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For uncounted centuries, the Black Cauldron lay hidden, waiting, while evil men searched for it, knowing whoever possessed it would have the power to resurrect an army of deathless warriors… and with them, rule the world.

The Black Cauldron (1985) dir. Ted Berman & Richard Rich

“I’m not a huge fan of the idea of Disney live-action remakes, but if Disney has to do them, I wish they would remake films that NEED a redo…ones that didn’t do well at the box office, ones that could do with some improvements to the story or characters. It makes much more sense to me to try to give The Black Cauldron or The Sword in the Stone a new lease on life through live action than to hopelessly try to recreate perfection by remaking Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King.”

Disney films that are *actually* underrated

Treasure Plant

If you already know me, you could probably guess that this would be on the list considering I never shut up about it.

This film flopped at the box office, but I’m honestly not sure why? It has absolutely gorgeous animation. Like, they could have gone with a palette of grays and blues like most scifi films do, but Treasure Planet actually has a large color palette, especially when it comes to the scenery. It shows off all the beautiful colors of space instead of making everything chrome against a dark backdrop. There are likable characters, including a an anti-hero, disabled pirate, a female Naval Captain that’s a total no-nonsense badass, and a sulky teenager. Arguably one of the darkest films Disney has done in the last twenty years. Disabled main character with only one eye, one arm, and one leg. Literally all of the character designs are gorgeous. The plot is a little boring at times, but it’s fairly easy to get lost in the world that’s been created.

Plus, we get visuals like this!

Brother Bear

Brother Bear was another box office flop but this one also had rather negative reviews. The early 2000′s was not kind to Disney animation. 

Yes, it does have a transformation plot, which I know is kind of iffy depending on the person, but overall it’s a great film. The music is amazing, bless Phil Collins signing onto another Disney project. The characters are great, I don’t think there were any I didn’t like except maybe the moose (because as an adult I don’t find them as funny as I did as a child, but I don’t really dislike them either). The relationship between the brothers was amazingly done. Usually when people want to talk about animated sibling relationships, they mention Lilo and Stitch, which is also great, but I really like how the brothers interact in Brother bear. They’re all closer in age (which is like my sister and me, so I can connect with it more), and I think that worked well when they added in the anger and grief and self-blame in the story.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

There’s not really much I can say about this one, because truthfully I’ve only seen it a handful of times. Something about it kind of freaked me out as a child (I think it was that giant leviathan creature that attacked their submarine thing????), and I only recently found my old VHS player and haven’t had the time to watch it again.

Atlantis has it all. A beautiful world. Well-rounded, interesting characters. A romance that didn’t feel ridiculously forced. The voice talents of Michael J. Fox, Cree Summer, and Leonard Nimoy. A balances of a more adult plotline, while still retaining a kid friendly atmosphere.

Unfortunately, it does lack some coherency in the plot, and because of it’s fast-paced nature, there isn’t a lot of time for character development. The creators also borrowed a lot of elements from the Ghibli film castle in the Sky, but ultimately it’s still a great film visually speaking.

(PS: it was hard to pick a screencap that shows how visually stunning this film is. So much blue.)

The Black Cauldron

Honestly, The Black Cauldron is one of my favorite Disney films, but I can recognize that it has a lot of problems story wise. As in, they tried to stick the contents of two full length novels into an 80 minute film. Yeah, it didn’t work. The characters are interesting, albeit under-developed, visually it’s very beautiful, and it has just the right amount of creepy to give 5 year old me nightmares as a child (the Horned King was a brilliant concept). The author of the book series the Chronicles of Prydain, which the film is based on, found the film enjoyable on its own, but admitted it didn’t follow the books well. It was also another box office flop, making $21.3 million in revenue, which was less than half of the budget to make the film. This is the film that Disney pretends they didn’t make and is frequently referred to as the “worst Disney film” however we all know that that right belongs to films like Home on the Range, Chicken Little, and Mars Needs Moms.

There is speculation that Disney has plans to make a live action series based on the original books, so fingers crossed!

Robin Hood

It’s underrated, but I can kind of tell why. Everyone already knows the story of Robin Hood, because there’s at least ten different films and TV series about the guy. He’s been on OUaT, and there was a parody movie with Cary Elwes!

The animation is, decent, but not great, but the budged was only 5 million, so??? Meaning that a lot of the characters action were redrawn from previous films such as The Jungle Book and Aristocats. However, this was pretty common in old Disney films because the animators were paid for shit and it’s not plagiarism if you’re ripping off yourself. It is a little sloppy though.

