It may be time to head back to school, but your inner child will be smiling all the way through the next 30 days: September is officially Disney / Pixar month on Netflix UK. The Toy Story trilogy returns in full to the site’s streaming line-up, not to mention Monsters University and Up. (Let’s not talk about Planes.)
For those who have out-grown Woody and chums (if they do exist), there’s some equally promising adult fare on offer, from the BBC’s Line of Duty to Mockingjay: Part 1.
Here are the top 18 new releases coming soon to Amazon Prime Instant Video.
The Search for General Tso – Tuesday 1st September
Netflix has already made mouths water with its series Chef’s Table. Now, it’s aiming to do so again with the addition of Ian Cheney’s documentary about the origin of the titular Chinese-American dish.
Line of Duty: Season 1 to 2 – Tuesday 1st September
Jed Mercuriou’s gripping police drama proved one of the BBC’s best offerings of recent years when it premiered in 2012, earning the anti-corruption unit’s team several more outings, including a third and a fourth, commissioned hot on the heels of the hugely popular Season 2 last year.
The Fear: Season 1 – Tuesday 1st September
Also available on All 4, this four-part drama stars the ever-menacing Peter Mullan as erstwhile Brighton crime boss Richie, whose mind slowly begins to deteriorate.
Transformers Prime: Season 1 to 3 – Tuesday 1st September
This animated kids’ TV series, which premiered on Cartoon Network in the UK, continues the adventures of Hasbro’s transforming robots on the small screen. Peter Cullen, as always, returns to voice Optimus Prime.
Chaplin & Co. – Tuesday 1st September
Charlie Chaplin for kids? That’s the apparent thinking behind this French animated show, which depicts a CG Chaplin in his Kid persona in the 21st century.
Time Is Illmatic – Friday 4th September
Rapper Nas revisits his 1994 album, which chronicled poverty in New York, in this documentary, offering an insight into the making of a hip-hop classic, the life of the artist behind it.
Up – Friday 4th September
Pixar’s tale of an elderly widower who floats away on a balloon-covered home to South America to see the paradise he always dreamed of visiting with his wife.
The Decoy Bride – Wednesday 9th September
David Tennant, Kelly Macdonald and Alice Eve star in this romantic comedy about a local Scottish girl hired as a decoy to draw the attention away from the real bride, a Hollywood actress.
Jingle All the Way – Wednesday 9th September
“Put that cookie down. NOW.” Christmas comes early this year for Arnie fans.
Toy Story – Friday 11th September
“You are a child’s play thing!” “You are a sad, strange little man, and you have my pity.” It may be 20 odd years since Toy Story was released, but Pixar’s classic tale of friendship, toys and animated space rangers never gets old.
Monsters University – Friday 11th September
This prequel to Monsters, Inc., follows Mike and Sully back in the days before they met, as each one enrols in Monsters University.
Only Fools and Horses: Seasons 1 to 2 – Tuesday 15th September
Rodney, you plonker. Fans of Only Fools and Horses don’t need an excuse to watch the classic BBC sitcom again. Netflix just gave them one.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 – Wednesday 16th September
Splitting the final part of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy into two might sound like a bad idea, but it gives Francis Lawrence’s sci-fi the chance to explore the battleground of propaganda between the Katniss-led uprising and President Snow’s sinister Capitol. The result is a smart blockbuster that makes the political thrillingly personal. Jennifer Lawrence is predictably awesome.
Keith Richards: Under the Influence – Friday 18th September
The latest in a line of Netflix music documentaries, Under the Influence takes us back to the origin of Keith Richards’ sound as a songwriter, guitarist and performer, from the music that inspired him then to now, as he creates his first solo album in 23 years. The movie will also visit key places in Keith’s career, from Chicago, where he first encountered Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Chess Records, to Nashville, the home of country music, and New York, where Keith recorded the new album and collaborated with the likes of Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel.
Toy Story 2 – Friday 18th September
“You never forget kids like Emily, or Andy, but they forget you,” says Jessie the Cowgirl, who brings the heart to match Pixar’s trademark humour in a rare sequel that manages to be better than (or at least as brilliant as) the original.
Return to Oz – Friday 18th September
Dorothy returns to Oz – only to discover that the land his been destroyed. Helped by a chicken and a pumpkinhead, the result is far from the classic original (Fairuza Balk plays Dorothy), but has built up a cult following of fans.
The Kite Runner – Wednesday 23rd September
Marc Forster’s Oscar-nominated adaptation of the best-selling novel by Khaled Hosseini sees Amir return to his homeland in Afghanistann to help an old friend.
Thor: The Dark World – Thursday 24th September
Marvel’s eighth instalment in its ever-expanding MCU sees Chris Hemsworth’s God of thunder team up with deceitful brother Loki to save the Nine Realms from the Dark Elves. Tom Hiddleston inevitably steals the show.
Toy Story 3 – Friday 25th September
“C’mon. Let’s go see how much we’re going for on eBay.” A perfect conclusion to Pixar’s trilogy, Toy Story 3 emerges as a mature study of moving on and growing up.
Other new releases coming soon to Netflix UK in September
Tuesday 1st September
Empresses in the Palace
Journey to Le Mans
Living on One Dollar
American Experience: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Badults: Season 1
Wednesday 16th September
The Odessa File
Wednesday 23rd September
Stephen King’s Thinner
Monday 28th September