If you’re looking for something to watch on Disney+ this weekend, maybe you’ve had enough Turkey and family to last you for a few weeks, so you want something different to watch, or perhaps, even more likely, now you’re feeling in the holiday spirit and want to go even deeper into the holiday content, here are my top suggestions of what to watch on Disney+ and Hulu this weekend.
Christmas With Walt Disney
Fans have been demanding more Walt on Disney+, and this week, a documentary from the Walt Disney Museum has finally been given a wide global release on Disney+. In this special, Walt Disney’s Christmases past are remembered in this special holiday screening that includes Walt’s “Nutcracker Suite” from Fantasia (1940), Puto’s Christmas Tree (1952), scenes from the television Christmas specials, and rarely seen home movies of Walt at home with his family. You also get to see how Walt celebrated this beloved holiday at the Studio, at Disneyland, and at home. This is a lovely little trip to the past to see the classic Disney, that just doesn’t exist in the same way today.
Doctor Who – The Star Beast
The first of three 60th anniversary specials will reunite the Fourteenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Donna Temple-Noble (Catherine Tate). In this first special, The Doctor is caught in a fight to the death as a spaceship crash-lands on London. But as the battle wreaks havoc, destiny is converging on the Doctor’s old friend, Donna. As someone who loved the David Tennant era of “Doctor Who”, this special was like slipping back into a lovely well worn pair of slippers and I loved it!
This brand new special arrives on Disney+ globally and the BBC in the UK on Saturday at 10:30am PT/ 1:30 PT ET.
The Naughty Nine
In this brand new Disney Original Movie, “The Naughty Nine,” is about a mischievous fifth grader Andy finds himself without a present from Santa on Christmas morning. Realizing he must have landed on the “naughty list” and feeling unfairly maligned, Andy pulls together a team of eight other “naughty listers” to help him execute an elaborate heist in Santa’s Village at the North Pole to get the presents they feel they deserve. Along the way, the group comes to realize that the very best way off the naughty list is to redirect their unique talents for good ― instead of mischief. If you want a easy straight-to-stream holiday film for kids and the whole family, this one should be added to your holiday watch list.
Incredible Animal Journeys
Earlier this week, a brand new six-episode documentary series from National Geographic was released on Hulu and on Disney+ around the world and it is narrated by Jeremy Renner. We might think we are the world’s greatest explorers, but we’re not. Every day, millions of animals migrate across the planet using routes passed down by generations.
“Incredible Animal Journeys” puts viewers in the action as they soar, fly and swim from the Antarctic to the African Savanna and the Pacific Ocean to Alaska. Join the protective humpback mom shepherding her newborn calf, tiny dung beetle, monarch butterfly, determined barn swallow who never gives up, and many more species. Using the Earth’s magnetic field, stars, moon and ocean currents in the sea and their innate senses on land, these travelers find food, mates, and their way across thousands of miles during their lifetime. So if you’re looking for something less Christmasy, this one might be a good palette cleanser.
A Haunting In Venice
This past Wednesday, Disney added the latest Agatha Christie movie from 20th Century Studios onto Disney+ in the UK (it was added to Hulu last month in time for Halloween), and this will be my Sunday afternoon movie, since I missed it in cinemas. Plus, it’s about as far away from the holidays as possible.
The film is set in eerie, post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve and is a terrifying mystery featuring the return of the celebrated sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Now retired and living in self-imposed exile in the world’s most glamorous city, Poirot reluctantly attends a séance at a decaying, haunted palazzo. When one of the guests is murdered, the detective is thrust into a sinister world of shadows and secrets.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.