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Home Sweet Home Alone and Growing Up Animal Revealed by Disney+

Disney+ has announced 20th Century Studios’ Home Sweet Home Alone, an all-new adventure comedy from the beloved holiday film franchise, will debut November 12, exclusively on the streaming service.

Disney+ also shared the official trailer and key art of the newest arrival, Growing Up Animal, a six-part Original Series from National Geographic, streaming on August 18.

Home Sweet Home Alone and Growing Up Animal Revealed by Disney+

In Home Sweet Home Alone, Max Mercer is a mischievous and resourceful young boy who has been left behind while his family is in Japan for the holidays. So when a married couple attempting to retrieve a priceless heirloom set their sights on the Mercer family’s home, it is up to Max to protect it from the trespassers…and he will do whatever it takes to keep them out.

Hilarious hijinks of epic proportions ensue, but despite the absolute chaos, Max comes to realize that there really is no place like home sweet home.

Home Sweet Home Alone and Growing Up Animal

The film stars Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Rob Delaney (Deadpool 2), Archie Yates (Jojo Rabbit), Aisling Bea (Living with Yourself), Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live), Tim Simons (Veep), Pete Holmes (The Secret Life of Pets 2), Devin Ratray (Home Alone), Ally Maki (Toy Story 4), Chris Parnell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and is directed by Dan Mazer (Dirty Grandpa).

The screenplay is by Mikey Day & Streeter Seidell (Saturday Night Live), story by Mikey Day & Streeter Seidell and John Hughes (Home Alone) based on a screenplay by John Hughes. Hutch Parker (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) and Dan Wilson (Patriots Day) serve as producers, with Jeremiah Samuels (Stuber) serving as executive producer.

Growing Up Animal, meanwhile, is narrated by Emmy-nominated star of black-ish, producer and CEO Tracee Ellis Ross. It follows animal mothers and babies from the womb to the outside world as they face the triumphs and trials of nature.

Each hour-long episode is an intimate look into the birth of a different iconic animal: grizzlies, sea lions, elephants, African wild dogs, chimpanzees and lions. All six episodes will be available to stream on the premiere day.

‘Growing Up Animal’ gives an incredible up-close glimpse into the world of animal mothers and babies,” said narrator Tracee Ellis Ross.

“From the early stages of pregnancy to their adorable first helpless moments in the big, wide world, it is remarkable to see how each animal’s unique instincts and adaptations help them endure the harsh realities of their environment.”

The six-episode series is an in-depth examination, using unique technology to allow viewers to experience first-hand what these mothers and babies endure during the path to new life. As each episode follows the pregnant mother’s journey, scientifically accurate in utero baby animal silicone models are used to portray the miracles happening within the womb.

These scenes depict a realistic view of the animals at various stages in fetal development. Animal researchers and world-renowned scientists gathered the data and scans to make these models as accurate and life-like as possible, especially for the series.

Growing Up Animal is produced by Wall to Wall Media for National Geographic. For Wall to Wall Media, executive producers are Jeremy Dear and Dominic Weston.

For National Geographic, executive producer is Pamela Caragol; senior vice president of unscripted development and production is Janet Han Vissering.


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