The instant appeal of Disney+’s launch catalogue of titles was never in doubt. Disney classics, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pixar and a little thing called Star Wars added up to a hell of a start. The question now, though, is how well Disney+ can build on its head start with new content.
In June Disney+ managed to keep its profile up by bringing Disney’s adaptation of Artemis Fowl to its platform in lieu of a proposed cinematic release scuppered by the Coronavirus pandemic. But does it have any rabbits to pull out of the hat for July?
The most surprising and, likely, popular addition will be a filmed stage performance of hit musical Hamilton (available on July 3). According to Disney, this Original Disney+ production will ‘combine the best elements of live theater, film and streaming to bring the cultural phenomenon to homes around the world”. This description sounds a bit like word soup, to be honest, but it will be interesting to see if the Hamilton ‘movie’ is truly more than a fairly traditional filmed performance piece.
Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives on Disney+ on July 10.
Photo: Solo: A Star Wars Story (Walt Disney Studios)
Two other Disney+ originals that stand out on the July slate are Rogue Trip and Muppets Now. In Rogue Trip, ABC correspondent Bob Woodruff joins his son exploring countries and regions that don’t make the typical tourist bucket list, but actually have fascinating tales to tell and sights to see. All episodes of Rogue Trip arrive on July 24.
Muppets Now is described (rather cryptically) by Disney+ as “The Muppets Studio’s first unscripted series and first original series for Disney+”. Over six episodes, it will show Scooter trying to make delivery deadlines and upload the new Muppet series for streaming, despite the endless obstacles and complications that end up getting thrown at him by his Muppet buddies. Muppets Now kicks off with just its first episode on July 31.
When it comes to ‘library’ TV shows and films, there will be around 40 titles joining Disney+ throughout July. A full list of these – and other new Disney+ originals – appears below. But the highest profile additions are Solo: A Star Wars Story (July 10), Ice Age: Collision Course (July 3), The Mighty Ducks (July 3) and, if you’re an animal lover, a host of nature documentaries including Season 1 of Wild Congo and Wild Sri Lanka (July 24); India’s Wild Leopards; and the first seasons of both Jungle Animal Rescue and Alaska Animal Rescue (July 31).
The full list of new shows coming to Disney+ in July (in the US – titles may vary in other regions) is as follows:
Friday July 3
Hamilton – Filmed version of the original Broadway production.
A filmed performance of smash Broadway hit Hamilton arrives on Disney+ on July 3.
Photo: Hamilton The Musical (Disney+ Originals)
Pixar In Real Life – In this episode of the series where characters and key moments from Pixar movies are recreated in the real world, Carl asks real New Yorkers to watch his balloon cart…
Disney Family Sundays – The Disney-themed craft show features a family creating a project based on Peter Pan.
One Day At Disney – The show focusing on different workers in the Disney empire here meets Zama Magudulela, the actor who plays Rafiki in The Lion King every day for theatergoers in Madrid.
It’s A Dog’s Life With Bill Farmer – Bill meets up with dogs who star in movies, and then visits a group of hounds and horses on a hunt.
Animal ER (S1-2)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Ice Age: Collision Course
Ice Road Rescue (S1-4)
Race to Witch Mountain (2009)
The Big Green
The Mighty Ducks
Disney Family Sundays – In this episode, the Green family make a craft projected inspired by Lilo And Stitch.
The first episode of Muppets Now arrives on Disney+ on July 31.
Photo: Muppets Now (Disney+)
One Day At Disney – Marc Smith, Director of Story on Frozen 2, shows how a drawing can become the key to a moving, emotional story.
It’s A Dog’s Life With Bill Farmer – Bill meets an avalanche rescue dog, and six luggage-sniffing beagles.
Critter Fixers: Country Vets (S1)
Secrets of the Zoo (S3)
Solo: A Star Wars Story
Disney Family Sundays – The Gubany family creates a picture perfect craft project based on Disney’s Moana.
One Day At Disney – Principal Project Manager for Walt Disney Imagineering, Mike Davie, explains how he turns ideas for experiences at Disney Parks into reality.
It’s A Dog’s Life With Bill Farmer – Bill meets two dogs that protect birds, and three dogs that sniff out snakes.
NOTE: Disney+ original movie Secret Society Of Second-Born Royals, which was supposed to be debuting on July 17, has been put back to September 25.
A Pre-Opening Report from Disneyland
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Disney Junior Music Lullabies
Lost City of Machu Picchu
Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (S1-2)
The Mousketeers at Walt Disney World
Wild Chile (S1)
Rogue Trip (all eight episodes) – A travel guide starring ABC correspondent Bill Woodruff and his son that focuses on places where the average tourist is least likely to venture.
Disney Family Sundays – The Ruvalcaba family makes finger puppet characters inspired by The Jungle Book.
One Day At Disney – Meet KABC-TV LA’s helicopter reporter Chris Cristi.
Off the beaten track travelogue Rogue Trip arrives on Disney+ on July 24.
Photo: Rogue Trip (Disney+)
Wild Congo (S1)
Wild Sri Lanka (S1)
Muppets Now – The first part of a new six-episode Muppets show.
Disney Family Sundays – The Chaney family make a Minnie and Mickey Mouse-inspired craft project ‘they can really sleep on’.
One Day At Disney – Imagineering Portfolio Creative Executive Lauren Cabo provides a look a how the power of design creates the Disney experience on a Disney Cruise Line ship.
Alaska Animal Rescue (S1)
Animal Showdown (S1)
Best Job Ever (S1)
Big Cat Games
Cradle of the Gods
Destination World (S1)
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet (S8)
Fearless Adventures with Jack Randall (S1)
Hidden Kingdoms of China
Hunt for the Abominable Snowman
India’s Wild Leopards
Jungle Animal Rescue (S1)
King Fishers (S1)
Lost Temple of the Inca
Marvel Funko (S1-2)
Surviving the Mount St. Helens Disaster
Weirdest, Bestest, Truest (S1)
What Sam Sees (S1)
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