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15 Disney films to watch on Netflix before they leave for good

Disney is pulling all of its films from Netflix to launch its own streaming service, which means one thing: time to binge.

Walt Disney Studios has announced its intent to remove its titles from Netflix.  Disney plans to launch its own streaming service in 2019. Don’t freak out just yet because every title under Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures will remain available on Netflix through the end of 2018.  Disney’s upcoming platform will be home to all of its in-house films going forward, beginning with its 2019 theatrical slate.  The 2019 slate includes Toy Story 4, the feature film sequel to Frozen, and the live action adaptation of The Lion King.

On a (small) upside, Netflix is currently in “active discussions” with Disney to keep both Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios films after the Disney departure.  On a (bigger) upside, Marvel Television series such as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and the upcoming Defenders, are not going anywhere.  They will continue to be classed as Netflix Originals.  (That sure is swell!)

Below is a list of fifteen Disney films—currently in the Netflix library—that are worth binge watching while you can!  (I have included films by Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios in the list, you know, just in case.)

Moana

Disney's Moana

Moana tells the story of the only daughter to a Polynesian chief, chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess.  When her island’s crops fail and fishermen can no longer catch herring, Moana (Auliʻi Cravalho) learns that a legendary demigod named Maui (Dwayne Johnson) had caused the blight by stealing the relic from the goddess.  The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return the relic to the goddess; therefore, Moana sets sail across the Pacific in search of him to do so.  The film is based on stories from actual Polynesian mythology.

Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection

Disney's "Frozen Fever"

The Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection includes award-winning and beloved short films, featuring celebrated Oscar winner “Feast,” as well as Disney Princess favorites such as “Frozen Fever” and “Tangled Ever After.”  The collection includes all-new extras and interviews with the Disney Animation filmmakers themselves.

The Emperor’s New Groove

Disney's The Emperor's New Groove

In The Emperor’s New Groove, a self-centered South American emperor named Kuzco (David Spade) is turned into a llama by his power-hungry advisor, Yzma (Eartha Kitt), and her henchman, Kronk (Patrick Warburton). Kuzco is then forced to form an unlikely alliance with a peasant named Pacha (John Goodman), while embarking on a “groovy” adventure to regain his throne.  Kuzco eventually learns compassion through his developed friendship with Pacha.

Lilo & Stitch

Lilo & Stitch tells of a five-year-old Hawaiian native named Lilo (Daveigh Chase), who experiences difficulty adjusting to life upon her parents’ untimely death.  Meanwhile, Stitch (Chris Sanders), an alien criminal bent on destruction, escapes from a prison in space and crash lands a stolen spacecraft onto Earth, specifically on the island of Kauaʻi.  Stitch is then adopted as a pet by Lilo.  Little did she know, that he would be a big nuisance to her and to everyone in her presence!

Finding Dory

Finding Dory is the official sequel to Finding Nemo, which reunites our favorite forgetful blue tang fish (Ellen DeGeneres) with her friend, Marlin (Albert Brooks), and his son, Nemo (Hayden Rolence).  Together, they embark on a search for Dory’s long-lost parents and, along the way, learn about the real meaning of “family.”

Zootopia 

In a modern metropolis of anthropomorphic mammals, Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) becomes the first bunny on Zootopia’s police force.  Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the chance to crack her first case: a conspiracy within the city.  Along the way, she is forced to partner with a con artist, cynical fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman) to uncover the conspiracy.

The Jungle Book (2016)

Upon receiving a threat from a tiger named Shere Khan (Idris Elba), a feral child named Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is forced to flee the jungle in which he had been living in.  Mowgli then embarks on a journey of self-discovery, alongside a bear named Baloo (Bill Murray) and a panther named Bagheera (Ben Kingsley).  This live action adaptation of the 1967 film of the same name is engrossing to behold—it surprisingly improves upon its predecessor.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

While Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) is a freewheeling 17th century pirate who roams the Caribbean Sea, his former pirate ally, Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), is bent on pillaging the village of Port Royal.  While at it, Barbossa and his crew of undead pirates kidnap the Governor’s daughter (Keira Knightley).  A blacksmith named Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) eventually learns of her kidnapping, and teams up with Sparrow to help save his love from Sparrow’s rival buccaneers.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Scientist Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen) lives a peaceful life on a farm with his wife and young daughter, Jyn.  His peaceful existence is short-lived when the director of the Imperial Army’s Advanced Weapons Research division, Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn), takes him away from his beloved family.  Galen eventually becomes the Empire’s lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star.  Knowing that her father holds the blueprints to destroy the Death Star, a grown Jyn (Felicity Jones) joins forces with a spy, Cassian (Diego Luna), as well as other resistance fighters, to steal the plans for the Rebel Alliance.

Fantasia

The 1940 production of Fantasia had introduced classical music to several generations.  Its score includes rerecordings/selections from “Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565” by Johann Sebastian Bach, The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikowsky, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, Symphony No. 6 by Ludwig van Beethoven, and “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert.  Additionally, Fantasia was the first animated feature film to be released with stereophonic sound, dubbed “Fantasound” by Disney’s public relations.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Despite performing a successful Halloween, Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon) is bored with his job of scaring people and feels that his life in Halloweenland lacks meaning.  He wanders off, falling into Christmastown.  There, he decides to usurp Santa’s job of delivering toys to all of the children of the world, as well as spreading good cheer and love.

Doctor Strange

Dr. Stephen’s Strange’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) fortuitous and prominent life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands.  When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing in a mysterious enclave.  He learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against dark forces, unseen by the normal eye.  Strange is then forced to choose to leave behind his life to defend the world as a powerful sorcerer.

Pete’s Dragon (2016)

A reimagining of the cherished film of four decades past, Pete’s Dragon is of the adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) and his best friend, a dragon named Elliot.  Similar to the 2016 version of The Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon’s update gives the original a visual mend.

Fantasia 2000

Blending brilliant animation and lively music similar to its predecessor, Fantasia 2000 restores The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, alongside the addition of seven new shorts.

Captain America: Civil War

Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) leading the New Avengers in continued efforts to safeguard humanity.  Another Avengers-related incident, however, results in collateral damage (see: Battle of New York), forcing the team to abide by a newly formed system of accountability, headed by governing bodies.  The political interference in the Avengers’ safeguard efforts fractures the team, dividing them into two camps—one camp is led by Rogers, while the other is led by Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), both of whom surprisingly decide to support the government’s side.

What are your thoughts on Disney leaving Netflix?  Will you be subscribing to Disney’s upcoming streaming service?  Sound off, below!

(Featured image via TechZulu. Other images within article via The Walt Disney Company.)

(Disclaimer: Film descriptions were borrowed and summarized, if any, from the respective websites of The Walt Disney Company, alongside marvel.com and starwars.com.  All copyrights and other rights pertaining to the content and information presented in this article belong to The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Entertainment, LLC and Lucasfilm Ltd., LLC.)

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Christine Cenon

Christine has earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication with a concentration in Journalism, and has prior educational experience in screenwriting. Apart from writing for Pure Fandom, she is a contributing writer for FanBolt and Tell-Tale TV, and participates in roundtable interviews about Supergirl at TV After Dark. She also has two complete, unproduced screenplays under her belt.

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