Disney Plus has come a long way since its launch three years ago. In addition to serving as the home for the company’s huge catalog of classic movies, the service has transformed into a de facto streaming destination for the company’s biggest studios and franchises. Between Disney animations, DCOMPixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and 20th Century Studios, there’s always something for everyone — and if there isn’t, there’s very likely to be enough soon.
We’ve dug deep into Disney Plus’s library, like the scene where Scrooge McDuck jumps from his diving board into his group of questionable riches, and we’ve put together a list of the best movies you can get your hands on see on service. Here are the best movies to watch on Disney Plus this month.
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Atlantis: The Lost Empire supposedly to change the face of Disney cartoons, but in the end it quietly disappeared. Following in the footsteps of brave scholar Milo Thatch, who dedicated his life to finding the lost city of Atlantis, Atlantis: The Lost Empire is an engaging adventure with a fun and colorful cast. It’s packed with action with lots of humor and a great rule-of-thumb heart with a sluggish steampunk/dieselpunk aesthetic and a splendidly reimagined ancient civilization. This hidden gem has fascinated a generation of kids growing up watching it on home video, and it’s now available on Disney Plus. —Petrana Radulovic
Polygon has been recorded as to how this Cinderella (commonly known as Brandy Cinderella) The best Cinderella of all the Cinderella movies out there. It’s an absolute delight — the studio design is gorgeous and colorful, the right mix of theatrical feel for the TV screen. The costumes are equally great. Cinderella and the Prince share a special and truly romantic relationship. Jason Alexander plays a wonderfully hilarious servant. And the songs are contagious, especially with Brandy, Whitney Houston and Bernadette Peters directing the cast. —PR
The famous Fantasia movies were huge, splendid creative risks that never really paid off financially for Disney. But cursed economic legacy, Fantasy 2000 is a magnificent celebration of animation and music. Each short film follows a different classical soundtrack, telling a particular story in a variety of animated styles — sometimes quite differently from what one would expect. For example, Italian composer Ottorino Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” became the tale of flying whales, and the graduation classic “Pomp and Circumstance” now features Donald Duck as Noah grazing on board the ship. But even stories that don’t disappoint, such as the beautiful scene in George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, are emotional and memorable. —PR
Free, winner of the 2018 Academy Award for best documentary, is definitely a movie about scaling El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without the ropes. But it’s also a movie about love and passion. The scenes where Alex Honnold, the main character, climbs mountains with nothing stopping him from falling are beautiful and dizzying. And the movie also pays a lot of attention to the quieter parts of climbing. We see Honnold carefully plan every step and fist position he will use when climbing – no guesswork. But the documentary’s true excellence comes from the way it treats Honnold as a human being and questions what drives a person to pursue a passion that is likely to kill them. —Austen Goslin
Pit is one of the best book-to-film adaptations out there. This eerie film is about a young teenager named Stanley who is falsely accused and served his sentence at a labor camp, where he and the rest of the criminals dig holes in the vast Texas desert. It just sucks at first, but soon Stanley realizes that there’s a reason the Domineering Warden made them dig all these holes. Like the book, the movie weaves multiple stories, across a few different time periods, and when they all come together at the end, it’s satisfying. Young Shia LaBeouf leads the cast, which includes Sigourney Weaver, Patricia Arquette, Eartha Kitt and Dulé Hill. —PR
Lilo & Stitch
One of the weirdest little movies ever made by Disney animation, Lilo & Stitch is a miracle. It’s about an alien befriending a girl in Hawaii, but it’s also about two sisters grieving over their parents and outsiders coming together. It’s beautifully animated and just weird and warm enough. And the music is phenomenal! With Stitch becoming such a popular character as he is, it’s easy to forget how wonderful and unusual the movie is. Lilo & Stitch Still a gem. —PR
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
OK, look, we understand that Captain Jack Sparrow commanded the audience’s attention when movie Pirates of the Caribbean first appearance, but the real gem here is Elizabeth Swann. Jack’s swagger is comical, but Elizabeth drives the heart of the movies and at the end of the day, they serve as one big, pirate-zombie, seafaring, brawny story for his daughter. The governor is destined for more than that. The main trilogy, which focuses on the dreamy Elizabeth and Will Turner, is more powerful than the Jack-focused spin-offs for this reason. And the first film, which throws us into this lush world and its splendid myths, is the most powerful of them all. —PR
Princess Bride has it all — goblins, epic adventures, incredible humor, Cary Elwes and a lovely romance that ties it all together. It’s a fantasy fairy tale that plays with familiar jokes and breathes new life into them. The amount of pop culture references and citations born out of this film is truly unimaginable. Witty, funny and deeply romantic, Princess Bride is a fun fantasy game with very sweet framing about a grandfather reading to his grandson a bedtime story, keeping the story of the William Goldman book a bit better than a Simple adaptation. —PR
Andrew Stanton’s sci-fi adventure, set in the year 2185, is a trilogy of disparate stories glued together by feel. There’s a dark story about a worker bot cleaning up a desolate, dilapidated world that could easily stand alone for short periods of time; features a love story of two cyborgs, a pure blend of Asimov and Disney; and on a rescue mission, a galactic journey brings WALL-E to Axiom’s motherhood to confront an AI like HAL 9000. Our little robotic friend, brought to life through beep and boop by Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt, witnessing every movement of the story with the amazement of his two eyes. So are we.
Elegiac and strange, WALL-E is a love letter to all that Stanton will remember about Earth (Hello Dolly! head among them) and a fervent plea for us, negligent earthlings, to do what we can to save it before it’s too late. We’ll see if humanity can pull it off together, but even if we’re going to ravage the planet and hang out in dangling chairs over a rocket-powered shopping mall for the rest of our days. again, we’ll always have WALL- E and EVE dancing among the stars, a tribute to the beauty that once was. Just like Pixar’s ongoing mission, WALL-E suggestive romantic truth. —patch