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Five underrated sci-fi movies on Disney+ you need to watch ASAP

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Disney+ may be the home of Star Wars and Marvel, but its sci-fi offerings are a lot more varied than you think.

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Here are five hidden gems that combine Disney’s patented brand with a science-fiction edge, making for the perfect retro movie night.

5. Atlantis the Lost Empire (2001)

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Buena Vista Pictures

Of all the animated classics in Disney’s vault, Atlantis the Lost Empire is one of the few that might actually benefit from a live-action remake. This story about a team of swaggering explorers and a nerdy cartographer has heart, humor, action, and drama.

4. Zenon, girl of the 21st century (1999)

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Buena Vista Television

Zetus Lapetus! Disney Channel Original Movies don’t get much better than this 1999 cheeseball sci-fi movie featuring catchy songs and lots of Lycra. It’s Barbarella meets Lizzie McGuire, with a hearty dash of '90s fashion.

3. Flight of the Navigator (1986)

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Buena Vista Distribution

Flight of the Navigator borrows liberally from 80s family-friendly romps like E.T.,The Goonies, and The Neverending Story, but still manages to be a heck of a lot of fun in its own right.

2. A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (1995)

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Buena Vista Pictures

Daniel Craig wields a sword in this ‘90s adventure about a young baseball player sent back in time. Exciting, charming, and oddly entertaining, A Kid in King Arthur’s Court strikes just the right balance between gallant and whimsy.

1. The Rocketeer (1991)

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Buena Vista Pictures

An homage to serial characters from World War II, Billy Campbell stars in The Rocketeer as stunt pilot Cliff Secord who finds a jet pack that lets him fly up, up, and away. It’s real, real good.