While Disney has produced films in a variety of genres throughout its history, musicals have always been at the core of the company. Fortunately, Disney+ has made numerous song-filled stories, including those created by Disney and other distributors, available for streaming.
Many songs-filled stories are now available to stream on Disney+. We can’t possibly cover every wonderful musical film available on Disney+, but here are some that are sure to please your ears.
1. The Sound of Music
A young Austrian woman (Julie Andrews) becomes governess to Captain von Trapp’s seven children in The Sound of Music (Christopher Plummer). There’s a reason why this film is so popular. The film soars with its rich scenery, melodic melodies, and layered narrative, as if Andrews’ divine voice wasn’t reason enough to see. The drama simply exudes warmth. If you’re looking for a reliable comfort watch, this is a good choice.
2. Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins, with Julie Andrews, animated penguins, and chimney sweeps, should be on Netflix right now, Chim Chim Cher-ee! The multi-talented cast of the famous musical really shows off their abilities, especially with so much dancing and singing required of them. (Who’d have guessed that being a nanny in London would be so demanding?) When you’re done with this, you may watch Saving Mr. Banks, a 2013 period drama partially based on Mary Poppins’ invention, or the 2018 musical sequel, which stars Emily Blunt in the lead role.
3. The Muppets
Want to hang out with Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, and the entire Muppets cast in a bizarre musical comedy? You’ve come to the right place. Kermit and his buddies try to preserve their studio in this 2011 Muppets film, which contains the wonderfully surreal humor you’d expect from the brand. There are also a bunch of new Hollywood appearances, show-stopping pizzazz, and “Man or Muppet,” an Academy Award-winning tune. The film achieves a great balance of energetic enjoyment and deep-seated nostalgia.
4. Beauty and the Beast
The animated film Beauty and the Beast is a magical work of art. It has Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s wonderful Broadway-style songs, a swoon-worthy romance, and magical animations. It’s worth seeing again if you haven’t seen it in a long while. When Belle sings about her small town in France, Lumiere serves her supper to “Be Our Guest,” and the Beast invites her to dance on the ballroom floor, you’ll be struck with nostalgia.
5. High School Musical 3: Senior Year
We’re all in this together, right? Do we all realize how entertaining the High School Musical movies were? You can watch all three films in the trilogy on Disney+, but if you have to pick one, make it the third. High School Musical 3 has the highest production value of the series because it is the only theatrical release. Because it’s about the East High gang getting ready for graduation, there are a lot of big musical numbers about basketball, prom, and the future. This one has the best show-stopping songs.
Since the Frozen franchise has become so famous, you may have forgotten how fantastic the first film was. Anna (Kristen Bell) fights to defend Arendelle from her queen sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) when Elsa casts an endless winter on the kingdom with her magical ice abilities in the 2013 fantasy. This creates some beautiful winter landscape and sets the tone for songs that are a lot of fun, even if they are a little overplayed. Frozen gets bonus marks for its charming and feminist sister-centric tale.
Tangled is Frozen’s underrated summer opposite. It features everything a typical princess narrative should have, including a strong lead heroine, adorable animal sidekicks, and a sweet romance. It’s also fast-paced, fresh, and ridiculously funny.
Who doesn’t enjoy a nice adventure with a dashingly attractive bad guy love interest and a few catchy tunes thrown in for good measure? All of the pieces are in perfect sync.