I’ve often felt the biggest hole in Netflix programming has been children’s movies. No one besides me will watch Sesame Street with my adorable granddaughter. Sesame Street is her favorite and she calls it Elmo. Netflix has plenty of children’s shows but not many animated movies.
They signed a deal with DreamWorks which sounded great in the press release but amounted to very little. Four theatrical Shrek movies (five if you count Puss in Boots) and what we got was the direct-to-video Shrek’s Swamp Stories. How to Train Your Dragon, Megamind, Monsters vs. Aliens, and the Madagascar series and what we got was the direct-to-video DreamWorks Holiday Special.
Netflix just announced a deal with Disney and the same afternoon classic titles start showing up on streaming. I’ll get to that wonderful list in a moment. Starz holds the contract for current Disney titles but that will pass to Netflix in 2016. Don’t forget that this will include the Pixar, Touchstone, and Marvel subdivisions. I’m not sure what this means as regards Disney’s recently acquired Star Wars franchise.
Disney theatrical films just released on Netflix: Dumbo, Pocahontas, The Tigger Movie, The Fox and the Hound, The Muppet Movie (1979), The Great Mouse Detective, Alice in Wonderland (animated), the Aristocats, and The Rescuers Down Under.
Other titles include: The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, Tarzan & Jane, Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World, Tinker Bell, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure, Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally, Spooky Buddies, The Search for Santa Paws, Air Buddies, Air Bud: World Pup, Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch, Air Bud Spikes Back, Cars Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales, and One Magic Christmas.