On Christmas Day, Walt Disney Studios will be releasing a new animated movie by Blue Sky Studios, called “Spies In Disguise”, starring Tom Holland and Will Smith, in theaters.
Super spy Lance Sterling (Will Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) are almost exact opposites. Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is… not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can’t learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril. Also starring Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones, DJ Khaled and Masi Oka, “Spies in Disguise” is an animated comedy set in the high-octane globe-trotting world of international espionage in theaters December 25, 2019.
Blue Sky Studios were purchased by the Walt Disney Company earlier this year as part of its 20th Century Fox buyout. Blue Sky Studios are the team behind many animated classic movies including Ice Age, Rio, Robots, Epic and many more.
There is little doubt that “Spies In Disguise” would be a perfect movie to come to Disney+, however unlike other Walt Disney Studios movies like Aladdin, Dumbo and Avengers: Endgame, 20th Century Fox movies can’t come straight to Disney+ after their home video release. This is because 20th Century Fox is still in a long 10 year contract with HBO, which brings all Fox movies to HBO until 2022. However this deal might not effect all the regions Disney+ operates in.
So this means “Spies In Disguise” can’t come to Disney+ for years, unless Disney is able to buy itself out of the contract, “Spies In Disguise” will be going to HBO & the new streaming service, HBO Max first. As during HBO Max’s reveal earlier this year, they showcased a number of Fox titles from this year including “The Boy Who Would Be King”.
Movies that 20th Century Fox released a few years ago like “The Greatest Showman” are still locked in some streaming deals, which is why other territories like Canada, Australia and the Netherlands have been/or will be getting more “Fox” titles like the X-Men and Ice Age movies. It’s a complicated mess, that Disney finds itself in with their Fox library, they will either have to buy out existing contracts (which they have already done with some companies like Starz).
If you want to see “Spies In Disguise”, then taking a visit to the theater this week might be a good option, otherwise it’ll be a long wait until its on Disney+ as currently there is no way to know exactly when the movie will be available on Disney+.
Are you going to see “Spies In Disguise” this week?
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.