Have You Watched These 24 Underrated Disney Movies?

Grab some snacks and chill out this weekend with our picks of some underrated Disney movies that no one talks about. You’re welcome!

Mary Poppins

Starting off with the classics, Mary Poppins is one Disney musical we can never get enough of! Did you know that many of the nannies in the large queue of applicants for the job at the start of the film were actually men in drag?

Peter Pan

Taking us on a wild adventure is Peter Pan and the quirky little Tinker Bell. In Peter Pan’s originally-planned version, Nana traveled with the children to Neverland. It also had a much darker ending.

Lady and the Tramp

Who can get enough of this classic romantic scene from the Lady and the Tramp?

Fun facts: Walt Disney originally didn’t want to include the ‘Bella Note’ spaghetti-eating scene, now one of the most iconic moments in the whole Disney canon.

A dream sequence where giant dogs take their owners for walks was scrapped out of this movie because of adverse audience reactions.

Anastasia

Bring a blanket and some hot chocolate and watch this winter special, Anastasia.

Did you know that the music box in this movie actually existed? It was given to Anastasia by Marie Feoderovna for her thirteenth birthday, but was silver, with a ballerina on top.

The Aristocats

As kids, we learned a lot about music, cats and how to be a lady in The Aristocats. The Aristocats was inspired by the true story of a Parisian family of cats, circa 1910, that inherited a fabulous fortune.

Oliver and Company

We’re not surprised that cute kittens made it to the top of the list because this Disney classic is too fun to miss!

Fun fact: Whitney Houston was considered for the role of Rita in this movie.

Hercules

The heartwarming heroic Hercules will always put us in the mood for romance. Too bad not everyone has a hero like that to rescue them!

In this movie, Phil cleans himself up using a lion’s skin. The skin once belonged to Scar from The Lion King.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

We can never get enough of this old-timey favorite! The Hunchback of Notre Dame taught us some lessons about life.

Fun fact: This film, due to its dark and sexual themes, nearly became the first animated Disney film to receive a PG rating from the MPAA in the U.S.

Robin Hood

Have you seen Robin Hood as a kid? Try watching it now, you’ll get a whole new perspective. Did you know that the famous gap on Terry-Thomas’ teeth was incorporated into the design of the character he voices, Sir Hiss (it makes a handy opening for his forked tongue to dart out).

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

When we’re in the mood for some adventure and ancient mysteries we turn to Atlantis: The Lost Empire another one of Disney’s underrated movies. While making this movie because it was planned out as an action-adventure, the production crew wore t-shirts that read “ATLANTIS – Fewer songs, more explosions”. It was also one of the last Disney films to feature a character that smokes.

The Fox and the Hound

The beautiful friendship in The Fox and the Hound gets us a tearing up every time!

During the making of this movie, producer Wolfgang Reitherman brought his son’s pet fox in as a reference for the animators.

Lilo and Stitch 

Being the master of comedy Lilo and Stitch is an all-time favorite!

Fun fact: Many of the aliens in the movie are inspired by Disney characters, including Piglet and Tigger.

The Sword in the Stone

This one has been long forgotten but is definitely worth a watch, The Sword in the Stone has its heroic and funny moments that will get you laughing. This was the last film that Disney produced since he died during the production of The Jungle Book (1967).

The Rescuers

One mean villain is coming your way in The Rescuers, but thankfully two mice are on their way to the rescue!

Fun fact: Penny freezes whenever she gazes into Madame Medusa’s eyes. In the Greek myth, those who gazed into Medusa’s eyes turned to stone.

The Great Mouse Detective

A Sherlock Holmes Disney classic is The Great Mouse Detective. The movie features the Disney character “Dumbo” as a toy figurine in the toy shop scene.

Brother Bear

We’ve learned many valuable lessons from Brother Bear and it’s definitely worth watching! In Brother Bear, most of the characters are named after actual places in Alaska, where the story is set. For example, Kenai is named after the Kenai Peninsula.

Meet the Robinsons

Not everyone has a weird family but the Robinsons is one heck of a family!

Fun fact: There’s a picture of Walt Disney in the orphanage scene.

A Bug’s Life

Teaching us about nature and bugs specifically, A Bug’s Life is a super funny and educational movie.

Fun fact: A similar film called Antz (1998) was released a month before this one. One of the producers for Antz was Jeffrey Katzenberg, who used to work for Disney but left after some disputes.

The Emperor’s New Groove

Magic potions that turn people into llamas do exist in The Emperor’s New Groove!

Watch out for when the pieces of the bridge fall into the river, the four letters of the word DAMN can be seen falling one by one amongst the individual planks.

Ratatoullie

Whether you’ve seen Ratatouille or not, every foodie will not want to miss out on this one. And always remember, anyone can cook!

While making this movie, pet rats were kept at the studio in the hallway for more than a year so that the animators could study the movement of their fur, noses, ears, paws, and tails.

Wall-e

Take a look at the future with the enlightening but super underrated movie Wall-E. We promise you’ll love this one! WALL-E stands for: Waste Allocation Load Lifter: Earth Class. EVE stands for: Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator.

Zootopia 

This is a great one about following your dreams and it’s all about animals too! *Squeaks* Yaaay! Originally, the film revolved around Nick Wilde. Test audiences said that they had a hard time connecting with him emotionally, and found themselves drawn to Judy Hopps, so the story was changed.

Robots

If you’re into inventions and robots then you’ll like this one about a genius inventor and Robots.

Fun fact: Composer John Powell dropped out of Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas (2003), Shrek 2 (2004), and Shark Tale (2004) to score the film.

Home on the range

Watch three brave cows on a quest to save their farm in the underrated movie Home on the Range.

Fun facts: Jennifer Aniston was considered for the role of Maggie, Jamie Foxx was considered for the role of Buck, Danny DeVito was considered for the role of Alameda Slim, Billy Crystal was considered for the role of Lucky Jack and Gena Rowlands was considered for the role of Audrey.