Last Updated: December 13 – Updated statistics and list to include Strange World on December 23, the surprise December 2 titles, the cancellation of A Very Backstreet Holiday, and the 4 new December 1 announcements of Big City Greens Presents: Shortsmas, Brahmastra Part 1, The Montaners Season 1B, and Miraculous Ladybug Season 5 batch 1.
Again, not worth typing words. It’s just all Nat Geo. Not even really the recent stuff that’s missing, either. Instead its some random international Nat Geo titles and older titles that will probably only stream a year or t2 before going awaay.
Disney’s disrespectful treatment of their ABC Family Christmas catalog was not rectified in December. Not only did they remove all 6 remaining titles in October, they sent them (plus many others that had never even been added) to Prime Video, Peacock, Roku, YouTube… you name it. Disney spit on the holidays and ruined their Seasons Streaming campaign.
December is pretty much a clone of November. No variety. Nothing for grown ups unless they like Nat Geo. We’re happy that Disney has the courage to add the Rated R film, Retrograde, but they list it as TV-MA for some reason. Still, because they are suddenly “doing their job” with Nat Geo, we have had 2 of the largest quantity months in a row. To be specific, the past 2 months have been the 2nd and 3rd most ever for catalog. They came so close last month to setting a new record and ending the one that’s stood since the 2nd month of the service in January 2020… Pity 2023 will probably be a huge step back into red and yellow. Prove us wrong, Disney. 🙏
Averages / Totals
Library Brand Breakdown
[NAT GEO] – 30
[DISNEY CHANNEL / XD] – 6
[20TH CENTURY FILMS] – 5
[DISNEY JUNIOR] – 3
[ABC / FREEFORM / 20TH TV] – 3
[DISNEY FILMS] – 2
[ESPN] – 0
[VINTAGE TV / SHORTS] – 0
TOTAL LIBRARY – 49
ORIGINALS – 16
RETURNING TITLES: 4
RE-LISTED TITLES: 1 (Ocean’s Breath – but no-showed and got unlisted)
TOTAL ADDITIONS: 65 — 2nd most in history
Last 3 Months Comparison
Arriving On Disney+ December 2022
Streaming December 2
- Akashinga: The Brave Ones [NAT GEO]
- Big [20TH CENTURY FILMS]
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
- Dr. Dolittle 3 [20TH CENTURY FILMS]
- Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog [20TH CENTURY FILMS]
- Heroes of the Mediterranean [NAT GEO]
- Patagonia Wings [NAT GEO]
- Pentatonix: Around the World for the Holidays
- The Territory [NAT GEO]
- The Wolverine [20TH CENTURY FILMS]
Streaming December 7
- Alice’s Wonderland Bakery (S1, 5 episodes) [DISNEY JUNIOR]
- Animal Fight Night (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6) [NAT GEO]
- Beyond Magic with DMC (S1) [NAT GEO]
- Big City Greens (S3, 3 episodes) [DISNEY CHANNEL] – 2 ahead of TV. They don’t even air until 2023!
- Botswana (S1) [NAT GEO]
- Brahmāstra Part One: Shiva [20TH CENTURY FILMS]
- Gigantosaurus (S3, 8 episodes) [DISNEY JUNIOR]
- The Mysterious Benedict Society – Season 3 Finale (Probably series 🙁 )
- Raven’s Home (S5, 2 episodes) [DISNEY CHANNEL]
- The Santa Clauses – Season 1, Episode 5
- Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t! – Season 1, Episode 8
- The Villains of Valley View (S1, 1 episode) [DISNEY CHANNEL]
- Willow – Season 1, Episode 3
Streaming December 8
- Solo Amor Y Mil Canciones
Streaming December 9
- Area 51: The CIA’s Secret [NAT GEO]
- CMA Country Christmas [ABC]
- Idina Menzel: Which Way to the Stage?
- Muppets Christmas Carol (Extended Version) in 4k – listed as an extra, so does not count 🙁
- Night at the Museum: Kahmunrah Rises Again
- Shark vs. Tuna [NAT GEO]
- Retrograde [NAT GEO] – FIRST RATED R FILM THAT ISN’T MARVEL!
- Week-End Family Christmas
Streaming December 14
- Alaska’s Deadliest (S1) [NAT GEO]
- Broken Karaoke (Shorts) (S1, 1 episode) [DISNEY CHANNEL]
- Drain the Oceans (S5) [NAT GEO]
- Eureka! (S1, 5 episodes) [DISNEY JUNIOR]
- The Great Christmas Light Fight (S10) [ABC]
- National Treasure: Edge of History – 2-episode Premiere
- The Owl House (S3, 1 episode) [DISNEY CHANNEL]
- Positive Energy (S1) [NAT GEO]
- The Santa Clauses – Episode 6 (Finale)
- Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t! – Season 1, Episode 9
- Willow – Season 1, Episode 4
Streaming December 15
- The Simpsons Meet the Bocellis: Feliz Navidad!
