How Disney+ is slowly becoming more adult

How Disney+ is slowly becoming more adult

Already surrounded by controversy, CEO Bob Chapek made the comment that adult audiences did not want another animated feature and that Disney’s traditional films were intended for younger audiences. This statement was obviously very problematic, but there is a certain body of evidence that confirms that Disney is becoming more adult with each passing season.

Diego Luna as Cassian Andor
Credit: Lucasfilm

Check out this list of recent releases on Disney+. Note that 12 of the 20 titles listed are arguably more for an adult audience than a young audience. Titles like Werewolf By Night, Andor, and even stretch it to include Tales of the Jedi (despite the animated medium) all are going to have more of an adult viewing demographic due to the content and subject matter. Let’s be real, not many young viewers are going to want to watch a space war drama or a violent Marvel werewolf movie. All told, this could mean that Disney is starting to listen to their audience, at least when it comes to entertainment.

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, and Disney is slowly realizing that there is indeed an audience for more mature storytelling, and a big one at that. Even looking back at some of their recent animated films like Turns red, Encanto, or even as far back as something like that Zootopia or Further, Disney’s films have trickled in more and more adult themes, messages and motifs. While the term “Disney Adult” may apply mainly to those who frequent the theme parks, there is still something to be said for those with a healthy Disney+ subscription.

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The Simpsons in Plusaversary
Credit: Disney+

With titles like Andor, Dancing With the Stars, The Simpsons, and Zootopia currently trending on the Disney+ homepage, the evidence is clear which age group is currently watching. If Disney is smart, they will take note of the growing demographic and include more mature programming in the lineup. That’s not to say they should stop making family oriented entertainment, Walt would turn in his grave if they did, but inclusion is a huge part of the formula.

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Chapek may have been wrong in his comments, but there is definitely a call for more entertainment aimed at adult viewers. Does this mean Disney has to make its first R-rated movie? Absolutely not. However, that doesn’t mean Disney should just trickle in more mature and grounded subject matter. The way things stand, we could be at the start of a new era of Disney entertainment.

Do you think Disney should invest in more “adult” series and movies? Tell us in the comments below!

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