New on Disney+: December 2020

This December, Disney+ will celebrate the month of Christmas with the arrival of Originals like Godmothered, High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special. Alongside these originals, there will be library titles throughout the month like Big, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Eddie the Eagle, Into the Woods, and more.

Friday, December 4

Mulan

Disney’s MULAN..Mulan (Yifei Liu)..Photo: Stephen Tilley..© 2018 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

In this blend of a remake of the 1998 animated film and the Chinese folklore “The Ballad of Mulan“, Yifei Liu’s rendition of the classic tale battles gender roles and defends China from its foreign invaders.

You can read my review here.

Godmothered

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Set at Christmas time, “Godmothered” is a comedy about Eleanor, a young, inexperienced fairy godmother-in-training (Jillian Bell), who upon hearing that her chosen profession is facing extinction, decides to show the world that people still need fairy godmothers. Finding a mislaid letter from a 10-year-old girl in distress, Eleanor tracks her down and discovers that the girl, Mackenzie, is now a 40-year-old single mom (Isla Fisher) working at a news station in Boston. Having lost her husband several years earlier, Mackenzie has all but given up on the idea of “happily ever after,” but Eleanor is bound and determined to give Mackenzie a happiness makeover, whether she likes it or not.

The Mandalorian “Chapter 14”

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Synopsis to be added as it becomes available.

Extras – Beyond the Clouds: Where It All Began 

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Beyond the Clouds takes an exclusive look inside the production and inspiration behind the Disney+ original movie. The short form docuseries can be found under extras for Clouds. A total of nine episodes will premiere weekly with the final episode streaming on January 29. In the first episode, director Justin Baldoni stumbles upon Zach Sobiech’s story and sets out to find him. From their very first meeting, Justin realizes this young musician’s story is special and that Zach’s desire to make an impact before he leaves this world can inspire people everywhere.

The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse

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“Keep On Rollin’”

Mickey and his friends’ disco night at the roller rink is placed in peril when their fun is crashed by Peg-Leg Pete and his gang.

“The Big Good Wolf”
Mickey Mouse attempts to turn the Big Bad Wolf into a good person.

Friday, December 11

Disney Channel’s Epic Holiday Showdown

Disney Holiday Magic Quest

Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric

Ralph Breaks the Internet

High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special 

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In this all-new holiday music special, the cast of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series delivers an abundance of feel-good holiday cheer. They perform their favorite Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s songs and share anecdotes from their memorable holidays, best – and most embarrassing! – presents, favorite holiday traditions, family Christmas photos, and poignant New Year’s resolutions. High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special will also feature a sneak peek of the very first performance in the highly anticipated second season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

Safety

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Safety is the empowering story of Ray McElrathbey, a young man facing a series of challenging circumstances, whose faith and persistence help him to triumph over repeated adversities and play football on scholarship at Clemson University, all while struggling to raise and care for his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr.

The Mandalorian “Chapter 15”

Synopsis to be added as it becomes available.

Extras – Beyond the Clouds: Meet the Sobiechs

Intercut with footage from their auditions, we meet Fin, Sabrina, Madison, Neve, and Tom as Justin sends the cast to meet their real-life counterparts in Minnesota and New York City. The group bonds over their love of Zach, and the actors discover inspiration to bring their roles to life.

The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse

“The Brave Little Squire”
Mickey dreams of being a knight, but when he is chosen to be Sir Mortimer’s squire, he discovers his new boss’s heroic reputation is a fairytale.

“An Ordinary Date”
Mickey and Minnie attempt to make their ordinary dinner date into something extraordinary.

Friday, December 18

Buried Truth of the Maya

Cosmos: Possible Worlds (Season One)

Disney Channel Holiday House Party

Disney Parks Sunrise Series (Season One)

Disney Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure (Season Three)

Eddie the Eagle

Into the Woods

Miraculous World: New York, United Heroez

On Pointe

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On Pointe is a six-part docu-series that captures a season in the School of American Ballet (SAB) in New York City. Featuring unprecedented access to the famous ballet institution, the series follows the lives of the students ages 8 to 18 pursuing their dreams to become ballet dancers. While older students from all over the country rigorously train for professional careers, younger students from New York City are put through their paces as they rehearse and perform in New York City Ballet’s holiday classic “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” onstage at Lincoln Center.

Arendelle Castle Yule Log

For your holiday celebrations, set the wintry mood with Anna and Elsa’s Arendelle Castle yule log. The castle is newly decorated this year with elements harkening back to Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven’s recent journey to the Enchanted Forest. Happy Holidays from Arendelle!

Dory’s Reef Cam

Dive into the waters below and watch the aquatic wildlife from the world of Nemo and Dory.

Extras – Beyond the Clouds: Creating Zach’s World

Justin speaks to the significance of intertwining surprising elements throughout the film to create and maintain not only the sincerity of the set but also the emotional resonance through the entirety of production. From Zach’s director’s chair to wardrobe and set dressing, it starts to become quite clear — Zach is here every step of the way.

The Mandalorian “Chapter 16”

Synopsis to be added as it becomes available.

The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse

“Supermarket Scramble”
Mickey and his friends’ plans for a barbeque get sidetracked after a quick trip to the supermarket turns into an odyssey.

“Just the Four of Us”
Donald and Daisy’s little lie becomes a big problem when they try to get out of a group date with Mickey and Minnie.

Friday, December 25

Max Keeble’s Big Move

Soul

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What is it that makes you…YOU? Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new feature film Soul introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (voice of Tina Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions.

Burrow

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A young rabbit embarks on a journey to dig the burrow of her dreams, despite not having a clue what she’s doing. Rather than reveal to her neighbors her imperfections, she digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble. After hitting (bed)rock bottom, she learns there is no shame in asking for help.

Extras – Beyond the Clouds: A Musical Miracle

When Justin tasks Fin with creating an original song to be performed in the film, Fin surprises himself and everyone else when he discovers that his new song is directly connected to one Zach had been writing but was unable to finish before he passed away. Nothing short of a miracle, the story deeply touches Justin and, especially Zach’s girlfriend, Amy.