New on Disney+ Hotstar in August: Marvel’s ‘What If?’ ‘Cruella’ and more

Marvel Studios’ first animated series, Emma Stone’s reincarnation of a legendary villain, and a new John Cena comedy are coming to the platform this month

Here is the full list of titles coming to the platform this month:

Disney+ original titles

Short Circuit – Season 2 (4 August)

Short Circuit is an experimental program where anyone at Walt Disney Animation Studios can pitch an idea and potentially be selected to create an original, innovative short film with the support of the studio and their fellow artists. The goal of the program is to take risks, surface new and diverse storytelling voices at the Studio and experiment with new technical innovation in the filmmaking process.

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What If…? (11 August)

What If…? flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Coming to Disney+ Hotstar on 11 August, Marvel Studios’ first animated series focuses on different heroes from the MCU, featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles. The series is directed by Bryan Andrews; Ashley Bradley is head writer.

Goofy “Stay at Home” Shorts (11 August)

Series of 4 Walt Disney Animation Studios’ shorts featuring: How to Wear a Mask, How to Cook, How to Binge Watch, and Long Play.

Spin (15 August)

New on Disney+ Hotstar in August: Marvel’s ‘What If?’ ‘Cruella’ and more

Spin follows an Indian American teen who discovers her artistic side through the unique world of DJ culture and learns she has a passion for creating mixes that blend the textures of her Indian heritage and the world around her.

Cast: Abhay Deol and Avantika Vandanapu

Diary of a Future President Season 2 (18 August)

In the new Disney+ series Diary of a Future President, we see the origin story of a future leader. Told using the narration of 12-year-old Cuban American girl Elena’s diary, this new family comedy follows her journey through the ups and downs of middle school, which set her on the path to becoming the president of the United States.

Diary of a Future President was inspired by creator Ilana Peña’s (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) childhood and is produced by Gina Rodriguez’s (Jane the Virgin) I Can and I Will Productions. Rodriguez directed the first episode and guest stars as grown-up Elena.

New on Disney+ Hotstar in August: Marvel’s ‘What If?’ ‘Cruella’ and more

Cast: Tess Romero, Charles Bushnell, Gina Rodriguez, Selenis Leyva, Michael Weaver

Growing Up Animal (18 August)

Heart-warming stories following the development of baby animals on the magical journey from the mysteries of the womb to the challenges of the wild.

Cruella (27 August)

New on Disney+ Hotstar in August: Marvel’s ‘What If?’ ‘Cruella’ and more

Disney’s Cruella follows the early days of one of cinema’s most notorious –and notoriously fashionable –villains. During the 1970s London punk rock revolution, a young grifter (Emma Stone), transforms herself into the raucous, revenge-bent Cruella de Vil.

Cast: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry, John McCrea

Other new titles

Obama: In Pursuit of A More Perfect Union – HBO Documentary (4 August)

Directed by Emmy-winner Peter Kunhardt, Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union is a three-part documentary series chronicling the personal and political journey of President Barack Obama as the country grapples with its racial history.

New on Disney+ Hotstar in August: Marvel’s ‘What If?’ ‘Cruella’ and more

Weaving together conversations with colleagues, friends, and critics, and interspersed with his own speeches and news interviews, the series begins with Obama’s childhood and takes us through his perspective as the son of a white mother from Kansas and an African father, his spiritual formation informed by a generation of Black leaders, and his hopes for a more inclusive America.

The L Word: Generation Q – Season 2 (9 August)

New on Disney+ Hotstar in August: Marvel’s ‘What If?’ ‘Cruella’ and more

The groundbreaking drama series, The L Word, revolutionized a generation and now, the sequel The L Word: Generation Q debuts. Returning cast Jennifer Beals, Kate Moennig and Leisha Hailey will resume their original roles.

Cast: Jennifer Beals, Jamie Clayton, Katherine Moennig

Work in Progress (23 August)

Abby is a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship. Chicago improv mainstay Abby McEnany co-created and stars in this uniquely human comedy series.

Cast: Abby McEnany, Karin Anglin, Julia Sweeney, Theo Germaine, Celeste Pechous

Vacation Friends (27 August)

New on Disney+ Hotstar in August: Marvel’s ‘What If?’ ‘Cruella’ and more

Straight-laced Marcus and Emily are befriended by thrill-seeking partiers Ron and Kyla at a resort in Mexico. Living in the moment, Marcus and Emily enjoy a week of wild fun and debauchery with their new “vacation friends.” Months after their walk on the wild side, Marcus and Emily are horrified when Ron and Kyla show up uninvited at their wedding.

Cast: John Cena, Meredith Hagner, Lil Rel Howery, Yvonne Orji


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