Disney+ marks a “bold step forward in a new era for the company,” is the message to emerge from the official launch details of Disney’s new streaming service.
The new platform will launch on November 12th this year armed with content from the worlds of Marvel, Pixar, classic Disney, Star Wars and the National Geographic, and already Disney is feeling bullish.
In an announcement that landed yesterday, Disney’s chairman and CEO, Bob Iger said that “Disney+ will be a standout in the marketplace, and deliver significant value for consumers and shareholders alike.”
The platform will launch with a ‘robust library’ of theatrical and television content, and in its first year will release more than 25 original series and ten original films, documentaries and specials.
New original titles for Disney+ announced yesterday, include The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, a live action series, WandaVision – a live action series with Elizabeth Olsen returning as Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany as The Vision, and Marvel’s What If…? An animated series from Marvel Studios inspired by the comic books of the same name.
From Walt Disney Animation Studios will come Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2, while from Pixar Animation Studios is Toy Story-based projects Forky Asks a Question and Lamp Life.
From National Geographic there will be The World According to Jeff Goldblum and Magic of the Animal Kingdom.
On top of this is the live-action Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian, as well as all 30 seasons of The Simpsons.
“We are extremely excited about our growing portfolio of direct to consumer offerings,” read a statement from Disney. “As we demonstrated, with Disney+ we will deliver extraordinary entertainment in innovative ways to audiences around the world.
“We will continue to enhance the user experience with a constant pipeline of high quality programming, making the service even more appealing to consumers.”