Sunday, May 10, 2015 09:02

Mel in Movieland | Three forgotten Disney movies.


Welcome to my new feature, where I will be coming books and movies! I bet you can guess how I came up in the name, but in case you aren’t; Alice in Wonderland. You can find my inspirations in this post Fairytale news: other content.

It was about time I came back with another edition of Mel in Movieland. I have been so busy that I've been focusing on reviews and discussion posts, but I forgot how much I enjoyed to write these as well. I'm definitely going to pick up this posts again. Disney gives me endless happiness.

Today I want to feature three Disney movies that I love, but I feel they hardly get any attention - or sometimes people don't even know they exist in the first place! Disney is mostly known for it’s Disney princess movies, but what about the others? I highly recommend to check out these three movies if you have never seen them before.

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”Look at you! Glowing like a solar fire. You're something special, Jim. You're gonna rattle the stars, you are!” 
Treasure planet (2002). Set in outer space, this movie follows teenager Jim Hawkins on his adventure across the universe. He befriends cyborg John Silver, until he finds out that his friend isn’t the person he claims to be. It’s a shame that this movie is so undervalued, because it’s great! There are complex characters, interesting friendships and an action-packed plot. I also love the animation work and I don't really understand why this movie isn't as hyped up as any other Disney movie.


”Oh, I'm sorry. I've ignored you. You did come for the Black Cauldron, didn't you? Good. Then climb in! It will only cost you your life.”
The black cauldron (1985). Taran must protect Hen Wen, a magical oracular pig, who is the only one with the location of the mystical black cauldron. The evil Horned King is after the cauldron and will stop at nothing. On his way he meets Princess Eilonwy, This is a darker and scarier movie. It’s the first animated movie from Disney with a PG rating and it had to be edited twice to avoid getting a PG-13 rating. The poor forgotten princess Eilonwy.. I must admit, to my shame, that I found out about this movie when I was a lot older, but I was charmed by the spunky Eilowy and the dark feeling of the movie. I can see why it might be too scary for younger children, because it has nothing of the happy, cheerful feeling you find on most Disney movies.


“It's the story of a father who couldn't be closer...to driving his son crazy.”
A goofy movie (1995).  Max has a crush on the popular girl Roxanne, but it seems hopeless when he is dragged into a cross-country trip with his father, the embarrassing Goofy. What Max doesn’t see is that his father tries to bring him out of his shell. Max ends up lying to Roxanne about the trip and now he has to find a way to make everything work out. Funny! I saw this movie a lot when I was younger. It’s humorous and cute. I've always loved movies that feature families and it's nice to see father and son bonding together.

Tell me, what do you think are Disney's most undervalued movies? Have you ever seen this movies and what did you think about them - or are you now planning to see them?
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Mel@thedailyprophecy

Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

53 comments:

  1. Oh, I completely agree with these! The Black Cauldron is AMAZING (albeit slightly terrifying!), and Treasure Planet is beautifully animated. I'd also add Atlantis - because vaguely steampunk Disney MUST be awesome - and The Sword in the Stone (which is ADORABLE). And the Hunchback of Notre Dame, because that just does not get the attention it deserves.
    As you can probably tell, I liked this post. Kind of a lot.
    Beth x
    www.thequietpeople.com

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    1. Treasure planet is goooorgeous. Atlantis is definitely a movie that deserves more attention too. The sword in the stone is so cute, I love Archimedes.

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  2. I'm gonna be honest Treasure Planet is the movie of my childhood and I actually started sweating when I couldn't remember its title a couple of months back when I really wanted to watch it. I never liked Disney all that much to be honest but maaan this movie is quite something. And it's weird because I want more people to watch it and understand how good it is but at the same time I'm weirdly protective over it and I don't want anyone to watch because it is MINE. That makes a whole lot of sense.

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    1. I completely understand what you mean. I can get really protective over things I love with a fierce passion.

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  3. I'm ashamed to say I haven't seen any of these! I definitely grew up with a more Disney Princess focus haha (Although I do love some of the older ones that are less popular like The Sword in the Stone and The Aristocats.) I really need to check these ones out. Great post! :D

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    1. I love the 'everybody wants to be a cat' song from The aristocats, haha.

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  4. To be honest, I don't think I've seen any of these! Or if I have, I just don't remember them. I feel like there are a lot of Disney movies that are not that well known- including my favourite one, which is The Fox and the Hound.

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  5. Basil The Great Mouse Detective is a favourite of mine that always seems to go under the radar! R x

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  6. Well, I am proud to say I know all these movies! Yet I've only seen a Goofy Movie! Treasure Planet never really grabbed my attention as a kid. And I was too young for the Black Cauldron. Though I do know of it and now i kind of want to go find it! LOL! But for some reason I thought it was one of the harder to find ones?

    And a Goofy Movie! Of course I know that one! LOOOOOVED that one as a kid! I watched the show Goof Troop growing up so I had to see the movie naturally! It was lots of laughs and this particular gif got me grinning again! LOL!

