The 10 Best Disney+ Original Movies and Shows, According to IMDB Polls
With Moon Knight Recently arriving on the platform, debuting with the second-highest IMDb rating for all MCU pilot episodes, Disney+ continues its streak of high-quality original content. While the platform got off to a slow start, with few original movies and TV shows at launch, it has bolstered its library with dozens of original movies and series in recent years. These new Disney+ movies and TV shows, including content from Pixar, star warsand marvel studiosalong with Disney’s already impressive catalog of content, have made Disney+ a powerhouse in the streaming space.
As Disney+ has grown over the past three years, the quality of its original content has improved dramatically. Disney+ has given fans many original movies and series, and IMDb users have ranked their 10 favorite original movies and series on Disney+.
ten Togo (2019)
One of the first original Disney+ movies to be released on the platform (released in November 2019), To godirected by Ericson Core, is an endearing, warm and timeless story about the bond between man and his faithful canine companion.
Based on a true story, To go stars Willem Dafoe, in one of his best roles, as the central human character Leonhard Seppala and Diesel the dog as the titular Togo. The plot centers on the extraordinary true story set during the 1925 Serum Run in Nome, where mushers and sled dogs traveled hundreds of miles to save the small town of Nome, Alaska from an epidemic of diphtheria.
9 What if…? (2021)
What if…? marked Marvel Studios’ first foray into animated space, opening the door to the limitless potentials of the multiverse. What if…? explores the alternate realities of the Marvel Multiverse; distorting realities most fans of the MCU timeline know intimately after nearly fifteen years of storytelling.
With nine unique stories set across the multiverse, What if…? features many stars from Marvel’s live-action movies, including Samuel Jackson, Christ Hemsworth, and Benedict Cumberbatch, all returning to voice their animated counterparts. The show was a huge hit for Disney+, and a second season is already in the works.
8 Lucas (2021)
Originally slated for theatrical release by Disney, Luke The public debut was moved to Disney+ in response to the COIVD-19 pandemic. The move would prove to be a huge boost for Lucasas it would become the most streamed movie of 2021 (via Deadline).
In the beautifully rendered setting of the Italian Riviera, Lucas is a coming-of-age story about the childhood friendship of two sea creatures who transform into humans on land, and their quest to obtain a Vespa. While it doesn’t touch the heart like other Pixar films do, Luca is nonetheless a great film, with likable characters and gorgeous visuals.
7 Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
This one is technically a steal for Disney+, since The Clone Wars originally aired on Cartoon Network prior to Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012. Beginning its first run in 2008, following a film debut in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Clone Wars The TV series was originally canceled in 2013, before finally concluding its 7 season in 2020 on Disney+.
With a checkered production history and boring visuals early in the series, The Clone Wars really grew later. Since then, the show has become essential for star wars fans, especially as anime characters, such as Ashoka and Bo Katan, made the leap to live-action in The Mandalorian.
6 Hamilton (2020)
The filmed stage adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical hamiltontracing the history of America, as told by America in the 21st century, was a huge success for Disney+.
Featuring footage from a 2016 recording of the stage show, hamilton, like many other films over the past few years, was originally slated for theatrical release. The impact of the pandemic forced the cancellation of a theatrical release, and hamilton came out on Disney+ instead. The move helped the musical become one of the most streamed movies of 2020 (via Business Intern).
5 Soul (2020)
Similar to Lucas, Soul was released exclusively on Disney+ during the COVID-19 pandemic. The story revolves around Joe and his journey to find his soul after a near death experience.
Full of pathos, beautiful animation and a colorful cast of characters, Soul is Pixar at its absolute best. Soul would (deservedly) win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, marking Pixar’s 11th honor in the Best Animated Feature category.
4 Vision Wanda (2021)
Wanda vision marked the first Marvel TV show directly connected to the MCU. The series was a huge hit for Disney+, opening the door for other Marvel series that followed it, such as Loki & Moon Knight. Wanda vision also highlighted how important the streaming platform has become to Disney’s business model, with the events of the series tying directly into the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Wanda vision is a surreal TV show that parodies and pastiches American sitcom comedies over the decades, before becoming a full MCU movie halfway through its eight-episode run. The series really gives A-list stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany the chance to fully explore their characters Wanda Maximoff and Vision more than any previous MCU film.
3 Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)
Another feature film victim of the COVID-19 pandemic, Raya and the last dragon was scheduled for a November 2020 theatrical release, before being delayed to March 2021. This delay would also be dropped, with Raya and the last dragon eventually released on Disney+ (initially via Disney+ Premier Access). The film would become the third most-streamed film of 2021 (via Deadline), losing to Pixar Lucas who took first place.
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Raya and the last dragon is a classic Disney adventure tale, with the titular warrior princess Raya seeking to restore peace and prosperity to the land of Kumandra. The film features a stellar voice cast, including Awkwafina, Kelly Marie Tran, and Gemma Chan. Raya and the last dragon would lose the Best Animated Feature Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards, losing to another Disney nominee Encanto.
2 Loki (2021)
Marking the return of Tom Hiddleston’s fan-favorite God of Mischief, Loki was a tour de force for Disney+, becoming the second most-watched show on the platform, with each of by Loki six episodes averaging approximately 872 minutes of viewing time by Disney+ subscribers (via THR).
Loki explores the villainous god of mischief in an alternate timeline post-Avengers: Endgame, and his encounter with the mysterious Time Variance Authority. With an excellent supporting cast, including Owen Wilson and Sophia Di Martino, Loki is essential viewing for Marvel fans, and quite possibly Marvel Studios’ most impressive MCU Disney+ original show to date.
1 The Mandalorian (2019)
The number one Disney+ original, ranked by this IMDb poll, is of course The Mandalorian. Created for Disney+ by Jon Favreau and produced by Dave Filoni, there’s no denying the monumental effect that The Mandalorian had on Disney+ and star wars more generally. The Mandalorian breathed new life into the waning Star Wars franchise after the huge critical and fan failure of The Rise of Skywalker.
The Mandalorianlocated between Return of the Jedi and the force awakens, follows the titular Mandalorian, Din Djarin, and his adventures with Grogu (Baby Yoda) as they travel across the galaxy. With great original and ancient characters star wars favourites, The Mandalorian is the best Star Wars and the best original Disney+ has to offer.
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