Arts & Entertainment

Quick Guide to Disney+

by Dylan Ferguson–When Disney+ launched in North America it made available hundreds of films and thousands of television episodes that spanned the almost 100-year history of Disney.

With such a wealth of content, it may be hard to decide what to watch first. With this guide, your decisions on what to watch may just be a little easier.

Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga: With The Rise of Skywalker coming to theaters in December, now is the perfect time to catch up on the rest of the saga. Disney+ users are in luck, as Episodes I-VII are available now. While not every moment of the saga holds up (I’m looking at you, Jar Jar), each film in its own right is a worthy watch.

The Little Mermaid: 1989-1999 is considered to be the “Disney Renaissance” era, where the studio released big hit after big hit. One of my new personal favorites from this era is the film that started it all, The Little Mermaid. 30 years later, the film’s animation still holds up incredibly (especially with the 4K presentation), and still arguably has some of the catchiest songs in any Disney movie.

Iron Man: With Avengers: Endgame releasing earlier this year, it could be hard to remember just how far the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come. Featuring great action sequences, a more grounded yet still captivating story, and the humor signature to the MCU, Iron Man stands strong as a highlight of the decade’s long franchise.

The Mandalorian: Arguably the most hyped Disney+ Original, The Mandalorian tells the story of a bounty hunter between the events of Episodes VI and VII. Performances by Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, and Taika Waititi; written by Jon Favareau; and featuring a budget comparable to a mainline Star Wars film, The Mandalorian promises to tell another compelling story in a galaxy far far away.

The Simpsons: When Disney purchased 21st Century Fox earlier this year, the House of Mouse gained TV’s favorite family as well. All 30 seasons are available for viewing on the service. While the more recent seasons may not have the same quality of the past, the early seasons (2-9) are still just as fun and charming as ever, with moments of greatness littered throughout the entire run of the series.

Spider-Man: While the MCU’s interpretation of Spider-Man might not be available for viewing, there is still plenty of the web-slinger’s adventures to enjoy. Featuring a diverse set of storylines from the comics and appearances from heroes throughout Marvel Comics, the 1995 Spider-Man series remains just as fun as ever.

If none of those options interest you, don’t fret. A library that boasts Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, and National Geographic, Disney+ promises to offer something for everyone.

Disney+ is available now for $6.99 per month, with a free 7-day trial available to new subscribers.  

November 25, 2019