‘The Mandalorian’ powers Disney’s launch into streaming
It’s early days for Disney+, but the opening original-programming salvo for the new streaming service looks a whole lot like “The Mandalorian” — the first live-action “Star Wars” series — and the seven dwarfs.
Much of the Disney+ pitch will hinge on access to its library and vaults, but the sizzle of any streaming service relies heavily on its original lineup, and Disney has loaded up its venture with high-profile titles from Lucasfilm (i.e. “Star Wars”), Marvel and Disney-Pixar, the business’ most powerful brand names.
Coming out of the gate, however, for the Nov. 12 launch, Disney+ actually has a relatively modest lineup relative to, for example, Apple TV+, which made its debut with several high-profile (if mostly disappointing) series.
Disney hasn’t made “The Mandalorian” available for review, unconvincingly citing a desire to ensure that all its surprises remain spoiler-free. Based on previews, the company certainly appears to have brought feature-film production values to the project, but time will tell.
After that, though, the Disney+ pickings look pretty slim. They include a live-action “Lady and the Tramp” movie; several unscripted shows that could easily be playing on Freeform or ABC; Pixar shorts; and a series version of “High School Musical” with the cheeky title “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” which is receiving a preview on three Disney-owned networks, and would have been the third or fourth best program on Disney Channel.
Excluding that big “The Mandalorian” donut hole, then, here’s a quick roundup of the series you’ll find on Disney+ when the service turns the lights on Nov. 12: