This year has seen all three Dr. Dolittle films that were streaming on Disney+ USA removed and head to HBO. We’re not remotely surprised as we’ve documented well Disney’s complete lack of control and access to 20th Century Fox’s library in the USA.
We’ve also covered ad nauseum the continued weird decisions to add titles from Fox that are pulled months later instead of just not adding them at all with Ramona & Beezus and Gulliver’s Travels being the 2 most recent offenders. Both were pulled roughly 1.5 months after getting added. As you can see from our Fox vs Disney Films Added in 2021 page, this year has been an embarrassment for Fox films on Disney+ and looks to keep getting worse. Dr. Dolittle 3 managed to stream from January 15th until August 31st. Disney continues to make these mistakes, and people will be shocked when The Fault in Our Stars (2014) returns in a few weeks only to leave again a few months later. We confirmed it would stream on HBO in 2022… you’ve been warned. Why Disney hasn’t hired us yet to manage this information for them and prevent these poor choices is anyone’s guess.
Tying Their Removal Record
September 1st was a bad day overall with a whopping 4 titles removed. This ties their record for removals in one day set July 1st, 2020 and repeated on July 1st, 2021. Be sure to check in with our “Titles Removed” page regularly for updates.
When Does Dr. Dolittle 3 Return?
Dr. Dolittle 3 leaves HBO November 30th, 2022. For a complete list of expiration dates check our expiration dates page regularly.
When Can Disney+ Stream Other Dr. Dolittle Franchise Films?
Dr. Dolittle 1 (1998) and 2 (2001) left Disney+ February 28th, 2021 and will leave HBO May 31st, 2022.
Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (2009) has never streamed on Disney+ USA but leaves HBO March 30th, 2022.
In addition to Dr. Dolittle 3, HBO added Doctor Dolittle (1967) today and it will stream until November 30th, 2022.
Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief (2008) remains MIA but is basically guaranteed to head to HBO now. Unfortunately the longer it takes to go to HBO the more time before the complete franchise will be available to Disney+.
This is enormously frustrating for fans of Doctor Dolittle in the USA. The franchise may finally stream on Disney+ in 2023. Meanwhile the entire franchise has been mostly available globally for a while.
Drew Ryan is a film, TV, and Disney geek. He has degrees in English, Student Personnel Administration, and Library & Information Science from Lawrence University, Concordia University-Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Interested in the minutia and licensing of streaming service content, he is always publishing lists, suggestions, and advocating for Disney’s missing library to be added to Disney+. Drew subscribes to Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max, and Paramount+. You can find him waxing nostalgic over classic Disney Channel or geeking out over Marvel, CW shows, & Disney on Twitter.