New to Disney Plus in May 2021

From Cruella, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, and the return of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Disney Plus has plenty to watch this month.

Although I’m sad to see The Falcon and The Winter Soldier go, we’re gonna get so much more from that duo later down the road. Time to move on to the next big Disney show which will make its debut on May the 4th … be with you.

Check it out below:

May 4
Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Episode 101 – Premiere
“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in “The Clone Wars”) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch—a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army—each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.

Friday, May 7
Disney Wander over Yonder (s1)
Disney Wander over Yonder (s2)
Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Big Shot – Episode 104 “Great in the Living Room”
After Harper’s exposé goes viral, Marvyn seeks redemption by trying to recruit a new player.
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers – Episode 107 “Pong Hockey”
Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Episode 102

Friday, May 14
Disney Special Agent Oso (s1)
Disney Special Agent Oso (s2)
Disney Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps (s1)
Xmen: The Last Stand
Life Below Zero (s15)
Race to the Center of the Earth

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – Episode 201 – “New Year’s Eve” – Season Two Premiere
Big Shot – Episode 105 “This is our House”
Louise’s dad is arrested. Louise and Olive get caught cheating on a test. Marvyn dates again.
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers – Episode 108 “Change on the Fly”
Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Episode 103

May 21
Disney Big City Dreams (s2)
Disney Junior Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures (s1)
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast
Fury Files (Interstitials)
Ice Road Rescue (s5)
Running Wild with Bear Grylls (s6)

Inside Pixar: Unpacked – Batch Premiere
A documentary series of personal and cinematic stories that provide an inside look into the people, artistry, and culture of Pixar Animation Studios.

  • Unpacked: About Time
    Director: Erica Milsom
    How can the passage of time be utilized as a tool for emotional storytelling? Narrator W. Kamau Bell breaks down how time can become its own character in Pixar films, looking at period pieces such as Brave and the tearjerking passage of time in Up.
  • Unpacked: Everybody Loves a Villain
    Director: Tony Kaplan
    From Ernesto de La Cruz to Lotso to Hopper, foes of all shapes and sizes are essential to many of our favorite Pixar movies. But what makes a good villain? Narrator W. Kamau Bell digs into why we love to hate our favorite antagonists and what makes them so complicated.
  • Unpacked: The Squint Test
    Director: Tony Kaplan
    Pixar characters strive to strike a balance between realistic and caricatured. Narrator W. Kamau Bell explains how basic shapes and drawings influence the character design and story of favorite films such as Up, Ratatouille, and The Incredibles.
  • Unpacked: Inner Drive
    Director: Erica Milsom
    Beyond the world of Cars, vehicles of all kinds have made their mark throughout Pixar’s films. Jump in and go for a ride with narrator W. Kamau Bell as he cruises through some of his favorite Pixar planes, trains, and Incredibiles.
  • Unpacked: No Small Roles
    Director: Tony Kaplan
    Take a deep dive into the art of crowds animation. Each of your favorite Pixar characters live in worlds populated by fellow fish, cars, toys, and humans, but creating thousands of these fully animated background characters is no easy feat. Join narrator W. Kamau Bell in understanding how Pixar adds thousands of background characters into every film.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – Episode 202 “Typecasting”
Big Shot – Episode 106 “Carlsbad Crazies”
Marvyn regresses back to his old ways while defending Louise from an opposing team’s harassment. Holly gets a shot at the limelight.
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers – Episode 109 “Head Games”
Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Episode 104

Friday, May 28
Bluey (s2)
Disney Sydney to the Max (s3)
Kingdom of the Polar Bear
Wicked Tuna (s10)

Cruella – Premiere
Academy Award® winner Emma Stone (“La La Land”) stars in Disney’s “Cruella,” an all-new live-action feature film about the rebellious early days of one of cinemas’ most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. “Cruella,” which is set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar® winner Emma Thompson (“Howards End,” “Sense & Sensibility”). But their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella.

The film will release simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access for a one-time additional fee on Friday, May 28.

Launchpad – Batch Premiere
Disney’s “LAUNCHPAD” is a collection of live-action shorts from a new generation of dynamic storytellers. Six filmmakers from underrepresented backgrounds were selected and provided with the opportunity to share their perspectives and creative visions that will show audiences what it means to be seen. Inspired by life’s journey, these first six shorts for Disney+ are based on the theme, “Discover.”

  • Launchpad: American EID
    Written and Directed by Aqsa Altaf
    Ameena, a Muslim Pakistani immigrant, wakes up on Eid to find out that she has to go to school. Homesick and heartbroken, she goes on a mission to make Eid a public-school holiday, and in the process, reconnects with her older sister, and embraces her new home, while her new home embraces her.
  • Launchpad: Dinner is Served
    Directed by Hao Zheng, Written by G. Wilson & Hao Zheng
    A Chinese student at an elite U.S. boarding school realizes excellence is not enough when he tries out for a leadership position no international student has ever applied for.
  • Launchpad: Growing Fangs
    Written and Directed by Ann Marie Pace
    Val Garcia, a Mexican-American teen who is half-human/half-vampire, has had to keep her identity a secret from both worlds. But when her human best friend shows up at her monster-infested school, she has to confront her truth, her identity, and herself.
  • Launchpad: The Last of the Chupacabras
    Written and Directed by Jessica Mendez Siqueiros
    In a world where culture has nearly ceased to exist, one lone Mexican-American struggling to carry on her traditions unknowingly summons a dark and ancient creature to protect her.
  • Launchpad: Let’s Be Tigers
    Written and Directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz
    Avalon’s not ready to process the loss of her mother, but when she’s put in charge of a 4-year-old for one night, she finds more comfort than she ever could have expected.
  • Launchpad: The Little Prince(ss)
    Written and Directed by Moxie Peng
    When Gabriel, a 7-year-old Chinese kid who loves ballet, becomes friends with Rob, another Chinese kid from school, Rob’s dad gets suspicious about Gabriel’s feminine behavior and decides to intervene.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – Episode 203 “Valentine’s Day”
Big Red and Ashlyn celebrate their first Valentine’s Day together, amidst drama. Kourtney spars with a co-worker while Gina contends with being single. Meanwhile, Ricky and Nini’s plans to surprise each other turn into a comedy of errors, leading to new revelations and a surprise song.
Big Shot – Episode 107 “Kalm Korn”
Marvyn’s statue resurfaces, and he stops undermining Holly. Emma accidentally throws a party.
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers – Episode 110 “State of Play”
Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Episode 105