New year, new series and movies on Disney+. It’s the perfect time to recharge and reset with our local and loved picks. Laugh out loud at an Aussie suburban superhero in Koalaman, witness bright young surfing talent in local original docu-series Chasing Waves, follow Broadway icon Idina Menzel on tour, and more.
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Available to stream on Disney+ from 9 January
Your favourite new adult animation. Meet middle-aged dad Kevin and his titular not-so-secret identity, whose only superpower is a burning passion for following rules and snuffing out petty crime in the town of Dapto. Though it may seem like any other Australian suburb, forces of evil both cosmic and man-made lie in wait to pounce on unsuspecting Daptonians. Listen out for Hugh Jackman who voices Big Greg, the beloved head of the Town Council.
Available to stream exclusively on Disney+ from 11 January
A stunning local original docu-series. Explore the unique surf culture in Japan and the lives of both the trendsetters and the traditionalists in the lead up to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The docu-series features extraordinary pro surfers Mahina Maeda, Yuma Takanuki, Sara Kohrogi, 2021 Olympic Silver Medallist Kanoa Igarashi and Australian-Japanese surfer Connor O’Leary.
Available to stream exclusively on Disney+ from 20 January
A woman who needs no introduction, Idina Menzel’s many triumphs include iconic Broadway roles as well as the legendary voice of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen. Filmmaker Anne McCabe follows Menzel on a national tour over the course of sixteen shows as she juggles the challenges of being a working mom with a grueling travel schedule, all while preparing finally to realise her dream.
Available to stream exclusively on Disney+ from 4 January
Omega and the gang are back. Months have passed since the events on Kamino and the Bad Batch continue their journey navigating the Empire after the fall of the Republic. They will cross paths with friends and foes, both new and familiar, as they take on a variety of thrilling mercenary missions that will take them to unexpected and dangerous new places.
Darby and the Dead
Available to stream on Disney+ from 27 January
After suffering a near-death experience as a young girl, Darby Harper (Riele Downs) gains the ability to see dead people. As a result, she prefers to spend time counseling lonely spirits who have unfinished business on earth. But all that changes when Capri (Auli'i Cravalho), the Queen Bee of the school, unexpectedly dies in a freak accident and needs Darby’s help.