Disney+ Comes to SXSW

Streamer presents three smashes free with local firms

Disney+ is coming to South by Southwest, and they're partnering with three local favorites - Austin Fashion Week, Austin Books and Comics, and Austin Zoo - for a special day of free screenings, open to the public.

Festival attendees will be able to catch the world premiere of Gillian Jacobs' debut documentary More Than Robits (about teens from around the world preparing for the 2020 FIRST Robots Competition), and the eagerly-awaited story of everyone's favorite cartoon rodent in Mickey: The Story of a Mouse. But you don't need a badge to watch some of their recent hits during the festival. The first Saturday of SXSW, March 12, the streaming platform will be presenting three of their biggest flicks of the last year at the Hartman Concert Lawn at the Long Center (701 W. Riverside)

The fun starts at 11:30am (turn up early for free popcorn, giveaways, and more), but each of the three screenings will be hosted by Austinites who know a thing or two about what's happening on the big screen.

Disney’s Jungle Cruise

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Screening Time: 11:30am

Pack for adventure, and don your best derring-do jungle gear for this special screening of the movie based on the beloved Disneyland ride, starring the Rock and Emily Blunt. Expect some wilderness fun with Austin Zoo on hand (or paw).

Read our review here, and find all the screening details here.

Disney’s Cruella

Photo by Disney+

Screening Time: 3:30pm

Emma Stone gave Disney's best-dressed villain some punk flair in this 2021 prequel of sorts to the beloved 1961 animated classic 101 Dalmatians and its 1996 live-action remake. And who better than Austin Fashion Week to check out your Cruella-inspired costumes?

Read our full review here, and find all the screening details here.

Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Photo by Disney+

Screening Time: 7:30pm

The first film of the post-Infinity Saga era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe calls for your best superhero cosplay, and the good folks from Austin Books and Comics will be on hand for the true heroes in the crowd.

Read our full review here, and find all the screening details here.

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