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I have to agree .. organization was badly needed .. if you wanted a timeline previously, you had to look it up online ..

Cheers to this ..
It is a nice touch. WIthout adding any new content they actually added value to the browsing/viewing experience.

I was holding off on doing a timeline viewing of the MCU once all of the content was on Disney+ and all in 4K HDR/DV and ATMOS. Outside of Ed Norton's THE INCREDIBLE HULK and Tom Holland's SPIDER-MAN movies it is all there and organized nicely.

Also nice to see more of the X-Men movies being pulled in as they get streaming rights back from other services.
 
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Disney Streamlines As COVID-19 Woes Continue, Creating Single Media and Entertainment Distribution Unit

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Under the new structure, the focus will be on developing and producing original content for the company’s streaming services, as well as for legacy platforms.
 
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Disney Streamlines As COVID-19 Woes Continue, Creating Single Media and Entertainment Distribution Unit
I have to say that my comments a few days ago about D+ being the bright spot in the Disney empire were, apparently, spot on ..

I still believe there will be price hike pressure ..
 

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Disney Shares Climb On Wall Street’s Warm Embrace Of Restructuring Plan

Let's hope this delivers more Disney+ Originals more quickly in the future post-pandemic world.

Bob Chapek on CNBC yesterday stated that they want to have 'new content' available on a weekly basis across their streaming platforms (Disney+, HULU, ESPN).
 
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Star Wars actors to reprise iconic roles for Disney+'s Lego Holiday Special

Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) are returning to the Star Wars universe

Three Star Wars veterans are joining Disney+'s upcoming Holiday Special, EW has learned.

Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) have all signed onto the voice cast of The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special, an irreverent animated take on the galaxy far, far away that's coming to the streaming service next month.

Daniels and Williams will reprise their Star Wars characters which date back to George Lucas' original trilogy.
"Williams had such great, positive energy around the whole project and, of course, we couldn't do C-3PO without Anthony Daniels and he brought his magic to the character," says executive producer James Waugh.

And Rose Tico, the Resistance engineer and pilot was first introduced in 2017's The Last Jedi, will have a particularly significant role.

"She has a really prominent role throughout the story," Waugh says. "This story works in an A-B way. The 'A' story is on Kashyyyk where Rey, Poe, Rose and Finn are all trying to create the greatest Life Day party ever for Chewie and his family. Then the B story is Rey going off to seek knowledge at the Jedi Temple that takes her across the movies' history ... Rose's role in this it to really takes charge she basically saves the day, in many ways. We wanted to make sure we got a lot of Kelly in as Rose was going to be an essential part of whatever [the Resistance heroes'] future was going to be after Episode IX and she was a blast to work with."

Tran was originally supposed to have a more prominent storyline in 2019's The Rise of Skywalker as well, but some of her footage ended up being cut (co-writer Chris Terrio has said the team struggled from a technical standpoint to make Rose's scenes flow convincingly with repurposed footage of the late Carrie Fisher playing General Leia Organa).
Other voice actors include The Clone Wars regulars such as Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Tom Kane does Yoda, James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Dee Bradley Baker "who has done every clone trooper you’ve ever heard."

The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special also marks a redemptive return for the saga's Holiday Special brand, as the project is a successor of sorts to the infamous 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special that aired once on CBS (and never again).

"Daniels did joke around with us that he couldn't believe he was doing yet another holiday special," Waugh says. "He never thought he'd be doing that again."

The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special streams Nov. 17 on Disney+.

 

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Disney+ Puts "Negative Depictions" Disclaimers on 'Peter Pan,' 'Aristocats'

Subscribers will view the updated warnings about racist portrayals before content plays after the studio consulted a new advisory council.

Disney+ subscribers selecting Peter Pan or The Aristocats for viewing will now be met with new content advisories likely to get their notice: "This program includes negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or cultures."

The updated content warnings for other classic Disney animated and live action titles like Swiss Family Robinson and Dumbo follow the studio consulting with a third-party advisory council that includes groups like the African American Film Critics Association, Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and GLAAD.

Disney+ has put warnings about "outdated cultural depictions" on its film titles since launching, but the latest updated language goes further in cautioning against racist and culturally insensitive depictions in its movies.

"These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together. Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe," the studio says as part of a new Stories Matter website.

