Well, it’s been about a month now—how are we all feeling? This isn’t just Mandalorian hype; this is getting into the depths of the catalog, here, because if you’re only in it for The Mandalorian, you’re probably not the sort of person who reads this column. And to be perfectly honest, I haven’t even really had child-free time with my partner to watch more than a couple of episodes, because I while my two-year-old Irene didn’t really seem to care beyond liking “baygee,” as she calls Baby Yoda, I don’t really think my six-year-old Simon would get into it, and Simon’s a lot whinier when he doesn’t like what we’re watching.
But there is plenty for both the kids on Disney+, where they of course have their own profiles so I can keep a closer eye on what they’re watching. (Though it’s weird that we can’t watch Moana on Irene’s, especially since she loves that movie. I think hers is set to G-rated?) We’ve been exploring older Disney stuff together; Irene turns out to really like old Mickey Mouse cartoons. And Simon is thrilled that they have Kim Possible—actually, they both are. It’s definitely one for the whole family around here.
It’s my understanding that a lot of people are spending more time exploring the depths of the catalog than watching new stuff. I fully expect people to spend the next few months discovering movies that we’ve covered here years ago, that I’ve been championing since childhood. And I mean, this is what we wanted all along, right? Opening of the vaults so people could become more familiar with what’s in there.
I’m also pleased to announce that a lot of the featurettes and things have made it onto the service—something not true of Netflix or Amazon Prime, the two other streaming services we use in my household. (I assume the Criterion Channel offers it, but we don’t have it.) Just this morning, we watched deleted scenes from Lilo & Stitch, certainly not something I’d have expected to see from a streaming service. I’m always a fan of making-of and behind-the-scenes, and it’s something I deeply look forward to showing the kids, because I think they’d really enjoy knowing the how—Simon asked me this morning who voices Cobra Bubbles, I’m pleased to announce.
They’ve announced some new stuff, and a lot of the older shorts seem to be easing their way onto the service, but I’m still disappointed with that back catalog. I actually had to go into the other room for my Zorro discs the other day. Shocking. I haven’t done a deep search to see if some of the stuff I mentioned as being missing day one was now there, but I certainly haven’t seen it offered—any of it—as stuff I might like. I’m not as reliant on my physical collection (which you can help expand by contributing to my Patreon or Ko-fi) as I was before the service began, but there are still movies I wouldn’t be able to write about if I had to use just Disney+. And there’s a ton of television missing still, the thing I’d honestly been hoping for more of.
I don’t plan to do a monthly check-in by any stretch, but maybe call it six months and I’ll let you know. I might write about how they handle the Fox stuff before then, though of course I’m also still not happy that the merger went through at all. But I will say there’s room for a lot more Wonderful World of Disney on the service, even if there’s already space for some of the more bonkers animated shorts from the ’30s and ’40s. Which we’ll probably get to next week—I was watching some as I wrote, and man do I have an article planned for the Freudian aspects of “Mickey’s Rival.”