Since the launch of Disney +, it has slowly added new collections, including “Black Stories” and “Female Leads,” which highlight some of the shows and movies on Disney +, which tell stories that can inspire and educate viewers. .
One of my main problems with Disney + is the lack of a “Celebrate Disabled Stories” collection on Disney +. So today I ask the question: Does Disney even have enough content to create such a collection?
Disney has many movies, shows, and series that are great examples of content that can fall into this category, including:
- Hawk Eye
- Daredevil (2003)
- Films by Percy Jackson (2010 and 2013 films)
- The Xmen film series (majority of them feature characters with disabilities)
- Ron was wrong
- Puppy Dog Buddies
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame
- M. Hollande’s opus
- The world of Nemo
- Finding Dory
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
- The Marvel Hero Project
Not only are all of these titles listed above owned by Disney, but unfortunately several of them, including “Heidi” and “Daredevil” (2003), are not available to stream on Disney + in many countries, if any. . The above list of films and series includes the representation of the following disabilities:
- In a wheelchair
With such a selection of disabilities featured in the titles listed above, it’s rather shocking that Disney hasn’t uploaded them all to Disney + and given them a dedicated collection for those looking for content related to disabilities.
Disney has more content to come on disabilities:
Disney should be praised for appearing to be investing in a small selection of titles following characters with disabilities, including an “Echo” series, a “Percy Jackson” reboot and “A Song For A Whale,” which could help build this image that Disney wants to tell heartwarming and exciting stories about people with disabilities. However, I’m somewhat disappointed that we haven’t had any updates on an original series that Disney + was working on in 2018 called “Life and Deaf,” so I guess that series has unfortunately been put on the back burner.
Stories of people with disabilities are buried by the mainstream film and television industry:
It’s a problem with Disney and the entertainment industry as a whole. Some movies like “Alita Battle Angel” follow a character who would be classified as disabled and is a nice representation of what losing a limb would look like in a few hundred years. The film inspired a group of people to raise funds to donate a bionic hand to a child in need, which they want Bionic Model Tilly Lockey to present to the child. The film industry as a whole needs to do better with stories about people with disabilities, and Disney is no exception as they will be incorporating characters with disabilities into series and movies only to set them aside in later episodes.
My biggest gripe with one show, probably “Turner and Hooch”, is the way Curtis is given so little screen time throughout the series, which, by the way, was played by an actor. autistic. So Disney included episodes from their TV shows like “Raven’s Home” and “Fancy Nancy,” which made episodes following storylines focused on disabled characters.
I think all streaming services should have a dedicated selection of titles focusing on the characters and storylines surrounding disabilities and how that affects us all differently.
I love Disney and so many of its properties, but I wish they would do more to promote stories about characters with disabilities. It feels like Disney is slowly working on improving its portrayal of disabilities with shows like “Echo” and “Percy Jackson”, as well as Disney, hopefully, making this “Song For A Whale” movie. They should push for more content featuring disabled characters played by real disabled actors.
But what about Star?
Internationally, Disney may include several shows and films under the Star banner such as “Glee” and “Family Guy,” which include characters in wheelchairs. Disney is already doing this for other collections on Disney + outside of the United States, so it would make sense for a “Celebrate Disabled Stories” collection to consist of movies and series such as:
- The shape of water
- 127 hours
- family guy
- The good doctor
Along with the rest of Hollywood, Disney owes people with disabilities real films and series that follow characters with disabilities and tell authentic stories. I’m not asking Disney to do much other than add a collection so people with disabilities can sit down and enjoy something that they can relate to and connect with, especially when most of the content that I have. I’ve listed is already on Disney + in various regions. Having multiple disabilities myself makes it personal to me, and I feel satisfied as “Loop” and “Hawkeye” show the world from a point of view that many people will never fully understand. .
Children with disabilities need icons they can see themselves in. Disney should try to capitalize on this idea and give future generations of disabled children characters they can see themselves in. Something like a documentary film about teenage bionic model and TV presenter Tilly Lockey, but these are just a few ideas.
What do you think? Does Disney have enough content for a disability story collection?