In case you missed it, the internet (specifically the iTunes Store) literally went into meltdown today with the launch of Disney +.
It's a new streaming service by Disney (Duh!) which includes a hefty chunk of the companies properties back catalogue as well as all new original content.
As a true Disney Tragic, I was beyond-excited for the movies, the TV-shows - all that classic Disney fabulousness.
But my favourite category as it turn out - DOCUMENTARIES.
Now, I was a little concerned with all the extra time I was going to need to find in my day for Disney, but how much easier is it to justify when its EDUCATIONAL.
Walt Disney once said "The theatre of education will be any marketplace, public square, hill or dale where power can be found to project a motion picture on a screen."
He was a huge advocate for education and some of his first live-action films were documentaries! (Real-Life Adventures 1948-1960) It is even said that he invented the nature documentary.
It makes a stack of sense then, that the Disney company continue on his tradition of educating the masses through "motion pictures." The only major difference in 2019, we can watch them in the comfort of our very own home on a huge variety of devices. I wonder what he would have thought of this great, big beautiful tomorrow?
And I haven't even mentioned yet that Disney + is the new home of National Geographic, have I!? No introduction needed there, really...
The jewel in the top of Disney + Edu-Tainment Crown though, is The World According To Jeff Goldblum. (Part of the Nat Geo family)
A 12-Part series, Jeff "pulls the thread on a deceptively familiar object to unravel a world of astonishing connections and fascinating science and history..."
Jeff is a marvel in himself, so anything he could possibly present on, from sneakers to ice cream (WARNING: SPOILERS!) could only be a whole bucket-o-fun and learnin's.
That's what's next on my Watchlist - right after I finish The Imagineering Story - a behind the scenes showcase of Walt Disney Imagineering - the design and development centre of The Walt Disney Company. For anyone who loves the history of the company, the parks or even those who love seeing amazing people solve even more amazing problems - this one's for you!