Disney Announces Decision To Cancel “Inappropriate” Content

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Disney is having to make some hard decisions, and there’s no doubt the company is still looking to find success as it turns its attention to the future.

The Walt Disney Company, founded by brothers Walt and Roy O. Disney in 1923, has grown into one of the most prominent and influential entertainment conglomerates globally. With its headquarters in Burbank, California, Disney operates through various segments, including Media Networks, Parks, Experiences and Products, Studio Entertainment, and Direct-to-Consumer and international.

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Media Networks form a significant part of Disney’s business, encompassing ABC Television Network, ESPN, Disney Channel, and more. The acquisition of major assets like Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Studios has bolstered Disney’s presence in the Studio Entertainment segment, allowing it to produce blockbuster franchises like Toy Story (1995), The Avengers (2012), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015).

Parks, Experiences, and Products contribute to Disney’s major revenue through its theme parks, resorts, and consumer products. The iconic Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort are flagship destinations that attract millions of visitors annually.

Of course, the launch of Disney+ in 2019 marked a pivotal moment, providing a streaming platform for a vast array of content, including classic animated films like The Lion King (1994) and new releases like Encanto (2021). Disney+ quickly became a major player in the streaming industry, competing with established platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

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In the midst of streaming losses, CEO Bob Iger has been carefully considering what its next moves might be. The company has announced that it is purging content from the streaming platform and that Disney+ and Hulu will be merging into one app beginning later this year. However, streaming content is just one form of production that The Walt Disney Company has in its arsenal to get television shows and movies to fans.

Recently, the company announced that it had made the decision to cancel an adult animated series that some fans had dubbed “inappropriate” for a Disney-owned platform to show.

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The cancellation of the Freeform show Praise Petey marks a disappointment for both its creator, Anna Drezen, and the show’s fanbase. Drezen took to Instagram to announce the unfortunate news, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to bring the show to life. “Sad to say Praise Petey will not be renewed at Freeform,” she shared in her post.

Praise Petey was an adult animated series that premiered on Freeform in July, offering viewers a unique blend of humor and quirkiness. Despite boasting a talented cast and a dedicated crew, the show will not see a second season on Freeform. Drezen’s acknowledgment of “the dream-come-true experience” reflects the passion invested in creating the unconventional show.

While the cancellation at Freeform is disheartening for fans of the comedy, fans can still catch Praise Petey by streaming its first season. The show is available on Hulu in the United States and on Disney+ in various countries, including the United Kingdom and Canada. The decision to make the series accessible on streaming platforms allows audiences to discover or revisit the offbeat world of Praise Petey, even if it won’t continue its journey on traditional television.

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The show will likely move over to Disney+ once the merger happens, but nothing has been confirmed by the company.

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