Disney+ News and Debut Round-up: The Muppet Show! (2/19/21)

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The Muppet Show

It’s high time The Muppet Show started streaming on Disney+! On February 19th, your dreams will be fulfilled. All 5 seasons of the original The Muppet Show (1976-1981) will stream on Disney+. This week also marks the premiere of Flora & Ulysses – a delightful comedy-adventure film based on the Newbery Award-winning book. It’s about a squirrel who possesses superhero powers!

Want Disney+ News? You got it! Trailers and Soundtracks, oh my. Read on for more news and everything streaming this week on Disney+.

Disney+ News

WANDAVISION: EPISODE 1 THROUGH EPISODE 6 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACKS AVAILABLE FEB 19

Walt Disney Records has been releasing WandaVision: Episode 1 Original Soundtrack through WandaVision: Episode 6 Original Soundtrack a week after the corresponding WandaVision episode has aired on Disney+. The digital soundtracks feature score by composer Christophe Beck (“Frozen 2,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp”) and the original theme songs are by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (“Frozen”). The Oscar®-winning songwriters penned unique songs for several episodes in the series, spanning from the 1950s to the early 2000s. 

Beck composed and produced all score tracks on each WandaVision album. On composing unique scores for all nine episodes, Beck said “For each era, the music is a loving homage to the sitcom scores typical of the time period. This involved not only the instrumentation, but also the composition style.”   

According to Beck, the score features instruments that were typical of the era being represented in a given episode. Early episodes feature small orchestral ensembles, while later episodes embrace a rock-pop style. Beck also utilized period-specific recording and mixing techniques to achieve the authenticity filmmakers wanted. Be on the lookout for the last 3 episode soundtracks on these dates:

  • Episode 7 soundtrack release date: 2/26
  • Episode 8 soundtrack release date: 3/5 
  • Episode 9 soundtrack release date: 3/12 

NEW TRAILER FOR “OWN THE ROOM”, A NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARY

Premiering March 12: National Geographic Documentary Films and filmmakers Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster are joining forces once again on the feature documentary “Own the Room.” “Own the Room” chronicles five students from disparate corners of the planet as they take their budding business ventures to Macau, China, to compete in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards. Santosh is from a small farming town in Nepal; Alondra works the register at her family’s bakery in Puerto Rico; Henry is a programming wiz from Nairobi; Jason is a marketing machine from Greece; and Daniela, an immigrant fleeing the crisis in Venezuela, is taking on the chemical industry from her lab at NYU.

In the uplifting film, each of the business hopefuls has overcome immense obstacles in pursuing their dreams, from hurricanes to poverty to civil unrest. As they represent their countries as the top student entrepreneurs, the high-stakes global finals are their opportunity to win worldwide attention and the coveted $100,000 grand prize to make their life-changing business ideas a reality and transform the world.

“Own the Room” is the second film from the Emmy and DuPont Award-winning documentary filmmaking duo and National Geographic Documentary Films for Disney+. “Science Fair,” from Costantini and Foster, made its streaming debut on Disney+ last year when the service launched. Additional Nat Geo Doc Films also streaming on Disney+ include the Oscar®-winning “Free Solo” and the most awarded film of 2017, “Jane.”


This Week on Disney+ for Friday, February 19

Disney+ Original Series or Premieres

Premiere – Flora & Ulysses

Disney’s “Flora & Ulysses” is a delightful comedy-adventure based on the Newbery Award-winning book about 10-year old Flora, an avid comic book fan and a self-avowed cynic, whose parents have recently separated. After rescuing a squirrel she names Ulysses, Flora is amazed to discover he possesses unique superhero powers which take them on an adventure of humorous complications that ultimately change Flora’s life–and her outlook–forever.

WandaVision – “Episode 7”
“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 19 unless otherwise noted.

For the first time EVER, The Muppet Show – all 5 seasons from 1976 through 1981, is available to stream in your homes on February 19th! To celebrate, Richard and Sarah created a whole STN podcast episode about The Muppet Show available now.


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