When you say Disney movies, you think of the most famous titles ever made, including Frozen, The Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and others. But what about the obscure Disney movies that have been forgotten in time? Many of these movies were either cartoons, hybrid films or even live action movies. If you want to watch some Disney movies that aren’t that popular, you should check our list because it contains quite some gems!
This movie was released in 1995 and it follows the story of a young man named Daniel Hackett who tries to keep his family farm safe and has to team up with Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Paul Bunyan. An interesting moment of this movie is when Daniel wakes up and we cannot realize if he’s been dreaming the entire story or not. You should give it a try since the movie is good but not memorable considering how many other Disney films came out in the early ‘90s.
The live-action movie shows us the life before and after the arrival of the Mayflower, focusing on the main character, who is a Native American member of the Patuxet tribe. Because live-action movies were overshadowed by the cartoon renaissance, Squanto: A Warrior’s Tale was easily forgotten, but by no means was it an awful story, even with its historical inaccuracies.
While you might not remember this movie, we’ve always been a fan of Keira Knightley, so we do remember seeing her in Princess Of Thieves, where she played as Gwyn, Robin Hood’s daughter. It’s not a splashy movie, but it is fun to see Robin Hood as a father, and Gwyn saving the day!
Jennifer Connelly and Bill Campbell played in The Rocketeer, which was released in 1991. The action takes place in 1930s in Hollywood and the main character becomes a superhero after he discovers a jetpack. The action/adventure story is based on Dave Stevens’ graphic novel (The Rocketeer). Its misfortune was when it got released in the same year when Beauty and the Beast was released, so that’s why nobody remembers it.
A successful movie must have a great name and Darby O’Gill And The Little People is just not it! Although it does feature leprechauns, a Banshee and a lot of action and adventure, paired with young Sean Connery, it still doesn’t help.
Disney television show DuckTales was so popular that it generated a full-length animated movie which put the beloved character in a new story. Scrooge and the gang go on an adventure to find Collie Baba’s treasure and discover a magic lamp with a genie that could grant them wishes, but they have no idea that villains are chasing them to steal the lamp! If you want to go back to childhood, check out the 1990 movie and get ready to have a good laugh!
The comedy and sci-fi adventure from 1964 was popular back then, as it featured… well, the misadventures of Jennifer and Merlin Jones. The latter created some strange devices, including a mind-reading machine, and even solved crimes. Today, nobody remembers this movie though, despite the fact it even had a sequel the next year, called The Monkey’s Uncle.
I don’t know about you, but I remember Iron Will because it usually showed up on TV every winter for years! The movie was released in 1994 and it features a young boy called Will who wants to go to college and help his family by competing in the international dogsled race for the grand prize. Unfortunately, it had to compete with The Lion King when it was released, so that’s why it has been overlooked.
This obscure Disney movie was actually made at the request of the US government to make sure it counteracts ties of Latin Americans with the Nazis from Germany. The studio took the goodwill tour to South America in the early 1940s, including many sketches and art created there. The movies is kind of obscure because it was 1942 and people couldn’t stop WWII to watch cartoons…
What makes for an obscure Disney movie? Confusing plot lines and similarities with other popular movies – and Bedknobs And Broomsticks has it all. It’s similar to Mary Poppins and it follows the adventures of an apprentice witch called Ms. Price who takes care of the Rawlins children. Together, they search for a part of the “substitutiary locomotion” spell to help with the war effort. Uhm… okay.
When you have Robin Williams as Popeye the Sailor Man in the live-action Popeye movie remake from 1980’s, and add Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl, plus baby Swee’pea, the cartoon is brought to life. Seeing Popeye eating spinach and fighting his nemesis Bluto is fun, but we’d rather watch the cartoon series…
Disney and the word ‘sad’ do not make a good pair – and while most Disney movies have a side part of the story, it all ends with characters living happily ever after. Well, this rather odd movie with a Scottish girl and her cat Thomasina includes the cat dying… and being resurrected by a witch. The movie is sweet, but not enough to be remembered.
What made Melody Time not so popular? Well, it was released between Bambi and Cinderella, and it was an anthology film. While the 1948 film does include some beautiful music pieces, it’s not memorable.
Here’s a great movie worth watching. The 1992 movie included beautiful music and cinematography, plus it also used real animals for their scenes. However, the 1967 Disney cartoon was more popular.
The story of this movie was a bit strange, but the new technique used by Disney is impressive – it uses computer-generated dinosaurs on photos of places with exotic flora. Although it did have a great trailer, the whole movie wasn’t spectacular.
Back in 1986, the Great Mouse Detective was released, and we saw Sherlock Holmes but with mice. The villain here is voiced by Vincent Price, and it’s a pity the movie was overlooked, as it does have a lot of fun Sherlock references.
Here’s another Disney Studios’ anthology films from 1947, including two stories that feature Bongo the circus bear and the other one featuring Mickey, Donald and Goofy – the story is called Mickey and the Beanstalk.
This one is a little more close to our days, although it did got released over 12 years ago! The futuristic adventure movie features a young orphan that invented a time-traveling machine to find his family. However, he ends up saving the day. We liked this movie, a little bit more than the next one…
Chicken Little was released in 2005 by Disney, which used CGI to retell Chicken Little’s story. While the story is unique, people might have forgotten it because of the new technique and tone that was used.
The Three Caballeros was released in 1945 and it’s quite an odd mixture of live-action, animation, musical and some short stories. While we consider it odd today, The Three Caballeros got some mixed reviews even when it was released.
While the 2004 movie Home on the Range had the right recipe for success, it still didn’t do well at the box office. It had great animation, writers and voice actors, but it just didn’t get popular. As years passed, nothing changed.
Make Mine Music is yet another anthology movie from the 1940s. During the ‘40s, Disney released these short movies as a pack for people in the workforce to get entertained with animation, music and stories.
Another package film from the 194os is The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad which is composed of two stories: “The Wind in the Willows” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. The two parts were based on stories – the first one on a story from 1900s written by Kenneth Grahame, and the second one was based on the Washington Irving story.
The Disney movie from 2002 is humorous and features great characters, but how much do we need a pirate story that takes place in space? Looking back to Disney’s 1950 “Treasure Island,” this movie feels like an impostor.
Last but not least, Ralph Breaks the Internet, which was released just last year, might not have made for a memorable movie. It’s still worth seeing, since it includes a lot of internet related gems and we also get to see a lot of Disney princesses. However, since it’s quite a new entry, Ralph Breaks the Internet might have a chance of becoming a popular movie in the future.