Last Friday, on April 1st 2022, Disney+ subscribers in the United States had two classic 90s 20th Century Studios films, “Hot Shots” and “Hot Shots: Part Deux”, added onto the streaming service.
Neither of these films had previously been announced to be coming to Disney+ in the United States. While Disney does advertise the majority of titles coming to Disney+ in advance, it’s not uncommon for there to be surprise additions.
However, both titles have now been removed from Disney+ in the United States within days of being added.
No reason for the removal has been announced, but these titles were likely added by mistake. There is also the possibility that the two films were added too early, since Disney hasn’t announced its plans for adding more general entertainment content onto Disney+ in the US yet.
Disney has previously stated that it is planning on adding more general entertainment content to Disney+ in the United States, which will see them offer more content to everyone. In the past few months, they’ve added films like “Free Guy”, “West Side Story”, along with comedy shows like “Blackish” and ESPN documentaries, that didn’t previously fit within the five core brands of Disney+, aka Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, National Geographic or Disney.
This isn’t the first time a title has been added onto Disney+, but it continues a worrying trend of Disney making mistakes with what’s being added onto Disney+.
Ironically, on the same day, Disney announced that the first rated R film, “Kiss Of The Dragon”, would be coming to Disney+ in the US later this month, but Disney has informed us that announcement was a mistake and that it won’t be arriving as advertised.
Both films are still available on Disney+ in other countries like the UK.
Hopefully, both “Hot Shots” and “Hot Shots: Part Deux!” will return to Disney+ in the US soon. But no release date has yet been confirmed.
What do you think of Disney adding and then removing both of the “Hot Shots” films?