The Walt Disney Company certainly dominated the news this week, still riding high on the news from their CinemaCon presentation, an amazing Star Wars: Episode IX trailer, and most importantly; the major investors’ day presentation of the forthcoming streaming platform, Disney+. The new platform, as announced during the star-studded presentation, will launch on November 12th, and cost just $6.99 a month; significantly cheaper than Netflix’s $12 a month plans. To put it even more simply: buying one month of Disney+ will set you back just as much as the cost of one churro at the Magic Kingdom.
Not only will Disney+ feature almost all of the Walt Disney Animation Studios library, Disney-Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars libraries, but it will also be home to original content from every division of The Walt Disney Company. On hand at the presentation was each leader of the Disney subsidiaries, including Jennifer Lee of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pete Docter of Pixar Animation Studios, Kevin Feige of Marvel, Kathleen Kennedy of Lucasfilm and Gary Marsh of Disney Channels International. Each of these company leaders were on-hand to unveil some amazing new projects. In anticipation of this new service, we’re taking a look at some exciting highlights from the presentation and what we have to expect from the service.
Animation Libraries and Original Shows
During Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter’s time on stage, both took the opportunity to remind the audience that most of Disney’s animated films, and all of Pixar’s (plus most of the theatrical shorts!), will be available on the service in the first year of operation. Beyond this, Pixar unveiled that it is working on several shows based on pre-existing properties, including Lamp Life, an original movie about Toy Story’s Bo Peep, Forky Asks a Question about Toy Story 4’s Forky, Monsters at Work based on the world of Monsters Inc., and a series of Pixar SparkShorts of independent shorts from artists around Pixar Animation Studios.
Star Wars Everywhere
No Disney product was going to exist without the existence of several Star Wars productions and showcased was The Mandalorian, the new series produced by Jon Favreau, a show based on Rogue One’s Cassian Andor, and The Clone Wars; executive produced by Dave Filoni. Additionally, Kathleen Kennedy was on-hand to remind the audience of investors that the company will, of course, leverage lots of Star Wars for the launch of this product, with all of the original films prominent on the platform by launch.
Marvel Cinematic Universe Goes Digital
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige took to the stage to announce new series coming to the platform, including a series based around Loki, a new show based on Scarlet Witch titled Wandavision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier, all debuting on day one of the platforms. Along with this, of course, are the films that inspired these shows, including almost every Marvel movie since 2008’s Iron Man. This years’ Captain Marvel will be the first film from the studio to make their direct debut on the digital platform following theatrical release.
Disney+ is shaping up to be an exciting new endeavor for The Walt Disney Company, and we can ensure that its something we’ll be speaking about quite often as new projects come to the service. For now, we’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of Disney+, and can’t wait for what it has in store.