I do this more than I should. I hold out on getting involved with any new streaming video service, unless there’s something it has that I won’t find anywhere else. Case in point – I signed up for the HBO NOW streaming service because I didn’t want to have to pay for additional bundles from my cable company (and I wanted the flexibility to watch Game of Thrones and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on my own time and my own schedule. I signed up for the DC Universe streaming service, and although I got a kick out of watching old Superman Kirk Alyn serials and the goofy Filmation 1970’s television shows (nothing like seeing Shazam! again), I figured the cost was worth it just to watch the quirky, self-reverent and totally profane Doom Patrol.
So when the new Disney+ streaming video service debuts next Tuesday, I’ll be able to watch it. Yes, that means I can watch the new Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian (which better be worth it), as well as some of the new Marvel TV shows that will debut on this channel. Plus, if my subscription is correct, I should be able to get HuluPlus and ESPN+ as well (any more plusses and I’ll ace the math test).
So what am I going to watch on the first day of Disney+’s service?
I could watch some classic Disney cartoons, almost all of them will be released from the vault (with the exception of Song of the South, which we all know won’t get released EVER).
I could watch some goofy Disney 1970’s family movie that will either star Dean Jones, Don Knotts, Kurt Russell or any combination of the three. Yes, that means sentient Volkswagens, invisible college students, and a movie about a field-goal-kicking mule. Oyesh.
No. If you’ve read my blog for any period of time … you know what I’m watching first. Something to test the service out. Something that will bring a smile back upon my face.
And then I’m going to watch the sequel. Back to back double feature, don’tcha know.
Yes. Tron and Tron: Legacy. Disney’s unappreciated sci-fi endeavor that was way way way ahead of its time.
Trust me, these movies were so far ahead of their time. The idea of artificial intelligence in a computer, represented as a warring class struggle. Light-cycles. Marauding Space Paranoids. Light discs in a sinister variation of jai-alai. And the whole concept of the computer entities treating us flesh and blood “users” as gods and creators. This was deep. Way too deep for your average Disney film.
Trust me. You can have your sweeping Star Trek theme or your Star Wars intro.
I’ll take Wendy Carlos’ symphonic-meets-synthesizer orchestral suite any day of the week and twice on Sundays.
I hear that Disney+ also has the DisneyXD computer animated series Tron: Uprising, so that’ll be some nice treats in and of itself.
Believe me, I’ll have plenty to watch if I’m paying for this service.
But this is where I’m starting.
Which is fine by me.