What’s coming to Disney+ at launch (and what’s missing)

On Monday, Disney tweeted on Twitter a ludicrously long number of tweets (by the hundreds) listing the back library of Disney-owned material coming to Disney+ at launch next month.

The tweets started with the earliest listed film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (from 1937).

The tweets go through the decades, all the way up through announced Disney+ original content, such as “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” and the “Lady and the Tramp” live-action movie. The tweets included classics like “Pinocchio,” “Mary Poppins,” and “The Jungle Book.”

There’s also more modern classics like “The Lion King” and “Monsters, Inc.”

We’re also getting various items from the Fox library (thanks to Disney’s buyout), such as “The Sound of Music” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” As others observed, Disney’s slapped their logo on the latter.

Finally, there’s the minor or obscure material, such as “The Absent-Minded Professor,” various Disney Channel movies (“Halloweentown,” “The Luck of the Irish”), and a childhood favorite of mine, 1978’s “The Cat From Outer Space.”

There’s also a large pile of TV shows coming to Disney+, ranging from “The Simpsons” to “Kim Possible.” The Marvel shows are also largely present; they include the early 80s “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends,” the “Friends”-less early 80s “Spider-Man” series, and the classic 90s “X-Men” cartoon.

A full list of the material debuting on Disney+ is available here. Broadly, most of the classic Disney, Pixar, and Marvel material is available, as well as the classic “Disney Afternoon” lineup of shows.

What’s missing from Disney+ at launch

Of course, what’s abuzz online is what’s not being included on Disney+ at launch. Among the absent material:

  • The Wuzzles. Given this is based on a licensed property (and wasn’t as popular as fellow 80s licensed property show “Gummi Bears”), maybe that’s an issue?
  • House of Mouse. Also not on Disney+ are the “Mickey’s Magical Christmas” and “House of Villains” specials.
  • The Brave Little Toaster. The original 1987 movie isn’t present; oddly, its two sequels are on Disney+.
  • The Aladdin TV series. The direct-to-video sequels are on Disney+, however.
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
  • Mickey’s Christmas Carol.
  • DuckTales (2017 version). However, the original 80s series and its theatrical film are present. Given the 80s “DuckTales” never had a final DVD box set release to complete its run, at least it’s finally all available on home video.
  • The Proud Family. Oddly, the series finale TV-movie is available.
  • Dave the Barbarian.
  • The Weekenders.
  • Fillmore!.
  • Teamo Supremo.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil.
  • Life With Derek, Naturally Sadie, and My Babysitter’s a Vampire. Disney Channel aired these licensed-from-Canada shows in the 2000s and 2010s.

Some of the missing material’s currently on other streaming services. As of this writing, the “House of Mouse” specials are on Netflix, while “Star vs. the Forces of Evil” is on also-Disney-owned Hulu.

Conclusion

Despite the missing shows and movies, this is still an extremely impressive library of material at launch. As I’ve said before, I expect Disney+ to be a very disruptive presence on the streaming landscape.

One comment

  1. I would note that The Muppet Show is missing (probably due to music rights). Given that the last 2 seasons never made it to DVD, this is a bit of a disappointment.

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