Disney's Entire Movie Library Will Soon Be Available to Stream
The company's beloved animated catalogue is headed to its new Disney+ streaming service.
Streaming platforms have become one of modern life's certainties, with new instances continuing to pop up all over the place. When Disney launches its own online streaming service, Disney+, fans of the company's Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars saga will have plenty to celebrate — and fans of Disney's animated film catalogue will now as well.
Expected to launch later this year in the US — with details on availability elsewhere yet to be confirmed — Disney+ has already announced a heap of new content; however it's the full range of old favourites that'll take viewers back to their childhoods. The company has long maintained the 'Disney Vault', which involves releasing its beloved flicks on home entertainment formats for a limited time only, then taking them out of circulation. When Disney rolls out its own streaming platform, that tactic is set to end.
Speaking at the company's annual meeting in St. Louis, CEO Bob Iger noted advised shareholders that "at some point fairly soon after launch, it will house the entire Disney motion picture library," as Vulture reports. To make his point clear, he went further: "so the movies that… traditionally have been kept in a vault and brought out basically every few years will be on the service," Iger explained.
On the new front, Disney's recent flicks are also expected to be made available on Disney+, with subsequent cinema releases due to hit the service within a year of their big-screen release. The platform will also be home to not one but two small-screen Star Wars series, plus several Marvel series (and given that Disney owns both Lucasfilm and Marvel Entertainment, Disney+ will likely will boast an entire galaxy of shows related to each huge franchise).
Fans of the George Lucas-created space opera can not only look forward to the $100 million Star Wars series The Mandalorian from The Jungle Book, Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau (and with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi helming an episode), but also a new spin-off from Rogue One. The latter, called Cassian Andor, will be set before the events of the film and will focus on Diego Luna's Rebel spy, with the actor reprising his role from the movie.
In the Marvel sphere, while rumours have been floating around for some time, Disney announced that Tom Hiddleston's trickster Loki will definitely be getting his own series. Just what storyline it'll follow, or when it'll be set, is yet to be revealed. That said, it's safe to assume that it might be a prequel series as well.
Release dates for the three series haven't been unveiled either — and nor has any word on the other Marvel show that has long been rumoured, about Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany's Vision.
Disney+ is definitely going big when it comes to bringing the company's well-known properties to the new streaming platform, with a High School Musical TV series, another show based on Monsters, Inc. and a live-action Lady and the Tramp movie also on its lineup.
And while a big batch of the aforementioned existing Disney content is currently available on Stan in Australia, spanning movies and TV series, you can reasonably expect that that arrangement will be impacted by Disney+.
Published on March 10, 2019 by Sarah Ward