When you think of Disney movies, you usually think of the classics, like, The Little Mermaid, Hercules, The Lion King, Cinderella, and so on.
But no one ever thinks of the movies like Sword in the Stone, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, The Aristocats, or Treasure Planet. It’s almost as if they’ve been forgotten. My guess is that it’s because they didn’t have enough box office records or emotional impact for the general public to endure. But these movies are absolutely underrated and should definitely be appreciated more than they are.
#5 – Sword In The Stone
When the King of England dies and leaves no heir to the throne, the only way someone would be next in line would be if they win a jousting tournament.
Arthur, a 12-year-old orphan and his foster brother, Kay, are playing when Kay accidentally shoots his arrow in a forest. Arthur goes to look for it and meets Merlin the wizard. Merlin sees potential in Arthur and takes him under his wing as his tutor.
He teaches him things like magic, reading and science.
On the day of the jousting tournament, Kay forgets his sword and Arthur tries to get it. Unable to find it, he finds a sword in a stone and effortlessly pulls it out, completing it’s prophecy.
He runs back to the tournament, not thinking anything of it while others recognizes it. To prove that he was the one to pull the sword out of the stone, he has to put it back and do it again.
This reveals that he is the true heir to the throne and has realized the potential Merlin envisioned when they first met.
#4 – Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Atlantis: The Lost Empireis a forgotten Disney film from 2001.
Milo Thatch is a map maker that’s fixated on finding Atlantis, a continent that’s been swallowed by a giant, monstrous wave. He’s kind of looked down on because it’s a ridiculous and nearly impossible task. Despite what other say, he believes he’s discovered a manuscript of directions to the lost empire known as The Shepherd’s Journal.
Conveniently, he meets a woman, Helga Sinclair, who introduces him to a multimillionaire, Preston B. Whitmore. Whitmore pays Milo for the journal, allowing him to fund the expedition and recruit a task force of militant equipment.
#3 – Oliver And Company
Starring Billy Joel, Bette Midler and Joey Lawrence, Oliver and Company is based on the tale of Oliver Twist. This story is about an orphan cat who is taken in by a group of scheming dogs, owned by a pickpocketer named Fagin.
Fagin finds himself in a dilemma after owing money to a shipyard agent and is threatened if he doesn’t have the money in three days.
Fagin and his gang of dogs, including Oliver, go out in the New York City streets to scheme and sell stolen goods.
Oliver gets taken in by a wealthy family and their daughter Jenny takes good care of him. When the group of dogs take back Oliver, Fagin decides to hold him for ransom.
#2 – The Aristocats
In The Aristocats, Madame Adelaide Bonfamille plans to leave her fortune to her cats until they die, and then it will go to her psychotic, deviant butler Edgar. When Edgar overhears her plans, he decides to get rid of the cats.
To do just that, Edgar puts sleeping pills in the cats’ milk and abandons them in the countryside while they are sedated.
The cats meet an alley cat, Thomas O’Malley who falls in love with Duchess, the mother of cats. She declines his marriage proposal and soon her and her kittens find their way home.
Once they’re back at their mansion, Edgar gets a hold of them again, stuffs them in a sack and plans to ship them out to Timbuktu.
Thomas O’Malley finds out the cats are in trouble yet again and tries to save them with the help of his pals.
#1 – Treasure Planet
Treasure Planet is a Disney animated take on Treasure Island but set in outer space. It came out in 2002.
The story is about a boy, Jim Hawkins who admires a pirate Captain Nathaniel Flint and his legendary ability to appear out of nowhere in order to raid ships. After raiding, he brings his goods to a mysterious place, Treasure Planet.
When Jim Hawkins grows up and is abandoned by his father, he becomes a troublemaker who loves to get around on his rocket powered board, creating mischief.
Aside from that, he spends his time helping his mother run an inn called the Benbow Inn. When a ship crashes near by, pirates raid and burn the inn down, causing Jim, his mother Sarah, and their pet Dr. Delbert Doppler to run away.
Jim Hawkins is given a spherical object from the dying captain of the ship and is told “beware the cyborg.” Soon he finds out that inside this ball is a holographic map of Treasure Planet.