Watching cartoons on a Saturday morning was a major event for millions of children from the 1980s till the early 2000s. Disney was one of many companies that jumped on the Saturday Morning Cartoons crazy,  with their own series under the “One Saturday Morning” brand but the company also acquired the library of the “Fox Kids” Saturday morning block when it purchased 20th Century Fox.

So I’m going to take a look at some of the many Saturday Morning Cartoons that Disney own, which for some reason, aren’t available on Disney+.

Disney May No Longer Have Distributions Rights:

As Disney owns a couple of dozen series from the era of Saturday Morning Cartoons, but not all the series Disney had commissioned or acquired are still distributed by Disney. One series Disney acquired during its 2001 take over of the Fox Family Channel (including Fox Kids) was the series “Bobby’s World”. Disney owned “Bobby’s World” for several years until 2004, when they sold the rights back to the series creator Howie Mandel. With Howie Mandel desperately trying to revive “Bobby’s World”, I don’t see why he should take this series back to Disney, sell the rights to the show and get them to revive “Bobby’s World” as a Disney+ Original which airs on Saturdays as a way to bring back the old tradition.

They May Not Be The Way Disney Wants Them:

This is an awkward problem as half the cartoons in Disney’s Saturday Morning Cartoon catalogue include the Fox Kids series “Peter Pan and The Pirates”, why is this important? This series is probably not available on Disney+ due to Disney having their own version of the “Peter Pan” character.

But there are series like “Mad Jack The Pirate”, “Eek! The Cat,” “House Of Mouse”, and “Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command” , which are all still owned by Disney, but for some unknown reason, they’re not on Disney+.  Such as not wanting to confuse people with the release of the upcoming “Lightyear” film.

What’s The Deal With The Original Animated “The Tick” Series?:

Let’s start out with an animated series that we know Disney has distribution rights and streaming rights to. How do we know this? This former Fox Kids animated series is available to stream on Hulu in the US. Now we don’t know why this series isn’t at the very least shared with Disney+ as the series is rated TV-Y7 and would be more at home on Disney+ with the company’s other superhero properties. At the very least, we know Disney still owns this series, and they could throw it up on Disney+ at any moment.

So What Else Is Missing?:

Disney+ does have a few of Disney’s Saturday Morning Cartoons available to stream, including “Doug”, “Recess”, and “Teacher’s Pet”, but Disney owns many more, so here’s a list of what’s missing.

  • School House Rock (missing several seasons, not available in most countries)
  • Science Court/Squigglevision
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series (not available in most countries)
  • Pepper Ann (not available in some countries)
  • Jungle Cubs
  • Hercules The Animated Series (not available in most countries)
  • Mickey Mouse Works
  • The Weekenders (missing season two, not available in most countries)
  • Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command
  • House Of Mouse
  • Llyod In Space
  • Teamo Supremo
  • Filmore!
  • Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes (produced by Marvel Productions)
  • Bobby’s World (no longer distributed by Disney)
  • Peter Pan and The Pirates
  • Piggsburg Pigs
  • Zazoo U
  • Little Shop (produced by Marvel Productions)
  • Eek! The Cat
  • The Terrible Thunderlizards (segments from Eek! The Cat)
  • The Tick (available on Hulu)
  • The Fox Clubhouse
  • Life With Louie (staring recently deceased Louie Anderson)
  • Klutter! (segments from Eek! The Cat)
  • Mad Jack The Pirate
  • The Avengers: United They Stand (Not available in all countries)
  • Los Luchadores
  • Transformers: Robots In Disguise

Final Thoughts:

As you can see from the list above, there are dozens of Saturday Morning shows that Disney owns due to their One Saturday Morning’s block and its acquired library from Fox Kids. Some viewers will notice is several series were produced by Marvel Productions, which used to be Marvel’s production arm long before the existence of Marvel Studios. Disney would benefit from offering more of the classic Saturday Morning Cartoons on Disney+ for millennials who grew up with them and want to share them with their own kids.

