It’s fair to say Disney+ has got off to a pretty good start. The unparalleled pulling power of its Star Wars, Marvel, Disney and Pixar library has seen it rack up huge subscriber numbers since it launched last November. It’s also provided plenty of treats to keep fans of more vintage cinema happy, too, with often impressive remasters of archive classics (some of which I talk about in this earlier article).
While you certainly couldn’t complain about the amount of content Disney+ had available from launch, though, the next challenge for the service is to keep adding new stuff to keep streamers coming back for more once they’ve finally exhausted the launch catalogue. Cue this look at what’s being added to the platform in June 2020.
The full list of Disney+ June additions appears at the end of this article, but let’s pick out a few of the highlights first.
The highest profile addition to Disney+ in June has to be Artemis Fowl. This Kenneth Branagh-directed adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s popular novel about a 12-year-old genius trying to save his kidnapped father from within a fantastical world was originally intended to get a theatrical release. However, that, as with so many other things, was scuppered by the arrival of COVID-19. So now the film is going straight onto Disney+ on June 12th.
With its planned cinema run scuppered by the Coronavirus, Artemis Fowl debuts on Disney+ on … [+] June 12.
Photo: Artemis Fowl (Disney)
Fans of Colfer’s books didn’t take well to the first trailer of the film when it appeared back in March, fearing that it looked like it had ‘Hollywoodized’ the lead character. Branagh usually knows how to put a decent film together, so let’s hope it manages to silence its pre-release critics. But at the same time, you can’t help but think that if Disney was confident it had a hit on its hands, it might have been less eager to sacrifice what could have been a very lucrative cinema run.
If you want more in a (somewhat) similar vein to Artemis Fowl, the film adaptation of Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief arrives on June 26. Though in truth, all but the most die-hard Percy Jackson fans will probably find it hard to unearth much excitement from what manages to be a pretty humdrum effort.
The other new film highlight for June is Disney’s Tarzan from 1999 (arriving June 26). For other stand out stuff we need to turn to Disney ‘making of’ shows.
I’m a bit cynical, honestly, about Disney+ relying so heavily on such documentaries for so much of its new content. That said, fans of Frozen might well be interested in the six-episode series about the making of Frozen 2 that arrives on June 26. And Mandalorian fans desperate for a Star Wars-related fix can catch the final three episodes of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian from June 5, June 12 and June 19 respectively.
If you want to find out how The Mandalorian gets made, the last three parts of Disney’s ‘making of’ … [+] series come out in June.
Photo: The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Here’s the full list of everything coming to Disney+ in June. Note that this list comes from Disney+ in the US; it’s possible there may be differences with other territories.
Alaska’s Grizzly Gauntlet (S1)
America’s Greatest Animals
Chasing the Equinox
Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things (S1-2)
Secrets of Wild India (S1)
The Greeks (s1)
Weird but True! (S1-2)
Wild Hawaii (S1)
Women of Impact: Changing the World
Be Our Chef – Season finale of the show that sees families competing to create Disney themed food treats.
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – Episode six of Disney’s Mandalorian ‘making of’ series focuses on ‘Visualization’; the way the Mandalorian drew influences from Western and Samurai films.
Disney Family Sundays – The Onesie episode from 1997-1998’s 101 Dalmations animated TV series.
One Day At Disney – In this episode of the series following different workers from different parts of the Disney empire, Disneyland Resort plasterer George Montano delves into the history of how some of the top Disney Park attractions were built.
It’s a Dog’s Life With Bill Farmer – Bill meets dogs who rescue people from disasters, and a dog who is [checks notes] the mayor of his town.
Disney Insider – Artemis Adventure, Taste of Disney, Runaway Railway – Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer takes Disney Insider on a tour of the Irish Countryside; Chefs at Epcot’s Regal Eagle Smokehouse talk about they created its Craft Drafts & Barbecue menu; and there’s a look at how the Disney Hollywood Studios Mickey And Minnie’s Runaway Railway ride was built.
Mighty Med (S1-2)
The Liberty Story
The Story of the Animated Drawing
Walt & El Grupo
Artemis Fowl – Disney’s new feature film based on Eoin Colfer’s much-loved books.
It’s A Dog’s Life With Bill Farmer – this time Bill meets a surfing Corgi and dogs whose noses help bees survive.
Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lighting Thief arrives on Disney+ on June 26.
Photo: Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightining Thief (20th Century Fox)
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – This episode focuses on Ludwig Goransson’s score.
Disney Family Sundays – Winning The Pooh: Bag Toss, in which Amber and the Crownholm family create a game inspired by Winnie The Pooh and his friends.
One Day At Disney – Meet Scot Drake, the Creative Executive of the Marvel Global Portfolio for Walt Disney Imagineering – the man, in other words, who helps create immersive super hero experiences in Disney parks and resorts around the world.
101 Dalmatians (1997) (S1)
Big Sur: Wild California
Muppet Babies Play Date (S1)
Schoolhouse Rock (S1)
Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – The final episode looks at ‘Connections’ – some of the Star Wars characters and props that made it into the Mandalorian TV show. Also showcases the 501st legion.
It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer – Bill meets a troupe of performing stunt dogs and a team of water rescue dogs.
Disney Family Sundays – Monsters, Inc Water Bottles – A family come up with a crafting idea based on Monsters Inc and Monsters University.
One Day At Disney – Meet Radio Disney host, Candice Valdez
Man in Space
Mars and Beyond
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
Raven’s Home (S3)
Into The Unknown: Making Frozen 2 – Follow the filmmakers, artists, songwriters and cast a year before Frozen 2 premieres as they reveal what goes into making such a high-profile animated film.
It’s a Dog’s Life With Bill Farmer – Bill meets dogs who find lost pets, and another dog who finds truffles!
Disney Family Sundays – another family come up with a project inspired by Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs.
One Day At Disney – Meet Marc Smith, Director of Story for Frozen 2, as he shows how a drawing can become the key to a moving, emotional story.
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