Streaming December 16
- Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration [ABC]
- Heroes of the Long Road Home with Martha Raddatz [NAT GEO]
- If These Walls Could Sing
- Mafia Confidential [NAT GEO]
- Muppets Most Wanted (Sing-Along Version) [DISNEY FILMS]
- Le Pupille
- Where Oceans Collide [NAT GEO]
Streaming December 21
- Ancient X Files (S2, 5 episodes) [NAT GEO]
- Born in Africa (S1) [NAT GEO]
- Danger Decoded (S1) [NAT GEO]
- The Flagmakers [NAT GEO]
- National Treasure: Edge of History – Season 1, Episode 3
- Port Protection Alaska (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5) [NAT GEO]
- Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t! – Season 1, Episode 10 – Finale
- Willow – Season 1, Episode 5
Streaming December 23
- From the Ashes [NAT GEO]
- Jaguar Beach Battle [NAT GEO]
- Little Giant [NAT GEO]
- Strange World [DISNEY FILMS]
Streaming December 28
- Encanto at the Hollywood Bowl
- Generation X (S1) [NAT GEO]
- Miraculous Ladybug (S5, Episodes 1-9) [DISNEY CHANNEL]
- The Montaners – Season 1, Episodes 6 – 10
- National Treasure: Edge of History – Season 1, Episode 4
- Savage Kingdom (S1, S2, S3, S4) [NAT GEO]
- Street Genius (S1, S2) [NAT GEO]
- Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks Showdown (S1) [NAT GEO]
- Willow – Episode 6
Streaming December 30
- Black Pharaohs: Sunken Treasures [NAT GEO]
- Generation Youtube [NAT GEO]
Leaving Disney+ December 1, 2022
The only removal was Miss Perregrine’s. As usual, a Fox film. In January we may finally see the removals of : A Very Boy Band Christmas, X-Men Days of Future Past, The Book of Life, and Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb.
We can confirm that X-Men (2000) WILL leave January 1st.
We’ve been correct every month for the past 8 months about some exiting titles.
Please follow along here as we track removals and returns.
More Stats & Catalog Check-Ins
Where’s Walt? / Disney 100 Check-In
Disney also spit in the face of their founder. Just as Disney 100 begins they blew off his 121st birthday the same way they did his 120th last year. Zero vintage catalog. 1 vintage title total in 2022. Extreme disregard for their history.
Disney Channel and Cartoon Check-In
Extremely disappointing. Nothing. Again.
Additional data: 46 Missing Cartoons
Nat Geo Library Is Far Behind on Specials
Despite the influx of Nat Geo in November – December, the 2020-2022 specials remain far behind!
- Super Frenchie: Adventure Calls (2022)
- National Geographic Investigates: The Fall of Osama Bin Laden (2022) (On Hulu)
- Latin America from Above: From Baja to Patagonia (2022) – Narrated by Gina Rodriguez
- Home Rediscovered (2021)
- Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer (2021) (On Hulu)
- Killer High The Silent Crisis (2021) (Left Hulu in May 2022)
- Our America: Todos Unidos (2021)
- Mountain Strong: Surviving the Creek Fire (2021)
- Serpent’s Surprise (2021)
- Our America: Asian Voices (2021)
- Our America: Climate of Hope (2021)
- The Last Drop (2021)
- Mission Possible: The Race for a Vaccine (2021)
- The March on Washington: Keepers of the Dream (2021) (On Hulu)
- North Korea: Inside the Mind of a Dictator (2021) (On Hulu)
- Launch America: Mission to Space Live (2020)
- Butt Heads: The Strange Story of Sheep (2020)
Additional date: Nat Geo Library Progress
The Usual “Missing Titles” Watch
Good news! Bridge to Terabithia is finally out of this section because they QUIETLY added it without any promotion. It was a mistake, because it did not even appear in the “New to Disney+” row.
- Epic (2013) Blue Sky film and Dr. Dolittle 2 (2008) both left HBO August 1 and were previously on Disney+ USA.
- Dick Tracy and Jungle Book 1994 left HBO February 28th, 2021. 1 of the 3 stream internationally.
- Dr. Dolittle 5 and Flicka: Country Pride recently left HBO or Starz. All 3 stream internationally and 1 of 3 were once on Disney+ USA.
- The BFG, Tini: The New Life of Violetta remain missing despite Disney+ streaming both internationally and pulling them off Netflix February 28, 2022. The BFG just went to Showtime! Tini appears to have been vaulted because Disney doesn’t prioritize international content, but they aired her concert on Disney+ earlier this summer. Their team is not the sharpest as that was the ideal time to add the film. As we mentioned earlier, Hispanic Heritage month was the ideal time to add Tini… Oh, and they missed another chance on Violetta’s recent 10th anniversary. Instead they just added the new reunion special Just Love and a Thousand Songs
- Shaggy Dog (2006) – Removed December 2019. Has never appeared anywhere since.
- Everybody’s Hero and Eddie the Eagle remain lost after mysterious removals.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked never returned after leaving for Peacock, then leaving Peacock. It’s believed they may be heading to Starz or HBO due to the extended absence.
Additional data: 85 Missing Disney Pictures Films
Additional data: Over 2000 Missing Touchstone, Hollywood, and Fox Films
Additional data: All Titles Removed From Disney+ USA
December is mostly Nat Geo, Originals, and nothing else. Since they blew off the Christmas catalog we give this month 2.5 stars. Last month our final thoughts were identical, but we gave 3.5 since they hadn’t yet blow Christmas.
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.