Top Five Biggest Things From Disney+ Day 2021
Two years ago, Disney threw its hat into the streaming ring with the launch of Disney+. Since then, the streaming service has come to dominate near the top of the food chain alongside rivals Netflix and HBO Max. Two years to the day of its release, Disney+ celebrated with Disney+ Day. By doing so, they revealed countless new projects and shows to come onto their service. And there was a lot to be had!
Welcome to The Game of Nerds, and here are some of the biggest reveals and programs that came out on Disney+ Day. However, first let’s talk about what wasn’t revealed.
Having watched social media all day, this was the one thing missing from Disney+ Day. Unfortunately, it’s also what many people wanted the most. Taking place ten years after Revenge of the Sith, Kenobi will see the return of not only Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, but Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader. With a behind-the-scenes look been released the day before, fans were hoping to see a trailer of some sort.
But we didn’t.
Continuing the trend of remaking their animated films, it would seem that Pinocchio is the next Disney movie to get the live-action treatment. In a post to social media, Disney revealed that they’re making a live-action version of one of Walt Disney’s first films. However, it is being directed by Robert Zemeckis, aka the guy who made Back to the Future, Roger Rabbit, A Christmas Carol, and The Polar Express. In addition, Tom Hanks will be a part of it, so it may have a chance.
Ever since Fox decided to bend the knee to the Mouse, Disney has wasted no time in using their numerous assets to their advantage. Chief among them is the long-running animated series, The Simpsons. With the arrival of Disney+ Day 2021, The Simpsons don’t hesitate to make this tongue-in-cheek short celebrating the streaming service. Featuring the cast of The Simpsons and characters from various Disney IPs, this short is a playful jab at the newfound unity between the two entertainment giants. In addition, I could totally see Homer and Goofy bonding over their low intelligence and issues with being dads.
Hocus Pocus 2
Hocus Pocus is another example of how a film doesn’t always need to win at the box office to be successful in the long run. Despite Disney losing money over it in theaters almost thirty years ago, annual airings of it during the Halloween season helped make it a cult classic among Millennials, prompting Disney to greenlight a sequel. Now, after years of being left in the dark, fans got what the news that they wanted to hear: Hocus Pocus 2 premieres Fall 2022 on Disney+. The power of fandom knows no limits.
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder
If you grew up watching Disney Channel in the early to mid 2000s, then you might have seen The Proud Family. Following the adventures of the titular family as they navigate the ups and downs of life, this show’s remained fairly popular amongst those who first watched. Thus, when Disney announced a revival of the series, fans were thrilled. Better still, Disney+ Day 2021 gave us our first look at the revival and a release date for Februrary 2022.
Under the Helmet: The Legacy of Boba Fett
Even though he only had four lines in the original Star Wars films, Boba Fett became the franchise’s breakout character. More than forty years later, the original Mandalorian’s influence looms large in both Star Wars and pop culture. So much so that when The Mandalorian revealed the Galaxy’s best Bounty Hunter escaped the Sarlaac, the Internet went nuts. Therefore, with the release of The Book of Boba Fett in December 2021, it’s only fitting that we look back on the legacy of this iconic character.
This 21 minute documentary, released for Disney+ Day 2021, tells the story of Boba Fett. From his conception and first appearance in the infamous Star Wars holiday special, to the various actor’s who’ve played him, this special’s a must-watch for Boba Fett fans.
So Much Marvel
The back half of the Disney+ Day announcements was dedicated largely to Marvel. Given how November 12th also marks the day Stan Lee died, it seems fitting. Disney’s investing a lot of money into Marvel post-Endgame, and Disney+ seems to be how it’s going to drive the franchise going forward. Case in point, Disney’s social media revealed more than a dozen upcoming MCU projects in store for Disney+. Most notable, though, was a revival of the hit 90s cartoon, X-Men: The Animated Series. Dreams really do come true.