Disney+ is offering users in the UK a 7-day free trial, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. With all of us staying indoors for the next few weeks, why not kick back and rediscover some of the best forgotten Disney favourites?
What do you mean, because I can’t remember them… Check out some top picks below!
Return To Oz
The 1985 sequel to the Wizard of Oz is largely forgotten, and gets pretty bad rep compared to the original classic. The movie sees Fairuza Balk step into Judy Garland’s ruby slippers as Dorothy, who is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.
Alongside her newfound companions – Tik-Tok, Jack Pumpkinhead, and Princess Ozma – Dorothy must restore the land back to its former glory and find her way back home to Kansas. It might not be an instant classic like the original, but it’s good fun and definitely worth a spin!
DuckTales The Movie: Treasure Of The Lost Lamp
This 1990 animated fantasy adventure film, based on the animated television series DuckTales, is unadulterated fun – and a pretty good watch too. The movie sees Scrooge McDuck, his dimwitted pilot Launch Pad, and his newphews Huey, Dewey and Louie, with Webby, arrive in Egypt where Scrooge finds the lost treasure of Collie Baba.
Unbeknownst to Scrooge, however, there’s a magic lamp inside the treasure, and while the nephews have fun with the genie, they all have no idea that they’re being stalked by a power-hungry sorcerer named Murlock and his thieving counterpart, Dijon. Sounds good, right?!
The NeverEnding Story
I’m still not sure whether I actually like this movie or just have fond memories, but it was the first to spring to mind so it’s worth a mention. The movie sees schoolboy Bastian discover an ancient story-book, which he is warned can be dangerous.
Shortly after, he “borrows” the book and begins to read it in the school attic where he is drawn into the mythical land of Fantasia, which desperately needs a hero to save it from destruction. Might not be groundbreaking stuff, but for a cosy afternoon in, it’s quite welcome.
Fun and Fancy Free
If you’re looking for something that does what it says on the tin then look no further – Fun and Fancy Free it is. This anthology movie comprises two shorts; Disney’s version of fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk, and short film Bongo.
Hosted by Pinocchio favourite Jiminy Cricket, Bongo is about a circus bear escaping to the wild, while Mickey and the Beanstalk a take on the classic fable – helped along by some of the studio’s most iconic and beloved animated characters!
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
This 1969 classic is good old Disney madness. A group of college students manage to persuade the town’s big businessman, A. J. Arno, to donate a computer to their college. However, when Dexter Riley tries to fix it, he gets an electric shock and his brain turns to a computer.
Now, he remembers everything he reads – but he also remembers information which was in the computer’s memory, like the illegal business Arno is involved in. At more than 50 years old, the movie still plays on fears surrounding technology, and is perfect to spook any kid away from the iPad for a couple of hours.