What to watch on Disney+ this weekend
The Muppets have an extended version of their version of “A Christmas Carol”. Idina Menzel takes to the stage. And we get an animated look at the overnight action at the Smithsonian. Let’s take a look at what to watch this weekend on Disney+.
THE MUPPETS CHRISTMAS CAROL: EXTENDED EDITION
‘Tis the season for love, laughter and one of the most beloved stories of all time. Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and all the fun Muppets in this cheerful, magical version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Michael Caine gives a performance that is anything but “bah, humbug!” like greedy, money-grubbing Ebenezer Scrooge. One fateful Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Together with kind, humble Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) and his family, these Spirits open Scrooge’s eyes – and his heart – to the true meaning of Christmas. This new version will feature the song “When Love is Gone”.
WE ARE LAUGHING
An epic fantasy series with a contemporary sensibility set in an enchanted land of stunning beauty, “Willow” features a diverse international cast with Jonathan Kasdan, Ron Howard, Wendy Mericle, Kathleen Kennedy and Michelle Rejwan as executive producers. The story began with an aspiring magician from a village in Nelwyn and an infant girl destined to unite the realms, who together helped destroy an evil queen and banish the forces of darkness. Now, in a magical world where brownies, wizards, trolls and other mythical creatures flourish, the adventure continues, as an unlikely group of heroes embark on a dangerous quest to places far beyond their home, where they must face their inner demons and come together to to save their world.
THE NISSEN CLAUSES
Scott is taken to the Christmas verse where he learns the truth about how he became Santa Claus. Meanwhile, things take a turn for the worse at the North Pole as more elves disappear and the Christmas spirit is all but destroyed. Scott returns from the Christmas season and goes with Noel back to the North Pole to save Christmas. Before he can, he is quickly captured by Simon. Carol, Cal and Sandra race back to the North Pole to help Scott.
THE MYSTERIOUS SOCIETY OF BENEDICT
After escaping Dr. Curtain’s compound, the Association retreats to the number two family home in Luxembourg, where she reconnects with her mother and siblings. The kids fight to rebuild Worldview Wash, but are interrupted by news of a group of grays in the nearby village – they’re out of time! The Society quickly comes up with defensive measures while Mr. Benedict and Dr. Curtain hash things out once and for all. After a final confrontation, the Society comes together to help one of their own.
IDINA MENZEL: WHICH WAY TO THE STAGE?
This intimate and inspiring film follows Tony Award-winning icon Idina Menzel on her journey to realize a lifelong dream: to play a concert at Madison Square Garden in her hometown of New York City. Featuring never-before-seen performance footage alongside raw and vulnerable interviews, the documentary follows Idina on an intimate journey as she juggles the challenges of being a working mother and wife with a grueling travel schedule as she prepares to take the stage at the legendary arena.
NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: KAHMUNRAH STANDS AGAIN
In “Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again,” Nick Daley follows in his father’s footsteps as a night watchman at the American Museum of Natural History, so he knows what happens when the sun goes down. But when the mad ruler Kahmunrah escapes, it’s up to Nick to save the museum once and for all.
CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
“CMA Country Christmas” is back for its 13th year. Filmed in Nashville, the film features some of country music’s most beloved artists coming together for an intimate evening of holiday classics.
“Retrograde” captures the last nine months of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan from multiple perspectives: one of the last American special operations forces deployed there, a young Afghan general and his corps fighting to defend their homeland against all odds, the civilian attempts desperate to flee as the country collapses and the Taliban take over. From rarely seen operational control rooms to the front lines of battle and the chaotic Kabul airport during the final American withdrawal, Heineman’s latest film offers a cinematic and historical window into the end of America’s longest war and the cost to those most intimately involved.
MICKEY IS A CHRISTMAS CAROL
And if you’re looking for content from your holiday library, check out “Mickey’s A Christmas Carol.” This 30-minute special condenses the story incredibly well while starring some great Disney characters.
Those are my choices. What will you be watching this weekend on Disney+?