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6 Disney projects that rocked D23 Expo

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Walt Disney Studios made a power statement about the future of its new streaming service Disney+ at the D23 Expo Friday.

The power-packed presentation launched with a high-energy marching band-led song-and-dance number featuring the stars of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” and never let up.

The flurry of projects that followed included major Marvel expansion, Pixar features, and “Star Wars” titles (notably, confirmed plans of Ewan McGregor returning as Obi-Wan Kenobi) that had the fans delirious.

With the new streaming service starting Nov. 12, here are six shows which stood out in a diverse, formidable line-up.

‘The Mandalorian’

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‘The Mandalorian’ trailer has finally been unleashed, heading for Disney+.
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Creator Jon Favreau finally unveiled the trailer for the “Star Wars” series set in the dangerous times following the fall of the Empire, starring Pedro Pascal as a gunslinger living in a perilous, lawless world. It had us with the first image: Stormtrooper helmets on stakes. But the killer premise and ensemble, which includes Carl Weathers, Gina Carano and Taika Waititi as a killer droid, promises to open up a gritty new “Star Wars” universe.

‘She-Hulk’

Marvel President Kevin Feige announced three new, compelling shows for the streaming service, including “Ms. Marvel” (about a Muslim Pakistani student joining the Marvel universe) and the mercenary-led “Moon Knight.” But the concept of a woman Hulk Jennifer Walters stepping in “She-Hulk” led to audible crowd excitement, even with scant details about the series.

“She’s a lawyer and a Hulk,” said Feige. Start your dream-casting now.

‘Lady and The Tramp’

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The first trailer for Disney’s live-action “Lady and the Tramp” has arrived, featuring real dogs in a beloved story.
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The first trailer for the live-action “Lady and the Tramp” dropped Friday featuring real dogs — with Justin Theroux voicing mutt Tramp and Tessa Thompson voicing high-class Lady. It’s pretty adorable while sticking to traditional beats from the 1955 animated original — including a live-action final lover’s look at the Italian restaurant. How do they make dogs look like they’re in love?

‘Lady and the Tramp’ star: Monte the dog goes from shelter to movie mutt starring role

‘Lizzie McGuire’

There’s no one else who can play 13-year-old Lizzie McGuire in the Disney Channel show. So Hilary Duff is returning to the Disney+ “Lizzie McGuire” as a (now) 30-year-old millennial navigating life in New York City. She has a dream restaurant-owning boyfriend, a dream apartment in Brooklyn and a much bigger budget for shoes. But she still has her animated “alter-ego” in her head, Duff said from the stage.

Original series creator Terri Minsky will serve as showrunner.

‘Muppets Now’

There were few details beyond the announcement of a new unscripted series featuring the beloved Muppets with celebrity guest stars coming in 2020. But even seeing Kermit the Frog banter with a new, fantastically annoying Joe from Legal character in a mock explanatory clip for the D23 crowd brought back the promise of true Muppet glory.

‘Forky Asks a Question’

Tony Hale will voice the Forky character who came to life and slow awareness after his own creation in Pixar’s “Toy Story 4.” As a newly made toys he has many questions that will be featured in a series of ten, quirky short films.

“I was made from trash like two days ago, so I have a lot of questions,” Forky says in the first clip revealed at D23. His subject: “What is money?” featuring an interview with piggy-bank Hamm (John Ratzenberger). Only Pixar.

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