We all love a good movie night. From animated movies to teenage TV shows and more, there is plenty on Netflix, Disney+ and more to keep the whole family entertained. Cue the popcorn!
We movie-buff Mamas and Papas are always looking for family-friendly movies and shows to watch with the kids. And we know you sometimes simply don’t have the time to filter out suitable content for children, which is why we’ve rounded up what to watch this month. From intergalactic adventure films to another Michelle Yeoh film that’s about to a hit and more, here’s what to watch on Disney+ and Netflix this May.
What’s New On Disney+ And Netflix In May 2023
Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures
Airs Thursday, 4 May on Disney+ Hong Kong
If you find the Star Wars movies or The Mandalorian to be a bit much for the little ones, this is the animated show for them! Set centuries before the original Star Wars films, Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures follows a group of younglings as they learn the ways of the Force, including compassion, self-discipline, team work and patience, to become Jedi Knights.
Watch Star Wars: Young Jedi Adventures on Disney+ Hong Kong.
Airs Thursday, 4 May on Netflix Hong Kong
If you’re looking for something educational per se for your tots to watch, this show isn’t it, but that’s not to say it’s not entertaining and fit for goofy laughs! Plus, it’s about parenting – as Red and Yellow welcome a baby caterpillar into their lives, nothing remains the same.
Watch Larva Family on Netflix Hong Kong.
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
Airs Thursday, 4 May on Netflix Hong Kong
For the teens and tweens that love Bridgerton, this spin-off focuses on young Queen Charlotte’s rise to prominence and power. It’s loosely based on the real-life Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who lived during the 18th century.
Watch Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story on Netflix Hong Kong.
Airs Friday, 12 May on Disney+ Hong Kong
A coming-of-age science fiction adventure film, Crater follows a boy who is raised in a lunar mining colony. After his father’s death, he goes on a journey exploring a mysterious crater with his three best friends to fulfil his father’s last wish before he is permanently relocated to another planet.
Watch Crater on Disney+ Hong Kong.
Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania
Airs Wednesday, 17 May on Disney+ Hong Kong
If your family hadn’t had the chance to watch the latest Ant-Man movie on the big screen (or you want to rewatch it!), it’s releasing soon on Disney+. Enter the Quantum Realm with Ant-Man and the Wasp as they encounter strange new creatures and a journey that pushes them both to new limits.
Watch Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania on Disney+ Hong Kong.
Airs Thursday, 18 May on Netflix Hong Kong
A spin-off of the To All the Boys film series, Kitty Covey makes a bold choice to move across the world to South Korea to reunite with her long-distance boyfriend but what ensues is, well, some teenage drama as well as some Seoul searching!
Watch XO, Kitty on Netflix Hong Kong.
American Born Chinese
Airs Wednesday, 24 May on Disney+ Hong Kong
Based on the hit graphic novel of the same name, American Born Chinese follows Jin Wang who befriends a Taiwanese exchange student, but all’s not as it seems. Soon, Jin gets involved in a battle between gods of Chinese mythology (where Michelle Yeoh is a literal Goddess!).
Watch American Born Chinese on Disney+ Hong Kong.
Disney Movies And Shows For Young Kids On Disney+ Hong Kong
Toy Story – Pixar
A favourite for all ages, we recommend watching any one of the four movies from the Toy Story franchise (or a marathon!). Andy Davis’ beloved toys come to life when no one’s watching and in this movie, cowboy-toy Woody is faced with a potential threat, Buzz Lightyear, who quickly impresses the crowd. Despite the first installation releasing in 1996, Woody and his crew continue to give new meaning to friendship, humour, and adventure.
Sassy Mama tip: Watch Toy Story before your next visit to Disneyland Hong Kong and make a bee-line for Toy Story Land!
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – Disney Junior
Before you know it, the little ones will be chanting “Meeska Mooska Mickey Mouse” and pretend they know magic! Mickey Mouse Clubhouse interactively teaches problem-solving skills and important life lessons through the many adventures Mickey and his friends go on. Since the series is focused on pre-schoolers, you can expect each episode to be filled with sing-along rhymes that keep the tots on their toes.
