“Month 3 of Nat Geo+”
The cracks have arrived in the Disney+ armor once again. In month 3 of receiving almost entirely Nat Geo, the quantity has reduced. Instead of 30 titles from the brand like in November and 29 in December we’ve plunged to 18. Not only that, the drop once again includes numerous international Nat Geo titles instead of (as opposed to in addition to) the recently aired Nat Geo content like Latin America from Above: From Baja to Patagonia, Life Below Zero season 19 and 20, Super Frenchie, and the suddenly surging list of new Hulu exclusives such as Life Below Zero: Next Generation season 5, Maradona Confidential, Taste of the Wild, Lost and Found, and Pablo Escobar: Man vs Myth.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is blown off for the 3rd year in a row. Where are the many Nat Geo titles relate MLK? For example, Martin Luther King Jr: Marked Man, The March on Washington: Keepers of the Dream, and Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer. All of these are available on Hulu, NatGeoTV.com, or both!
In addition, all other brands are vacant. January 2023 is a shameful, discouraging effort from their content team.
Disney+ Library Averages / Totals
Library Brand Breakdown
[NAT GEO] – 18
[A&E NETWORKS] – 5 – Why is this a thing when they refuse to add Disney catalog… and it’s now the Disney 100th year celebration?
[DISNEY JUNIOR] – 4
[DISNEY CHANNEL / XD] – 2
[20TH CENTURY FILMS] – 0
[ABC / FREEFORM / 20TH TV] – 0
[DISNEY FILMS] – 0
[ESPN] – 0
[VINTAGE TV / SHORTS] – 0
TOTAL LIBRARY – 27
ORIGINALS – 7 (2nd worst in history)
RETURNING TITLES: 0
RE-LISTED TITLES: 1 (Ocean’s Breath – 3rd month in a row it’s appeared)
TOTAL ADDITIONS: 35 (From 2nd most in history to one of the least quantities ever. Disney+ is so inconsistent… they do this so often it gives whiplash)
Last 3 Months Comparison
Arriving On Disney+ January 2023
Streaming January 4
- The Boonies (Season 1) [NAT GEO]
- Locked Up Abroad (Season 12) [NAT GEO]
- Lost Treasures of Egypt (Season 4) [NAT GEO]
- Magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Season 2) [NAT GEO] – Season 1 was a Disney+ Original, Season 2 is a Nat Geo series (!!)
- National Treasure: Edge of History (Season 1, Episode 5) ➡️ ORIGINAL SERIES <– STAFF PICK
- Primal Survivor: Over the Andes (Season 1) [NAT GEO]
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Season 2, Episodes 1-2) ➡️ ORIGINAL SERIES – Season Premiere
- Underworld, Inc. (Seasons 1-2) [NAT GEO]
- Willow (Season 1, Episode 7) ➡️ ORIGINAL SERIES <– STAFF PICK
Streaming January 6
- Strangest Bird Alive [NAT GEO]
Streaming January 11
- Airport Security (Seasons 4-8) [NAT GEO] || Or as Hulu refers to them: To Catch A Smuggler: Madrid, To Catch A Smuggler: Brazil, To Catch A Smuggler: Peru / Brazil, To Catch A Smuggler: Rome
- Best in Bridal (S1) [A&E NETWORKS] || Rant Time: A&E Networks (FYI, A&E, Lifetime, History, Vice) are now arriving? SERIOUSLY?! What the heck is wrong with Disney Streaming? Hundreds of major Disney titles missing including half of the Disney Pictures film library and the majority of the Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures libraries as well as almost every ABC, 20th TV, Freeform show. Half the Disney cartoon catalog.. Constant requests. So instead, they add crap from the network they only half own and don’t even own worldwide. If you’re gonna do THIS, then you need to add your ABC Family original movies and Disney Channel premiere movies and Disney TVA Cartoons as well.
- Bride & Prejudice (Season 1) [A&E NETWORKS]
- Celebrity Ghost Stories (Seasons 5-6) [A&E NETWORKS]
- Chasing Waves (Season 1) ➡️ ORIGINAL SERIES (Japan)
- Evil Genius (Season 1) [A&E NETWORKS]
- My Ghost Story (Season 1) [A&E NETWORKS]
- Gina Yei (Season 1) ➡️ ORIGINAL SERIES (Brazil)
- National Treasure: Edge of History (Season 1, Episode 6) ➡️ ORIGINAL SERIES <– STAFF PICK
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Season 2, Episode 3) ➡️ ORIGINAL SERIES
- SuperKitties (Season 1, Episodes 1-11) [DISNEY JUNIOR] – Series Premiere
- Willow (Season 1, Episode 8) ➡️ ORIGINAL SERIES – Season Finale <– STAFF PICK
Streaming January 13
terrible brilliant team has yet again skipped a movie drop day despite their refusal to add catalog films and the 2022 trend of quietly adding returning films without promotion. Great service! They stopped adding ESPN 30 for 30s halfway through the catalog (USA only) this past fall and then pretend like they have no content for today.
Streaming January 18
- Chibi Tiny Tales (Shorts) (Season 3, 14 episodes) – Yet they won’t add Chibiverse (Season 1) in USA. It’s started to appear in other countries!!!
- King Shakir Recycle ➡️ ORIGINAL MOVIE – Why are they releasing this Turkish Original movie on a Wednesday?
