When I was young, I used to jump for joy when I had to go over to my Aunt’s house when my grandparents went out on the town or was traveling outside of the state because it meant that I would have the chance to watch all the Disney movies that she had collected over the years. When I tell you that she had every Disney movie that had been released that I knew of… her bookshelf and drawers were all filled with them. She even had some movies that weren’t Disney but just as equally important to have in her collection such as Alvin and the Chipmunks and others that I can’t seem to remember at the moment.
As a kid, I used to beg and plea to be able to borrow some of her movies. Like a rental service, I would go home and play these movies over and over, learning all of the songs, memorizing all of my favorite parts, and staying glued to the screen for hours at a time. I can’t think of a kid who didn’t do that for at least one movie. I even borrowed the sing-a-long tapes so I could have the lyrics!
So when I heard that Disney was in the works of starting a streaming service, I found myself looking back at the child version of myself wearing that glorious and mischievous grin. I was going to go back and watch some of these old classics? Relive the moments that helped shape my childhood? All of this for the fairly reasonable price of $6.99? (This including four simultaneous streams, 4K Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos audio among other perks.)
And this doesn’t even mentions that Marvel, Pixar, or Star Wars franchises that are also included with the service. National Geographic is a given but I think Netflix still has them at the moment when it comes to wildlife documentaries and shows for now.
So yesterday with my girlfriend and her son, we purchase the service, created our profiles and sat down to enjoy Monster’s Inc which was my first time watching it.
And I enjoyed every minute of it. You can stop here if you want. If you have kids, this is almost no brainer. If you don’t have kids but love Marvel or Star Wars, this is almost an requirement. If you love Disney, it is completely worth it.
I have to say that once we signed up, we subconsciously started to decide who was going to pick out which movie for the night. As a person who is slowly becoming integrated into family of two loving people, the experience of having a vote was surreal.
The interface is clean and uniform across all platforms, similar to Netflix. (Why change something that isn’t broken. Netflix has ultimately perfected it.) Navigating through the main screen is just like breezing through any other streaming app. I don’t believe it has a recommendation feature based off what you’ve watched but I’m sure it will come in the coming months but the search feature is very handy in finding those gems that conjured those childhood memories.
We had no problem finding the movie that wanted and we started watching immediately which is quite impressive considering that I still have streaming services that I pay for right now that I can’t seem to manage that all the time. There were no interruptions, no stutters, and no drop in quality. Can’t complain here. The primary goal is to be able to watch stuff.
After thoroughly having my heart strings tugged, I decide to go on a deep dive through the service just to see how many movies I could find. I plan on starting The Mandalorian over the weekend so I had some time to spare to just get a feel for the service. I found movies like Inspector Gadget which was guilty pleasure of mine when I was a kid as I loved the cartoon series. Shows like Ducktales and Darkwing Duck were instantly added to my watchlist. The 1995 Spider-Man animated series was here and my heart melted when I saw the hard to find Unlimited series as well. I can’t tell you how many times I became all giddy when I remembered a show and found it on the service.
Doing a little of research, this will be the only place where you will able to watch the theatrical runs of Disney. This includes the Marvel films and the television shows. At some point in the future, they will be adopting some of Fox shows and reimaging some of Fox’s classic such as Home Alone.
There is plenty of stuff to watch here for everyone.
As I said earlier, Disney+ is almost have service. Especially considering the higher tier of the subscription that gives your Hulu and ESPN+. But even the base subscription gives your more than enough for the price and that secures your stop to watch all the future titles that will be released in theaters moving forward. From the vault classics of Disney to the blockbuster releases from Marvel which includes original shows slated for next year, the streaming service will have plenty to enjoy. And that isn’t mentioning the things coming from the Star Wars franchise or the Pixar company who I read somewhere is planning something for the service.
For those who might be wondering how it stacks up to the other streaming services, at the moment, I would say if you craved to watch old and nostalgic films from your childhood or wanted to binge through the entire Marvel cinematic run from Iron Man to End game (albeit a few movies stuck in licensing limbo), then is your one stop shop and you know that any future movie or show will be hitting the service exclusively. Let’s not the mention the entire Star Wars collection outside of Solo and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
As for original content, I think that Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Apple’s streaming service has the advantage at the moment but I think Disney will definitely be holding their own come this time next year. Rumors of Loki series and However, I hear the Mandalorian is totally worth it at the moment and I can’t wait to review the series as someone on the outskirts of Star Wars mythos.
I am severely hurt that none of the Hayao Miyazaki films are on the service but I can live. I had intentions on buying them all anyway.
But I think the service is totally worth it and can’t wait to see what comes in the coming months. Now if you excuse me, I am going to go and convince two unfortunately people to watch Tron: Legacy… because I love that movie. And the soundtrack. And the everything.
What do you think of the service? Let me know because I am curious to see if people are just going to pick up the service or drop one of their existing memberships for it? I have more thoughts on the subject of streaming services and plan on talking about it in more detail soon.
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Until the next post…