Disney+ will host a ton of non-fiction, too; Imagineering, Hero Project, Earthkeepers and more!

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Disney+ should prove to be quite the formidable streaming service when it debuts later this year amongst a robust landscape of competition. Already, Disney has confirmed several exclusive high profile projects (Monsters at WorkThe Mandalorian, The Clone Wars, and Marvel’s Loki) and now we have insights on a whole bunch of shows that won’t necessarily be tied to a particular IP or franchise.

Below is a listing of exclusive content coming to the service that will either be a documentary, unscripted series or live special.

Non-Fiction Content

Emmy award-winning producers Supper Club — David Gelb and Brian McGinn (of Chef’s Table), and Jason Sterman (of 13th) — will bring their unique stories to Disney+. Below are some recaps courtesy of Disney.

Be Our Chef

RELEASE: YEAR ONE

What if your family had the chance to create the next great Disney Parks dish? Hosted by Angela Kinsey, Be Our Chef invites families from diverse backgrounds to join a Disney-inspired cooking competition at Walt Disney World that is positive and playful in tone. In each episode, two families will participate in a themed challenge based on their family traditions and the magic of Disney. The finalists will apply what they have learned to create a dish that represents their family through a Disney lens.

Ink & Paint

RELEASE: YEAR TWO

The documentary series, based on the book of the same name, tells the story of Animation at Disney, and how an unsung workforce of trailblazing women helped create some of the greatest animated films of all time.

Magic of Animal Kingdom

RELEASE: YEAR ONE

In the heart of Central Florida, a team of more than 1,000 highly respected animal-care experts, veterinarians and biologists perform groundbreaking work at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and Epcot’s SeaBase aquarium. Now for the first time, National Geographic will offer viewers an all-access pass into the 24/7 world of the incredible animal caretakers running one of the most advanced veterinary facilities in the world.

Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Documentary Series

RELEASE: AT LAUNCH

Created by Academy Award and Emmy-nominated director and producer Leslie Iwerks, this docu-series covers the 65+ year history of Walt Disney Imagineering and will include exclusive interviews and never-before-seen Disney Parks footage.

Marvel 616 

(working title)

RELEASE: YEAR ONE

An anthological documentary series from Marvel New Media in partnership with Supper Club that explores the intersection between Marvel’s rich legacy of stories, characters and creators and the world outside your window. Each documentary will dive into the rich historical, cultural and societal context that has become inseparable from stories of the Marvel Universe.

Marvel’s Hero Project

RELEASE: AT LAUNCH

The series, produced by Marvel New Media in partnership with MaggieVision Productions, reveals the remarkable, positive change several young heroes are making in their own communities. These young heroes have dedicated their lives to selfless acts of bravery and kindness, and now, Marvel celebrates them as the true Super Heroes they are.

Marvel’s What If…?

RELEASE: YEAR ONE

Marvel Studios’ first animated series, taking inspiration from the comic books of the same name. Each episode will explore a pivotal moment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turn it on its head, leading the audience into uncharted territory.

Earthkeepers

(working title)

RELEASE: YEAR TWO

From the award-winning creators of “Chef’s Table” and the producers of “One Lucky Elephant,” “Earthkeepers” is a cinematic documentary series that enters the adventurous lives of the people changing the way we see the animal kingdom. The episodes focus on conservationists and the animals they’ve devoted their careers to studying, diving deep into the personal trials and professional breakthroughs of protecting the planet’s most endangered species. Executive Produced by Jason Sterman, Brian McGinn and David Gelb for Supper Club and Cristina Colissimo and Jordana Glick-Franzheim for Wellworth Pictures.

Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies

(working title)

RELEASE: YEAR ONE

– Cinema Relics is an anthology series that takes a unique look at beloved films through the props & costumes (now modern ‘artifacts’) that made them unique – from the craftspeople who created them, the actors who interacted with them, and the collectors / archives who own and cherish them. The show will be hosted by film historian/collector Dan Lanigan. Among the films featured in the first eight episodes are “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Muppet Movie,” “Tron” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” CINEMA RELICS is produced by ABC Studios, Alternative and executive produced by Jason Henry and Dan Lanigan.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

RELEASE: AT LAUNCH

Through the prism of Jeff Goldblum’s always inquisitive and highly entertaining mind, nothing is as it seems in this new series. Each episode is centered around something we all love – like sneakers or ice cream – as Jeff pulls the thread on these deceptively familiar objects and unravels a wonderful world of astonishing connections, fascinating science and history, amazing people, and a whole lot of surprising big ideas and insights.

Encore!

RELEASE: AT LAUNCH

Executive producer Kristen Bell brings together former castmates of a high school musical, tasking them with re-creating their original performance in a high school reunion like no other. Emotions run high as the former students face faded friendships, former flames, self-doubt, and killer choreography. Through it all, these unlikely groups of friends—with the help of Broadway’s best—just might pull off a standing-ovation-worthy performance of beloved musicals like “The Sound of Music,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Annie” and more.

(Re)Connect

RELEASE: YEAR ONE

In each episode of (Re)Connect, a family will disconnect from their busy lives, devices and outside influences in order to address a relatable issue that’s driving a wedge between them. With the help of a specialized expert, each family will go on a unique journey to confront the family’s dilemma head on. Can they finally come together as a family to overcome their obstacles…and reconnect?

Rogue Trip

RELEASE: YEAR ONE

Renowned journalist Bob Woodruff travels the world with his 27-year old son, Mack, and visits all of the places your average tourist is least likely to venture – the roguish, often misunderstood and frequently overlooked corners of the world whose hidden corners surprise, amaze and inspire. This is the family vacation most of us are least likely to take.

Shop Class

(working title)

RELEASE: YEAR ONE

A new competition series featuring teams of inventive students, who are tasked with designing, building, and testing new contraptions. In each episode a panel of experts will rate their work based on engineering, design, and the final test of the build. In the final episode one team will be named Shop Class Champs

Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2 

RELEASE: YEAR ONE

As never before in its near-century long history, Walt Disney Animation Studios is opening its doors, allowing cameras to capture in intimate detail how the voice cast, directors, and team of artists come together to create “Frozen 2.” This multi-episode documentary series shows the hard work, imagination, heart, fun and intensity that go into making one of the most highly-anticipated Disney Animation features of all time.

See it for Yourself

Disney+ launches in the US late 2019. An exact release date for the above shows has not yet been announced.

Author: Joey Inigo

I have been a part of MouseInfo.com since 2003. I enjoy visiting the Happiest Place on Earth and am happy to talk about Disney Parks all day long.

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