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A Comprehensive Guide to the Disney+ Streaming Service

Today, Disney held its annual Investors Day, and officially unveiled its highly anticipated streaming service, Disney+.

The platform, in the works since August 2017 when it was announced during an earnings call by Disney CEO Bob Iger, saw the entertainment giant start to pull its films from Netflix in a bid to use properties like Marvel to incentivize potential subscribers to the service.

There were several big announcements from today’s presentation, and we’ve compiled all of it here for one massive comprehensive guide to the platform. So, without further-a-do, let’s get into all things Disney+!

Price & Launch

Disney+ launches officially first in North America on November 12th, 2019 for $9.37 CAD monthly without advertisements or $93.59 CAD annually.
For American viewers, the price will be $6.99 monthly, and $69.99 annually. The service will be global, but not immediately. Below you will see a roadmap, which details when the service will be released in each region:

User Interface

Similar to Netflix, the interface for Disney+ is sorted in a neatly fashion. Each major property that the house of mouse owns will be featured just below whatever film or television show is currently being highlighted.
Like Netflix, you can share your profile with the whole family.  You can make your dream Disney+ profile by building your own custom avatar with characters from the Disney library. You can see a first look image of the landing pad below:

Scripted Content

Since the announcement of Disney+ late last year it has been heavily touted that the streaming service will feature a robust amount of content, spanning both the Disney and Fox libraries. The company confirmed today that 5,000 episodes of Disney Channel content and 100 Disney Channel Original Movies will stream on the platform at launch. Fox shows like The Simpsons will see their entire episode log hit the streaming service as well at the time of launch. Additionally, Disney’s entire 2019 film slate will be available on the service once their theatrical runs are finished.

All Pixar films and shorts will be available on the first day of launch for Disney+. Captain Marvel, Iron Man, Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World will be available the first day of launch. Avengers: Endgame will be available in the first year of Disney+. The entire Star Wars franchise will be available in the first year of the platform. Overall, Disney is set to invest $1 Billion into original content for Disney+ by 2020.

Scroll down below for a full look at the scripted originals hitting the service:

The Mandalorian – Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travels of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

Star Wars Cassian Andor Series – Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk will reprise their roles as rebel spy Cassian Andor and droid K-2SO for the live-action series, which is set during the early days of the Rebellion and ahead of the events of Rogue One.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – The animated series has been revived for its seventh overall season on Disney+ with a 12-episode order. Set between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith in the Star Wars timeline, the series ran for five seasons on Cartoon Network

Loki – Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as fan-favorite MCU character Loki in the live-action series that will follow the trickster god as he pops up throughout human history as an unlikely influencer on historical events.  

WandaVision – Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen reprise their big-screen characters as Vision and Scarlet Witch in the series. Jac Schaeffer, one of the writers behind Captain Marvel, has signed on as showrunner.

Falcon and Winter Soldier – Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will return as Sam Wilson/Falcon and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in the miniseries, which has Malcolm Spellman (Empire) set to pen the script. 

Hawkeye – A Hawkeye solo series starring Jeremy Renner will see Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, passing the torch to Kate Bishop. The eight-episode story will be produced by Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige.

What If? – Kevin Feige revealed that Disney+ will feature an animated series series What If…?. Feige explained that What If…? is “Marvel Studios’ first animated series. He said that the first episode is set in a world where Peggy Carter got the Super Soldier Serum, and scrawny Steve Rogers joined the fight in a suit of armor created by Howard Stark.

Diary of a Female President Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez will executive produce the 10-episode series that is told from the narration of her diary and follows a Cuban-American 12-year-old girl as she deals with ups and downs of middle school and her journey to becoming the future president of the United States.

Monsters at Work – The upcoming animated spin-off/sequel set to debut in 2020 on the platform, picks up six months after the original film with the power plant now harvesting the laughter of children to fuel the city of Monstropolis. It will follow Tylor Tuskmon (Ben Feldman) an eager and talented mechanic on the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team who dreams of working on the Laugh Floor alongside Mike and Sulley. The original Monsters Inc. cast will return for the show.

High School Musical: The Musical – The 10-episode story is based on the Emmy-winning franchise and will be “docu-style” series that follows a group of students at East High who stage a performance of High School Musical for their winter theater production. Every episode will feature a new rendition of a song from High School Musical as well as an original song.

Book of Enchantment – Adapted from Serena Valentino’s book series, the drama will chronicle Disney villains like the Beast, Ursula and the witch from Snow White. Michael Seitzman (Quantico) will pen the script. 

The Sandlot Sequel Series – Disney+ is developing a TV series based on The Sandlot. David Mickey Evans, the co-writer and director of the 1993 film, is attached to write and executive produce the series. It is said to take place in 1984 and would focus on the children of the original characters.

Forky Asks A Question – The first of two Toy Story 4 spin-off shorts will center on Forky, who was “just created” by Bonnie, and so has a lot of questions, ranging from the existential — “What is love?” — to the mundane and comical — “What is cheese?”

Lamp Life – The second Toy Story 4 spin-off short spotlights Bo Peep. It will explain just where she was and what she was up to during her time away from Andy, Bonnie, and their friends.

Original Films

Lady and the Tramp – Tessa Thompson voice stars Lady and Justin Theroux is voicing the Tramp. Kiersey Clemons, Thomas Mann and Janelle Monae also star in the film from The Lego Ninjago director Charlie Bean. The film will be available on the streaming service at the time of its launch.

