ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

Logging on to these days, viewers are spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a film to chill out to. Yet, while there is an abundance of romance features, horror flicks, documentaries and action movies to dip into, why not consider taking it easy with some of the best Disney choices on offer?

From nostalgia-filled animation movies, to more recent House of Mouse offerings, here are the best movies streaming on Netflix right now:

12. 'The BFG'

Release: 2016

The Big Friendly Giant is finally coming to Netflix, bringing Roald Dahl's endearing story about a little girl called Sophie and her adventures into Giant Country to the masses. The Disney live-action adaptation — directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring Oscar winner Mark Rylance as the bumbling, lovable giant — religiously sticks to the original material so The BFG will be a joy to watch for fans of one of the greatest storytellers of the 20th century.

Fun Fact: The film had been in development for almost 25 years!

11. 'The Jungle Book'

Release: 2016

Jon Favreau's Disney outing in 2016 was certainly an explosive one. Featuring a phenomenal cast of Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o and Christopher Walken, The Jungle Book swiftly entered the realms of some of the best live-action adaptations the House of Mouse has ever shuffled out.

Fun Fact: This was the first time that Kaa the Snake was portrayed as being female, played by Scarlett Johansson. Director Jon Favreau has since admitted that the change was deliberate because he felt there were already too many male characters in the storyline.

10. 'Zootopia'

Release: 2016

Similarly, we all went wild for Zootopia in 2016 when Disney provided us with a adventure-packed partnership between a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist in their efforts to reveal a conspiracy.

And ultimately, the Academy similarly loved it so much that it was even nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2017 .

Fun Fact: Nick Wilde's designs are heavily borrowed from the main character in Robin Hood (1973), who also happens to be a fox.

9. 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl'

Release: 2003

Go right back to the beginning of one of the most successful Hollywood franchises with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Released in 2003, it tells the story of young blacksmith Will Turner who is forced to team up with a mumbling drunkard in the shape of Johnny Depp's eccentric pirate Captain Jack Sparrow to save the love of his life, Elizabeth Swann.

Fun Fact: Amongst many things, Johnny Depp improvised Jack Sparrow's line, "Savvy?"

8. 'Fantasia'

Release: 1940

A timeless Disney classic, Fantasia continues to inspire and wow audiences of all ages to this day. Comprised of eight segments, all set to the music of a different composer, the movie remains one of the most stunning examples of the studio's early animations.

Fun Fact: Ever since 1940, when it was released, complaints from parents have flooded in over the 'Night on Bald Mountain' sequence, deemed far too terrifying for kids.

7. 'Tarzan'

Release: 1999

With The Legend of Tarzan recently out, why not relive all the action surrounding our favorite gorilla-raised man with Disney animated adaptation of the 1999 blockbuster on Netflix.

Fun Fact: Pro skateboarder Tony Hawk was the inspiration for how Tarzan's body moved when he slid down trees and logs.

6. 'The Emperor's New Groove'

Release: 2000

John Goodman, David Spade and Eartha Kitt star in the sassy Disney animation The Emperor's New Groove. Currently streaming on Netflix, it's a dramatic story about an arrogant Emperor who is transformed into a llama by devious diva Yzma. Yep, it's as hilarious as it sounds.

Fun Fact: Yzma wears a lot of purple, a color often associated with madness and royalty.

5. 'Lilo & Stitch'

Release: 2002

When a young Hawaiian girl adopts a bizarre looking pet, nobody is prepared for the critter to actually be a extra-terrestrial fugitive. Very different to many of the animated offerings being churned out by the House of Mouse in recent decades, it's a whirlwind adventure that explores serious family issues, as well as what true friendship really means.

Fun Fact: Many of the aliens in the movie are actually inspired by other Disney characters such as Piglet and Tigger.

4. 'Robin Hood'

Release: 1973

It's no wonder that 1973's Robin Hood continues to be a favorite amongst many. The colorful feature is based on one of the most prominent heroes in English folklore, with Disney valiantly presenting a fox as our Nottingham heroic archer. He's joined by a slew of human-like animal sidekicks who create a story that continues to warm the heart over 30 years on.

Fun Fact: This was the first film in Disney's animated line-up that had anthropomorphic animals without any human characters at all.

3. 'Brother Bear'

Release: 2003

Joaquin Phoenix stars in Disney's Brother Bear, a 2003 release that is now available on Netflix. The focus is on a little Inuit boy called Kenai, who embarks on a journey to unleash revenge on a bear for killing his brother. Tracking it down, he ruthlessly kills it, only to anger the Spirits and be transformed into one himself as punishment.

Fun Fact: Many of the characters in the movie are actually named after real places in Alaska, where the story is set. For example, Kenai is named after the Kenai Peninsula.

2. 'High School Musical'

Release: 2006

A TV movie that allowed a relatively unknown Zac Efron to break free into the dizzying heights of Hollywood stardom, High School Musical continues to be one of the most successful productions to come from the Disney Channel. So, before HSM 4 signals a start of something new, why not kick back on Netflix and relive what all the fuss was about back in 2006?

Fun Fact: Zac Efron's singing voice was actually that of Drew Seeley, who tested for the role of Troy. Seeley sang the entirety of "Get'cha Head in the Game" and the reprise of "What I've Been Looking For." Efron only sings the first four lines of "Start of Something New" and the first sentence of "Breaking Free." Why? All because Efron's voice was far too low for that of a tenor and he struggled to match with the other vocals.

1. 'Chicken Little'

Release: 2005

Chicken Little was Disney's first venture into non-Pixar CGI and is an adorable little story suitable for grade-schoolers and all ages upwards. Although the plotline is slightly ridiculous (essentially about a piece of sky falling on a young chicken!), and the animation will undoubtedly provide a barrel of laughs.

Fun Fact: Chicken Little was originally meant to be a girl.

Which Disney movie will you be watching on Netflix next?

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