The Winter Olympics are back on February 4th. The games are meant to encourage competition and cooperation between nations around the world. There are several movies on Disney+ that fit with the Olympic theme. Let’s take a look at some things to watch to get into the Winter Olympics mood.
This 2004 film tells the story of the US Olympic Hockey team and its improbable run to the gold medal at the 1980 games in Lake Placid, New York, USA. It’s an excellent film that perfectly encapsulates the underdog story. Granted, it’s very US-centric, so the international audience probably won’t love it in the same way. But the filmmakers hired hockey players and taught them how to act, making the hockey scenes much more believable.
2. COOL RUNNINGS
It’s another underdog story making its way to the Winter Olympics. “Cool Runnings” tells the story of the first bobsled team from Jamaica to qualify for the Winter Games back in 1988 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The shocking appearance of the tropical island nation fielding a team in the winter sport drives this film. Plus, the use of actual footage from their crash at the Olympics heightens the tension as the team earns the respect of their fellow competitors.
3. THE MIGHTY DUCKS (COLLECTION)
Bringing it back to hockey, Disney features some of the best children’s sports movies and TV shows around. The Mighty Ducks collection features three movies, a live action series and an animated series to get the viewer ready for the Winter Games. You can see the typical underdog story of a pee-wee hockey team that overcomes the odds to win the league title, that team taking on the best international pee-wee teams in the world or that team trying to make the Varsity hockey team in high school. Plus, you can see a new pee-wee team try to unseat the Ducks once the former underdogs are now the powerhouse. And, if you want to get wild, there’s a cartoon of actual ducks playing hockey. There are five options in this collection for the hockey fan.
“The Mighty Ducks”
“D2: The Mighty Ducks”
“D3: The Mighty Ducks”
“The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers”
“Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series”
4. JOHNNY TSUNAMI
This Disney Channel Original Movie gives you the best of both worlds. A Hawaiian surfer must move to the Northeastern United States when his father accepts a job in that region of the country. Now, the kid who grew up on the ocean learns to snowboard and takes on some of the biggest bullies at his new prep school.
5. GO FIGURE
If figure skating is more your Winter Olympic sport, check out the 2005 Disney Channel Original Movie, “Go Figure.” Jordan Danger stars as a teenager who dreams of becoming a champion ice-skater and learns from a top Russian instructor at a nearby private school.
6. EDDIE THE EAGLE
This biopic tells the story of British skier Michael Edwards. In 1988, he became the first competitor in 60 years to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping.
THIS FILM NOT AVAILABLE ON DISNEY+ IN THE USA.
7. MICKEY AND FRIENDS SHORTS AND TV EPISODES
There are several shorts available on Disney+ that feature Mickey Mouse and his friends partaking in events that are connected to the Winter Olympics. There are also several episodes of TV shows featuring Mickey and Friends playing Winter Games. These include:
Goofy in “Olympic Champ”
Goofy in “The Art of Skiing”
“Mickey Mouse On Ice”
“Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”
“Mickey and the Roadster Racers”
“The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse”
“Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures”
“Mickey Mouse Funhouse”
8. FROZEN (COLLECTION)
This isn’t a sports film, but all of the “Frozen” content will definitely get you in the Winter spirit, which is an important part of the Winter Olympics. There are 11 options in this collection for the “Frozen” fan:
“Into the Unknown: The Making of Frozen II”
“Olaf’s Frozen Adventure”
“Once Upon A Snowman”
“Myth: A Frozen Tale”
“LEGO: Frozen Northern Lights”
“Arrendale Castle Yule Log”
“Arrendale Castle Yule Log: Cut Paper Edition”
9. ICE AGE (COLLECTION)
Lastly, you can go back in time for some prehistoric fun in the winter weather with the “Ice Age” collection. Follow this collection of loveable creatures as they go many different adventures. There are 8 options to choose from in this collection:
“Ice Age: The Meltdown”
“Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs”
“Ice Age: Continental Drift”
“Ice Age: Collision Course”
“Ice Age: The Adventures of Buck Wild”
“Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas”
“Ice Age: The Great EGGscapade”
Let us know what you’ll be watching to get into the Winter Olympics spirit. Plus, if you have any other suggestions we’d love to hear them.