More stream­ing, more mouse: Dis­ney+ de­buts

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Cover Story -

Two weeks after Ap­ple TV+ joined the stream­ing fray, there comes an­other 800-pound go­rilla – or in this case, mouse – into the room with the de­but of Dis­ney+.

Sign­ing on Tues­day, Nov. 12, the new ser­vice – which costs sub­scribers $6.99/month or $69.99/ year – will at launch of­fer up about a dozen orig­i­nal se­ries and movies plus more than 30 other orig­i­nal pro­duc­tions to be rolled out over the next two years. That’s in ad­di­tion to the more than 7,500 episodes of TV se­ries such as “The Simp­sons,” “Amaz­ing Planet,” “Wicked Tuna” and “That’s So Raven” and the 500 or so movie ti­tles in­clud­ing “Iron Man,” “Toy Story,” “High School Mu­si­cal” and the first seven “Star Wars” movies that be­come avail­able this week.

Speak­ing of “High School Mu­si­cal,” that 2006 fea­ture film is the in­spi­ra­tion for one of the orig­i­nal en­tries avail­able Tues­day. “High School Mu­si­cal: The Mu­si­cal – The Se­ries” is a 10-episode scripted se­ries that fol­lows a group of stu­dents as they pre­pare for open­ing night of their first-ever pro­duc­tion of – well, see the ti­tle. Joshua Bas­sett, Olivia Ro­drigo, Kate Rein­ders and Sofia Wylie head the cast.

In that same vein on launch day is the un­scripted se­ries “En­core!” from ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Kris­ten Bell, which re­unites for­mer cast­mates from a high school mu­si­cal and tasks them with re-cre­at­ing their orig­i­nal per­for­mances, with all the emo­tions, ri­val­ries and faded friend­ships that might en­tail.

Also start­ing up Tues­day is “The World Ac­cord­ing to Jeff Gold­blum,” in which the Os­car- and Emmy-nom­i­nated ac­tor does a deep dive into such com­mon­place items as sneak­ers and ice cream and pulls up some sur­pris­ing facts, rev­e­la­tions and his­to­ries.

If it is hol­i­day fare you seek, the com­edy movie “Noelle” stars Anna Ken­drick as the ti­tle char­ac­ter, Kris Kringle’s daugh­ter, who must take over the fam­ily busi­ness when her brother (played by Bill Hader) goes miss­ing.

Other orig­i­nals avail­able on open­ing day in­clude “The Imag­i­neer­ing Story,” a doc­u­men­tary se­ries chron­i­cling the 65-year his­tory of

Walt Dis­ney Imag­i­neer­ing; “Marvel’s Hero Project,” spot­light­ing the dif­fer­ence young he­roes are mak­ing in their com­mu­ni­ties; “The Man­dalo­rian,” an ac­tion se­ries from the “Star Wars” uni­verse star­ring Pe­dro Pas­cal, Carl Weathers, Gina Carano and Gian­carlo Es­pos­ito; the an­i­mated short “Forky Asks a Ques­tion,” in which the char­ac­ter from “Toy Story 4” ex­plores ques­tions about how the world works; and the movie “Lady and the Tramp,” a retelling of the 1955 an­i­mated clas­sic.

Later in 2019 and into 2020 and 2021, sub­scribers can look for­ward to more orig­i­nal fare such as “Lizzie McGuire,” in which Hi­lary Duff reprises her role from the 2001-04 Dis­ney Chan­nel kids show; “Wan­daVi­sion,” star­ring El­iz­a­beth Olsen in a new Marvel Stu­dios of­fer­ing from the “Avengers” fran­chise; “Mon­sters at Work,” a “Mon­sters, Inc.”-in­spired an­i­mated se­ries with voice work from Ben Feld­man, Billy Crys­tal and John Good­man; “(Re)Con­nect,” an un­scripted of­fer­ing in which trou­bled fam­i­lies are forced to shut out out­side dis­trac­tions and de­vices and ad­dress their is­sues; and “Be Our Chef,” a com­pe­ti­tion show hosted by An­gela Kin­sey (“The Of­fice”) in which con­tes­tants are tasked with pre­par­ing Dis­ney-in­spired dishes.

“High School Mu­si­cal: The Mu­si­cal – The Se­ries” pre­mieres Tues­day on Dis­ney+.

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