Pre-1980 Titles Removed from Disney Plus UK (3rd February 2024)

In early February of 2024, dozens of titles were removed from Disney+ in the UK. The service first launched in March 2020 and offered consumers a vast amount of Disney-related content from across the decades. In addition to the expansive animation catalogue and offerings from acquired Marvel and Star Wars, the service offered a large amount of live-action content from the vault.

Sadly this unannounced removal of content sees much of the company’s vintage live-action content leave the service. While big hits such as Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Parent Trap and Pollyanna remain, assorted smaller theatrical movies, TV movies and Walt Disney documentaries enter the streaming vault. It is unknown whether any or all of these titles will return at some point.

Possible reasons for removal

  1. It could simply be a money-saving exercise.
  2. It may be a purge of low-viewed content.
  3. There could be plans in place that the public is currently unaware of.
  4. Licensing to another service
  5. A technical glitch

List of titles (Pre-1980)

The following is a list of titles which have been removed from Disney+ UK as of the 3rd of February 2024. Please note that we have chosen to focus on productions made before 1980, in line with our remit. Surprise removals include historical Disney favourites such as That Darn Cat, The Shaggy Dog and The Reluctant Dragon.

  1. A Tale of Two Critters (1977)
  2. The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
  3. The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)
  4. The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)
  5. The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)
  6. Babes in Toyland (1961)
  7. The Bears and I (1974)
  8. The Biscuit Eater (1971)
  9. The Boy Who Talked to Badgers (1975)
  10. The Castaway Cowboy (1974)
  11. The Cat from Outer Space (1978)
  12. Candleshoe (1977)
  13. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
  14. Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959)
  15. Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956)
  16. Emil and the Detectives (1964)
  17. The Ghosts of Buxley Hall (1970)
  18. Greyfriars Bobby: The True Story of a Dog (1961)
  19. Gus (1976)
  20. Hacksaw (1975)
  21. Hello, Dolly! (1969)
  22. The Incredible Journey (1963)
  23. The Island at the Top of the World (1974)
  24. Justin Morgan had a Horse (1972)
  25. The Million Dollar Duck (1972)
  26. Perri (1976)
  27. The Prince and the Pauper (1962)
  28. The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
  29. Return from Witch Mountain (1978)
  30. Sammy, the Way-Out Seal (1962)
  31. The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
  32. The Shaggy Dog (1959)
  33. Snowball Express (1971)
  34. The Strongest Man in the World (1975)
  35. Sultan and the Rock Star (1980)
  36. Swiss Family Robinson (1940)
  37. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
  38. That Darn Cat (1965)
  39. Treasure of Matecumbe (1976)
  40. Third Man on the Mountain (1959)
  41. Those Calloways (1965)
  42. The Ugly Dachshund (1966)
  43. The Vanishing Prairie (1956)
  44. Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979)
  45. Yellowstone Cubs (1963)

Information correct as of 03/02/24. Please note that there are dozens of titles also removed from beyond 1980, including Disney Channel Original Movies and theatrically released films.

Is a favourite vintage Disney film on the list? Let us know in the comments below!

Jamie Dyer

Jamie Dyer is an experienced writer, broadcaster, musician and social media marketer. He enjoys Old Time Radio, vintage TV, collecting vinyl and supporting the New York Knicks.

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