The Walt Disney Company, which was founded as Disney Brothers Studio in October 1923, has planned a year-long 100th-anniversary celebration that begins this fall. At the D23 Expo in Anaheim, media and fans will surely hear many current executives praise the Disney Legacy and library as valued creative assets.  Yet the track record of actually […]

Targeted at preschoolers while enjoyed widely by parents and many others, Australian animated series Bluey has continued to attract new buzz. Composer Joff Bush recently won two trophies at the Screen Music Awards for his work on Bluey. And the show has appeared on the Nielsen Top Streaming Shows charts nine times over the past […]

With The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader finally released on Disney+, the entire Disney-20th Century Studios Narnia trilogy is together for the first time. (It’s a shame all 7 novels weren’t produced as films, which now Netflix will attempt, but that’s another story.) However, currently, at least two dozen Disney-owned franchises […]

Since launch, Disney+ has defined itself as the destination for Star Wars, Marvel, and, thanks to recent additions of Hamilton and The Greatest Showman, movie musicals. In fact, when Disney executives addressed what is popular on Disney+, one genre dominated the discussion. “Musicals are doing very, very well,” said Bob Iger on February 4, 2020 […]

Since the start of this year, Disney has made several big moves to roll-out a broader range of films and shows on Disney+ U.S. – which has lagged behind essentially every other nation in receiving general entertainment titles. This week, popular video game/action comedy Free Guy arrives on Disney+ U.S. Last week, with no advance […]

Every day ending in y, another entertainment analyst echoes what all subscribers of Disney+ US already know: the streaming service needs more content. Outgoing Disney chairman Bob Iger himself said it recently. Our editor Roger Palmer discusses this issue essentially every week in Q&A videos and podcasts; just compare the weekly UK release list with […]

Fans have their gripes about Disney Plus—such as hundreds of missing Disney-owned titles and not having enough options for audiences over age 12. Still, TV animation is where Disney Plus excels, as the streamer features dozens of shows produced since the 1980’s. Or is it? Those who grew up watching these cartoon series—along with a few live-action […]

When the streaming service launched back in November 2019, Disney Plus did fans a great favor when they announced future release dates for 77 of their recent films. Since then, titles such as Cool Runnings have released as scheduled, building trust and fulfilling subscribers’ expectations. Yet for hundreds of Disney-owned films and shows, no such […]

Since launch, Disney+ has had one glaring weakness: the lack of binge-worthy live action series that audiences over age 12 will enjoy.  To be sure, the family-friendly streaming service has several series that work well in small doses: Rogue Trip, Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, Brain Games, Encore, Cosmos, Shop Class, and America’s Funniest Home Videos […]

On February 19, Disney Plus subscribers in the U.S. and European nations celebrated the long-awaited release of The Muppet Show. Since it premiered in fall 1976, the entire run of producer/puppeteer Jim Henson’s beloved variety-comedy show has never been widely available in any format. Technically, The Muppet Show is still not available in its entirety […]

In addition to hundreds of missing titles and dozens of series with episodes out-of-order, another issue has plagued streaming service Disney Plus: certain titles uploaded in the wrong aspect ratio. Film and TV fans are unwavering in their stated preference: upload every title in its original aspect ratio, so the image appears as the director […]

With Dinosaurs released in January and — at long last! — The Muppet Show premiering in February, Disney+ subscribers in the U.S. can start 2021 enjoying hours upon hours of Jim Henson-inspired puppetry storytelling. Yet even with those releases, much of the Muppets’ best work remains locked away in the Disney vault. Henson and friends […]