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Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Going Under The Sea With Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’

What do you get when you mix “Hamilton” superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney? PURE AWESOMENESS!

Miranda is officially part of the musical team for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” live-action film!

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And we’re super excited!

According to Deadline, Miranda will be working with music composer Alan Menken, the mastermind behind Disney classics like “Under the Sea,” “A Whole New World,” and “Be Our Guest” to create songs and music for this live-action “Little Mermaid” masterpiece which is set to be released in 2017. We can only imagine what these two creative geniuses will come up with.

This Disney addition to Miranda’s growing list of projects is only proof the man is on fire! Just this year alone, he’s already won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score and Best Musical — all for “Hamilton.”

If you’re anything like us and can’t wait for this live-action movie to hit theaters, check these out:

Under The Sea w @auliicravalho! #Linstagram #LittleMermaid

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Miranda serenades us with a few lyrics from the 1989 hit film and he does it perfectly.

Daughters of Triton #linstagram

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Pretty cool, right?

Fun fact, Miranda loves “The Little Mermaid” so much so that he named his son Sebastian after the crab in the movie.

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So cute ❤️.

No release date yet on the film, but in the meantime, we’ll just keep that “Hamilton” soundtrack on repeat.

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Latinas Are Getting Nostalgic on Twitter After Seeing that Disney+ is Streaming ‘Gotta Kick it Up’

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Latinas Are Getting Nostalgic on Twitter After Seeing that Disney+ is Streaming ‘Gotta Kick it Up’

It is possible that Disney has, yet again, out-done itself. On Tuesday, Disney finally launched its much-anticipated streaming service Disney+, the subscription-based platform that is set to release over 600 titles to their customers for $6.99 a month. The buzz around this service has long been building, with people expressing their excitement at the release of their long-forgotten childhood favorites since Disney+’s Twitter account tweeted out all of the titles that would become available on its launch.

For nostalgic millennials who grew up watching Disney Channel Original Movies, the premiere of this service has been nothing short of life-changing. People are taking to their social media feeds to express their excitement over forgotten favorites like “Smart House”, “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century”, and “Don’t Look Under the Bed”. But the movie that Latinas are most excited about re-watching? “Gotta Kick It Up”. 

For those of you who need a refresher, “Gotta Kick it Up” was a 2002 Disney Channel original movie that starred America Ferrera.

The movie follows a group of middle school girls who are trying to form a dance team in Los Angeles in the face of budget cuts. Scrambling for a coach, the girls turn to their biology teacher, Ms. Bartlett, to whip them into shape. Like any underdog tale, the aspiring dance team starts off as a mess, but with a lot of hard work, the girls soon start to believe in themselves. Through the course of the movie, the girls learn how to put their differences aside and work together to eventually qualify for nationals. 

The Disney Channel movie was notable for not only having a primarily Latinx cast (which is a rarity even today), but for featuring baby-faced versions of successful Latina actresses like America Ferrera and Camille Guaty. Not only that, but the movie’s climax featured a rad dance scene that little girls everywhere tried to imitate in their living rooms (seriously–look it up).

“Gotta Kick It Up” was groundbreaking for its depiction of Latinx life that wasn’t centered on harmful stereotypes or cliche stories.

The movie was written by Meghan Cole, and was based on her experience as a Teach for America teacher at Nimitz Middle School in Huntington Park, Los Angeles. The decision to make these Latina students normal teens was a deliberate choice, according to Cole. “I wanted to have a Latino movie, with Latino kids doing great things,” she told The New York Times. “Not being stereotypical kids creating havoc”. Cole also expressed her desire for the movie to “portray positive teenage Latino role models and stress the importance of after-school programs”. 

But arguably “Gotta Kick It Up”‘s greatest legacy was teaching a legion of youngsters the phrase “Sí, se puede!” as well as the history behind it. At one point during the movie, the girls are doubting themselves and their chances of winning the upcoming dance competition. In response, Daisy, the movie’s protagonist, tells the girls a brief history of her grandmother’s involvement in the Chicano movement and tells them about how Cesar Chavez’s rallying cry “Sí, se puede!” served to strengthen and unify the Mexican-American community. Throughout the movie, the girls repeat the phrase whenever they’re happy, doubtful, or scared. 

Of course, Latinas on Twitter are not hesitating to shout from the rooftops the the return of “Gotta Kick It Up” to our TV screens.

It’s always exciting to be reminded of something that was so integral to your childhood that you may have forgotten about. The fact that Latinas can watch this movie again, as well as share it with a younger generation, is worth celebrating.

