Watch: The best things to watch on Disney+ in March
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With most of the internet still scratching its head over WandaVision and basking in all of the movies and TV shows added thanks to the debut of Star this week, Disney+ is pushing ahead with a tonne of brand new material in March 2021.
Obviously, the headline-grabbing addition is the second of the streamer's Marvel shows, with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan leading The Falcon and the Winter Soldier once WandaVision has finished.
There's also another Premier Access movie in the shape of Disney animation Raya and the Last Dragon, not to mention a whole load of archive films and shows arriving to add to the enormous Star offering.
Here's everything new arriving on Disney+ and Star in March 2021...
Raya and the Last Dragon (5 March)
The first Disney animated movie release since Frozen 2 in 2019 — and the first wholly original one since 2016's Moana — Raya and the Last Dragon is set to debut on Disney+ using the same Premier Access strategy deployed by Mulan last year.
The movie follows the titular warrior princess, voiced by Star Wars actor Kelly Marie Tran, as she journeys in search of the world's last surviving dragon, portrayed by Awkwafina.
Own the Room (12 March)
This documentary arrives exclusively on Disney+ through its National Geographic arm. It's an uplifting story in which five young people from all over the world travel to China to take part in a global competition for student entrepreneurs, with a big financial prize. Some of the students have dealt with enormous poverty and adversity to get to where they've got to, so there likely won't be a dry eye in the house when the credits roll.
When Disney+ aired The Mandalorian in the UK last year, it came bundled with an in-depth and interesting documentary series looking at every facet of making the show. WandaVision is due to get the same treatment, with this look at how director Matt Shakman put together the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first streaming show.
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Marvel Studios: Legends (12 March)
For those who have found themselves a little lost about the tangled web of storytelling across more than a decade of the MCU, this Disney+ series is likely to be a life-saver. After delivering brief recaps on the character histories of both Wanda Maximoff and Vision ahead of WandaVision, it seems likely that its return will get audiences up to speed on the MCU careers of Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, aka Falcon and Winter Soldier.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (19 March, weekly)
Very soon after WandaVision airs its final episode on Disney+, the MCU conveyor belt will continue with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which was originally planned to be the opening salvo of Marvel's streaming offering.
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Picking up directly from the events of Avengers: Endgame, the six-episode series will see Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan grapple with a world without Captain America. Daniel Bruhl is set to resurface as the villainous Zemo, last seen in Captain America: Civil War.
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers (26 March)
Nostalgia is a huge part of the Disney+ appeal, but in few places is that clearer than with the release of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers. The 90s underdog sporting franchise, starring Emilio Estevez, was a big part of many childhoods — and now it's back. Game Changers features the Ducks as a stalwart and dominant team, which has become selective about which youngsters make the cut. A spurned 12-year-old decides to form a rival team of his own and enlists Estevez's coach Gordon Bombay to help him mount a challenge.
Inside Pixar (26 March)
The third batch of episodes for the Inside Pixar series is due to arrive in March, subtitled Foundations. These episodes will delve into some of the core principles of the animation studio, including how exactly computer animation works and the way Pixar goes about shaping its characters. For anyone with an interest in how Pixar actually operates will find this new journey into its world absolutely fascinating.
Dollface (5 March, weekly)
With Kat Dennings currently one of the most entertaining elements of WandaVision, it's no surprise that her Hulu sitcom Dollface is heading to Star as an original series. The series, created by Jordan Weiss, follows a web designer who struggles to re-enter the world after splitting from her long-term boyfriend. There are guest appearances by Margot Robbie and Macaulay Culkin during the series.
Next (12 March, weekly)
This sci-fi series stars John Slattery as Silicon Valley entrepreneur Paul LeBlanc. He realises that the titular AI he created has the potential to cause catastrophe for the human race. His doomy prophecies lead to him being booted from his own company by his brother and joining forces with a special agent in order to avert the demise of the entire human race.
Love in the Time of Corona (12 March, weekly)
First aired in the States on the Disney-owned network Freeform, this timely series is now arriving in the UK courtesy of Star. A play on the title of the famed 20th century novel Love in the Time of Cholera, the miniseries follows people looking for sex, romance and companionship during the enforced social distancing of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the cast is Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr.
The Cleveland Show S1-3 (5 March)
Aired across four seasons between 2009 and 2013, The Cleveland Show served as a spin-off of Family Guy focusing on a pair of dysfunctional family units. Mike Henry provides the voice of Cleveland, though it's worth noting he has relinquished the role in more recent seasons of Family Guy and has been replaced by actor of colour Arif Zahir.
The Catch S1-2 (5 March)
One of the many projects to emerge from Shonda Rhimes's uber-successful Shondaland production company, The Catch follows a Los Angeles private investigator who discovers that her estranged fiancé is a master con artist. Mireille Enos and Peter Krause play the two lead roles in the show, which ran for two seasons in 2016 and 2017.
Quantico S1-3 (12 March)
Priyanka Chopra led the cast of all three seasons of this thriller series. She plays FBI agent Alex Parrish, who becomes implicated in a terror attack on Grand Central Station in New York City shortly after she joins the bureau. The first season features multiple timelines, flashing back to Parrish's time at the FBI Academy, but later seasons focus solely on the present day.
My Name is Earl S1-4 (19 March)
Jason Lee plays the title character, wearing a variety of flannel shirts, in this noughties sitcom about a man hoping to reverse some of his bad karma by revisiting and atoning for the various misdeeds he has done in his life. The show ended rather abruptly after four seasons, but it was well-received by critics and fans at the time.