More Disney+ Recommendations For Young Kids:
- Frozen – Animation/fantasy/musical
- PJ Masks – Animation/children’s TV/superhero
- Doc McStuffins – Animation/children’s TV/educational
- Finding Nemo – Adventure/animation
- Sofia the First – Animation/fantasy/musical
Disney Movies And TV Shows For Older Kids On Disney+ Hong Kong
Encanto – Disney
We don’t talk about Bruno – or do we? Become a part of the magical Madrigal family, with each member possessing a superpower – from healing to super strength and shapeshifting. The movie explores the power and unity of family and how every member plays a role in keeping the “encanto” (meaning charm) alive. The attention to detail, colourful and vibrant representation of Colombian culture and the catchy songs (penned by none other than Lin Manuel Miranda of Hamilton fame) make Encanto a pleasure to watch (and re-watch!).
Avengers Assemble – Marvel
For a short and punchy Avengers adrenaline-kick, Avengers Assemble delivers an old-school style animation, packed with action. If your child wants a deep-dive on all things Iron Man and Marvel’s mightiest heroes, they’ll appreciate all five seasons! As opposed to other Marvel movies and shows, Avengers Assemble isn’t gory and even if fight scenes intensity, they’re backed with comedic elements (a sigh of relief for parents).
More Disney+ Recommendations For Older Kids:
- Weird but True! – Docuseries/educational
- Night at the Museum – Fantasy/comedy
- Moana – Adventure/animation/musical
- Luca – Animation/coming-of-age/fantasy
- The BFG – Adventure/fantasy
Disney Movies And TV Shows For Tweens On Disney+ Hong Kong
Turning Red – Pixar
When your child is a tween, it may get tricky to put into conversation the transition of becoming a teen. That’s when movies like Turning Red can be entertaining as well as relatable (mostly for girls). The giant red panda is an adorable and humourous metaphor for hitting puberty (a topic rarely discussed in movies), and the animated comedy is filled with heart-warming scenes on the bonds of family and friendship (and boy bands!).
Welcome To Earth – National Geographic
Travel to the world’s best kept hidden gems from the comfort of your couch, and with the company of Will Smith. The six-part docuseries follows the actor to uncharted and the most remote locations including Icelandic glaciers, the Namibia Desert, and the heart of an active volcano in the Pacific region. Welcome to Earth gives you an adrenaline rush without moving a finger and remains educational throughout each episode (kids and parents alike will learn a ton of new info about the world and its creatures).
More Disney+ Recommendations For Tweens:
- Coco – Animation/fantasy
- What If…? – Action adventure/animation/anthology/science-fiction/superhero
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days – Comedy/fiction
- Avengers: Infinity War – Action/adventure/fantasy/science-fiction/superhero
- Up – Adventure/animation/comedy/fantasy
Disney Movies And TV Shows For Teens And Adults On Disney+ Hong Kong
Loki – Marvel
There may be a lot of Marvel shows to watch on Disney+, but Loki has garnered a fan following. The plot follows the after events of Avengers: Endgame where Loki (Tom Hiddleston) resumes his role as God of Mischief. Problem arises when an alternate version of Loki creates a new timeline and Loki needs to restore time and space or he may be erased from existence. Older kids will enjoy this series as it’s about Loki’s ever-changing sense of identity and also looks into his insecurities. Each episode may be slightly lengthy (almost an hour long) but there are only six episodes and a second season is in the works.
Hidden Figures – Star Movies
This inspiring biographical drama not only has a strong cast, but also powerful messages. Three African-American women who work for NASA as mathematicians play a pivotal role in astronaut John Glenn’s launch into orbit. The movie explores their hurdles in a racially segregated society devoid of equal opportunities and where discrimination in the workplace and public is rife. Hidden Figures also goes to show women too can go above and beyond to achieve their dreams and no career field is out of reach.
More Disney+ Recommendations For Teens And Adults:
- Gordon Ramsey: Uncharted – Docuseries/travel
- Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings – Action/adventure/fantasy/science-fiction/superhero
- Cruella – Adventure/drama
- The Mandalorian – Adventure fiction/drama/space western
- Soul – Animation/comedy/drama/fantasy/music
How To Watch Disney+ in Hong Kong
There are only two different price plans for Disney+ Hong Kong. You can either pay monthly for $73 or annually for $738 (saving 15%). Either way, both plans come with endless streaming, seven different profiles that four different devices can watch at the same time. You can download the Disney+ app on both Google Play and Apple Store.
Disney+ Hong Kong, www.disneyplus.com
Read more: 50 Things To Do In Hong Kong With Kids
Editor’s Note: “What’s New On Disney+ In August” was originally published in March 2022 by Fashila Kanakka and updated in August 2022 by Fashila Kanakka.