Disney +, the best documentaries not to be missed

Disney +, the best documentaries not to be missed
There are so many interesting contents to choose from on Disney + and many others were announced just yesterday during the Investor Day. The chance to watch The Mandalorian and all the contents of the Star Wars universe, the successful Marvel movies and all the Disney Pixar fun make Disney + 's offerings tempting, but the streaming platform does more than just tell fictional stories. There are also loads of exciting documentaries to watch - whatever your interests, it's impossible that you can't find what interests you. We propose ten, or those that we believe must be absolutely seen. Remembering that the order is purely random, here are our recommendations.

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Disney +: best documentaries

Behind the Scenes of Disney Parks: The Imagineering Story Frank And Ollie Chimpanzee Assembling A Universe Apollo: Mission Moon Props Titanic: The Secret of the Movie The Awakening of Magic The world according to Jeff Goldblum Free Only On Disney + you can see these and lots of other contents. You can use this link to subscribe to the Disney + Streaming service with either a monthly or annual discounted subscription.

Behind the Scenes of Disney Parks: The Imagineering Story

Coronavirus has closed Disney theme parks momentarily and even in the event of a reopening some parks are far from easy to navigate to reach. That's why Disney + lets you experience part of the magic of theme parks from a safe distance in this excellent documentary series divided into six episodes.

Led by Leslie Iwerks (director of The Pixar Story, also available on Disney + from 2021), Behind the Scenes of Disney Parks: The Imagineering Story takes the viewer behind the scenes of Disney theme parks to tell the history of the various Disneylands, revealing how the futuristic vision of the so-called 'Imagineers' made it possible to reconcile the attractiveness of the theme park to their own lives and those of all employees. Side note: World-renowned documentarian Leslie Iwerks is also the granddaughter of Disney legend and co-creator of Mickey Mouse Ub Iwerks.

Frank And Ollie

This 1995 documentary on Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnson, two legendary animators who worked alongside Walt Disney from the company's early days through the 1970s, is recommended for anyone with an interest in Disney history (and American animation in general). Frank and Ollie have worked on every major Disney animated film from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Fox and the Hound. It's over 40 years of film that just thinking about it is crazy!

They also appear briefly in The Incredibles as the two elderly people commenting on the “old school”. The documentary is equally fascinating and emotional, as Frank and Ollie share stories about their time as two of the Nine Olds, the original core of Disney animators. There are also plenty of archival footage and interviews with more contemporary Disney animators (contemporary for 1995 of course).


Chimpanzee chronicles the life of a chimpanzee named Oscar and the documentary follows him as he is raised by his mother Isha in a group of chimpanzees. Unfortunately, one bad day his mother is separated from the team after a violent attack by a group of rival chimps led by the evil Scar. Isha most likely dies, as a lone chimpanzee becomes easy prey in the jungle, and in fact we will never see her again. Oscar continues to search for his mother as every other female chimp in the group rejects him, and it's devastating.

Oscar is finally reluctantly adopted by the alpha male Freddy, who starts a fight against Scar's team, in style Warriors. The real events in Oscar's life are so close to a Disney fictional movie that we almost wouldn't be surprised to learn that Scar was on Disney's payroll. The film is narrated by Tim Allen, which is a bit jarring at first, but the actor / comedian and pillar of Disney ends up being a good choice thanks to his great involvement. Of course, if you didn't understand, the documentary is about real events.

Assembling A Universe

Assembling a Universe is a short documentary that aired as a special on ABC in 2014, even before Avengers: Age of Ultron was out in theaters, so it's a little dated. But it gives fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe a glimpse into how Marvel Studios got started and how the MCU took off.

It's very humor-centric and focuses heavily on the supposed importance of Agents of Shield, which is definitely adorable since it was a proprietary product of ABC.

Apollo: Mission Moon

The story of how NASA brought 12 humans to the surface of the Moon between 1969 and 1972 has been told many times in the past, but it is a story that never gets old. Documentary released to mark the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first lunar steps, this National Geographic documentary is built entirely around archival footage.

As director Tom Jennings assembles material from NASA, TV networks and beyond in a linear timeline, today's lack of talking heads offers an intriguing and doubtless perspective, allowing you to come to objective conclusions about one of humanity's greatest achievements.


This Disney + original series (which we reviewed for you) takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of cinema, with film historian and prop collector Dan Lanigan bringing together the iconic props of Disney movies with the directors, actors and crew who created and used them in some of the most beloved feature films. During this journey, Dan will recover lost artifacts, visit private collections and help restore pieces from the Walt Disney archives to their original glory.

Films featured include Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl , Mary Poppins, Muppet - The Movie, Tron, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and other. In short, a very interesting and curious way to quench your curiosity.

Titanic: The Secret of the Film

Winning an Oscar record and becoming the self-proclaimed "king of the world" is not enough to end James Cameron's interest in Titanic. Made two decades after his hit film, this National Geographic documentary follows the legendary director as he returns to the world's most famous shipwreck and finds out what he guessed and what he did wrong while making the box office hit. You may find that the sinking may not have been entirely accurate.

Also on Disney + you will find two other Titanic and James Cameron-themed documentaries named The Wreck of the Titanic and The Search for Atlantis with James Cameron. The first shows, for the first time since 1985, the entire wreck of the famous cruise ship sunk in the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean while the second resumes the search for the legendary city of Atlantis together with the directors Cameron and the winner by an Emmy Simcha Jacobovici.

The Awakening of Magic

If you have any interest in the Disney Renaissance, you should definitely watch The Awakening of Magic. It's a surprisingly straightforward look at Disney's revitalization in the late 1980s and early 1990s, thanks to a string of hits such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King.

Narrated and directed by Disney producer Don Hahn, the film consists entirely of archival interviews with Disney animators and executives and personal footage shot by the various employees who worked behind the scenes during what is likely the period more important than the company's history. The documentary is surprisingly candid and doesn't paint Disney in the most flattering light, though most of the shadow cast is in the direction of Jeffrey Katzenberg, the former head of the feature film department at Disney who resigned in the mid-1990s to found DreamWorks.

The world according to Jeff Goldblum

Through the prism of Jeff Goldblum's always curious and highly entertaining mind, nothing is as it seems. Each episode centers around something we all love, like sneakers or ice cream, but Jeff manages to unravel a wonderful world of amazing connections, fascinating science and stories, great people, and loads of great surprises, ideas and insights all behind. of apparent everyday objects. Read our review to learn more!

Free Solo

Free Solo follows professional climber Alex Honnold as he sets out to free climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Free climbing, for the uninitiated, is climbing without a harness or safety line. Basically, it is the scariest activity humans can engage in that does not involve space travel and / or taming lions out of the cage (just examples, of course).

Free Solo won the Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2018 and it's easy to see why when you watch it. Honnold's journey up the 900-meter-high rock formation is dizzying and you will be watching the entire documentary with a maddening fear, seeing is believing.

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