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Check-in at the House of Mouse with these quality cartoons and kids’ series when Disney+ launches.
When Disney tweeted out its mega list of the TV shows and movies coming to its streaming service Disney+ on day one, two things were immediately obvious: there’s a movie called The Cat From Outer Space that I’ve somehow never seen, and the TV show department is heavily skewed towards padawans.
That first point will be rectified the meowment I arrive home and the second will begin to change once Disney+ starts rolling out the original content its producing for its stable of mega-franchises (such as Star Wars and Marvel).
Until then, the TV show lineup is going to be a trip down memory lane for most, as they introduce their own little ones to the magic of 90s cartoons and early 00s live-action Disney.
For those taking advantage of Disney+’s free trial on day one, we’ve round up the best Disney+ TV shows you will be able to check out.
1. Gargoyles (1994)
Despite only running for two years, Disney’s animated series about Scottish Gargoyles in the Big Apple has cemented itself as one of the coolest kids shows from the early 90s.
After a centuries-old curse is lifted, Gargoyle godfather Goliath and his band of scrappy statues make it their duty to protect the streets of New York at night.
According to /Film, Jordan Peele (Get Out) pitched a live-action remake back in 2018 so now could be a good time to rewaken your fandom.
2. Gravity Falls (2012)
Baby’s First Twin Peaks
Gravity Falls is a rare example of a kids’ show that starts a quiet life in the mix with every other cartoon before snowballing into a cult phenomenon, like Adventure Time or, more recently, Steven Universe.
When Dipper and Mabel Pines (Jason Ritter and Kristen Schaal) are forced to spend their summer with their Grunkle Stan in Gravity Falls, they are sucked into solving the small town’s many mysteries.
The series was conceived with a core principle in mind: that animation doesn’t have to be ‘just for kids’ and it nails it. This is a cartoon that the whole family will enjoy.
3. The Simpsons (1989)
Television! Teacher! Mother! Secret lover.
As the longest-running scripted primetime television series in America, you’d think The Simpsons’ back catalogue would have been easier to track down on streaming services but that’s never been the case here in Australia.
Disney+ will mark the first time Australians will have access to the entire back catalogue and binging through Springfield’s golden years is going to be a big reason many will sign up to Disney+ on day one.
4. Recess (1997)
This long-running series depicts elementary school as a small civilisation, complete with a reigning monarch, King Bob (sixth grader).
Schoolyard chums T.J., Spinelli, Mikey, Vince, Gretchen and Gus are freedom fighters resisting the oppressive tyranny of Principal Prickly and (ugh) Miss Finster
5. TRON: Uprising (2012)
2010’s long-awaited sequel to TRON (1982) divided opinions. It was a super flashy sequel to a classic that’s charm was specifically its retro view of computer programming.
Still, the main thing is that it was fun and painted Jeff Bridges as the techno Jesus he was born to play.
The animated follow-up series TRON: Uprising is less divisive: it’s a bonafide banger that extends the Tron’s lore with an incredibly unique and contemporary art-style.
6. Darkwing Duck (1991)
A plucky perp that fits the bill
In the early 90s, before Batman: The Animated Series even aired, Disney took its own quack at creating a cartoon caped crusader with the seminal Darkwing Duck.
The animated parody of early superhero and spy fiction, Darkwing Duck follows the fame-hungry Drake Mallard and his titular alter ego as he balances crime-fighting by night and suburban life by day in an anthropomorphic parody of Gotham City.
7. Lizzie McGuire (2001)
Watching Lizzie McGuire was one of the most formative television experiences a young teenager could have.
If you didn’t have Hilary Duff’s guiding hand to help you transition out of the 90s and into the terrifying 2000s, you’re probably still walking around with a Sony Ericcson flip phone and a pair of wrap-around shades.
It’s a perfect time to take a stroll down memory lane too as Disney+ is reviving the show with Hilary Duff returning to the iconic role.
8. TaleSpin (1990)
The bear necessities of aviation
Another one from Saturday Disney’s glory days, TaleSpin is an animated series that takes characters from The Jungle Book, such as Baloo and Shere Khan, to new heights.
Where Darkwing Duck is Disney’s early attempt at the superhero genre, TaleSpin is its anthropomorphic take on the same action-adventure classics that inspired Indiana Jones.
9. Bonkers (1993)
Once Upon a Time in Toon Town
Bonkers is what you get if you take Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and remove the live-action parts, Bob Hoskins and the rampant horniness.
In the world of Bonkers, the titular is an ex-cartoon superstar who takes up work as a cop in Hollywood. The twist is that Bonkers is (enthusiastically) partnered with a Detective Lucky Piquel, a cop with no time for toons. Bonkers is a buddy-cop comedy inspired by movies like Lethal Weapon and 48 Hrs.
10. That’s So Raven (2003)
In the early 2000s, celebrities were typically billed with their first and last name e.g. “Brad” and “Pitt” or “Cory” and “In The House” but that was a time before the trailblazing star of Disney’s supernatural sitcom, That’s So Raven.
Raven, just Raven, revolutionised traditional naming conventions by implying that she was the most important Raven in the world. Raven ran so Bono and Beyonce could fly.
11. Goof Troop (1992)
Everybody remembers the 1995 classic A Goofy Movie but tend to forget where it all began: the 1992 series, Goof Troop.
This animated series introduced the effortlessly cool Max Goof, the Goofs’ intense rivalry with Peter Pete Sr., and Goofy’s full name, G.G Goof. Hyuk
12. Star Wars Rebels (2014)
A CG series based on the Star Wars prequels sounded like a terrible idea at the time but somehow, showrunner Dave Filoni managed to pull it off, creating a series that’s more beloved than the source material itself. Then in 2014, Filoni and co. released Star Wars Rebels; knocking the Marksman-H out of the park once again.
Set fourteen years after Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars Rebels follows a ragtag group of rebels aboard a covert ops starship known as Ghost. Where Clone Wars was partially hamstrung by the events that throughout the prequel trilogy, Rebels was free to explore some of the wider Star Wars lore only seen before in comics and novels.