ARMYs have been suspicious that BTS and Disney may announce a partnership or collaboration of some kind for a while.
First, it was revealed that The Walt Disney Company had released all copyrights for BTS despite being so strict. This was so the members could be trained on voice acting using iconic Disney and Pixar films such as Zootopia, Lion King, and Toy Story, on Episode 109 of Run BTS!.
Walt Disney is very strict/adamant. BUT! for BTS, Walt Disney released all copyrights for them. I was so amused. So, I asked ‘This may be subject to copyright?’ And the person(staff) there said ‘No, Walt Disney released copyrights for us. [going] BTS can use them all’
— Ahn Ji Hwan
Then at The 2022 Oscars (also known as The 2022 Academy Awards), BTS appeared to talk about their favorite musical moments, which were really just about Disney.
— Variety (@Variety) March 28, 2022
BTS’s V and Jimin‘s duet “Friends” was also prominently featured in the Marvel Studios‘ film Eternals. Disney owns Marvel.
V recently listened to Disney soundtracks during a recent live broadcast…
All of these made ARMYs suspicious that something was in the works with BTS and Disney.
BTS x Disney:
• dubbed Disney movies on Run BTS
• Friends was part of the Marvel Eternals OST
• BTS makes surprise appearance at the Oscars and talks about Pixar/ Disney movies
maybe an original song in a Disney movie (a Pixar movie about a Korean character)? cameo next? 😅 pic.twitter.com/TwN8wko8u9
— bora 💜 (@modooborahae) March 28, 2022
when bts write a song for a disney movie and get an oscar for best original song pic.twitter.com/NJP0I5tKaP
— mon🃏 (@ClTYOFMON) March 28, 2022
the next disney movie gonna be set in korea with bts doing an original song that gets oscar nominated pic.twitter.com/ll00VllZLM
— greg heffley🃏⁷ (@knjeIite) March 28, 2022
#IN_THE_SOOP : Friendcation Official Poster 1
✔️Premieres July 22
➡️JTBC : 7/22(금) 밤 9시 첫 방송 (KST)
➡️Disney+ : 7/22(금) 밤 11시 공개 (KST)
— IN THE SOOP Official (@INTHESOOP_TV) July 6, 2022
Now, Disney+ has announced that lots of BTS content are coming to the streaming service. In addition to In the SOOP: Friendcation, ARMYs can look forward to PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE – LA and BTS MONUMENTS: BEYOND THE STAR.
— Disney Entertainment Studios (@DisneyE_Studios) July 12, 2022
BTS MONUMENTS: BEYOND THE STAR will be new documentary series. It will be a chronological docuseries following BTS from debut to present. It is expected to be released next year, 2023, so it will likely span ten years of BTS’s music career.
— Disney+ Singapore (@DisneyPlusSG) July 11, 2022
Korean media reported that HYBE signed a multi-year deal with The Walt Disney Company APAC (Asia Pacific region). Reportedly, the above content mentioned is only three of the five planned for BTS.
So, all of ARMYs’ suspicions were right all along!
BTS dubbing Disney Movies on RUN BTS
BTS surprise appearance at the Oscars talking about Disney Movies
Now they have an exclusive deal with Disney+
Since Disney is notorious when it comes to copyright, I think this deal might already be in the works when the RUN BTS episode airs pic.twitter.com/K2raRweCQ9
— Dita ⁷ (@almostdita) July 12, 2022
I wonder if this deal was in the works when BTS showed up on the Oscar’s with the Disney animation plug 🙃
— Rafranz ⁷ (@RafranzDavis) July 11, 2022
We look forward to seeing more of what this partnership brings.