The happiest blog on Earth
Sorry about the major lack in posts, I've literally been up to my head in work. I am super excited to get started again though, and I will be doing a super fun Halloween week two weeks from now (or maybe next week-ish).
Anyway, I put together a quick list of the top 10 underrated Disney movies so you can check that out below!
10. A Goofy Movie
I'm fairly certain you can ask any millennial and they will espouse the importance of this movie. After Goofy's son Max finally gets a girl to notice him, Goofy proposes a cross-country fishing trip to increase the bond between the two. Max is basically salty the entire time, but eventually learns love and acceptance. This movie was released straight to VHS and played on Disney Channel, so it missed the major applause it could have garnered. Still, it's worth a watch for a comical yet sweet story.
9. Oliver & Company
Love old stories imagined in new ways? Check out this sweet retelling of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist with a kitten and a pack of "ruff" dogs. It's sweet and musical and well worth a watch.
8. The Sword in the Stone
Following the retelling series, Disney's version of the story of King Arthur and Excalibur ties together adventure, silliness, and a crazy villain with the old-time Disney charm.
7. Treasure Planet
Arguably one of the most well-known underrated Disney movies (and one that never had its heyday in the theaters as it was Disney's biggest financial loss), Treasure Planet tells the story of a young man named Jim Hawkins who stumbles upon the map to a great treasure trove. A crazy race for the treasure ensues, featuring aliens, gold, supernovas, and more.
6. Brother Bear
As another movie that flew under the radar of many fans, Brother Bear ties in a Phil Collins soundtrack with a heartwarming coming-of-age story about an Inuit boy named Kenai who is transformed into a bear to learn how to "see through another's eyes, feel through another's heart, and discover the meaning of brotherhood."
5. Meet the Robinsons
I feel like Meet the Robinsons was a movie that had its heyday more on Disney Channel than in the theaters. This heartwarming and complex story follows a young inventor who is catapulted into the future where he finds a crazy family (The Robinsons) and must battle off an evil (yet fairly dumb) mastermind. The film's time-traveling theme brings the perfect plot twist and the moral of the story -- you always have true love and acceptance in your family, even if they're not blood -- could make anyone cry.
4. Emperor's New Groove
For a great overview of this movie and my reactions to it, check out my post here. This crazy adventure of a Incan emperor turned into a llama blends comedy, coming-of-age stories, and quick-moving storytelling for a story fans will never forget.
3. Atlantis: The Lost Empire
A young cartographer with major determination to find Atlantis ends of uncovering a major mystery when he travels to find the lost secrets of the underground city. Like Treasure Planet, this adventure film was totally overlooked in the theaters even though it features a cast of strong characters and an interesting plot that leaves viewers wanting to find Atlantis themselves.
2. Robin Hood
When movies are fairly old, we tend to forget that they exist (see: The Sword in the Stone, The Black Cauldron, etc.). Still, Disney's Robin Hood will forever live on in my heart as one of my favorite Disney movies. The film tells the famous story of a bow-and-arrow-wielding outlaw who steals from the rich to give to the poor, but rewrites every character as a member of the animal kingdom under King John (a problematic lion). With Robin Hood as a charming fox, Maid Marian as a sweet vixen, and Little John as a huge bear, the movie twists together amazing music, charming stories, and a happily-ever-after for a classic that lives on.
1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
By far, Hunchback is my favorite Disney movie. Based on Victor Hugo's dark short story, and with quite a dark plot itself, the film centers on Quasimodo, a hunchback who rings the bells for Notre Dame. He dreams of leaving his tower and falls in love with the gypsy Esmeralda, but his caretaker Judge Claude Frollo has sinister plans that get in the way. It is a great mix of important morals like accepting yourself and an adventure that never stops.
Kat Shambaugh: photographer, graphic designer, wannabe Disney princess. Literature, Media, and Communications major at the Georgia Institute of Technology.