Best Disney Plus movies and TV shows: Disney’s new streaming service has made plenty of waves since it launched at the end of 2019. Offering best movies and TV shows Disney has to offer, here’s what you should watch on Disney Plus.
With content including series and films from Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic, there’s enough content on the service to keep you satisfied. We’ve picked out some highlights of movies and TV shows on the service in case you’re looking for a place to start.
And with the news that Disney Plus has returned to full-fat 4K HDR and Atmos playback, if you’ve got the necessary equipment, you can watch all your favourites movies and shows in the best way possible.
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1. Hamilton (July 3 onwards)
Lin Manuel-Miranda’s Broadway musical is set to make a real impact when it launches on Disney Plus.
The show mixes modern and classic themes, using a diverse cast to tell the story of America’s founding fathers. Which song is our favourite? Well, we’re quite fond of My Shot, Guns and Ships, Yorktown and The Room Where It Happens, but they are a number of great tracks that can now be enjoyed in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos (as long as you have the compatible equipment). If you haven’t seen Hamilton yet, you know have no excuse.
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2. Frozen 2 (July 3 onwards)
Say what you want about the Frozen series, but it’s popular for a reason. As if one movie full of catchy/rage inducing songs wasn’t enough, Disney saw fit to grace us with a long-awaited sequel, and one that’s soon to become available to stream on Disney Plus.
While there’s a case to made that Frozen 2 isn’t quite as memorable as its predecessor, the film still feels like time well spent with a group of friends you haven’t seen in years. And, if nothing else, Kristoff’s power ballad is still a sight to behold.
3. The Mandalorian
It’s not as bang up-to-date as the first two entries on this list, but The Mandalorian is a compelling story and deserves to be recognised as one of the best offerings on the Disney Plus platform.
The series wowed fans and critics alike, with ‘Baby Yoda’ becoming a viral sensation online. Pedro Pascal stars as the titular Mandalorian in a show that’s been confirmed as getting a second series. If you haven’t seen it, it’s about time you rectified that fault.
2016’s Moana is the story of a young girl – played by Auli’i Cravalho – on a Polynesian island who bravely goes against her father’s wishes to save her island from a natural disaster. She meets a demigod voiced by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and ultimately, they learn from each other and team up to try avert the disaster.
Masterminded by the creators of Aladdin and Zootropolis, it’s another Disney animation with cracking songs (Shiny, You’re Welcome) and features a diverse cast and setting that makes a refreshing change from Disney’s usual output. Plus Heihei the seemingly suicidal chicken is brilliant.
5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
If you want something from the classics catalogue, why not look up the Disney film that started it all? 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was Walt Disney’s first feature film and the result is an animation that’s created a deep and lasting legacy for the studio.
Based on a Grimm’s fairy tale from 1812, the well-loved story follows Snow White, whose wicked stepmother attempts to have her killed. Her escape and relationship with the eponymous seven dwarfs created plenty of iconic images in the history of animated cinema.
6. Muppet Treasure Island
We’d be remiss if we neglected to include any of the superb Muppets movies of the 90s. As it’s a long wait until Christmas, we’ll choose Muppet Treasure Island. Starring Tim Curry as Long John Silver, alongside the classic Muppets crew, Treasure Island is a surprisingly faithful adaptation of its source – just with a lot more singing and dancing.
Once the film starts, you’d have to physically restrain us from settling into a full-blown singalong to ‘Shiver my Timbers’. All these years later, the film’s soundtrack is still as catchy as anything, and it’s a great reminder of why the Muppets are still everyone’s favourite band of misfits.