Disney Film Theatrical Releases Threatened by Disney Plus
The biggest event in TV streaming history happens in less than a month from today.
Of course, I'm referring to the launch of Disney's new streaming service, Disney Plus.
With this new service, subscribers will enjoy over 600 selections of Disney classics, including the beloved Disney Channel Original Movies, or DCOMs, we all grew up loving. With the launch fast approaching, every Disney fan is losing their minds, myself included.
However, I do have one fear: will the launch of Disney+ lead to a suspension of theatrical releases? What kind of world would we live in that didn't have any Disney movies playing in the theater?
Let's be real, here. Disney films are good. 'Good' may not even be the right word. The special effects and acting are both always on point. I'm not sure how I'd feel about only being able to experience them through my personal TV. It doesn't matter if you have the largest TV out there, it's still not a movie screen... unless you're rich and have a home theater. To you, I say... you're excluded from this argument.
Imagine not being able to see Frozen 2 in the movie theaters. Would YOU be okay with only watching that on the TV in your family room? Maybe you would be. For me, though, my 60 inch Roku TV, while it's great, just isn't going to cut it.
It's already starting to happen, too. The Disney Christmas movie Noelle starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader was due out in theaters on November 9th, but will now only be able to be streamed on Disney+ starting on November 12th.
Also, Disney's live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp will be released via the streaming service.
Only time will tell whether or not this will become the Disney norm. Obviously, we probably don't have to worry about the ceasing of theater releases for at least a few years. I, for one, hope to still get some sort of Disney-fix via the theaters forever.