The Case of the Underrated Disney Classic

When we think of a Disney Animated Classic, the same movies tend to come to mind (for example, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, and Aladdin.)

With as many as 57 movies that fit this category, it’s only natural that some films will fall to the wayside. This week, we ranked our favorite somewhat-forgotten Disney Animated classics. We didn’t choose the MOST forgotten, just our favorites that tend to be less popular.

Black Cauldron Diaries

Some underrated movies that we didn’t list:

  • Home on the Range
  • Saludos Amigos
  • The Three Caballeros
  • Make Mine Music
  • Fun and Fancy Free
  • Fantasia / Fantasia 2000

Some movies contain Disney animation but we did not consider them for this list because they were made by a studio other than Disney Animation Studios.

  • A Goofy Movie
    • 1995
    • Stars:  Bill Farmer, Jason Marsden, Jim Cummings
    • Rated G
      • Gross USA: $35,348,597

  • Pete’s Dragon
    • 1977
    • Stars: Sean Marshall, Helen Reddy, Jim Dale
    • Rated G
      • Budget: $10,000,000 (estimated)

      • Gross USA: $40,100,000

  • James and the Giant Peach
    • 1996
    • Stars:  Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley, Pete Postlethwaite
    • Rated PG
      • Budget: $38,000,000 (estimated)

      • Opening Weekend USA: $135,378, 26 July 1996

      • Gross USA: $28,934,758

Our Top 10 Underrated Disney Animated Classics

  • 10. The Sword in the Stone
    • 1963
    • Stars:  Rickie Sorensen, Sebastian Cabot, Karl Swenson
    • Rated G
      • Budget: $3,000,000 (estimated)

      • Opening Weekend USA: $2,230,614

      • Gross USA: $22,182,353
  • 9. The Black Cauldron
    • 1985
    • Stars:Grant Bardsley, Freddie Jones, Susan Sheridan
    • Rated PG for some scary images
      • Budget:$44,000,000 (estimated)

      • Opening Weekend USA: $4,180,110

      • Gross USA: $21,288,692

      • This movie is one of Robin’s favorites! Here’s a picture of her as the Horned King for Halloween

Horned King

  • 8. Oliver and Company
    • 1988
    • Stars:  Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin
    • Rated G
      • Budget: $31,000,000 (estimated)

      • Opening Weekend USA: $4,022,752

      • Gross USA: $74,151,346

  • 7. Meet the Robinsons
    • 2007
    • Stars: Daniel Hansen, Wesley Singerman, Angela Bassett
    • Rated G
      • Budget: $150,000,000 (estimated)

      • Opening Weekend USA: $25,123,781

      • Gross USA: $97,822,171

      • Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $169,333,034

  • 6. Atlantis
    • 2001 popularity up on IMDB?
    • Stars:  Michael J. Fox, Jim Varney, Corey Burton
    • Rated PG
      • Budget: $120,000,000 (estimated)

      • Opening Weekend USA: $329,011

      • Gross USA: $84,052,762, 30 December 2001
      • Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $186,053,000

  • 5. The Great Mouse Detective
    • 1986
    • Stars: Vincent Price, Barrie Ingham, Val Bettin
    • Rated G
      • Budget: $14,000,000 (estimated)

      • Gross USA: $38,600,000

  • 4. Brother Bear
    • 2003
    • Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Jeremy Suarez, Rick Moranis
    • Rated G
      • Budget: $128,000,000 (estimated)

      • Opening Weekend USA: $291,940

      • Gross USA: $85,336,277

      • Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $250,397,798

  • 3. Treasure Planet
    • 2002
    • Stars:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short
    • Rated PG
      • Budget: $140,000,000 (estimated)

      • Opening Weekend USA: $12,083,248

      • Gross USA: $38,176,783

      • Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $109,578,115

  • 2. The Emperor’s New Groove
    • 2000
    • Stars:  David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt
    • Rated G
      • Budget: $100,000,000 (estimated)

      • Opening Weekend USA: $9,812,302

      • Gross USA: $89,302,687

      • Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $169,327,687

  • 1. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
    • 1996
    • Stars:  Demi Moore, Jason Alexander, Mary Kay Bergman
    • Rated G
      • Budget: $100,000,000 (estimated)

      • Opening Weekend USA: $21,300,000, 23 June 1996

      • Gross USA: $100,138,851

      • Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $325,338,851

Honorable Mentions

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Chicken Little
  • Robin Hood
  • The Aristocats
  • The Fox and the Hound
  • The Rescuers
  • Ichabod and Mr. Toad
  • Bolt

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