Fall is a wonderful time to be a Disney fan, especially with releases like Andor and night werewolf hit Disney+. However, there are dozens of movies in and out of the magical streaming service that are sure to satisfy fans’ fall appetites like a steaming bowl of soup on a chilly day.
Halloween is the season for scary movies like Hocus Pocus and Halloween Town, but there are plenty of Disney classics perfect to binge on until Christmas. From heartwarming movies to long scenic walks through the Hundred Acre Wood, Disney has more than enough films to accompany nights on the couch with popcorn and a cup of hot cocoa.
When most viewers think of this Disney classic they often associate it with the “drip, drip” of “Little April Showers”, much of the film takes place during the fall months with trees painted and burning colors. Bambi might spend a memorable part of the film as a young fawn in the winter and spring with Thumper and Flower, but his more dynamic action takes place as an adult in the finale.
The climactic scene of the forest on fire takes place right in the middle of hunting season as the man returns to the forest with guns and more. Younger viewers may remember the adorable little animals, but moviegoers in the audience remember the Great Prince of the Forest rushing out of a forest fire to save Faline.
The Fox and the Dog (1981)
Similar to Bambi, the fox and the dog is a fall movie that uses both fall and winter to set its mood (although this movie is more likely to bring viewers to tears than Baby). Disney certainly has a way of creating beautiful forest scenes, but the countryside scenes in The fox and the hunting dog have an unmistakable warmth that draws the viewer in to an enormous degree.
Not every Disney fan will want to join Chief and Copper on a hunting trip, but Widow Tweed’s cabin and farm looks like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting. The rustic setting and design choices are what give this film its familiar and heartwarming flavor.
One thing that will almost always be associated with fall is the presence of falling leaves. Since Pocahontas knows how to paint with all the colors of the wind and more, she is often accompanied by a gust of wind and a rain of colorful foliage in her path.
Pocahontas may not be the most accurate adaptation of the legend, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have at least some good points. It’s still wonderfully animated, has performances and a soundtrack that an audience might expect from a Disney movie, and it comes with a healthy dose of 90s nostalgia.
Pixar’s melodious and macabre film about the land of the dead comes with all the festive flavors of a Dia De Los Muertos celebration. The colors, sights and sounds of Mexico paint a vibrant picture of life and afterlife in the world of coconut, and the spooky flavor of skeletons and spirits are sure to get viewers into the Halloween mood.
time of year.The use of the traditional Mexican holiday not only provides broader cultural representation to the Disney/Pixar banner, but gives audiences a different perspective associated with the October holiday. Its catchy tunes and lovable characters are enough to get many “Un Poco Loco” fans excited this
The movie Tigger (2000)
If there’s one Disney character who knows how to rock warm, cozy, cottagecore movies better than anyone under the studio name, it’s Winnie the Pooh. Tigger might be the star of this charming and delightful excursion into the Hundred Acre Wood, but it’s still in the territory of the stupid old bear.
From the moment the pages of Pooh’s storybook open, viewers are treated to a glorious golden autumn in the woods as Tigger bounces around all his friends as they prepare for winter. The plot regarding the quest to find Tigger’s family tree gets a touch of wackiness from the titular tiger’s antics, but it’s the welcoming nature of him and his friends that really sells the show.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
No October would be complete without a trip through Sleepy Hollow, and Disney’s version is one of the most famous and arguably the most accurate. That being said, a little time with J. Thaddeus Toad doesn’t come without its perks, either. Both characters had their own wild rides, and it’s understandable why Disney brought them together.
The wind in the willows certainly has its own brand of fun, but the reason to watch is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. At its core, the story and cartoon were created to be the perfect Halloween tale told around the campfire, making it a premier Disney movie for the spooky season.
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
While this underrated horror classic has yet to premiere on Disney+, it’s a gem that absolutely drips an autumn twilight straight from the mind of Ray Bradbury. Halloween comes early to a sleepy little town when a spooky carnival led by a sinister ringmaster comes to town on a cold October evening.
All magic has a price, like Once upon a time fans know this, and Mr. Dark’s wishes come at a high cost. Sure, it’s a slow burn, but it’s the one that will usher in Halloween with the greatest of ease.
Boo to you too! Winnie the Pooh (1996)
Pooh returns with another cozy adventure, this time with an added Halloween flavor. While this is definitely not a very spooky Halloween special, Boo to you too! Winnie the Pooh certainly introduces a slightly darker and spookier vibe to the Hundred Acre Wood.
A story about Piglet overcoming his fears and joining his friends for a trick or treat might seem simple, but it’s enough to stir up nostalgic feelings for any Disney fan who dresses up and goes out for candy every night. Halloween. Halloween can be spooky, but it can also bring a warm, fuzzy feeling indoors.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Nightmare Before Christmas has been a quintessential Disney Halloween favorite for nearly 30 years now, and it’s one that lingers until the stockings are hung neatly by the mantelpiece. But of course, given that it’s not strictly a Halloween movie, that gives it a lot of leeway. That being said, it does throw in a lot of fall vibes before Jack drops into Christmas Town.
The film is home to the spooky, spooky, and silly world of Halloween creatures, but it’s also a place of fall leaves, sunshine streaming through backcountry trees, and steaming bowls of pumpkin soup. frog’s breath. With that in mind, it’s still an age-old Halloween tradition for many Disney fans.
Pooh’s Great Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997)
“Once upon a time the last day of a golden summer…” are the words that kick off this criminally underrated Winnie the Pooh adventure. While it might start off as standard fare for the silly old bear, Pooh, Piglet and everyone else embark on a perilous expedition when they think Christopher Robin is missing.
With the arrival of autumn comes a new season for Pooh and another kind of adventure in store for him and his companions. Jagged mountains, thorny forests and skull-shaped caves are the last environments many would likely expect him to explore, but this film gives the Hundred Acre crew a chance to broaden their horizons and to venture into the great unknown.
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