(SPOT.ph) After years of missing out on Baby Yoda memes, Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity, and a platform to support Pinay queen Olivia Rodrigo, Filipino fans of the Mouse House will finally be able to stream Disney+ content when the streaming service officially launches on November 17.
Now, now, a whole new world of movies and shows may seem daunting, especially with the company bringing together the entertainment franchises of Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, National Geographic, and more under the roof of its castle. That’s why we got you covered with the 10 titles you need to bump to the top of your Disney to-do list.
Here are 10 must-watch Disney Plus movies and shows:
WandaVision (Limited Series)
The nine-episode WandaVision isn’t just the first title of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four. It’s also the first series directly produced by Marvel Studios itself, so safe to say you’ll feel the same care for its characters as is evident in their movies. The series puts a focus on the two of the most powerful (but also most overlooked) Avengers, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and the Vision (Paul Bettany), through the lens of sitcom television. Yup, almost every episode acts as an homage to different genres of sitcoms; everything from the Dick Van Dyke ‘50s era to the aptly titled Modern Family era. Even if you’re not a Marvel fan, this’d be a worthwhile limited series to hop onto.
While WandaVision may be a show that appeals to both Marvel fans and casual Disney watchers, Loki looks to be a Marvel show for Marvel fans. Following the exploits of Avengers: Endgame’s Loki (Tom Hiddleston)–you know, the one who stole the Tesseract and never got to go on his redemption arc of later films–the six-episode series is the first in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to truly explore the Multiverse. Given that Phases Four through Six are collectively titled “The Multiverse Saga,” this is a series you wouldn’t want to miss. However, it’s not just homework. The series includes fun side characters like Owen Wilson’s Mobius M. Mobius (the other “M.” also stands for Mobius), Miss Minutes, and a plethora of other Loki’s. Sound chaotic? Nothing more fitting for the God of Mischief.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Series)
When Disney bought Lucasfilm and Star Wars over 10 years ago now, the deal put an end to the continuation of the Cartoon Network animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which was creator George Lucas’ last fully fleshed out contribution to the universe. Thankfully, Disney revived the fan-favorite series for a final season that dropped on Disney+. The seven-season series explores the period in between the beginning of the Clone Wars in Episode II and Anakin’s turn to Darth Vader in Episode III. Ask most devoted Star Wars fans and they’ll tell you it’s an essential title to get to know the universe, as it introduces beloved characters, enrichens histories and lore, and explores deep concepts that the films don’t get to. If you’re not sold yet, just know that the final season explores what Darth Maul was up to during the events of Revenge of the Sith. Yup, you can’t not witness it.
Yeah, yeah, everyone already knows that The Mandalorian and Obi-Wan Kenobi are the live-action Star Wars series to check out on Disney+. However, the buzz around Andor these days is that it’s the best thing to come out from Star Wars since Disney bought Lucasfilm, period. Mighty tall praise, but when word of mouth expounds upon this saying that it doesn’t rely on cameos from fan-favorite characters and, instead, focuses on telling a riveting political thriller about revolutionaries trying to take down a fascist government, then it all starts to make sense. Centered on Diego Luna’s Cassian Andor, the Rogue One prequel series is brought to us by the some of the filmmakers behind Nightcrawler, House of Cards, Black Mirror, and Boardwalk Empire. Need we say more?
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series
A must-watch original on Disney+ that doesn’t fall into either the Marvel or Star Wars pillars comes in the form of High School Musical… The Musical!... The Series. Cheeky title aside, the three-season series follows East High School students as they attempt to put on a musical stage production of the High School Musical movies. It’s your typical charming and witty high school dramedy series, with some throwbacks to the original trilogy, including cameo appearances from (as of now) Corbin Bleu and Lucas Grabeel. Oh, and a little-known indie artist by the name of Olivia Rodrigo got her start on this series. Not sure what she’s up to now, though…
We don’t talk about Bruno. No, seriously, we don’t. Bruno is silencio-ed in Disney and Pixar’s Luca. While you’d get a taste of Colombian culture with Encanto and a symphony of sight and sound with Soul, we’d suggest taking on the picturesque coming-of-age film Luca if you’re looking for an animated adventure. Following two half-boy-half-sea monsters exploring the surface world of beautiful Italy, the animated film brings back the warm and free-spirited liveliness of youth. It’s a straightforward adventure flick where the two boys simply try to win a Vespa at a local town’s race. Like all Pixar films, you can expect that its true strength lies in the emotional bond that subtly builds between the unlikely friends, as well as us the audience.
Turning Red (Movie)
If you grew up in the early 2000’s, Turning Red should be the movie for you. The animated film follows 13-year-old overachiever Mei Lee as she navigates family pressures, friends, crushes, and puberty in 2002 Toronto. Oh, and she just so happens to turn into a giant red panda every time she gets overly emotional. (Who hasn’t? Am I right?) Boasting their own bangin' 2000’s vibe soundtrack (including their own version of a Backstreet Boys/NSYNC boy band), the film also tackles the buzzy thematic keyword of generational trauma. More specifically, Asian generational trauma. Complete with their own disapproving and overly protective Asian mom, voiced by Sandra Oh. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll turn red yourself.
Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers (Movie)
While we do love ourselves some good animated pictures, there’s nothing more satisfying than watching an entertaining and seamless live-action/animation hybrid. Think: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Looney Tunes: Back in Action but with all the colorful characters under the Disney monopoly–er, we mean umbrella–and a lot of tongue-and-cheek jabs at Hollywood as well. The film mixes live-action and both 2D and 3D animation for the full playfully immersive effect. Expecting nothing less from director Akiva Schaffer (yes, Akiva Schaffer of The Lonely Island), the animation’s ensemble is composed of many comedic talents including John Mulaney, Will Arnett, Flula Borg, Keegan-Michael Key, Seth Rogen, J. K. Simmons, of course, Andy Samberg, and plenty of other celebrity cameos.
Hocus Pocus 2 (Movie)
Halloween may be over, but there’s always room in our streaming calendar for kid-and-coward-friendly spooky movies. Take the lega-sequel Hocus Pocus 2 for example, with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy proving that the witch is back on the Disney (streaming) Channel. This sequel set almost 30 years after the original sees the accidental resurrection of the Sanderson Sisters, a trio of child-hungry witches looking to wreak havoc on the town of Salem. 27 Dresses and The Proposal director Anne Fletcher takes over directing duties on the film and seems to recapture the same goofball wit and family magic that made the original a childhood classic in the first place.
Finally, we have the film that drops on Disney+ a day after its Philippine launch, Disenchanted. The 2007 original film was always going to be a hit, given how it slammed together the worlds of fairytale stories and modern-day New York City. They just had the brilliant idea to stack the cast with the comedic and musical talents of Amy Adams, James Marsden, Idina Menzel, Susan Sarandon, and Patrick Dempsey. Well, the real-life fairytale world is back to explore the mundanities of life after “happily ever after.” Most of the original cast is back, with Maya Rudolph, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jayma Mays joining the frey. Especially with the return of legendary composer Alan Menken, fans of Disney musicals would not want to miss this.