The Five Best Comedies on Disney+ to Watch Right Now
While its primary function may be to hypnotize children for 90 minutes at a time with the flickering colors of Cars 2 allowing parents to down a few glasses of 100-proof “grown-up juice” in the kitchen, it turns out that Disney+ also has some great comedies that in no way involve tow trucks voiced by Larry the Cable Guy.
Because Disney has made a lot of movies and TV shows in the past century — and also because they routinely buy up intellectual properties the way a drunk teenager buys garbage food in a 7-Eleven at 3 a.m. — sifting through this vast library of content can be onerous. Fortunately, we can help; here are five great comedies you can check out right now (if you pay your monthly Mickey tax, that is)...
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Further proving that Wes Anderson’s soul is made of antique corduroy, his 2009 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is a quaint autumnal children’s fable that also happens to be full of wild action and mature humor. Best use of the word “cuss” in any major motion picture.
Basically Some Like It Hot, but with Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith and a bunch of nuns, 1992’s Sister Act is still a lot of fun and full of great music that will almost make you forget all the massive problems with organized religion.
The Simpsons Movie
While the show may have gotten slightly lost in the shuffle over the years since it’s old enough to be getting a mid-life crisis earring and the world’s saddest sports car, The Simpsons Movie is a great Simpsons story and a solid comedy in general. Bonus points for how they accidentally ruined a decades-in-the-making Stephen King project.
Muppets Most Wanted
Sadly, the underrated Muppets Most Wanted may have torpedoed the current Muppet film franchise. Still, it’s genuinely great. So great, in fact, that the also-terrific Paddington 2 seemingly borrowed much of its plot: Kermit is sent off to a Russian gulag and replaced with a doppelganger, Constantine, the “world’s most dangerous frog.” The songs by Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords fame are also catchy as hell.
A Goofy Movie
A big screen spin-off of Disney’s Goof Troop show really shouldn’t have been this good — or this sad. A Goofy Movie’s reputation has only grown over the years, and while it’s got some amusing set-pieces, it’s also a story about the inevitable emotional rift that grows between a parent and their child. It’s just that the parent, in this case, happens to be close personal friends with a talking duck that refuses to wear pants.
It’s the rare movie featuring Pauly Shore that still holds up.
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