Over the last several months, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to quarantine in their homes, causing an increase of use for entertainment streaming platforms. Today, Disney announced that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be coming to Disney+ two months earlier than intended. Appropriately, the release is scheduled for May 4th, a widely celebrated holiday among geeky circles called "Star Wars Day." Now everyone with a Disney+ account can watch the entire Skywalker saga to honor the holiday.
If you're a fan of The Mandalorian, there's another treat in store for May 4th: a new documentary series detailing the show and how it came together. Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian is eight episodes long, with each chapter exploring a different facet of the show through interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and round table conversations with producer Jon Favreau.
According to the show's description, "topics this season include the film making process, the legacy of George Lucas’ Star Wars, how the cast brought the characters to life, the series’ groundbreaking technology, the artistry behind the show’s practical models, effects, and creatures, plus the creative influences, the iconic score, and connections to Star Wars characters and props from across the galaxy."
This isn't the first time since the lockdowns started that Disney has released a film early. Last month, Frozen 2 dropped three months ahead of schedule, and the Pixar film Onward arrived on Disney+ on April 3. Other studios have put cinematic releases out for purchase or rental earlier than would be normal as well, such as Warner Brother's Birds of Prey or DreamWorks' Trolls World Tour.
What have been your favorite early releases to watch lately?