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NYT: Disney's Streaming Service focused at 2019




New content will include

  • Exclusive movies such as “Timmy Failure,” which has a $45 million budget and is based on the best-selling books about a comically self-confident boy detective. Tom McCarthy, the Oscar-winning “Spotlight” filmmaker, is directing the adaptation. Disney is remaking two musicals from its animation library as live-action films: “Lady and the Tramp” (1955) and “The Sword in the Stone” (1963). Other films headed to the service include “Togo,” a period adventure about a sled dog, and “Noelle,” starring Anna Kendrick as Santa’s daughter.
    Also in the mix are a remake of “Three Men and a Baby,” the 1987 comedy released by Touchstone, a defunct Disney label; “The Paper Magician,” set at a school for magic; “Stargirl,” based on the young-adult novel about a quirky teenager; and a new take on “Don Quixote” from the writer and director Billy Ray.
  • Jon Favreau's new Star Wars show
  • Episodic spinoffs of Disney franchises like “High School Musical” and “Monsters Inc.”
  • The Muppets will probably be getting a new series.
  • There will be Marvel-themed shows.
  • New season of the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” would head to the service.
  • No R rated content


  • To make the Disney-branded service as robust as possible, Disney will allow a lucrative licensing deal with Netflix to expire. Starting with “Captain Marvel” in March, all of the films that Walt Disney Studios releases in theaters will subsequently flow to the Disney streaming platform instead of to Netflix.
  • There are “no current plans” to move Marvel-themed television shows off Netflix, a Disney spokeswoman said.)
  • Programming from National Geographic, which is part of the Fox acquisition, will probably be offered on the service. Disney has not decided whether family films from the Fox library (“Home Alone,” “Ice Age”) will be included.
  • Fox’s rowdy animated shows, including “The Simpsons,” are expected to remain on Hulu.


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That's the trap. Now that cable is becoming less and less prominent, people are getting multiple streaming services and end up paying what they did before. We have Netflix, hulu, and funimation. I think Im paying for shudder also... I think they are nice alts though because cancelling is USUALLY hassle free. You can always jump in and out. But yeah, it's becoming ridiculous with the amount of services that have been coming out as of late.

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I have Netflix and Hulu. I tried Sling for a while but I rarely watched it. I'm tempted to pay for another service that offers strictly documentaries though.


I was meaning, though, that I don't see how it makes fiscal sense for Disney. I mean, it's going to be a huge outlay of capital to get this up and running for them instead of just letting Netflix handle all the technical crap. Just up your licensing fees. <shrug>

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Disney outlines plans for streaming and all of Fox’s asset


A summary:

Disney went more into detail on their plans. They will have three streaming services: ESPN+, Disneyflix (unofficial title) and Hulu. Each streaming service will be aimed at a different demographic. ESPN+ for sports fans, Disneyflix for families and Hulu for adults. The three streaming services “may be bundled for people who want all three.”

Disneyflix will be priced substantially lower than Netflix and they are going into Disneyflix “walking rather than running”, suggesting that it will start at a low price and gradually become greater as it gets more volume. Will launch at the tail end of 2019. 

Fox Searchlight will “work on exclusive original TV series and movies for streaming services.”

Fox’s film studio will “work on blockbuster film franchises such as sequels to the popular Avatar and X-Men series. These will be theatrical films for theaters and not made for streaming services.”

Fox’s TV studio will work on adult-oriented TV shows for FX and Hulu


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  • No tiers. $6.99 includes 4K HDR streaming.
  • Aggressive international rollout plan.
  • No ads at this time.
  • 5,000 episodes and 100 movies of Disney Channel content will be available on Disney+ day one. Duck Tales, Hannah Montana, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, High School Musical, Lizzy McGuire, etc.
  • 250 hours of content from National Geographic will be available
  • 18 of the 21 Pixar films will be available Day one, with Incredibles 2, Toy Story 4, and CoCo coming within the first year.
  • PS4 at launch, Switch and XB1 coming later
  • All Disney+ content will be available for offline download


Disney+ will serve as the exclusive streaming home of The Walt Disney Studios’ blockbuster films beginning in 2019 including:

Captain Marvel
Avengers: Endgame
Toy Story 4
The Lion King
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Frozen 2
Star Wars: Episode IX

By the end of year one, Disney+ will house more than 7,500 episodes of television and 500 movies. Below is a sampling of content available at launch:

101 Dalmatians
A Bug’s Life
A Goofy Movie
An Extremely Goofy Movie
Big Hero 6
Born in China 
Finding Dory
Finding Nemo 
Free Solo
Fun and Fancy Free
High School Musical
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Inside Out
Iron Man
Lady and the Tramp
Lilo & Stitch
Mary Poppins
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers 
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
Monsters University
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Pixar Short Films Collection Vol 1
Remember the Titans
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 
(2008 film)
Steamboat Willie
The Good Dinosaur
The Incredibles 
The Little Mermaid
The Parent Trap 
The Prince & The Pauper (1990)
The Princess Diaries
The Rocketeer
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice 
The Sword in the Stone
The Three Caballeros
Thor: The Dark World
Toy Story

Amazing Planet
Andi Mack 
(seasons one–three)
Boy Meets World
Brain Games
Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
Dr. K’s Exotic Animals
Dr. Oakley Yukon Vet
Drain the Ocean
DuckTales (2016, season one)
Earth Live
Goof Troop
Great Migrations
Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things
Kim Possible
Malcolm in the Middle
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 
(animated series)
Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man (animated series)
Mickey and the Roadster Racers (seasons one and two)
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 
Mickey Mouse Shorts
One Strange Rock
Raven’s Home
Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars: The Clone Wars 
(2008 series)
That’s So Raven
The Incredible Dr. Pol
The Simpsons 
Unlikely Animal Friends
Wicked Tuna

Disney+ will launch in the U.S. on November 12, 2019, for $6.99 per month. The service will be available on a wide range of mobile and connected devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players, and smart TVs


Projects in development: 


Lady and The Tramp
A timeless re-telling of the 1955 animated classic about a prim and proper house dog and a tough but lovable stray who embark on a series of adventures and, despite their different upbringings, grow closer and come to understand the true meaning of “home.” Starring Tessa Thompson (voice of Lady), Justin Theroux (voice of Tramp), Kiersey Clemons (Darling), Thomas Mann (Jim Dear), Janelle Monae (voice of Peg), Yvette Nicole Brown (Aunt Sarah), and Sam Elliot (voice of Trusty).

Nick Kringle (Bill Hader) is first in line to become Santa Claus, but he struggles at every step of the way. His younger sister Noelle (Anna Kendrick) enjoys all the perks of being a Kringle without any of the expectations or responsibility. As the holiday draws near, the pressures of being Santa become all too much for Nick, who disappears just weeks before the big day. Now it’s up to Noelle to scour the globe to find him, bring him home, and save the Christmas season. Cast also includes Kingsley Ben-Adir, Billy Eichner, Julie Hagerty, and Shirley MacLaine.

The Phineas and Ferb Movie (working title)
Stepbrothers Phineas and Ferb, their older sister Candace, Perry the Platypus, and the Danville gang will reach a new pinnacle—Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service—when they are back together again in The Phineas and Ferb Movie, an animated adventure in production now. The movie, executive-produced by Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (creators and executive producers of the long-running Emmy Award-winning series Phineas and Ferb), centers on Phineas and Ferb as they set out across the galaxy to rescue Candace, who has been abducted by aliens and has found utopia in a far-off planet, free of pesky little brothers. Reprising their roles are: Ashley Tisdale as Candace Flynn; Vincent Martella as Phineas Flynn; Caroline Rhea as their mom, Linda; Dee Bradley Baker as Perry the Platypus; Alyson Stoner as Isabella; Maulik Pancholy as Baljeet; Bobby Gaylor as Buford; Olivia Olson as Vanessa; Tyler Mann as Carl; and Povenmire and Marsh as Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz and Major Monogram, respectively. David Errigo Jr. joins the cast as Ferb Flynn.

Based on the critically-acclaimed New York Times best-selling Young Adult novel of the same name, this teen coming-of-age story is about Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere), an average 16-year-old who is content to fly under the radar until an offbeat and unconventional new student named Stargirl (Grace VanderWaal) shows up at his high school, turning his and everyone else’s world upside down, forever changing the way they see themselves and each other.

Based on a true-life adventure in the Alaskan tundra, this story takes place in 1925, when an epidemic of diphtheria breaks out in a remote Alaskan town, causing countless children to fall gravely ill. The necessary antitoxin is hundreds of miles away, across treacherous terrain with a massive storm on the horizon. As the crisis grows more desperate, the village leaders realize their only hope lies with one man—Leonhard Seppala (Willem Dafoe) and his lead sled dog, Togo.

Timmy Failure
Based on the book Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis from the beloved illustrated book series of the same name, Timmy Failure is helmed by Academy Award®-winning director Tom McCarthy with a screenplay by McCarthy & Pastis, and tells the story of Timmy, our quirky, deadpan hero, who along with his 1,500 pound polar bear partner, Total, operates TOTAL FAILURE INC., a world-class detective agency (at least in Timmy’s mind anyway).

