If you’re a Disney+ subscriber, one of these things is probably at least somewhat true: a) you have young children, or b) you subscribed to the service for The Mandalorian. Okay, there are a bunch of other reasons from Star Wars to Pixar, but my point is that there is a whole treasure trove of Disney+ content you may not know about.
This is especially true when it comes to movies. There are far more than just the animated Disney features you remember. Let’s take a look at some hidden gems and maybe a few films you just wouldn’t have guessed would be on the service.
1. John Carter
Based on A Princess of Mars by Tarzan creator Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter is known more for being a box office flop than anything else. It’s a shame, because the movie is a good time. Yes, it’s a little cheesy at times, but the movie knows this and laughs along.
Starring Val Kilmer and Warwick Davis in a rare role in which he isn’t in costume, Willow is a film that George Lucas originally thought could be the fantasy equivalent of Star Wars. While it never gained that level of popularity, the movie is a great time, even though director Ron Howard left in some strangely chilling imagery.
3. The Simpsons Movie
You don’t need me to tell you what The Simpsons Movie is, as it’s right in the title. What you might need me to tell you is that it’s on Disney+. Even though I knew the entire run of The Simpsons was streaming on the service, I forgot about the movie until I saw it browsing through the available films./
4. The Rocketeer
Directed by Joe Johnston, who would later direct Captain America: The First Avenger, this film has an oddly similar feel. Set just a few years before the Marvel film in 1938, The Rocketeer is also a period superhero film, based on the ’80s comic book series by Dave Stevens. Worth watching for Alan Arkin’s character alone.
5. The Black Hole
If you want to know more about The Black Hole, check outour review of the movie. Just know that it’s 1970s sci-fi, which is to say it’s pretty out there. Star Wars this is not, but it’s a cheesy good time.
Remember when technology was fun? Even if you’ve never found technology fun, writer and director Steven Lisberger obviously did. Otherwise, we’d never have Tron. Starring Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, and David Warner, this movie is definitely dated, but still worth watching. The sequel, Tron: Legacy is also streaming on Disney+.
7. The Three Musketeers
Leonard Maltin coined the name “Young Swords” for this 1993 film, as it starred Charlie Sheen and Keifer Sutherland, who had both starred in the 1988 western Young Guns. This is far from the most faithful adaptation of the story, but it’s got more swashbuckling than you can shake a sword at.
8. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
This is a movie you probably know exists, but if you’re anything like me, you had no idea it was on Disney+. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is an odd mix of cartoon hijinks and neo-noir hard-boiled detective movie. While I loved this one as a kid, you may need to be careful with letting young children in on this one, as one character (you know who I mean) can be downright terrifying.
9. Flight of the Navigator
There was no shortage of kid-friendly sci-fi in the 1980s, and Flight of the Navigator is a great example. While a kid is ostensibly kidnapped by aliens, they turn out to be friendly and the kid gets an awesome spaceship to fly around in, at least until the government steps in to ruin his fun.
Thinking About Canceling Disney+?
If you’ve finished binging the series or movies you originally signed up for, you may be thinking about canceling your Disney+ subscription, at least until the next cool original series premiers. While that’s a great way to save money, there are more than just the nine films listed above.
Need a few more reasons to consider keeping your subscription? Take a look at our list of reasons to pay for Disney+ that aren’t The Mandalorian.
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