In August 2017, The Walt Disney Company announced that it intends to launch its own standalone streaming platform for animated and live-action films and will end its partnership with Netflix sometime in 2019. Anything falling under the Disney banner -- from Pixar movies to Lucasfilm's Star Wars one-offs to the Marvel superhero sagas -- will eventually vanish from the platform. The potential power of a Disney-owned streaming service was boosted when the Mouse acquired 21st Century Fox in December 2017, itself a huge player in film and television.
Disney has still been fairly quiet about a timeline: Would the company's movies remain on Netflix until one day they're just all gone, or would they slowly fall away from the platform on a month-to-month basis? That's unclear, so Netflix users should get their fill of Disney movies while they still can.
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The Sandman more or less takes on the role of the actual Sandman in this wacky, dreamy fantasy. When Adam Sandler’s Skeeter starts to help out his family by watching his niece and nephew at night and putting them to bed, the hotel handy man discovers that all of the bedtime stories he tells become reality. Gum balls start falling from the sky, the girl he thought he could never get starts paying attention to him, and so on. None of this is without a healthy dosage of typical Sandler antics, so if you can embrace the silliness, you’ve got yourself a contemporary, mystical story that follows the magical hero arc of any Disney classic.
Christopher Robin (2018)
Aphorism-filled teddy bear Winnie the Pooh is one of the most adorable, wisest characters in both literature and Disney history. So, seeing the chubby, red T-shirt wearing bear come to life in the House of Mouse's recent live action overhaul is obviously pure joy... or a little weird, depending on your perspective. As the title suggests, the film is a new, original story that focuses on a grown-up, overworked Christopher Robin, played by a delightful Ewan McGregor, who's lost sight of what life is really about. Christopher runs into Pooh, who encourages him to revisit his furry friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Christopher Robin's experience convinces him of the value in holding onto childhood -- and this familiar, silly old bear will convince you, too.
Following the disappointing The Good Dinosaur and two sequels to old properties, Coco was a much-needed jolt of originality. There are certainly elements of previous Pixar movies in this story centered around a young boy's journey on the Day of the Dead -- the vision of the afterlife is a bit like Monsters Inc.'s nightmare world, the generational divide will likely remind you of Up, and the emotionally brutal finale is as mournful and psychologically fraught as Toy Story 3's climax -- but director Lee Unkrich and his collaborators approach every aspect of the tale, from the world-building to the slapstick dog gags, with gusto. Taking a page out of the traditional Disney playbook, this is the first Pixar film to heavily rely on original songs, and they're stunners. The sequence built around "Remember Me," the Oscar-winning song performed by multiple characters, belongs in Pixar's tearjerker Hall of Fame.
Incredibles 2 (2018)
After over a decade in hiding, Brad Bird's Incredibles, a superpowered family of neurotic do-gooders, return for a sequel that takes a little while to get going but still delivers the visual goods from characters you know and love. As Elastigirl goes on a mission and Mr. Incredible must stay at home to fulfill domestic responsibilities, the characters' skills are put to the test in a variety of fun action sequences. It may have taken 10 years, but the follow-up was worth the wait.
Taking on the iconic role of Mary Poppins, who's pretty much synonymous with Julie Andrews, sounds like a heavy task. Emily Blunt fills the whimsical nanny's shoes with ease, though, and gives the Broadway-musical-sized sequel to the Disney classic the right balance of nostalgia and excitement to tell a new chapter in the Banks family's story. Here, Michael and Emily Banks are all grown up, and Mary finds it necessary to descend via umbrella from the sky down to earth to look after Michael's children during a crisis. Magic -- in the form of charmed bathtubs and wondrous circuses -- abounds, of course, when the spoon full of sugar goes down.
Meet the Robinsons (2007)
One of Disney’s mid-2000s entries is its oddest, but Meet the Robinsons also happens to be the most genuine look at family of their recent animated releases. The fun, sci-fi feature is about the time traveling adventure of a young orphaned boy named Lewis who builds a time machine with the intention of seeing his birth mother for the first time. But when his science experiment doesn’t go as planned, he meets a boy from the future who tells him that an evil man is after him and his invention, which leads him on a journey to 2037 to escape, eventually meeting the boy's family while hiding in the future. Among the sincere revelations about Lewis’ past, present, and future, the whole cast of characters is very imaginative, making you eager to meet the Robinsons yourself, and give your own family a call. It’s impossible this film won’t warm your heart.
