Dec 27, 2019
Both Apple and Disney announced new streaming video services this year and they couldn’t have been more different.
Apple promised a few old favorites, like Peanuts and Oprah, but mostly all-new originals with huge names like Jennifer Aniston and Jason Mamoa attached, budgets the would take us into the future and, through alternate timelines, the moon again, and with some astronomical, aspirations attached, because there was absolutely no catalog content to fall back on.
Disney was all about the franchises, including new Star Wars and Marvel shows, and returns to High School musicals, but also less-expected originals like Imagineers and Jeff Goldblum, and with a back catalog that conservatively includes, when you add in Disney proper, Pixar, Muppets, Fox, and National Geographic, about 85% of all of our childhoods.
Now, both of them have launched and are just finishing up the first 8-episode seasons of their first originals and, no spoilers, but it’s enough to figure out where they are and where they’re likely going.