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Why Was ‘Cheaper By The Dozen’ (2022) Removed From Disney Plus?

As part of its ongoing cost-cutting strategy, Disney removed Cheaper By The Dozen (2022) from Disney+ worldwide as of May 27.

The film is a fresh take on the 2003 hit family comedy starring Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff and originally premiered on March 18, 2022, exclusively on Disney+.


Why Was ‘Cheaper By The Dozen’ Removed From Disney Plus?

Disney decided to remove Cheaper By The Dozen from Disney+ because of its low viewership. The company didn’t see the cost of maintaining the movie as justified, particularly while it’s aiming to save $5 billion through cost-cutting measures.

Disney still bears ongoing costs to keep movies like Cheaper By The Dozen on Disney+. By eliminating certain titles, Disney can save money, as it no longer needs to make residual payments and pay licensing fees.

Additionally, removing content also opens up opportunities for Disney to establish licensing agreements for these shows/movies with other companies, like Netflix or HBO, which could generate additional revenue.


Will ‘Cheaper By The Dozen’ Come Back To Disney Plus?

Due to a content impairment charge that Disney has implemented, which serves as a write-off for tax purposes, Cheaper By The Dozen is unable to return to Disney+.

When the impairment period ends, Disney could theoretically bring Cheaper By The Dozen back to Disney+. Nonetheless, considering Disney’s stance that the continuous costs of hosting the title on Disney+ aren’t justified, and given the prior low viewership, a surge in viewership upon re-introduction on Disney+ appears highly unlikely. Therefore, the likelihood of Cheaper By The Dozen making a comeback is incredibly small.


Where To Watch Cheaper By The Dozen

Currently, there are no alternative streaming platforms or purchase options available for Cheaper By The Dozen.

Disney’s decision to remove content parallels a preceding action by Warner Bros. Discovery, headed by David Zaslav, which also pulled a selection of titles from (HBO) Max. The company subsequently granted Roku and Tubi the rights to many of these shows through a number of licensing agreements, thereby further monetizing programming that had previously failed to achieve expected success.

It’s unclear whether Disney will license the movie to another streaming service, as that would depend on the interest of other platforms. However, it’s certainly a possibility that Disney will follow a similar path to Warner.

Similarly, there’s uncertainty about if or when Disney might offer Cheaper By The Dozen for digital purchase.

If and when Cheaper By The Dozen is made available on another streaming service or available to purchase, we’ll be sure to update this article.


What Other Titles Have Been Removed From Disney Plus?

Disney has pulled over 100 titles in total from Disney+, such as Willow, Better Nate Than Ever, Turner & Hooch, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, Just Beyond, Diary of a Future President, Big Shot, and The World According To Jeff Goldblum, and many more.

You can see the full list of removals right here.

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  1. My family and I are highly disappointed that Cheaper by the Dozen (2022) was removed from viewing. That was our favorite movie and we watched it every Friday night. This could end our subscription.

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