Disney+ Isn’t Doing a Terrible Job Keeping Adults Entertained During COVID-19
With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping thousands of people indoors, many entertainment junkies are turning to new streaming platforms like Disney+ for all the latest in television and film. Disney+ is one of America’s most popular streaming platforms, a relatively new service that features much more than just classic Disney films.
The platform has everything from original documentaries to action blockbusters — and recently, Disney+ has really been killing the game with all of the best content for older entertainment fans.
When did Disney+ debut?
In November 2019, after months of buildup, Disney+ officially launched. It was loaded with a roster of fan-favorite movies, from Aladdin to Beauty and the Beast. Still, most people that purchased a subscription to Disney+ did so for the original content. Shows like The Mandalorian and The World According to Jeff Goldblum created a lot of online buzz.
In particular, The Mandalorian proved to be a popular choice with the older generation of Disney fans. Those who love Star Wars found themselves intrigued by the series. The show combined the beloved elements of sci-fi movies with the classic trappings of Western iconography.
In fact, The Mandalorian quickly became far and away the platform’s most popular show, and many rushed to sign up for the service after hearing the great reviews. The show was widely credited as restoring some credibility and excitement to the Star Wars franchise.
Why did Disney+ receive criticism?
Even if Disney+ received rave reviews straight out of the gate, mainly due to the success of The Mandalorian, it wasn’t long before the platform started getting negative press. Fans quickly realized after they finished the first season of The Mandalorian, there was a distinct lack of original content. Many who had signed up for trial subscriptions to the platform canceled after finishing the sci-fi series, and critics rushed to slam Disney for not preparing more original shows.
Then COVID-19 happened, and it halted the filming of television shows and movies nationwide. This put Disney in a more precarious position, unable to quickly film anything new. They had to rely on a few finished feature films to retain fans’ interest.
Disney+ has more movies for older fans than you think
Disney might have faltered for a couple of months, but the company quickly regained its footing. With coronavirus rampaging around the world, Disney+ quietly began releasing a stream of hugely popular blockbuster movies.
Beyond children’s animated movies like Moana and The Little Mermaid, the new offerings from Disney+ include Avengers: Endgame, all the Star Wars films (including the latest movies in the franchise, like The Rise of Skywalker and Solo ), X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Fant4stic. You can also find some solid action movies like Red Tails and The Finest Hours.
Disney+ also recently made waves when the platform launched the movie version of Hamilton, several months ahead of its planned release. There are several more major releases planned for the upcoming months, from documentaries to exciting original films.
With a wide variety of content for older viewers, Disney is able to attract fans of all ages, and not just rely on young children’s love for their favorite cartoon. Perhaps the pandemic was just the thing to indirectly cause Disney to step up their game and begin curating appealing content for Disney+ – beyond their cash cow, The Mandalorian.