Disney’s new streaming service Disney Plus is one of the year’s most hyped releases. Credit goes to the company’s impressive back catalogue that includes the work of Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and now 20th Century Fox. And Disney Plus will be the home of original shows and movies, too.
New Disney Plus shows
The first live-action Star Wars series takes place in the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Without the Empire, chaos reigns in the far reaches of the galaxy. The Mandalorian looks like it’s really going to lean into the whole Space Western thing, following a lone gunslinger as he makes his way through the wild, lawless planets and deals with bounty hunters and the rise of the First Order. Starring Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian, the series is written and produced by Iron Man and The Lion King director Jon Favreau.
East High is back, baby. Except it’s not the East High that Troy Bolton and Gabriella Martinez attended. Okay, well it is, but in this show the DCOM we know and love is also a movie, and the show takes place in the “real life” high school where the movie was filmed. Is your head spinning?
That’s okay, just go with it. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series follows the “real life” students of East High, who are compelled to put on a production of High School Musical after some meddling fan realizes that the school has never done so. Cue teen drama, cue music, cue the memories. A blend of the old and the new, with a splash of Disney Channel quirk, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series is a show for all the MillenZials who are now paying for their own streaming services and crave the sweet comfort of nostalgia.
Forky Asks a Question
The standout star of Toy Story 4 returns for a short series, where in addition to questioning his very own existence, he questions everything in the world. What is money? What is love?What is the meaning of life? Along the way, the rest of the cast of Toy Story chimes in to give him advice. We’re about to get existential up in here, but then again, the Toy Story saga never shied away from the hard-hitting questions of the cosmos.
Pixar launched a program to showcase shorts from new animators. The first few already premiered on YouTube, but the rest of the collection is set to premiere on Disney Plus. Considering the caliber of what we’ve already seen — a swearing pink ball of yarn dealing with a hostile workplace! An incredibly heartwarming tale of friendship between a small kitten and an energetic pitbull! — we’re optimistic about the future releases from the SparkShorts program.
Marvel’s Hero Project
A documentary series focusing on young heroes in their communities, Marvel’s Hero Project launches with one episode on Nov. 12, with more coming every Friday starting Nov. 15.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum goes around and tries things. All sorts of things! Watch Jeff sample ice cream, try on sneakers, learn about tattoos, and other totally normal things. But it’s Jeff Goldblum, so we know he’ll bring his zest for life to the most mundane of stuff.
Kristen Bell leads this docu-series about former high school theater kids getting together for one more performance — with the help of some Broadway stars. They relive old drama, old friendships, and some former flames, while rekindling their passion for theater.
New Disney Plus movies
Yet another live-action retelling of a beloved animated classic, this version of Lady and the Tramp features real life rescue pooches. Tessa Thompson voices Lady, with Justin Theroux as Tramp. Also lending their voice talents are Ashley Jensen, Benedict Wong, Janelle Monáe and Sam Elliott, with Kiersey Clemons as Darling, Lady’s owner, and Thomas Mann as her husband Jim. Monáe will also contribute to the soundtrack. Stay in, curl up with some spaghetti and meatballs, and have a Bella Notte with this one.
One of the many mid-budget family friend comedies coming to Disney Plus, Noelle tells the story of Santa’s daughter, played by Anna Kendrick. Her brother Nick (Bill Hader) disappears right after taking over the Santa duties, so Noelle leaves the North Pole to find him before Christmas. Meanwhile their cousin Gabe (Billy Eichner) wants to pivot Santa’s Workshop to online delivery.
Existing Disney properties
Disney Plus will eventually boast all Disney animated features and Pixar movies, along with the full Star Wars saga and most of the Marvel films. But not all of those will be available at launch. Here’s what will be:
Disney animated classics
A Goofy Movie
An Extremely Goofy Movie
Big Hero 6
Fun and Fancy Free
Lady and the Tramp
Lilo & Stitch
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Little Mermaid
The Prince & The Pauper (1990)
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (short)
The Sword in the Stone
The Three Caballeros
Born in China
High School Musical
Honey I Shrunk the Kids
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Remember the Titans
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Princess Diaries
A Bug’s Life
Pixar Short Films Collection Vol 1
The Good Dinosaur
Thor: The Dark World
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
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
Disney Channel Shows
Andi Mack (Seasons 1-3)
Boy Meets World
DuckTales (2016, Season 1)
Malcolm in the Middle
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (animated series)
Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man (animated series)
Mickey and the Roadster Racers (Seasons 1-2)
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Mickey Mouse Shorts
That’s So Raven
Star Wars shows
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (series)
National Geographic Shows
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Dr. K’s Exotic Animals
Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet
Drain the Ocean
Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things
One Strange Rock
Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
The Incredible Dr. Pol
Unlikely Animal Friends
The “we now own Fox” shows