Disney movies will never grow old. Fact. But when it comes to reminiscing about our favourite films, that’s when things are hard. Disney are famously hesitant about releasing classics on DVD. And Netflix only has one or two of the crappiest films to keep our Disney flame alight.
So when we heard the news that a Disney Netflix project, called Disneylife is on the horizon, our hearts exploded. Quite literally. I’m writing this on the way to A&E. But seriously. There’s nothing that sums up our childhood more than Disney. And with over 50 movies out there, the Disney Netflix will definitely have their pick of the best.
For now, we look back at 10 Disney movies we bet you’ve forgotten about – and we’re seriously hoping these are included on the Disney Netflix.
Before Disney became a bit obsessed with dogs (see: Lady and The Tramp, 101 Dalmatians,…) we had the absolutely wonderful Aristocats. This grainy, old school film, still has so much charm. Everything from the retro colours within the animation to the snoozy Dixieland jazz numbers (orchestrated, and mostly sung by Phil Harris) spoke to us. It was at a time when the cartoon world also had Top Cat and Tom and Jerry to compete with, but we have such a big soft spot for Aristocats. And especially Thomas O’Malley, that charming alley cat.
Hercules! Hercules! This was a really under-appreciated film that had some fun songs, pretty good animation and a host of hilarious moments. James Woods’ portrayal of Hades was especially brilliant. Makes us reminisce hard to being 10 years old. If you’ve never seen it then make sure that this is first on your list. It’s what ancient history lessons in school should’ve been.
Cool Runnings (1993)
Okay, this isn’t an animation. And you definitely haven’t forgotten about it. But it’s our favourite film of all time. Seriously. We tell people we love Godfather II the most, but nothing even gets close to Cool Runnings. Everything about it is wonderfully feel-good. But, oh, people, they can’t believe, Jamaica they have a bobsleigh team. Sing it with me now!
Mighty Ducks (1992)
If you’re the right age then you’ve never forgotten this classic. And Disney Netflix had better not forget this one either. It merits inclusion on the list because we think that anyone younger than, say, 25 probably hasn’t seen this. And that’s a tragedy bigger than anything that was in the aforementioned Hercules film. Gordon Bombay is still our favourite coach in the world of fictional sports. He’s so ridiculously inspiring. Even if he hates kids.
Recess: School’s Out (2001)
God, we seriously loved catching up on our Recess on Saturday mornings. It was the highlight of our week. When the first Recess movie (of four!) came out, we were just that little bit too old to persuade our parents to take us to the cinema to catch it. But now we’re 20-somethings we’ve fully regressed to our childhood state. And we can confirm that it is AWESOME. It even stars the voice of Melissa Joan Hart, FFS.
For many kids, this is the first time they’re introduced to the amazingness that is Robin Williams. But did you know that Flubber is actually a Disney film? Despite initial bad reviews, the film has become a cult favourite. And it’s now loved by big kids all around the globe. And, yeah. It definitely introduced us to the theme of stalking. Weebo still creeps us out, even to this day.
The Lion King II (1998)
You’ve more than likely seen the very first Lion King, but how many of you remember The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride? We’re betting not many of you. Which is exactly why this had better be on the Disney Netflix. This film turns its focus to Simba and Nala’s daughter Kiara who falls in love with a male rouge lion from a banished pride. It’s basically Romeo and Juliet. But with more lions.
The Santa Clause (1994)
Definitely one of the Disney movies that sums up our Christmas. Forget the Coca Cola truck, when we see this on the supermarket shelves, we know that Christmas is on its way. In fact, we love this one so much we even sat through the two sequel movies. And that NEVER happens. Man, our Disney Netflix addiction is going to go into overdrive this Christmas.
The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
This is one of those Disney movies from the late 1980s that people seem to have shamefully forgotten about. Before Toy Story, there was this: a story about a group of household appliances who head out on an adventure to find their original owner. It sounds naff, but it isn’t. Trust. God, this had better be included on the Disney Netflix, just so you can see what we mean.
Okay, so you probably haven’t really forgotten this classic. But you’ve probably forgotten how to spell Pocahontas. Actually, we struggled with that one. This film is so beautifully animated, especially all the forestry. More than that, though, is that the songs are absolute classics. Don’t be dissuaded by those overly-politically-correct haters. Still an awesome film, with a lot of beauty. Man, we want to watch it now. C’mon, Disney Netflix. Get this one up ASAP.
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