Like everything else, sports were elevated to another level of competition during the Cold War, and the Olympics were like the final showdown between the US and the Soviet Union in the percolating nuclear fallout. The 1980 Olympic hockey tournament between the favored-to-win, four-time gold medalists Soviets and America's hodgepodge team was no different. The real-life underdog story is documented in 2004’s Miracle, chronicling the Americans' preparation for the games, lead by the unorthodox, inspired coaching of college hockey coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell), culminating in the "Miracle on Ice" during the semi-final match. Miracle is a remarkable, triumphant look at one team’s determination in a particularly contested period in history.
National Treasure (2004)
It's no Mandy, but Natty Treasure is Nic Cage at his ironic peak as a historical cryptographer (and, let's be real, conspiracy theorist) in this clue-filled jaunt to save the Declaration of Independence from his treasure-hunting rival (played by a very blonde Sean Bean) by preemptively stealing it. It's not necessarily a good movie, per se, with its convenient coincidences, absurd dialogue, and sheer implausibility, but 15 years on, it's an even more perfect satire of goofy pro-America word salad, even if director John Tuteltaub didn't intend it. If you're unconvinced National Treasure is worth your precious time, Nic Cage saying, "I'm gonna steal the Declaration of Independence" should do it.
The Princess and the Frog is a return to form for the Disney: It's one of the House of Mouse's last hand-drawn films, it reimagines an existing fairytale, and helped move Disney forward by (finally) being the first animated feature with a black princess. The film transports a familiar story down to the New Orleans bayou, where a witch doctor turns a prince into a frog, and inadvertently gets an ambitious young waitress named Tiana (and Disney's first-ever black princess) caught up in the voodoo mysticism. The spirited animation and music will call back Disney's Golden Age, but based on its Jazz Age and Creole references, this has its own flare, too.
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
The sequel to Wreck-It Ralph manages to outdo the original by offering some savvy commentary on the way we live now by taking its video game heroes into the World Wide Web. But don't worry it's still wonderful to watch the mismatched pair Ralph (John C. Reilly) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) traipse through this digital landscape with not-embarrassing personifications of internet tools like viruses and search functions. Plus, there's a truly great song, and oddball creations like academic search engine and a little blob named Gord.
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Saving Mr. Banks peers behind Disney's doors to tell a sort of true account of one of Walt Disney's most tireless efforts: securing the rights to adapt Mary Poppins from the children's book author herself, P.L. Travers. Classic good guy Tom Hanks takes on Walt, imbuing an affable energy in his pursuit of convincing Travers, and Emma Thompson shines as she depicts the writer's internal conflict. While not a grand Disney blockbuster, Saving Mr. Banks offers a somewhat authentic look at the studio's old age inner-workings and the unique stories that make the ones on screen come life.
One of the few Tarzan adaptations that will have you wishing you were raised by apes, Disney's '99 version featured plenty of warm-and-fuzzy talking animals and an Oscar-winning soundtrack courtesy of Phil Collins. The visuals are some of the Mouse House's 2D finest, and Tony Goldwyn and Minnie Driver's voicing of Tarzan and Jane lends the 'toons some much-needed chemistry.
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)
Those who have read the book might not recognize the world created in the surrealist 2018 film, but the star-studded feature stands on its own as an artistic achievement. Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 novel was adapted into a decadent, 21st century sci-fi odyssey, with director Ava DuVernay maintaining the adventurous spirit of the source material while giving it a futuristic aesthetic in fauvist colors. Though A Wrinkle in Time is Disney’s proper entry into big-budget, live-action science-fiction, it is still a Disney film -- so even as your heart is thumping, you’ll also be holding back tears as Meg Murry goes on a journey through space and time to try to find her dead father.