This Latina gave the entire Twitterverse a very informative PSA about Disney+’s movie catalog: 

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Not all heroes wear capes.

This person had very specific requirements for the conditions under which they’d pull out their wallet for yet ANOTHER streaming service:

Honestly, the service could cost $50 a month and we would shell out the money for a chance to be able to watch this cinematic masterpiece on repeat.

This person knows that his money is being spent on only the most important things in life:

Sometimes, you’ve got to be honest with yourself and decide what your priorities are in life. And sometimes, those priorities are binge-watching Disney Channel Original Movies all day.

This Latina became emotional about the impact that “Gotta Kick It Up” had on her when she was younger:

Yet somehow, it’s frustrating to know that not that much project has been made for Latinx representation in the media almost 15 years later.

Disney Plus Just Unleashed An Epic Twitter List Of Movies We Had Totally Forgotten About

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Disney Plus Just Unleashed An Epic Twitter List Of Movies We Had Totally Forgotten About

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Disney’s $7 rival to Netflix is almost here and Disney fans (plus Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, and more) are basically freaking out at the idea of the platform. So today’s news of the lineup – all 645 titles – has sent the Internet into overdrive.

News that Disney+ will be streaming its own big-budget movies plus exclusive shows from various outlets and its own studios, along with much loved Disney classics has us freaking out too.

Here are some of the most exciting titles we’re already mentally queuing up for launch day (which is November 12th btw).

Disney announced the titles (all 645 of them) that will be available when the network launches its Disney+ service on November 12.

Disney has called it the future of the company: Disney Plus. It’s the entertainment giant’s upcoming streaming service for almost everything it creates. It’ll be the exclusive home to stream theatrical blockbusters from Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and Disney’s own studios — Avengers: Endgame, for example, will be available to stream on Dec. 11. Plus, Disney is ramping up a slate of original shows and movies based on those brands and others.

While the streamer is set to be the home to the House of Mouse’s new slate of original content, from a handful of Marvel and Star Wars shows, including The Mandalorian, and reboots of popular nostalgia properties like Lizzie McGuire, it’s also meant to be a one-stop-shop where fans can revisit classic and underrated movies from throughout Disney history.

While Disney+ won’t be releasing every single title from the coveted Disney Vault on its launch date, hundreds films and series will be available for subscribers’ viewing pleasure.

With less than a month until its launch, Disney Plus has been offering preorders in the US — some with discounts — and started touting its library of hundreds of movies. 

Overall, Disney Plus will cost $7 a month in the US, or $70 (about $5.83 a month) if you prepay for a full year. That monthly rate is about half the price of HBO Now and a big discount compared with Netflix. And because Disney Plus will have four simultaneous streams and perks like 4K and Dolby Atmos, its $7 subscription compares most closely with Netflix’s $16-a-month tier. 

Disney isn’t taking the launch lightly – they made the announcement in a 300 thread long tweet.

The super long Twitter thread highlighted many of the classics that would be coming to the platform (including Cinderella) along with several of the network’s new shows. And people are freaking out. The tweet has more than 65,000 likes and has been viewed more than 5 million times.

From old Disney classics…

Among this immense catalog of Disney+ content you’ll find plenty of movIes and TV shows like Star Wars, The Simpsons, Pixar, and Marvel, as well as new Disney Plus-exclusive shows like The Mandalorian. And even though the Twitter thread contains 629 items, Disney said this wasn’t the end, as the thread ended with: “We did that. And the announcements aren’t even over yet… Stay tuned for more soon!”

To major modern blockbusters…

Who knows what else the Mouse House plans to add to the Disney Plus catalog. Some of the most iconic films of all time are on this list, and some very obscure titles are as well. But there are also some notable movies that won’t be on Disney+ at launch, including most of the MCU.

The streaming platform will feature original content as well, including shows like The Mandalorian.

It’s got Diego Luna. Say no more. We’ll be streaming this from 12:01 am.

As the list was being made public, some Twitter users took it upon themselves to poke fun at Disney’s uber-expansive inventory of content.

Seeing all of these classics and all of these modern titles, including franchises many people didn’t even realize were owned by Disney, caused people a lot of shock.

Lots of people accused Disney of basically owning the world and all the entertainment options available. And with their impressive (read: epic) catalogue of movies and TV shows, it’s hard to argue against that.

But this reaction basically summed up the overwhelming vibes surrounding Disney’s accouncement.

Regardless of how you feel about Disney’s borderline monopoly on the world’s entertainment, you have to admit how exciting it is to reconnect with some of your childhood favorites.