, probably, but the show will tackle subjects like ice cream and sneakers. The history of these items and the cultures around it are all brought together in a uniquely “Goldblum” way.
Walt Disney Imagineering Documentary Series
Walt Disney Imagineers are the people who create the incredible rides and experiences at Walt Disney-themed parks. As long as there has been a Disneyland, these part-artists, part-engineers dream up ways to wow guests, adult and child alike. This series will let us peek under the hood at how Disney parks make real-world magic. This is a great way for Disney+ to showcase interesting content about other areas of its business.
Original Movies and Series Available Within the First Year
This is an impressive slate of original production available at launch. But in order to learn all you need to know about Disney+, you should also consider what’s coming later in the year. In order to encourage people to keep subscribing after they’ve watched The Lion King or Avengers Endgame 50 times will be these upcoming shows and films.
Be Our Chef
Everyone, apparently, loves a reality cooking competition show. Angela Kinsey, of Office fame, hosts this series that pits families against one another. Using their own culinary expertise, the challenge will involve some sort of Disney element, though what that means remains a mystery.
Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies (Title not Final)
One part of being a mega-entertainment entity is that Disney owns a lot of stuff. We’re not just talking about IP or studio lots, but important things like Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber or Mary Poppins’ umbrella. This show dives into those archives to detail the history of classic films through things like props, costumes, and the crew who created these pieces of movie history. Naturally, most of the films studied will be Disney films like Pirates of the Caribbean or the Muppet Movies.
Diary of a Female President
A scripted series, the premise seems to be that these are stories taken from the diary of a Cuban-American girl who grows up to become, if not the first, a female US president. (At the time of this writing, such a thing is still the stuff of fiction, sadly.) It seems like this will share some DNA with The Wonder Years, which told the coming-of-age story of a kid with narration from his adult self. The inclusion of the presidency as a subplot suggests this will be a show not afraid to get political.
Also, in Toy Story 4, Annie Potts’s character Bo Peep returns having left the core group after Toy Story 2. While the film makes her disappearance from the franchise a key part of the film’s plot, there is more story to tell. This series of shorts will do just that, following her adventures leading up to the events of the most recent film.
Magic of the Animal Kingdom
Once thought to be important to the idea of conservation and making people care about wildlife, animal parks and aquariums are struggling. Thanks to underfunded zoos with ill-trained staff and documentaries like Blackfish, people see these parks as more cruel than caring. So, this series will focus on the more than 1,000 people who work at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the aquarium at Epcot Center.
Making Frozen 2: Into the Unknown
Disney’s Frozen became a surprise sensation, worming its way into the culture everywhere from stuff for kids to the Deadpool movies. So, Disney decided to document the process of making the sequel. A multi-episode documentary, this series will follow the film from conceptualization to the premiere.
Another reality series from Marvel, this one follows the artists and storytellers who create the stories we all fall in love with. It will take a deep-dive not into how some of its most classic characters and stories came to be, but also give context about the real-world influences or messages they reflected. Surely we will learn about how Jack Kirby and Joe Simon created Captain America, or how Stan Lee and Steve Ditko launched Spider-Man into the stratosphere. We’ll also likely see the stories surrounding new creators as well.
Monsters At Work
Another animated series, this one based on the Disney classic Monsters Inc. The show will take place shortly after the events of that film, and feature guest appearances by classic characters. For its main story, the show follows Tylor Tuskmon, a mechanic who dreams of making his way up to the Laugh Floor. Along with many returning voice cast members, Henry Winkler, Kelly Marie Tran, and Stephen Stanton will voice new characters in the show.
A cast of stars like Ben Kingsley, Shirley MacLaine, Bill Hader, and Anna Kendrick suit up for this Christmas feature. Hader plays Nick Kringle, the next Santa Claus. He disappears and Kendrick’s Noelle Kringle must step in and save Christmas and her brother.
Phineas and Ferb the Movie
Fans of the long-running animated series eagerly await new adventures, hopefully in a fourth season. While that may or may not be in the cards, this feature-length movie gives fans a taste of what they’re missing. The plot involves the boys’ older sister Candace leaving Earth with aliens to go to a planet with no little brothers. Thus, Phineas and Ferb must travel to space in order to rescue her.
Journalist Bob Woodruff has been all over the world, from warzones to exotic, out-of-the-way places. This reality series will document his travels to little-known places across the globe. Joining him on the trip, will be his 27-year-old son.