    I grew up with most of the princesses myself as well, but I've seen a lot of the others too. Though not all became favorites. Some were just too sad. Bambi? The Fox and the Hound? Too emotional for me! Even now!

    Do you remember some of the animated series? Like Goof Troop? And of course Aladdin and the Little Mermaid? I looooved those as a kid too! My mom would record them on VHS so that I could rewatch them. I might possibly have those VHS tapes somewhere too. Still have a VCR too even!

    Great post!

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    1. Black Cauldron is available to buy on many Dutch websites, so I hope you are able to find it as well :) You should try Treasure Planet again, it's really good.

      YES. The one from The little Mermaid and Aladdin <3 I loved those.

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  7. OMG I actually only discovered The Black Cauldron when I was older too! Me and the bf actually watched it around Halloween a few years back, I really should dig out my dvd so I can watch it again :D I definitely remember when Treasure Planet came out (seeing previews on tv and all that) but I know I've never seen it. With the praise you gave it though, I WILL be checking it out asap! I remember watching the Goofy movie back in the day too but it's worth rewatching.

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  8. I must've watched A Goofy Movie a million times when I was little! Fond memories! *blissful sigh*

    My favorite undervalued Disney movie would have to be Atlantis. I've seen it so many times. There's lots of action, humor, good moral values and romance. Who doesn't love those things?

    I also really loved The Aristocats. I even have a little plush Marie in a basket!

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    1. Atlantis is a great movie as well. I should watch it again some time, it has been a while.

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  9. I've seen all of them but the 2nd one xP AND I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Treasure Planet it was the absolute best movie, I'd watch it all the time when it was one TV. Seriously it was epic. So was The Goofy Movie, I've seen a few of them and they all were great ^^ I also like El Dorado that one is a hilarious movie as well :D This is a great idea!

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  10. I absolutely love Treasure Island, it was actually the very first rendition of the classic story I ever saw, and only later in my years that I actually read the story.
    It's such a shame that people tend to push it aside, the same goes for A Goofy movie just because it's not a classic.

    I also have profound love for The Sword in the Stone, I just love the humour in that one! The owl Archimedes is the best comic relief ever, just as the moose are in Brother Bear, also a hidden gem in the Disney treasure.

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  11. I completely forgot about Treasure Planet and Black Cauldron! Those are really good! Whatever happened to them...Disney is for boys, too!

    I haven't seen Goofy movie, but I remember the trailers. They were blasted everywhere when I was growing up. It was a staple trailer at the beginning of every VHS and ABC Saturday cartoons, haha.

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    1. Disney is for everyone. Boys, girls, young, old :)

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  12. Gosh I love these three movies! :D Especially Treasure Planet, so amazing!

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  13. Ah, I remember the Goofy Movie! Didn't they have a cartoon for a while too? I've actually never heard of Treasure Planet, which is strange! I wonder what other Disney movies I'm missing?

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  14. Absolutely YES to Treasure Planet! I was only raving about it completely randomly yesterday. xD It's one of my all time favourite movies eeeever (I love Ben! I feel kinship to Ben and his memory! And MORPH IS ADORABLE. I want a Morph.)
    I vaguely remember watching The Goofy Movie, but never The Black Cauldron!

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  15. A Goofy Movie was one of the best Disney movies ever! I remember that I had a crush on Max way back when I was around 7 or so. LOL.

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  16. I'm going, right now, to hunt down all three movies and rewatch them all! I love them so much and yes, had kinda forgotten them~! Yay for this post to remind me :) I love the Goofy movie.

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  17. I feel like I may have watched these movies at one point in my life, but I just can't remember! Then again, I get that kind of feeling whenever someone mentions any of the old Disney movies... I guess Disney just brings out that nostalgic feeling in you. xD But oooohhh, I definitely need to check out Treasure Planet. You mentioned outer space and that was really all that was needed to convince me. ;D Based on your description of it I don't understand how it can be so undervalued and unknown too because it's set in space and is about pirates! (Or looks that way, at least.) *O*

    Haha, that gif for the second movie... I thought that was Aurora at first. Must be the hair, I swear it's the same shade. Wow, the whole thing about the rating has me curious. I don't think I've watched an animated PG Disney film before, so I'm interested to see how dark and scary things can get. I'm loving the sound of Princess Eilonwy already!

    Okay, A Goofy Movie -- I'm pretty sure I've watched this, because I know I watched something with the Goofy's son in it before, but I can't remember what it was about at all. T_T Heh, anything that has Goofy in it is always funny. He's awkward as heck and has humor the other Disney characters lack -- he's charming in his own way. :D

    Thanks for sharing these, Mel! I can't wait to watch these, especially Treasure Planet because that one just sounds pure epic, so thanks so much for putting them on my radar!

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    1. Disney is an important part of my daily life, haha. I think you will really like Treasure Planet, based on what I know about you and your interests!

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  18. I only know The Goofy Movie out of all of these. >.< But that movie was really good, and I really felt for Goofy in that movie. Thanks, Disney, for all the reruns of that movie.

