This just in: Disney has added James Cameron’s Avatar to its slate of titles coming to the new streaming service, Disney+, on launch day.
Avatar — the second-highest-grossing film of all time — will be available for streaming on Disney+ when the new platform launches on November 12 in the U.S., Canada, and The Netherlands. It will be available for streaming in Australia and New Zealand on November 19. Disney announced Friday that the Disney+ release of Avatar comes almost ten years after the film first hit theaters, on December 18, 2009. The award-winning film has taken home Oscars and Golden Globes, and now fans who subscribe to Disney+ will have the opportunity to watch it over and over again.
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Disney even shared a video of Cameron himself announcing the news of Avatar being added to the Disney+ launch day slate. Take a look:
For those unfamiliar with Avatar, Disney has also provided some insight into the film’s storytelling and success, which you can read from their press release below:
Written by James Cameron and produced by Cameron and Jon Landau, “Avatar” takes us to the amazing world of Pandora, where a man embarks on an epic adventure, ultimately fighting to save both the people he learns to love and the place he now calls home. The film stars Sam Worthington, Zoë Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Wes Studi and Laz Alonso. Director James Cameron takes audiences to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where reluctant hero Jake Sully (Worthington) sets out on a journey of redemption and discovery as he leads a courageous battle to save a civilization. Known for his ability to tell deeply human, relatable stories on an expansive, visually immersive canvas, Cameron pushes the boundaries of modern filmmaking with innovative techniques and universal human stories that make this film a must-see experience for audiences of all ages.
The success of Avatar led Disney Imagineering to collaborate with Cameron to bring to life Pandora — The World of Avatar, an immersive land within Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World. The land is home to two fan-favorite attractions — the thrilling Flight of Passage and the beautiful Na’Vi River Journey — which are still popular and highly difficult to get FastPass reservations for two years after the land first opened back in spring 2017. The glowing plants, out-of-this-world creature sounds, floating mountains, atmospheric noises, and Cast Members all help contribute to this land’s immersive quality.
Disney shared that making Avatar available on the Disney+ streaming service is just another way that they are able to usher in a new generation of fans through the compelling storytelling and stunning visual effects of the film. Cameron even signed on for more Avatar sequels with Disney. Fans of the original movie were thrilled to find this out, and new fans who didn’t fall in love with Avatar until visiting Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom are happy to know that the story is continuing.
Want to know what else is coming to Disney’s new streaming service? The platform will be the home of Disney and Pixar films and shows, Marvel movies and series, Star Wars movies and shows, and National Geographic content. There will be content that Disney fans know and love as well as original content being created for the platform, including Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Pixar’s Forky Asks a Question following the character from Toy Story, an all-new Phineas and Ferb movie, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, a Lizzie McGuire sequel series, Loki, a Cassian Andor Series, and much, much more. You can read all about what’s coming to Disney+ here.
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