The highly anticipated multi-media app Disney+ was released on November 12, and it’s already been met with multiple problems. While original programming was met with critical praise, launching day began with failed logins, poor reception, and odd choices. On Twitter, one tweet criticized that despite featuring a note about the racist crows in 1941 animated film Dumbo, it did not feature a note about animals literally dying onscreen in the 1958 documentary film Wild Wilderness. Others note the odd ratio displayed on the older episodes of The Simpsons, cutting off bits of said episodes, while others criticize TV series featuring their episodes either out of order or not appearing at all. “The demand for #disneyplus has exceeded our highest expectations,” the Disney+ Twitter account explained the day the app was launched. “We are so pleased you’re excited to watch all your favorites and are working quickly to resolve any current issues,”.
I spoke with Jayden Wilson, publisher of our previous Disney+ article, and his reaction to the rocky beginning of the app. “My earlier research showed that test runs in the Netherlands earlier this year were extremely positive,” Wilson states. “You would think with the amount of promotion and money they have, they would be some kind of improvements to the app’s faults.” Though Wilson says that while he would still purchase the app despite its’ flaws, he still prefers to get HBO Max. “With the amount of advertising for this app, only to fall on its’ face, I believe that draws fans away.” Hopefully, despite its odd choices and errors, the app will return to the form the people want it to be.
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