Most Underrated Disney Movies

The Top Ten

1 The Great Mouse Detective

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?

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".

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 - 17nobrien

Luckily, it's starting to get more attention. It really deserves it, it's clever, fun, and it's got Vincent Price playing a psychotic rat! - Elric-san

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2 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

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. - BeanBag343

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. - yuki-blue

Best Disney Movie Villain and Villain Song in my opinion

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3 Brother Bear

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!

It has one of the worst ratings out of all the Disney films which is an absolute crime. As far as underrated Disney movies go, this should be number one. - BKAllmighty

I pretty much question why critics gave this a 39% only on Rotten Tomatoes. I think this movie is brilliant. The plot, the humor, the characters, the theme, the music, everything else is pure gold. This should be number 1 in my opinion. - Neonco31

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4 Robin Hood

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

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".

Robin Hood was one of my favourite movies as a child and I finally got it again on dvd for my 17th birthday - WinchesterGirl26

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5 Oliver & Company

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

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

It has Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, Bette Midler, and Dom DeLuise. Need I really say more?

Best music ever.

Cheech Marin as a chihuahua, what more do you need!

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6 Treasure Planet

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.

Amazing characters, visuals, atmosphere, and plot

This movie is amazing and deserves better recognition.

Love this movie so much!

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7 The Sword in the Stone

This movie is amazing. Enough said. - RockFashionista

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. - Knucklewood

8 The Rescuers Down Under

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 - lolsy

Best Disney sequel of all time - lolsy

9 The Emperor's New Groove

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? - Palmeiras

One of the funniest movies Disney has ever made

Fantastic movie. But I wouldn't call it underrated - Knucklewood

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10 Atlantis: The Lost Empire

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. - Mcgillacuddy

Amazing movie

This is one of my favorite disney movies!

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The Contenders

11 The Aristocats

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". - BeanBag343

Why people don't like it I don't no!

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

good flick - lolsy

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12 The Princess and the Frog

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

This movie is even underrated at being underrated. How is that even possible? - torrenceweaver

This film is so much better than Frozen

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.

13 Hercules

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.

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

I really like this movie. It's very funny, has great music, likeable characters and a great villian

I love Hercules. Hades is annoying, NOT hilarious.

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14 A Goofy Movie

Nobody ever talks about this movie

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?!?!

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. - Elric-san

15 The Black Cauldron

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!

This movie was AMAZING people say it is bad and I say NO it is amazing

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

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16 Dumbo

Underrated if for no other reason that THIS, not the extremely OVERRATED "Hunchback of Notre Dame", was the original Disney movie about an outcast. But of course everyone ALWAYS credits "Hunchback" for that.

My 2nd favourite overall lol - lolsy

17 Wreck-It Ralph

Needs to be in the top ten. This is one of my favorite Disney movies. And it's a shame to see this movie overshadowed by other movies that don't deserve as much praise as this one. (Frozen, I'm looking at you.) This movie has a great plot, touching parts such as Vanellope getting hate when she didn't need it, great humor, and my favorite part is the cameos. Sonic the Hedgehog, Bowser, a mentioning of Mario, and PacMan. Sadly, this movie just didn't meet others interests as much as a movie that I can only consider "Good" (No offense, but I thought Frozen was good. Nothing higher than that.) This movie I could only find merchandise for while it was in theaters. Basically to sum it all up, this movie deserves more popularity than it has now. I see it almost NOWHERE at Disney World on trips, because a new Frozen ride offers 5 hour wait on the first day.

Why in the name of all that is holy is this movie wasting away in near-obscurity while "Rise of the Guardians", which did far less well at the box office, is so very popular and has oh-so-many loyal and vocal fans you'd think it had been the more popular and profitable animated offering of the 2012 holiday season when it was the other way around?

Shame it's only the people who insist Vanellope and Hiro should be romantically involved are the only reason this movie isn't completely forgotten. After all, what Frozen didn t already take away from Wreck It Ralph as far as records, fans, and such, Big Hero 6 finished the job. And the only presence of Wreck it Ralph in Disney World was replaced with a meet and greet for Hiro and Baymax.

This movie was a HUGE shock. I heard everyone gasp when they found out who the true enemy was. It was a touching story and didn't have an all-perfect protagonist. I also loved how they didn't completely remove Felix from the equation and gave him personality.

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18 The Fox and the Hound

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

19 Meet the Robinsons

How is this not in the top ten?

Amazing movie.

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.

20 Fantasia 2000

Go see the only YouTube video of "Top 10 Best Animated Sequels" by ElectricDragon505 to see why Fantasia 2000 is actually a lot better than people make it out to be. On the only list of "Top 11 Disney Movies I Don't Like", Ben Tannehill only focused on the negatives that Fantasia 2000 has.

This is amazing and one of the most creative Disney films. You can watch it on Natflix

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