Over the weekend, Disney has removed the animated film, “Gnomeo and Juliet” from Disney+ in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Canada.
In this creative twist on the classic Shakespeare tale, two young garden gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, try to avoid tragedy and find lasting happiness together when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors.
While in the US, there are many more existing contracts from before Disney+ was created, that see titles removed from Disney+. It’s rare that the UK, Ireland and Canada, have titles removed from Disney+.
However, the “Gnomeo & Juliet” film has a slightly complicated ownership. Originally the film was created under Miramax, which Disney owned at the time, along with Elton John’s Rocket Pictures. With Starz Animation making the film and it was released under Disney’s Touchstone Pictures banner. When Disney sold Miramax, one of the titles they kept as part of the deal, was “Gnomeo & Juliet”.
So while Walt Disney Studios distributed the movie in most of the world, Entertainment One had the distribution rights for the UK, Ireland and Canada. This is why the film has now been removed, as Disney’s deal looks to have expired.
It’s unknown if the film will return to Disney+ in these countries. However, “Gnomeo & Juliet” is still available on Disney+ in many countries including the US.
Unlike other streaming services, Disney+ never informs subscribers of titles being removed in advance.
What do you think of this removal?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.