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Disney+ announces new nonfiction slate for streaming service

by Brittani Tuttle

Disney+ announced a new slate of nonfiction programming at the recent Realscreen Summit in New Orleans, including the next generation of the critically-acclaimed series “The Quest.”

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Other series that have been greenlit are the brainteaser competition series “The Maze,” National Geographic’s “Meet the Chimps,” and an untitled docuseries that follows Pixar’s SparkShorts program as they discover talented new storytellers.

“These projects take people on epic adventures, immerse them in fantastical worlds and shine a light on extraordinary people and creatures, which are all important benchmarks of our Disney+ nonfiction content philosophy,” said Agnes Chu, senior vice president of content for Disney+. “We are thrilled that we get to bring the groundbreaking ‘The Quest’ back to life, and can’t wait for people to discover ‘The Maze,’ our special subjects in ‘Meet the Chimps’ and the innovation and wonder of making Pixar’s SparkShorts.”

Filmed at a castle outside Vienna, Austria, “The Quest” is a reality competition show that takes place in the fantasy world of Everealm. Teen contestants will encounter mystical and magical beings that rival their favorite books, games, and movies as they are immersed in a 360-degree world through seamless technology, creature design, practical effects, and scripted characters who interact with them.

“The Maze” will bring five teams of one adult and one teen relative on a journey of mind-bending proportions. Participants will solve riddles and decipher clues that will guide them through European cities and fairytale villages. In each episode, characters will reveal information to participants as they move closer to their final destination — but only one team will solve the Maze.

National Geographic’s “Meet the Chimps” will take viewers into the secret life of Chimp Haven, a 200-acre refuge tucked in the heart of Louisiana, home to more than 300 chimpanzees. The six-part series will follow the ups and downs of a group of chimps who are given a second chance at life by the Chimp Haven staff.

The untitled Pixar series from Supper Club (Netflix’s “Chef’s Table”) will follow Pixar’s SparkShorts program, which offers a select group of Pixar employees the chance to make their own animated short film. The series will give audiences a unique look at this program, the filmmakers and their films, while exploring what makes Pixar “Pixar”.

To learn more about Disney+, or to sign up and start streaming, visit DisneyPlus.com.

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