Disney launched its new streaming service — Disney+ — on Tuesday and fans went wild, as the catalog includes over 500 movies and 7,500 TV episodes from Disney itself, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel and National Geographic.
But the highly-anticipated debut didn’t start without a few hiccups as many users found the online streamer tangled in a series of problems, including log-in crashes and download errors.
Unhappy consumers took to social media to air out their grievances as one posted, “More like Disney Negative – amirite?” with a pic of a monitor unable to connect to the service as another took it in stride writing, “Hat tip to all those who experience a crash with Disney+ alongside me. Godspeed.”
But most devotees looked past the glitches as they couldn’t wait to get their eyes on the first live-action Star Wars series “The Mandalorian,” classics such as “Bambi” and “Fantasia,” and recent superhero blockbusters like “The Avengers” or “Iron Man.”
“Disney Plus — giving me more reasons to never leave my apartment or see other humans,” wrote a fan while another added, “Forget Netflix and chill. Who tryna Disney+ and f–k?”
The parade of original shows from early-era Disney Channel found fans in a tizzy too as “Hannah Montana,” “The Suite life of Zack and Cody,” “Wizards of Waverly Place” and “That’s So Raven” were available for immediate consumption.
More like Disney- amirite?! 🤪#DisneyPlus #DisneyPlusfail pic.twitter.com/SRYJO7Yci9
— Jonny Git Gud (@jonnygitgud) November 12, 2019
What amazes me most about the #DisneyPlusfail is how many people have the free time to watch old Disney movies on a Tuesday morning. Apparently enough to crash an array of servers.
— Jimmy Kastner (@JimmyKastner) November 12, 2019
“As a kid that grew up in the 90’s/early 2000’s, it honestly puts a smile on my face and warms my heart seeing shows like ‘Even Stevens’, ‘Lizzie McGuire’, ‘Gargoyles’, ‘Boy Meets World’, and many other classic shows/original movies trending right now,” shared a Twitter follower.
An even bigger draw appears to be exclusive additions to some of the properties now owned by the House of the Mouse.
“Avengers: Endgame” includes a deleted scene featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Katherine Langford, where the character of Tony Stark reunites with his adult daughter Morgan.
Disney Plus….giving me more reasons to never leave my apartment or see other humans #DisneyPlus pic.twitter.com/y3yjHEbXeD
— Ellie Jordan (@ekjordan19) November 12, 2019
Forget Netflix and chill. Who tryna Disney+ and fuck? 😂
— Jay Imani (@theogbaddie) November 12, 2019
“This is originally what happened after Tony snapped his fingers,” director Joe Russo said in the deleted scene’s commentary. “We sent him to what we would call ‘The Way Station’ to mirror what happened with Thanos with his daughter in Infinity War.”
The scene was initially cut because the filmmakers thought it slowed down the movie’s momentum, according to the commentary.
The Disney+ version also includes a deleted scene showing an alternate version of Peter Parker reuniting with Tony Stark during a battle sequence.
Me: There’s no way I’m getting another streaming service.
Disney+: We have Gargoyles
— Fonda Lee (@FondaJLee) November 12, 2019
Disney really said: we can combine them pic.twitter.com/v6WXxZoNBK
— Matt vs Evil Dead (@moviemxcabre) November 12, 2019
As a kid that grew up in the 90’s/early 2000’s, it honestly puts a smile on my face and warms my heart seeing shows like Even Stevens, Lizzie McGuire, Gargoyles, Boy Meets World, and many other classic shows/original movies trending right now. #DisneyPlus
— Chris Valday (@TheChrisPhoenix) November 12, 2019
Not all transitions from broadcast to streaming went smoothly though, as “The Simpsons” fans were forced to watch their favorite animated family in a restrictive aspect.
Every episode from the 30 seasons of the Fox cartoon classic is shown in a 16:9 ratio, which gives the picture a stretched look while being cropped to fit a widescreen format. Fans argue the show relies heavily on visual jokes, which may not land if part of the screen is trimmed.
“Not only are the classic Simpsons episodes on Disney+ awkwardly cropped, but they’re stretched in a lot of places too. Bart’s head looks 4 inches wider here,” posted a follower.
Not only are the classic Simpsons episodes on Disney+ awkwardly cropped, but they’re stretched in a lot of places too. Bart’s head looks 4 inches wider here: pic.twitter.com/fCpmTPasGj
— Tristan Cooper (@TristanACooper) November 12, 2019
Oh my god. This is not a joke. pic.twitter.com/RMkh7Blg7D
— Star Wars Visual Comparisons (@StarWarsVisComp) November 12, 2019
It’s unclear if the media giant will switch “The Simpsons” back to a 4:3 ratio.
But one of the more controversial moves finds the streaming service wading into the “Who Shot First… Han Solo or Greedo?” discourse.
Eagled-eyed fans noticed the Disney+ version of “Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope” has been edited once again. The classic showdown of smuggler Han and bounty hounter Greedo in the Mos Eisley cantina now has the two enemies firing their blasters in the same frame, making the attacks simultaneous. Greedo even has a new line of dialogue, “Maclunkey!”
Previously, the stand-off had been altered in 1997 for the 20th anniversary, making Greedo shoot first, which showed Han acting in self-defense. But in the original theatrical release, Han shoots Greedo dead.
“Yes. They altered the Han Solo – Greedo shootout AGAIN! Han shot first! Everyone knows this,” posted one die-hard fan.
Cheers to Disney+ for keeping the great debate alive.
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