In case you still need a reason to subscribe to Walt Disney’s streaming service, Disney+, the Mouse House has given you over 200 of them. Earlier today, the Disney+ Twitter account reeled off a long, long, long list of all the content that will be available on the platform when it launches Nov. 12. That list includes original dramatic shows like the hugely anticipated Star Wars series The Mandalorian, original reality programs like Encore! and original movies like a live-action version of Lady and the Tramp. But Disney also wants you to know that you’ll be able to dig deep into the studio’s legendary vault to find back catalogue titles that won’t be streaming anywhere else: think such vintage movies and series as Ice Princess, That’s So Raven and That Darn Cat — the 1965 and 1997 versions.
But That Darn Cat just scratches the surface of the deep cut Disney Vault movie titles that Disney+ will have at launch. Disney fans on Twitter have spent the day combing through the announced titles, 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 starting Nov. 12, 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
— Ryan Littlefield (@RyanLittlefiel7) October 14, 2019
the number of people only now learning about the computer wore tennis shoes is frankly shocking
— Rollin Bishop (@rollinbishop) October 14, 2019
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.
Ok yeah, its a heck of a lineup…but call me when @disneyplus announces Condorman.
(This will be my ONE Disney+ joke)
— Devil Fleming (@dfdfleming) October 14, 2019
Over 600 titles and no Condorman?!
— Joe Marchese (@ItsJoeMarchese) October 14, 2019
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.
— Sarah Beth Durst (@sarahbethdurst) October 14, 2019
#DisneyPlus My first week of watching on Nov. 12th
The Cat from Outer Space
Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994)
X-Men: The Animated Series
The Black Hole
What is your list?
— Michael Green (@hucgreen) October 14, 2019
If the Cat from Outer Space series reboot starting Phoebe Waller-Bridge as the space cat and Brian Cox as the evil can of intergalactic tuna doesn’t arrive at Disney + in a year then I think we can all agree it’s a shameful missed opportunity. pic.twitter.com/i1UpBmeslL
— Boo Wolkoff👻 (@flying_lobster) October 14, 2019
Most-Wanted: The Watcher in the Woods (1980)
Disney cartoons have their fair share of scary moments, but The Watcher in the Woods remains the studio’s most famous dip into full-fledged horror. The movie was famously pulled from theaters days after its initial premiere to tone down the scares. Even in its neutered form, though, The Watcher in the Woods remained a formative scary movie experience for an entire generation. Too bad they won’t be able to scare their own kids by “accidentally” playing it on Disney+
While I love the Disney+ announcements, there is one obscure Disney film I didn’t see I hope gets added later.
The Watcher in the Woods
Can’t imagine why Disney would be nervous to add it…https://t.co/2GSRgYrxkJ
— Ant 🎃🎃🎃 It’s Halloween Month!!! (@AGramuglia) October 14, 2019
Things Disney is apparently to Cowardly to put on their streaming service :
SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
WATCHER IN THE WOODS
THE TOWER OF TERROR MOVIE
Imma be binging SO WEIRD but I see y’all.
— Trickster-Requiem-Belle (@Tricksterbelle) October 14, 2019
Must-See: Gus (1976)
Move over, Air Bud: the original sports-playing animal is back to score some touchdowns. Don Knotts made better movies during his long tenure at Disney, but none are as weird as the one where a professional football team fields a donkey as its place kicker and everyone is just OK with it.
If Gus, a movie about a field goal kicking donkey, doesn’t seal the deal for you buying Disney+ I don’t know what will. I’m only half joking about this. https://t.co/RWVss2qxAt
— Fido (@Fido1084) October 14, 2019
Disney Plus has far more Don Knotts feature films than any single online streaming service should ever make available at once.
— Mercury Crusader (@MercuryCrusader) October 14, 2019
Most-Wanted? Song of the South (1946)
It’s been known for a while now that Song of the South was never going to be part of the Disney+ lineup. But the debate over where when and how the controversial film should emerge from the Disney vault — or if it ever should — flared up again today. Those who are advocating for the film’s release argue that it’s better for Disney to examine its history rather than ignore it, and point to Warner Bros.’s Looney Tunes collections as an example for how to contextualize older cartoons that are deeply offensive today. On the other hand, there’s a strong case to be made that no good can come from making a movie with such a troubled legacy, and painful portrayals, on a streaming service aimed at children.
Lmao they won’t include Song of the South but they’ll include The Reluctant Dragon, a movie that had racist black caricature artwork in it and a guy obsessing over the zebra centaur statue https://t.co/27Hidrz5Dh
— 🇭🇰🍫Ty🍬🎃 (@crocsushi) October 14, 2019
i can guarantee anyone advocating to see song of the south go on the streaming service for “education” or “transparency” reasons doesnt understand what it would mean to be a black person having to scroll past a movie with literal slaves on an app they are financially supporting.
— [ ] (@nwmnsown) October 14, 2019
Song of the South has been largely forgotten despite being a huge box office success, winning an Oscar for best song, and living on in Disneyland’s Splash Mountain. Disney doesn’t bring it up much, because, you know, the movie is super problematic and pretty racist.
— (((peter hanink))) (@phanink) October 14, 2019
Here’s my issue about removing Song of the South: as a film archivist, sanitizing film history seems dishonest.
— Yonah Bex (@remembrancermx) October 14, 2019
not saying Song of the South should be released on Disney’s streaming service of all things, but Disney should stop acting like it didn’t happen and release it for historic and educational reasons like Warner Bros has.
— belle (@mintfoam) October 14, 2019
Disney+ launches on Nov. 12.
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