The force is strong with Disney+ this week with the launch of Star Wars: Visions, the first collaboration between Lucasfilm and Japanese anime studios. There are lots of new originals this week, including the documentary film about the making of Pixar SparkShorts projects, A Spark Story. Whatever you choose to stream this week, we hope it’s magical.
New Exclusives – Wednesday, September 22nd
Star Wars: Visions – 9 Shorts
“As a first formal venture into anime, each Star Wars: Visions short bears a unique Japanese sensibility, which in many ways aligns with the tone and spirit of Star Wars storytelling. From the beginning, stories told in the Star Wars galaxy have counted Japanese mythology and the films of Akira Kurosawa among their many influences, and these new visions will further explore that cultural heritage through the unique animation style and perspective of each anime studio.”
- Extras: Star Wars: Visions – Filmmaker Focus
Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. – “License To Not Drive”
“Now that Lahela has her driver’s license, she yearns for a little freedom — specifically, access to her mom’s car and a trip to Starbucks with her best friend, Steph. However, Clara is hesitant to hand over the keys. When Lahela’s patient, local celebrity weatherman Rip Tide, recommends that she take more risks and get behind the wheel of her own life, Lahela takes his advice quite literally. She takes the family car without permission.”
What If…? – “What If… Thor Were an Only Child?”
“What If…? flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Marvel Studios’ first animated series focuses on different heroes from the MCU, featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles.”
Chip ‘N’ Dale: Park Life – “The Unusual Nutspects / An Evening With Clarice / Craft Craze”
“Chip and Dale play detectives in the search for stolen artwork. / Dale invites Clarice to dinner. / Chip and Dale’s (mis)adventures in home improvement.”
Turner & Hooch – “Lost And Hound”
“When Erica's beloved dog Angel is taken, Scott, Xavier and Jessica must track her down.”
New Exclusives – Friday, September 24th
“Feature-length documentary A Spark Story – a co-production of Pixar Animation Studios and Supper Club – takes an intimate look at Pixar’s SparkShorts filmmaking process, highlighting two new shorts – Twenty Something and Nona – and the filmmakers behind them.”
New on Disney+ – Wednesday, September 22nd
The first 7 episodes of the new Disney Junior series race onto Disney+ starring Spidey, Gwen and Spin and
The 2nd season of National Geographic’s series about professional dog trainer Matt Beisner joins the first on Disney+.
New on Disney+ – Friday, September 24th
A Halloween adventure starring the descendants of Air Bud.
20th Century Studios’ big-screen adaptation of the best-selling novel by John Green.
85th Anniversary – Three Blind Mouseketeers
This charming Silly Symphony short premiered on September 26th, 1936.
60th Anniversary – Greyfriar’s Bobby
Released on September 28th, 1961, this Walt Disney live-action film is based on a true story of a dog so committed to his owner that he lives over his grave after he passes, becoming a beloved member of his Scottish community.
5th Anniversary – Queen of Katwe
Lupita Nyong'o stars in this biopic about Phiona Mutesi, a young girl in Kenya who goes against the odds to become a world chess champion, released on September 23rd, 2016.
This Week’s Holidays
Every day’s a holiday and you can celebrate all of them on Disney+!
- Wednesday, September 22nd – First Day of Fall – Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
- Thursday, September 23rd – Checkers Day – Lilo & Stitch: The Series – “Checkers”
- Friday, September 24th – Native American Day – Pocahontas
- Saturday, September 25th – National Ghost Hunting Day – Lonesome Ghosts
- Sunday, September 26th – World Deaf Day – Amy
- Monday, September 27th – Family Day – Incredibles 2
- Tuesday, September 28th – National Good Neighbor Day – The New Neighbor
Alex joined the Laughing Place team in 2014 and has been a lifelong Disney fan. His main beats for LP are Disney-branded movies, TV shows, books, music and toys. He recently became a member of the Television Critics Association (TCA).