- Disney launched its streaming service, Disney+, on November 12, 2019.
- In addition to old and classic titles, Disney+ offers original movies and TV series.
- New movie programming began with a remake of Lady and the Tramp, but information about new movies continues to roll out.
You're never going to be at a loss for movies if you subscribe to the Disney+ streaming service. Disney+ has more than eight decades of Disney catalogue titles lined up and ready to stream, going all the way back to 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It encompasses all of the direct-to-TV Disney Channel movies you've already forgotten existed (hello, Zapped starring Zendaya) — and will start carrying all of the animated, live action, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel movies going forward. It's basically impossible to get through it all.
But Disney is not one to rest on its laurels. In addition to developing buzzy new Disney+ television series, the company has also developed a slate of original movies for the service. The way things are going, Disney+ could be the place where the company experiments with new kinds of films that may be too risky to put straight into the theater, which means some exciting flicks could be on their way.
But first, here's how to watch Disney+.
You can stream it almost everywhere you stream your other shows: your Roku, iPad/iPhone, Android phones, Chromecast, Xbox One, Playstation and Amazon Fire products. The price at launch was $7/month (or $70/year if you pay all at once), but if you bundle it with Hulu and ESPN, you can get the whole thing for $13/month.
Here are all the original movies coming to Disney+
Remakes, book adaptations, and twists on fairy tales and princesses are all in the pipeline at Disney+ .
•Black Beauty: The contemporary adaptation of the classic story will star Mackenzie Foy, Iain Glen and Claire Forlani.
•Flora and Ulysses: Based on the Newbery Award–winning children’s book by Kate DiCamillo, Flora and Ulysses tells the story of a 10-year-old comics fan who saves a super-powered squirrel. No release date has been announced, but production has already begun.
•Godmothered: The holiday movie will star Jillian Bell as a fairy godmother-in-training who decides she needs to prove the importance of fairy godmothers to the world. She looks up an old letter written by a 12-year-old, then tracks down the writer and finds out she's a 40-year-old single mom (played by Isla Fischer).
•Hocus Pocus: Jen D’Angelo, writer and co-producer of Workaholics, has been hired to write a sequel to Hocus Pocus, though none of the original stars are on board yet. There's no word on whether or not it'll follow the plot of the sequel novel.
•Home Alone: Disney is planning a reboot of the classic holiday comedy for Disney+. A cast has been announced, and it includes Ellie Kemper (of The Office), Rob Delaney (of Catastrophe), and Archie Yates (of this year's Jojo Rabbit). Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals!
•LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special: Done in that inimitable LEGO style, this holiday special finds Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewie, Rose and the droids for a "Life Day" celebration. It comes to Disney+ on November 17.
•Once Upon a Snowman: In this short film, we find out what happened while Olaf was wandering around the North Mountain, before Anna and Kristoff find him for the first time. It'll debut October 23, 2020.
•The Sword in the Stone: Also in the queue for live-action remakes, The Sword in the Stone has lined up a writer, Game of Thrones's Bryan Cogman, and a director, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, who did 28 Weeks Later. Sounds gritty!
There are also, of course, sequels, reboots and remakes in the works: An investor phone call revealed the possibility that Disney could reboot some 20th Century Fox titles now that the two companies have merged. Cheaper By the Dozen, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Night at the Museum were mentioned as primary contenders, in addition to Home Alone and Hocus Pocus.
Here are some original movies you can watch on Disney+ right now.
•Black Is King: More of a "visual album" than a movie, Beyoncé offers her musical interpretation of the lessons of The Lion King.
•Clouds: This inspirational story, directed by actor/director Justin Baldoni, tells the true story of a musically gifted 17-year-old living with a rare bone cancer.
•Dolphin Reef: Natalie Portman narrates the Disneynature film, about a young Pacific bottlenose dolphin named Echo.
•Elephant: Meghan Markle narrates this Disneynature film, about a family of African elephants make the epic journey of their ancestors.
•Hamilton: The Broadway smash about the Founding Father, co-created by Lin-Manuel Miranda (who worked on the music for Moana and co-stars as the lamplighter in Mary Poppins Returns), is presented as a "live capture" of a performance with the original cast filmed in June 2016 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
•Howard: This documentary chronicles the life of legendary Disney lyricist Howard Ashman.
•Lady and the Tramp: Disney rescued two dogs, Rose and Monte, to star in the live-action/CG remake of the classic animated film — the first one available on the service when it debuted. Stars Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux lend their voices.
•Mulan: Originally meant for theaters, COVID-19 turned this live-action adaptation of the '90s animated movie into a Disney+ exclusive. Even if you subscribe to Disney+, you'll have to pay an additional $30 to rent it until December, when it will be a part of the regular subscription price.
•Noelle: For those looking to plan their annual holiday movie-watching, Noelle delves into the workings of the Claus family. When Santa retires, his daughter, Noelle (Anna Kendrick) has to step in and help run things with her brother (Bill Hader).
•The One and Only Ivan: Based on the Newbury-winning book, this movie follows a gorilla as it questions its life in a suburban shopping mall. Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, Bryan Cranston and Sam Rockwell star.
•Phineas and Ferb: Candace Against the Universe: Much of the original cast will return for the movie based on the Disney Channel series. This time, the pair is tasked with rescuing their sister.
•The Secret Society of Second-Born Royals: If you've always been more of a Harry person than a Will fan, this one could be for you. The movie combines princesses and superheroes, as Sam, second in line to the throne in her kingdom, learns she's part of a group of second-borns who use superpowers to keep the peace.
And, if that's not enough, you can browse through the 600+ (!) titles of other movies and TV shows that are on the site.
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