Executives at the Walt Disney Co. must be feeling pretty good about their brand new streaming service after the company announced Wednesday that it had signed up 10 million subscribers since it began operating on Tuesday.
While Disney+ faced a few technical problems during its initial launch on Tuesday, the service "has already achieved a major milestone" signing up 10 million accounts since it was launched, the Walt Disney Company said in a press release Wednesday. The technical problems were partly attributed to high demand from customers that had "exceeded out high expectations."
Disney's online streaming service was rolled out on Wednesday, offering nearly 500 films and 7,500 television episode from the valuable IPs that including Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and National Geographic. In addition to original content, such as the first live-action "Star Wars" series, "The Mandalorian," that is being released exclusively on the platform, users can browse all 30 seasons of the Fox animated comedy, "The Simpsons" as well as other classic animated shows in Disney's vault such as "Ducktales," "Rescue Rangers" and "X-Men."
Disney also made headlines for adding a content warning to several of its older shows and films, that says fans may encounter "outdated cultural depictions" in some of its movies, including "Dumbo" (1941), "The Aristocats (1970) and "The Jungle Book" (1967). The warning stems from characters and songs that contain racial stereotypes. As an example, a scene in "Dumbo" features two wise-cracking ravens that speak in a stereotypical "black" voice, and "The Jungle Book" suffers from a similar issue, with monkeys being depicted with negative, African and African-American traits. "Lady and the Tramp" has come under fire for the song "We Are Siamese" that is performed by two Siamese cats speaking in stereotypical accents and large buck teeth.
“This program is presented as originally created,” the warning reads. “It may contain outdated cultural depictions.”
One of the most infamous examples of cultural insensitivity, "Song of the South," will not be featured on the Disney+ app at all, because it has been criticized for its depiction of black people after the Civil War.
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