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Disney Announces Its Lineup for May, New Series ‘Launchpad’ to Focus on Inclusion and Diversity

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Disney announced its lineup of releases for May on Thursday. In addition to the previously announced slate for 2021, Disney+ will release Inside Pixar: Unpacked and its collection of six original short films Launchpad.

Inside Pixar: Unpacked-  It is “a documentary series of personal and cinematic stories that provide an inside look into the people, artistry, and culture of Pixar Animation Studios,” the press release said. The five episodes are each directed by a different director, and will be narrated by American comedian and television host W Kamau Bell.

Launchpad– A collection of live-action shorts from “a new generation of dynamic storytellers”, Disney’s Launchpad is a step towards inclusion as it right claims itself. “Six filmmakers from underrepresented backgrounds were selected and provided with the opportunity to share their perspectives and creative visions that will show audiences what it means to be seen. Inspired by life’s journey, these first six shorts for Disney+ are based on the theme, Discover,” the press release said.

Slated for a release on May 28, the first season comes from several filmmakers chosen from a lot of 1,100 US applicants. Mahin Ibrahim, director of Disney’s diversity  and inclusion, market, who oversees the Launchpad program, said in a statement, “They are moving, provocative and entertaining, and they each convey a unique perspective on living in America today and the things you learn about yourself and others when you follow your own path.”

The six short films are American EID by Aqsa Altaf, Dinner is Served by Hao Zheng and G Wilson, Growing Fangs by Ann Marie Pace, The Last of the Chupacabras by Jessica Mendez Siqueiros, Let’s Be Tigers by Stefanie Abel Horowitz, and The Little Prince(ss) by Moxie Peng.

While the five-episode Star Wars: The Bad Batch season 1 will premiere on May 4, the second season of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, a spin-off to the film series High School Musial, will stream from May 14.

Emma Stone and Emma Thompson-starrer film Cruella will premiere on May 28.

Marvel’s third spin-off series Loki will release on June 11, adding to its superhero kit of Wanda Vision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

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