This coming Friday, Disney is celebrating the second anniversary of its streaming service, Disney+, with a whole day of celebrations including new content releases across the service’s iconic brands, Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Star in international markets.
One of those new content releases is going to be the “Pixar 2021 Disney+ Day Special”, which will be released on Disney+ at 8:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM ET / 4:00 PM GMT / 3:00 AM (SAT) AEDT.
The official description for this special states:
Celebrate Disney+ Day as Pete Docter gives a personal tour of Pixar Animation Studios and introduces projects coming to Disney+, including a new Cars series, Pixar’s first long-form animated series, “Win or Lose,” and some behind-the-scenes documentaries on the making of the upcoming theatrical releases, “Turning Red” and “Lightyear.”
Both the “Cars” and “Win Or Lose” series were announced during last year’s Investor Day event, as were the two movies, which are due to arrive in cinemas in 2022, before being released on Disney+.
Here’s a recap of what we were told about these Pixar titles last year:
Turning Red, a new feature film opening in theaters on March 11, 2022, introduces Mei Lee, a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited (which for a teenager is practically ALWAYS), she “poofs” into a giant red panda! Turning Red is directed by Academy Award® winner Domee Shi (Pixar short “Bao”) and produced by Lindsey Collins.
Lightyear, slated to open in theaters on June 17, 2022, is a sci-fi action-adventure and the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear (voice of Chris Evans)—the hero who inspired the toy. The film reveals how a young
test pilot became the Space Ranger that we all know him to be today. Lightyear is directed by Angus MacLane and produced by Galyn Susman.
Cars, coming to Disney+ in Fall 2022, is an all-new series that follows Lightning McQueen and his best friend Mater on a cross-country road trip. These episodes are filled with lots of fun new characters, imaginative destinations as well as old friends checking in along the way. The series is written by Steve Purcell and produced by Marc Sondheimer.
Win or Lose
Win or Lose, Pixar’s first-ever original long-form animated series, debuts on Disney+ in 2023. It follows a coed middle school softball team in the week leading up to their championship game. Each 20-minute episode highlights the perspective of a different character and explores the drama of bad calls made on and off the field. Written and directed by story artists Carrie Hobson and Michael Yates, and produced by David Lally, Win or Lose is a comedy about love, rivalry and the challenges we all face in our struggle to win at life
We haven’t heard anything about either of “Cars” or “Win Or Lose” since last years Investors Day, so its a good time to get an update. It’s also the first time we’ve had confirmation that Disney+ will get some documentaries about how they made “Lightyear” and “Turning Red”, which I’d expect to arrive on Disney+ after the films have been released in 2022.
Could there be any more surprises? Could we hear about some more “SparkShorts” or something else? We’ll just have to check out Disney+ this coming Friday!