If you don’t already have too many box sets and films to binge on, then Disney are going to put that right. They’re set to release their own streaming service to rival Amazon and Netflix and it’s going to include all of you favourites. Here’s everything we know about Disney+.
What’s going to be on it?
It’ll be full of your favourite movies and TV shows – 7,500 television episodes and 500 films from the Disney catalogue, to be exact, including all 30 seasons of The Simpsons. And if you’re keen for some more nostalgia, Disney announced last night that customers will be able to watch every single Pixar short as part of the package – which is surely worth the subscription fee alone. But as well as classics, the Micky Mouse brand also confirmed a Falcon and the Winter Soldier series will be produced, along with WandaVision, which will focus on Scarlet Witch and Vision’s story arc.
There’s a strange sounding What If? series being planned by the Marvel guys, which looks into alternate realities of the movies we all know and love. One of those is ‘what if Peggy Carter was turned into a superhero instead of Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers in Captain America…?’.
If that wasn’t enough, Disney also confirmed there will be live-action projects about Loki and Hawkeye, as well as a whole series about a Star Wars bounty hunter called The Mandalorian.
According to the Metro, other works being planned include: a Monsters Inc. TV show called Monsters at Work, Diary of a Female President, High School Musical: The Musical, Ink & Paint, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and a prequel series based on the Rogue One movie.
Recently, CEO of Disney, Bob Iger, revealed it will include ‘the entire Disney motion picture library’.
Speaking at a shareholders’ meeting, he said the entire catalogue would be available ‘at some point fairly soon after launch,’ adding that ‘the movies that you speak of that traditionally have been kept in a ‘vault’ and brought out basically every few years will be on the service,’ according to Digital Trends.
Currently, each of the 34 animated films that currently reside in the vault are released to the public every seven years. Once all the copies are gone, the film then gets popped back in said imaginary vault.
This system keeps demand high, but is also undoubtedly frustrating for Disney fans. As such, the promise of access to ‘the entire motion picture library’ is bound to lure in Donald Duck disciples in their masses.
When will it be released and how much will it cost?
It’s been confirmed to be released in America on 12 November and will only cost $6.99 (£5.34) per month. At the time of writing, the UK release date isn’t known, but a global launch is expected early 2020.
So, if you’re a Disney fan, you’re going to have plenty to watch in 2020!