Disney+ News and Debut Round-up: (2/12/21)
After we greedily gobble up WandaVision Episode 6, don’t forget to check out a hidden gem debuting this week: Marvel’s Behind The Mask. This documentary features guests from across Marvel’s 80-year legacy, including the writers and artists behind the rise of characters like Black Panther, Miles Morales, Ms. Marvel, Luke Cage, the X-Men, Captain Marvel, and many other characters in the Marvel Universe, highlighting Marvel’s impact on pop culture and media. And if that’s not enough, musical fans will rejoice with the Disney+ debut of 1997’s “Roger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” starring Brandy.
Want Disney+ News? You got it! New The Mighty Ducks: Game-Changers and Raya and the Last Dragon trailers! Read on for more news and everything streaming this week on Disney+.
“ROGER’S & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA” STREAMS FEBRUARY 12 ONLY ON DISNEY+
February 12 – At the stroke of midnight on Friday, February 12, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” will begin streaming exclusively on Disney+. The beloved televised movie musical stars Brandy in the title role and Whitney Houston as “Fairy Godmother” alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Victor Garber, Natalie Desselle Reid, Bernadette Peters, Paolo Montalban, Jason Alexander, and Veanne Cox.
Originally premiering on November 2, 1997 to sixty million viewers during “The Wonderful World of Disney” on ABC, “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” became an instant fan favorite, beloved by critics and audiences alike and earning 7 Emmy Award nominations. Celebrated for its diverse representation, sweeping musical acts, and unforgettable song book, the 1997 film features an incredible array of beloved and original songs by the iconic songwriting duo Rodgers & Hammerstein, including “Impossible,” “In My Own Little Corner,” “Ten Minutes Ago,” “A Lovely Night,” “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” and more.
“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” will join the “Celebrate Black Stories” collection that is on Disney+ alongside “Soul,” “Black Is King,” “Black Panther,” “Hidden Figures,” and many more.
THE MIGHTY DUCKS FLY AGAIN WITH A NEW TRAILER FOR “THE MIGHTY DUCKS: GAME CHANGERS”
Premiering March 26 – Nearly 30 years after first taking flight, “The Mighty Ducks” returns in a brand new chapter starring Lauren Graham and Emilio Estevez in the iconic role he originated as legendary Coach Gordon Bombay.
In the 10-episode season set in present day Minnesota, the Mighty Ducks have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team. After 12-year-old Evan Morrow (Brady Noon) is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, he and his mom, Alex (Lauren Graham), set out to build their own team of misfits to challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of youth sports today. With the help of Gordon Bombay, they rediscover the joys of playing just for love of the game.
The series features a talented new team of up-and-coming young actors including Brady Noon , Maxwell Simkins, Swayam Bhatia, Luke Islam, Kiefer O’Reilly, Taegen Burns, Bella Higginbotham, and DJ Watts.
“The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers” is produced by ABC Signature, a part of Disney Television Studios. Steve Brill, the original creator, writer and executive producer of all three films, which spawned an NHL franchise, is back as co-creator and executive producer of the new series.
“RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON” SUPER BOWL TRAILER
Premiering March 5 in Select Theaters and Disney+ Premier Access:
Advance theater tickets for “Raya and the Last Dragon” in select theaters are now on sale at http://bit.ly/RayaTix
Pre-order “Raya and the Last Dragon” Premier Access on Disney+ for $29.99 at http://disneyplus.com/raya
“Raya and the Last Dragon” takes us on an exciting, epic journey to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where Raya, a lone warrior, must track down the legendary last dragon to stop an evil force that has returned after 500 years to once again threaten her homeworld. The film features an outstanding voice cast, including Kelly Marie Tran, Awkwafina, Izaac Wang, Gemma Chan, Daniel Dae Kim, Benedict Wong, Jona Xiao, Sandra Oh, Thalia Tran, Lucille Soong, Alan Tudyk, Gordon Ip, Dichen Lachman, Patti Harrison, Jon “Dumbfoundead” Park, Sung Kang, Sierra Katow, Ross Butler, François Chau and Paul Yen. Don Hall and Carlos López Estrada are directing, with Paul Briggs and John Ripa co-directing. Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho are the producers, and Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim wrote the screenplay.
This Week on Disney+ for Friday, February 12
Disney+ Original Series or Premieres
Inside Pixar – Second Batch
A documentary series of personal and cinematic stories that provide an inside look into the people, artistry, and culture of Pixar Animation Studios.
Portraits: Patty Bonfilio, Director of Facility Operations
Directed by: Erica Milsom
Synopsis: No two days are the same for Patty Bonfilio. From hosting major events to outfitting offices to simply keeping the studio running, Patty is at the center of it all. As Pixar’s Director of Facility Operations, she knows the inner workings of Pixar’s campus and culture like no one else. Join her on a VIP tour of the grounds and all of its hidden gems.
Portraits: Rachelle Federico, Production Assistant
Directed by: Tony Kaplan
Synopsis: Rachelle Federico always dreamt of working at Pixar, even if it meant a complete career overhaul. As Production Assistant on Pixar’s Soul, her hard work might not always be that glamorous, but she considers it an important and essential need in the creation of an animated film. Plus, she’s loving every minute of it.
Portraits: Barney Jones, Music Editor
Directed by: Erica Milsom
Synopsis: Barney Jones is a master of many musical instruments and styles. As a Music Editor, he uses these talents to help shape the storytelling and emotion of a Pixar film. During his free time, he uses these same talents to make Pixar just a little more magical and fun.
Portraits: Cynthia Lusk, Director of International Production
Directed by: Erica Milsom
Synopsis: Director of International Production Cynthia Lusk takes us into the fascinating world of localization. From translations to graphics to even changes in animation, Cynthia and her team work to make sure that Pixar’s films can connect and resonate to fans and families throughout the world.
Portraits: Marylou Jaso, Pastry Chef
Directed by: Tony Kaplan
Synopsis: Marylou Jaso has the sweetest job at Pixar – literally. As Pixar’s Pastry Chef, she spends each day creating the confections and sweet treats that delight, inspire, and help feed the studio’s creativity.
WandaVision – “Episode 6”
“WandaVision” is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany)—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. The new series is directed by Matt Shakman; Jac Schaeffer is head writer.
New to Streaming on Disney+
These series and films are not Disney+ Originals, but they will begin streaming on February 12 unless otherwise noted.
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