Disney+ UK: Everything new coming in February 2021
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Disney+ is staging the biggest expansion of its library since its UK debut. On 23 February, the service will launch Star — a separate arm of the service in which adult subscribers will find material that’s not deemed appropriate for the family audience of the main streaming platform. Some of the most acclaimed TV shows of the last decade are a part of the expansion, along with several original programmes.
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Meanwhile, Disney+ is adding more archive movies and a handful of other originals, with the main event still being the weekly rollout of WandaVision, which is already proving that there is still a place for weekly TV in the streaming age.
Here’s what Disney+ has to offer in February 2021...
Big Sky (23 February)
Shot last year amid the chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic, procedural drama Big Sky follows the investigation into the disappearance of two sisters kidnapped by a truck driver. The show was conceived by Big Little Lies and Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley and began airing on ABC in the States in late 2020. Elsewhere in the world, including in the UK, it is unveiling as one of the first raft of Star originals.
Love Victor (23 February)
A spin-off from the terrific 2018 romcom Love, Simon, this follows a new student at Simon’s high school who reaches out to him as he struggles with navigating his sexual orientation in the powder-keg environment of school. Michael Cimino — not to be confused with the late Heaven’s Gate director — plays the titular role, with Rachel Hilson as his quick-witted best friend.
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Archive Shows (23 February)
One of the joys of Star is that it will allow a huge quantity of classic TV to enter into the Disney streaming midst, ready for lockdown binge-watching to commence. Sitcom How I Met Your Mother will be present and correct, alongside the ambitious Lost and comedy-drama Desperate Housewives. There’s also Prison Break, 24 and The X-Files, as well as newer shows Atlanta and Black-ish. That’s more than enough for anyone to get their teeth into.
Flora and Ulysses (19 February)
Disney+ has been quietly cranking out a selection of likeable, small-scale movies over the last year or so, and the latest to hit the service is Flora and Ulysses. Matilda Lawler plays Flora, who adopts the titular super-powered squirrel. Helmed by Lena Khan and adapted from the children’s book of the same name, it looks set to be a charming adventure.
WandaVision has already made its presence felt with several delightfully idiosyncratic episodes, paying homage to classic sitcoms while delivering plenty of super-powered easter eggs for observant fans. The show will continue to air weekly throughout February and hopefully will provide answers to some of its compelling mysteries.
Inside Pixar: Batch 2 (12 February)
The inner workings of the Pixar creative machine are always fascinating. This documentary series, which is returning with a new selection of episodes, provides a compelling insight into the studio which has produced so many animated classics. Among the new crop of episodes is an exploration of what it means to be Pixar’s chef, as well as a personal account by Rachelle Federico of what it was like to work as a production assistant on Soul.
Marvel Battleworld: Mystery of the Thanostones (12 February)
The prospect of an animated series based on a line of Funko products might not scream essential viewing, but Marvel Battleworld: Mystery of the Thanostones tries to overcome any prejudice. It sees Iron Man, Captain Marvel and several allies entering a world created by Thanos, in order to foil his devious plans.
Marvel's Behind the Mask (12 February)
Superheroes are as big a part of popular culture as they have ever been, and this documentary special explores the ways in which heroes and their secret identities have become such a big part of the world’s collective psyche.
Ice Age: Collision Course (26 February)
First released back in 2016, the fifth and thus far final entry in the Ice Age franchise follows the aftermath of Scrat unwittingly sending a series of meteors heading for Earth, threatening the existence of all of the characters the franchise had taught its audience to love. The reviews weren’t great and the box office success had dried up by this point, but kids almost certainly didn’t care.
The Muppet Show (19 February)
One of the biggest coups of Disney+ since it was launched came earlier this month when the company announced it had secured the rights to the entire run of The Muppet Show. Throughout the 1970s, Jim Henson’s creations — with the help of various celebrity buddies — performed joyous variety shows of music, comedy and general silliness. All five seasons will be available to stream.
Mickey Go Local (26 February)
Something a little bit different for fans of Mickey Mouse, this series of shorts features the iconic rodent and his friends exploring the delights of Singapore and Malaysia.
Flicka 2 (26 February)
Released direct to DVD in 2010, this movie sees a city girl bond with a horse when she is forced to move out to the country. Patrick Warburton is the biggest name in the cast.
Europe from Above: Year 1 (5 February)
As the title suggests, this National Geographic series focuses on the continent of Europe, exploring its various landmarks and climates via aerial tours.
Science of Stupid: Year 2-7 (12 February)
Another offering from National Geographic, this comedic game show sees amateur scientists giving testing various principles from the world of science a go. Naturally, they don’t fare as well as the experts.
PJ Masks: Year 4 (12 February)
Adorable for kids and almost certainly impenetrable for their parents, this superhero show for pre-school youngsters is back. The series follows a group of normal kids who become masked heroes when night falls.
Bluey: S2 (12 February)
Made in Australia, this animated series follows an exuberant puppy. Naturally, it’s a huge hit all over the world, spawning merchandise and a stage show.
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