And earlier Disney+ warnings appeared only on the content details page for titles. The updated disclaimers are now viewable on the details page and before content streams.

As examples of its updated warnings, Disney points to a cat "depicted as a racist caricature of East Asian peoples with exaggerated stereotypical traits such as slanted eyes and buck teeth" in The Aristocats, and in Dumbo "the crows and musical number pay homage to racist minstrel shows, where white performers with blackened faces and tattered clothing imitated and ridiculed enslaved Africans on Southern plantations," the streaming platform cautions.

Elsewhere in Peter Pan, Disney warns the animated classic uses stereotypes to depict Indigenous people, in particular they are seen "speaking in an unintelligible language and repeatedly refers to them as 'redskins,' an offensive term. Peter and the Lost Boys engage in dancing, wearing headdresses and other exaggerated tropes, a form of mockery and appropriation of Native peoples' culture and imagery."

And The Swiss Family Robinson is cited for pirates depicted as a "stereotypical foreign menace," as they wear "yellow face" or "brown face" and costumes that emphasize their " barbarism and 'otherness.'"

Other experts recruited by Disney to its advisory council include representatives from Define American, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, Hollywood, Health & Society, Illuminative, NALIP and RespectAbility.

 

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I watched Dumbo, The Aristocats, and Peter Pan with my kids fairly recently. Fortunately, at their current age (6), this issue went over their heads. The problem with racial caricatures is dulled somewhat in Dumbo and Aristocats because the characters are animals, but the "Injuns" in Peter Pan are without question horribly racist and offensive.
 

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Disney Investor Pushing for Big Films Like Black Widow to Debut on Disney+

Dan Loeb is a dog with a bone. He is not letting up.
 

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Disney Apparently Has No Idea What to Do With Hulu—For Now

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But according to Bloomberg’s sources, it’s possible that Disney could be considering folding Hulu into Disney+. Disney has been looking for ways to include more mature programming on its streaming service. Adding Hulu content, especially Fox content, would be an easy way to do that.
There were reports about a month or so ago that they were surveying users about the possibility of more mature content on Disney+ via a PIN CODE access. I guess a HULU hub inside of Disney+ that would only be available with an Adult profile and PIN ACCESS could be possible. Business is brutal at times. Seems like the biggest reason Disney didn't support HULU expanding internationally is that it would increase the value of HULU and increase the payout that is due to Comcast in 2024 for their percentage.
 

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Olaf Can Talk – but Not Juggle – in Trailer for Disney+ Origin-Story Film ‘Once Upon a Snowman’ (Video)

Everyone’s favorite “Frozen” sidekick needs a “sense of self” — on Friday we’ll see if he finds it in Oaken’s store

If you wanna build a snowman, Disney+ original “Once Upon a Snowman” should be both instructional and entertaining. The Olaf (Josh Gad) origin story, a short film based on the “Frozen” character(s), comes out at the end of the week on the streaming service.

In the beginning of the week, we got the trailer, which our readers can watch via the video above.

By the way, we’re sure this is going to be good because it’s “Frozen” and Olaf is the best — but don’t we already have Olaf’s origin story? He was built by Elsa’s magic when she and Anna were kids…

Here is the official synopsis, per Disney: The previously untold origins of Olaf, the innocent and insightful, summer-loving snowman who melted hearts in the Academy Award-winning 2013 Disney animated feature, “Frozen,” and its acclaimed 2019 sequel, are revealed in the all-new Walt Disney Animation Studios animated short, “Once Upon a Snowman.” The film follows Olaf‘s first steps as he comes to life and searches for his identity in the snowy mountains outside Arendelle.

“Once Upon a Snowman” is directed by Trent Correy (the Olaf animation supervisor in “Frozen 2”) and Dan Abraham (the story artist who worked on Olaf’s “When I Am Older” musical sequence in “Frozen 2”).

In the trailer, seeking a “sense of self,” Olaf spends a lot of time shopping around in Oaken’s store. We’re not sure the nose-less snowman finds what he is looking for. (To our above point, we’re assuming this takes place right before he is reunited with grown-up Anna in the original “Frozen,” when she gives Olaf his carrot nose and Kristoff’s reindeer Sven spends most of the movie trying to eat it.)

The “Once Upon a Snowman” trailer debuted Sunday at Frozen Fan Fest.


 
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