If you’re looking for some inspiration or ideas for movies to watch on Disney+ this Father’s Day, here are a few suggestions of some of the more “fatherly” movies that are available.
The Lion King
The original animated classic is still my favourite Disney movie of all time; the music is terrific and iconic. It’s one of Disney’s most memorable animated classics, that tells the story of a young lion cub named Simba, who just can’t wait to be king. But his uncle Scar, craves the title for himself and will stop at nothing to get it, leading to Simba being banished from his home, only to return years later when his pride need him. A fantastic movie, which shows on many different levels, the love of a father and how they can have an impact, years later.
When a young clownfish called Nemo, is unexpectedly taken from his Great Barrier Reef home to a dentist’s office aquarium. It’s up to his worrisome father Marlin and a friendly but forgetful fish Dory to bring Nemo home — meeting vegetarian sharks, surfer dude turtles, hypnotic jellyfish, hungry seagulls, and more along the way. This is another fine example of how a father will do anything for his children. And if you love this, check out its sequel Finding Dory.
Pixar’s latest animated smash, Onward, is set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on an extraordinary quest to spend one day with their late father. This is a lovely story about two boys who miss their father and want nothing more than some more time with him. Onward will no doubt leave you wiping away the tears.
Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
A classic family comedy from the 1980s, Honey I Shrunk The Kids tells the story of a scientist father who accidentally shrinks his two children and two other neighbourhood teens to the size of insects. Which results in the teens fighting diminutive dangers as the father searches for them. This movie shows what a father is willing to do to save his children.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
After a successful mission, Quill and his team of galactic defenders meet Ego, a man claiming to be Quill’s father. However, they soon learn some disturbing truths about Ego. This might not be your typical movie about the love of a father, but if you watch it with your Dad, they might prefer it!
Beauty and the Beast
This classic animated hit is one of the most popular Disney movies for a generation. It follows the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman who finds herself in the castle of a prince who’s been turned into a mysterious beast. With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff, Belle soon learns the most important lesson of all — that true beauty comes from within. Belle’s father Maurice (voice of Rex Everhart) is a major part of the story and Belle’s love for her father has a major impact on where the story goes. And there is also a live-action version featuring Emma Watson available, should you want to double-dip!
This animated great from Pixar delivers a simple superhero story that is perfect for all ages. Bob Parr has given up his superhero days to log in time as an insurance adjuster and raise his three children with his formerly heroic wife in suburbia. But when he receives a mysterious assignment, it’s time to get back into costume. Mr Incredible does everything he can to be the best husband and father he can be. The awesome sequel is also available in some regions as well!
The Little Mermaid
This colourful adventure tells the story of an impetuous mermaid princess named Ariel who falls in love with the very human Prince Eric and puts everything on the line for the chance to be with him. Memorable songs and characters — including the villainous sea witch Ursula. Unfortunately, she doesn’t get on with her father, King Triton (voice of Kenneth Mars), but he shows how much of a loving father he is, even if his tough love doesn’t work.
For adults, Up features one of the most heartbreaking scenes in a Disney movie and one that left me in tears. The film tells the story of Carl Fredricksen, who has spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life. While Carl might not be Russell’s biological father, he soon cares for him as his own, doing anything he needs too, to keep Russell safe. A heartbreaking movie, but a must-watch.
Final Option …… Let Dad choose!
If you are going to be spending some time with your father watching movies on Disney+, why not give them the choice of what they want to watch? Here are a few movies they might be more interested in:
- Star Wars: A New Hope
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- John Carter
- National Treasure
This will no doubt be a bigger gesture than picking something for them!
What are you going to watch with your Dad on Father’s Day?