Some months are busier than others at Disney+, at least when it comes to premieres. August sees new episodes of series like Monsters at Work and Turner & Hooch continue to roll out alongside the addition of catalog-expanding older titles, but only one high-profile premiere. It’s a big one, however, an animated entry in a year that’s seen the MCU’s TV footprint get bigger and bigger. But, if you’re in the market for something delightful and bite-sized, check out the series that kicks off the month.
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Short Circuit (Season 2 premiere, August 4)
One plus that few seemed to anticipate in the lead-up to Disney+’s premiere: it’s provided a great showcase for animated shorts. Not only has Disney+ allowed a lot of classic pieces of golden age animation to slip out of the Disney Vault, it’s offered opportunities for new shorts to find an audience via Pixar’s SparkShorts and this analogous Disney Animation Studios series. This second season of Short Circuit consists of five episodes, all of which premiere today (and one of which features a character named “Dinosaur Barbarian.”)
Mrs. Doubtfire (August 6)
Robin Williams had a gift for both frenetic comedy and pathos, but few movies found ways to tap into both skills. Uneven but affecting, this Chris Columbus-directed comedy finds Williams playing a recently divorced actor so desperate to spend time with his family he disguises himself as the ideal nanny, British accent and all. It’s a showcase for what made Williams such a huge star in his heyday.
Mysterious Benedict Society (Season Finale, August 6)
The first season of this stylish series starring Tony Hale as twin brothers on opposite sides of a battle to control the world — one whose balance will be tipped one way or another by a group of gifted kids. Will they prevail? We probably won’t out, one way or another, this season.
What If… ? (Disney+, August 11)
Always one of the most reliably weird comics put out by Marvel, What If…? explored what might have happened if key moments in Marvel history went another way. What the comic book did for Marvel zombies who knew every twist and turn in the Marvel Universe, this new animated anthology series looks to do the same for viewers steeped in Marvel Cinematic Universe lore. Creator A.C. Bradley has promised episodes will vary from the comic to the tragic, starting with an episode that ponders what might have happened if Peggy Carter had taken the Captain America Super Soldier serum.
Growing Up Animal (August 18)
Who doesn’t love baby animals? Monsters, that’s who, and they should stay far away from this six-episode series that dedicates each episode to a different animal and how they transform from helpless newborns into thriving members of the ecosystem.
Diary of a Future President (Season 2 premiere, August 18)
Or, if you want a different sort of coming-of-age story, jump back into this origin story of a future President of the United States of America named Elena Cañero-Reed (Tess Romero) as she faces the challenges of junior high. (And, to be fair, some of those are as tough-to-navigate as international diplomacy.)
Eragon (August 20)
When Disney absorbed Fox it also absorbed a lot of half-forgotten movies like this one, a 2006 attempt to launch a franchise by adapting the first installment of Christopher Paolini’s bestselling series about a boy (Ed Speleers) and his dragon (voiced by Rachel Weisz). Was the public wrong to reject a film that wanted to be the next Harry Potter? Now you have another chance to find out.
Disney Gallery — Star Wars: The Mandalorian (August 25)
Chances are you’re missing The Mandalorian right now. (Who isn’t?) Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait awhile for new installments but if you want a behind-the-scenes look at the second-season finale this special has you covered.
Cruella (August 27)
If you didn’t catch it in theaters or shell out the extra money to watch this largely well-liked Cruella de Vil origin story starring Emma Stone when it premiered back in May, here’s a chance to see it without paying the additional fee.
Underdog (August 27)
Jim Belushi and the voice of Jason Lee star as, respectively, a security guard and a superpowered beagle in this 2007 film inspired by the Sixties cartoon. By this point it would seem like Disney has emptied out most of its library onto Disney+, or at least films made this century, but apparently that’s not the case.
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