Since Disney+ launched, we unfortunately often seen some titles leave Disney+ in the United States to head to other streaming services due to existing contracts made before the streaming service was released.
Today, Netflix added the Steven Speilberg film, “The BFG”, and unfortunately, that has resulted in the film being removed from Disney+ in the United States. It’s unclear how long the film will be available on Netflix, before eventually returning to Disney+.
Unlike other streaming services, Disney+ doesn’t announce any titles that are leaving the service.
“The BFG” is based on Roald Dahl’s book and tells the story of a young girl, Sophie, who befriends a giant, who is an outcast because, unlike others of his kind, he refuses to hurt humans. However, things change after the other giants decide to hunt down Sophie.
Over the past 18 months, we’ve seen over a dozen movies leave to head to HBO Max or Starz, but now it looks like some titles are going to be heading back to Netflix for short periods as part of the first window deal Netflix has with Disney that was signed in 2012. While there have been other Disney titles that have been released on Netflix, they never left Disney+. So “The BFG” could be an exception.
“The BFG” is a rare modern film that Disney doesn’t own the full distribution rights, as Mister Smith Entertainment currently has distribution deals with Speilberg’s Amblin Partners studio, which has the rights for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. This is why the film isn’t available on Disney+ throughout Europe.
What do you think of “The BFG” being removed from Disney+?
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.