Fans of Disney’s extensive animation, Marvel, and Star Wars libraries already know about the wealth of content available for streaming on Disney+. More than 600 titles were made available when the channel launched last November. (Just don’t expect to see 1946’s controversial Song of the South or World War II-era animated shorts with problematic propaganda content.)
1. Soul (2020)
Pixar dropped their latest animated feature directly on the service, and it continues their streak of excellence. As recently-departed jazz musician Joe (Jamie Foxx) navigates The Great Before, he seeks answers to some of life’s most enduring mysteries.
2. Big (1988)
Tom Hanks further endeared himself to movie audiences with this gentle fantasy about a boy who wishes he were a full-grown adult. When the wish comes true, he discovers being a man of a certain age isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Nicolas Cage is Benjamin Franklin Gates, an amateur cryptologist who discovers the location of a lost treasure is well within reach—if he can manage to steal the Declaration of Independence—in National Treasure. The 2007 sequel, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, is also on the service.
Take a road trip with Kermit and company in their first full-length feature, which sees the frog on his way to Hollywood. Steve Martin and Orson Welles make cameos; so does a very young Tim Burton, playing a puppeteer in the film’s finale.
5. TRON (1982)
Jeff Bridges finds himself trapped inside a computer in this cutting-edge and neon-lit look at a cyber world that marks some of the first use of computer effects in film. Writer and director Steve Lisberger was inspired by a demo reel of computer animation and the video game Pong. The belated sequel, 2010’s TRON: Legacy, is also available.
This sort-of sequel to 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, which was considered audacious upon its release, finds Dorothy back in trouble and surrounded by a new group of friends, including Tik-Tok and Jack Pumpkinhead. Star Fairuza Balk was cast after 1000 girls auditioned.
Disney and Warner Bros. properties met in this live-action and animated hit that features Bob Hoskins as a private detective out to prove the popular ‘toon rabbit is innocent of murder. Charles Fleischer, the voice of Roger, wore a Roger costume on set while providing the voice so that Hoskins and the other actors could react to something.
Fairy tales got a makeover courtesy of screenwriter William Goldman, who adapted his own book about a farmhand named Westley (Cary Elwes) who looks to rescue his sweet Princess Buttercup (Robin Wright) from the clutches of Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). Encounters with a giant, a Spanish fencing expert, and other colorful characters follow.
There are many vintage Kurt Russell films on Disney+, including 1969’s The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, but the best is probably this rendition of the true story behind the United States hockey team’s unlikely win against the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The game is considered by some to be the greatest upset in sports history.
The adventures of one of the most winning horses in racing gets the biopic treatment: Diane Lane stars a woman who takes over her father’s stable and eventually comes across a horse destined for equine glory.
Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris are a mother and daughter who trade places in this adaptation of the 1972 Mary Rodgers novel. Foster appeared in the far less family-oriented Taxi Driver that same year.