I'm currently watching the television premiere of The Princess and the Frog on Disney Channel, and Tangled Ever After is coming on right afterwards. Although I'm loving this airing, I wonder isn't it too soon? I remember a decade ago, one would have to wait about 5 years before seeing a new movie on television. Now it seems like movies premiere on TV instantly. Why is that? Enchanted, Up, and even Hairspray premiered on television in less than 3 years after their screen debuts.
Also, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, Aladdin, Bambi, and even Pinocchio come on TV all the time. The classic Disney movies hardly came on TV, but just today (3/23/12) Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and Toy Story were all on television. Did something change? I predict by 2014, Tangled, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story 3, and Lady and the Tramp will be on television regularly. But, I'm not complaining!
I've seen this change within the past couple years or so, but personally I think it's a good thing considering all the junk that floods the Disney Channels (at least in my opinion, though America's Disney Junior just started and shows like Timon and Pumbaa and Lilo and Stitch air in the 4:30AM-7AM range to those who have the channel and are interested). If they can't make a retro disney channel or block (even though the latter is a more feasible option for disney), then the least they could do is air these movies time to time on one of the Disney Channels, and that's what they've been doing, so I'm glad. The one and only other thing I ask for one of the Disney Channels (and at this point it will most likely be Disney Junior) to air are the full classic shorts, even if using a repackaged series like Mickey Mouse Tracks or Donald Duck Presents, but that's a complaint for another time/thread.