10 Best New Movies To Watch On Disney+ (Updated August 2022)

Disney+ continues to pad out its already large catalog of movies, with the last couple of months putting out a variety of projects from different genres. Up until now, Marvel-related projects have been the big names padding out the platform's library, but there are some documentaries and family movies as well.

Updated on August 1st, 2022 by Guillermo Kurten: August is set to be a fairly slim month when it comes to new movies on Disney+, as new TV shows are taking up the lion's share of the spotlight. However,  families should enjoy the addition of classic Disney and Disney Pixar animated movies like Beauty and the Beast's singalong version and Lightyear to the service.


Tangled Sing-Along Version (2010)

Flynn holding Rapunzel's hair in Tangled

In lieu of new high-profile releases, Disney+ will be added a batch of sing-along versions of some of their classic animated movies. One of which is 2010's Tangled, which was widely praised upon its release. The movie does a new rendition of the classic Rapunzel fairy tale with some modern flair.

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The titular princess desperately seeks to escape her tower and see the outside world, despite Mother Gothel's attempts to keep her, before escaping with the thief Flynn Rider. Tangled received a strong critical reception for its modern coat of paint on an age-old story. Likewise, plaudits went to the movie modernizing its themes and storytelling while maintaining that vintage Disney charm.

Beauty And The Beast Sing-Along Version (1991)

Beast and Belle looking at each other longingly in their ball garb.

Another one of the sing-along movies being added in August is the original 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast. Like several other Disney movies, this story is based on an age-old fairy tale with the titular Beast being cursed and confined to his castle as punishment for his young arrogance.

To reverse it, he must earn the love of the woman -- Belle -- he imprisoned in his castle after intruding. Beauty and the Beast hardly needs an introduction, with the moving earning its title as an all-time Disney classic. The movie was critically acclaimed for its art direction, fluid animation, and a sweeping blend of romance and comedy.

Lightyear (2022)

Buzz in his iconic spacesuit in Lightyear promo art.

While the Toy Story main series seemingly wrapped with 4, Disney Pixar decided to take the famed Buzz Lightyear and make a solo movie around him. Lightyear takes a sci-themed spin on the beloved character and gives him an origin story, with the titular spaceman marooned on a hostile planet with his crew and seeking to find a way back home.

Expectedly, the notorious Zurg is on their trail as the villain. The movie was generally well-received for its colorful cast performances and stunning animation work -- as expected from Pixar -- even if some felt it was a by-the-numbers origin tale. Lightyear will be available to stream on August 3rd.

Big Hero 6 (2014)

Hiro riding on Baymax in Big Hero 6.

Though Disney's Big Hero 6 has been available for some time on the company's streaming service, the movie will become more relevant for audiences toward the end of the month. On the TV front, Disney+ will premiere a new spin-off show titled Baymax!, which stars the titular robotic helper as he works as a nurse throughout the city.

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The original movie was well-received, with Big Hero 6's praises going toward its slick animation, action, charming characters, and genuinely heartfelt story. Both Big Hero 6 and the premiere of Baymax! are available now.

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (2022)

Doctor Strange promo poster featuring a collage of the main cast.

Sam Raimi -- of the original Spider-Man trilogy -- returns to Marvel and the superhero genre with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The movie was somewhat controversial, but still earned a moderately positive critical reception overall thanks to Raimi's distinctive brand of directing and horror-themed prowess thankfully shining through.

It's one of the bolder MCU endeavors in recent years, and many fans will likely be wondering if Multiverse of Madness was Kevin Feige and co. testing the waters of getting more inventive in the future. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness also leaves some intriguing hints for the future, and it will be available to stream on June 22nd.

Sneakerella (2022)

El in Sneakerella

Continuing the trend of small-scale musical revivals on streaming, director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum's Sneakerella is a musical-comedy movie original to Disney+. As the title would suggest, the movie is a modernized and reimagined version of the classic Cinderella fairy tale.

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The movie follows the story of young El, an aspiring sneaker designer who falls in love with the daughter of sneaker designer tycoon Darius King. With the help of his friend Sami and his fairy godfather, El gains the confidence to pursue his life's ambition. Sneakerella is available to stream now.

Turning Red (2022)

TURNING RED - meilin lee

Disney Pixar is widely known for its exceptional animated movies, and they're set to release their next endeavor on March 11th. Turning Red is a coming-of-age family comedy about a young girl named Mei Lee who's struggling with her identity as she approaches adolescence.

Her naturally excitable nature as a 13-year-old causes her to turn into a giant red panda, but Mei is also trying to remain the obedient daughter her overprotective mother has known her as. Turning Red has a promising cast, with the Golden Globe-winning Sandra Oh playing the role of Mei Lee's mother, Ming.

West Side Story (2021)

Tony and Maria gazing at each other in a West Side Story still

It's unfortunate for fans of musicals that the genre isn't near the height of popularity it once was, but Steven Spielberg's 2021 remake of West Side Story will be hitting Disney+ on March 2nd. The story centers around Tony and Maria; two high-schoolers in love that are stuck between the street fights of two rival gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.

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Spielberg's interpretation of this beloved musical classic was critically praised for its acting (which earned Rachel Zegler a Golden Globe) and musical performances but ended up being a box office bomb. However, streaming services like Disney+ have managed to salvage other movies that underwhelmed critically or commercially by giving them a boost in viewership.

X-Men: First Class (2011)

Professor X and Magneto leading Mystique and the rest of the X-Men in First Class

Added at the beginning of January, then-Fox's X-Men: First Class still holds up as one of the best live-action endeavors for the mutant heroes. The X-Men have always had a layer of tragedy in the comics, and First Class balances a great origin story with an emotionally impactful chronicling of the team's first -- and major -- ideological rift.

Part of striking that perfect thematic blend was thanks to its exceptional cast, with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender offering two more iconic incarnations of Professor X and Magneto. While this series fizzled out once it got to Apocalypse, First Class is a welcome addition to Disney+'s Marvel legacy catalog along with its acclaimed direct sequel, Days of Future Past.

Encanto (2021)

The wide cast of the family in Encanto

Originally released in theaters late last year, Disney's Encanto brought back the animated musical-comedy for a vibrant multigenerational story about the Latin-American experience. More specifically, the movie is set in a rural town in Colombia, wrapped with an atmosphere of magical realism akin to author Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Encanto follows Mirabel Madrigal as she sets out to discover why her family is at risk of losing their magical abilities used to help their community. The movie's emotional impact and exploration of themes concerning emotional trauma were well-received from a narrative perspective, while its musical aspect and stunning art design were acclaimed on the visual front. All of these elements combined and made Encanto one of the greatest animated movies of 2021.

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Thomas J. West III earned a PhD in film and screen studies from Syracuse University in 2018. His writing on film, TV, and popular culture has appeared in Screenology, FanFare, Primetimer, Cinemania, and in a number of scholarly journals and edited collections. He co-hosts the Queens of the B's podcast with Mark Muster and writes a regular newsletter, Omnivorous, on Substack.

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