When Will ‘Star Wars’ and Other Disney Movies Leave Netflix?

If you’re a parent who depends upon your children’s 376th viewing of Coco to keep them happy, you won’t be able to rely on Netflix for long. 

Coco – and all of Disney’s other movies on that service – are expected to make a mass exodus once Disney launches its own streaming channel, Disney+, this fall.

Say goodbye, Mickey

Of course, with Disney owning about half of the entertainment world these days, this doesn’t refer only to Mickey Mouse and his pals, or all the princesses. It also refers to all the Star Wars movies and all the Marvel  movies. No The Last Jedi, no Infinity War.

The Disney movies aren’t all leaving on the same date. The departure schedule is staggered, and some of the movies are actually staying on Netflix even after Disney+ launches.

Disney movies generally stay on Netflix for a year and a half. For instance, Cars 3 and the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie will stay through this July, while Infinity War is expected to be on Netflix through June of next year. The Last Jedi will leave in December, just after The Rise of Skywalker comes out.

Circle November 12 on the caleandar. That’s when Disney+ is scheduled to go live. The good news is that if you drop Netflix and pick up Disney+, you’ll save some money. Disney’s service will cost $6.99 per month, whereas Netflix’s HD plan just increased to $12.99 a month.

That’s not because Disney has decided to be extremely generous. Netflix has a significant head start. They have been building their streaming catalog for at least  10 years – so much so that people forget they still deliver DVDs in those once ubiquitous red envelopes.  

For all its dominance, Disney is only just starting out with streaming Disney CEO Robert Iger said the new service isn’t meant to be a “Netflix killer. ” In a 2017 investor call, he said that the pricing would be “substantially below Netflix because we’ll have substantially less volume.”

New shows on Disney+

Even though Disney’s service won’t be as stocked as Netflix, they’ll still have quite a lot to offer. Not only will they be porting over the movies that are on Netflix now, but they’ll debut new shows you can find only on their service.

Iron Man director Jon Favreau, who is readying the “live action” Lion King for theaters will be overseeing the Star Wars series The Mandalorian, which will debut its first episode when the service launches. Favreau has said that the show will take place shortly after Return of the Jedi. It will star Pedro Pascal in the lead role and will also include Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, and Nick Nolte.

Disney+ will also feature a Star Wars spin-off of Rogue One about freedom fighter Cassian Andor, played by Diego Luna. Joining him will be Alan Tudyk, who played the snarky droid K-2SO.

Opening the Disney and Fox vaults

Disney is also expected to crack open its famous vault, with immortal titles from Walt’s day like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio, as well as Disney renaissance classics like Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. Pixar movies and TV shows will be there too, which means Woody and Buzz, as well as other favorites including The Incredibles and Up.

Just don’t expect absolutely every Disney movie ever made to be on Disney+. As more than one outlet has pointed out, the controversial live-action animation hybrid Song of the South will not be on the service. Disney once regularly reissued that movie, but concerns about racist overtones will probably keep that one locked in the vault.

There’s even talk that the same concerns could edit problematic crows out of the animated Dumbo.

And the vault won’t just have movies made by Disney. Since they just acquired 20th Century Fox, that gives them 30 years of The Simpsons. In their iconoclastic and sarcastic fashion, they welcomed their “new corporate overlords” even while donning mouse ears. Mickey is probably getting tired of eating Bart’s shorts.