Most Underrated Disney Movies

The Top Ten
1 The Great Mouse Detective The Great Mouse Detective Product Image

This was one of my favourite Disney films growing up and it irritates me when people assume it is automatically bad just because it was made during Disney's "dark age." Does that mean they would hate the Lion King if it was made during that same era?

Most people have never even heard of this movie, which is a shame because this is my favorite Disney movie of all time! (Excluding pixar)
This doesn't deserve to be underrated!
It's definitely the most unpredictable Disney movie, and it has the best villain

This list has become "every movie Disney ever made that's not Frozen". Some of the newer entries deserved their lack of attention. I get that people are tired of "Frozen", but that doesn't mean every single other movie is "underrated".

Thank You! It's a shame this movie isn't more well known... It's really good. Great characters that are fun to watch interact with each other,original story for a kid's movie, and great animation.

2 The Hunchback of Notre Dame The Hunchback of Notre Dame Product Image

This movie has the best music, best villain, best villain song, best "I Want" song, and the most powerful themes of the entire Disney animated canon... Dark and complex, but hilarious, entertaining, and touching at the same time.

I LOVE this movie! Why do people say it's overrated? I don't remember seeing billions of toys and products for this movie. I mean, sure, there were SOME items made for this movie, but it was NOTHING compared to the Frozen hype.

I don't understand why people dislike this? It has beautiful drawings, amazing songs, and a pretty good story. And, the fact it's a dark movie makes it good for all ages!

It's a good movie, but I wouldn't say it's underrated. The reason there isn't a lot of merchandise for it is because it's a bit dark for kids to watch.

3 The Emperor's New Groove The Emperor's New Groove Product Image

One of Disney's funniest films of all time. Every time I watch it I can't stop laughing. All the characters are enjoyable, the villains were enjoyable and the jokes really hit it out of the park. This movie deserves more love and attention by just how ridiculously funny it is.

This animation is the most perfect comedy that Disney has done. Even Aladdin, which is extremely fun, can't make us laugh as much as "The Emperor's New Groove" does. Why this animation is so little remembered?

The comedy in this is gold-plated genius! The acting is terrific (especially Patrick Warburton as Kronk), and the villain, Yzma (voiced by the late-great Eartha Kitt), was a fantastically devious and cunning villain. Should have more appreciation than it has.

Every moment of this film is hilarious. It's one of the greatest Disney films of all times and deserves much more praise than it has received.

4 Treasure Planet Treasure Planet Product Image

This movie represents the struggle of not knowing where and what you want to be in life, which is something I think we all go through. When I watched it as a child I thought 'eh it was an okay movie', but as I grew older I rewatched the film a few times and only then was I able to get the real meaning of the film. I was and still am distraught at what my future looks like right now, but Jim and Silver have both taught me that maybe it's okay not to know all the answers. Maybe you just have to follow what you love. Take life by the horns and pursue what you want to pursue, not what anyone else says. So yeah, to me this film is the most underrated movie of all time and it might even be the best Disney movie of all time.

The visuals are absolutely gorgeous, to think that it was made all the way back in 2002. Not only an underrated Disney movie, but one of the best and original, even if it was based on the traditional story of Treasure Island.

''You got the makings of greatness in you. But, you've got to take the helm and drive your own course. Stick to it! No matter the squalls! And when the time comes to really test the cut of your sails and show em' what you're made of...well, I hope I'm there...catching the light that's coming off you that day.'' - John Silver

The music ALONE is stellar (pun totally intended! ); aside from that, it's a rare Disney movie in that there is no romance for the main character, Jim's father isn't dead but actually left the family which a lot of people can relate to, and the cast is absolutely fantastic! Plus, the animation is some of the best that Disney has ever done. Don't judge it until you'be watched it!

This movie is definitely the most underrated, many people don't even know it exists. Even though it is one of the most beautifully animated movies Disney has ever produced. With good critical reviews and even an Oscar nomination for best animated feature.

5 Oliver & Company Oliver & Company Product Image

It's actually really good. It's my second favorite Disney movie and you should check it out! Why Should You Worry?

One of my favorite disney films as a 11 year old. This film deserves more love then it gets.
10/10 animation 10/10 storyline 10/10 charecters 10/10 soundtrack

So underrated. It is a lot better than that overrated High School Musical.

Growing up in the 90s this was my most watched Disney film second only to Toy Story.

6 Brother Bear Brother Bear Product Image

Why did this movie get bad ratings? It is such a cute movie that teaches you about family and brotherhood and the music is awesome.

Why is brother Bear this low? I love this movie! My brothers and I used to watch this movie all the time when we couldn't agree on what to watch. this movie makes my laugh and cry, it is definitely in my top five Disney movies of all time! I am an Alaskan and love how accurate the natives and scenery is. I most of all like the relationship between the three brothers, the love and annoyance, the fighting, and the protection. Have brothers myself, the accurately describes how I act with them. This movie should be number one on the list.

My favorite Disney movie of all time. I love the beautiful animation, really likeable characters, and most importantly the messages of brotherhood and perspective. Plus, the setting rolls it all into a five-star package; it's the only Disney movie that takes place in Canada (a lot of people say it takes place in Alaska but I say it takes place in Canada because the moose have Canadian accents and the transformation song is in the Inuit language) and as someone of Canadian decent, that speaks to me. Such a fantastic movie; the people who refuse to watch this movie cause of the critics have no idea what they're missing out on!

This movie is way underrated! This is probably in my personal top three favorite Disney movies, and is for sure in my top 5. Sitka's death was the saddest I have seen in a Disney movie.
I think many people have heard of this movie, but few have watched it. Whoever does watch though, loves it!

Brother Bear is underrated even in a underrated Disney movie list.

7 Robin Hood Robin Hood Product Image

Okay. This movie is the very definition of underrated. Critics HATE it, because it recycled scenes from other Disney movies, and had the lowest ever budget for any Disney movie(1.5 million), but guess what, critics? NO ONE CARES! Robin Hood was hated by critics, but audiences love it. The caricters are some of the best of Disney, and are very likable (and did I mention that Rob's kind of hot) In short, Robin Hood is definitely the most underrated Disney movie

This movie rules. The songs are great and the characters are all funny,likable and charming. As a kid I loved it and it was among my favorite animated films. I know it reused animation from other Disney films but most films from this era (1970's and 80's) did that all the time. That doesn't make it bad (It's still great animation in context) and I recommend this classic adventure to anyone. Hands down the best Disney film made after Walt's death.

Come on! Robin Hood was a great movie with loveable characters (specially Little John), great songs, great scenes and great villain, Prince John is a very underrated villain!

This does not deserver to be so low on the list. It should be above the actually very overrated "Hunchback of Notre Dame".

8 The Sword in the Stone The Sword in the Stone Product Image

Oooo...I had completely forgotten about this one. It should be in the top 5. Merlin is an awesome character, and the imagination put into this film is superb.

I love thi movie. Well I would say this movie deserve more attention. If you go to Disney store you'll see nothing related to this movie

This movie is amazing. Enough said.

9 The Rescuers Down Under The Rescuers Down Under Product Image

It may not be good as the original 1977 film, but it's a best underrated movie.

I felt that it was BETTER than the little mermaid or the lion king

10 Meet the Robinsons Meet the Robinsons Product Image

You only hate Meet the Robinson because your mother loves it with a burning passion?! :O - The Ultimate Daredevil, who finds Meet the Robinsons to be mostly decent and thinks The Nostalgia Critic dislikes and likes Meet the Robinsons at the same time

This is a very good movie in my opinion, it's got a good message and heartwarming moments.

Easy for you to say, dude! I am now different than I was a few years ago.

Why is this embarrassment film in this list?! This film is not underrated! This film is not any good and it sucks! I used to like it when I was 8,9, and 10 years old, when I was 11 I stopped liking it because my mom loves it way too much and I have been hating it for a long time now because she loves it too too too much.

The Newcomers

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The Contenders
11 Atlantis: The Lost Empire Atlantis: The Lost Empire Product Image

This movie had one of the best visual art styles I've ever seen in any 2d animated film. Not to mention that it is very similar to "20,000 leagues under the sea" but with Atlantis as a twist. Pretty amazing!

And nobody can forget the beautiful "Princess Kida" or "Kidagakash". This film, is very similar to some other anime films, which is awesome. Atlantis also had lots of epic action scenes. The people who made this also created a whole civilization, with it's own language, culture, history, and architecture. Very few movies have achieved this, like Lord of the Rings did...

" Atlantis: The Lost Empire" is also the first science - fiction and fantasy Disney film. And one of the few animated Disney films to be rated PG.

The main reason this film was received poorly by critics was because the film was too "violent" for a Disney movie, which is ridiculously biased. If you've never seen this movie and you love Disney, then check it out. It has a wonderful story, great characters, and awesome action.