The Resident S1-3 (26 March)
The first three seasons of this medical drama are arriving on Star. Matt Czuchry leads the cast as a specialist in internal medicine, with Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal and Bruce Greenwood also among the ensemble. It delves into the personal and professional challenges of the various characters, as well as the bureaucracy of US hospitals.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (5 March)
This noughties comedy classic from Rawson Marshall Thurber — before he became Dwayne Johnson's go-to action-comedy helmer — features one of Ben Stiller's most memorable performances. As the psychopathic fitness impresario White Goodman, he's simply brilliant as he spars with Vince Vaughn's more relaxed gym owner Peter LaFleur. The jokes are brilliant, the sporting silliness is surprisingly gripping and there's an iconic performance from the late Rip Torn as dodgeball great Patches O'Houlihan.
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Can You Ever Forgive Me? (12 March)
Melissa McCarthy went serious for the true crime drama Can You Ever Forgive Me? and earned herself an Oscar nomination in the process. Marielle Heller's movie tells the real-life story of fraudster Lee Israel, who falsified letters purportedly written by famous literary figures. Richard E. Grant was also awarded with an Oscar nod for his work as Israel's accomplice Jack Hock.
The Beach (12 March)
After making the successful British indies Shallow Grave and Trainspotting, Danny Boyle made the jump to Hollywood with The Beach. Adapted from a novel by sci-fi expert Alex Garland, the film follows Leonardo DiCaprio as a 20-something who takes possession of a map which claims to hold directions to an idyllic tropical paradise.
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Despite its A-list leading man and buzzy director, The Beach received disappointing reviews — though it was a financial success. DiCaprio was even nominated for a Razzie Award, but couldn't compete with the ignoble might of John Travolta's work in all-time stinker Battlefield Earth.
Behind Enemy Lines (12 March)
When you think of Owen Wilson, you're more likely to think of slacker comedy than hard-hitting action work. However, this 2001 war movie follows Wilson as a Navy pilot who is shot down over Bosnia and uncovers shocking genocide taking place. Gene Hackman is also in the cast.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (19 March)
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates has a fun premise, following a pair of hard-partying siblings who put out a Craigslist ad to secure dates for their sister's wedding. Even better, though, is its central cast quartet. The title roles are taken on by Adam Devine and Zac Efron, with Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza as the women who answer the ad. The film is uneven, but when those cast members are together, they're bound to hit their fair share of gold.
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (19 March)
This 90s psychological thriller was a box office success on release, boasted by an outlandish premise. Rebecca De Mornay plays the wife of an obstetrician who commits suicide when several of his clients accuse him of sexual misconduct. She loses her child as a result of the trauma and mounts a plan for revenge. For those in search of dark thrills in the Star catalogue, this one is worth seeking out.
Gone in 60 Seconds (26 March)
Nicolas Cage already has a presence on Star courtesy of his work in the incomparable Con Air, but another of his most famous roles is arriving in March when Gone in 60 Seconds shows up on the service. Cage plays the very well-named car thief Memphis Raines, who mounts an ambitious 50-car heist to save the life of his brother. Angelina Jolie and Vinnie Jones are among the gang he establishes to pull off the job.
Sideways (26 March)
If you've been on the booze during lockdown, you'll likely find yourself identifying with the central characters of Alexander Payne's sozzled road movie Sideways. Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church are the two buddies who drive through wine country in order to celebrate the fact Church's character is due to get married.
Taken and Taken 2 (26 March)
Liam Neeson's career second act as a growling action star was effectively brought about by the Luc Besson-scripted thriller Taken. Sparking a pair of sequels — the first of which is joining its predecessor on Star — the movie casts Neeson as the retired Green Beret who returns to his violent ways in order to rescue his daughter from a group of sex traffickers.
In the sequel, it's Neeson's character himself, as well as his wife (Famke Janssen) who are the subject of the abduction. In that film, it's Maggie Grace's Kim who gets the chance to play hero.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (5 March)
A huge slice of 90s nostalgia — not to mention a landmark for Black representation — this TV film adaptation of the Cinderella musical is now arriving on Disney+. None other than Whitney Houston stars as the Fairy Godmother, leading a memorably diverse cast. Mononymous singer Brandy plays the title role, with the cast also including Whoopi Goldberg, Jason Alexander and Bernadette Peters.
Thumbelina (12 March)
Thumbelina is finally joining the Disney+ roster, having faced a tangle of distribution rights for many years. Warner Bros made the movie in 1994, having bought the distribution rights from MGM. 20th Century Fox acquired the home entertainment rights in 2002 and, now that Disney owns Fox, it's the Mouse House who are now able to deliver the film on streaming. The movie is adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale about a young woman no bigger than a finger.
Fantastic Four (26 March)
In the likely event that you didn't see the box office bomb Fantastic Four movie at the cinema, Disney+ is now providing the opportunity to see Josh Trank's take on the classic comic book characters. Miles Teller is Reed Richards, with Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell portraying the other members of Marvel's first family.
Car SOS Year 7 (5 March)
National Geographic series following a pair of British automotive experts restoring classic cars.
Mickey Mouse Mixed Up Adventures (5 March)
The successor to the brilliant Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, this show is effectively a spin on Wacky Races featuring the central Disney animated characters.
Dr K’s Exotic Animal ER Year 1-5 (19 March)
Another offering from National Geographic, this follows the staff of a veterinary hospital in Florida which specialises in exotic animals.
Disney's Ducktales Year 3 (19 March)
A reboot of the 1980s series starring Scrooge McDuck and his family. David Tennant voices McDuck, with Community star Danny Pudi, Sonic the Hedgehog voice star Ben Schwartz and SNL stalwart Bobby Moynihan as Huey, Dewey and Louie.
T.O.T.s Year 2 (26 March)
Animated series focusing on baby critters, with the title standing for Tiny Ones Transport Service.
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