Editors' Picks: Streaming on Disney Plus

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 2 days ago

Revisit a classic, or find a new favorite with our editors' picks for streaming on Disney+

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Lewis Black, Bill Hader, Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, and Mindy Kaling in Inside Out (2015)

Inside Out | Now Streaming on Disney+

If you’re in the mood for something that makes you feel all the feelings, this Pixar masterpiece is a solid bet, considering that the main characters are emotions themselves. Stars Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, and more lend their voices to Joy, Fear, Disgust, and other niggling sensitivities residing within a young girl, Riley, as she navigates life in a new city and school. Adults don’t have to worry about boredom setting in thanks to the film’s hilarious, whip-smart commentary on the inner-workings of the human mind, including our casual tendency to confuse facts and opinions.

Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight, Justin Bartha, and Diane Kruger in National Treasure (2004)

National Treasure | Now Streaming on Disney+

With a third installment in the National Treasure franchise on its way to Disney+ in April, it’s a great time to revisit the successful 2004 original, which chronicles the adventures of treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates. Played by Nicolas Cage, Gates sets out in pursuit of an ages-old artifact, but the map he needs just so happens to be located on the back of the Declaration of Independence, providing a fun, albeit far-fetched, jumping-off point for this action flick. It gives us modern-day Indiana Jones vibes and is sure to renew curiosity about what exactly Gates saw in the Book of Secrets at the end of the second movie.

Recess (1997)

"Recess" | Now Streaming on Disney+

Recently, while professing our love for all things "Better Things" and Pamela Adlon, we were caught unaware that she voiced Spinelli in "Recess," a lesser-known Disney series where the playground at Third Street Elementary operates as its own student-government-run society. How do we describe the show? Well, it is just so tender (you'll understand that if you start to watch). With all the animated revivals happening — and the fact that four TV follow-up movies were made after "Recess" was over — we wouldn't be surprised if we catch up with T.J. and his pals as they enter sixth grade.

Jason Ritter and Kristen Schaal in Gravity Falls (2012)

"Gravity Falls" | Now Streaming on Disney+

We took the advice of our 11-year-old neighbor and finally started watching "Gravity Falls," which is also one of the highest rated animated shows on the IMDb Top 250 for TV. As we near the end of season one and hoping the show gets even more supernatural over the next four seasons, we're dodging an archive of spoilers and fan theories, and realizing that Mabel Pines and her twin brother Dipper might rival "Rick and Morty" as our go-to adventure-seeking duo.

The Black Hole (1979)

The Black Hole | Now Streaming on Disney+

Disney’s campy take on 2001: A Space Odyssey comes complete with Robert Forster and Anthony Perkins as two of its crew members, some nefarious AI (one with a southern accent?), and a surreal space-trip third act. Some of the action set pieces hold up well, while some will have everyone in the family laughing along.

Idina Menzel in Frozen II (2019)

Frozen II | Now Streaming on Disney+

Fear not, parents: Frozen II's soundtrack doesn't have any earworms with the staying power of "Let It Go" (a legitimate concern, for sure). And while the sequel doesn't quite match the magic of the original, it makes up for it with humor, dazzling animation, and a power ballad ("Lost in the Woods") that could have been a legit 1980s Peter Cetera banger.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)

"Star Wars: The Clone Wars" | Now Streaming on Disney+

Some of us used to be pretty hardcore Star Wars fans, until adulthood sapped our ability to stay on top of the ever-expanding universe of animated series, comics, video games, and other media. But with the films and shows now being consolidated in the Disney+ streaming offering, it's the perfect time for lapsed superfans to catch up. Obvious first stop: "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," which will be exciting to watch given the news that Ahsoka Tano will be played by Rosario Dawson in Season 2 of "The Mandalorian."

Alex Honnold in Free Solo (2018)

Free Solo | Now Streaming on Disney+

This Oscar-winning documentary will bring you right up to the edge of El Capitan and your seat with its sweeping views of Yosemite National Park. Directed by husband and wife duo, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, Free Solo provides a nuanced view on professional athlete Alex Hannold's grit, passion, and love for climbing the impossible.

Alex Borstein, Hilary Duff, and Adam Lamberg in Lizzie McGuire (2003)

The Lizzie McGuire Movie | Now Streaming on Disney+

The mid-2000s Disney Channel show turned movie, The Lizzie McGuire Movie took Lizzie, Gordo, Ethan, and Kate on an adventure through the streets of Rome. A nostalgic favorite for us, we're still here for the movie's soundtrack with classics like "The Tide is High," "What Dreams Are Made of" and "Why Not." Now let's just hope we still get that revival.

The Mandalorian (2019)

"The Mandalorian" | Now Streaming on Disney+

If you have Disney+, the odds are you've already watched "The Mandalorian." If not, now is the perfect time for a binge. The show delivers on the scrappy western-style sci-fi of the original Star Wars while embracing the technology of modern filmmaking. Plus, it created a creature so cute that even the most jaded fans couldn't help but fall in love. And when you're done with the series, you've got the original films to keep you company.

Sebastian Stan in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier | Now Streaming on Disney+

After more than a decade, there's plenty of room for debate over what's the best movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but you'd be hard-pressed to do much better than Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The movie planted a flag in the ground saying that "comic book movie" is not a genre; it's a starting point. The cool '70s spy-movie undercurrents in Winter Soldier make for a compelling and unique watch in a world of superhero films. Now's the perfect time to watch as you prepare for the spin-off series coming this summer. We can't be blamed if this viewing kicks off a Disney+ MCU marathon.

The World According to Jeff Goldblum (2019)

"The World According to Jeff Goldblum" | Now Streaming on Disney+

There is so much joy in this show. And Goldblum. There's a lot of Jeff Goldblum in this show. If you're a fan of his off-kilter comedic presence, this is a series worth watching. Each episode has Goldblum learning about a unique part of our everyday lives from ice cream to tattoos. What makes it even better is the earnest enthusiasm with which Goldblum meets all his experts. You get a sense that he loves learning about everything as much as we do as viewers.

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