With recent versions like turn red and the phenomenal Obi Wan Kenobi series, Disney+ has released a slew of brilliant titles in 2022. With Disney+ Day fast approaching on September 8, the streaming service is still delivering a slew of new and imaginative content to satisfy its dedicated fanbase.
Covering the genres of live-action remakes, nature documentaries, short films, and more, this year’s Disney+ Day selection offers a wide variety of shows and movies to enjoy. With such a selection of different material and projects, it’s nearly impossible for Disney’s eclectic fan base not to find at least one thing to binge-watch.
In this short film starring Brie Larson, a writer grapples with a common professional hazard that all creatives eventually face. Chasing after an amazing idea that they just can’t remember. After a phone call distracts her, she loses her focus and a brilliant idea (represented by a beam of light) in the process. What happens is a journey through his imagination to find his train of thought.
This journey into the mind seems to be clearly inspired by Upside down, but that should only serve surreal fantasy at best. It’s not like Disney hasn’t dipped into the subconscious before.
9 Growing up
Described by Disney as a “hybrid docu-series”, the show is about a group of ten young people between the ages of 18 and 22 dealing with the ups and downs of adolescence in the modern era. At a time when cultural and social representation is in high demand, this series is poised to meet the demand in spades.
The cast is made up of many people from multiple backgrounds, telling their stories and experiences biographically and artistically. Since Disney has always been in the business of storytelling, this gives the studio a new way to mix reality and fantasy with both truth and artistic visuals.
8 Frozen Sing-A-Longs
Although the most recent film is three years old, many die-hard Disney fans are still showing symptoms of Frozen fever. Considering this may be the studio’s most financially successful property, it makes sense that Disney would want to keep the hype going.
love it Frozen movies or hate it Frozen movies, one thing that can be generally agreed is that the soundtracks are absolutely intoxicating. To hammer home that fact, Disney is releasing sung versions of both films in hopes of attracting even more viewers. Now all fans can sing “Into The Unknown” with their favorite ice queen at their leisure.
seven Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory
Disney’s partnership with National Geographic has provided Disney+ subscribers with a number of incredible adventures. With so many documentaries and series taking them to the jungles of South America and the tombs of ancient Egypt, Bertie Gregory really needs to raise the bar with his next Epic adventures.
The Explorer’s next series will be a set of animal-focused adventures, taking viewers around the world to see animals like sharks, cheetahs, and other creatures in their natural habitat. Fans familiar with the great Jeff Corwin will feel right at home with this animal show.
6 The Simpsons: Welcome to the Club
The Simpsons has mixed and mingled with many different characters over the years. Through their inclusion on Disney+, Homer, Marge and the kids have rubbed shoulders with Loki, Goofy and the cast of Star Wars. It was only a matter of time before princesses were next on the list.
With her neurotic nature and sometimes snobbish attitude, Lisa might be the last candidate on her mind to join the halls of Disney royalty, but therein lies the comedic gold. Of course, if Disney’s description is to be believed, she might find better company among the villains.
5 Tierra Incognita
Tierra Incognita is Disney’s next Latin American horror series slated to premiere in September, and it sounds like an absolutely spooky thrill ride. While the House of Mouse can do it sparingly, Disney can get dark in unexpected ways and this upcoming series is definitive proof of that.
A plot involving missing parents, an abandoned theme park, and a shadowy figure with a twist of ice are all in this upcoming mystery show. The elements of this project are so compelling and intriguing that even non-Spanish speaking fans want to check it out.
4 cars on the road
Their most recent adventures being Mater’s Great Tales and Radiator Springs Tales, it’s been a while since fans have seen the cast of Pixar Cars. In the future cars on the road, looks like Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sally and the rest of their four-wheeled pals are back for another Route 66 adventure.
As Mater receives an invitation to his sister’s wedding, he and his good pal Lightning soon set off on a cross-country trip, meeting all sorts of colorful characters along the way. From the trailer, it looks like they’ll be dancing with monster trucks, a Vegas-style circus, dino-cars, and a Mad-Max-esque nitro car gang. They’re definitely not in Radiator Springs anymore.
3 Obi-Wan Kenobi: Return of a Jedi
Disney + Obi Wan Kenobi series was a triumphant entry into the star wars saga, and so much care, dedication and attention to detail has gone into crafting this chapter of the epic space opera. Return of a Jedi is the ultimate behind-the-scenes look at Master Kenobi and his exile on Tatooine.
While it might look like the standard feature-making feature at first glance, the trailer shows that documentary is a much more intimate affair than the standard movie/show making process. With interviews and reflections on what the characters and star wars means for the cast and crew, this is shaping up to be quite a complex and moving project.
2 Thor: Love and Thunder
Of course, no Disney+ Day would be complete without at least one contribution from the MCU, and the highly anticipated Thor: Love and Thunder comes to satisfy this need. After the events of the Infinity Saga, Asgard’s favorite golden boy is back in action and ready to take on Gor the God-Butcher with a vengeance.
This chapter in the Thor saga is a classic superhero movie in the purest sense. While it’s all well and good to see complex characters like Captain America and Iron Man deal with compelling narratives involving honor and duty, it’s more fun to watch Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy beat up bad guys.
Perhaps the most anticipated film joining Disney+ day this year is Disney’s live-action adaptation Pinocchio. Directed by the incomparable Tom Hanks as Geppetto, this seemingly faithful reimagining of the 1940s classic is set to premiere in September along with the rest of the streaming service’s new material.
Although Disney’s live-action remakes have cultivated a reputation for success in recent years, the movie’s trailer certainly looks promising. There are certainly notes of the the Lady and the Tramp redo in the visuals, but hopefully the movie can stand on its own with no strings attached.
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