Disney+ Watch Guide: Week of December 27th, 2019

2019 is about to come to a close and Disney+ offers a perfect way to say goodbye. This week includes the season finale of The Mandalorian and new episodes of other favorite exclusives. There are a few films celebrating milestone anniversaries this week and we’ve laid out some New Years themed recommendations from the Library. Speaking of the Library, January 1st will see the biggest expansion of programming added to the Disney+ library including a few shows from Disney Channel Worldwide that make their US debut, beloved films like Cool Runnings and Holes, the heavily requested Disney Channel animated series The Proud Family, plus TV content from Marvel and National Geographic and a few Disney animated shorts.

New Exclusives

The Mandalorian “Chapter 8” (Season Finale)

“The Mandalorian comes face-to-face with an unexpected enemy.”

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – “The Tech Rehearsal”

“When the cast and crew unexpectedly need to find a new location to “tech” their production, Carlos secures a spooky theater downtown, forcing Miss Jenn to confront old demons.”

Encore! – “Fiddler on the Roof”

“Eighteen years after students from Katella High School in Anaheim, California performed the Broadway classic “Fiddler on the Roof,” the cast returns to reprise the roles of their youth with the help of Broadway professionals.”

The World According to Jeff Goldblum – “RVs”

“Jeff Goldblum rolls into the RV capital of the world to investigate the unique mode of transport and the lifestyle that goes with it. He witnesses the RV Summer Super Show; tours an RV manufacturing factory; and rides with a family who has chosen to live permanently on the road. Through it all, he ponders the conflict between our need for stability and desire to roam free.”

Marvel Hero Project – “Battlin’ Braden”

“Braden travels the world delivering hearing aids, just like his own, to those who need them.”

Pick of the Litter – “Off to Puppy College”

“The dogs say goodbye to their puppy raisers and prepare for formal training.”

Forky Asks a Question – “What is a Pet?”

“Forky meets Rib Tickles and finds her charming and pleasant, only to be schooled by Rib on the dangers of law enforcement.”

One Day at Disney Shorts – “Katie Whetsell: Finding Nemo – The Musical”

“Katie Whetsell’s path culminates in her portrayal of the ultimate persevering character, Dory.”

Disney Family Sundays – “Wreck-It Ralph: Sugar Rush Racer”

“The Kurzawa Family join Amber for a craft inspired by Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph.”

New on Disney+

Red Tails (January 1st)

George Lucas spent over twenty years trying to bring the story of the Tuskegee Airmen to the screen, a film about an African American team on a special assignment during World War II. Released in 2012 by Twentieth Century Fox, Disney and Lucas fans can now partake in this historical drama.

Cool Runnings (January 1st)

“Jamaica, we have a bobsled team!” This 1993 comedy classic was a runaway hit and one of John Candy’s final films, telling the true story of Jamaica’s surprise entry into the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Holes (January 1st)

The Newbery Medal of Honor novel Holes was brought to the screen in 2003 starring Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Jon Voigt (National Treasure), Patricia Arquette (The Act), Tim Blake Nelson (The Incredible Hulk), and Shia LaBeouf (Even Stevens).

The Proud Family (January 1st)

One of the most requested series since the launch of Disney+, Disney Channel’s animated hit The Proud Family joins the DCOM that’s already on the platform starting January 1st.

Austin & Ally (January 1st)

Disney Channel’s hit series about a musical group of friends made stars out of Ross Lynch and Laura Marano when it aired from 2011 to 2016.

Animated Shorts

  • Cars Toons: Tales from Radiator Springs
    • Bugged
    • Spinning
  • Cars Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales
    • El Materdor
    • Moon Mater
    • Rescue Squad Mater
    • Time Travel Mater
    • Tokyo Mater
    • Unidentified Flying Mater
  • Super Rhino (Bolt)

New from Marvel

Marvelites can unite around the following Marvel TV programs being added to Disney+ on January 1st.

  • Marvel 75 Years, From Pop to Pulp
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Season 2)
  • Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors – Battle of the Bands
  • Marvel Super Hero Adventures (Seasons 2 & 3)

New from National Geographic

The National Geographic section of Disney+ expands exponentially on January 1st with the following shows and specials.

  • America’s National Parks
  • Continent 7: Antarctica
  • Dog Impossible
  • Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER (Season 8)
  • Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet (Season 7)
  • Dr. T. Lone Star Vet
  • Drain the Oceans (Season 2)
  • Drain Alcatraz
  • Drain the Bermuda Triangle
  • Drain the Great Lakes
  • Drain the Ocean: WWII
  • Drain the Sunken Pirate City
  • Drain the Titanic
  • Live Below Zero (Season 13)
  • One Strange Rock
  • Out There with Jack Randall
  • Wild Russia
  • Year Million

New from Disney Channels Worldwide

In the US, you can consider the following programs from Disney Channel networks around the world to be Disney+ exclusives as this is their stateside debut.

  • First Class Chefs: Family Style (Disney Channel UK)
  • Soy Luna (Disney Channel Latin America)
  • The Lodge (Disney Channel UK)

Library Highlights

50th Anniversary – The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes

Kurt Russel’s popular Dexter Riley film series started on December 31st, 1969, with the release of The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes. It inspired two sequels: Now You See Him, Now You Don’t in 1972 and The Strongest Man in the World in 1975.

20th Anniversary – Fantasia 2000

Walt Disney’s vision for an ongoing Fantasia film series was restored on January 1st, 2000, with the release of Fantasia 2000, a dream project for Roy E. Disney.

New Year’s Eve

High School Musical

Troy and Gabriella meet at a ski lodge on New Year’s Eve when they’re forced to do a karaoke duet, kicking off the “Start of Something New” and going together down a road of self discovery.

Zenon Trilogy

Step into the future with Zenon Kar in three beloved DCOM’s. Living on a space station, Zenon gets literally grounded (to Earth) in the original film Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. When a mysterious sound wave is heard through the galaxy, Zenon is the only one who believes it’s a call from alien beings in Zenon: The Zequel. In the final installment, Zenon saves the Earth when the moon goddess Selena is angered by the moon’s colonization in Zenon: Z3.

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