Disney is continuing to add new original content to its ever-growing slate on Disney+. Now, the face of the company Mickey Mouse is getting his own documentary on the service. As is one on the late great Disney lyricist Howard Ashman, who passed away in 1991.
The untitled Mickey Mouse doc comes from Won’t You Be My Neighbor? producer Morgan Neville and director Jeff Malmberg, and centers on the iconic character’s cultural impact. The Ashman doc titled Howard is about Disney lyricist Howard Ashman, who was behind Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, the project will be directed by Beauty and the Beast producer Don Hahn and debuting in 2020.
As part of its overall deal with production company Supper Club, Disney+ also announced the relaunch of Walt Disney’s 1950s Oscar-winning series of documentary short films, People & Places, following the real-life stories of extraordinary people; and Wolfgang, following the life and work of famed chef Wolfgang Puck.
Community star Gillian Jacobs will direct the first episode of previously announced 2020 documentary series Marvel’s 616, with her episode highlighting the trailblazing women of Marvel Comics, and the service will be the streaming home for National Geographic documentary Science Fair, which will be available at launch.
News of Disney+’s expansions come as part of the streamer’s nonfiction showcase event, in partnership with the International Documentary Association, in Los Angeles on Friday.
“Disney has a rich history in nonfiction storytelling that dates back to the 1940s,” Disney+ president of content and marketing Ricky Strauss said in a statement. “The projects announced and showcased here today reflect Disney+’s commitment to building on Walt’s storytelling ethos and core values of creativity, innovation and exploration.”
Disney+ launches this November 12, 2019.
Source: Disney Examiner