As we reach that weird time between Christmas Day and New Years, there are plenty of shows and movies available on Disney+ to enjoy during the holidays. So here are some of my recommendations of what to watch on Disney+:
This brand new animated movie from Pixar was added to Disney+ on Christmas Day and is the must-watch of the week. The movie was originally supposed to be released in cinemas in June, before being delayed to November, before shifting over to Disney+. The movie tells the story of Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx), who is a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (voice of Tina Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions. It’s easily one of the best movies of 2020.
This short would have originally been released alongside “Soul” in cinemas and it also made its Disney+ debut on Christmas Day. This short tells the story of a young rabbit embarks on a journey to dig the burrow of her dreams, despite not having a clue what she’s doing. Rather than reveal to her neighbors her imperfections, she digs herself deeper and deeper into trouble. After hitting (bed)rock bottom, she learns there is no shame in asking for help. “Burrow” is such a lovely traditional short that is one of my favourite shorts of the year.
If you haven’t already checked out the Disney+ Original movie “Safety” this month, I can’t recommend this film enough. It’s a drama inspired by the empowering story of former Clemson University football safety Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves), a young man facing a series of challenging circumstances, whose dedication and persistence help him to triumph over repeated adversities. Aided by his teammates and the Clemson community, he succeeds on the field while simultaneously raising and caring for his 11-year-old brother Fahmarr (Thaddeus J. Mixson). Don’t make the mistake I made in thinking this is a “sports” movie, it’s about the brothers and their struggles, not about winning a football game!
If you enjoyed “Soul”, it might have reminded you of the excellent Pixar movie, “Inside Out”, which was also directed by Pete Docter. So why not take a trip down memory lane and re-watch “Inside Out”, which tells the story of Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), who is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions — led by Joy (Amy Poehler) — try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust.
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian
This week, Disney added a new episode of Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, which focuses on the making of the second season. Due to the problems with Covid, there is only one episode and it doesn’t include any of the round table segments from the first season of the show. If you loved the second season of “The Mandalorian” and want to know more about how they made it, this is an easy recommendation. It’s worth it just to see director Robert Rodriguez chilling out with Grogu playing his guitar.
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.