Fall is a wonderful time to be a Disney fan, especially with releases like Andor and Werewolf By Night hitting Disney+. However, there are dozens of movies in and out of the magical streaming service that are sure to cater to fans’ autumn appetites like a steaming bowl of soup on a chilly day.
Halloween is the season for spooky movies like Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown, but there are plenty of Disney classics perfect for binging until Christmas. From cozy comfort-food films to long scenic walks through the Hundred Acre Wood, Disney has more than enough movies to accompany nights on the couch with popcorn and a hot mug of cocoa.
When most viewers think of this Disney classic, they often associate it with the “drip, drip, drop” of “Little April Showers,” a large portion of the film takes place in the autumnal months with painted trees and burning colors. Bambi might spend a memorable portion of the film as a young fawn in winter and spring with Thumper and Flower, but his more dynamic action takes place as an adult in the finale.
The climactic scene of the burning forest takes place right in the middle of hunting season as man returns to the forest with guns and greater numbers. Younger viewers might remember the cute little animals, but the cinemaphiles in the audience remember the Great Prince of the Forest rushing from a forest fire to save Faline.
The Fox And The Hound (1981)
Similar to Bambi, The Fox and the Hound is an autumn movie that utilizes both autumn and winter to establish its mood (although this film is more liable to make viewers cry than Bambi). Disney certainly have a way of creating beautiful forest scenes, but the countryside scenes in The Fox and the Hound have an undeniable warmth that just pulls the viewer in to a tremendous degree.
Not all Disney fans will want to join Chief and Copper on a hunting trip, but Widow Tweed’s cottage and farm look like something out of a Norman Rockwell Painting. The rustic setting and design choices are what give this movie its familiar and comforting flavor.
One thing that will almost always be associated with autumn is the presence of falling leaves. Since Pocahontas knows how to paint with all the colors of the wind and then some, she’s frequently accompanied by a gust of wind and a shower of colorful foliage in its path.
Pocahontas might not be the most accurate adaptation of the legend, but that’s not to say it doesn’t have at least some good points. It’s still wonderfully animated, has performances and a soundtrack an audience could expect from a Disney movie, and it comes with a nice helping of ’90s nostalgia.
Pixar’s melodious and macabre movie about the land of the dead comes with all the festive flavors of a Dia De Los Muertos celebration. The colors, sights, and sounds of Mexico paint a vibrant picture of both life and the afterlife in the world of Coco, and the spooky flavor of the skeletons and spirits are sure to ease viewers into a Halloween mood.
The use of the traditional Mexican holiday not only provides broader cultural representation to the Disney/Pixar banner, but gives audiences a different perspective associated with the October holidays. Its catchy tunes and lovable characters are enough to drive many fans “Un Poco Loco” this time of year.
The Tigger Movie (2000)
If there’s one Disney character who knows how to rock the warm, cozy, cottagecore movies better than anyone under the studio name, it’s Winnie the Pooh. Tigger might get top billing in this charming and delightful excursion to the Hundred Acre Wood, but it’s still in the silly old bear’s territory.
Right from the moment the pages of Pooh’s storybook opens, viewers are treated to a gorgeous golden autumn in the woods as Tigger bounces into all his friends while they are prepping for winter. The plot concerning the quest to find Tigger’s family tree is given a splash of zaniness from the titular tiger’s antics, but it’s the welcoming nature of both him and his friends that truly sells the show.
The Adventures of Ichabod And Mr. Toad (1949)
No October would be complete without a trip through Sleepy Hollow, and Disney’s version is one of the most famous and arguably the most accurate. That being said, a little time with J. Thaddeus Toad isn’t without its perks either. Both characters had their own wild rides, and it’s understandable to see why Disney put them together.
The Wind in the Willows definitely has its own brand of fun, but the reason to watch is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. At its core, the story and cartoon were created to be the perfect Halloween tale told around the campfire, making it a top-tier Disney movie for the spooky season.
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
While this underrated horror classic has yet to make its premiere on Disney+, it’s a gem that absolutely drips with an autumn twilight straight from the mind of Ray Bradbury. Halloween comes early to a sleepy little town when a creepy carnival led by a sinister ringmaster comes to town one cold October evening.
Once Upon a Time fans know, and Mr. Dark’s wishes-made-real come with a heavy cost. It’s a slow burn to be sure, but it’s one that will usher in Halloween with the greatest of ease.All magic comes at a price, as
Boo To You Too! Winnie The Pooh (1996)
Pooh comes back again with another cozy adventure, this time with an added Halloween flavor. While it’s certainly not a very scary Halloween special, Boo To You Too! Winnie The Pooh certainly introduces a slightly darker and creepier vibe to the Hundred Acre Wood.
A tale about Piglet overcoming his fears and joining his friends for trick-or-treating might sound simple, but It’s enough to stir up some nostalgic feelings for any Disney fan who dressed up and went out for candy every Halloween night. Halloween can be creepy, but it can also elicit a warm and fuzzy feeling inside as well.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Nightmare Before Christmas has been the quintessential Disney Halloween favorite for nearly 30 years now, and it’s one that lingers until the stockings are hung by the chimney with care. But of course, given the fact that it isn’t a strictly Halloween movie gives it a lot of wiggle room. That being said, it casts a lot of autumn vibes before Jack tumbles into Christmas Town.
The film is home to the spooky, scary, and silly world of Halloween creatures, but it’s also a place of autumn leaves, sun trickling in through the trees of the hinterlands, and steaming bowls of frog’s breath soup. With that in mind, it’s still a time-honored Halloween tradition for many Disney fans.
Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin (1997)
“Once upon the last day of a golden summer…” are the words that kick off this criminally underrated Winnie the Pooh adventure. While it might begin as standard fare for the silly old bear, Pooh, Piglet, and all the rest embark on a perilous expedition when they believe Christopher Robin has gone missing.
With the arrival of autumn comes a new season for Pooh and a different sort of adventure in store for him and his companions. Jagged mountains, thorny forests, and skull-shaped caves are the last environments many would probably expect him to explore, but this movie gives the Hundred Acre crew a chance to broaden their horizons and venture into the great unknown.