Disney+ creates magical moments with release of platform’s first orginal shows


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‘The Mandalorian’ was announced in November of 2017 as an untitled ‘Star Wars’ series. The Mandalorian race is a fan favorite character since Boba Fett donned the stolen armor in ‘The Empire Strikes Back.’

Disney released the first round of Disney+ original content on Nov. 12. Along with the 500 movies and 7,500 television episodes already on the platform, there were also shows and movies made exclusively for the streaming service. 

Along with original Disney properties, there are shows from Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic and they are better than expected, although none of the Marvel television shows are available at launch. 

Keep in mind that Disney is not just passing out shows for you to binge in a day, they are giving subscribers one episode per week. This minimizes the “I’m going to get the free trial, watch everything in a week and get rid of it” plan. Disney wants viewers to continue watching the shows as if they were airing on TV. 

“The Mandalorian” 

The first live-action “Star Wars” television show is spectacular. It follows a mandalorian bounty hunter after the fall of The Empire. While I have found the first two episodes to be slow, I’m still holding out for the rest of the season. The action is amazing, the world building is exquisite and the characters have been interesting. The first two episodes include major cliffhangers and left me watching more. “The Mandalorian” is definitely the highlight of the service and the perfect show for fans to watch while patiently awaiting the Marvel TV shows. 

“Forky Asks a Question” 

If you haven’t seen “Toy Story 4” yet, you’re missing out. While the movie is not on the streaming service yet, this adorable little short series is. “Forky Asks a Question” is based on one of the new characters from “Toy Story 4,” Forky. Forky isn’t the sharpest spork in the drawer and needs help learning about the world. The comedy short teaches kids about money and what it means to be a friend in very silly, quippy responses from the loveable spork. 

“The Imagineering Story” 

This docuseries details the history of WED Enterprises, or as they’re commonly referred to, the Disney Imagineers. Imagineering started when Walt Disney began working on Disneyland, the show chronicles the many employees that helped bring Disney’s dream to life. For anyone who is a fan of the theme parks, “The Imagineering Story”  is a must watch.

“The World According to Jeff Goldblum” 

Looking at the world through Jeff Goldblum’s childlike perspective has to be the most innocent thing imaginable. In the first two episodes, Goldblum guides you through the world of sneaker culture and ice cream. His fascination with different topics is so contagious that you can’t help but fall in love with the show. 

This is just a small highlight of the original content available on Disney+. There is also a “Lady and the Tramp” live-action remake, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” and Marvel’s “Hero Project,”  to name a few. The originals are worth getting the service if you’re not already on board for the vast catalogue.