29 Dates: 
Disney won the bidding war for the film rights to Melissa de la Cruz’s 2018 YA novel 29 Dates; de la Cruz also wrote the series of Disney novels The Descendants. 29 Dates is about a Korean student who moves to the US and deals with high school drama as well as a string of matchmaking dates. The Gotham Group, the company behind Disney+’s Stargirl, is adapting the film.

Flora & Ulysses
Announced in May 2018, this family story is based on Kate DiCamillo’s novel about a cynical girl and a squirrel with superpowers. The film, directed by Lena Khan (The Tiger Hunter) with a script by Brad Copeland (Ferdinand), is rumored to go into production in June 2019.

The Grimm Legacy
This adaptation of Polly Shulman’s YA series was first announced in February 2019, with David Gleeson (Tolkien) attached as screenwriter. The YA series is about teens who work at a library that loans out magical items from the Grimm collection.

Sister Act 3
Announced in December 2018, a third Sister Act film is on the way from Regina Hicks (Insecure) and Karin Gist (Star). The film will most likely feature an all-new cast, although Whoopi Goldberg has expressed interest in coming back for an appearance.

The Sword in the Stone
A live-action remake of the 1963 animated film was announced in January 2018 with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) attached as director and Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones) attached as screenwriter.


Be Our Chef
This reality competition show will pit two families from diverse backgrounds against each other as they try to come up with a dish that represents their family and will be served at Walt Disney World. The series will be hosted by The Office alum Angela Kinsey.

Book of Enchantment
Similar in tone to ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Book of Enchantment is expected to adapt Serena Valentino’s book series and focus on villains like Beast, Ursula, and The Wicked Queen. Announced in February 2019, Michael Seitzman (Quantico) will pen the pilot script. Work on Season 1’s scripts is reportedly beginning in April 2019 with filming possibly beginning in 2020.

Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies (working title)
Film historian Dan Lanigan hosts this docuseries about iconic props and costumes from movies like Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie, Tron, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Diary of a Female President
Possibly the only Disney+ project coming from an outside production company, this CBS TV Studios series is told from the POV of a 12-year-old Cuban-American girl/future president. The series was created by Ilana Peña (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and will be executive produced by Gina Rodriguez. Robin Shorr (The Carmichael Show) will serve as showrunner.

Earthkeepers (working title)
This docuseries from Emmy-winning production company Supper Club will focus on conservationists and the animals they’re studying and caring for, specifically those working with endangered species. The series comes from the creators of Chef’s Table.

This reality show will reunite the casts of local high school musicals and task them with recreating their original performance from back in the day. Executive produced by Kristen Bell, the show will feature numbers from The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, Annie, and more.

A limited series starring Jeremy Renner’s archer Avenger has been announced for Disney+. The series, which does not yet have a showrunner attached, will focus on Renner’s Clint Barton passing the Hawkeye mantle to Kate Bishop, a fan-favorite character who has headlined her own Hawkeye comic series in recent years.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Through the prism of Jeff Goldblum’s always inquisitive and highly entertaining mind, nothing is as it seems in this new series. Each episode is centered around something we all love—like sneakers or ice cream—as Jeff pulls the thread on these deceptively familiar objects and unravels a wonderful world of astonishing connections, fascinating science and history, amazing people, and a whole lot of surprising big ideas and insights.

Leah on the Offbeat
It was revealed ahead of the big Disney+ Investor Day presentation that a TV series based on the sequel to the feature film Love, Simon has been ordered. The series will adapt Leah on the Offbeat, the novel that focuses on Simon’s best friend Leah. The film’s screenwriters Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker will serve as showrunners. The film’s director Greg Berlanti will not be involved in any way due to his exclusive overall contract with Warner Bros. Television.

One of three Marvel series coming to Disney+, this one features Tom Hiddleston’s return as the scheming trickster god and will drop him in various points throughout human history. Michael Waldron (Rick and Morty) will write the pilot and act as showrunner.

Marvel 616 (working title)
Produced by Supper Club, Marvel 616 is a docuseries anthology about the relationship between the stories of the Marvel Universe and culture, history, and society.

Marvel’s Hero Project
This docuseries focuses on young people all making a real difference in their communities.

Monsters at Work
This Monsters, Inc. spinoff series is coming to Disney+ in 2020. The series picks up six months after the first film and deals with how Monstropolis has changed after the discovery that the laughter of children is a more powerful power supply than their screams. The series will feature the voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman, as well as original cast members John Ratzenberger, Jennifer Tilly, and Bob Peterson. New voices include Ben Feldman as an eager young mechanic, Kelly Marie Tran, Henry Winkler, and Aisha Tyler.