Either way, it’s still a decent film. The songs were fun and had a delightfully folk sound to them, if you’re into that! The characters are pretty cute, the story is straight forward, and there’s not actually anything to really dislike about the film. It’s just a silly comedy that has it’s ups and downs.

Dinosaur

I don’t even know what to say about this film other than it’s gorgeous and no one ever talks about it. Like, this is the first true Disney film that relies entirely on CGI. No Pixar involvement. Just Disney and CGI. This is the most successful film of 2000 and I’ve never heard people talk about it even though it has great characters, an interesting story, and great visuals.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

While I personally don’t believe Hunchback is all that underrated (I usually see it in just about every top 10 or 20 list), it’s still a great film that deserves more praise than it gets.

Hunchback is beautiful, inspiring, dark, has excellent morals, amazing characters amazing music.It’s basically the complete package of everything you could want in a Disney film and it’s enjoyable for all ages.

The only thing I didn’t like about this film was the gargoyles and it’s kind of implied that they’re more like imaginary friends instead of real creatures, so they get a pass.

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Historically accurate(?) Disney Princesses part 3

I based them off of google images so accuracy is questionable

part 1  part 2

Disney Movies that I have seen

Snow White and the seven dwarfs

Originally posted by gameraboy

Pinocchio

Originally posted by disneyasastrology

Dumbo

Originally posted by oupacademic

Bambi

Originally posted by onlydisney

Cinderella

Originally posted by disnyedreamworks

Alice in Wonderland

Originally posted by duke-of-bretagne

Peter Pan

Originally posted by thecrystalaid

Lady and the Tramp

Originally posted by kittenandpuppiesandshit

Sleeping Beauty

Originally posted by lady-arryn

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Originally posted by disneymoviesanywhere

The sword in the stone

Originally posted by silverspaceastronaut

The Jungle Book

Originally posted by octopussoir-

The Aristocats

Originally posted by foreverdisneygifs

Robin Hood

Originally posted by the-disney-elite

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 

Originally posted by neverland-789

The Rescuers

Originally posted by mesharemylove

The Fox and the Hound

Originally posted by keldelel

The Black Cauldron

Originally posted by animated-disney-gifs

The Great Mouse Detective

Originally posted by dailychildhood

Oliver & Company

Originally posted by thedisneyportal

The Little Mermaid

Originally posted by gameraboy

The Rescuers Down Under

Originally posted by silvanfolk

Beauty and the Beast

Originally posted by disnyedreamworks

Aladdin

Originally posted by gameraboy

The Lion King

Originally posted by disneylandwheredreamscometrue

A Goofy Movies

Originally posted by the-disney-elite

Pocahontas

Originally posted by kawaiiaoiichigo

Toy Story

Originally posted by dorkly

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Originally posted by animacia

Hercules

Originally posted by lefantasyland

Mulan

Originally posted by thecrewblr

A Bug’s Life

Originally posted by kpfun

Tarzan

Originally posted by disneywonderlandblog-blog

Toy Story 2

Originally posted by musicalhog

The Emperor’s New Groove

Originally posted by dailyhappylife

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

Originally posted by curvecreation

Monsters, Inc.

Originally posted by expertinawkward

Lilo & Stitch

Originally posted by animations-daily

Treasure Planet

Originally posted by swordleg

The Jungle Book 2

Originally posted by revire

Finding Nemo

Originally posted by you-wanna-kiss-the-girl

Brother Bear

Originally posted by pocdisneys

Home on the Range

Originally posted by fydisneymisfits

The Incredibles

Originally posted by all-things-disney-gifs

Chicken Little

Originally posted by disney-strology

Cars

Originally posted by disneypixar

Meet the Robinsons

Originally posted by movies-quotes

Ratatouille

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

Wall E

Originally posted by tylenolannister

Up

Originally posted by disneypixar

The princess and the frog

Originally posted by pocdisneys

Toy Story 3

Originally posted by animations-daily

Tangled

Originally posted by couplenotes

Cars 2

Originally posted by barryallensboyfriend

Brave

Originally posted by thatmagicdisney

Wreck-It Ralph

Originally posted by flyingpochama948

Monsters University

Originally posted by disneypixar

Frozen

Originally posted by likeadisneyprincess

Big Hero 6

Originally posted by whatgifuck

Inside Out

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

Zootopia

Originally posted by judithwilde

Finding Dory

Originally posted by dianekeatonfan

Moana

Originally posted by tarajis