Fall is finally here and October is just around the corner. Entertainment streaming giant Netflix has just announced its new titles for October, as well. It’s a bit of a light month compared to the last few, but there are a few standout options for Disney fans.
There’s only one film hitting Netflix this month that was actually released by Disney. Nonetheless, there are several others that might be of interest to Disney fans.
Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
This is the only actual Disney film coming to Netflix in October. Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin was originally released as a direct-to-video film in 1997.
This was the first film that used an original story not based on any of the classic Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne. It did use elements from three stories contained in The House at Pooh Corner, though.
The plot involves Pooh and his friends on a quest to rescue Christopher Robin from the “Skull.” As you might could guess from that description, it’s a bit dark for a Winnie the Pooh adventure. Pooh’s Grand Adventure received generally negative reviews mainly for that reason. Rumor has it that the film was originally slated for a theatrical release. When the dark themes emerged, Disney relegated it to direct-to-video status instead.
A Cinderella Story
In 2004, Warner Bros. released A Cinderella Story, starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. It’s a very loose, modern interpretation of the Cinderella fairy tale.
The story follows two internet pen pals who fall in love, but must overcome real world obstacles in order to stay together.
It was a major success at the box office and spawned three sequels: Another Cinderella Story, A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, and A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits.
FairyTale: A True Story
This period film, based on a true story (as the title indicates) was originally released in 1997. It tells the story behind the famous Cottingley Fairies.
The Cottingley Fairies were a series of photographs released at the beginning of the 20th century. They showed two young girls in England playing with what appeared to be real fairies.
Peter O’Toole stars as Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Harvey Keitel plays famed magician Harry Houdini. In the film, Doyle and Houdini team up to investigate whether the photographs are real.
Leaving Netflix in October:
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
While we gain one new Winnie the Pooh adventure in October, we lose another. Toward the end of the month, the seminal Pooh movie, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh will leave Netflix.
This is the most recognizable of all the Winnie the Pooh movies. Originally released in 1977, it was comprised of three previously released Pooh short films. Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree was originally released in 1966. In 1968, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day was released. Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too saw release in 1974.
An additional story was added along with new material to link the short films together. This was also the last film in which Walt Disney himself had personal involvement. That’s because Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree was released while he was still alive. He also had personal involvement in Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.