The Worst Disney Movies You’ve Never Seen

Family from Fuzzbucket Movie
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There’s nothing like a classic Disney movie. For 100 years, Walt Disney Studios has been making motion pictures, including live action movies, animated shorts, and feature films. Through the decades, some have been box office successes spawning sequels, theme Park rides, broadway adaptions, toy lines, and more. Others, however…have been quickly forgotten – either by Disney’s doing or pop culture’s desire never to see them resurface. But we aren’t talking about infamous films like Song of the South (1946) that EVERY Disney fan has heard of. We’re talking about odd ones you’ll only find if you know what you’re looking for. Presenting… Disney’s weirdest creations…

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The Black Hole (1979)

The Black Hole (1979) scene

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This odd and often forgotten science fiction flick attempted to capitalize on the success of the original Star Wars: A New Hope (1977). The creation of this film pre-dates Walt Disney Studios having rights to the George Lucas series. Its cast included Anthony Perkins – the actor who famously played the serial murdering, mentally disturbed Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1959). At the time of its production, The Black Hole (1979) was Disney’s most expensive film ever produced. It was also their first PG-rated movie and had a dark storyline uncommon among Disney films. The plot centers around a spaceship that discovers another missing vessel on the edge of a black hole – one run almost entirely by robots.

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Fuzzbucket (1986)

FuzzBucket Movie Poster from Disney

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Like The Black Hole (1979), this movie tried to capitalize on the success of more popular and original films. On the heels of E.T. (1982) and the TV show Alf, Fuzzbucket (1979) was a made-for-TV movie that followed an awkward young boy and his invisible (but sometimes visible) rat-like friend. The creepy creature named Fuzzbucket is a hairy swamp-dwelling creature who may bring about nightmares if shown to kids today (or even adults!).

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The Black Cauldron (1985)

Scene from The Black Cauldron (1985) movie

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Although you MAY have heard of this movie, it’s still one of Disney’s weirdest animated features in the past 40 years. The dark fantasy was not a success for the studio and was considered too scary for young children – primarily due to the film’s villain. Although not considered a terrible movie, it is unlike most Disney animations you have likely ever seen. Like The Black Hole (1979), it received a PG rating and was the most expensive Disney film produced at its release. It received mixed reviews, didn’t make a lot of money, and was essentially wiped away from everyone’s memory when the Disney Renaissance began a couple years later.

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The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)

The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Montage Poster

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This quirky film stars a young Kurt Russel as a college student who accidentally becomes a human computer after being electrocuted. His new “powers” allow him to learn things quickly, speak other languages, and perform mathematic equations easily in his head. It currently holds a 50% score on Rotten Tomatoes, which, to be fair, is a score many new films would kill for.

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Gus (1976)

Gus the Mule walks onto the Field

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Ever wonder what it’d be like to watch a mule play football? Then this movie is for you! Before animals playing human sports became a common sub-genre of film, this movie featured famous actors of the time, including Ed Asner, who would later voice Carl in Pixar’s Up (2009), and Don Knotts, most famous for his role in The Andy Griffith Show and Three’s Company.

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The Shaggy D.A. (1976)

Scene from the Shaggy DA Disney Movie

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The original Shaggy Dog (1959) was one of Walt Disney Studios’ most successful films of the 1950s. So 17 years later, they decided to make a sequel. It follows the story of Wilbur, the son from the original movie and his adventures of turning into a dog. Although it wasn’t panned too severely when it initially came out, much of its acting, costumes, and “special effects” have not aged well.

Walt Disney Studios Building

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As stated earlier, Disney has a deep and vast library of films. These six are far from Disney’s best, but no offense to those who have seen – or even enjoy these films. Movie taste is subjective…after all. But it’s doubtful that Disney will try to revive or remake these “classics” anytime soon.

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)