Muppets Live Another Day
A Disney+ Muppets series was first rumored in February 2018 and then confirmed in February 2019. The new series will pick up after the events of 1984’s The Muppets Take Manhattan and will focus on Kermit’s quest to reunite his disparate crew in the wake of Rowlf’s disappearance. The series comes from Josh Gad and Once Upon a Time team Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Muppets Live Another Day is expected to hit Disney+ in 2020.

Families dealing with major issues, ranging from revealed secrets to competitiveness and being overworked, will come together and tackle their problems head-on with the help of an expert.

Rogue Trip
Father and son Bob and Mack Woodruff embark on a tour of the places that most tourists would never dare venture.

The Sandlot
Announced in April during Disney’s big Investor Day presentation, this series comes from David Mickey Evans, who co-wrote and directed the original film. Set in 1984, the series is said to star many of the original characters (and actors) from the movie and will focus on their kids.

Secret Society of Second Born
First rumored for inclusion on the Disney+ slate in April 2019, this series is about a 15-year-old girl who attends a school for those of royal blood who also possess superpowers. Season 1 is rumored to film in Toronto from May to June of 2019. The series is reportedly produced by Austin Winsberg (Gossip Girl) and Mike Karz (The Nut Job), directed by Anna Mastro (The Bold Type), written by Alex Litvak (Predators) and Andrew Green (Hannah Montana).

Shop Class (working title)
This reality competition series will test out the ingenuity and inventiveness of a group of students whose creations will be judged by a panel of experts. The series will build towards one team of students being named Shop Class Champs.

Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2
As never before in its near-century-long history, Walt Disney Animation Studios is opening its doors, allowing cameras to capture in intimate detail how the voice cast, directors, and team of artists come together to create Frozen 2. This multi-episode documentary series shows the hard work, imagination, heart, fun, and intensity that go into making one of the most highly anticipated Disney Animation features of all time.

Falcon and Winter Soldier series
Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan are rumored to team-up as their Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes. Malcolm Spellman (Empire) is attached to write the pilot.

Untitled Rogue One: A Star Wars Story prequel
The third Star Wars series for Disney+ (following Clone Wars Season 7 and The Mandalorian) remains the most mysterious. So far all we know is that Diego Luna will return as his Rebel spy character Cassian Andor, which means that the series will be set right before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: Episode IV–A New Hope. The series is expected to go into production this year.

Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering docu-series
This was teased by Disney CEO Bob Iger in November 2018 and confirmed in April 2019. This doc will give an unprecedented look at the work of the people that create the attractions in the Disney parks.

Untitled What If? animated series
This series, based on the long-running Marvel comic, was reported on in March 2019. If confirmed, will be an animated anthology series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that will present alternate takes on familiar stories. The thinking is that since it’s animated, it may be easier to get the A-list Marvel movie stars in for a voice role than have them all do live-action spinoffs.

Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen are expected to return for a co-lead series focusing on these two Avengers’ relationship and superheroic partnership. Black Widow screenwriter Jac Schaeffer has been confirmed as showrunner and will write the pilot script.


hyped for What If? & most of the marvel stuff, here's a logo while we're at it




(guess neither's getting the shield anytime soon?)


oh and all 30 seasons of the simpsons for those of you wanting to explore the ones past 10!



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3 hours ago, The NZA said:

so they just announced it'll be $13/month (to start) with disney+, ESPN+ and an ad-bundled hulu package...really going after netflix's throat here 


What if we already have ad-free Hulu? Hmm. I also have no interest in ESPN. But I’d like to avoid paying separately for Hulu and Disney if we can swing it!

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On 8/6/2019 at 6:21 PM, The NZA said:

so they just announced it'll be $13/month (to start) with disney+, ESPN+ and an ad-bundled hulu package...really going after netflix's throat here 

But just the Disney+ will still be $7/month, yeah? I've already got Hulu(no ads), so not looking to pay the extra $6/mo. for that package above. 😕

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THR: Sources say budgets for Marvel Disney+ Shows could be as much as $25m per episode


Disney is sparing no expense on programming, projecting a 2020 original content budget short of $1 billion. The Mandalorian is said to cost $15 million an episode, for instance, and a source pegs Marvel entries The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Hawkeye at as much as $25 million per episode. Rounding out the high-end projects are unscripted and shortform series like Encore with host Kristen Bell, on which adults will restage their high school musicals, and One Day at Disney, which will follow employees in various divisions at the company.

This puts the Marvel shows on the budget level of some of the non-avengers movies.


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Disney+ is so conflicting for me. The activist in me doesn't want to give more money to Disney. However, the nostalgic brain wants to see the shows and movies it remembers and new stuff based on those universes. I know there's no ethical consumption under capitalism, however, there are degrees of ethical. Ugh, frustration.

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