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Disney+ has announced the new releases coming to the streaming service in August, 2020.
Disney’s VOD platform launched in the UK in March, packed to the rafters with movies and shows, but as with all streaming service, there’s always room for something new.
Big highlights include the launch of CGI-live action hybrid film The One And Only Ivan which stars Bryan Cranston and the voices of Sam Rockwell and Angelina Jolie, and Howard, the documentary about the acclaimed songwriter Howard Ashman whose songs changed Disney films forever.
Here’s what you can look forward to on Disney+ in August.
Howard – Available to stream 7 August
Directed by Don Hahn, Howard is the untold story of Howard Ashman, the brilliant lyricist behind Disney classics like Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and creator of musicals including Little Shop of Horrors. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, personal films and photographs, as well as interviews with Howard’s friends and family, the film is an intimate look at the Disney Legend’s life, his creative drive, and the process behind the music. Spanning his childhood in Baltimore, to his formative years in New York, and his untimely death due to AIDS, Howard goes in-depth to explore his journey to become the lyricist behind some of the most beloved and well-known classic family films in the world.
The One And Only Ivan – Available to stream 14 August
Ivan is a 400-pound silverback gorilla who shares a communal habitat in a suburban shopping mall with Stella the elephant and Bob the dog. He has few memories of the jungle where he was captured, but when a baby elephant named Ruby arrives, it touches something deep within him. Ruby is recently separated from her family in the wild, which causes him to question his life, where he comes from and where he ultimately wants to be. Directed by Thea Sharrock, the film features the voices of Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie, Danny DeVito, Helen Mirren and stars Bryan Cranston.
Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe – Available to stream 28 August
Phineas and Ferb are back. And this time they’re setting out across the galaxy to rescue their older sister Candace (Ashley Tisdale), who after being abducted by aliens, finds utopia in a far-off planet, free of pesky little brothers.
Meanwhile, all four seasons of the original animated series Phineas and Ferb, along with Phineas and Ferb Mission Marvel, Phineas and Ferb Star Wars and Take Two with Phineas and Ferb are also available to stream on Disney+.
Brand new Disney+ Original series
Magic Camp – Available to stream 14 August
As a boy attending the Institute of Magic, a secluded mountain retreat which plays host to a bevy of aspiring young magicians each summer, Andy Duckerman (Adam Devine) was a camp legend. Now, at 35, he’s struggling to make ends meet as a professional illusionist and is frustrated and depressed by the direction his career has taken. But when the Institute invites Andy to return as a counsellor, he finds himself in charge of the greenest and most awkward wannabe magicians, and having to deal with his former partner and current arch rival, Kristina Darkwood (Gillian Jacobs), who’s also a counsellor.
As Andy slowly gains the respect of his team of ragtag artists, they in turn inspire him to nurture each of their unique talents while preparing them to compete with the camp’s more experienced magicians in the Institute’s annual Top Hat magic contest.
Weird But True! – Available to stream 14 August
Children’s entertainers and educators Charlie Engelman and Carly Ciarrocchi host the third season of the Emmy Award-winning series Weird But True! and this time, they’re embarking on even more imaginative and strange adventures to reveal surprising and interesting facts about the world. Set both in studio and in the field, Weird But True! is a 13-episode series that integrates a mix of arts and crafts, unbelievable facts and real-life exploration. This season takes a closer look at dinosaurs, national parks, trains, venomous animals, the solar system and more.
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