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Geek News on the Radio for January 21st, 2021

‘Pixar Popcorn’ Trailer: Disney+ to Premiere Animated Shorts Featuring Iconic Characters

A slew of new animated shorts featuring iconic Pixar characters are slated to debut January 22 on Disney+. Disney announced on Tuesday that the shorts, collectively titled “Pixar Popcorn,” would feature characters from acclaimed films ranging from “Toy Story” and “Soul,” to “The Incredibles” and “Cars.” The company also announced the names for the shorts on Tuesday: “Dancing with the Cars, “Unparalleled Parking, “Soul of the City, “Cookie Num Num,” “Chore Day: The Incredibles Way,” “Dory Finding, “A Day in the Life of the Dead,” “To Fitness and Beyond,” and “Fluffy Stuff with Ducky & Bunny”

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‘The Muppet Show’ Coming to Disney Plus in February

Good news for Muppet enthusiasts – all five seasons of “The Muppet Show” will be available to stream on Disney Plus on Feb. 19. Created by the legendary Jim Henson, the original “Muppet Show” was a variety half-hour featuring Kermit the Frog as the showrunner and host. The series originally aired from 1976 to 1981 on ITV in the U.K. and on CBS in the U.S. In addition to the show’s first three seasons, seasons 4 and 5 will also be available to stream for the first time.

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CBS All Access is set to become Paramount Plus next year

Disney has Disney Plus, Apple has Apple TV Plus, and now ViacomCBS is about to have Paramount Plus. ViacomCBS announced that it would be renaming its CBS All Access streaming service to Paramount Plus in early 2021. As part of the rebrand, Paramount Plus will also receive five new original series from different verticals across the company, including Paramount, CBS, MTV, and BET. Some new titles include The Offer, a 10-episode scripted mini-series about the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, a new iteration of MTV’s Behind The Music, and a revival of The Game. In addition to the new series orders announced today, ViacomCBS plans to bring more than 30,000 additional episodes and movies from its various content houses to the streaming service.

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DC Universe Infinite Delivers On Its Expansive Promise

On January 21st, DC Comics will launch a brand new streaming service for comics readers, DC Universe Infinite, replacing the current DC Universe site and app. DC Universe debuted in 2018 with the ambitious goal of merging multiple areas of DC’s content–comics, television, movies, and originals–into one place. While DC Universe was successful at integrating the DC brand, it made searching for specific comics difficult and time-consuming. However, DC Universe Infinite fixes all of the problems from DC Universe, while also adding in some fantastic new features that make the service worthwhile at a price of $7.99 a month or $74.99 a year.

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Warner Bros. Sets ‘Wonka’ Prequel for 2023 Release

‘Paddington’ filmmaker Paul King will direct the project exploring the early life of the famed chocolatier. Warner Bros. has set a date for Wonka, an origin story focusing on the storied chocolate factory owner. Wonka, which will hit theaters on March 17, 2023, hails from Paddington director Paul King and Harry Potter producer David Heyman. The studio describes it as focusing on “a young Willy Wonka and his adventures prior to opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory.”

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