The Most Underrated Disney Movies!

While Disney is known for its wildly popular family films, there are many Disney movies that have slipped below the radar. These movies may have had decent runs when they were first released but have since been somewhat forgotten. Here are the most underrated Disney movies, both animated and live-action, that are worth checking out.


Animated Movies:

The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

Self-centered Emperor Kuzco learns his lesson when his administrator’s attempt at a coup turns him into a llama. When Kuzco ends up as the property of Pacha, a llama farmer, the two strike a bargain that leads them on a journey that changes both of their lives.

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

When a toymaker is kidnapped, his daughter seeks help from Basil of Baker Street, the great mouse detective. The story takes place in Victorian England, and Basil bears a striking resemblance to Sherlock Holmes.

The Sword in the Stone (1963)

Disney’s take on the Arthurian legend shows Merlin using his magic to shape young Arthur into a hero. Of course, Disney’s version includes talking animals, but it also features many familiar Arthurian characters.

Piglet’s Big Movie (2003)

While its appeal is likely limited to younger children, this romp through Hundred Acres Wood is a fun look at the big impact of the littlest resident. When Piglet gets lost, the others realize just how much he means to them.

Live-Action Movies:

The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)

Which its gritty realism and PG rating, parents may want to keep this movie for older children. Taking place during the Great Depression, the story shows the realistic struggles of a girl attempting to reunite with her father.

Love Leads the Way (1984)

This touching made-for-TV movie tells the story of a man coping with his new blindness. He becomes the first man in America to own a Seeing Eye dog and speaks out to pass legislation that will allow Seeing Eye dogs to be used in public places.

Newsies (1992)

Set in New York, 1899, “Newsies” tells the story of a city of newsboys (newsies) who joined together to strike against a raise in newspaper distribution prices. Though the increase is small, it is more than the newsies can afford. This musical shows how people can join together to make a difference.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

With the help of an enchanted bedknob, Miss Price and her three orphan charges have magical adventures. The magical bedknob lets them travel in search of the missing part of a spell that will help in the defense of Britain during World War II.

Almost all of these movies are available on Disney+! The next time you are thinking about your favorite Disney movies, don’t forget to include those that may not have gotten as much publicity as the big classics.

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