Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen many films and shows removed from Disney+ around the world, and unfortunately, one of the titles removed is “Once Upon a Mattress”, which was originally released on ABC Family in the US. The film is no longer available on Disney+ in many countries, including the United States, Canada and in the UK. The film is still currently available on Disney+ in some countries, including Australia.
In this film, Queen Aggravain has ruled that none may marry until her son, Prince Dauntless marries. However, she has managed to sabotage every princess that come along. When Sir Harry and Lady Larken learn that they are going to be parents, wed or not, he goes off to the swamps and brings back Princess Winnifred (“Fred” to her friends).
Unlike most other removals in the United States, which are done either due to an existing contract with another company like Starz or HBO, or due to it being a limited release, like a holiday special, the reason for this removal is unknown. However, it could be down to Disney trying to reduce costs, such as in residual payments to cast/crew or server costs. Unfortunately, Disney doesn’t inform subscribers in advance of removals, which other streaming services do. So subscribers would be unaware of the embedding removal.
It’s currently unknown if “Once Upon A Mattress” will be returned to Disney+, as it has recently been temporarily removed and readded. Hopefully, the film will be added back to Disney+ at some point.