So underrated, it's actually a crime to me. Awesome story, great characters you just love and a beautiful soundtrack. Amazing from start to finish

Loved this movie as a pre-teen, and it still kicks ass!

12 The Aristocats The Aristocats Product Image

My favorite movie of all time! People don't take into consideration the fact that this was the first Disney movie produced without Walt Disney. The songs are great, the characters are great, the voice actors are great, and most of all, the plot is great! I still hum "Everybody Wants to be a Cat".

Other than some problems like the Chinese cat voiced by the man who does Tigger and some odd pacing at parts, it's a good movie.
Also, it feels more like late 60s than 1917 as the movie suggests lol.

Gosh, this was my favourite movie as a kid, hands down! I loved the music, the plot, and the lovable characters, I don't know why it's so underrated!

This used to be my favorite movie and I still love it. I cannot believe that most people don't like it

13 The Fox and the Hound The Fox and the Hound Product Image

Simply a near masterpiece that is overlooked in Disney's movie legacy. A heartwarming film about friendship and accepting change that has beautiful animation, wonderful characters, and powerful soul and emotion put into the more sentimental moments.

Simple storyline with brilliant characters and emotion. I know many people don't notice this Disney film but it's one of my personal favorites and I really connect to it on an emotional level

14 A Goofy Movie A Goofy Movie Product Image

With awesome songs, some generally touching scenes, some funny parts that I don't find cheesy, and a generally interesting story, this is WAY too underrated. Now only if disney would release a high def widescreen dvd/blu-ray of this movie in region 1 than my life would be complete!

I actually grew up with this movie along with the Disney classics. It's cornier than anything, but that's part of it's charm.

Not only the most underrated movie, but the soundtrack was awesome too. What kid that grew up in the 90s didn't want to go to a PowerLine concert?!?!

Small Man used 2 be d's most underrated disney character but not anymore.

15 Hercules Hercules Product Image

In Hercules, the movie contains some of the greatest features.
1) The Muses: Who ever knew that including Gospel Singing to narrate a life of Hercules can make the movie much better.
2) Meg: A character who deserves recognition and should be in the Disney Princess Lineup, despite stabbing Hercules in the back (metaphorically) she became a true hero her self, even when she is in love!
3) Hades: This Disney Villain has tried to kill his brother and nephew, but all of that is forgiven, because the audience loves this villain because of his incredible humour, when he is trying to kill Hercules.
4) The plot: The whole plot of the movie is perfect.
5) Songs: Gospel Truth, Zero to Hero, Go the Distance and I won't say I'm in Love are the fewest of Disney songs in this movie, which are not only underrated but are songs that you would either want to sing to or mouth to.
6) Hercules: Hercules has some of the greatest moments in thi movie, especially when he is trying to either ...more

Hercules character became my role model as a kid. I wanted to be strong, brave and kind like him. In a way it still is. Inspiring only as it gets. By far most underrated disney movie of all time, considering it should be right next to the greatest: lion king and toy story. No more, no less. Period.

Being a Greek Mythology nerd, I hate this movie,so it deserves its underratedness. It is inaccurate and it doesn't even get the name right considering they use his Roman name and his Greek parents.

Disney's best villains are the ones that you can't hate. Hades is a hilarious villain, and Meg is sassy and fun.

16 The Black Cauldron The Black Cauldron Product Image

This movie has a very unique and surprisingly dark style compared to pretty much any other Disney movie. It's a great movie and I bet you that a lot of people will have no clue what you're talking about it, when you mention it, since they've probably never even heard of it.

This movie is incredibly underrated. It's a bit on the darker side, but it's a very good movie with memorable characters for anyone who watches it. I really want Disney to pick this movie back up and give it the amazing animation it deserves.

I've never seen this movie. But I heard it didn't do too good at the box office, and from what I saw it looked BEAUTIFUL! I have to see this!

Everyone says Elionwy is boring, but she has a lot of personality if you really look at her. She is talkative, brave, and selfless.

17 The Princess and the Frog The Princess and the Frog Product Image

I love this film a lot. It shares a valuable lesson, includes phenomenal songs, and stars amazing characters. That is everything you need in a perfect Disney film and this movie has it all. I feel this it deserves a lot more credit because the main character, Tiana, is a good role model for young girls. She shows people you need to work hard for what you want instead of waiting for a prince to save you. It also features the first African American princess that makes the movie more amazing. This is truly one of my favorite films and it deserves so much more.