Noelle – Anna Kendrick stars as Santa Claus’ daughter Noelle in the Christmas story with a female twist. Bill Hader also stars, and Did You Hear About the Morgans? filmmaker Marc Lawrence wrote the script and is directing. The film will release on Disney+ soon after the launch of the service.

Timmy Failure – The film centers on the 11-year old boy who believes he is the best detective in town. He runs the detective agency, Total Failure Inc. with his partner, a 1,200-pound (and imaginary) polar bear. Spotlight filmmaker Tom McCarthy is directing the project, with Ophelia Lovibond, Chloe Coleman and Craig Robinson starring. Timmy Failure will be released on the streaming service in the first year of Disney+.

Togo – The action-adventure film stars Willem Dafoe and centers on a famous and dangerous sled-dog relay. Invincible director Ericson Core will helm the project. Tom Flynn wrote the script for Togo, which will hit streaming service sometime in its first year.

Stargirl – The film, which will hit the streamer sometimes in its first year, centers on a homeschooled teenage girl who enrolls in an Arizona high school. Her non-conformity alters the ecosystem of the student body and captures the heart of star-struck boy. Julia Hart directs from a script by Kristin Hahn. Grace VanderWaal, Graham Verchere, Maximiliano Hernandez and Giancarlo Esposito star.

The Phineas and Ferb Movie – Animated film featuring many of the original voice cast (working title). Available in during the service’s first year.

Non-Fiction Content:

Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Documentary Series – The documentary series recounts the 65+ year history of Walt Disney Imagineering with parallel storylines of the people, the craft, and the business.

Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 – Documentary series showing the hard work and imagination that went into making one of the most anticipated Walt Disney Animation Studios features, Frozen 2. The series will be available during the first year of service.

Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies (working title) – An anthology series that takes a unique look at beloved films through the props & costumes that made them so memorable. The craftspeople who created them will be featured, as well as the actors who interacted with them, and the collectors and archives who own and cherish them. The show will be hosted by film historian and collector Dan Lanigan.  Among the films featured in the first eight episodes are Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie, Tron (1982), and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Encore! – The Kristen Bell-produced series brings together former castmates of a high school musical, tasking them with re-creating their original performance in a high school reunion. With the help of Broadway stars, the group must pull off performances of beloved musicals like The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast and Annie.

Marvel 616 (working title) –This documentary series explores the historical, cultural, and societal context that has become congruous with Marvel’s legacy stories.

Earthkeepers (working title) – This documentary series will follow conservationists and the animals they spend their lives studying. This beautiful cinematic experience will share the tough and tremendous moments of saving earth’s most endangered species.

Be Our Chef – A competition format, hosted by The Office’s Angela Kinsey, that offers families to create the next great dish for the Disney parks. In each episode, two families will participate in a themed challenge based on their family traditions and the winner will have their meal become a a featured dish served at Walt Disney World.

Rogue Trip – A travel guide to all the places the average tourist would never think to venture off to, specifically the frequently overlooked corners of the world. Hosted by Bob Woodruff and his 27-year old son, Mack, the show is executive produced by Jeanmarie Condon and Mack and Bob Woodruff for Lincoln Square Productions.

Shop Class (working title) – A competition format that features teams of inventive students who are tasked with designing, building, and testing new contraptions. In each episode, a panel of experts will rate their work based on engineering, design, and the final test of the build.  The last episode sees one team will be named Shop Class Champs.

Marvel’s Hero Project – This one really pulls at the heartstrings. Marvel’s Hero Project shares the inspiring stories of young kids who dedicate their lives to being true superheroes and making positive change in their communities.

(Re)Connect – Get the tissues ready for this one. This show features one family with a modern day, relatable issue that’s driving a wedge between them. Issues include workaholic parents, overly competitive siblings, technology addiction, or a family secret that has recently been revealed. 
All of these families have reached a breaking point, and it’s time for them to disconnect from their complex lives. With the help of a specialized expert, each family will go on a unique journey that organically ties to the issues they are facing in order to confront the family’s dilemma head-on.

National Geographic

The World According to Jeff Goldblum – Doc series in which Goldblum pulls back the curtain on a seemingly familiar object to reveal a world of astonishing connections, fascinating science, and a whole lot of big ideas. The series, originally set up last June at the Nat Geo network, will now be available at launch.

Magic of the Animal Kingdom – Documentary series which takes viewers behind the scenes with the animal-care experts, veterinarians, and biologists at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot’s SeaBase aquarium.

Rumors…

Take everything here with a grain of salt… but here’s every project that we’ve heard is rumored for the Disney+ streaming platform:

For Marvel, Lady SifRocket and Groot, Nebula And Gamora, and Nick Fury are rumored to be getting their own shows. Similar to the confirmed series’, each show would run for about 8 episodes.

Disney+ is reportedly working on an Obi-Wan Kenobi mini-series. The rumored episode count is six and Ewan McGregor is expected to reprise his role, though there is no confirmation on that front.

Frozen voice actor Josh Gad is working with ABC’s Once Upon a Time creators Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz on a new Muppets show. As of now, the project is going by the title Muppets Live Another Day, and will immediately follow the events of The Muppets Take Manhattan in 1984. The gang is disbanded by Kermit for some reason, but they all must come back together following the mysterious disappearance of Rowlf.

Disney’s Streaming Umbrella

Disney will “likely” bundle Disney+, the ESPN+ internet service and Hulu, which it now has a controlling interest in after the acquisition of Fox. The move is an expected one, as Disney is looking to give the consumer an easy process when it comes to subscribing to their programs.

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