Certain Disney movies are universally loved — “The Lion King,” “Cinderella,” “Toy Story,” “Tangled,” etc. But some outstanding movies tend to fly under the radar and rarely make the list of best Disney movies. Why? I’m not sure. But I am sure that rewatching these underrated Disney movies will give you a zip a dee doo dah day.
1. “Robin Hood”
Robin’s charming accent, Maid Marian’s lovely smile, Lady Kluck’s feisty spirit and Little John’s fierce loyalty make for one of the most delightful Disney classics. The animated “Robin Hood” is probably my favorite Disney animated movie.
2. “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”
This movie is filled with beautiful songs and valuable life lessons about love, kindness, bravery and morality. This is hardly anyone’s go to movie, but it really should be. If we could all be a little more like Quasimodo or Esmeralda the world would probably be a better place.
“Enchanted” has lost a lot of the hype it got when it originally came out almost 10 years ago, but the movie has not lost its magic. The songs are just as lovely and catchy as you remember and Amy Adams is flawless as always.
4. “Brother Bear”
If you’re in the mood for a touching movie, “Brother Bear” is the perfect balance of sad and happy. Also, “On My Way” is one of my favorite Disney songs.
5. “The Emperor’s New Groove”
This is single-handedly the funniest Disney movie ever made. While it may be a blast from the past, “The Emperor’s New Groove” is full of witty one-liners, an ever-hilarious Kronk and an emperor who just can’t quite get over himself.
“Tarzan” is making a comeback, and I am glad to see it. People are beginning to once again recognize the genius of Phil Collins and remembering how lovable Terk and Tantor are. If anything, go listen to “Trashin’ the Camp.” Please.
In my opinion, the No. 1 villain of all time is Hades. His sarcastic wit and evilness is unparalleled. Megara’s sass and fabulousness is out of this world. Phil is the pessimistic, grumpy side of us that we try not to show, and Herc, well, he’s just a good, goofy guy.
8. “The Apple Dumpling Gang”
Alright, so this movie is a bit cheesy, but put Don Knotts (who you will probably recognize from “The Andy Griffith Show”) and Tim Conway together and what could go wrong? This was my favorite movie growing up, and I would watch it every time I went to my grandma’s house. I would ask her the same questions in the same spots just to hear her answers. I would laugh at the same parts, and I would secretly crush on Mr. Donavan.
9. “The Sword in the Stone”
First of all, go read Le Morte d’Arthur if you are into medieval folk legends. Okay now that I’ve made that plug, “The Sword in the Stone” is a beautiful retelling of the classic King Arthur tale. The battle between Merlin and Madam Mim is one of the most brilliant battles ever, and the suitcase packing song is worth rewatching.
10. “The Parent Trap”
You either hate this movie or you love it, and there is really no in between. I, personally, love Pollyanna and always had aspirations to be just like her.