The animated film “Anastasia” has been removed from Disney+ in the United States due to contractual reasons.
The removal came as a bit of a surprise since Disney+ does not announce which titles will be leaving every month like other streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.
The movie was removed due to pre-existing contracts created before the launch of Disney+. The movie will return to Disney+ once licensing agreements have expired. No return date has been announced at this time. “Anastasia” will be available on Starz from March 18th.
In this animated musical, a young woman claims she’s the daughter of Russian Czar Nicolas II. Anastasia bands together with two con men to convince her grandmother, the Dowager Empress, that she’s the Czar’s true daughter. However, there’s one person standing in her way: the conniving Rasputin, who seeks to destroy the Romanov family.
The film stars Meg Ryan, John Cusack, and Christopher Lloyd.
It was written by Susan Gauthier, Bruce Graham and directed by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman.
“Anastasia” is still available on Disney+ in other countries.
You can watch a trailer for the film below: