Disney Cuts Iconic Christmas Movies, Surprises Fans

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Disney+ is a game-changing streaming service that has made a significant impact on the entertainment industry since its launch on November 12, 2019. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company and has quickly become a household name, offering a vast and diverse library of content that caters to audiences of all ages.

At the heart of Disney+ is its extensive content library, which features an array of beloved classics like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid as well as more recent releases, including live-action adaptations of these iconic animated films. Additionally, Disney+ hosts the entire Star Wars franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and content from National Geographic, expanding its appeal to fans of various genres.

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One of Disney+’s standout features is its exclusive original content. The service has invested heavily in producing original series and movies that have garnered critical acclaim and captivated viewers. Hits like The Mandalorian, WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki have solidified Disney+ as a platform for not only revisiting beloved stories but also exploring new narratives within these cherished universes.

During the Holiday seasons like Halloween and Christmas, Disney+ adds movies that represent that time of the year. Disney Christmas movies hold a special place in the hearts of audiences young and old, as they capture the magic and wonder of the holiday season. These films are known for their heartwarming stories, memorable characters, and the enchanting spirit of Christmas. Over the years, Disney has produced a variety of Christmas-themed movies that have become beloved classics.

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Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), The Santa Clause (1994), The Polar Express (2004), Noelle (2019) are all special Christmas films that Disney has released. However, recent reports indicate that two popular Christmas films have been cut from Disney+.

Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York are not part of the Disney+ library anymore. These two classic Christmas movies were produced and distributed by 20th Century Fox (now known as 20th Century Studios), which is now a part of the Walt Disney Studios following Disney’s acquisition of the company.

Home Alone is a classic Christmas comedy film directed by Chris Columbus and written by John Hughes. Released in 1990, it has become a beloved holiday movie. The film’s story revolves around a young boy named Kevin McCallister, played by Macaulay Culkin, who is accidentally left behind when his family goes on a Christmas vacation to Paris.

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The plot of Home Alone follows Kevin as he initially revels in his newfound freedom, with no parents or siblings to boss him around. However, his joy is short-lived when he discovers that two burglars, Harry and Marv, portrayed by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, plan to rob his family’s home on Christmas Eve. The movie humorously portrays Kevin’s resourcefulness and resilience in setting up a variety of traps to outsmart the hapless criminals.

While we are unsure why Disney+ removed these fan-favorite Christmas films, The Direct reported that it could be removed due to “Disney+  licensing contracts with the intention of bringing them back as part of a December promotion.” However, we’ll have to wait right now to see how this unfolds.

While the Christmas season just started, we are hoping to see these fan-favorite films again soon.

About Brittni Ward

Brittni is a Disney and Universal fan; one of her favorite things at both parks is collecting popcorn buckets. While at Disney World Resort, Brittni meets the princesses and rides Kilimanjaro Safaris. At Universal, Brittni enjoys the Minions and watching Animal Actors on Location! When not at Disney World Resort or Universal Orlando, Brittni spends time with her family and pets.