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What to watch on Disney+

What to watch on Disney+
What to watch on Disney+

When Disney+ launched in the UK in 2020, it offered much of what the US offered, including an extensive library of animated titles. Fast forward to today and Disney+ UK offers an unrivaled library of animated content compared to UK overstreamers. Today I want to discuss the size of the animation library and why fans of various animation genres in the UK should try out Disney+ for their animation fix.

The library of animated features is large and varied:

Let’s start with the animated movie catalog. Disney+ in the UK streams a majority of the films from the Walt Disney Animation catalogue, as well as most Blue Sky Studios films and the entire Pixar film library. Disney+ also makes its original movies such as the recent “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid” animated films and “Ice Age Adventures Of Buck Wild,” which was the last feature film in the long-running “Ice Age” series.

Adult animation flourishes on the platform:

When Disney+ launched in the UK, it offered one adult cartoon, “The Simpsons,” but now, as we move into 2023, the library is so much better. You know most of the popular Disney-owned adult animated series such as “Bob’s Burgers”, “American Dad”, “Family Guy”, “Futurama” and “Solar Opposites” as well as less popular but still beloved series such as “Bless The Harts”, “The Cleveland Show” and “The Great North” are also available. It appears to be “King Of The Hill”, which is missing for some unknown reason as it is available on Disney+ in other countries as I write this.

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Animated series for children are booming:

This is a big reason for animation fans in the UK to be excited about Disney+. Disney+ UK streams well over a hundred animated series aimed at children and young people. Some titles include “Filmore”, “Puppy Dog Pals”, “Star Wars Rebels”, “The Owl House”, and both the original and the reboot of “Ducktales”. If you’ve got kids, there’s a wealth of animated shows for kids to binge on on Disney+, especially as Disney+ UK streams more titles from BabyTV.

The shorts library is varied and historically important:

Many fans of classic animation in the UK will see this as a very important reason to subscribe to Disney+. For those who don’t know, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar and Blue Sky Studios all started their animation journeys by making animated shorts. Disney+ streams many beloved shorts from Disney’s catalog, including the original appearance of Mickey Mouse himself, “Steamboat Willie.” Disney+ streams a majority of the shorts that Pixar has produced and is only missing about five shorts.

Disney+ has pushed into anime:

This is a huge market today, and Disney has almost no stake in it, but they have bought several series in this genre. Disney’s most notable anime licenses are “Bleach The Thousand Year Blood War”, “Black Rock Shooter Dawn Fall” and “Tokyo Revengers”. My only problem with Disney+ having anime is the lack of dubbing which makes it more difficult for those with visual disabilities to enjoy these shows.

Final thoughts:

Disney+ offers a variety of titles across dozens of genres, but the genre Disney+ is most interesting in terms of the amount of content offered is the animation category. Disney+ offers hundreds of movies, shorts and TV series as part of its catalog for animation fans of all ages. There are some glaring omissions from Disney’s animation library, like “Make Mine Music” and the entire series of “Oswald The Lucky Rabbit” shorts, but I’m sure we’ll see some of those titles added to Disney+ throughout Disney’s 100 Years Of Wonder – celebration.

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What do you think? Do you like the animation collection on Disney+?


Ethan Holloway

Ethan is an autistic, type one diabetic, Disney fan who grew up with properties like Iron Man, The Lion King, Aladdin and Toy Story. Ethan wants to one day make his own books/movies/TV series to inspire people with disabilities to be themselves, but for now Ethan covers his thoughts on Disney, their content, and how Disney+ can improve.