David Zaslav is many things, but you can’t say he isn’t a bit of a trendsetter. Almost a full year after the great HBO Max culling of 2022 and the announcement that the streamer was relaunching as Max, Disney’s prepping to do the same exact thing with their own twin streamers.
On May 10, Bob Iger confirmed that by the end of this calendar year, Hulu will become a tile on Disney+, merging one of the oldest streamers on the market (it launched in 2007) with its much younger sibling. It’s a similar move to the upcoming Paramount+ and Showtime merger happening over at Paramount Global next month. And as the merger approaches, Disney is going to the same playbook as those companies by removing content from both platforms, in a move Iger referred to as “part of the maturation process as we grow into a business that we had never been in.”
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Although Disney hasn’t gone as far as to shelve a completed film or movie before it makes it to release, its announced titles that will leave Disney+, a move which goes into effect May 26, has raised ire from fans. In particular, they faced swift backlash for planning to remove “Howard,” a documentary about “The Little Mermaid” lyricist Howard Ashman and one of the most notable gay creatives in the company’s history, from the streamer. The documentary would have been removed the day the live-action version of “The Little Mermaid” premiered, and a week before Pride Month began.
Disney has since corrected course and announced that “Howard” will remain on the service, and said that titles on the list of removals are still being finalized. Other titles have been saved, including docuseries “A Spark Story,” “Marvel’s MPower,” and “Marvel’s Voices Rising: The Music of Wakanda Forever.”
But even with those titles getting saved from the graveyard, over 50 shows and movies are still on the chopping block. The list primarily consists of a mix of docuseries and reality shows like “The World According to Jeff Goldblum,” live-action children’s series like “Diary of a Future President” and “Mighty Ducks: Game Changers,” and, on the Hulu side, FX drama shows like “Y: the Last Man” and “Pistol.” Many titles have been available on the services for an extremely short amount of time; “Willow,” for example, premiered on the service in November and its finale aired in January, just four months before the fantasy series is set to be made completely unavailable. On Instagram, Bryan Cranston publicly urged families to watch his family film “The One and Only Ivan” before it disappears from Disney+ forever.
As with HBO Max, let’s take a second to mourn what we’re about to lose. Here’s a list of all 76 titles getting taken off of Hulu and Disney+, effective this Friday.
Note: entries are listed alphabetically, with its availability on Hulu or Disney+ noted. This list will updated should more titles be removed from the streamers in the coming months.
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