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What’s new on Disney Plus: Best movies, shows, and originals for October 2020

October premieres on Disney+ include 'The Mandalorian' and 'Maleficent.'

Sep 25, 2020, 5:45 pm*

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Audra Schroeder 

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Here’s what’s new on Disney Plus for October.


Best new movies on Disney Plus: October 2020

Maleficent

Debuts Oct. 1

Angelina Jolie’s iconic portrayal of Maleficent lands on Disney Plus this month. In other words, it’s officially Halloween. The film puts a twist on the Sleeping Beauty villain, as Maleficent, benevolent ruler turned mistress of all evil, watches over Aurora (Elle Fanning), the daughter of the man who betrayed her. In addition to stunning visual effects, Maleficent has a great cast: Juno Temple, Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton, and Sharlto Copley also star, so you have even more reason to watch.

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Mr. Holland’s Opus

Debuts Oct. 2

Mr. Holland’s Opus is a text-book “feel good” Disney movie. Richard Dreyfuss plays Glenn Holland, a struggling composer who reluctantly takes a job as a high school music teacher. His unconventional teaching methods raise eyebrows—he’s teaching rock and roll in the ’60s! However, he starts to reach his students in unique ways. We also see him struggle to understand his son Cole, who is deaf.

There’s a lot of great music in the film, which spans 30 years and has its share of tear-jerker moments.

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Best new shows on Disney Plus: October 2020

The Simpsons season 31

It’s hard to fathom The Simpsons are now in season 32, however they do have to keep predicting things. As the new season premieres on Fox, season 31 lands on Disney Plus, including a “Thanksgiving of Horror” special and a guest appearance by Cate Blanchett.

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Best New Originals and Exclusives on Disney Plus: October 2020

The Mandalorian

Debuts Oct. 30

The question on everyone’s mind going into season 2 of The Mandalorian: Is Baby Yoda OK?

Rest assured, Baby Yoda returns in season 2 of the Star Wars standalone series, which became one of the most popular new shows on Disney Plus last fall. It debuts Oct. 30, and continues the story of season 1: The Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) is on the path to reunite Baby Yoda (known as “The Child” in the series) with his kind, while also keeping an eye out for Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) and Boba Fett (Temuera Morrison). In addition, the season’s directors include showrunner Jon Favreau and Robert Rodriguez.

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The Right Stuff

Debuts Oct. 9

This scripted original, originally from National Geographic, is another new Disney Plus title. Of course, it’s also another adaption of Tom Wolfe’s novel about the Mercury 7, which was made into a film in 1983. Patrick Adams (Suits) plays astronaut John Glenn and Jake McDorman (Limitless) plays astronaut Alan Shepard in this dramatic reinterpretation of the race to be first in space.

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Best recent releases on Disney Plus: Editors’ picks

Mulan

Mulan, which draws from the original “Ballad of Hua Mulan,” Chinese wuxia films, war epics, and especially 1998’s Mulan, immediately stands out from its predecessors in Disney’s growing catalog of reimagined animated classics. Its grand and epic scale, stunning and vibrant visuals, choreography, and a few key performances all help instantly place it as one of Disney’s best of its lavish remakes. But it also shines in part for what it isn’t: It’s not a total copy-and-paste of the animated classic—and that’s a very good thing.

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Hamilton

“From its very first note to its last, Hamilton is a marvel. For more than a year following its Broadway debut in 2015, the Tony, Pulitzer, and Grammy award-winning musical-turned-phenomenon, along with many of its stars, was everywhere online … Hamilton brings depths of humanity to Hamilton himself, warts and all, but the greater gift—enhanced with the care and attention that the camera gives them, as well as the book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda—is the humanity that the other players, some of them larger-than-life figures whose legacy looms large to this day, receive.”

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October 2020 new movies on Disney+

Available Oct. 1

  • Maleficent

Available Oct. 2

  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  • Cheaper by the Dozen 2
  • Mr. Holland’s Opus

Available Oct. 9

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • Oil Spill of the Century
  • Wild Portugal
  • X2

Available Oct. 16

  • Lost on Everest
  • Marvel’s Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United
  • Clouds
  • Meet the Chimps

Available Oct. 23

  • Pompeii: Secrets of the Dead
  • Ultimate Viking Sword
  • Once Upon a Snowman

Available Oct. 30

  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

 


 

October 2020 new shows on Disney+

Available Oct. 2

  • Secrets of the Zoo: Down Under (season 1)
  • The Simpsons (season 31)
  • Zenimation Extended Edition
  • Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, episode 102
  • One Day at Disney, episode 144
  • Weird But True, episode 308

Available Oct. 9

  • The Right Stuff (premiere)
  • Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, episode 103
  • Weird But True, episode 309
  • One Day at Disney, episode 145

Available Oct. 16

  • Disney Junior the Rocketeer (season 1)
  • Drain (season 3)
  • The Right Stuff, episode 103
  • One Day At Disney, episode 146
  • Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, episode 104
  • Weird But True, episode 310

Available Oct. 23

  • Gathering Storm (season 1)
  • India from Above (season 1)
  • Marvel Super Hero Adventures (Shorts) (season 4)
  • Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, episode 105
  • The Big Fib, New Episodes 116 – 130
  • The Right Stuff, episode 104
  • Weird But True, episode 311
  • One Day At Disney, episode 147

Available Oct. 30

  • The Mandalorian (season 2)
  • Disney the Owl House (season 1)
  • X-Ray Earth (season 1)
  • Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, episode 106
  • The Right Stuff, episode 105
  • Weird But True, episode 312
  • One Day At Disney, episode 148

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*First Published: Aug 29, 2020, 1:18 pm