Disney is a juggernaut in the entertainment field. Not only do they make huge animated blockbusters, they own a stable of companies like Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel and Fox, just to name a few. It seemed only natural for them to expand from movies, television, music and whatnot and conquer the streaming world. They are poised to be the dominant force in the realm of digital streaming and knock off Netflix, Hulu and Amazon when the Disney+ streaming service launches on November.
So why do I feel so blah with what Disney+ has to offer? Simply put, how they have been promoting the service wasn’t the way to go.
Honestly, this is very surprising to me. I should be extremely hyped and on board to get Disney+ on launch day. I mean, did you see the big names I mentioned at the start? Disney owns Fox, who have made a ton of really good movies and television shows over the years. They also have all the Pixar that’s been made. Disney also owns Star Wars, which more or less still have a solid fanbase; we’ll have to see how it stands after Episode IX, though. But Star Wars is still a huge property, no matter how you slice it. And of course, Disney has Marvel. We all know how big Marvel has become. They were just a company printing out colored picture books that kiddies enjoy until Disney decided to swallow them whole and envelop Marvel into the House of Mouse.
But when you actually look at what Disney+ will be offering out of the gate, you nary see a Marvel movie. In fact, what the streaming service will have on Day 1 is downright dismal. Out of the 20 films that Marvel/Disney owns the rights to (this does not include The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home), Disney+ will only give us four. If that isn’t pitiful enough, the movies are Iron Man 1 and 3, Thor: The Dark World and Captain Marvel. I’m fine with Iron Man 1 and 3… but where’s 2? Also, Thor: The Dark World and Captain Marvel are two of the least enticing films that Marvel have made? This is what we’re getting on Day 1?
Star Wars fared much better as Disney+ will have the first two trilogies available right out of the gate as well as Episode VII and Rogue One. It’ll also have Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels if you’re into that sort of thing. But the biggest thing, of course, is the upcoming The Mandelorian series that appears to feature a certain enigmatic bounty hunter. Oh, and it’s a live-action series! I really hope The Mandelorian is as awesome as it looks.
While we’re on original television shows like the Mandelorian, there are three other Disney Original Shows out on Day 1. Those would be The World According to Jeff Goldblum (which should be a hoot to watch), Encore! which is a documentary drama of sorts about middle age people reliving their teen days as musical performers? Honestly, I checked out in the middle of the trailer. Sorry, Kristen Bell. Even you can’t save this show.
The third and, probably most interesting one (besides The Mandelorian, of course) is High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. It’s a mockumentary featuring the “real life” high school used during High School Musical and how the “school” never produced their own version of the show. It’s interesting as it seems to be self-aware about it’s situation and actually pokes fun at itself. Is The Mandelorian and, strangely enough, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series worth it to get Disney+? For some, maybe. But I know there will be more people who would want more bang for their buck, especially if they look at the shows that won’t be available at launch.
During the recent D23 Expo, Disney outlined what they had in store for Disney+ and, yeah, what the service was going to get looked good. Probably the shows that got the most attention were the slew of upcoming shows set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Shows like The Falcon and Winter Soldier, Loki, She-Hulk, Moon Knight and Hawkeye are coming. But the shows that I’m really looking forward to are WandaVision and What If…? as they are the ones with the “unknown” quality. What If…? is a given as they’re going to be “imaginary stories” (as if any Marvel stories aren’t imaginary already). But WandaVision looks like it’s going to be a trippy show. I mean, it’s supposed to be a sitcom using Vision and Scarlett Witch? I can’t wait to see what Marvel does with that idea!
But all of the Marvel shows are a ways off. A lot of those shows won’t be out until sometime next year! That’s a long time to wait. What am I supposed to be watching until then?
I think that’s the general impression a lot of potential subscribers are feeling right now because Disney focused on them too much. It’s understandable because Marvel is a super hot property. But by emphasizing all the future Marvel content, they forgot to focus on the stuff that they have. And guess what? Apparently, Disney will be hosting a ton of Disney content! Who knew?
It’s weird that Disney was so busy promoting the Marvel and Star Wars stuff that’s going to be on Disney+ but they didn’t hype stuff like classic Disney movies such as Mary Poppins, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Remember the Titans, The Princess Diaries and the original Parent Trap. There are also a number of classic animated movies like A Goofy Movie (yes, it’s a classic. Don’t @ me), Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, Bambi, The Sword and the Stone, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Hercules and, I know my fellow blogger Robin is going to squee when she hears this, The Little Mermaid is going to be on Disney+ on Day 1.
If that’s not enough, what about Ducktales, both the old and the new versions, Kim Possible, Malcolm in the Middle, Boy Meets World, Goof Troop, That’s So Raven and The Simpsons, just to start. That a lot of content yet Disney barely mentioned the fact that they’re all gong to be on there on the first day!
I guess the problem is that, well, a lot of the content is going to be “old” content. The more adult demographic hasn’t really been Disney’s demographic. But by not saying that these “old” shows and movies are going to be on Disney+, they’re letting potential subscribers go. After all, I don’t think kids are going to be paying for the monthly subscription fee; the parents are! And wouldn’t these same parents want to show them these classics, the movies and shows that they grew up with, to their children?
Personally, I’m going to wait a little bit before getting Disney+… but I will be getting it eventually. As much as I would like to watch all those classic Disney movies, there’s still some room for improvement. I would watch the heck out of the old Ducktales, but what about Darkwing Duck and Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers. And where, oh where, is Gargoyles? Honestly, if Gargoyles was on the starting lineup, I wouldn’t hesitate in getting Disney+ because that show was amazing!
But that’s just me. I do see that Disney did a disservice by not mentioning that they have a lot of classic stuff from the vault that they’re bringing to Disney+. I don’t blame them on focusing on Marvel and Star Wars because it’s a great way to entice outsiders to get the service. However, they could’ve done a better job at mentioning the content Disney+ will get on Day 1. Disney+ may not look all that impressive on the outset because they failed to promote the television shows and movies they will have right out of the gate. But, if you look a little bit deeper, you may be surprised to see what Disney+ will have on Day 1.
Are you getting Disney+ on Day 1? Let me know in the comments section below!