This Mother’s Day, spend some quality time with your mum over delicious takeout while binge-watching your favourite films and television shows. Here, we’ve rounded up six feel-good shows featuring strong, protective and powerful mothers on Disney+.
1. Turning Red
Now, this is a story that all Singaporeans can relate to. Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red introduces Mei Lee—a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming, is never far from her daughter, which is an unfortunate reality for any teenager. By the way, Mei Lee turns into a giant red panda when she’s stressed and excited.
2. Soundtrack #1
In Soundtrack #1, Eunsoo’s mother often makes surprise appearances to clean up after her daughter and she can’t help but meddle in Eunsoo’s love life. After finding out that both parties have mutual feelings, Eunsoo’s mother gives wise but subtle advice to push the leading man Sun Woo and Eunsoo closer together.
3. How I Met Your Mother
A timeless comedy such as How I Met Your Mother never goes out of style. In every friend group, there is always the mum–someone who looks out for everyone even when they don’t need it. Lily Aldrin was that friend in this group, and she was always ready to dish out solid advice whenever trouble stirred—even after having children of her own with Marshall.
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It’s never easy being the odd one out. And sometimes, we just need a shoulder to cry on. Encanto follows the story of Mirabel, the only powerless person in her family. However, when the magic surrounding her home and family is in danger, she takes it upon herself to fix it and prove her worthiness. Of course, when things don’t go as planned, Mirabel sought comfort from her warm, kind-hearted mother, Julieta, who has the power to heal with food.
A mother’s love knows no bounds, and Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) definitely proved that in this show. Wanda and Vision just started their married life together in a new town where everything is not as it seems. After having two rapidly ageing twin boys, Billy and Tommy, both superheroes are thrown into the thick of parenthood. As her life starts unravelling, Wanda has no choice but to fight like never before to save her family.
6. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (Episode I)
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Among the Star Wars fandom, Shmi Skywalker is known for her love and dedication to her son, Anakin. In Star Wars lore, Shmi mysteriously bore Anakin without a father, making her a single mother. Shmi’s most loving act was letting her son leave for a better life with the Jedi, while she stayed behind as a slave on Tattooine. Her death impacted Anakin so much that it led him to the Dark Side—reinforcing how much a mum’s love, or lack thereof, can shape a child.