Disney+ May releases 2021 – new series, TV and films

DISNEY+ has revealed all of the action set to hit screens this month, with a number of season premieres and new shows dropping in May.

The first taste of season 2 of High School Musical: The Musical will feature on the streaming service as well as the debut of Lucasfilm’s newest animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch.

What will be released on Disney+ in May 2021?

Star Wars: The Bad Batch

Star Wars: The Bad Batch is an animated series created specifically for Disney+.

Part of the Star Wars franchise, the show will act as both a sequel to and spin-off from the series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

The show focuses on "Clone Force 99", also known as the Bad Batch—a group of elite clone troopers who boast genetic mutations that were first introduced to viewers in Star Wars: The Clone Wars —take on daring mercenary missions in the aftermath of the clone wars.

The series will be produced by Dave Filoni, who has claimed the series was "very much in the vein" of The Clone Wars and promised it would stay true to Lucas's vision of storytelling.

High School Musical: The Musical

Since Disney+ launched, subscribers have been obsessed with HSMTMTS.

The series has also been littered with off-screen drama between castmates Josh Bassett and Olivia Rodrigo, who were briefly dating before Bassett is alleged to have cheated on Rodrigo with fellow actress Sabrina Carpenter.

The season one finale aired over a year ago in January 2020, and fans have been desperate for an update on how the second series will unfold.

Season two will start on Friday, May 14, 2021, with ten episodes spaced out airing weekly in the same format as season one.

The musical element of the second series will be inspired by the beloved Disney classic Beauty and the Beast.

Showrunner Tim Federle told Entertainment Weekly: “The outpouring of love and support for season 1 has been incredibly exciting, and I’m thrilled that the Wildcats are putting on Beauty and the Beast in season 2.



One of the most star-studded line-ups of all the Disney+ feature films, Emma Stone, Mark Strong and Emma Thompson all appear in the 101 Dalmatians prequel.

The film will simultaneously debut in theatres in the U.S. and on Disney+ with Premier Access for a one-time additional fee.

It is also a case of full-circle for Glenn Close, who once starred herself as Cruella in previous live-action adaptations and now serves as an executive producer on the film alongside Stone.

The film will be released on May 28, 2021, with the movie unable to enjoy a stint in cinemas in the UK given their closure as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The full list of new shows and movies on Disney+ in May 2021

Here's a full rundown of EVERYTHING you can expect in May.

May 4

Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Episode 101 – Premiere – Special Date

May 7

  • Disney Wander over Yonder (S1)
  • Disney Wander over Yonder (S2)
  • Everyone’s Hero
  • Flicka 2
  • Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • Big Shot – Episode 104 “Great in the Living Room”
  • The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers – Episode 107 “Pong Hockey”
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Episode 102

May 14

  • Disney Special Agent Oso (S1)
  • Disney Special Agent Oso (S2)
  • Disney Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps (S1)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand
  • Life Below Zero (S15)
  • Race to the Center of the Earth (S1)
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – Season Two Premiere
  • High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – Episode 201 – “New Year’s Eve”
  • Big Shot – Episode 105 “This is our House”
  • The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers – Episode 108 “Change on the Fly”
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Episode 103

May 21

  • Disney Big City Greens (S2)
  • Disney Junior Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures (S1)
  • Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast
  • Fury Files (Interstitials)
  • Ice Road Rescue (S5)
  • Running Wild with Bear Grylls (S6)
  • Inside Pixar: Unpacked – Batch Premiere

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