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Countdown to 1st June launch of Disney+ Hotstar

Writer: Michelle Tan

28 May – Disney+ Hotstar will begin streaming in Malaysia next Tuesday, 1 June 2021. The highly anticipated streaming service has been much awaited, and Malaysian viewers will now be able to enjoy content from The Walt Disney Company most iconic entertainment brands, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic as well as a wide array of general entertainment series and films for young adult audiences, and home-grown and Asian hits - all in one place.

Consumers can subscribe directly to Disney+ Hotstar for RM54.90 for three months, or through special packages with Astro, for access to an extensive collection of content of more than 800 films and 18,000 episodes.

This include Disney+ Originals like "The Mandalorian" and "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series", as well as Marvel Studios' "WandaVision", "The Falcon and The Winter Soldier" and "Loki".

For fans of blockbuster movies, they can watch many of these titles including Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Endgame", "Avengers: Infinity War", and "Black Panther"; Disney's live action adaptations of "Mulan", "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil", "The Lion King", and "Beauty and the Beast"; as well as animated features like "Moana", "Frozen" as well as Disney and Pixar's "Soul", "Coco" and "Finding Dory".


Malaysian viewers will finally be able to see cute Baby Yoda in "The Mandalorian"


"Mulan" will be among the live-action Disney movies available on the platform

Other movies and shows that will be part of the streaming service include the Oscar winner "Nomadland", Taika Waititi's "Jojo Rabbit", Shondaland's "Grey's Anatomy", and AMC's "The Walking Dead".

At the same time, Disney+ Hotstar will also feature other projects from Malaysian studios like Primeworks, Les Copaque, and Skop Productions, and will be the exclusive platform for local films like "J2: J Retribusi", "Ejen Ali The Movie" and shows like TV3's "Single Terlalu Lama" and "Kekasih Hati Mr. Bodyguard".


"Ejen Ali The Movie" will also be a part of Disney+ Hotstar

Here are some of the shows that will be a part of the streaming service:

Marvel Super Heroes:
Marvel Studios' Original Series WandaVision (all episodes)
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (all episodes)
Loki (starts streaming in June)
Marvel Studios: Assembled and Marvel Studios: Legends

As well as blockbuster films including Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Deadpool and more.

Disney Favourites:
*including Original Animation and Live Action Remakes such as The Lion King, Mulan, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Frozen 1 and 2 and the Pirates of the Caribbean series


The kids will be delighted to watch and sing along with Anna, Elsa and Olaf in the "Frozen" films

Disney+ Originals:
Exclusive titles only available on Disney+ Hotstar, such as The Mandalorian, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, folklore: the long pond studio sessions, The Right Stuff, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Big Shot, Flora & Ulysses, The One and Only Ivan, Muppets Now, Lady and the Tramp and Godmothered


'J2: J Retribusi' was Ashraf Sinclair's last film before his untimely passing

Top Malaysian hits:
Including new releases and well-loved local content such as:
J2: J Retribusi, Zombitopia (starts streaming 2 July)
Ada Hantu (starts streaming mid-Aug)
Semanis Senyumanmu
Wifi Sebelah Rumah (starts streaming end-June).

This is in addition to renowned Malaysian hits including: J Revolusi, Tombiruo, KL Special Force, Munafik, Istanbul Aku Datang!, Ejen Ali The Movie, Upin & Ipin: Keris Siamang Tunggal (starts streaming mid-June), The Rock movies (Rock, Rock Oo!, Rock Bro!, and Rock 4: Rockers Never Dai), Talentime, Mukhsin, The Kid From The Big Apple 2, Vedigundu Pasangge, Evolusi KL Drift 1 & 2, KL Gangster 1 & 2, Gol & Gincu 1 & 2, Guang, Redha and Roh


Yup, ALL the "Star Wars" movies too

Star Wars Movies:
All 12 Star Wars movies, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Pixar and Disney Animation Studios:
Upcoming movie Disney & Pixar's Luca will be released straight to Disney+ Hotstar on 18 June. Heartwarming and award-winning films like Soul, Toy Story 4, Coco, The Incredibles 2, Finding Dory, shorts such as 22 vs. Earth, Burrow, Bao and Pixar Popcorn as well as Inside Pixar, an inside look into the people, artistry and culture of Pixar Animation Studios

National Geographic contents:
Including Secret of the Whales, Own the Room, Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, Free Solo, The Right Stuff, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Genius and Wicked Tuna

Children shows:
This includes the likes of hit series such as Ejen Ali, Alif & Sofia (starts streaming mid-July), Wizards of Warna Walk, Mickey and the Roadster Racers, over 10 seasons of Upin & Ipin


"Wizards of Warna Walk" chronicles the magical adventures of the Peranakan D'Cruz family.

General entertainment films and series:
Nomadland, Grey's Anatomy, 9-1-1, Criminal Minds, Home Alone franchise, The Walking Dead, 24, Aliens franchise, Avatar, Planet of the Apes franchise, Family Guy, Fresh off the Boat, Ford V Ferrari, Homeland, How I Met Your Mother, Jojo Rabbit, Modern Family, The Simpsons, The X-Files franchise, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and more

Popular Chinese movies and series:
This include The Silent Forest, Ip Man 4: The Finale, Agent Mr. Chan, Infernal Affairs, Line Walker 2, The Storm Riders, Number 1 (starts streaming mid-June), The Deer and the Cauldron, The Legend of Hao Lan, Nothing Gold Can Stay and Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace


Donnie Yen in "Ip Man 4: The Finale" is a must-watch


A young lady finds love while battling cancer in "Dil Bechara"

Exclusive never-seen-before Hindi and Tamil movies and series by Hotstar:
This include Dil Bechara, Lootcase, Khuda Hafiz, Teddy (starts streaming mid-June), Big Bull (starts streaming end-June), 1232 KMS (starts streaming mid-July), The Legend of Hanuman (starts streaming mid-July), Live Telecast and Triples

Tamil blockbusters and Star Vijay series:
Vishwaroopam 1 and 2, Maari, Thuppakki, Nanban, Kaaka Muttai, Pandian Stores, Bharathi Kannamma, Raja Rani, Super Singer 8 and Naam Iruvar Namakku Iruvar

Cinema Online, 28 May 2021


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