Ahsoka Tano’s and Sabine Wren’s quest to stop Thrawn from returning to the galaxy continues. Bertie Gregory gets up close with animals. Marvel gives a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3.” And the latest Pixar film finally makes its way to Disney+. Let’s take a look at what to watch on Disney+ and Hulu this weekend.
“Elemental” is an original feature film set in Element City, where residents of Fire, Water, Earth and Air live together. The story introduces Ember, a tough, quick-witted and fiery young woman, whose friendship with a fun, sappy, go-with-the-flow guy named Wade challenges her beliefs about the world they live in. She finally ventures out of her comfort zone to explore this spectacular world born from the imaginations of Pixar’s filmmakers and specifically crafted for the big-screen experience. Element City is inspired by big cities around the globe and embraces theorized contributions from each elemental community—from giant pine-tree-like buildings and waterfall skyscrapers to a tornado-shaped arena called Cyclone Stadium.
GOOD CHEMISTRY: THE STORY OF ELEMENTAL
Pixar director Peter Sohn takes viewers on a humorous personal journey through the inspiration behind Disney and Pixar’s feature film “Elemental.” “Good Chemistry: The Story of Elemental” traces his parents’ voyage from Korea to New York, explores his dad’s former grocery shop in the heart of the Bronx, and delves into his choice of a career in animation, rather than the family business. The documentaryis a delightful look at the unexpected influences that led to the making of the comedy-adventure “Elemental.” “Good Chemistry” is directed by Tony Kaplan and produced by Sureena Mann.
CARL’S DATE: DUG DAYS
Written and directed by Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® Award winner Bob Peterson and produced by Kim Collins, “Carl’s Date” finds Carl reluctantly agreeing to go on a date with a lady friend—but admittedly with no idea how dating works these days. Ever the helpful friend, Dug steps in to calm Carl’s pre-date jitters and offer some tried-and-true tips for making friends—if you’re a dog. The new short, which opened in front of “Elemental” in theaters on June 16, joins an existing collection of shorts, “Dug Days,” that follow the humorous misadventures of the lovable pup with the high-tech collar.
STAR WARS: AHSOKA
Set after the fall of the Empire, “Star Wars: Ahsoka” follows the former Jedi Knight Ahsoka Tano as she investigates an emerging threat to a vulnerable galaxy.
THE OTHER BLACK GIRL
Nella, an editorial assistant, is tired of being the only Black girl at her company, so she’s excited when Hazel is hired. But as Hazel’s star begins to rise, Nella spirals and discovers something sinister is going on at the company.
ANIMALS UP CLOSE WITH BERTIE GREGORY
Bertie Gregory is back, and this time, the adventures are even more epic! Bertie takes us to the most spectacular corners of our planet — from Antarctica to Africa and South America to Asia – tracking down extraordinary animals to capture their daily lives like never before. Armed with drones, state-of-the-art cameras, and underwater tech, he and his team brave subzero seas, climb snow-capped mountains, and sleep suspended 120 feet in the air to reveal the challenges these animals endure, their fierce rivalries, and the threats they face on our changing planet. “Animals Up Close With Bertie Gregory” shows all the behind-the-scenes moments he and his team face while adapting to unpredictable wildlife in remote environments where filming rarely goes as planned. There is no script for this unique series, but through it all, Bertie brings the audience with him every step of the way.
MARVEL STUDIOS’ ASSEMBLED: THE MAKING OF THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3
Join visionary director James Gunn and superstars such as Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldaña as they recount how “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” was conceived, shaped, and delivered to the world. And stand alongside the cast and crew in the emotional final moments of the shoot as they bid farewell to each other, and close this chapter in the saga of Peter Quill and his loveable band of misfit-warriors.
LANG LANG PLAYS DISNEY
In this exclusive one night only concert at Royal Albert Hall, “Lang Lang Plays Disney” is an unrivalled musical and visual treat that showcases unique arrangements of Disney’s most popular songs and gives insight into the life of world-renowned pianist Lang Lang. Through performance and documentary segments, the film opens an intimate window into his extraordinary musical journey as he speaks to his love for Disney dating back to his childhood in China. Joined by London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lang Lang invites audiences to savor Disney classics such as “Let It Go”, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”, “You’ll Be in My Heart” feat. English recording artist Alfie Boe, “When You Wish Upon a Star” feat. performer Gina Alice Redlinger and more.
ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING
Charles finds an unexpected source for a major clue. A Broadway icon comes knocking at Oliver’s door. And Mabel forms an alternate trio to pursue a lead that sheds light on Ben’s bro and CoBro history.
WELCOME TO WREXHAM
In Season 2 of Welcome of Wrexham, Rob McElhenney (It’s Always in Philadelphia) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) navigate running the 3rd oldest professional football club in the world. Welcome to Wrexham is a docuseries tracking the dreams and worries of Wrexham, a working-class town in North Wales, UK, as two Hollywood stars guide the future of the town’s historic football club.
Tony Award winner Ben Platt and Molly Gordon star in the original comedy “Theater Camp” as Amos and Rebecca-Diane – lifelong best friends and drama instructors at a rundown camp in upstate New York. When clueless tech-bro Troy (Jimmy Tatro) arrives to run the property (into the ground), Amos, Rebecca-Diane and production manager Glenn (Noah Galvin) band together with the staff and students, staging a masterpiece to keep their beloved summer camp afloat.
HAN RIVER POLICE
The Han River Police team is committed to safeguarding South Korea’s Han River. Police Sergeant Han Dujin is on his way back to the station after completing a late-night rescue operation when he discovers Go Giseok acting suspiciously on a stranded cruise ship. Dujin decides to investigate and begins to uncover a criminal conspiracy that involves Giseok, the Kyungin River Cruise company, and his former friend Baek Chul. Dujin and his team jump into action to protect the Han River and all who live along it.
PHOENIX EDEN 17
In the age of space exploration, Romi and her lover George flee a devastated Earth in search of a new world for just the two of them, settling on planet Eden17. However, it turns out to be a desolate planet unsuitable for human habitation. After losing George in an accident, Romi is determined to survive with her son Cain and enters a hibernation pod. When she awakes 1,300 years later, she finds that Eden is now home to a thriving city built by the descendants of Cain and the alien life-form known as Moopy. Romi lives there as a queen, but as she ages, her longing for Earth grows stronger. One day, a child of Eden named Com acknowledges Romi’s feelings and resolves to embark on a journey to take her to Earth.
THE FIRST RESPONDERS
The serial arson is not over yet, and the villain starts to unfold their dark schemes. Numerous cases continue to plague Taewon and the police and fire sirens ring throughout the city yet again. The police who fight through sleepless nights to stop crimes and catch the culprit. The firefighters who are committed to save just one more life even at the risk of their own safety. The National Forensic Service who are equipped not with guns and knives, but with sharp scientific expertise to not miss the smallest of evidence. Together, they form the perfect triangle to combat crime and fire.
DRAGONS: THE NINE REALMS
Set 1,300 years after the events of How To Train Your Dragon, dragons are now just a legend to the modern world. When a geological anomaly opens up an immense, miles-deep fissure in the Earth’s surface, scientists from all over the world gather at a new research facility to study the mysterious phenomenon. Soon a group of misfit kids, brought to the site by their parents, uncover the truth about dragons and where they’ve been hiding — a secret they must keep to themselves to protect what they’ve discovered.
The series centers on Lou, a corrupt police detective who has spent two decades taking money from the local drug baron Col McHugh (Andrew Buchan). When her son suffers a near-fatal illness, Lou’s conscience begins to swing into action, and she decides to put right 20 years of wrongdoing.
Those are my picks. What are you going to watch this weekend on Disney+ and Hulu?