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janbb's avatar

Why does Disney+ not have the classic Disney movies on it?

Asked by janbb (56584points) 3 days ago

Or am I missing something? I can’t find movies like Fantasia, Land and the Tramp or 101 Dalmatians on it.

I signed up on it to watch “Hamilton” but will stick around a few months if I coul find some of these classics to watch. But I don’t see them.

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Those are DVD Blu-ray library, They bring those out on rotation to be sold as “special limited time only”
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YARNLADY's avatar

They hold back the best ones to re-release later for more profits. Some are retired permanently because of questionable content.

jca2's avatar

@janbb: I am a Hulu/Disney+ subscriber. I just logged on and I could find Fantasia. I think you are missing something (doing something incorrectly, perhaps?) I put “Fantasia” in the Disney+ search bar and it came up.

KNOWITALL's avatar

I agree with @jca2, the search often produces better results. 101 Dalmations was on a couple weeks ago.

canidmajor's avatar

I have recently watched all three of those on Disney+ (pandemic childhood regression) and I had to use search for both dog offerings.

Caravanfan's avatar

They are there. You are just missing them.

rockfan's avatar

They’re there, but you have to search for them in the search bar

cookieman's avatar

They are all there. Disney got rid of the “vault” and silly rotation schedule when they launched Disney+

Everything is there. Put on your ears.

janbb's avatar

Ok – Thanks guys! I was just going through the menu choices. I hate searching with those alphabet things but will try .

Thanks again!

canidmajor's avatar

Yeah, their search system is cumbersome.

janbb's avatar

@canidmajor I find that with all the streaming services.

canidmajor's avatar

And some use qwerty and some not. You’re right, they all are a pain.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Speaking of dog movies, anyone watch Good Boy, the scary quirky one on Hulu?

I got creeped out and didn’t finish it yet, is it worth finishing?

Caravanfan's avatar

It depends on what app you’re using and what interface. On my Kindle Fire device it’s reasonably easy to find.

janbb's avatar

I have Roku and it’s not easy to search.

Caravanfan's avatar

@janbb When I get home tonight I’ll take a picture of my TV screen and send it to you on FB.

Strauss's avatar

I was able to find “Pinocchio”. I had to drill down, but I found it, along with some “lost” scenes.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Honestly, I just did the trial of D+ for the Mandalorian and didn’t really check it out further and didn’t renew.

canidmajor's avatar

I could watch all the Pixar movies over and over. And I do.

jca2's avatar

When I went to the DIsney + site before, all the current Disney movies were there and the classics were nowhere to be found. I had to type the name of Fantasia in the search bar to even get it. They should put the classics on the front of the site with everything else.

janbb's avatar

@jca2 Yes. Why not highlight them?

jca2's avatar

@janbb: Maybe they feel like most young people (who they are maybe marketing to) would like the current Disney movies. I don’t know.

janbb's avatar

@jca2 Yup. Could be although I would think parents or grandparents would like to share them with kids. Anyway, I will try searching for them.

nightwolf5's avatar

All three of those classic movies are there, plus more. The original 101 Dalmatians don’t always come up in a search, but is under one of the featured tabs. It’s just odd how they have some of the stuff hard to locate. I love Disney+ though.

Caravanfan's avatar

Oh crap @janbb I forgot. Got home late from work. I’ll try to remember today.

SEKA's avatar

I have my Disney+ through the Hulu Bundle and I watch it on my Roku. I did a Roku search for all 3 you mentioned & found all 3. They all came up as “Included with Subscription”. When I go to my Disney channel, I don’t see them listed and I also don’t see a Disney search bar. So, I’ll have to look further inside Disney+ to see how to find them. I did start all 3 within the Disney app, but IF you’re not on Roku, I can’t tell you how to find them. I can only tell you that you missing something and I’ll keep looking until I figure it out!!!

Oh yes, one clue when looking for the 101 Dalmatians, they spell out the numbers so that might mess you up and it’s Lady and the Tramp

LadyMarissa's avatar

On my computer, I go to disneyplus.com, click on the “Disney” tab, look on the 2nd row of the listings under “Walt Disney Animation Studio”. There is the original Fantasia as well as Fantasia 2000. I just finished the original version & just started the 2000 version. So far, it’s NOT as good as the original, but not that bad either!!! I did see 101 Dalmatians listed but didn’t see Lady & the Tramp; so I found the “Search” tab & typed in “Lady” & boom, there it was. On the “WD Animation Studio” row, I also found Cinderella, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, The Jungle Book, Beauty & The Beast, Frozen, Frozen II, The Princess & the Frog, Sleeping Beauty, The Fox & The Hound, Alice In Wonderland, The Lion King.

