Best new movies and TV series on Disney+ UK: May 2022


Each month, new films and TV shows are added to Disney+‘s UK library. Here’s Eliza Janssen’s recommendations for the titles most worth watching. Scroll down for the full list of everything arriving on the platform.

Top picks

The Quest (May 11)

LARPers worldwide will be furiously jealous of the eight teens chosen to compete in this novel reality series, which blends scripted fantasy elements with a Survivor-style elimination format. They’ll trade in their hoodies and sneakers for big budget suits of armour and (presumably foam) weaponry, sprinting around in mazes and trying to parse exposition from actors who are a step above Disney’s theme park performers.

The whole thing should be a lot of hybrid fun—a neat little season of escapism that’ll especially excite kids who love reading genre fiction or love to play princesses and knights themselves. It all reminds me a bit of the iconically chaotic Kid Nation, a questionable reality show that got cancelled after one season because it stranded like 40 kids of various age in an abandoned Wild West ghost town and expected them to kill their own meat/not bully each other. Hopefully OH&S are more on the ball with The Quest.

Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers (May 20)

I believe the Lonely Island guys can make anything funny, from an experimental rap baseball musical to The Lego Movie‘s best song right through to making one of the 2010’s most under-appreciated spoofs. Their input is why this IP-worshipping adaptation of the 90s kids show Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers should be way better than any exhausting Alvin squeakquel.

Disney+ already has another revamped Chip ‘n’ Dale series going on, but in this live-action movie we meet the chipmunk brothers waaaay past their Saturday morning glory days. Chip (John Mulaney!) is still cel-shaded, still avidly trying to do good, whilst Dale (Andy Samberg!) has opted to get “CGI surgery” to stay up to date on the convention circuit. The whole meta franchise thing might be a bit overdone by now, but at the very least it’ll dunk on Space Jam 2.

Obi-Wan Kenobi (May 27)

Ewan McGregor’s performance as a younger version of Obi-Wan was one of the few shining lights in the maligned Star Wars prequel trilogy. Now, the actor and the character are in a funny space somewhere between that fresh Jedi graduate role and Alec Guinness’ original depiction back in the 70s.

The first season of his own series is only six episodes long, with a double-episode premiere reintroducing us to the Jesus-like figure on May 27. McGregor has spoken sweetly about the joys of working with Hayden Christensen again: even if we the fans totally hated his sand-loathing performance as the surly boy who would become Vader, it sounds like the guys got on really well, and should hopefully have an opportunity or two to make up after that nasty lava battle.


All new titles arriving on Disney+ UK in May

May 4

Raven’s Home: Season 5
Baymax and Mochi: Season 1
Lego Star Wars All-Stars: Season 1
Good Trouble: Season 3 Premiere
American Crime Story: Season 1-2
Snowfall: Season 4
Scrapyard Supercar: Season 1
Secrets of Wild India: Season 1
Egypt From Above: Season 1

May 6

Where The Heart Is
Me, Earl and the Dying Girl
Babylon AD
Long Gone Summer
Mike and the Mad Dog
Lost Temple of Inca
Saving Venice

May 11

The Quest: Season 1
Marvel Studios: Assembled: The Making of Moon Knight
How I Met Your Father: Season 1
A Wilderness Of Error
Wonders of the Ocean: Season 1
Primal Survivor: Season 5
Kingdom of the White Wolf: Season 1

May 13

Sneakerella
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Bruce Almighty
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Tommy
Muhammad and Larry
Drain the Ocean: WWII
Drain the Sunken Pirate City

May 18

Life & Beth
Grown-ish: Season 4
Knights of Castelcorvo: Season 1
Mickey Mouse Squad: La Batalla por el Zasca: Season 1
Chain of Command: Season 1
Ultimate Airport Dubai: Season 1-3
Baking With Francisco Moreira: Season 1-2
Binny and the Ghost: Season 1-2
Mayans MC: Season 3

May 20

Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers
The Valet
The Transporter
The Transporter 2
D Wade: Life Unexpected
Qualified
King Fishers: Battle of the Nordics
Wild Botswana

May 25

Papas Por Encargo: Season 1
Eye Wonder: Season 1 Premiere
Chibi Tiny Tales: Season 1
De Worsten Van Babel Op De Camping: Season 1
Secrets of Aunt Katie: Season 7-8
Wild Russia
Port Protection Alaska: Season 1-4
Building Wild: Season 2
Alaska Animal Rescue: Season 1
Awesome Animals: Season 1
NYPD Blue: Season 1-12
Wu-Tang: An American Saga: Season 1

May 27

Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi: Season 1 Premiere
We Feed People
Patti Cake$
Jumper
JFK
Daredevil
What’s Your Number
The Negotiator
Big Momma’s House
Big Momma’s House 2
Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
Drain The Titanic

May 31

Pistol: Limited Series