Highlights From The First Year of Disney+
2020 may have been a terrible year in pretty much every other aspect, but it has been a GREAT year for television! Yesterday officially marked the one year anniversary of Disney’s streaming network Disney+. We thought what better way to celebrate the network that has been keeping us entertained during our long days at home then by providing you with a quick recap of some of the network’s biggest milestones!
Let’s dive in:
November 12, 2019
Meet the Mandalorian—and the Child!
Let’s cut right to the chase. Can you remember a time before baby yoda came into our lives? Me neither! That’s why there’s no better place to start then on launch day which marked the first time we were treated to this Star Wars series The Mandalorian!
Return to East High
This could be the start of something new(ish.) High School: The Musical: The Series also made its debut at launch and kept the legacy of East High alive with a loveable new cast of characters with the same coming of age conflicts as in the original franchise. This series has it all, dramatic moments, catchy tunes and an unbelievable cast! We can’t wait for season two. In the meantime we’ll also have the newly announced High School Musical: The Musical: The Series: The Holiday Special to put us in the festive spirit starting on November 20th!
A Darling New Movie Debut
They call it puppy love and let me just tell you that live-action Lady and the Tramp definitely pulled at our heartstrings last November. Featured the voices of Tessa Thompson and Justin Theroux as Lady and the Tramp respectively, plus original music by Janelle Monáe, who also lent her legendary voice to the role of Peg this production deserves a huge round of -App-PAWS. The human cast included Kiersey Clemons (Darling), Thomas Mann (Jim Dear), and one of our favorite Mousequerade judges, Yvette Nicole Brown (Aunt Sarah)!
If you can stream it, you can do it
The Imagineering Story on Disney+ is nothing short of a Disney-lovers dream! This incredible series takes viewers through how your favorite Disney theme parks attractions came to life. Narrated by Angela Bassett and produced by Leslie Iwerks, Disney’s amazing team of Imagineers show fans how each of Disney’s incredible theme parks around the world was created!
Time to binge watch all of The Simpsons
And let’s not forget that Springfield came to Disney for the first time last year. Every season of the series was available for streaming at the launch of Disney+ giving lifelong fans a chance to marathon the series! Newcomers also had a chance to see what all of the fuss was about!
February 21, 2020
Finished, the Clone Wars has
It is the end of an era. The beloved animated series Clone wars made its return to Disney+ for a final season exclusive on Disney’s streaming network. The show has amassed a huge following over the last 10 years and most fans will agree that it finally got the proper ending that it deserves.
March 6, March 15, and May 4 2020
Surprise! Your favorite movies are streaming early
Then COVID happened and many of Disney’s recent theatrically-released Disney films were impacted. However, Disney+ made the decision to provide those stuck at home with an incredible treat by launching Onward, Frozen II, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker early for our viewing pleasure!
April 8, 2020
A milestone moment
When it came to streaming television, Disney+ was already entering quite a competitive field but managed to prove its worth my racking up 50 million subscribers in its first five months alone!
July 3, 2020
No more waiting for it
Sing it with me…Alexander Hamilton. For many of those stuck home during COVID-19, the cultural phenomenon and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Hamilton became the soundtrack to our Summer when it made its debut on July 3, 2020. The production was filmed in June 2016 and featured the entire original cast.
July 31, 2020
It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights…
One of the most inspirational and Muppet-ational debuts in the Summer of 2020 was Muppets Now which held the distinction of being the first unscripted Muppets series EVER! Featuring lots of celebrity guests as well as Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang this show definitely delights!
August 7, 2020
He gave a mermaid her voice and a beast his heart—and now his story was being shared
Disney+ gave us some incredible documentaries over the past year. Chief among them is Howard which tells the incredible story of Howard Ashman who was the musical visionary behind movies like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
August 28, 2020
Ferb, I know what we’re gonna stream today
Phineas and Ferb: Candace Against the Universe features not just a dash across space with our favorite characters, but the original voice cast and all-new songs!
September 4, 2020
Loyal. Brave. True.
Disney+ has become the debut home for a range of films like Artemis Fowl and The One and Only Ivan, two films originally intended for theatrical release. But the biggest highlight was hands-down Mulan. Disney offered the film to subscribers for an additional fee and fans were quick to sign up to get a first look at the live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated film.
September 20, 2020
And the Emmy goes to…
This is the way… to winning awards! The Mandalorian and Forky Asks a Question both brought home Disney+’s first-ever Emmys during the 2nd Emmy® Awards, with The Mandalorian nabbed an impressive 7 Emmy awards, while Pixar won its first-ever award for the animated short Forky Asks a Question: What is Love?
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