Like @SEKA I use Roku to access my streaming stuff & I had to do a Roku Search in order to find them on my TV. After searching Disney+ on my computer, when I went back to my Roku, they had ALL magically appeared on my TV!!! Again, I just clicked on the “Disney” tab & the first row under it was “Originals” & the 2nd row was “Walt Disney Animation Studio”. Most of the good old stuff is on that row. The 3rd row marked “Additional Animated Movies” has some of the pretty good newer stuff like the #2 versions of the originals. The very bottom row is “Vintage Disney” which as some of ones that I like, but not sure that you’ll enjoy them!!!

Not sure how you watch, but this should give you some ideas of what you’ll find. The search bar is your best bet, but learning how they break them down by subject will also help.

Thanks for asking this Q as you gave me a reason to explore my recently acquired purchase & now I have my weekend scheduled full of Disney…most of which take me back to the “good old days”!!!

janbb's avatar

@LadyMarissa Great tip! I was just looking through the Disney+ menus through Roku on the TV. Will go online to the site and add them.

LadyMarissa's avatar

@janbb Instead of looking through the Disney menu, go to the Roku Home Screen. In the list on the upper left there is a “Search” tab. Type in what you want to watch & Roku will tell you what channels that you’ve added that are showing what you want to watch even IF it’s not Disney. They will even tell you IF it’s free or how much specific channels charge to watch. For me, on the 3 titles that you mentioned, Disney was the ONLY one offering them for free!!! Now sometimes, they will show a price on Amazon Prime; but when I get into my account, it will either be cheaper or free on my Prime account. For some reason, they don’t show in advance what my personal account will be doing…they show the general non-Prime price. I always go to the Prime listing to see what Amazon is offering me. Sometimes it’s a GREAT deal & sometimes one of the others is cheaper.

I’ve been having the BEST afternoon thanks to roaming through Disney. I found the Mickey Mouse section where they have all the OLD Mickey shorts like “Steamboat Willie” & many that they used to show on “The Wonderful World of Disney” every Sunday night when I was a kid & they’re only 4–5 min long. Brought back some happy memories of my family before life smashed us!!!

rockfan's avatar

@LadyMarissa

Just watched the Disney short “Mickey’s Trailer” and thought it was hilarious. Brilliant animation

SEKA's avatar

Sorry, I gt lost and ended up watching Hamilton. It appears that @LadyMarissa gave you some pretty good information.I’m lazy and don’t care to look through the various menus. I go straight to the search tab in roku, type in what I’m interested in watching, look at my options, choose the cheapest one, and then hit play. The only time I use the menus is when I have no idea what I want to watch and I’m looking for something new. I’ve been using roku for years and just discovered this weekend that I can go to search and type in the genre of films I want to watch and I get a list by category. I typed in Action and discovered the cutest little RomCom Action movie that I had never heard of. It was listed as an Action Comedy, but there was enough Romance to keep it interesting. I might try that again to see what happens. I recently upgraded my roku and I’m all excited about using it again. Don’t know if my old one did a category search or not. Funny thing was I signed up with D+ so I could watch Hamilton then got so excited over my new roku options that I forgot to watch Hamilton until I was looking for Fantasia
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SEKA's avatar

Oops, I forgot to add that roku has a remote app that puts the remote on your cell. It also has an onboard keyboard so you can type in what you want without having to hunt and peck with that damn little arrow. I’m less likely to lose my phone than lose my remote. That has come in handy several times. It also has the earphone option so you can listen through earphones or even through your bluetooth if you don’t want to disturb anyone else. That works great while my hubs is sleeping and I’m having bouts of insomnia. I guess it would also mean that I need t increase the checks on my daughter to make sure that she’s not staying up all night watching movies

@janbb I received notice from D+ tonight that we can add up to 7 profiles so I can watch my preferences on 1 TV while hubs watches his preference on another TV & our daughter can have her pref on her TV. Then they add recommends to each profile. It also means that you could set up a profile for just the classics and have another profile for just pixar and possibly a 3rd for whatever else you like and they would send you suggestions for each profile to enhance your viewing pleasure

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