Disney+ Will Highlight Both New and Classic Projects from the Animation Studio, Plus Live-Action Films [Updated]

A screengrab of today’s livestream presentation.
A screengrab of today’s livestream presentation.
Image: Disney

Today is Disney’s “Investor Day 2019,” which for fans basically translates to “finally, we’re gonna reveal some solid intel about that streaming service we’ve been teasing for years.” And indeed, we learned a lot more about all the programming coming to Disney+

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Disney’s entire “Signature Collection” of its classic animated movies (including Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Beauty and the Beast) will be available on the first day of the launch, along with all of Pixar’s theatrical shorts; all of Pixar’s features will hit Disney+ within its first year.

New content will include a documentary series charting the making of Frozen 2, going behind the scenes of the animated sequel (which hits theaters in November). There will also be a new shorts series from Pixar, Forky Asks a Question, starring a new character that will debut in Toy Story 4 (out June 21), and fan-favorite Toy Story character Bo Peep will also get her own short, titled Lamp Life.

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Live-action Disney films heading straight to Disney+ include a pair of previously-announced films: Noelle, a variation on the “Santa Claus in the real world” genre starring Anna Kendrick as Kris Kringle’s daughter; and the live-action Lady and the Tramp, with a voice cast that includes Tessa Thomson and Justin Theroux, which will be available when Disney+ launches.

Update 8:00pm: Disney’s livestream has concluded, with confirmation that Disney+ will launch on November 12 in the U.S. A monthly subscription will be available for $6.99, with annual subscriptions costing $69.99.

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DISCUSSION

As someone in his 50s who grew up on Disney TV, I’m more interested what legacy television programs they will include.

How about every episode of “Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” series? Perhaps “Mouseterpiece Theater” (dryly hosted by none other than George Plimpton), or maybe “Mouse Factory” (with a different celebrity host every week). How about “Vault Disney”, or even “DTV” (vintage cartoons set to 80s music)? There were specials created especially for the Disney Channel in its early years (there’s a Halloween special I really liked, hosted by the Evil Queen’s Mirror).

It seems Disney has a huge back-catalog of television shows that I’m certain there is an older audience for.