With just hours to go until Disney + steams into the UK , we were given access to preview some of it’s original content. In case you are not familiar with Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+ is a platform for Disney’s content including film and TV shows, Pixar, Marvel , Star Wars and National Geographic. Boasting “over 500films, more than 350 series and a slate of 26exclusive Disney+ Originals” Disney+ also includes seasons 1 – 30 of “The Simpsons,” which is over 600 episodes!
Some of the original content includes the much raved about The Mandalorian, we watched the first two episodes and were hooked. They are strangely slow, yet exciting, quiet yet full of action! Having seen so much about the infamous “Child” we now finally see what all the fuss is about. Our only disappointment is that they are releasing the show one episode a week, which leaves us very open to accidentally tripping into spoilers as the US have already finished steaming the full first series.
The live action re-make of Lady and the Tramp is available as well as High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, The World According ToJeff Goldblum,Timmy Failure:Mistakes Were Made and other new content. Access toold classics like Sister Act, The Little Mermaid, The lion King can be enjoyed along with fan favourites like Duck Tales.
For Disney, Marvel and Star Wars fans, this streaming service brings together all their favourite films and series in one place, and in these times of self-isolation what could be better than binge watching over 30 Marvel films including Captain Marvel, Black Panther and Guardians of the Galaxy or Avengers:Endgame? Disney+ will host Star Wars Episodes 1 – 8 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arriving at a later date.
With Frozen 2 being added to the US Disney+ site we expect its release on the UK site to be very soon. It has just been announced Onward will be joining the service on April 3rd in the US so hopefully it won’t be long before we get it here as well.
These early releases are, of course, in response to the worldwide closing of cinemas, “…given the current circumstances, we are pleased to release this fun, adventurous film to digital platforms early for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their homes.” said Onward’s director Dan Scanlon with Kori Rae the film’s producer in a joint statement.
With Netflix, Amazon Video, Now TV already available, will Disney+ offerings be worth it for the subscription price? Well, when considering the price for a family of four to go to the cinema is around £30-£40, we think it will be. The service at £59.99 for an annual subscription will allow users to run 4 simultaneous streams, register their account to 10 devices and create 7 user profiles, which should allow for the heavy content use we are all experiencing right now.
The fact that families can enjoy countless series and those big studio films at home will be priceless in this time of uncertainty. After all a night in for many revolves around a movie and with the whole family cooped up at present we can rely on Disney to offer us some very tempting options.