The weirdest movies you can watch on Disney+ and the ones you can’t (yet)
In case you still need a reason to subscribe to Walt Disney’s streaming service, the Mouse House has literally hundreds of them. After months of hype, Disney+ officially launched on Nov. 12, with a line-up of new shows like the hugely anticipated Star Wars series The Mandalorian, original reality programs like Encore!, as well as original movies like a live-action version of Lady and the Tramp. But the real jewel in the Disney+ crown has to be access to the studio’s enormous library of classic and cult titles dating all the way back to the very first Micke Mouse cartoon, “Steamboat Willie.” Instead of waiting for releases from the infamous Disney Vault, you’ll have movies and TV shows like Ice Princess, That’s So Raven and That Darn Cat — the 1965 and 1997 versions—instantly available at the click of a button.
It. Is. Time. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Mandalorian, check out basically everything coming to #DisneyPlus in the U.S. on November 12.
But That Darn Cat just scratches the surface of the deep cut titles that are available to subscribers now. Disney fans on Twitter have combed through the selections, marveling at what will be freshly available — and which are still hidden from public viewing for now. Here’s a round-up of the weirdest Disney movies you can watch now, and the ones you’ll have to experience again… or for the first time.
Must-Watch: The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
Before he was Jack Burton or Snake Plissken, Kurt Russell was Dexter Riley, a college student who gets a serious upgrade into a human computer courtesy of a short, sharp electrical shock. Probably the pinnacle of the actor’s Disney years, The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes is the kind of nutty retro-futurism we love about the ’60s.
The definitive ranking:
1. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
2. The Strongest Man in the World
3. The Barefoot Executive
Most-Wanted: Condorman (1981)
Michael Crawford may have won a Tony for playing the Phantom of the Opera, but in our hearts, he deserves an Oscar for suiting up as Condorman. Made in that odd era after Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie, but before Tim Burton’s Batman, Condorman was Disney’s attempt to launch an original square-jawed superhero in a suit that has to be seen to be believed. So it would be great if we could actually, you know, see it.
Must-See: The Cat From Outer Space (1978)
Keep your shaggy D.A.’s: we’ll stick with this intergalactic feline. Disney’s attempt to update its tried-and-true animal movie formula for the Star Wars era is a furry favorite of cat lovers around the globe.
Just saw the new Disney+ list, and it has 2 of the live-action Disney movies that I loved when I was a kid: Escape to Witch Mountain and The Cat from Outer Space. I watched them over and over. Perhaps this explains why I still really want both telekinesis and a talking cat.