- Mickey Mouse Funhouse (Season 2, 5 episodes) [DISNEY JUNIOR]
- Me & Mickey (Shorts) (Season 1, 13 episodes) [DISNEY JUNIOR]
- National Treasure: Edge of History (Season 1, Episode 7) ➡️ ORIGINAL SERIES
- Night Stalkers (Season 1) [NAT GEO]
- Secret Life of Predators (Season 1) [NAT GEO]
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Season 2, Episode 4) ➡️ ORIGINAL SERIES
Streaming January 20
- Ocean’s Breath (2019) [NAT GEO] – Yes, they’ve relisted it for the 3rd month in a row. Who the cares at this point? It’s probably not coming.
- Sharkatraz (2016) [NAT GEO]
Streaming January 25
- Bloody Tales of Europe (Season 1) [NAT GEO]
- Dino Ranch (Season 2, 6 episodes) [DISNEY JUNIOR]
- Hacking the System (Season 1) [NAT GEO]
- Mila in the Multiverse (Season 1) ➡️ ORIGINAL SERIES (Brazil) <– STAFF PICK || RANT TIME: Because it’s “Disney Streaming,” they have not mentioned if this is one episode or all at once. And also because it’s Disney Streaming, there’s a solid chance this doesn’t show up. Their team can’t seem to produce the Latin American / Brazil originals appropriately. Low Tone Club, the Brazilian show scheduled for November? Unlisted – didn’t arrive on December or January list either. Just Love and a Thousand Songs? No respect for it so they didn’t mark it as “New” in the “New to Disney+” row. Our Last Chance? Same thing! Just quietly added. Even worse, this one didn’t even get mentioned in the press materials. Another of their frequent ghost additions. Chorus? Oh yeah… they unprofessionally tweeted that Chorus, another Latin American original, was now streaming. That was weeks ago. They left the tweet up despite everybody calling them out for the lie. So yeah, we urge you to NOT trust this and just hope it shows up.
- National Treasure: Edge of History (Season 1, Episode 8) ➡️ ORIGINAL SERIES
- Riding Britain’s Railways (Season 1) [NAT GEO]
- Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Season 2, Episode 5) ➡️ ORIGINAL SERIES
Streaming January 27
- American Blackout [NAT GEO]
- Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes [NAT GEO]
- T. Rex Autopsy [NAT GEO]
Leaving Disney+ February 1, 2023
For the first time in many months, we do NOT know for sure of any films leaving February 1st, but we do expect the removal of these films and specials in the near future: X-Men Days of Future Past, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, A Very Boy Band Holiday, West Side Story: Something’s Coming, and The Magic Maker. For reasons, just ask!
We’ve been correct every month for the past 10 months about some exiting titles! We are the only source that has this knowledge and can warn you. 🙂 Last month it was X-Men (2000), X-Men First Class (2011), and The Book of Life (2014) and we told you were on their way out. Sadly, welost more than that, such as Thumbelina and Rookie of the Year.
Please follow along here as we track removals and returns.
The Disney 100 Check-In Corner
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 Live-Action Check-In
Extremely disappointing. Nothing. Again.
Disney Cartoon Check-In
Extremely disappointing. Nothing. Again.
Additional data: 46 Missing Cartoons
Modern Nat Geo Check-In
Until Disney+ properly employs a next or same day streaming strategy for Nat Geo and Nat Geo Wild series and specials, we will continue to track the slow pace they add content.
Despite the influx of Nat Geo in November – January, the 2020-2023 specials remain far behind and now Hulu has become a massive roadblock as it receives new content weekly.
- Inside Airport Lost & Found (2022) (Incompetently licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile, ad-tier, and full maturity ratings unlocked on Disney+. Is also not TV-MA.)
- Pablo Escobar: Man vs Myth (2022) (Incompetently licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile, ad-tier, and full maturity ratings unlocked on Disney+. Is also not TV-MA.)
- Mardona Confidential (2022) (Incompetently licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile and full maturity ratings unlocked on Disney+. Is also not TV-MA.)
- Narco Wars: Drugs in America (2022) (Incompetently licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile and full maturity ratings unlocked on Disney+. Is also not TV-MA.)
- Narco Wars: Queen Pins (2022) (Incompetently licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile and full maturity ratings unlocked on Disney+. Is also not TV-MA.)
- Super Frenchie: Adventure Calls (2022)
- National Geographic Investigates: The Fall of Osama Bin Laden (2022) (Incompetently licensed to Hulu despite Nat Geo brand tile and full maturity ratings unlocked on Disney+. Is also not TV-MA.)
- 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)
- Life Below Zero Season 20 (airing)
- Life Below Zero: Next Generation Season 5 (Incompetently licensed to Hulu with next day episodes despite Nat Geo brand tile and full maturity ratings unlocked on Disney+. Is also not TV-MA. First instance of a Disney catalog show moving to Hulu for next day since launch of Disney+. WOW.)
- To Catch a Smuggler Season 4
- Life Below Zero Season 19
- Narco Wars (Seasons 1-3) (Licensed to Hulu)
- Trafficked With Mariana van Zeller (Seasons 1-2) (Licensed to Hulu)
- The Hot Zone (Seasons 1-2) (Licensed to Hulu)
- Car SOS Season 10
- Car SOS Season 9
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 left! 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. Yet another missed opportunity: Tini Tour 2022: Farewell of the Year recently livestreamed…
- 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
Final Consensus: Is It Worth 10.99 A Month?
January is a repellent start to the new year and the first full month of Disney+’s new price. It’s abundantly clear they have no regard for their subscribers. At $10.99, January is deemed:
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.