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Disney+ Day 2022 is here and the streaming service has announced all the new content that is debuting today. Disney+ Day originally was first held in November 2021 to honor the first anniversary of Disney’s service that combined nearly all of its media properties onto one platform. Since then it has been used to expand the Marvel and Star Wars franchises with multiple new shows and specials. From classic cartoons, shows, and movies, to new projects from Pixar, The Simpsons, National Geographic, and its many other properties, Disney+ has expanded its library during its relatively young existence.

This year the event has been moved up to September 8 ahead of the D23 Expo that begins this weekend. To begin the celebrations there are a number of things debuting including this summer’s blockbuster movie Thor: Love and Thunder and the new CGI/live-action version of Pinocchio.

Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor like never before ⚡️ Check out this featurette for Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love And Thunder, a Disney+Day premiere streaming Thursday in IMAX Enhanced!

Pinocchio

Academy Award® winner Robert Zemeckis directs this live action retelling of the beloved tale of a wooden puppet who embarks on a thrilling adventure to become a real boy. Tom Hanks stars as Geppetto, the wood carver who builds and treats Pinocchio (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) as if he were his own son. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Jiminy Cricket, who serves as Pinocchio’s guide as well as his “conscience”; Academy Award® nominee Cynthia Erivo is the Blue Fairy; Keegan-Michael Key is “Honest” John; Academy Award® nominee Lorraine Bracco is Sofia the Seagull, a new character, and Luke Evans is The Coachman. Also in the cast are Kyanne Lamaya as Fabiana (and her marionette Sabina), Giuseppe Battiston as Señor Stromboli and Lewin Lloyd as Lampwick. Robert Zemeckis, Derek Hogue, Andrew Miano, Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz are the film’s producers, with Jackie Levine, Jack Rapke, Alexandra Derbyshire and Jeremy Johns the executive producers.

Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return

This special explores the return of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker to the screen, as well as Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen to their classic roles. Director Deborah Chow leads the cast and crew as they create new heroes and villains that live alongside new incarnations of beloved Star Wars characters, and an epic story that dramatically bridges the saga films.

Cars On The Road

Lightning McQueen and Mater are hitting the road!

Epic Adventures With Bertie Gregory

The face of a new generation of aspirational adventurers and natural history filmmakers, 29-year old National Geographic Explorer Bertie Gregory takes viewers on epic and nail-biting journeys that push into the most spectacular and secretive corners of our wild world. Armed with leading edge film technology, the Disney+ original series EPIC ADVENTURES WITH BERTIE GREGORY, from National Geographic, breaks the mold of the traditional natural history program by telling extraordinary, real-life animal stories and taking viewers with him for every beat of the action. For weeks at a time, the charismatic BAFTA Award-winning cinematographer immerses himself into the animals’ lives to capture the untold stories of iconic creatures living in some of the harshest environments on our planet. This season, we will see Bertie braving the icy worlds of Antarctica in search of the biggest gathering of whales ever filmed and coming face-to-face with specialist buffalo-hunting lions in Zambia. In this multipart adventure series, he will take audiences on an ambitious odyssey across the globe, showcasing the natural world at a time when it faces its greatest challenges.

Growing Up

Created by Brie Larson and Culture.House, “Growing Up” is an innovative hybrid docu-series that explores the challenges, triumphs, and complexities of adolescence through ten compelling coming of age stories. The series uses narrative, experimental, and documentary filmmaking to follow one casted individual, ages 18-22, as they tell their story. They represent a wide range of lived experiences, giving audiences emotionally powerful narratives that offer an engaging look at teenage-hood and the diverse social, familial, and internal obstacles young people face on their path to self-discovery and acceptance. Each 30-minute episode features one young person, or “hero,” and their experience growing up. Each episode is anchored by a deeply personal interview that allows our heroes to walk us through their childhood and teenage years. Alongside these interviews, creative cinematic reenactments help bring their major inflection points to life.

Other content that will debut includes:

  • The Simpsons – Welcome To The Club: A short about Lisa Simpson learning how much fun being bad can be.
  • Remembering: An original short film by Emmy Winning director Elijah Allan-Blitz exploring the concepts of ideas being created and their inspiration.
  • Dancing With The Stars: The Pro’s Most Memorable Moments: Tyra Banks and Alfonso Riberio host a compilation of memorable moments.
  • Frozen – Sing-Along 1 and 2: Sing-alongs featuring many of the characters from the popular franchise.
  • Wedding Season: A genre-blending/breaking show featuring elements of comedy, drama, and murder/mystery where two people fall in love at a wedding.
  • Tierra Incógnita: A show starring Eric Dalaras ( Pedro Maurizi ) who seeks to solve the mystery of his parents at an amusement park years before.
  • BTS: PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE – LA: A concert from the popular group.

Source: disneyplus.com

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7 comments

  1. Some interesting titles there. Don't know how I feel about a new Pinocchio.
    We're planning on watching it on Friday with my wife's mother. I'll let you know how it goes. Disney live-action/CGI is always a mixed bag. I surprisingly liked Aladdin but not so much on anything else.
  2. We're planning on watching it on Friday with my wife's mother. I'll let you know how it goes. Disney live-action/CGI is always a mixed bag. I surprisingly liked Aladdin but not so much on anything else.
    I'm such a huge fan of the first Aladdin mostly due to Robbin Williams I just couldn't swallow Will Smith in it. I made it maybe a 1/2 hour and had to bail.
  3. I hear ya. I can't even begin to explain how much of a fan of him that I am, but still too depressed to go back and watch anything yet (although I did catch some Mork reruns about a month or two ago). I'm fairly certain that I've watched almost everything he was ever in except for one or two projects right before the end, but I did watch his last stand-up special which was incredible as always.
  4. Just to add that Aladdin was one of the few things I could watch without the original actor in a part and separate from it. That's usually something I have a hard time with. I not sure why I could with it since I'm not a gigantic WS fan.
  5. Some interesting titles there. Don't know how I feel about a new Pinocchio.
    It wasn't horrible but pretty much what one would expect from modern Disney. Parts were spot on true to the original while somewhat mixed with a number of modern elements. 7 out of 10 I guess for me. The wife really wasn't happy with the ending. My favorite parts were all the easter egg-type things with the clocks in the beginning scenes. Remembering was cute is typical Disney fashion. We both laughed our butts off with Thor.

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