Hello there, honeybees, and welcome to the latest edition of Binge-Worthy Buzz, your favorite column about movies and TV shows! This week, we thought we’d do something a little different and focus on some of the highlights from Disney. Since D23 just happened, a lot of new stuff was announced and we really want to talk about our favorite bits. So let’s get started!
The latest Disney Classic to get a live-action version is Pinocchio. The boy who used to be a wooden puppet is one of the most popular children’s characters ever, and to see him in live-action just brings joy to our hearts. Also, the cast is amazing! We’re talking Tom Hanks as Gepetto and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as Pinocchio. Along with them, there’s our fairy godmother, Cynthia Erivo, and Luke Evans as the Coachman.
The movie just dropped on Disney+ and has been gathering quite a few positive reviews. Not exactly a surprise considering the cast and that Robert Zemeckis was responsible for writing and directing the film. It’s so good to see a piece of our childhood gaining new life on Disney+!
Mickey: The Story of a Mouse
In October of next year, The Walt Disney Company will have its hundredth birthday! To celebrate early, Disney will release a documentary talking about the history of the company’s most beloved character: Mickey Mouse. The man (or the mouse?) that started it all for what is now a giant of the entertainment industry!
During Mickey: The Story of a Mouse, we’ll see Mickey in a different light, going from his first appearances like in Steamboat Willie, all the way to an exclusive short that will appear in the documentary, Mickey in a Minute. We’re still a little far away from the release date, which is November 18 on Disney+, but we just had to talk about this movie! We all know that “it all started with a mouse,” but actually seeing that story on the screen? It’ll be iconic!
Yesss, the sequel we’ve been waiting for is finally about to become a reality! Enchanted first graced our screens all the way back in 2007 with Amy Adams, James Marsden, and Patrick Dempsey as the main cast. It gave us the story of a fairytale princess transported to New York, and now, 15 years later, we get to see the rest of the story. And the best part is: the original cast is coming back!
So far, we know that the movie will take place 15 years after the first movie and everything seems to be going well… until Giselle starts questioning whether or not she’s actually happy in “the real world.” That’s when the whole family moves to a smaller town, but it’s still not enough to fix the issues with her “happily ever after.” She messes with the balance between our world and Andalasia, and we’re so curious to see what that entails. Wonder how she’s going to fix that one… guess we’ll have to wait for November 24 to see it on Disney+, huh?
Straight out of the D23 Expo is also Andor, Lucasfilm‘s latest spy thriller. The show will have two seasons, going back to Cassian Andor’s story before the events of Rogue One. We all remember watching that movie and falling in love with Diego Luna’s character, but also being sad that we didn’t get more time with the characters. Well, Disney made sure that wouldn’t be a problem anymore!
On Andor, we meet Cassian years before he becomes a rebel hero, but it’s also clear he was always destined for great things. The thing we loved learning about the show is that it would have its focus on ordinary people whose lives are affected by the Empire, kind of like how The Mandalorian shows us what life is like for normal people after the fall of the Empire. It’s easy to tell the stories of great heroes, but the stories of ordinary people are sometimes harder, yet equally great, to watch. The show starts streaming on September 21 on Disney+, so don’t miss it!
Yes, folks, the docu-series we were all hyped for is here! Growing Up started streaming on Disney+ on September 8 and it is amazing! Brie Larson and Culture.House really hit the jackpot with this one. We don’t know if it’s the “heroes” each episode follows or the way they’ve built the show around interviews and reenactments, or maybe it’s both. What we do know is how great the result is.
This one especially resonates with younger people with their lives ahead of them. We know how many insecurities come with that phase, so seeing the coming-of-age stories of young folks like us is definitely a comfort and a reassurance that things will be okay! We think it’s best we stop here before we start spoiling all of the episodes or sobbing our eyes out, whichever comes first.
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