Disney+ continues to pad out its already large catalog of movies, with the last couple of months putting out a variety of projects from different genres. Up until now, Marvel-related projects have been the big names padding out the platform’s library, but there are some engaging documentaries and family movies to enjoy as well.
Updated on October 1st, 2022 by Guillermo Kurten: October is going to be another fairly slim month when it comes to new movies on Disney+, as newer TV shows like She-Hulk and Andor are poised to take up the lion’s share of the spotlight. However, there are at least some fun family-friendly movies being added, which include an animated Marvel feature, a modernized rendition of a cartoon icon, and an early 2000s classic.
Hulk: Where Monster Dwell (2016)
While Marvel isn’t as known on the animation movie front as DC might be, there is still the occasional feature from the company worth enjoying. Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell sees the Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange recruit Bruce Banner to help him quell a monster rampage as the Hulk on Halloween night.
It takes place in its own Marvel Animated Universe and is a creative way to incorporate the Green Goliath into the comic book publisher’s more supernatural and occult corners of its world. The timing is great as well, with Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell being added to Disney+ on October 28th to capitalize on the Halloween season.
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
2015’s The Peanuts Movie was the first movie in the franchise in 35 years, and the critical reception was more than warm to its theatrical return. Blue Sky Studios’ movie was a wonderful CG-animated rendition of Charlie Brown and co.’s world, with the story following the beloved protagonist as he attempts to win the heart of The Little Red-Haired Girl, with Snoopy and Woodstock helping him out.
Meanwhile, though, Snoopy takes on his own endeavor of writing a book where he’s a World War I Flying Ace. For audiences of all ages, it’s tough not to be charmed by The Peanuts Movie. Its tasteful use of nostalgia, beautiful art direction, and endearing characters all combine for a classic family-friendly story. The Peanuts Movie will be added to Disney+ on October 7th.
A 2000s classic, Drumline stars Nick Cannon as a young man attending Southern HBCU to take part in the school’s competitive marching band program. Cannon’s character Devon Miles, aiming to be part of the drumline, then clashes with the leader of the school’s drum section.
The movie’s overall story might be admittedly generic by today’s standards, but it at least remains a nostalgic and entertaining coming-of-age teen drama thanks to its performances and band sequences that are hard not to find upbeat. Drumline will be added to Disney+ on October 7th.
Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson has already made her mark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe through Ms. Marvel, but this month she’ll star in an inventive Disney+ original short film. Directed by the Emmy-winning Elijah Alan-Blitz, Remembering follows the story of a writer who loses a crucial idea after her phone rings.
The idea is personified as a gold light, with the writer’s inner child going on an adventure to recover her idea. It’s an interesting premise for a short film, and what makes it even more creative is the Augmented Reality companion app audiences can use to interact with the movie’s World of Imagination. Remembering premieres on September 8th.
Thor: Love And Thunder (2022)
Taika Waititi’s follow-up to Ragnarok is the latest movie added to the already packed Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor: Love and Thunder sees the titular God of Thunder continue on his soul-searching quest across the galaxy following the events of Avengers: Endgame. And in a major addition to the supporting cast, Natalie Portman returns as Jane Foster in a loose adaptation of her origins as Mighty Thor while she battles cancer.
It’s certainly one of the most divisive movies in the franchise, as its lukewarm reception cited Love and Thunder as leaning too hard on the humor of its predecessor over character drama. Nonetheless, for those that are simply looking for a colorful romp, Love and Thunder should be a lighthearted and casual experience at home when it’s added on September 8th.
While the Toy Story main series seemingly wrapped with 4, Disney Pixar decided to take the famed Buzz Lightyear and make a solo movie around him. Lightyear takes a sci-themed spin on the beloved character and gives him an origin story, with the titular spaceman marooned on a hostile planet with his crew and seeking to find a way back home.
Expectedly, the notorious Zurg is on their trail as the villain. The movie was generally well-received for its colorful cast performances and stunning animation work — as expected from Pixar — even if some felt it was a by-the-numbers origin tale. Lightyear will be available to stream on August 3rd.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (2022)
Sam Raimi — of the original Spider-Man trilogy — returned to Marvel and the superhero genre with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The movie was somewhat divisive, but still earned a moderately positive critical reception overall thanks to Raimi’s distinctive brand of directing and horror-themed prowess thankfully shining through.
It’s one of the bolder MCU endeavors in recent years, and many fans will likely be wondering if Multiverse of Madness was Kevin Feige and co. testing the waters of getting more inventive in the future. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness also leaves some intriguing hints for the future.
Turning Red (2022)
Disney Pixar is widely known for its exceptional animated movies, and they’re set to release their next endeavor on March 11th. Turning Red is a coming-of-age family comedy about a young girl named Mei Lee who’s struggling with her identity as she approaches adolescence.
Her naturally excitable nature as a 13-year-old causes her to turn into a giant red panda, but Mei is also trying to remain the obedient daughter her overprotective mother has known her as. Turning Red has a promising cast, with the Golden Globe-winning Sandra Oh playing the role of Mei Lee’s mother, Ming.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Added at the beginning of January, then-Fox’s X-Men: First Class still holds up as one of the best live-action endeavors for the mutant heroes. The X-Men have always had a layer of tragedy in the comics, and First Class balances a great origin story with an emotionally impactful chronicling of the team’s first — and major — ideological rift.
Part of striking that perfect thematic blend was thanks to its exceptional cast, with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender offering two more iconic incarnations of Professor X and Magneto. While this series fizzled out once it got to Apocalypse, First Class is a welcome addition to Disney+’s Marvel legacy catalog along with its acclaimed direct sequel, Days of Future Past.
Originally released in theaters late last year, Disney’s Encanto brought back the animated musical-comedy for a vibrant multigenerational story about the Latin-American experience. More specifically, the movie is set in a rural town in Colombia, wrapped with an atmosphere of magical realism akin to author Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude.
Encanto follows Mirabel Madrigal as she sets out to discover why her family is at risk of losing their magical abilities used to help their community. The movie’s emotional impact and exploration of themes concerning emotional trauma were well-received from a narrative perspective, while its musical aspect and stunning art design were acclaimed on the visual front. All of these elements combined and made Encanto one of the greatest animated movies of 2021.