Disney+ could very well be a gamechanger. While Netflix has had some competition in the form of streaming services like Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, none have really been able to hold a candle to their immense catalog of original content. Over the course of the past several years, they’ve really managed to solidify themselves as the titan in the industry. But Disney+ could eventually bring that reign to an end.
Sure, they may not actually be able to put out as much original content as Netflix, but what they lack in quantity, they make up for in sheer branding. But what sort of content will they be bringing to the table? Disney film chief Alan Horn recently sat down with THR, and he answered that very question by stating the following:
“The service will accommodate both film and television product, so each of the entities that is under my umbrella is charged with the challenge or responsibility of coming up with programming that can go directly to the service. I say to Sean Bailey, “I have good news. You can now make a McFarland, U.S.A. again.” That was an example of a wonderful movie that lost money. But this is the perfect vehicle for that kind of movie. Kathy Kennedy and Lucasfilm came up with the idea — it wasn’t mine — of an episodic Star Wars series called The Mandalorian, done by Jon Favreau. And the people at Disney Animation and Pixar are saying, “What can we do?” Everyone wears an additional hat now. Bob has said the service is now his No. 1 priority. Netflix and companies like Amazon represent the great disruption in our business and a seismic shift in consumer offerings and viewing patterns. The interesting thing, which is not resolved yet, is how big is the consumer appetite for these incremental services? I like our chances.”
Okay, so some of this is pretty old information. As we’ve known in the past, this service will allow them to make their mid-budget sports movies, so flicks like The Rookie and Remember the Titans can become a more regular thing on their platform. However, the big takeaway for me is the potential involvement of Disney Animation and Pixar.
For starters, yes, I know that there’s going to be an animated series based on Monsters Inc., but I’d always assumed that it would be some other studio working on it. That still may be the case, but this interview has got me wondering if these two studios could be making lower-budget animated films, or if they could even expand fully into the realm of TV.
If so, is this is a good thing? Do we really want to see these big animation brands venturing into the world of original streaming content? It’s a hard one to say. But what do you think? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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