Disney + in July 2021: What’s new this month in Canada

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Black Widow (Friday July 9)

Disney is hedging its bets on movie theaters in the vaccine age. The first Marvel Cinematic Universe film since the start of the pandemic, delayed by more than a year, will go to theaters, but it will simultaneously be available to air as “Premier Access” content (i.e. that subscribers will have to pay extra to view it). This is only the second MCU film with a woman as the only star, and a woman who has already been killed: in this prequel, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) will face a threat from her famous dark and troubled past, and confront a villain called Taskmaster, who has the ability to mimic anyone else’s fighting style. The film also stars Florence Pugh as another dark and troubled spy who could become the next Black Widow, as Kevin Feige slowly replaces his original roster of stars with younger, cheaper actors (for now).

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Monsters at work (from Wednesday July 7)

Previously, new Disney streaming content dropped on Friday. Now the world has changed suddenly and perhaps irreversibly: TV shows (like Loki, ending this month) appear on Wednesdays, leaving Fridays free for feature films. This weekly half-hour show is a spin-off from the 2001 Pixar film Monsters, Inc .; This is Disney’s first TV show based on a Pixar film, although in practice that means Disney is slowly but steadily emptying Pixar of any pretense of being a separate entity. Either way, the show revolves around Tylor Tuskmon (Ben Feldman), a newcomer to the town of Monstropolis: the movie ended with the monsters deciding to become nicer, gentler monsters who don’t. didn’t need to scare kids to survive, and Tylor is puzzled at this new approach to the monster. So it’s the sequel to a film that ended in a way that excluded a sequel.

Turner & Hooch (from Wednesday July 21)

So do you remember that movie where Tom Hanks was a cop with a dog sidekick? Yes, that movie, the one people always cite as an example of the kind of material he got stuck with before reinventing himself as a dramatic actor. Well, someone at Disney looked at it and decided it was a story worth continuing in soap opera form. And “continue” is the right word: the Turner in question is Scott Turner (Josh Peck), the son of the first Scott Turner that Tom Hanks played; this character was killed, perhaps to avoid paying Tom Hanks for a cameo. Either way, young Turner inherits from Hooch, a dog named after his father’s hilarious dog sidekick, and for some reason he ends up working with him for 12 episodes. Don’t expect the original Hooch to appear, however. He died in 1992.

Behind the attraction (Wednesday July 21)

As a kind of prelude to his new film Jungle cruise, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is executive producer on two documentaries which will air the previous week, although they are not directly related to the film. This is a documentary television series (you can tell because it falls on a Wednesday) about the rides at Disney theme parks and the insanely fantastic origins of those rides, including the synergistic story of how a merry-go-round called “Twilight Zone Tower of Terror” has been replaced by a guardians of the galaxy roped route.

Stuntman (Friday July 23)

And this is a documentary film (you can tell because it falls on a Friday), originally created in 2018, about Eddie Braun, a Hollywood stuntman who has been with the company since at least 1980, as he talks about the dangers of a stuntman’s life and tries to perform one final death-defying daredevil stunt before he has to retire.

Return roles with Robin Roberts (Wednesday July 28)

It wasn’t the Robin Roberts who was a Philadelphia Phillies Hall of Fame pitcher. He’s dead and Disney doesn’t have him under contract. Instead, this show is hosted by Robin Roberts who is the anchor of Hello america on the ABC network owned by Disney. Each episode consists of a panel discussion between Roberts and three famous women for different reasons, as they attempt to get to the heart of what it means to be a pioneer woman. Guests listed include Debbie Allen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Melissa Etheridge, Billie Jean King and Raven-Symoné. It’s called “Tuning the Roles” because, according to Roberts, “they turn the tables on me and we turn the tables on each other.”

Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life (from Wednesday, July 28)

The saddest news of the month is that this is not a cover of “Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers”. Instead, the Wacky Two Chipmunks received modern revamps, but with an old-fashioned format of short seven-minute cartoons. Because today’s cartoons should have prosocial messages, Disney promises the team will “face bullies big and small,” instead of tormenting Donald Duck – although Pluto is supposed to make appearances. The cartoons were produced by the French division of Disney, although they are presumably available in several languages.

The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse: Lot 2 (from Wednesday July 28)

Mickey, on the other hand, is still well-known enough to have his cartoons produced in the US branch of Disney, and he doesn’t (yet) need a modern overhaul. Instead, this series reverts back to its original design, when it didn’t need eyeballs or human-looking skin, and the seven-minute cartoons feature it with Minnie hanging out. do typical cartoon things with other prominent Disney characters like Donald Duck. However, Disney also promises that this cartoon bundle “will include stories inspired by various Disney terrains and parks,” so don’t expect this to be a refuge from modern Disney synergy.

Jungle Cruise (Friday July 30)

And finally, as the month draws to a close, we get the Dwayne Johnson craziness we’ve all been waiting for. An ironic period adventure flick in the vein of the Indiana Jones movies, but with a bit of The African Queen, it features Johnson as a rough, tough, and rugged steamboat captain who takes on a prim and proper scientist. (Emily Blunt) on a jungle cruise to find the legendary Tree of Life, which bears no resemblance to the Holy Grail, while fending off attacks from German animals and villains (but this takes place before the Era Nazi, so it’s nothing like Indiana Jones). As Black Widow, it’s playing simultaneously in theaters and in the ‘Premier Access’ section of Disney Plus, which means it’s a test case to see if the company even needs to take care of theaters. cinema in the future.

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Summer of Soul (Friday July 2)

Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the prolific musician and producer who co-leads The Roots, makes his directorial debut with a documentary about a part of music history that is being left out: While most of media attention was focused on the Woodstock Festival in 1969, the Harlem Cultural Festival was taking place, and although film cameras captured the performances, most of the footage was not released. So, instead of the umpteenth Woodstock documentary, Questlove highlights the performances of this festival, by stars like Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight & the Pips and Sly & the Family Stone, with new documentary sequences to place the concert performances in historical context.

McCartney 2.0 (Friday July 16)

But for those who just can’t get enough of the 1960s boomer icons, fear not: Courtesy of Hulu, Disney’s Canadian Footprint has an interview with Paul McCartney (mainly known, well sure, like the frontman of Wings), which doesn’t last one, not two, but six entire episodes! The interviewer is record producer Rick Rubin, born in 1963, the year the Chatterley ban and The Beatles’ debut LP, and the director is Oscar nominee Zachary Heinzerling (Cutie and the boxer). Can even Sir Paul be entertaining enough in company to hold our attention through six episodes of two guys talking about music? Will he tell Beatles anecdotes he hasn’t told many times in the past 50 years? In its own way, it’s very suspenseful.


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