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What to Watch on Disney+: ‘Better Nate Than Ever,’ ‘Moon Knight’ and National Geographic ‘Explorer’ for Earth Day

Disney+’s April arrivals are dominated by documentaries, plus the continuation of its latest Marvel series and a high-profile original narrative film

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While high-profile ongoing series like Moon Knight and The Proud Family continue their runs, April sees Disney+’s new arrivals dominated by documentaries, some tied to Earth Day, some about the company itself. That inward gaze carries over into the month’s only high-profile original narrative film, one that looks like to carry on High School Musical: The Musical: The Series mixing of tales of entertainment ambition with material inspired by Disney itself.

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Better Nate Than Ever (April 1)

Newcomer Rueby Wood stars in this adaptation of Tim Federle’s novel about a kid whose Broadway ambitions bring him to New York to audition for a musical version of Lilo & Stitch. (Never accuse Disney of missing a chance for cross-promotion.) Lisa Kudrow co-stars as Nate’s aunt, a jaded Broadway veteran who takes in the starry-eyed kid. Federle does double duty as both the film’s screenwriter and its director.

Herbie: Fully Loaded (April 1)

Has the Disney Vault been emptied? Certainly not, but what used to be a flood of catalog titles each month has slowed to a trickle. April offers little beyond a 2005 attempt to revive the story of a sentient VW Beetle starring Lindsay Lohan and Michael Keaton.

Moon Knight (April 2)

This adaptation of one of Marvel’s strangest heroes, starring Oscar Isaac as a mercenary with multiple personalities and a strange connection to an Egyptian god, premiered at the end of last month. But, in case you missed it, there’s still time to catch up. Episode two premieres today.

Scrat Tales (April 13)

Scrat, the bumbling, wordless saber-toothed squirrel with an acorn obsession, has been the breakout star of the Ice Age movies from the start, so it’s no surprise to see the little guy breaking off on his own. Scrat takes center stage in this series of six shorts set in the Ice Age world.

Polar Bear, Bear Witness (April 22)

If you want a look at modern life in cooler climes, however, Disneynature has you covered with this look at polar bears and motherhood from the team behind Penguins. Catherine Keener serves as the narrator. And, if you want to know how it was made, stick around for Bear Witness, a documentary about the making of the film.

Explorer: The Last Tepui (April 22)

The latest entry in National Geographic’s Explorer series follows an attempt to scale a table-top mesa in the Amazonian jungle. The team includes Alex Honnold, the subject of the great 2018 documentary Free Solo. The goal: assist biologist Bruce Means as he searches for undiscovered animal species in some of the roughest terrain on Earth.

The Biggest Little Farm: The Return (April 22)

Also from National Geographic, and timed with Earth Day, is this sequel to John Chester’s 2018 film about a pair of Los Angelenos — the director and his wife — who pack in city life to start Apricot Lane Farms, a biodiverse, fully functional farm. So, how’s it going? This check-in explores life on the farm ten years into the Chesters’ journey.

Sketchbook (April 27)

This new behind-the-series takes a novel approach to exploring how Disney animation comes to life. Each episode focuses on a different character and a single artist who instructs viewers on how to draw said character and, in the process, reveals a bit about the creative process behind the studio’s animation.

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