Here’s a little list of the most underrated Disney films of all time. Some may have received amazing critic reviews, but just wasn’t loved by the audience, or vice versa. It’s a shame that these movies are so underrated, but that’s life.
1. A Goofy Movie
The first one up is A Goofy Movie (also including the sequel; An Extremely Goofy Movie). Released in 1995, this fun, family movie is extremely underrated. It features iconic Disney characters, new characters, an awesome soundtrack and humour for both children and adults alike. It’s a shame that this movie hasn’t got more recognition; it deals with real-life family and teenage problems which most audiences would find relatable. There is also a character inspired by Micheal Jackson and Prince, Powerline. So, how much better can it get? Really??
2. Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Released in 2001, with a sequel, Atlantis: Milo’s Return, released in 2003, these movies really do lack attention. Main character Milo Thatch gains possession of a sacred book which he believes will guide him and a crew of mercenaries to the lost city of Atlantis. The animation in this movie is simply beautiful, with amazing detail. It really is quite confusing as to why this movie isn’t praised more.
3. Into The Woods
This stunning musical was released back in 2015. It has a well-known cast, including Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Chris Pine and Emily Blunt. This fantasy adventure was based on Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway musical of the same name. The moral of this story is that no one is alone, and nice is different than good.
The acting, singing and props to this movie is well detailed and fun. I, personally, thought that this was an amazing addition to the Disney movies and was surprised that not as many people agreed with me.
4. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
One of my favourite films, The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released back in 1996, with the less successful sequel released in 2002. This movie is about Quasmido, a deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame, and his struggle to gain acceptance in (a corrupted) society. With a beautiful soundtrack and moral, this film should have been a lot more successful than what it was. It is still quite relevent to our society, today.
Featuring the voices of Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Tony Jay and Paul Kandell, this movie will remain a visually stunning masterpiece.
‘What makes a monster and what makes a man?’
5. Oliver and Company
This classic was released back in 1989. Inspired by Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist, this movie is about a homeless kitten, Oliver. Oliver roams the streets of New York, and is taken in by homeless dogs. This is a sweet story, which animal lovers may particularly enjoy.
The soundtrack to this movie is also amazing. Bette Midler definitely stole the show with this movie, though.
6. The Sword in the Stone
Another classic! Released back in 1963, this is unfortunately another film that has a lack of attention. This movie follows the story of a young boy, Arthur, who meets wizard, Merlin. Merlin takes care of Arthur and gives him a good education, but Arthur then goes on to be the King of England.
This light-hearted, family fun adventure is really suitable for all ages. Featuring a number of new songs and emphasising the importance of education. Why isn’t this praised more?
7. Basil: The Great Mouse Detective
Basically, Sherlock Holmes as mouse. This classic was released in 1986, and has great humour, songs and is impressively drawn. It is action packed; guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entirety of the film.
8. The Fox and the Hound
This emotional movie was released in 1981, with the sequel being released in 2006. The story consists of an unlikely friendship between, well, a fox and a hound. The two struggle to keep their friendship alive due to social pressures.
Even though this movie will have you bawling like a baby, it is a great family film. Animal lovers may especially enjoy this film, as well. The soundtrack helps make the movie as amazing as it is.
9. The Aristocrats
Released in 1971, this movie revolves around a family of cats who have been kidnapped and abandoned by a jealous butler. They then try to return home, with the help of a tomcat.
This fun musical is suitable for all ages, and families. The drawings are visually stunning and spot on. I will never know why there aren’t very many people who enjoy this film as much as I do.
(eeveryyyyboddyyyyyy wants to beeee a cat!)
This fun classic was released back in 1997. It follows the story of the eponymous character, Hercules. He’s a Greek God who was stripped of him immortality as a baby, and must prove himself a hero in order to reclaim it.
The soundtrack is outstanding, the drawing is outstanding, the narrative is outstanding. It’s a brilliant movie which should be appreciated more!
So there are ten of the most underrated Disney films. It really is a shame that these movies (as well as many others) don’t have as much love as the others do. Maybe it would be a good idea to grab some popcorn and watch these movies now. Show them some love!