The Mandalorian Review
The travels of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.
- Pedro Pascal
- Carl Weathers
- Rio Hackford
- Gina Carano
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When the platform first launched, it was subject to technical issues which prevented many users from accessing key pages to sign up. However, these issues were resolved by engineers and a tweet was sent out by the company citing high levels of demand. Since then, the platform has amassed over ten million subscribers and enjoyed high levels of success with content such as new TV show The Mandalorian. After falling in love with Baby Yoda, memes began to gather online of the cute character sipping tea and blasting music.
Despite its success and enviable library of content, the streamer has also experienced criticism due to issues such as needing to acknowledge ‘outdated cultural depictions’ on titles such as Jungle Book, Dumbo, The Aristocats and Lady and the Tramp.
Pros and cons
- Affordable pricing. Disney+ has entered the market with a price range that challenges others in the industry. Notably, the standalone service is several dollars cheaper than the premium plan for Netflix.
- Home to desirable content. The service is a hub for the entire Disney content library, which hasn’t been available in a single location before. It also hosts content from National Geographic, Pixar and Marvel.
- Suits multiple audiences. The range of TV shows and movies is so broad that it will suit everyone, from young children to adults. Both older and newer Disney movies will appeal to kids, from The Little Mermaid to Frozen. Plus, adults are being reeled in with news such as a Lizzie McGuire reboot taking them back to their teenage years.
- Platform interface. Since its launch, the platform and app have been subject to a number of technical issues. When it first became available to consumers in the US, technical issues prevented many from signing up. A little further down the line, engineers needed to remove the ‘resume watching’ feature in order to fix it.
- Only a few major content sells to start. The main selling point when the streaming service launched was The Mandalorian, which has had people tuning in weekly for the latest episode. Apart from this, few other new movies or shows seem to be drawing in the same level of intrigue.
- Not all Disney content will be available for a while. Before the decision to create the platform was made, licensing deals were struck with competitors such as Netflix so they could offer Disney movies to stream. As many won’t expire for a few more years yet, it will be a while before there is an intact library present on the streamer.
Types of content available
Perhaps the biggest perk viewers benefit from with Disney+ is access to the entire Disney library. Not only is it possible to watch Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Snow White and The Lion King, more recent favourites are on offer, such as Moana and Frozen.
Beyond the classic titles, you’ll find over 500 movies and more than 7500 TV shows – and that’s just the initial offering. You will be able to enjoy content from Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and National Geographic.
Top Disney Plus TV shows and movies
This American space Western TV series, based on Star Wars, has proven to be more popular than Netflix smash hit Stranger Things. It takes place five years after the events which unfolded in Return of the Jedi and tracks the adventures of a Mandalorian bounty hunter as he navigates the outskirts of the galaxy – a long way from the New Republic’s authority.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Created by George Lucas and produced by Lucasfilm Animation, this animated TV series is set in between Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The previous animated TV series was titled similarly, as it was called Star Wars: Clone Wars. It aired in 2003 and was in 2D, whereas this 2008 series is 3D CGI.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
This mockumentary is based on the High School Musical film series and is set in a fictional version of East High School – where the original took place. A group of teenage theatre fans take part in a production of High School Musical: The Musical.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Premiering on November 12, 2019, this documentary series sees Jeff ‘explore the world’ and look at topics such as video games, sneakers and sweet treats. Each episode includes such elements as chats with influencers and experts who specialise in the subject. Goldblum apparently researched as little as possible on the topics for each show while the series was filming.
Marvel’s Hero Project
This documentary series chronicles the heroes making change in their communities by demonstrating acts of altruism. Each kid has their own Marvel comic created, with Marvel Entertainment saying: ‘In life, it doesn’t take wearing a suit of iron, carrying a mythical hammer or swinging from spider webs to be a real hero. Sometimes the person who can make a positive difference in the world is the person who simply sees a problem and has the passion to find a creative solution.’
Hilary Duff announced there would be a reboot of the popular Disney show Lizzie McGuire, 15 years on. Details so far reveal that Lizzie will be approaching her 30th birthday, living in Manhattan as an apprentice to an interior designer and engaged. But to whom?
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Expected to be released in late 2020, this TV miniseries is set after the 2019 movie Avengers: Endgame and is based on the Marvel Comics characters Falcon and Winter Soldier. The series tackles the aftermath of the events from the Endgame film, where Wilson (Falcon) was given the mantle of Captain America.
Hosted by Kristen Bell and Will Gluck, this reality TV series sees groups of kids who were once theatre enthusiasts put back on stage to re-perform the musicals they staged in school. The entire production has to be re-learned and performed in just five days.
Monsters at Work
This spinoff from the popular 2001 movie Monsters Inc follows on from the ending, which sees Monstropolis collect energy from children’s laughter instead of screams. It focuses on Tylor Tuskmon, a mechanic who works on the Facilities Team and dreams of working alongside his heroes – Mike Wazowski and James P Sullivan.
Set after the events of 2019 film Avengers: Endgame, this miniseries is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is based on the characters Scarlet Witch and Vision. It will be released in 2021 and is made up of six episodes.
When you log in to Disney+, you’ll see an interface which is similar to that found with Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. The content is organised into rows and split into sections according to their type.
The top of the screen will provide you with a dynamic banner showing Disney’s five main brands. Within each of these banners you will be able to click through to featured titles produced by the brand. There will also be links where you can click on the relevant brand – such as Pixar or Marvel – to filter content which only comes from this source.
The rows underneath this banner include sub headings such as Hit Movies, Recommended For You, Featured, Live Action Movies, Reimagined Classics, Inspired By True Stories, For Kids and Musicals. You can also search for a title using the search bar, or click onto the download icon to see which titles you currently have available to watch online.
Each of the categories and groupings has been carefully curated by Disney, which results in subscribers being able to find shows and movies they didn’t necessarily know existed or would have chosen naturally.
However, if you want a more predictable setup, you can look at sections dedicated to TV shows and movies. There is also a drop down menu in these general sections where you can break categories down into genre, such as Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Kids, Drama, Action/Adventure and Shorts. You can also filter content to find titles which play in 4K Ultra HD.
How to watch
Disney+ has ensured that any device will be compatible with its streaming service. Whether you’re on a gaming console, a streaming device or a smartphone, there will be a way to download the app.
If you want to watch Disney+ on the go, this platform is available as an app to download on Android phones and tablets, plus Apple iPhones and iPads. Those who use Disney+ in a more traditional manner by settling down in front of the TV can use a whole host of smart TVs with the service, such as Android TV devices (including NVIDIA Shield, Mii Box and Sony Smart TVs), LG WebOS Smart TVs, Roku TV and Samsung Tizen Smart TVs.
Another option is to stream Disney+ via games console or set-top box, and your options here are Apple TV (4th Generation and above), Roku, Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4. The remaining devices compatible with this streaming service are Chromebook, Chromecast, Apple AirPlay, Amazon Fire TV and finally a simple desktop web browser.