Details on Planned Content for Disney Streaming Service by 2019 Revealed

Even before the bombshell announcement that was Disney’s intent to acquire Fox’s media assets, from its film studios to TV networks and more, the House of Mouse has already been sending shockwaves through the industry with plans to open its own streaming service, outside of general providers like Hulu and Netflix.

The as-yet unnamed service, which will launch in 2019, has been like a Sword of Damocles to all other major streaming services on the market. That’s because in addition to a number of original films and TV series that they plan to debut on the platform, Disney will fill up their online library with all their currently streaming past movies and TV shows, all withdrawn from the other streaming services where they’re currently hosted.

Unfortunately the soon-to-be-withdrawn materials are not simply those that carry the Disney name. Also to be affected are the Star Wars films and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as both Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios are their subsdiaries.

But current streaming subscribers, who might be upset that the House of Mouse is hogging all their media on another platform they must soon subscribe to, can take some comfort with one reality. The Disney streaming service will try to be as family-friendly as possible. In other words, their library will consist only of G and low-PG rated programming.

That means that any other film or TV series with high-PG or R ratings will most likely stay where they are. That means Netflix will retain all the shows they’ve produced in partnership with Marvel, R-rated fare like Daredevil, Jessica Jones and so forth. That at least would be a silver line for Netflix regulars who’re fans of the shows in question.

Disney’s future strategy of generating content for their exclusive streaming platform has also been revealed. Aside from a few original programming, most of their planned fare will be licensed media and adaptations. For instance, while major live-action version of their old animated films like 2019’s Aladdin and The Lion King will premiere in theaters, smaller productions such as The Sword in the Stone and Lady and the Tramp will be on the streaming service instead.

Other possible future content for the service are a Star Wars series or two, and maybe even a High School Musical show. The possibilities are endless. Also, the question of whether or not the platform might soon accommodate 20th Century Fox movies can’t quite be answered just yet, at least until negotiations are completed in about a year and a half more.

WATCH: How Did Disney Design Its First Princess?

Snow White is a trendsetter. Think about it: she was the first of all the Disney princesses, she was well before her time as a tree-hugging hippie who lived in the forest, and she was an advocate for animal rights. She’s a millennial liberal’s dream girl! Haha, in all seriousness, Snow White has quite the legacy, but just how did Disney go about creating her?

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment recently released a sneak peek from a bonus feature on the upcoming signature edition of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! Check out a behind the scenes look at how Disney Animation brought Snow White to life!

The signature edition of the movie will be available on the Disney Anywhere app this Tuesday, January 19, 2016  and on Blu-Ray February 2, 2016.

-M@

 

Watch Disney Movies Anywhere with New App!

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We all love watching our Disney movies, regardless the medium. We can now stream them through Netflix, catch them on TV, purchase a DVD/Blu-Ray, but until now the options for watching them anywhere were limited. A new app allows users to purchase, stream, download and watch their favorite movies from Disney past wherever they go!

The aptly-named “Watch Disney Anywhere” app is a free iOS program that allows people to download and watch Disney, Marvel and Pixar films! Simply go to the App Store and download this incredible app for your Apple devices!

-M@

Top 10 Disney ‘Easter Eggs’

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Easter Eggs are some of the best hidden gems within movies, shows, games and books. The reason for their popularity is they require a deeper knowledge of the brand and the franchise. In video games an Easter Egg may provide a hidden, secret glimpse back to a previous title. The key here is that it is hidden. Normally only the biggest fans find the Easter Eggs, which makes me so incredibly thankful that there are some extreme Disney fanatics…because Disney has their own Easter Eggs in movies, too!

The Huffington Post recently published an article that highlights the Top 10 Disney Easter Eggs found in their movies. You’d never know these were there, but they are. And they’re all tasteful. You can read the full article HERE! They also highlight four Frozen Easter Eggs HERE!

My personal favorite: Buzz Lightyear snuck his way into Finding Nemo. What’s your favorite Easter Egg?

-M@

Two Disney Classics Set for Blu-Ray Release

Two Disney favorites will receive a makeover at the end of this summer. Like many other Disney classics, The Sword in the Stone and Robin Hood are timeless but could use a little graphics update. This August the 40th Anniversary Edition of Robin Hood and the 50th Anniversary Edition of The Sword in the Stone will be released on Blu-Ray!

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Be on the lookout for the Blu-Ray and Blu-Ray combo pack on August 6th. To preorder the films, you can go here (Robin Hood) or here (Sword in Stone).

-M@

Blu-Ray for Wreck-It-Ralph And Online Streaming

Wreck-It-Ralph was one of the strongest movies of the fall. If you haven’t seen it yet, you don’t have that much longer to wait until its release to Blu-Ray and DVD. On March 5, 2013 you can purchase this gem of a film. Here is the cover art:

But…here’s some cooler news. You don’t even have to wait that long, because on February 12, 2013 Wreck-It-Ralph will be available for online streaming and download, a full 3 weeks earlier! It will be interesting to see if this becomes a trend or if Disney is simply testing the waters of this decision. Regardless, this film is one to see…again!

-M@

Watch Full Version of Disney’s Misadventures of Merlin Jones

I don’t know how long this is going to be available so watch it while you can. Someone has posted the complete version of Disney’s Misadventures of Merlin Jones on YouTube and as of now, it’s totally free to watch.

Film stars Tommy Kirk and Annette Funicello who you’ll recognize from many other Disney films during this era. It’s basically about the chaos that surfaces when a college boy invents a helmet that can read the minds of others.

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