Looking Back on Disney Plus Year One

Looking Back on Disney Plus Year One

The hits, the misses, and what we’re looking forward to in 2021 on the streaming service.

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Review of Disney Plus Year One: We Look Back on Disney Plus in its First Year

It’s been nearly one year since the launch of Disney+ and the streaming service could not have come at a better time. In quarantine specifically, there have been hours upon hours available to watch every magical minute. From falling in love with Baby Yoda to nostalgic childhood show binges, the last year with Disney+ has been a trip to say the least. 

We’ve Got Ears, Say Cheers

As is the case with anything, some of the offerings on Disney+ have been more successful than others. Shows like “The Mandolorian” and “The Imagineering Story” captured the hearts of viewers. The second season of Disney+’s hit show, lovingly referred to as The Baby Yoda Show, could not come soon enough. Whereas “The Imagineering Story” goes behind the scenes to show us how much creativity goes into making Disney magic. 

Review of Disney Plus Year One: We Look Back on Disney Plus in its First Year

We’d be remiss to not mention the record-shattering release of “Hamilton” which pushed even more viewers to subscribe to the streaming service over the summer. The Tony-Award winning phenomenon, filmed for television, with its original cast was the perfect addition to the platform. Particularly since so many Disney fans are also Hamilfans. 

The World According to Jeff Goldblum” is more of a sleeper hit for Disney+. The mini-documentary series starring, you guessed it, Jeff Goldblum is an absolute delight. It delves into histories of things like ice cream and sneakers which don’t sound particularly interesting, but combined with Goldblum’s charming witticisms this is a binge-able show for sure. 

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Dishonor on Your Cow

There hasn’t been a terrible Disney+ original show or film yet, though folks will disagree about the “Lady and the Tramp” remake, there are several shows missing from the streaming platform that has fans flustered. Like the 1997 “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” starring Brandi. Disney should be celebrating this live-action film that so many people love. If the bizarre “Cinderella” sequels are on Disney+ why isn’t this brilliant film?

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Many fans found themselves seeking out shows they remember fondly from childhood only to discover that they are actually really bad. For example, “Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears.” This is a show with a lot of nostalgia that doesn’t live up to the memories of it. But despite this creepy show being on Disney+, fan favorites like “The Weekenders” and “Pepper Ann” are still not anywhere to be found even a year later. 

In fact, a lot of Toon Disney Millennial favorites are still missing from the platform. Even though fans have been adamant online about bringing back their childhood cartoons since the launch of Disney+, there are a lot of shows that are still unavailable such as:

  • Filmore

  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command

  • Lloyd in Space

  • Aladdin the Animated Series

  • House of Mouse” 

If we have to pick just one, can Disney+ at least have “House of Mouse?” That show is the closest thing to a Disney World experience a lot of viewers can have right now. All their favorite characters (pre-2003)  in one place? Make it happen, Disney!

Think Happy Thoughts

COVID has interrupted a lot of work in the television and film worlds, but there is still a lot to look forward to in the coming year on Disney+ even if the schedule is up in the air. Like many other platforms, Disney+ is creating its own line-up of shows and movies to balance their old offerings with the new. 

WandaVision will premier on Disney Plus alongside a host of other Marvel shows in 2021.

WandaVision will premier on Disney Plus alongside a host of other Marvel shows in 2021.

WandaVision” is a show Marvel fans cannot wait to see. The series will finally put Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) in the limelight and give her a relationship with Vision the screentime they deserved. Not a lot is known about the show, set to premiere sometime in December, but it is supposed to be set after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” 

Other Marvel shows expected to launch sometime in 2021 include “She Hulk,” “Loki,” and “Hawkeye” among others. 

Fan-favorite reboots are also in the works as well including “Chip ‘n’ Dale” and “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.” Disney is additionally working on some series sequels and prequels to beloved films and t.v. shows such as “Lizzie McGuire,” “ Monsters at Work,” “The Sandlot,” and “Turner and Hooch.”

A Lizzie McGuire reboot is scheduled to hit the streaming service in 2021

A Lizzie McGuire reboot is scheduled to hit the streaming service in 2021

With Disney taking on the properties of Star Wars and Marvel, there are going to be a lot of shows and films coming to Disney+ as productions return to normal in the coming months/year. Though we don’t know how this year’s pandemic will affect movie theaters in the longterm, Disney+ is not pulling any punches with their original content. 

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