We are one day away from the streamer to rule them all – the long-awaited launch of Mickey’s ginormous service Disney+. For almost two years, the world has been fixated on what is shaping to be the alleged Netflix-killer. Promising content from its newly-acquired properties (Star Wars, Marvel, Fox, National Geographic) and century-old vault, Disney has something for everybody. Here are the top 10 things we can’t wait to see as it launches today at 9 a.m. ET.
Lorin’s top 5
X-Men: The Animated Series
Once Disney announced they had acquired FOX, many were excited about the missing Marvel characters being added to the MCU. The cherry atop that comic sundae was the return of this iconic 90s animated adaptation of the comic series. The series is herald for it’s great narratives and still having the BEST adaptation of the Phoenix Saga. Also the theme song still slaps:
While not the most dedicated Star Wars fan, I am a fan of good storytelling, sci-fi and diverse casts. And regardless of what hardcore fans say, all of that is in the franchise. Luckily we’re getting that and more with this TV series. A departure from the main story from a galaxy far, far away, The Mandalorian promises cinematic-level goods with bold new characters.
Disney Channel Originals
If you’re a 90s kid, that means you were a teen in the early 2000s and most likely spent countless hours glued to The Disney Channel’s content. They were more than animated fare and family feel-good films. They did teen reality (Bug Juice), special interest dramas (The Color of Friendship), genre shows (So Weird) and more. I’m about to party like it’s 1999.
Tahj Mowry stepped out his sisters’ shadows as TJ Henderson on the WB’s Smart Guy, an underrated Black sitcom set in Washington D.C. at the cusp of the new millennium. Starring Jason Weaver, Omar Gooding and Essence Atkins, the show centered on a wizkid preteen tackling high school academics, hijinks and lessons. WATTBA
Another underrated animated gem from the 90s that I definitely missed on Saturday mornings. The greatness of Gargoyles was in its subtext, a story of bigotry and forbidden fraternization in a kid’s show was really unheard of. I look forward to deep diving into the series for a first time.
Catch Brandon’s top five on the next page.