The Walt Disney Company has announced that they’re getting ready to roll out their own stand-alone streaming service called Disney+, where all of their content will be streamed exclusively. This means that anything that falls under Marvel, National Geographic, Pixar and, of course, Disney will be removed from Netflix sometime in 2019. Disney has been quiet about exactly when the titles will disappear, so that leaves a loose deadline on how long you have left to watch some Disney faves. Here’s a guide to what’s worth watching (and rewatching) before they’re gone.
A Marvel movie about a single super hero that carried a lot of passengers on it’s hype train. The Black Panther, named T’Challa, returns home to the fictional African nation Wakanda to become king. This superhero drama pays homage to tribal traditions while also showcasing impressive technological advancements. There’s only three things to say: Black empowerment, women in STEM, and “Wakanda Forever.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
It’s funny, witty, and nostalgic. It’s worth a second watch. If you’re in the mood for a superhero movie that makes you laugh, this gives you the best bang for your Netflix-buck. In the film, you also get more of main character Star-Lord’s origin story, and if you love good character development this gives you new insight into everyone’s favorite half-alien hero.
Anyone can enjoy the adventures of the demigod Hercules, but his strength and brawns were mimicked and loved by many 90’s kids. Follow along his journey back to Olympus, as he goes from zero to hero. Disney has a very specific formula, and they deliver their message well in this classic: be a good person, even when fame blinds you. Of course there’s a love interest, and narrators like the Muses. But let’s be real, Pegasus steals the show as the sassy animal sidekick.
This animated classic is Disney’s way of giving the world a princess that can kick butt (although she’s not technically a princess). It’s female empowerment cloaked in Disney’s princess formula with a love interest, animal sidekicks, and bravery. You’re reunited with Mulan’s story, where she takes her father’s place in the army disguised as a man during a time when women weren’t allowed to fight. The film’s iconic scenes and music will take you back, and you’ll see how great it still is today.
The universe of this huge movie franchise spans decades, with one of the latest installments, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), remaining available for one more year. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) has a shorter lifespan on the streaming service, with rumors saying it will be removed January 2019. In order to stay up-to-date with next year’s installments of the Star Wars saga, re-watching these films is a must, so take advantage of streaming them while you can!
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
It’s the curse you love to watch. See Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow kick off the Pirates of Caribbean series in The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). Pirates go on a rampage at Port Royal, and kidnap the governor’s daughter Elizabeth (the kick-butt character played by Keira Knightley). A blacksmith, played by heart-throb Orlando Bloom, partners up with the Captain and goes on an adventure to rescue Elizabeth. The movie was originally inspired by theme park rides, but since it’s release you can now see Captain Jack Sparrow on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Magic Kingdom. Unfortunately, the latest installments of the series aren’t on Netflix, but what’s better than the original?
Since Disney+ is set to release in late 2019, make sure to give these picks a watch before they’re gone. Whether you’ve seen them a million times, or you’re watching for the first time, take advantage of their Netflix spots while you can.
By Gabriella Nuñez