By Jack Dunn | Campus News Editor
Disney+ has finally arrived, opening up Disney’s impressive vault of classic movies and television shows throughout its history.
This review is going to be broken down into two parts. Instead of trying to evaluate the application itself and say if I enjoyed its newer offerings, I want to talk about both in two different reviews. For this first review, I’ll look at how the app works as well as the available offerings in its vault.
For this review, I used Disney+ on both my iPad and Playstation 4. The app itself is easy enough to use. It’s very similar to how Netflix organizes its content, but the way Disney+ organizes itself into categories plays well with what they have to offer. By placing some of the most recognizable icons at the top of the screen, a simple tap will show you everything they have to offer under that name. Chances are that someone is going to check out Disney+ because they want to watch Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars or National Geographic. In addition to this, some of the other sub categories such as “Out of the Vault,” “Inspired by True Stories” and “Disney Channel favorites” also make it much easier to find something but avoids organizing it into categories like “comedies” or “dramas.”
Disney+ is the only app I feel confident that when I hit the download button for a show or movie, it will actually download. You can even leave the app and the content will still download. I can’t tell you how many times I tried to download something on Netflix, it doesn’t and then I don’t have anything to watch while I travel. Disney+ also allows you to download anything that is on the service, whereas Netflix is limited in what can be downloaded due to licensing deals.
The one thing that I wish Disney+ had was a “continue watching” row. Every time you leave and come back, you have to search for what you were watching again. It also won’t tell you what episode you were on, so you would have to remember that as well. I do feel that this is something that can be fixed in a future update, but in the meantime, it is a little annoying.
Now onto what’s available to watch on Disney+. I guess the real question is what isn’t available to watch on Disney+. To be honest there isn’t much you can’t watch. They have something for almost everyone. They have almost all the Star Wars movies and the Marvel movies. They’ve got every Disney classic hit and then even a couple of misses. They have all of my personal favorite Pixar movies. Nearly all of your classic Disney channel movies and television shows are available. It really goes to show what kind of success Disney has had over the years without even counting the stuff that they are still licensing out to other streaming services.
Some of my personal favorites that I found on Disney+ are: Star Wars the Clone Wars, The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year and Phineas and Ferb, among others. I think what was most impressive about the collection was finding one of my Dad’s favorite movies from growing up, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, which stars Sean Connery before he was James Bond.
The real question that remains is if Disney+ will include more adult humor content. A large part of their marketing campaign focused around the fact that they had all 30 seasons of the Simpsons on the service. However outside of that, there aren’t really any more movies or television shows that are exclusively meant for adults. I know Disney has said that it will aim to keep the majority of that content on Hulu (which Disney owns), but I’d be curious to see if we see either more shows like Family Guy on it or some of the X-Men movies (even the R rated ones like Logan or Deadpool).