|The launch of Disney+ before the end of the decade has been monumental for both Disney and devoted fans of their franchises / Photo by: Anthony Quintano via Flickr|
The launch of Disney+ before the end of the decade has been monumental for both Disney and devoted fans of their franchises.
For 2020, Disney+ has prepared a few more movies for their subscribers, but along with this, Disney has been shedding some movies from the service.
As a new streaming platform, people have been curious about how Disney+ performed in its first launch. Disney fans would be proud to see that there were actually 10 million subscribers on the first day, according to Edward Jones senior equity analyst Dave Heger in an interview with IndieWire, a film industry and review website.
Technology news website Digital Trends reports that beyond launch day, Disney+ already accumulated 22 million downloads from those subscribers, something that was helped along by the fact that Disney+ content is easily downloadable on smart TVs, desktops, streaming services, and other platforms.
Over at investment banking company Morgan Stanley, analyst Benjamin Swinburne said that Disney+ could also be seeing 13 million subscribers as 2019 ends, this not including the subscribers on Disney’s other online video services, namely Hulu and ESPN+. Across the three platforms, Disney has about 130 million subscribers.
|As a new streaming platform, people have been curious about how Disney+ performed in its first launch. Disney fans would be proud to see that there were actually 10 million subscribers on the first day / Photo by: Olaf Kosinsky via Wikimedia Commons|
Still, what’s to come?
According to CinemaBlend, a website that features news on movies, television, video games, and pop culture, Disney+ will be bringing on a “Lizzie McGuire” revival show, probably due to its strong demand from most of the now-adult crowd who grew up with the show. More Marvel titles will also be coming, seeing as how they have been Disney’s most successful brand ever.
Marvel fans can enjoy “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” and “WandaVision,” two new shows based on Disney’s expanding category of Marvel household names. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” will also be making a comeback in February 2020, a series set in the timeline of the prequel movies and that has been a great hit with the Star Wars fanbase. “The Mandalorian,” a surprisingly successful spin-off series, will also be coming back for its second season in the Fall of 2020.
For original movies, Disney seems to want to take advantage of the formula that made the animated series “Phineas & Ferb” such a charmer for many viewers. This 2020, fans of the show -- now four years retired -- can expect a new spin-off of the iconic series entitled, “The Phineas and Ferb Movie: Candace Against the Universe.” Disney will also be releasing other new movies, namely, “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made,” “Stargirl,” and “Secret Society of Second Born Royals.”
Newer Disney movies will also join the catalog in 2020 led by the recent “Aladdin” live-action movie, which will be on the platform on January 8, “The Lion King” live-action, which will come on January 28, and “Toy Story 4,” which doesn’t have a specific date of release yet but will emerge on the platform early in 2020.
Finally, Disney will also be releasing two docuseries on the platform, which are “Rogue Trip” and “Becoming.”
Though Disney marketed Disney+ as the place to be for your Disney-property fix, they may yet need to improve their licensing as the movies that have been removed from the platform just recently were removed due to “various legacy deals,” confirms Julia Alexander of The Verge, a website focusing on American technology news.
According to an article by Jay Peters on The Verge, some of the movies that were axed were “Home Alone” and “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” just the other day. Weirdly, even movies like “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Coco” might also leave the platform and return to Netflix instead, but only “around 2026.”
As listed by entertainment news website Movie Web, “The Sandlot” will also be leaving the platform, with “Dr. Dolittle,” “Flicka,” “The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stanger Tides,” “Strange Magic,” “The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration,” “White Wilderness,” “Mickey Three Musketeers,” “Garfield 2,” and “Shaggy Dog.”
In another article over at Gizmodo explaining why these titles are leaving the platform, it was already reported back in October by a Disney+ spokesperson that there will be a “very, very small” number of titles that will be leaving the platform “if they had pre-existing legacy agreements for licensing in place prior to the service’s launch,” reads the report. Gizmodo is a design, technology, science, and science fiction website
Still, it enraged some fans who have availed the service. As shown on Movie Web, most people are voicing their concerns on Twitter. One user wondered why titles like “Home Alone” have been removed, especially since Disney owns the movie.
Most of the subscribers decry the decision to axe these certain movies because of the lack of warning from Disney. By now, with the different types of streaming services, audiences are already used to content coming and going on certain platforms. Even though beloved titles could surely rally the masses to band together to protest a show leaving a platform, the general public understands that the fast-paced world of streaming services means that some content really do get the boot.
For now, the public will have to stew because according to The Verge, Disney has not yet announced when the removed movies will be back on the service. Right now, Disney’s only assurance is that they will still come back at some point, it’s just that there is not yet a definitive date.