Fun New Disney DVDs

Check out these new Disney DVD releases to see if there’s something for your next movie night.

As you know by now, we are a movie family. We watch hockey games, one TV show, and movies. And I like it that way. With movies we can control the content, we get to read the subtitles, and we don’t get distracted by “‘merchicals” hawking wares we don’t need.

(I love it that my six-year old calls them merchicals. I can’t stand to correct her.)

Good movies are sometimes hard to find. For fifteen years Disney has been my go-to for films that we enjoy watching as a family. There have been some bombs, like The Country Bears and Homeward Bound, but generally speaking, we’ve been pretty pleased with Disney films.

Here’s a round-up of some new and old releases that our family has enjoyed.

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Wreck-It Ralph

My 12-year old chose Wreck-It Ralph for his birthday celebration back in November. It was totally worth the experience. The entire family enjoyed the outing and the film. We knew we wanted to add it to our collection.

We received the pre-release copy a few weeks ago and had a Friday movie night featuring Vanellope and Ralph. Cute movie! The action takes place in the world of gaming — inside the games! Any adult who spent time in arcades growing up will appreciate the touches that Disney-Pixar added to make it appeal to all ages.

The bonus features are great, too. I love the thoroughness that the animators put into their products. Wreck-It Ralph does not disappoint.

Note: there is a fair amount of crass language coming from our fair heroine. She’s a little rough, on the edge of inappropriate. I think this is the first Disney-Pixar that I have ever had to issue a warning on. My land. (Fix-it Felix is an interesting foil with his ultra-polite gentlemanliness.)

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Phineas & Ferb: The Perry Files – Animal Agents

Our family has been long-time fans of Phineas & Ferb. I love the innocence and creativity of the two step-brothers as they wile away the summer days in positive pursuits, much to the chagrin of their older sister, Candace, intent on “busting them.”

The family pet, Perry the Platypus, is actually a secret agent in disguise. Well, he’s still a platypus, but he’s a pretty clever one. This video contains 12 episodes of the Disney series as well as a fair amount of bonus content.

The kids loved watching it while we were on date night this week. I feel like I can trust Phineas & Ferb.

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Sofia the First

My girls are a little obsessed with princesses. I know that there are a range of opinions on that. But, I choose not to get too worked up about it. I think there’s beauty in imaginative play. I wanted to be a princess, too, once upon a time, and I turned out okay. ;)

Sofia the First puts a modern spin on fairy tale stories. Sofia’s mother marries the king and therefore becomes a princess as his step-daughter. It’s not the most realistic of stories. Students of medieval history will balk at some of the twists and turns and the school that Sofia attends, Royal Prep. (Yes, it’s a little bit cheesy.)

The FishChicks have played the Sofia games on the Disney website, so they were extremely eager to watch the full-length film. And, yes, they love it.

What’s YOUR favorite Disney film?

Disclosure: I received review copies of these films courtesy of Disney. All opinions are my own.

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  1. I have 3 girls who have loved every one of the princess movies, and a boy who adores Cars. Disney might be “so cliche” for some people, but for our family, it’s where it’s at. My (more recent) favorite was Tangled, both for the fun music and the spunky, “I can rescue myself” princess. For old time’s sake, I’ll go with Cinderella. You can’t beat the classic fairy tale, and I like that there isn’t really any ‘black magic” or evil spirits in it, only “good” magic.

  2. Aww what’s wrong with Homeward Bound?!? I grew up on that movie!!

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      Well, are you talking about the classic or the remake? The classic was titled, The Incredible Journey. My kids loved that one. I thought the remake was pretty bad in comparison.

    • Thanks for the info. on these newer movies, and Emily – I agree with you. Homeward Bound is one of my faves, and it still makes me laugh out loud. Parts of the movie were filmed at Smith Rocks in Central Oregon where I lived for about 17 mos., so I’m a bit partial because of that. Disney movies continue to satisfy our family, as a rule, and my four children range from 5 – 16. Any thoughts on Brave? I’ve heard not so good.

      • Jessica Fisher says:

        Well, since I didn’t like the newer Homeward Bound (I thought the language was inappropriate, but my kids were really little then), maybe you won’t like my thoughts on Brave. But, I loved it. I cry at the end every time, even though I know how it ends.http://lifeasmom.com/2012/11/celebrating-with-merida-a-brave-inspired-birthday-cake.html

        • Thanks for the link back to the Brave info. – guess I must’ve missed that post! :-) I saw Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey before we started our family, then didn’t see it again until the kids were a little older. I don’t think my younger two have seen it, and the older two are teens. I have to look for the original Homeward Bound, too.

          I’ve found that I have to re-watch movies from before children, to ensure the appropriateness. When my olders were 12 and 14, I noticed Mrs. Doubtfire was on Netflix and mentioned in passing that it was funny…after my older kids watched it they said they a little surprised some of the content. I watched it again and realized it was far more PG than I had remembered. :-) Thanks for all you do on this (and your other) blog to help us moms out here in cyber land. Blessings!

          • Jessica Fisher says:

            Ain’t THAT the truth? I thought for sure that Goonies and Ghostbusters would be fine. I saw them when I was 12 or so, and my siblings were much younger. Um, no. Thanks for the heads up on Mrs. Doubtfire. I wondered about that one.

            Thanks for your kind words, too.

  3. Is Sophia available for purchase?

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