Disney is removing a dozen films, including Artemis Fowl and Cheaper by the Dozen, from its streaming services.
Disney is cutting its streaming content fast, so those who want to watch films like Cheaper By the Dozen, Black Beauty, and Artemis Fowl on House of Mouse’s streaming platform will have to look elsewhere. Those paying for the service will be disappointed that the company keeps clearing out rooms and removing favorite films and TV shows. This isn’t the first time they’ve done sweeping content cuts to reduce costs, and it seems likely it won’t be the last.
Along with the aforementioned films, other movies being removed in this round of content cuts include Flora & Ulysses, Better Nate Than Never, Darby & the Dead, Stargirl, Hollywood Stargirl, Magic Camp, The One and Only Ivan, Timmy Failure, and Wolfgang. Disney CEO Bob Iger and CFO Christine McCarthy announced the upcoming cuts during the company’s May 2023 earnings call, but that warning doesn’t necessarily make the cuts sting any less. The company’s other streaming service, Hulu, is seeing similar cuts, but they have promised to make Hulu shows available on the Disney+ streaming app to make the experience more seamless for subscribers.
It seems like these content cuts are not only a cost-saving measure for Disney but also a way to more carefully curate their offerings to subscribers. The House of Mouse has invested plenty of money into original content from properties like Star Wars and Marvel, and it might be trying to funnel more people into watching these expensive investments. If you’re a fan of Star Wars, Marvel, or the company’s animated fare, you’ll probably still find a lot to like about the streaming service.
As for those who like Disney’s more tertiary films and shows, it seems like the massive corporation will be letting you down. Other shows that are disappearing from the platform include Willow, Y: The Last Man, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Best in Dough, and Big Shot. However, this phenomenon certainly isn’t unique to the “happiest company on Earth,” as other major streamers are cutting down on offerings too.
HBO Max, which recently rebranded to simply ‘Max,’ also brought the axe down on a good amount of content, removing more than 80 titles in 2022 alone. Of course, this isn’t necessarily uncommon when it comes to licensed shows and movies, but removing originals from a platform does seem a bit odd. This initial bloodbath of content from Disney encompassed quite a few shows and movies, but it seems likely that there will be more cuts in the near future.
If you’re a Disney subscriber, you can at least take solace in the fact that there is still a good amount of new original content on the way (though the company is paring back on that too.) Again, these original shows are mostly going to benefit Star Wars and Marvel fans. In 2023, Star Wars fans can look forward to Ahsoka and Skeleton Crew coming out, while Marvel fans can look out for Secret Invasion, Echo, Loki Season 2, Ironheart, and Agatha: Coven of Chaos before the year is over.