For people who grew up with Disney, there’s nothing quite as comforting as the fairytale production logo that plays before each of their films. Without fail it welcomes you into Disney’s world, which, let’s be honest, is pretty damn idyllic. There are talking animals, castles, pirates, and princesses galore.
Disney is renowned for kid friendly, animated films like Frozen, The Lion King, and Finding Nemo as well as live-action giants like the Pirates of Caribbean series. Currently one of Hollywood’s “big six” film studios, Walt Disney Pictures was founded as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio in 1923. The company has received four nominations for Best Picture including nods for Mary Poppins (1964), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Up (2009), and Toy Story 3 (2010).
You don’t have to dive into your old box of VHS tapes to watch a Disney classic. Today, several of the studio’s most beloved titles can be found on Netflix. The streaming company signed a deal that made them the exclusive U.S. pay TV home outlet for Disney films. However, this deal only includes select movies, not Disney’s entire library.
Ready for a bit of Disney nostalgia? Check out the best Disney movies currently on Netflix.
1. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
The first and arguably the best in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, this film introduced the world to Johnny Depp’s eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow as he seeks revenge against Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Along with Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), who is trying to save his love, Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley), Sparrow looks to find and fight Barbossa and his army of undead pirates.
2. Tarzan (1999)
After plenty of reboots and spinoffs including 2016’s The Legend of Tarzan, it may pay to visit one of the story’s earliest animated films. Tarzan received praise from both critics and audiences for the film’s animation and dramatic musical score. At the time, the film was the most expensive animated film ever made and grossed $448.2 million worldwide. Stars like Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, and Rosie O’Donnell lent their voices to the film.
3. Lilo and Stitch
Long before Moana, there was the first Disney film set in Hawaii — Lilo and Stitch. The flick follows a young girl living with her sister who decides to adopt a very strange pet. She names him Stitch, and he gets into all kinds of trouble because, as it turns out, he’s an alien. Despite the galactic government closing in on them, Lilo and her sister prove that through the power of love and family, everyone belongs somewhere.
4. Zootopia (2016)
The newest film on this list was also the second-highest-grossing film of 2016 and the 24th-highest-grossing film of all time. The Disney animated feature follows Judy Hopps, a rabbit who works to fulfill her dream of becoming the first rabbit police officer in the metropolis of Zootopia. Despite graduating at the top of her class, she is stuck with parking duty, a job that introduces her to Nick, a wily fox who joins Judy as she solves a mysterious case. The film features the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, and Shakira.
5. An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000)
This sequel may not be as good as the original A Goofy Movie (1995), but it brings the always lovable Goofy and his son Max back to the big-screen. Max heads off to college, but to his embarrassment his dad loses his job and ends up enrolling at the same school. Having two Goofs on campus impairs Max’s desire to gain independence, and causes some friction between the father-son duo.
6. High School Musical (2006)
The film that skyrocketed the careers of Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale caused quite a scene when it was released in 2006. Inspiring several sequels, the film follows Troy (Efron), a small-town star athlete who falls for the nerdy beauty, Gabriella (Hudgens). The two audition for the upcoming school musical as the jealous Sharpay (Tisdale) tries to sabotage their chances.
7. The Jungle Book (2016)
While Disney’s seemingly endless parade of sequels, reboots, and live-action remakes is often cited as a symptom of Hollywood’s lack of creativity, The Jungle Book may actually one of those rare instances in which a remake outshines — or at least matches — the original. Utilizing motion-capture technology to bring the various talking animals to life, director Jon Favreau crafted a heartwarming story about an orphan boy raised by wolves. Although The Jungle Book didn’t take home any Oscars, it did garner a nomination for Best Achievement in Visual Effects.
8. Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997)
The sequel to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Honey, I Blew Up the Kid turns the tables on the initial stories. This time, instead of shrinking or blowing up his kids, inventor Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) shrinks himself, his wife, his brother, and his sister-in-law. The parents watch in horror as their kids throw a house party after thinking the adults have left them to fend for themselves. The film was a direct-to-video movie, but is a key installment for lovers of the trilogy.
Additional reporting by Becca Bleznak.
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