8 Disney+ shows that will convince you to sign up

by Natalie Lim

First, we had Netflix. Then HBO Max. And now, Disney+ Singapore will be launching on 23 February 2021.

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With other streaming apps for TV shows, movies, and music, it seems we’re progressively paying for more subscription fees. So if you’re still contemplating on whether Disney+ is worth the extra charge, here’s 8 shows that may just convince you to sign up for it.

Lady and the Tramp (live remake)

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You’d think that an animated film with canines as their main leads would be for children, but there were many dark and frightening scenes from Lady and the Tramp which made us question if it was child-appropriate. For one, the climactic scene where the dogs try to protect a baby from being eaten by a beady-eyed rat, or when Lady was slapped by Darling for playing with a ball of yarn.

As far as it goes, the movie did a splendid job of spreading the awareness of social class division, and it carries the importance of living life to the fullest. The live remake will be exclusive to Disney+, and besides, we wouldn’t miss two dogs sharing a spaghetti kiss for the world.

Cruella

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There are two different types of people in this world. People who admire superheroes, and people who are fascinated by villains. After all, the villains are the ones who bare their heart open and have character flaws we can relate to.

In Cruella, Emma Stone plays young Cruella de Vil in a villain origin story that takes place before the events of 101 Dalmatians. Perhaps, Cruella wasn’t a cold, scheming, dog-murdering person in the beginning. Cruella, Cruella, de Vil.  

Soul

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Inside Out is a life-changing kind of movie that will leave you pondering about it for days. And if you’re a fan of that, Pixar has created Soul, a story about a jazz pianist who has a near-death experience and gets stuck in the afterlife, contemplating his choices and regretting the existence that he mostly took for granted.

Both movies are smartly embedded with messages about the nature of our emotions, but if it boils down to cuteness, Soul knocked it right out of the park for this one.

WandaVision

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For those that are not entirely au fait with the Marvel Universe, WandaVision is a television spin-off of Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch in the original comic series) and Vision as a romantically entwined couple trying to live an ordinary suburban life.

The series was first released in the United States in January 2021 but will be exclusively aired on Disney+ Singapore once it launches. Viewers have already stated that the story can change from harmless comedy to intense, horror-like scenes, so we best be prepared.

Free Solo

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If the world of marvel and magic just isn’t your thing, Disney+ Singapore carries a range of documentaries as well. To note is Free Solo, a 2018 American documentary film that profiles rock climber Alex Honnold on his quest to perform a free solo climb of El Capitan in June 2017.

To climb a mountain is one thing, but to climb it without any ropes or safety gear? Man’s got guts.

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted 

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Perhaps the first thing that comes to our minds when we hear of Chef Ramsay are the words “Idiot sandwich”, and we’re not to blame— especially when TV series such as Master Chef and Hell’s Kitchen are basically extended video clips of Ramsay yelling at people.

But in Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, the celebrity chef goes globe-trotting to discover people, places, and flavours that the world has to offer. It’ll be a nice switch to see Ramsay smiling, instead of calling someone a donkey.

Earth to Ned

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From Perri (1957), a movie solely focused on the life of a squirrel to The Cat From Outerspace (1978), which, essentially is a story about a cat-like extra-terrestrial, Disney’s got a knack for making weird movies from time to time.

In Earth To Ned, a blue-skinned alien and his lieutenant Cornelius are sent to scout Earth for an eventual invasion—but instead became obsessed with our popular culture. Now, they host a talk show.

High School Musical 

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You may be a millennial that’s swooning over Lee Min-Ho or Chris Hemsworth now but admit it. It was Zac Efron’s bowl cut and infectious smile that stole our teenage hearts first.

The High School Musical TV shows and all 3 seasons of High School Musical will be shown exclusively on Disney+ Singapore because hey. We’re all in this together.

Disney+ costs S$11.98 a month or S$119.98 a year. For more updates, click here.

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