Things are different for the big mouse these days, that is to say they are now even bigger than ever! A few years back they acquired Marvel and made some big moves, and recently they bought Lucas arts and all of Star Wars from George Lucas. So with Marvel movies and comic fans to be pleased, mixed with the Star Wars fanboys, Disney has a lot on its plate, aside from that new pirates movie I’m hearing about. So today lets take a look back at the family fun cartoon movies made by Disney that in this new hullabaloo, you’ve already forgotten.
#5-Oliver and Company
Ok I know this movie gets a lot of slack. But Billy Joel has never been a critics favorite and the audience LOVED this film so take THAT learned critics. This movie is set in New York City and features a host of talking singing animals. Its a modern day take on Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist. Oliver the cat is left behind when all of his other litter-mates are adopted. He wanders the street until he meets Dodger the dog and helps him rob a hot dog vendor. Dodger takes off with the food and unbeknownst to him, is tailed by Oliver. They eventually team up to help his owner pay back the ruthless “Sykes.”
With a lot of great songs by Billy Joel and Huey Lewis and The News this was destined to be an audience pleaser and critic hair puller.
Why You’ve Forgotten It
Probably because it’s not played anywhere due to terrible ratings online. Disney just doesn’t play it, even on the extended channels, which is a shame because it really is a great movie.
#4 Angels in the Outfield
So I stepped out of the field of animation for a second for this movie. Being a baseball player growing up there were three movies that were required watching. Sandlot(if you didn’t know who the great Bambino was you could NOT be on my team because you probably played like a girl), Rookie of the year, and Angels in the outfield. You were not a real baseball player if you hadn’t watched these movies to the point that you could quote them from beginning to end.
A young boy’s deadbeat father tells him that he’ll start coming to see him if the angels win the pennant.
The only known photo of his father.
Suddenly a real angel appears in the form of Christopher Llyod and his zany antics set the Angel baseball team on the fast track to winning the entire World Series. A pretty fun movie with an interesting concept.
Why You’ve Forgotten It
It doesn’t really hold up over time and doesn’t get any airplay. Despite great acting sometimes writing was just to on the nose and fell flat. Also it had a god awful sequel called Angels in the Endzone. Sigh silly sequels, stop tainting the originals, you too prequels! The trailer still gives me chills though here it is.
#3 Flight Of The Navigator
Another foray outside of the animated setting. This film is about a young boy living in Ft Lauderdale, Florida who goes to retrieve his younger brother from a friend’s house, he returns 8 years later and hasn’t aged a day. They take him to the doctor and while they try and figure out why he hasn’t aged, a spaceship has crashed nearby. The next day David hears a voice and follows it into the spaceship who informs him, yes the spaceship itself informs him, that he is it’s only way home. He “downloaded” star maps into David’s brain and after the crash he lost them all. Thus David is now “The navigator.” An interesting storyline and eventually a pretty fun movie to watch.
Why You’ve Forgotten it
Well maybe if the child star had been a bit more memorable and in a few other things, people would go check it out. Actually it might even get some airtime, however this child star fizzled out pretty quickly and hasn’t been in a movie since an uncredited role in 96. While Sarah Jessica Parker is in this movie its a small role though I do believe there is some scantily clad scenes for her, shocking for Disney I know. They are currently remaking this film so I’m sure we’ll all be remembering it soon enough.
#2 Treasure Planet
I’m pretty sure I’m going to get a lot of slack for this list. However Treasure Planet is one of the most innovative and daring movies in Disney history. Some quick facts about Pirate movies, before Pirates of the Caribbean, they just didn’t work. From Cutthroat island to Hook, they bombed. Disney decided to bring the classic tale of Treasure Island into the new age with a brand new twist, they’d be in space. Jim Hawkins is a 12 year old boy who is given a sphere and is told to beware the cyborg. He eventually sets off on a quest that spans worlds. Creating an entirely new universe from scratch, Disney laid upon us amazing visuals and creative ideas one after another. With quirky new characters and a lead that was able to connect to an audience even in this new sci-fi world, this was a really good movie that suffered from poor advertising and poor timing.
Why You’ve Forgotten It
Because it bombed at the box office. It came out in 2002, if you don’t remember that means this film had to compete with Spider-man, Harry Potter, Lord of the rings, Star wars, Austin Powers, Men in Black 2, Die another day…yeah there just isn’t a place to squeeze this new creative Disney film in. However its failure at the box office didn’t make it any less of a movie and it was nominated for a best animated feature oscar. Oh and Joesph-Gordon Levitt is in it so…there’s that, ROBIN!
#1 The Emperor’s New Groove
Some movies I just don’t know HOW they pitched to anybody with sense. An aztec style stuck up, self absorbed, prince gets turned into a llama and has to enlist the help of one of the very people he was hurting to get back to his original form. And David Spade’s going to play the llama.
Seriously though, how does this work? Precisely that reason, casting. The brilliant casting of David Spade as Emperor Kuzco, Eartha Kitt as Yzma the evil scientist, John Goodman as the friendly Pacha, and Patrick Warburton as Kronk. The movie is funny, fresh, original, and spawned a successful television series.
Why You’ve Already Forgotten It
No clue, mostly I know I’d forgotten about it precisely because Disney hasn’t done anything like it in years. 2D animated movies are extremely hard to come by in American Theaters these days and without being able to say “hey this movie sucks and they can do better because look at this one,” Emperor’s new groove kind of falls to the back of the movies to watch list.
Well that’s my list! If you have any additions or comments about existing parts of the list please let me know in the comments section!
Thanks for reading as usual you guys are amazing!
Brian Bell-Wiseguy Industries