Disney’s most awaited streaming service, launched in India on March 29, 2020, after a successful global launch in November 2019. All movies that come under the Disney umbrella, including Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar titles, are currently available for streaming. Whether you are in the mood for family-friendly, animated Disney classics or the latest sci-fi adventure releases, the impressive curation has something to stream for all you binge watchers.
With the current pandemic compelling us to stay at home, these nostalgia-inducing movies give you an opportunity to rekindle your childhood memories and make new ones too. Below is a list of some of Disney’s classic films.
1. Toy Story
Before Disney had Marvel or Lucasfilm, Pixar was winning audiences across the globe with its 1994 film, Toy Story. Although Disney was the one to release the film, it was produced independently by Pixar. A brainchild of director John Lasseter, Toy Story tells the tale of action figure Buzz Lightyear who is introduced to Andy’s toy room, which is led by Woody, the pull-string cowboy. What follows is an exciting and mind-boggling adventure as Woody and Buzz try to get back to the toy room as the two become friends. . Catch Buzz and Woody’s experiences in Toy Story on a relaxed weekend.
2. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
The movie that your great-grandma would recognise, and why wouldn’t she? Miracle on 34th Street is one of the best films in Disney’s list of classics produced and released during the heyday of the film noir. The film is also a Christmas favourite because of its story line about a departmental Santa Claus who believes he is the real North Pole resident. It speaks of faith, magic, and the joy of the season and life. Sure, it is pretty old, but it narrates a compelling story that is sure to touch your soul, no matter of your age. Don’t trust us? Watch it for yourself.
3. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
The fairy tale was originally written by French author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. It was adapted into an animated film by Disney. Right from the filmography and the songs to the ingenious use of animation technology Beauty and the Beast is a Disney masterpiece. Drawing from a very human quality of how one longs for more out of life, this movie is relatable on many levels. However, the romance between the Beast and Belle is as good as if not better than most romantic movies. With lush animation, unforgettable songs, and strong characters, Beauty and Beast is not just an epic 90’s film, but an achievement for Disney.
4. Inside Out (2015)
Another work of art in terms of, both, story and animation, created by Pete Docter and Pixar is Inside Out. The film anthropomorphises human emotions that a pre-teen girl named Riley is struggling with. It shows her conflicting feelings about adapting to changes in her life. The film shows that it is perfectly normal to feel happy and sad. It’s even normal to cry and show emotions, and not have your guards up at all times. It’s lovely how this movie captures our inhibitions and vulnerabilities, and puts them across with great compassion and intelligence. And what’s more? This message is conveyed with the tremendous original score by Michael Giacchino. If you haven’t watched the movie yet, fret not, you can now watch it at leisure.
5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
This is that one movie film that started it all and our list would, therefore, be incomplete without its mention. It’s not only an animated film, but it’s also the first feature-length animated movie in the history of cinema. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs remains immortal and certainly, a movie that most Disney fans would go back to, time and again. After all, it was the first movie that depicted delicate animation and the happily-ever-after ending.
6. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
If you think Disney caters only to the young audiences, then think again! 10 Things I Hate About You was one of the earliest coming-of-age movies released by Disney. The movie portrays a sharp and delightful teen romance. Inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, this movie may have an unrealistic romantic plot, but manages to be relatable to the characters. It’s sweet, it’s funny, and it has a brilliant soundtrack. So, if you wish to see what feel-good rom-com movies were like, watch this film.
7. Mulan (1998)
One of Disney’s most successful films with a strong female protagonist, Mulan is the story of a woman posing as a man to fight for her father’s place in the Emperor’s army. In a male-dominant society, Hun Mulan strives to bring honour not just to her family but, at large, to her society as well. The movie comes with a jaw-dropping battle scene and heart-gripping dialogues.
8. Frozen (2013)
Frozen is a film that even adults love to watch again. It’s a tale of two sisters, Elsa and Anna, and a baggage of emotions that can neither be ignored nor expressed lest one risks their current relationships. Elsa has magical powers, which is a cause for her insecurity, while Anna is a fun-loving free spirit who is looking for someone to connect with. Frozen is perhaps one of the most profound and righteous films from Disney.
9. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
The Disney-release movie Marvel’s The Avengers still manages to keep you on the edge of the seat with its brilliant fight sequences. This movie is a unique amalgamation of Marvel’s iconic superheroes—fans witness Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye—who come together to save the world. A sprinkle of Joss Whedon’s crackerjack humour makes this movie a sheer treat!
10. The Lion King (1994)
This movie is nothing short of, both, a challenge and an achievement for Disney. With themes such as mortality, legacy, and duty at its core, The Lion King portrays a real picture of life with mind-boggling ease. Weaving in some of the best Disney songs and Han Zimmer’s brilliant score, The Lion King is a movie that is hard to put in words. You have to watch it to know what it is.
With that, we complete our list of some of the classics and epoch-making movies by Disney. These films are sure to bring out some tears and moments of joys, so sit back and enjoy.