20th Century Studios is set to release its first big title of 2020, “The Call of the Wild” in cinemas in the United States on February 20th.
Adapted from the beloved literary classic, “The Call of the Wild” vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.
As a live-action/animation hybrid, “The Call of the Wild” employs cutting edge visual effects and animation technology in order to render the animals in the film as fully photorealistic–and emotionally authentic–characters.
“Call of the Wild” is a perfect movie for Disney+, as it has a PG rating, so fits nicely onto the family friendly streaming service, similar to other big 20th Century Studios titles like Avatar, Cheaper by the Dozen, Home Alone and others. The movie has also been heavily promoted by Disney’s own social media platforms, indicating they feel it’s a family friendly offering.
And if you’re waiting to watch this new Harrison Ford movie on Disney+, you might be wanting to know when you can stream it at home, within the comforts of your own home.
Unfortunately, depending on where you leave, it’s going to take a while, as there are still lots of existing streaming contracts in place from before Disney purchased 20th Century Fox. Which Disney has to either buy itself out of or wait for the deals to expire.
In the US, HBO still has a contract with HBO through to 2022 for the US, so this means it looks to be heading to HBO Max for a while before it can appear on Disney+. And there is still a deal with Crave in Canada. Of all which means it will be years before “Call of the Wild” can be added to Disney+ in the US and Canada.
And for those Disney+ downunder in Australia and New Zealand, it isn’t clear what the streaming contract situation is there either. Similarly we don’t yet know how this will be different in the European countries like the UK and Ireland, which will be getting Disney+ from March, since most of the recent 20th Century Studios titles aren’t available on a streaming service.
Overall, it’s extremely difficult to know when new 20th Century Studios titles will be coming to Disney+, as it all comes down to existing contracts and until they’ve expired, which will take another year or so to do so.
Until then, if you want to go see “Call of the Wild”, going to the cinema or renting it digitally later on, might be the quickest way to go.
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.