Get ready for a mouse infestation — the kind you actually want, anyway. A veritable smorgasbord of Disney movies are coming to Netflix in September, meaning (almost) all is right with the world and Mickey Mouse is going to dominate your fall viewing schedule. The timing is very smart, because what could be better for soothing the end of summer woes than back-to-back viewings of your childhood favorites? Plus, if you've got kids, you can definitely use them as a reason for why you absolutely have to cancel on after work beers to make a beeline for home, your couch, and any of the following classic movies.
But why are we getting this treasure trove of nostalgia, anyway? Presumably this has something to do with Disney ending their distribution deal with Netflix in favor of setting up their own streaming platform. The partnership between the two companies won't officially end until 2019, so there's still plenty of time to re-watch. But it's worth stressing that these films won't be available via Netflix forever, so, if you're feeling like you want to re-acquaint yourself with your favorite nostalgia movies, try putting them closer to the top of your to-watch list. Soon, it will be too late.
While this movie is a bit more cynical than the animation you might associate with this period for Disney (think: bored, cosmopolitan villain, sarcastic heroine), this action comedy is still a lot of fun. Whether you're rooting for Hercules to regain his lost godhood by becoming a "true hero" or for him and Meg to make it as a couple despite Hades' scheming, you're going to have a wonderful time.
Mulan scored an Academy Award nomination for its Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score, and no wonder, since it boasted a track sung by none other than Christina Aguilera ("Reflection"). Get ready to have earworms stuck in your head for days. Given that the stereotype defying classic is getting a live action sequel helmed by a female director (Whale Rider's Niki Caro) set to drop in 2019, this is well worth a re-watch, if only to compare the two movies.
1995 was over two decades ago — and its time of creation shows in this movie. Chief Roy Crazy Horse of the Powhatan Renape Nation summarized why Disney's Pocahontas felt so problematic when he wrote that it distorts "history beyond recognition" and "perpetuates a dishonest and self-serving myth at the expense of the Powhatan Nation." As such, it's hard to straightforwardly root for this movie for anything besides the nostalgia factor.
4. 'Beauty and the Beast'
Sure, you may have loved the 2017 Emma Watson-led version of the same story, but there's no denying the charm of the animated original. After all, it was the first animated film to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and it scooped up two Oscars for Best Original Song and Best Original Score. Lend it your eyes.
Yes, you're an adult. But why should that stop you having a lovely time strolling down memory lane?