Celebrate Our Beloved Pets With These PAWSome Disney+ Films
There’s nothing more comforting than curling up with your favorite pet and tucking into one of the incredible films on Disney+ and now you can do both with our amazing rundown of a handful of the shows on Disney’s streaming service that pays tribute our favorite canine and feline companions.
A big thank-you to D23 for curating this collection for us, now let’s take a look at the awesome films that await!
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
No other canine-centric film quite captures the magic of our puppy dog friends quite like this 1955 classic. Lady and the Tramp follows a young cocker spaniel from a wealthy home who falls in love with a Tramp from the wrong side of the tracks. After spending time together their relationship is strained by Lady’s loyalty to her family and by Tramp’s rebellious nature.
Lady and the Tramp (2019)
If you’ve not yet seen Disney’s live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp which debuted last year then you don’t know what you’re missing! The updated retelling features voices from Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux, Janelle Monáe, and Sam Elliott—and human actors Kiersey Clemons, Thomas Mann, and friend-of-D23 Yvette Nicole Brown.
One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)
101 Dalmations finds Pongo scheming not only to marry the adorable Perdita but also have his owner Roger fall in love with Perdita’s owner Anita. Trouble ensues however when the despicable Cruella de Vil becomes obsessed with using the puppies to create a fur coat. It’s up to Pongu Perdita and friends to save them.
One Hundred and One Dalmatians finds the clever Pongo scheming not only to marry the adorable Perdita, but also to have his owner, Roger, marry Perdita’s owner, Anita. Trouble ensues once Pongo and Perdita have puppies… the despicable Cruella de Vil becomes obsessed with the lil’ cuties, and it’s up to Pongo, Perdita, and all their furry friends to save them! .
SQUIRREL! There are a million and one reasons to love Disney and Pixar’s Up—but we especially enjoy the antics of a certain canine named Dug. He’s one of the sidekicks during irascible but entirely lovable Carl Fredricksen and peppy Wilderness Explorer Russell’s adventure into the unknown, via Carl’s high-flying house. What makes Dug so special? Well, among many adorable qualities, his special collar allows him to “speak”!
The Shaggy Dog (1959)
Sure, dogs are wonderful companions and beloved members of our family… but what if you were to actually become one? That’s the premise behind 1959’s The Shaggy Dog, The Walt Disney Company’s first live-action comedy, starring a host of the Company’s future Disney Legends: Fred MacMurray (the very first Disney Legend, inducted in 1987), Tommy Kirk, and Annette Funicello. The film follows Wilby Daniels, a smart-alecky teen who finds a magical ring—the inscription on which, when read aloud, turns him into a clumsy sheep dog
In Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Bolt, a lovable, TV-star dog is accidentally shipped cross-country and is faced with his biggest adventure ever: a journey through the real world to get back to his owner and co-star, Penny. With the help of two unlikely companions—a jaded housecat named Mittens and a TV-obsessed hamster named Rhino—Bolt discovers that he doesn’t need special powers to be a hero. Featuring the voices of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus.
The Fox and the Hound (1981)
This heartwarming animated story follows two friends who didn’t know they were supposed to be enemies! Tod, an orphaned baby fox, is best friends with Copper, a young hunting dog. As they grow, Copper learns to hunt… and discovers he must pursue his friend. But never you fear; ultimately, the two come to realize that their friendship really does overcome all.
Snow Dogs (2002)
Cuba Gooding Jr., stars in this live-action comedy as Ted, a Miami-based dentist who must travel to chilly Alaska to receive his inheritance: a pack of seven Siberian huskies and a border collie! Naturally, Ted’s life is turned upside down—but he’s determined to learn how to mush and capture a coveted spot in the Arctic Challenge Sled Dog Race.\
This full-length stop motion feature from the mind of Tim Burton, based on his 1984 live-action short film of the same name, introduces audiences to Sparky—an ordinary family dog who, through some truly extraordinary circumstances, becomes… well, you just have to see the movie for yourself! Featuring the voices of frequent Burton collaborators Winona Ryder, Catherine O’Hara, and Martin Landau.
The Incredible Journey (1963)
Directed by Fletcher Markle, The Incredible Journey follows three intrepid pets—two dogs, named Bodger and Luath, and a cat named Tao—as they trek over 200 miles through the wilds of Canada in order to find their owners, a family who’d traveled to Europe and left the animals behind with friends. (The adventure was retold, this time with an American expedition, in a 1993 release entitled Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, also available on Disney+.)
Classic, Dog-tastic Animated Shorts!
We couldn’t compile a list of Disney+’s dog-tastic treats without including some classic shorts, now could we?! Make sure to take a gander at 1939’s Society Dog Show, in which Mickey Mouse enters his faithful companion Pluto into a fancy purebred dog competition, where he becomes an unlikely hero; 1947’s Rescue Dog, which finds Pluto battling it out with a rambunctious seal in the frozen north; and of course the 1944 Goofy short How to Play Football, following Goofy as he demonstrates all the positions on the field… with hilariously mixed results.
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