As we know, there are many reasons why some of these titles aren’t available. Issues include music licensing, distribution rights and syndication rights issues.  Plus there are also technical issues, such as if the shows are available at a suitable quality, plus issues with dubbing/subtitles.  All of these issues are going to cost money to fix and ultimately, it will come down to if executives and bean counters can see a benefit of restoring these titles.

Will we ever see any of these titles on Disney+? I don’t know, but as Disney unleashes its cheaper ad tier throughout 2022 and 2023, hopefully, Disney can use some of that revenue to negotiate the ability to stream these titles. At the very least, we should hope Disney will give us “Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command” this June to help promote the newest Pixar film “Lightyear”.

Is There Any Saturday Morning Cartoon On This List You Want To See On Disney+? Please leave them in the comments below.

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Ethan Holloway

Ethan is an autistic, type one diabetic, Disney fan who grew up with properties like Iron Man, The Lion King, Aladdin and Toy Story. Ethan wants to someday get his own books/films/TV shows made to inspire those with disabilities to be themselves, but for now, Ethan covers his opinions on Disney, their content and how Disney+ can improve.

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  1. Ryan Amerson May 29, 2022

    Even though Pepper Ann came to Disney+ last year, there are still no updates to The Weekenders.

  2. Ivan Topal May 29, 2022

    Fox Kids and Jetix's most popular series in Europe are also missing. - The Kids From Room 402 - What’s With Andy? (1-2 season Saban) - Diabolik - Tutenstein (Third party) - W.I.T.C.H. A Disney+ without these series is unthinkable.


    Where is the European FoxKids-SABAN Cartoons? This article doesn't make anysense to Eurasia and LatAm audiences. We need an article about whole Saban Archive. Thank you for your article Ethan but it is dissappointed me so much we need an seperate article about SABAN INTERNATIONAL-NEW WORLD ANIMATION

  4. Steve May 30, 2022

    The incredible hulk cartoon from 1982 is missing also

  5. Donnie May 30, 2022

    Yea, Aladdin the animated series

  6. Payton Cummings May 30, 2022

    Wait, there's at least one country out there whose Disney+ actually has The Weekenders. Which country is that?

  7. Adam smitg May 30, 2022

    Aladdin the series

  8. Abel Petersen May 30, 2022

    I would like to see Aladdin the animated series

  9. will McDonald May 30, 2022

    Forgot to mention they don't have the Aladdin animated show either. Very strange.

  10. Disneyfan May 30, 2022

    Great research! I hope someday soon Disney brings Saturday mornings to Disney+

  11. Ridley May 30, 2022

    Let's not forget Monster Farm

  12. Chris May 30, 2022

    The Wuzzles

  13. Brady Anderson May 31, 2022

    Please skip the Fox Kids shows and let those old remains of Disney in the app. Science Court/Squigglevision is just from Snyder.

  14. Steven May 31, 2022

    What about the Wuzzuls?

  15. Guppy May 31, 2022

    I want to see Doug. That was an excellent show

  16. Chris Smalls May 31, 2022

    When will Aladdin the series be released on there?

  17. Bronwyn May 31, 2022

    Please air jungle cubs! Grew up watching that and was so disappointed to see it wasnt on Disney+

  18. Hodge May 31, 2022

    No mention of The Wuzzles?

  19. Jason May 31, 2022

    Your list is a total failure. I looked at it three times before writing this. Where the heck is the original Muppet Babies cartoon??? Not that awful remake...but the Original????

  20. Rod G May 31, 2022

    Buzz Lightyear of Star Command Mickey MouseWorks / House of Mouse

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  21. Cameron Waddel May 31, 2022

    In NZ/AU we have Hercules, Dalmatians, Pepper Ann and School House Rock except for one season. We don't have The Weekenders, Buzz Lightyear, Aladdin series or Marsupilami.

  22. Katrina charleston May 31, 2022

    What happened to The Wuzzles

  23. Stacee JL. June 1, 2022

    Buzz Lightyear, The Weekenders, Life with Louie, Hercules the Animated series and Transformers.