10 Disney Films You Totally Forgot About

Most Disney films leave a lasting impact on any child who sees them, filling their imaginations with wonder and excitement. Then there are the forgettable flops that never got their own ride at Disneyland.

1. The Black Cauldron

Release date: Jan 1, 1985
Best line from a review: “Possibly not the worst animated feature the House Of Mouse has produced, but certainly stumbling around the darker recesses of the Disney vault.” -Empire Magazine
Reason you forgot about it: The Black Cauldron was not based on a story that was familiar to its audience, and most people agree that it was probably a little too dark for younger viewers.

2. The Great Mouse Detective

Release date: Jul 2, 1986
Best line from a review: “It’s a lot of fun.” -Roger Ebert
Reason you forgot about it: Actually, your guess is as good as mine. The Great Mouse Detective actually did really well critically, but still didn’t quite breakthrough to become a classic.

3. Oliver & Company

Release date: Nov 18, 1988
Best line from a review: “Billy Joel sang it best: ‘Why should I care?’” -Eric Henderson
Reason you forgot about it: Oliver & Company was one of Disney’s first films to use computer-assisted animation, which some people found off-putting. It was also released during a low point for Disney.

4. The Rescuers Down Under

Release date: Nov 16, 1990
Best line from a review: “I had my first epileptic seizure while watching this film. It was more exciting than this tepid sequel.” -Alex Sandell
Reason you forgot about it: Disney has never had much luck with sequels in theaters, and The Rescuers Down Under seemed to be a little too violent for most people.

5. Dinosaur

Release date: May 19, 2000
Best line from a review: “When you have spent $200 million on ‘the dumber version of The Land Before Time,’ you deserve everything that comes to you.” -Tim Brayton
Reason you forgot about it: Dinosaur suffered from the same problem of other visually stunning animated features that came after it. Too much effort was put into the visuals, and not enough was put into a good script.

6. Fantasia 2000

Release date: Jun 16, 2000
Best line from a review: “Whatever its flaws — from kitschy cupids to racist centaurs — at least the first Fantasia had a human touch. The sequel seems cold and mechanical by comparison.” -Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Reason you forgot about it: Turns out, they already made this movie sixty years earlier.

7. Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Release date: Jun 15, 2001
Best line from a review: “… breathtaking animation in service of a story that doesn’t hold enough water to drown a rat much less a civilization.” -Jeffrey Overstreet
Reason you forgot about it: The animation in this film was incredible, but it seems as though it came at the expense of decent characters and plot.

8. Treasure Planet

Release date: November 27, 2002
Best line from a review: “The addition of an insufferable robot named B.E.N. (Martin Short) cripples much of the film’s momentum. A friend once dubbed B.E.N. ‘the Jar-Jar Binks of animation’” -Matt Brunson
Reason for forgot about it: Taking the classic novel and putting it in a sci-fi setting was a gimmick, overshadowing anything that made the movie worthwhile.

9. Brother Bear

Release date: Nov 1, 2003
Best line from a review: If “the CEO wants to sell teddy bears” isn’t going to inspire writers to do their best work, what on Earth possibly could? -Tim Brayton
Reason you forgot about it: Despite doing well, most critics felt the movie was just a retread of other Disney films.

10. Home On The Range

Release date: April 2, 2004
Best line from a review: “Comes across less as a fully realized work of storytelling than as a commercial for a corporation whose goal of entertainment has been replaced by that of making money.” -Michael O’Sullivan
Reason you forgot about it: It wasn’t so bad that everyone hated it, but it wasn’t good enough for anyone to actually enjoy it.

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