Getting to Know Disney Plus
By Ethan Cannistra, Staff Writer
On Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, Disney officially launched its new streaming service, Disney Plus. Disney is hoping that the service will be able to compete with Netflix and eventually become the predominant streaming service. The kickoff includes several original television shows such as The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and The World According to Jeff Goldblum. Disney Plus also features two original films; Noelle and Lady and the Tramp. Most of Disney’s back catalog of television shows and movies are also available for viewing.
As the service continues to grow, Disney is hoping to add more original programming based off of their intellectual properties such as Marvel and Star Wars. Disney plans to launch The Falcon and Winter Soldier, Loki, Hawkeye, and several other shows on the service. Overall, Disney Plus aims to usher the company into a new age where they can provide content directly to their consumers. After using the service for only one week, it is clear to me that Disney is already succeeding in their goal.
One of the main draws for consumers to purchase Disney Plus is that the service will be home to the first live action Star Wars show, The Mandalorian. This show alone makes the subscription price of $6.95 per month worth it. The show provides audiences with a very different perspective of the Star Wars Universe. The Mandalorian takes place after the fall of the empire and follows the story of a bounty hunter known as The Mandalorian, played by Pedro Pascal.
The audience sees the elusive bounty hunters flying across the galaxy looking for his next bounty in order to earn a living. One of the best aspects about The Mandalorian is that it is a completely isolated story. This gives the filmmaker, Jon Favreu, the freedom to tell whatever story he wants while also expanding the Star Wars universe.
Another reason that I purchased Disney Plus was to have access to the entire Disney movie and television library. Everything from Disney’s original Mickey Mouse cartoons to The Avengers is available for viewing on Disney Plus. This marks the first time that a studio’s entire film history is available for viewing on a streaming service. The other reason that this is significant is that Disney has officially gotten rid of the vault. The vault was Disney’s original philosophy on releasing movies for home-video. The company would release a movie on home video and only sell it for a certain amount of time. After time had passed they would no longer sell a particular film and they would put it back in the vault. Disney would then release the movie again when they believed demand was high. Disney has officially abolished this practice and all of their films will be available for viewing at anytime.
In my opinion, the streaming service is a big success so far. It works well with a fun interface, and already has some great original content and a fantastic back catalog of Disney films.
This article originally appeared on page 22 of the December 6, 2019 edition of The Gettysburgian’s magazine.