As we continue to socially distance ourselves, we realize that television has become our primary source of entertainment until this is all over. Fortunately, Disney+ has lots of shows and movies to keep us entertained for the next couple of months.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The 1988 classic “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” follows Detective Eddie Valiant, the only hope for an animated toon named Roger who becomes the prime suspect in the untimely demise of studio owner Marvin Acme. Only problem is Valiant hates toons, which only adds to the hilarity of this film as he eventually warms up to Roger.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Angela Lansbury plays Eglantine Price, a witch in training in the 1971 film “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” She’s put in charge of three orphans, who join her on the journey of their lives to find a missing page from a book of spells that will help England win the war against Germany.
Star Wars: All of Them
The “Star Wars” saga may only have 9 episodes so far, but there are a couple of stand-alone movies like “A New Hope” and “Solo.” There’s also the animated film “Clone Wars.” Given how much material there is in this epic space opera from Anakin Skywalker’s descent into darkness to his son Luke’s ascension as a Jedi, there’s hours of entertainment here for all you sci-fi enthusiasts.
A Goofy Movie
The 1995 animated comedy “A Goofy Movie” follows Max, who gets dragged into a cross-country trip by his father, Goofy. Max finds it hard to be cool because his dad’s got that covered, but there’s a dance sequence in the final scene that may very well be the best in any animated Disney film. Plus, it’s clean fun for everyone.
Disney+ has the animated 1961 “101 Dalmatians” which was an adorable film about a little of Dalmatians who were trying to avoid the clutches of the evil Cruella, who saw them nothing more than raw material for coats. You can also watch the 1996 live-action version. The way Glenn Close plays Cruella De Vil is simply marvelous, baby.
Do you have seven minutes? Of course, you do. You have all the time in the world right now. So why not spend it watching Pixar’s short film, “Float” about a dad who discovers that his newborn son can float and has to figure out whether to his son’s gift hidden from the world or a allow everyone to gawk at him.
“Iron Man” put the Marvel universe on the cinematic map in 2008 and now that Disney owns the rights to this popular franchise, you can watch Robert Downey Jr doing a superb job portraying Tony Stark, aka, Iron Man, and then proceed to watching all the other Marvel films.
The Parent Trap
In the classic 1961 film, “The Parent Trap,” actress Hayley Mills played the dual role of twins Susan Evers and Sharon McKendrick, who meet at summer camp and then trade places. But once their ruse is discovered, the twins come up with a plan to get their parents to fall in love again.
The Sound of Music
The 1965 film, “The Sound of Music” stars Julie Andrews, a nun who comes to the aid of a widower who needs help looking after his seven kids. The song has tons of classic songs like “My Favorite Things,” which is a pretty bright spot in an otherwise dark setting of Nazi-occupied Austria.
“Old Yeller” had one of the coolest dogs ever, even more so than Lassie. Unfortunately, in this film, Disney manages to warm viewers’ hearts with an adorable Labrador. Then they leave us emotionally ravaged with a very dark ending that will have you and the kiddos in tears.
“Free Solo” is a movie about Alex Honnold who boldly scales mountains and shows audiences what drives him to pursue an activity that comes with such terrible danger. The film won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Documentary, and will have you holding your breath with every move Honnold makes.
The 2015 film, “Inside Out” is an animated film about a little girl who suffers an emotional crisis, and the audience gets to see what she’s experiencing in her head in the form of characters who represent different emotions.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2003’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” is an action adventure film about pirates, an ancient curse, and a whole lot of danger. It also stars Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom. Need we say more?
The New York Times’ A.O. Scott called the 2007 film “Ratatouille” “a nearly flawless piece of popular art. It follows Remmy, a rat, who wants to become a popular French chef.
But he doesn’t realize that people don’t really like rats and will probably never enjoy a meal he cooks.
