5:01pm PT by Rick Porter
'Moana,' 'Tiana' Animated Series Set at Disney+
Animated series featuring the lead characters from Moana and The Princess and the Frog are headed to Disney+, as is the first long-form TV series from Pixar.
All three shows are slated to premiere in 2023. Disney announced the projects, among a host of others — including a Baymax series based on the Big Hero 6 character and a sci-fi show set in Lagos, Nigeria, from African entertainment company Kugali — at its investor day presentation Thursday.
Both Moana and Tiana will feature original music as the two lead characters continue to explore their respective worlds of the South Pacific and New Orleans.
Pixar's first long-form series is called Win or Lose and comes from Carrie Hobson and Michael Yates, story artists on Toy Story 4. The show will center on a co-ed middle school softball team in the week leading up to a championship game, with each episode told from the perspective of a different member of the team.
Also announced Thursday:
• Baymax, a sequel series to Big Hero 6 that follows the robot as he traverses San Fransokyo looking for people who need care. It debuts next year.
• Iwájú, a collaboration between Kugali — a comics company founded to tell stories inspired by African culture — and Disney Animation. The futuristic series is slated for a 2022 premiere.
• Zootopia+, a short-form series that will explore different corners and characters from two world of the movie, premiering in 2022.
• Pixar short-form shows Dug Days, featuring the dog from Up (premiering next year) and a Cars series with Lightning McQueen and Mater road tripping across the country (set for 2022).