If there's one thing you can look forward to when you sign up for Disney+, it's the chance to see a variety of animal actors in action. Disney has released myriad movies that star animals doing delightfully wild, wacky, and unexpected things. The best Disney movies with animal actors that will be available on Disney+ showcase just how talented some of their animal stars haven proven to be.
Whether it's a chimp outwitting a full office of TV executives or a cat who needs help rebuilding his spaceship, these animals couldn't care less about conforming to the norm. After considering each of these animal films coming to Disney+, vote up the animal stars whose antics you find the most impressive.
A Cat Runs Recon On A Bank Heist And Complicates An FBI Op In 'That Darn Cat!'
Though the cat in 1965's That Darn Cat! may look like your average, everyday feline, he's actually quite a complicated little creature. D.C., the friendly Siamese, belongs to sisters Patti and Ingrid.
D.C. manages to sidewind his way into the apartment of a bank teller who is being held hostage. He helps get her distress call out, and consequently becomes an intricate part of cracking the case. He doesn't make things easy on the cat-allergic FBI agent who is supposed to track him, however, and ends up running reconnaissance on a bank heist and complicating an FBI surveillance operation.
- Actors: Roddy McDowall, Hayley Mills, Elsa Lanchester, Dean Jones, Ed Wynn
- Released: 1965
- Directed by: Robert Stevenson
A one-of-a-kind duck manages to endure the same fate as many superheroes before him in Disney's The Million Dollar Duck. After being taken home by a struggling scientist, the duck gets zapped with radiation, which, as we all know, leads to random superpowers.
In this case, the duck is blessed with the ability to lay eggs with solid gold yolks. When word gets out about its abilities, however, the government begins to fear that the eggs will somehow lead to economic upheaval. The panic spreads so far up the chain that the duck even manages to prompt a phone call from Richard Nixon.
- Actors: Dean Jones, Sandy Duncan, Fran Ryan, Bernard Fox, Hal Smith
- Released: 1971
- Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Perhaps no movie shows exactly what animals are made of better than 101 Dalmatians. The infamous Cruella de Vil messes with the wrong family when she nabs 15 Dalmatian puppies from Roger and Anita and their pet dogs Pongo and Perdy.
Pongo and Perdy use the twilight bark to alert dogs all over Britain that Cruella has been snatching Dalmatians (101 of them to be exact) and intends to take their fur for coats. With a little help from animals like cows, horses, goats, pigs, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and woodpeckers, the dogs are able to bring Cruella down and save the day.
- Actors: Hugh Laurie, Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Frank Welker
- Released: 1996
- Directed by: Kevin Lima
In Benji the Hunted, one little dog manages to more or less carry the entire story with little to no mistakes. Benji's tale begins when he and his trainer's boat is capsized, leaving him stranded in the wilderness. As if he didn't already have enough problems, he comes across four orphaned cougar cubs and takes them under his wing.
Benji spends the rest of the film fighting off wolves, feeding the cubs, and escaping capture by a local hunter. By the time everything is said and done, he's managed to find the cubs a new adoptive cougar mom and gets himself rescued. All in a day's work.
- Actors: Joe Camp, Red Steagall, Frank Inn, Guy Hovis, Benjean
- Released: 1987
- Directed by: Joe Camp