Tiana has best singing voice, most soul than any other princess hits the high notes and low notes like a godess.
Story of the film from beginning to the end is perfect.
First ever black disney princess.
Everything about this film is amazing. Especially the songs like 'Almost There' and 'Down in New Orleans'
Yet some how it is the most underrated. I mean SERIOUSLY?! Mulan is also underrated but I feel The Princess and the Frog is also underrated, I mean it's one of the most perfect disney movies ever.

Complex plot, black princess that WORKS HARD, everything we could have asked for. Yet Frozen crap is considered better. this is the best disney movie, with hercules as second.

To the person who said this is better than Frozen, isn't every Disney movie except home on the range better than frozen?

18 A Bug's Life A Bug's Life Product Image

This movie isn't by Disney and it isn't underrated (although it isn't talked about as much except when you say it is one of Pixar's first feature films).

19 Bolt Bolt Product Image

Miley Cyrus haters hate this movie just because she voices Penny. Don't hate on this movie just because of a voice actor. Also Miley Cyrus was much younger when this movie came out. Bolt needs more praise.

I watched this movie for the first time in my life and I loved it. It has a great story and amazing songs. I love the song 'Barking at the moon' and the song 'I thought I lost you' which were in the movie. It's a shame Disney swept this movie under the rug and chose to forget about it.
Bolt deserves more love, people.

This should be in the top 3 Bolt was the start of Disney's Renaissance of the 2010s (I know it came out in 2008) that paved the way for new fresh gigantic hits like Tangled, Wreck-it Ralph and Zootopia. It's a shame this movie got thrown under the bus.

Why is Bolt so low? This movie is basically my childhood, a simple plot and storyline with extremely lovable characters

20 Dumbo Dumbo Product Image

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is too discredited its adult themes, masterful animation, complex musical numbers and strong characters. But it is too popular compared to Dumbo, the first animated blockbuster about an outcast which is much more than your typical kids' flick. - The Ultimate Daredevil, who began his YouTube career as Kieran Stark.

My favorite of all time! I love Dumbo <3 So sad most people me don't remember this movie. Best soundtrack.

21 The Rescuers The Rescuers Product Image

It's most well known for a paused scene. Which is kind of stupid to be well known for.

Far and away better than the sequel.

22 Wreck-It Ralph Wreck-It Ralph Product Image

This movie should get more attention. It has a phenomenal plot, three dimensional characters, and a surprising villain. Think about it, they didn't make King Candy a good guy and then suddenly he's a villain. No, they kinda gave you subtle hints that he wasn't who he seemed. I really admire that. And I hate when people complain that there wasn't enough video game references. I didn't think that was the point of the movie. People thought this movie was just a cute kids movie with video game references, but we got much much more than we expected to get. I think they should have more Wreck it Ralph merch and more WIR at Disney World instead of all this Frozen crap. Definitely a very underrated movie that deserves much more love than it gets.

This movie deserves so much more attention than it's given, I just looove video games and retro crap and this movie really broke the mold for me. I just feel like...I don't know... why am I getting upset over an animated kids movie? I don't know it's just like, at least put a "Fix-It Felix J.R" arcade machine in Disney World or something like that! I know that it exists, would it really be so much to at least do that?! I also feel like that everyone in the Disney Fandom who isn't into "magical princesses with singing" are immediately alienized. (Sound familliar? ) Just please bring this higher on the list please!

I agree this is underrated and it is in fact one of my favorite animated movies ever! Seriously this movie is funny, has great characters and plot, has emotional moments, and a lot of video game cameos (even obscure ones for the nerds). What else would you want? Glad that people noticed the monstrosity known as "The Emoji Movie" is ripping this film off completely. I'm also pretty excited for it's sequel coming out next year, even though the plot seems less intriguing, it still looks fun!

Unfortunately, Disney announced their acquisition of Lucasfilm a week before this movie hit theaters, thus everyone was too busy get excited about or dreading new "Star Wars" films and joking about Leia now being a Disney Princess to give "Wreck-It Ralph" a second thought. Also, Disney announced new WiR and SW attractions for one of their cruise ships. Guess which one everyone proceeded to get more excited over. So if anything, I blame "Star Wars" for overshadowing this movie and it not getting the love it deserves.

23 Bambi Bambi Product Image
24 Frozen II

This movie hasn't even come out yet.

25 The Brave Little Toaster The Brave Little Toaster Product Image

The thing is it's known but underrated.

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