WHAT TO WATCH ON DISNEY PLUS – SWITZERLAND!
by Alana Dunsmore, Riley (6) and Philip Gass
We have been counting down the days in our house until March 24 – the day Disney + has finally come to Switzerland. My 6-year-old son, Riley, is so excited not to have to borrow Disney movies from the local library (which is closed right now of course). Although the selection was good, sometimes the DVDs didn’t work. I love the idea of sharing favourite movies from my childhood with him.
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FILM: WRECK IT RALPH 1 & 2
These movies are a great throwback for gamers who played Nintendo or Sega Genesis growing up. There are lots of cameos from the likes of Bowser, but also a great and wholesome story of two underdogs who come together to become lasting friends while Ralph, who always “wrecks it” has to fix things for once.
Riley (6) says: “This movie has great characters. Ralph wrecks stuff, and Felix fixes stuff, but they work as a team.”
Will Charlie ever get to kick that football? It’s been almost 75 years and he is still trying! This big-screen adaptation is fun for anyone who read the Sunday comics as a kid, but is timeless, so little ones today still get a good laugh along with mum and dad.
Riley says: “Charlie Brown is silly, and Snoopy always goes on great adventures.”
CLASSIC DISNEY CHARACTERS
FILM: GOOF TROOP
Sometimes I think my husband and son are like Goofy and his son Max, getting into trouble, but their heart is in the right place. Goofy is a single dad in this version (which is a series), raising his son and always trying to make him laugh as they get up to crazy schemes together.
Riley says: “Goofy is my favourite. He is always so funny.”
FILM: DUCKTALES THE MOVIE: TREASURE OF THE LOST LAMP
Scrooge McDuck, along with his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie, are on the trail of the long-lost treasure of the thief Collie Baba. Along the way they meet a genie who grants wishes, but sometimes they have unintended consequences.
Riley says: “I would love to have a genie that grants wishes. It always seems like Scrooge is able to save the day.”
FILM: FUN AND FANCY FREE
Ok, so this one is a double feature. I will admit I hadn’t heard of Bongo, the circus bear who escapes to the wild forest in the first half, but I am sure the Disney vault has lots of lost treasures to find! The second bill in this video is a classic, Mickey, Goofy and Donald in an adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk. Fe Fi Fo Fum (or should I say fun?).
Riley says: “This one was a bit scary because of the giant, but not too bad.”
OLDIES BUT GOODIES THAT KIDS STILL CAN ENJOY
FILM: PETER PAN
This one I was really excited about! I have great memories of the fantastic adventures that Peter Pan would go on.
Riley says: “Peter Pan can fly into the stars, which is cool, plus it has pirates!”
Personally, I think his performance as the big blue genie was the best in Robin William’s career. I will never forget the tune “Friend Like Me”. All you gotta do is rub that lamp!
Riley says: “I loved the monkey, Abu. He was sneaky. The genie was neat and I liked the music.”
SERIES: PHINEAS AND FERB
We watched this on Riley’s recommendation: Phineas and Ferb are new to me. The two boys take on ambitious projects as they enjoy their summer, while getting mixed up with evil doctors and secret agents.
Riley says: “They have a platypus for a pet, which is funny. They get into trouble, but in the end, they always win against the bad guys.”
SERIES: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
I am Groot? Or is it I am Groot! Anyway, Disney+ has four separate editions of the adventures of the Guardians including the two movies, a series of animated shorts and an animated series of three seasons. These guys are not always the most virtuous superheroes (always looking for their own angles, and treasures) but they do support each other…and if you are into 80s music, the soundtrack is for you.
Riley says: “I love the music!”
GOOD FOR A QUICK LAUGH
SHORT CLIP: AUNTIE EDNA
This is a short clip featuring the designer Edna and Jack-Jack from the Incredibles movie. Edna gets quite a surprise when she offers to watch Jack-Jack to secretly discover his superpowers. Auntie Edna definitely gets more than she bargains for when Jack-Jack shows her all his skills including multiplying and starting on fire.
Riley says: “If you like the Incredibles you will like this one! The baby has crazy skills!”
These are our current favourites. We would love to know what you are watching with your children. Sound of Music, Swiss Family Robinson , or maybe good old Steamboat Willie?
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