Disney Plus and Hulu are losing content — and the first wave could happen next week

 Disney Plus app on a television
Disney Plus app on a television

Late last week we heard news Disney Plus and Hulu would be losing some content in the near future. But, at the time, it wasn’t revealed what content might go missing or when it might happen. Now Deadline claims to know exactly what will be leaving the services — and it may all start next week.

This is all down to Disney attempting to save $3 billion during 2023. Pulling content from streaming services is designed to help that along: saving money on residuals, royalties and data storage costs. It also helps Disney earn some money by selling the rights to some other service.

According to Deadline's report a bunch of content will be pulled from Disney Plus and Hulu on May 26 — just one week from today. It’s not clear if this is everything subscribers will lose for the near future or just the first wave of an ongoing plan to continually trim the fat.

The list itself is actually rather long, which makes me suspect it could be the former. Especially as it's mostly made up of canceled TV shows, limited series, direct to streaming movies and other content that isn’t likely to convince people to subscribe.

Here’s what’s apparently being pulled.

Shows and movies leaving Disney Plus on May 26

  1. Big Shot

  2. Turner & Hooch

  3. The Mysterious Benedict Society

  4. The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers

  5. Willow (2022)

  6. The Making Of Willow

  7. Diary of a Future President

  8. Just Beyond

  9. The World According to Jeff Goldblum

  10. Marvel’s Project Hero

  11. Marvel’s MPower

  12. Marvel’s Voices Rising: The Music of Wakanda Forever

  13. Rosaline

  14. Cheaper by the Dozen (2022)

  15. The One and Only Ivan

  16. Stargirl

  17. Artemis Fowl

  18. The Princess

  19. Encore!

  20. A Spark Story

  21. Black Beauty (2020)

  22. Clouds

  23. America the Beautiful

  24. Better Nate Than Ever

  25. Weird but True!

  26. Timmy Failure

  27. Be Our Chef

  28. Magic Camp

  29. Howard

  30. Earth to Ned

  31. Foodtastic

  32. Stuntman

  33. Disney Fairy Tale Weddings

  34. Wolfgang

  35. It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer

  36. The Real Right Stuff

  37. The Big Fib

  38. Rogue Trip

  39. More Than Robots

  40. Shop Class

  41. Pick the Litter

  42. Own the Room

  43. Among the Stars

  44. Harmonious Live!

  45. Pentatonix: Around the World for the Holidays

Shows and movies leaving Hulu on May 26

  1. Y: The Last Man

  2. Pistol

  3. Little Demon

  4. Maggie

  5. Dollface

  6. The Hot Zone

  7. The Premise

  8. Love in the Time of Corona

  9. Everything’s Trash

  10. Best in Snow

  11. Best in Dough

  12. Darby and the Dead

  13. The Quest

What this means for Disney Plus and Hulu subscribers

Artemis Fowl on Disney Plus
Artemis Fowl on Disney Plus

That is rather a long list of content, and Disney Plus certainly seems to be losing the lion’s share compared to Hulu. It’s also worth mentioning that most of this content isn’t the kind of stuff that’s likely to bring in new subscribers.

Artemis Fowl is a great example, having been released to Disney Plus during the pandemic only to be slaughtered by audiences and critics alike. In fact its critic score on Rotten Tomatoes is just 8% — with a 19% scoring from audiences.

Likewise a lot of these TV shows have already been canceled, including Turner & Hooch, The Mysterious Benedict Society and so on. Willow, which may or may not be canceled depending on who you ask, doesn’t seem to have a particularly bright future now that it’s being pulled from Disney’s library.

It’s not clear what sort of future these shows have, either. Content pulled from HBO Max eventually found its way onto free ad-supported streaming services like Freevee, Roku and Pluto TV. It makes sense Disney would sell off the streaming rights and bring in some more money on top of whatever cost-cutting measures pulling content can offer.

We’re just going to have to wait and see what happens going forward. Thankfully the best Disney Plus TV shows and the best Hulu shows will likely be sticking around for the foreseeable future. Plus, if you're looking for new shows and movies to watch this weekend, some of our picks are available to stream on Disney Plus and Hulu. So it’s not like there will be any shortage of things to watch.

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