Disney+ Australia: The top 10 missing titles
Despite 816 titles on offer, there are some notable omissions: here are the worst gaps.
Disney+ has launched with a an extensive content library that very closely matches the US, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few notable omissions.
Amongst the titles missing from the Australian Disney+ library are some all-time classics, some heavily-hyped TV series, kids; films, an Aussie heartthrob, a season of an iconic show and quite a few Marvel titles.
1. The Little Mermaid
Easily the biggest omission from the Disney+ launch is The Little Mermaid. The Little Mermaid II is there, as is Ariel's Beginning and even a TV series called The Little Mermaid. But the Mermaid film we all want -- the OG -- is missing.
It isn't even listed at all on the Disney+ site, which is super interesting. On the US Disney+ offering, titles that are coming later still appear with their expected release date.
2. Lizzie McGuire
Now this one really hurts Disney. Lizzie McGuire is set for a reboot, and Hilary Duff took to Instagram on 25 October tagging it with #disneyplus. So it would make perfect sense that fans could rewatch the old Lizzie episodes. But they can't.
The original Lizzie McGuire series is still on Stan and we're yet to find out when it will lose the rights. So, for now, that's your only way to watch Lizzie plus her best friends Miranda and Gordo in the TV series. However the Lizzie McGuire movie is on Disney+ so you can still scratch your itch.
3. The Lion King (2019)
Unlike that underwater classic with our favourite mermaid Ariel, the original Lion King is on Disney+ in Australia. However, the live-action remake from 2019 hasn't shown up. You can purchase it on DVD already but if you want to stream it, you'll need to wait.
We're yet to see a confirmed date for Lion King (2019) debuting on Disney+. Maybe we can expect it to show up around Christmas as a present from Disney.
4. The Simpsons season 30
Australia was treated to 29 seasons of The Simpsons on Disney+, yet season 30 is unaccounted for. Doh! The Simpsons has long been aired on Foxtel and juggled by different free-to-air broadcasters, so it isn't surprising that contractual obligations might be holding up season 30.
Season 30 wrapped up in the US mid-year, and yet again Australia seems to have copped the poison pill of broadcast delay.
Deadpool claimed the title of highest-grossing R-rated film until being knocked off by the new Joker. It's the R-rating though that probably saw it kept off Disney+.
Traditionally Disney is associated with kids and families. If rumours prove to be true Disney will be taking its other streaming service Hulu international, where it will offer more adult content. We'll be keeping an eye out.
Now this is an entire franchise whose rights are currently up in the air. Before Walt Disney landed Marvel's Cinematic Universe, Sony acquired Spider-Man. Sony and Disney are still discussing an agreement, but the deal didn't get across the line in time for Disney+.
Whilst you can stumble across at least seven dedicated Marvel Spider-Man comics series and shorts, there's no movies. Disney has gone as far as creating a Spider-Man collection to explore, but the more popular Peter Parker movies are a notable absentee. But it doesn't seem too far-fetched to assume Spider-Man could appear in the coming months.
7. Aladdin (2019)
As with Lion King, the newest Aladdin could be held to an agreement tied to its DVD release. Although Aladdin was available about a month earlier than Lion King, it's not yet offered on Disney+.
Again, we hope Aladdin 2019 will prove to be another stocking stuffer courtesy of Disney.
8. 10 Things I Hate About You
But mostly I hate the way I don't hate you, not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all. But you're just not yet on Disney+. The famous romantic comedy with Australian heartthrob Heath Ledger can be found on Disney+, though you can't watch it yet.
While you can find 10 Things I hate About You there's a disclaimer on the site. Existing agreements will keep it off Disney+ until 19 December 2019, joining Disney's list of future titles.
9. X-Men including Logan
Another franchise that's rather violent for Disney's kid-friendly standards. There are 5 seasons of Marvel's X-Men 90's comic series available, but fans know there are plenty more X-Men in the catalogue.
A few more of the comics series may trickle through. Don't hold your breath though for the X-Men movies, including Hugh Jackman in Logan appearing on Disney+. Arguably they'd be more suited to a Hulu rollout.
10. Disney shorts including Mickey's Rival
There are hundreds of Disney shorts that have stood the test of time. While it might seem bizarre that the rights of these are held to ransom by different streaming services or broadcasters, that may be the issue. Some might not exist in HD, but many have appeared in the US. The most likely scenario is Disney will sprinkle in the likes of Ferdinand the Bull and Mickey's Rival over time.
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