The long-awaited and highly-anticipated Disney-exclusive streaming service, Disney+, is finally here, and we at Rainbow Caverns can’t wait to binge and share all of our favorite features with you. With content such as classic Disney films, nostalgic cartoons, Pixar shorts, and documentaries, how ever will you decide what to watch first on Disney+? I’m here to profess our love for all the quality female-fronted options that the service has to offer!
MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER – ©️ABC/Bob D’Amico
Agent Carter is the story of Marvel’s Peggy Carter, who we first met in Captain America, which follows her along her journey to balance her double life as both a secret agent and single woman adjusting to life in a post World War II America. Agent Carter originally ran for two seasons from 2015-2016 on ABC but is now available for you to watch in full on Disney+. With only 18 episodes, it’s easy to binge over the course of a few nights.
BAO (2018) - ©️Disney/Pixar
“Bao” is a heartwarming and tear-jerking Pixar short about a Chinese mother and an animated dumpling. If you haven’t seen it yet, I don’t want to spoil too much, but let’s just say the dumpling represents so much more than a ball of dough. “Bao” was the accompanying short to Incredibles 2 and is the first Pixar short directed by a woman, Domee Shi.
LIZZIE MCGUIRE - ©️Disney
Lizzie McGuire is a coming of age series about the life of middle-schooler Lizzie, and her two best friends, Miranda and Gordo, as they try to navigate their way through school projects, love, bullies, fashion, Italian pop stars, and annoying little brothers. It originally aired for two seasons on the Disney Channel starting in 2001 and ending with a theatrically released film in 2003.
MARVEL’S SPIDER-WOMAN - ©️Disney/Marvel
This animated series came as a surprise to many people including myself. Spider-Woman ran on ABC in 1979 and is one of the first instances of a female superhero taking center stage as her male counterpart, a little superhero you’ve probably never heard of called Spider-Man, only appears in the series’ 16 episodes twice, making Jessica Drew the true focus of the series.
DOC MCSTUFFINS – “A Bad Case of the Pricklethorns” - ©️Disney Junior
While outside of my particular demographic, this show debuted on Disney Junior when I was in high school and was met with overwhelming positivity. It features a young black girl who acts as a doctor to her toys and stuffed animals and is basically the most wholesome thing you could watch with the little ones in your life.
10 Things I Hate About You
10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (1999) - ©️Touchstone Pictures
One of the most prolific teenage romantic-comedies of the 90s, this modern take on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew features high-school feminist Kat Stratford and her younger sister Bianca’s desperate attempt to get Kat a boyfriend so that Bianca can date. Despite her unimpressed demeanor and general reluctance, however, Kat finds herself falling for the school bad boy.
ANNIE (1999) - ©️Disney
Disney’s 1999 remake of the heartwarming tale of the signing orphan left abused and alone in the midst of the Great Depression, later adopted by one of the wealthiest men in New York, is also available for streaming on Disney+. This little girl inspired us to remember that even when it seems life wants to keep us down, we’re never fully dressed without a smile and the sun will, in fact, come out tomorrow.
KIM POSSIBLE - ©️Disney
What could possibly be more girl power than a 15-year-old high school cheerleader by day/international super-spy by night? The very slogan of this mid-00’s Disney Channel cartoon is “Kim Possible: She can do anything!” So to any lady looking to be inspired today, look no further than Kim Possible.
Gotta Kick It Up!
GOTTA KICK IT UP! (2002) - ©️Disney
This 2002 Disney Channel original movie is based off of a true story of a middle school dance team in Southern California. Starring America Ferrera, this cast consists largely of Latin American women and girls and the iconic repetition of the Spanish phrase “si se puede” (translating to “yes you can”) throughout the film is an empowering reminder that there’s nothing you can’t do.
FREAKY FRIDAY (2003) - ©️Disney
I’m sure you’ve all seen the classic movie, 2003’s Freaky Friday, but did you know that there are actually THREE Freaky Friday movies? One from 1977, another from 2003, and the most recent from 2018. All of them share the same plot of a mother and her daughter swapping bodies for the day, so that’s a star studded six leading ladies!
All of these titles and so many more are available for streaming right now on Disney+! If you find yourself asking “will I ever get through all this amazing content?” just remember: ¡Si se puede!