“Pinocchio” revolves around a wooden marionette that’s brought to life by a wish made by Italian woodworker Geppetto. Pinocchio goes on a journey to prove to the Blue Fairy that he deserves to be a real boy and encounters temptations and danger that threatened to put an end to his life before his wish can come true.
James Cameron’s 2005 film “Avatar” takes viewers on a visual journey through the planet Pandora that is put in terrible danger when humans attempt to invade the locals. So, add this one to your list while you wait for James Cameron to release his various promised sequels.
The 2013 Disney film, “Frozen” follows Queen Elsa, who accidentally uses her powers to trap everyone in her village in a permanent winter, which turns her into a pariah. This forces her sister Anna to find her and get her back. This chilling movie has all the twists and bends you’d expect from a Disney film, and by the end of it, Anna won’t be the only one with a warm heart.
“The Simpsons” is one of the longest running animated sitcoms with 31 seasons and 679 episodes so far. Since there’s plenty of time, why not catch up with Homer Simpson, his dysfunctional family, and the wacky town of Springfield?
Lady and the Tramp
The 1955 animated film “Lady and the Tramp” followed Lady, an upper-middle class female dog who meets and falls in love with a male stray called the Tramp. But if you’ve already seen this one, then try the live-action CGI version voiced by Justin Theroux and Tessa Thompson.
“Avengers: Endgame” picks up after the horrible events of the previous film “Avengers: Infinity War,” which left the universe ruined. The remaining Avengers band together to try and undo the damage Thanos has caused and restore the universe to its former self.
The 1964 classic “Mary Poppins” stars Julie Andrews as a mystical nanny who comes down from the sky and brings magic and order to privileged English schoolchildren. The musical is famous for musical numbers like “A Spoonful of Sugar,” which you can sing along.
Toy Story has spawned three sequels since it first graced the big screen with its hilarious animated toys like Buzz Lightyear and Sheriff Woody. You have four chances to fall in love with this film series so there’s really no excuse.
Beauty and the Beast
The 1991 film “Beauty and the Beast” follows Belle, a savvy girl living in a provincial town who is held captive by a Beast. Until she learns he’s really a cursed prince who can only become human again with true love’s kiss.
Are you a fan of Star Wars, but you’ve seen all the movies? Want to see more? Then check out “The Mandalorian.” It’s an eight-episode series that takes place five years after “Return of the Jedi.” The series follows a bounty hunter who has no allegiance to the Force or the Darkside.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The 1937 animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” brought the classic fairy tale to the big screen. It followed Snow White, a princess who finds refuge in the home of the seven dwarfs after her wicked stepmother, the evil queen, targets her. Even though you know how it ends, the scene where the prince breaks the sleeping curse is magical!
10 Things I Hate About You
The 1999 film “10 Things I Hate About You” stars Julia Stiles and the late Heath Ledger. It’s a typical story of teen drama about a popular teenager named Bianca who can’t go out on a date until her badly tempered older sister, Kat, does too. But when the latter meets a fellow rebel named Patrick, she may have just met her match.
Big Hero 6
“Big Hero 6” offers tons of actions, cool characters, and a giant marshmallow looking robot that befriends Hiro Hamada, a young robotics expert. The movie was so precious that it was also made into an animated series.
Marvel’s “Runaways” is based on the comic book version and follows a bunch of teens who discover the shady side of their evil parents and decide to run away in order to atone for their folks’ villainous way. Along the way, they also discover the secrets of their superhuman abilities.
The 1976 version of “Freaky Friday” stars Barbara Harris, who plays a mom with a rebellious 13-year-old daughter played by Jodie Foster. The two swap bodies after making a wish on Friday the 13th and gain a whole new appreciation for each other after living in each other’s shoes.
1992’s “Sister Act” stars Whoopi Goldberg, as a lounge singer who witnesses a murder and must go into witness protection at a convent to hide from the killer. There’s plenty of action, comedy, and lots of music in this family favorite.