Shop Class (Title Not Final)
The reality series doesn’t yet have a final title, however the working one explains the concept fairly well. A group of inventors, usually students or young people, are given a challenge. They must design an invention to meet the challenge and build a working prototype. There is a competition element, and the final creations are judged by a panel of experts.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Arguably one of the most anticipated series coming to Disney+, the original series aired on Cartoon Network. Unceremoniously canceled when Disney purchased the franchise, there was an entire season of stories never realized, until now. It’s a pure one-shot though, since the show will bring the story up to the events directly preceding The Revenge of the Sith.
This film follows the plot of the YA novel of the same name. We follow the antics of a girl named Stargirl Caraway who attends high school after being homeschooled. She finds popularity, loses it, and tries to live a life of quirky compassion that creates nothing but conflict for her.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
As we reported, the best rumor going around is that this series will follow Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson and Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier as the former steps up to the mantle of Captain America. Yet, even though Old Man Steve wanted Sam as his successor the government has other plans. This six-episode series will premiere in the fall of 2020, falling in between the Black Widow film and The Eternals.
This kid’s book will get the movie treatment, bringing Timmy Failure to life. A pre-teen who wants to be the best detective in the world, Timmy starts Total Failure, Inc. With his sidekick Rollo and his massive imaginary polar bear named Total. As this is a whole series of books, chances are we might see plenty more entries in this franchise.
Willem Dafoe is one of only two characters in the film Lighthouse, but in this movie, he will likely only have a dog to act against. Togo tells the true story of Leonhard Seppala, who went on a solo sojourn across the frozen wastes in 1925 to get diphtheria medication before a massive storm buries the town in snow.
Disney+ Makes Mine Marvel!
One of the greatest features of Disney+ is that, eventually, all of the big-screen MCU stories will be available from one service. It’s also possible that many of the television projects, like Cloak and Dagger or Agents of SHIELD will be present as well. If things go to plan, the entire Marvel catalog will be under the Disney+ banner, save for the great series they produced with Netflix. Still, thanks to previous contracts and deals, the entire MCU catalog can’t be dropped right away. And, it gives viewers incentive to stick around and keep paying that subscription fee.
Marvel Movies Available From Launch
- Captain Marvel
- Iron Man
- Iron Man 3
- Thor: The Dark World
Marvel Movies Available Within the First Year
- Ant-Man and the Wasp
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Avengers: Endgame
- Black Panther
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Iron Man 2
- Thor: Ragnarok
The Disney+ Vault Will Feature a Number of Films and Television Shows
One hopes that Disney+ won’t force its fans to endure a rotating catalog of their classics, but rather they simply add to what they have over time. Nonetheless, there will be plenty of movies and shows, both from Disney and the newly-acquired 21st Century Fox, that will be available from the first day Disney+ is live. Perhaps the best news for nerdy fans is that the entire Star Wars movie series will be available to stream in glorious 4K immediately. After its run in the theaters and some time for people to buy the home video, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will round out the saga. Check the list below for your favorites.
Select Disney Movie Library Available from Day One
- 101 Dalmatians
- A Bug’s Life
- A Goofy Movie
- An Extremely Goofy Movie
- Big Hero 6
- Born in China
- Finding Dory
- Finding Nemo
- Free Solo
- Fun and Fancy Free
- High School Musical
- Honey I Shrunk the Kids
- Inside Out
- Iron Man
- Lady and the Tramp
- Lilo & Stitch
- Mary Poppins
- Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
- Monsters University
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- Pixar Short Films Collection Vol 1
- Remember the Titans
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
- Sleeping Beauty
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
- Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
- Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
- Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens
- Steamboat Willie
- The Good Dinosaur
- The Incredibles
- The Little Mermaid
- The Parent Trap (1961)
- The Prince & The Pauper (1990)
- The Princess Diaries
- The Rocketeer
- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (short)
- The Sword in the Stone
- The Three Caballeros
- Thor: The Dark World
- Toy Story
- Tron (1982)
Select Television Series Library Available From Day One
- Amazing Planet
- Andi Mack (through season three)
- Boy Meets World
- Brain Games
- Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
- Dr. K’s Exotic Animals
- Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet
- Drain the Ocean
- DuckTales (1987 animated series)
- DuckTales (2016 first season only)
- Earth Live
- Goof Troop
- Great Migrations
- Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things
- Kim Possible
- Malcolm in the Middle
- Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (animated)
- Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man (animated)
- Mickey and the Roadster Racers (First two seasons)
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- Mickey Mouse Shorts
- One Strange Rock
- Raven’s Home
- Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
- Star Wars Rebels
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Cartoon Network Series)
- That’s So Raven
- The Incredible Dr. Pol
- The Simpsons
- Unlikely Animal Friends
- Wicked Tuna
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