Disney+: Will ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’ and Other Underrated Disney Animated Films Be Available?
Just when you thought the streaming wars couldn’t get any more crowded, an anthropomorphic mouse hops in the ring. Indeed, Disney+ is guaranteed to present a challenge, especially for Netflix. The service has the opportunity to distinguish itself from competitors with decisions like its refusal to surrender to binge-watching.
But the biggest difference between Disney’s streaming service and its counterparts in the streaming world is its built-in brand loyalty. Walt Disney Animation Studios was founded in 1923, after all. That’s nearly a century’s worth of archives at the company’s disposal, not including acquisitions like Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. Will your favorites be streaming on November 12?
Which Disney Animation films will be streaming?
We know that many modern classics — such as Disney Renaissance releases like the 1992 Aladdin — will be on Disney+ when it launches next month. But what about some of the less popular Disney animated films? The concept behind the streaming service is that a wide swath of the company’s backlog would be available for fans to stream. This should include films that were not initially huge moneymakers but have developed devoted fanbases since.
So rest easy, Disneyphiles. It looks like nearly the entire Disney Animation library will be ready for your streaming pleasure. This includes box office underperformers like The Emperor’s New Groove, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Hercules and Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
Moreover, many of the films during the less successful 1970s/1980s period will be available as well. Want to revisit the Sherlock Holmes-esque The Great Mouse Detective? What about the underrated Robin Hood or the controversial The Black Cauldron? Yup, they’re all on Disney+ too.
Lots of your favorite Disney TV shows
While Disney’s streaming service will be teeming with animated films — including Disneytoon favorites like 1995’s A Goofy Movie — it will also boast tons of TV shows. Fans of 80s and 90s hits like Gargoyles, Darkwing Duck and TaleSpin will find it hard to pull themselves away from the nostalgic goodness. Likewise, younger viewers who grew up with the likes of Kim Possible and Recess will be pleased too.
That’s just the animated side of things. Disney+ will also feature live-action favorites like That’s So Raven, Hannah Montana, and Lizzie McGuire. And don’t get us started on the dozens of Disney Channel Original Movies that will be available to stream.
Not everything will be available at launch
Although Disney Animation’s feature library will be just about complete, its streaming site will still be lacking a few critical holdouts when it goes live. Films like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and assorted Marvel Studios films will be absent at first. This is mostly due to licensing deals with Netflix, which still has the streaming rights to those titles.
But Disney’s own library of hits — especially its robust animated offerings — more than make up for it. Between that and its original content, subscribers probably won’t even notice its few blindspots for a while. More than likely, the streaming service will have some surprises in store when launch day arrives.
Disney+ will be available on November 12 and is currently taking preorders.