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While there aren’t too many blockbuster titles coming out this month on Disney+, September finds the streaming service releasing an extensive collection of shorts, specials, and fresh takes on favorite franchises, including an exciting new Star Wars series.
TV Shows and Specials to Look for in September
First up on September 1 comes a full season of the new Pixar shorts collection, Dug Days. The animated shorts follow the wacky daily adventures of the loveable dog Dug from Up.
In the lead-up to the next big Marvel film to hit theaters, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (September 3), the ongoing “summary” short series Marvel Studios Legends will air a new episode on September 1 focusing on the Ten Rings.
August’s big animal premiere, Growing Up Animal, will launch a special Behind the Scenes series on September 2. Get more cuteness and peek as to how the special six-episode nature series, following the birth and development of baby animals in the wild, was made.
The first major series premiere for Disney+ viewers comes in the family-friendly comedy Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. (September 8). Yes, it is exactly what you think. This modern remake of the early 1990s classic Doogie Howser, M.D. moves the setting to Hawaii and is led by a young female medical prodigy, Dr. Lahela “Doogie” Kamealoha. Wacky antics ensue as she juggles a busy hospital schedule and, you know, being 16.
September also brings two new SparkShorts from Pixar, part of its ongoing series of experimental and personal shorts developed by individual Pixar artists. Twenty-Something(September 10) is about the anxieties of becoming an adult, as Gia finds herself confronting her 21st birthday feeling like—literally—a stack of kids hiding in a trench coat. Nona (September 17) looks at finding the balance of family and personal space, as a grandmother planning to spend her one day alone watching her favorite show receives an unexpected visit from her granddaughter.
Finally, on September 22 comes the biggest name drop of the new show, Star Wars: Visions. This series of animated shorts brings together the work of seven Japanese anime studios, each presenting Star Wars stories in their own unique storytelling and animation styles. While the first foray into anime for Star Wars, it comes as no surprise with the original series often referencing Japanese mythology and filmmaking in its influences. This new anthology series tells new stories set within the familiar worlds of the franchise and includes both canon and new characters. It will be available with both its original Japanese voice track, as well as English dubbing that includes a stellar cast including Lucy Liu, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Neil Patrick Harris, Alison Brie, Simu Liu, Jordan Fisher, and George Takei. English dub trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtAsl-0o3O0
Also debuting on September 22 will be a bonus series, Star Wars: Visions (Filmmaker Focus), a set of bonus featurettes about the making of the series.
TV Shows and Specials Coming to Disney+ in September
Wednesday, September 1
- Alaska Animal Rescue (S2)
- Disney Junior The Chicken Squad (S1)
- Dug Days * Premiere
Thursday, September 2
- Behind The Scenes of Growing Up Animal * Premiere
Wednesday, September 8
- Disney Junior Mira, Royal Detective (S2)
- Disney’s Pepper Ann (S1 – S3)
- The Incredible Dr. Pol (S19)
- The Wizard of Paws (S1)
- Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. * Premiere
Friday, September 10
- Disney Far Away From Raven’s Home
- Twenty Something * Premiere
Wednesday, September 15
- Disney Junior Ready For Preschool (S2)
- Life Below Zero: Next Generation (S16)
- Miraculous Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (S4)
- Unknown Waters with Jeremy Wade (S1)
Friday, September 17
- Disney Descendants: The Royal Wedding
- Disney’s Broadway Hits At London’s Royal Albert Hall
- Flooded Tombs Of The Nile
- Jade Eyed Leopard
- Nona * Premiere
Wednesday, September 22
- Dog: Impossible (S2)
- Spidey And His Amazing Friends (S1)
- Star Wars: Visions * Premiere
- Star Wars: Visions (Filmmaker Focus)
Wednesday, September 29
- Disney’s Magic Bake-Off (S1)
- Disney Junior Muppet Babies (S3)
- Disney Junior Ready For Preschool (S1)
- Disney Junior Vampirina (S3)
- Great Barrier Reef (S1)
- The Hatcher Family Dairy (S1)
- Rolie Polie Olie (S1 – S5)
New Movies from Disney
Two new films land on Disney+ in September. No, sadly not Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which despite ongoing pandemic concerns, Marvel and Disney have decided not to give simultaneous theatrical and Premier access to, unlike this summer’s Black Widow.
However, also hotly anticipated is a new concert experience film from chart-topper Billie Eilish, Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles (September 3). The film, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Patrick Osborne, was recorded live, in album sequential order, on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to the intimate staged songs, the film includes animated elements that explore iconic vistas from Billie’s hometown of Los Angeles.
The new feature-length documentary A Spark Story (September 24) is an intimate look at the SparkShorts filmmaking process at Pixar. SparkShorts allow individual artists at Pixar to develop and create personal shorts highlighting experimental animation techniques and styles as well as unique voices in storytelling.
Movies Coming to Disney+ in September
Friday, September 3
- Dark Phoenix
- Smoky Mountain Park Rangers
- Happier than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles * Premiere
Friday, September 10
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Friday, September 17
- Confessions of a Shopaholic
Friday, September 24
- Spooky Buddies
- The Fault in Our Stars
- A Spark Story * Premiere
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