This article discusses the Disney+ docuseries Growing Up and will cover the release date, the premise, the cast, the production team, and other details.
The new unscripted, ten-episode documentary series Growing Up is coming to Disney Plus on September 8. Created by Brie Larson, it will allow ten young people from diverse backgrounds to tell their stories of growing up. “It’s about sharing and, at the same time, it’s about celebrating and recognizing that we [are] way more similar than different,” Larson told The Wrap in August.
Here is the premise for Growing Up, courtesy of Disney Plus: “From Disney Branded Television, the series uses narrative, experimental, and documentary filmmaking to follow one casted individual, ages 18-22, as they tell their story. They represent a wide range of lived experiences, giving audiences emotionally powerful narratives that offer an engaging look at teenage-hood and the diverse social, familial, and internal obstacles young people face on their path to self-discovery and acceptance. Each 30-minute episode features one young person, or “hero,” and their experience growing up. Each episode is anchored by a deeply personal interview that allows our heroes to walk us through their childhood and teenage years. Alongside these interviews, creative cinematic reenactments help bring their major inflection points to life.”
Our opinion of the premise
If Larson and her team are able to deliver on the promise of having powerful and emotional stories, the series could work and inspire future generations to embrace who they are as they navigate through adolescence. At the same time, if the stories don’t work, the series could fall very flat and be cataloged as “Gen Z complaining about everything once again”. Not too long ago, HBO Max’s Genera+ion tried to tackle this premise while failing to captivate audiences. We shall see.
Growing Up release date and where to watch
Growing Up will premiere on Disney Plus on September 8. This is also known this year as Disney Plus Day, a day that the company describes as a celebration of the streaming service across The Walt Disney Company, where a lot of content will premiere on the platform. In fact, it will not be Brie Larson’s only project coming out on that day, as she is also starring in the short film Remembering, by Oscar-winning director Elijah Allan-Blitz.
The production team
Directors: Nicole Galovski & Kishori Rajan, Brie Larson, Elegance Bratton, Smriti Mundhra, Yara Shahidi, Ashley Eakin, Sydney Freeland, Bernardo Ruiz, Ekwa Msangi, Rudy Valdez
Showrunner: Nicole Galovski
Executive producers: Brie Larson, Raeshem Nijhon, Nicole Galovski, Carri Twigg
Growing Up cast
The ten “heroes” will be Alex Crotty, Clare Della Valle & Isabel Lam, Amiri Nash, Athena Nair, Sofia Ongele, Emily Flores, Sage Dolan-Sandrino, Gavin Arneson, Vanessa Aryee, David Puma
Is there a trailer?
Yes there is! It was released in early August, and you can check it out here: