UPDATE August 23: As August wraps up the total number dropped from 27 to 26 due to a no-show. Current numbers are updated in the September post.
The August list is out which means it’s time to revisit the Disney Plus Library Breakdown. If you’re looking for an in-depth explanation of how these numbers are reached, the scale I use, the color-codes, and everything in between, check out the first edition – July 2021. You may also notice I revamped the chart so that the months are now lined up year-to-year in columns. Under this new view, it’s possible to see that Disney seems to follow a similar monthly quantity. Marchs are beyond terrible. July’s are great. What a weird thing!
Disney+ Library Adds Per Month
The month of August is scheduled to be yellow. Without all the SharkFest content we knew it wouldn’t be green again. I’m going to predict there won’t be another green month until November or December but I’d love to be wrong and have Disney drop tons of missing library Halloween content in September.
Moving up, 2021 average. Sadly… the 2020 library average is not gonna ever happen again under this leadership.
Past 5 Month’s Library Titles Categories
Not much to say – a boring month with Nat Geo once again #1 and 0 vintage titles , 0 classic animated shorts, etc. It’s good that Life Below Zero Next Generation has finally been relisted after its February no-show.
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Ongoing Bad Streaks
Last Walt-era serial added: November 2019 (Launch) (21 months)
Last Disneyland episode added: July 2020 (13 months)
(Mouseketeers at Disney World and The Pre-Opening Report)
Last non-Disney Channel / XD cartoon added: July 2020 (13 months)
(Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!)
Last vintage (1920-1970) animated short added: September 2020 (11 months)
(Trick or Treat)
Last Disney Channel / XD library live action series added: April 2021 (4 months)
(Liv & Maddie, Adventures in Wonderland)
Last Disney Channel / XD library cartoon added: May 2021 (3 months)
(Special Agent Oso)
Last Playhouse Disney / Disney Junior library series added: May 2021 (3 months)
(Special Agent Oso)
Last pre-1990 Disney title added: June 2021 (2 months)
(The Happiest Millionaire (1967))
Ongoing Good Streaks
Disney Channel Missing Library Progress
I revamped these graphics this month with new colors and fonts! Surprise, Disney just cemented their 2nd longest gap without Disney Channel / XD live-action library series! Sigh. News recently broke that Disney continues to license their missing titles to Hotstar only – Penn Zero (2014) joined PrankStars (2011) in Thailand and Malaysia this past month!
Past 5 Month’s Library Titles By Category
Final August Thoughts:
UPDATE after the August 1st video update: “Introduction to Us Again” and “Shark Attack Files Episode 6” are added to the library title count. Cop out since SAF E6 was scheduled for July originally and the other is likely an Extra.
Dan in Real Life (2007) returning is pretty awesome to see. One of the VERY few Touchstone films Disney felt like giving us.
The batches of in-season episodes are now accounting for HALF of the monthly library adds. Wow. At least they’re keeping shows up to date! I swear, if they could do this + add 20 extra titles a month in a 1st of the month content drop like all other services do, they’d be golden. Don’t add in-season episodes in place of other content. Supplement the other stuff!
It’s weird Disney is doing another weekly Nat Geo show (Cesar Milan: Better Human Better Dog (2021). I feel like they need to do ALL the Nat Geo shows this way or just make the show a Disney+ original. Why not do this with Mickey Mouse Funhouse (2021) or Spidey and His Amazing Friends (2021) too? Instead, as my editor Greg noted – they do one show this way at a time. It seems like they’re straddling the line between taking service seriously and not. Go all the way, guys! I would much prefer they made these “originals” and then instead aired them after the fact on TV with a “Disney+ Original” logo in the bottom right of the screen. THAT would be awesome. Younger did that on Paramount+.
With AFV Animal Edition (2021) will we ever get more AFV? We’re missing 2/3 of its seasons!
This month again has no “main feature” library title. I don’t think Cruella counts since it was already there as Premier Access.
Yet again no library Disney Channel or cartoons older than the past 2 years and yet again the 8 missing Disney XD shows remain missing. I wish they’d just FINISH that library entirely. They’re so damn close!
Spin (2021) and Descendants Royal Wedding (2021) not being present are insanely bad news. This looks like the October DCOM Under Wraps (2021) won’t make it to Disney+ before Halloween. Same for Christmas…Again?! (2021) in December. Wtf? I did NOT see that coming. I really believed they’d collapse the 8-month DCOM window as much as they have the series but if that was the case Spin would have been streaming within 2 weeks of its premiere… Uh… hopefully things change in October…
Some original highlights: Diary of a Future President (2019) season 2 premiere is a full binge drop. Wowsers. What If (2021) is coming as well!
Tomorrowland (2015) and Spooky Buddies (2011) are confirmed by a landing page – two of the few remaining dates pre-installed back at launch.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) is confirmed through the summer of streaming campaign announcement.
Hopefully some of the August snubs will be added such as Bridge to Terabithia (2007), Alita: Battle Angel (2019), or Jungle Book (1994).
Olaf Retellings had originally leaked as an August release but when they bumped all the Friday series back to Wednesdays it fell into September. We should know more about this series in the next few weeks and get an official confirmation!
What’s Coming To Disney+ August 2021
Wednesday, August 4
Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog (Season 1, Episode: “Fit For Service”)
Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog (Season 1, Episode: “One Brick At A Time”)
Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life (Episode 102: “The Whole Package / Bird Brains / Acorn In My Side”)
Fancy Nancy (Season 2)
Marvel Studios Legends (New episodes)
Monsters at Work (Episode 106 “The Vending Machine”)
Short Circuit (Season 2 Premiere)(“Dinosaur Barbarian,” “Going Home,” “Crosswalk,” “Songs to Sing in the Dark,” “No. 2 to Kettering”)
Turner & Hooch (Episode 103 “Diamonds are Furever”)
Friday, August 6
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta!
Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted (Season 3, Episode: “Finland’s Midnight Sun”)
Killer Shark Vs. Killer Whale
The Mysterious Benedict Society (Finale, Episode 108)
Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Episode 115)
America’s Funniest Home Videos: Animal Edition (Season 1)
Introduction to Us Again
Wednesday, August 11
Breaking Bobby Bones (Season 1, eight episodes)
Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog (Season 1, Episode: “Front Of The Pack”)
Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog (Season 1, Episode: “Canine Quarantine”)
Chicken Squad (Season 1, seven episodes)
Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life (Episode 103: “The Jungle / The Flight / Deep Dive”)
Gabby Duran & The Unsittables (Season 2, 10 episodes)
Monsters at Work (Episode 107: “Adorable Returns”)
Turner & Hooch (Episode 104: “In The Line Of Fur”)
What If…? (Series premiere, Episode 101)
Friday, August 13
Shark Attack Files (Season 1, Episode: “Sharks Gone Rogue”)
Star Wars: The Bad Batch (Episode 116)
Wednesday, August 18
Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog (Season 1, Episode: “Pack Attack”)
Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog (Season 1, Episode: “Blind Faith”)
Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life (Episode 104: “A Nut You Can’t Refuse / Chipmunks Away / Ruff Justice”
Diary of a Future President (Season 2 premiere)
Growing Up Animal (Season 1 premiere)
Monsters at Work (Episode 108: “Little Monsters”)
The Owl House (Season 2, five episodes)
Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet (Season 9)
Life Below Zero: Next Generation (Season 1)
Life Below Zero: Next Generation (Season 2)
Turner & Hooch (Episode 105 “Road To Smell Dorado”)
What If…? (Episode 102)
Friday, August 20
Wednesday, August 25
Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog (Season 1, Episode: “Twin Trouble”)
Cesar Millan: Better Human Better Dog (Season 1, Episode: “Dogs V Cats”)
Chip ‘n’ Dale: Park Life (Episode 105: “Dog In The House / Cone Alone / Highway To Hugs”)
Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian—Making of the Season 2 Finale (special episode)
Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER (Season 9)
Gigantosaurus (Season 2)
Monsters at Work (Episode 109: “Bad Hair Day”)
Turner & Hooch (Episode 106: “The Fur-gitive”)
Wicked Tuna (Season 10, 12 episodes)
What If…? (Episode 103)
Friday, August 27
Dan in Real Life
Disney Princess Remixed: An Ultimate Princess Celebration
Drew Ryan is a film, TV, and Disney geek. He has degrees in English, Student Personnel Administration, and Library & Information Science from Lawrence University, Concordia University-Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Interested in the minutia and licensing of streaming service content, he is always publishing lists, suggestions, and advocating for Disney’s missing library to be added to Disney+. Drew subscribes to Disney+, Hulu, Netflix, HBO Max, and Paramount+. You can find him waxing nostalgic over classic Disney Channel or geeking out over Marvel, CW shows, & Disney on Twitter.