It’s that time of year again, Christmas is right around the corner, and streaming services like Disney+ and Netflix are adding more festive movies to get subscribers in the mood for Christmas. So how about I give the executives at Disney a few reasons on why making a new original Christmas movie (or more) for Disney+ yearly.
Reason #1: More People Watch TV and Movies At Christmas Time
Let’s start by looking at the most obvious reason, over the Christmas holidays more people are at home and watching TV and movies than any other time of the year. The fact that Disney+ has a “Merry Christmas” Collection, which has a large number of films, including the “Home Alone” and “The Santa Clause” movies, among many others, should be enough for Disney to make something original for the holidays. Disney could utilise that more people are at home for the holidays by feeding Disney+ with original Christmas movies.
Reason #2: It’s Easy To Write New Christmas Movies
Let’s look at something which would work in Disney’s favour, Christmas movies are rather easy to write compared to most other movie genres. Christmas movies are very simple movies to write all you need is a mixture of snow, family, Santa, Christmas magic and occasionally some cute animals. Most Christmas movies follow a character who is either trying to spread Christmas cheer or are trying to discover the magic of Christmas themselves.
Reason #3: It Can Fill In The Content Gaps
One big issue with Disney+ is its lack of legacy movies due to licencing, musical rights and quality issues, and one way Disney could deal with fans nostalgia if they’re unable to sort out all these issues would be to simply repurpose some of the stories as Disney+ Originals. I’m not saying remake the movies completely. What I am saying is take some of what is loved from Christmas classics and try to emulate them in new exciting films.
Reason #4: Bringing Families Together
One of the core themes of Disney+ is content for the whole family to enjoy, and well, there is no holiday more family-friendly than Christmas. Several family-friendly Christmas movies on Disney+ include “The Santa Clause” and “Home Alone”, which are certified Christmas classics and are also family-friendly films you can enjoy with the whole family. Disney has made Disney+ “family-focused” in the US, so I could see this being a primary factor in Disney greenlighting more Christmas movies, especially movies about Santa or searching for the north pole to get taken off the naughty list, among other family-focused Christmas movie ideas.
Reason #5: They’ve Already Been Doing It
For my final point, I guess it’s time I point out that Disney has been doing this for two years in a row. In 2019 (on launch day), Disney added a new Christmas movie called “Noelle”, in December 2020, Disney added the Christmassy Movie “Godmothered”, and this year on Disney+ Day, Disney added the new Christmas movie “Home Sweet Home Alone”.
Christmas is a magical time of year, and Disney needs to try to own the holiday when it comes to the new original content based on the holiday. Disney has a large legacy of Christmas movies thanks to their ABC, 20th Century and Disney Live-Action brands, but this should be carried onto Disney+ as Christmas is a holiday mostly focused on families.
For the past two years, Disney has added one original Christmas movie per year, and I feel like this could be something Disney could utilise as an annual event. Think about this, Disney comes out with a new festive film every year as a way to bring families together as they get lost in the magic of Christmas and watch a new adventure with music, snow and Santa Claus. Will Disney do this? Good question. Personally, if I was running Disney+, I would try to make sure we had at least one Christmas movie a year as a way to try and boost subscriber numbers during the festive season.
Will Disney continue its run of successful Christmas movies for Disney+? We don’t know, only time will tell, but if Disney ignores their chance to capture the market on brand new original Christmas films, then it’s another market that the likes of Netflix could continue to capture with more movies coming out every year, including the “Christmas Chronicles” franchise. If Disney decides to ignore this idea and doesn’t release one new festive Christmas movie a year, the least they could do is upload some of the classic ABC Family and Freeform Christmas movies like “Snow”, “Holidaze”, “Same Time Next Christmas” and “Ghosting: The Spirit Of Christmas” to Disney+ to offer more festive films to their subscribers.
What Do You Think? Should Disney Release An Annual Christmas Movie On Disney+?