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  19. I can so not believe that I didn't know about any of these! Though the other day I saw The Black Cauldron at the library, I still had no idea what it was though >.<

    Treasure Planet sounds really, really good! Thanks so much for sharing :D

    Asma @ IceyBooks

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  20. I'm ashamed to say that I've only watched The Goofy Movie out of all these three. I definitely loved the father/son bonding in it. :) The Black Cauldron sounds like my kind of thing as well--I love dark stories, and I love Disney. So there's a 99% chance I will love this movie! Thanks for the recommendations, Mel! <3

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    1. I think Black Cauldron is something you will enjoy Aimee :D

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  21. I haven't watched any of these! Oh no,I think I should go give them a shot,especially Treasure Planet.They sound amazing!
    Thanks for the recs Mel!

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  22. Ah hah. The Goofy Movie. I sure watched enough of that. My son was a big fan. There are a lot of old school Disney movies that have been forgotten The Fox and the Hound is a favorite of mine.

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  23. I saw Treasure Planet in theaters but I think that's the only time! And I haven't seen Black Cauldron (or read the book) but I want to. Omgggg I LOVED A Goofy Movie when I was younger! The soundtrack is epic!

    Some Disney movies I consider underrated: Meet the Robinsons (so cute, funny, imaginative, and sweet), The Princess and the Frog (in my top 5!), and The Sword in the Stone (I love Merlin).

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    1. Sword in the Stone is pretty cool, Archimedes is precious, haha.

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  24. I've seen all three but it has been awhile. The black cauldron is definitely borderline pg. I remember it got pretty dark at times. Especially with the skeletons and scary looking villain. Gurgi was cute though :)

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  25. It will forever be my mission to push Treasure Planet on anyone who gives me the chance to do so. It’s my favorite Disney movie besides Tangled!

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  26. I have yet to see the Black Cauldron, but other than that I think I've seen almost ALL the Disney movies :) I'm a very hardcore fan ahhaha. I loved Treasure Planet :)

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  27. Hmmm.. I've heard of treasure planet but not the other ones. But I'm having a disney movie marathon with my friend this summer, so maybe one should make the list :) I think pocahontas is another Disney movie I love that's underrated, and I can't remember when I watched it or even if I watched the whole thing, but also the emperor's new groove.

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    1. Oh please do! Add it to that list (epic idea by the way :D) Pocahontas is great. I also kinda like the sequel, it has pretty songs.

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  28. I loved the Goofy Movie when I was younger. I listened to the song "On the Road Again" so many times! I haven't actually seen Treasure Planet though.

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  29. I love the Goofy Movie and Treasure Planet!! Definitely two that dont get enough attention. When I was younger I did not like Black Cauldron, though. I should rewatch and see what I think now. :) Other less popular disney movies that I love: Oliver & Co, Watcher in the Woods, Brother Bear, & Aristocats.

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  30. A Goofy Movie is one of my absolute faves! For the past week, my husband has been playing i2i. Best concert I never went to! Haha

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  31. A Goofy Movie! Oh my goodness, I used to watch that all the time as a kid and had completely forgotten about it. Such a great one. I haven't seen The Black Cauldron but that gif is great... will need to see about getting my hands on a copy!

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  32. I am proud to say that I have seen all three movies, but that's probably because I am, and have always been, 100% Disney obsessed. I really liked Treasure Planet when I watched it when it was released. I LOVED The Black Cauldron as a kid, and The Goofy Movie was one of my favourites! I was always hit in the feels whenever I watched The Goofy movie - even if I didn't know what feels were, haha ;P

    I think that there are quite a lot of underrated and under-watched Disney movies, to be honest. A lot of the older ones are simply forgotten and not included when everybody talks about how much they love Disney, and I think that's really sad.

    Some that I think are a bit forgotten: The Rescuers, Tarzan, Atlantis, Hercules, A Bug's Life, Robin Hood, The Sword in the Stone, The Great Mouse Detective, Oliver & Company (one of my absolute favourites!!!), Dinosaur, Brother Bear, Bolt, and Frankenweenie.

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    1. And that is why we are friends :D Disney-obsessed people are my favorite kind of people ;) Atlantis! Hercules! Robin Hood!

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  33. Ahhh, gorgeous post Mel :D I love love love reading your thoughts on movies. <3 And aw. A Goofy Movie. I have seen it so many times, in Norwegian :) I think it is all kinds of awesome. And cute. And a bit sad. And ohh! I only saw The Black Cauldron for the first time last year, but I loved it :D Must re-watch it very soon. <3 Such a cute movie. Sigh. Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3

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  34. It's crazy how we forget about movies that are released isn't it? I never actually watched the Black Cauldron, but I remember playing a game based on it in my childhood! So this definitely brings back memories of that.

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  35. I HAVE NOT SEEN THESE MOVIES? WHAT KIND OF DISNEY FAN AM I? The Black Cauldron reminds me of Poison by Bridget Zinn (mostly because of the pig) ;)

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  36. I still have A Goofy Movie in VHS and it's always on my shelf <3

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  37. I haven't seen Treasure Planet or Black Cauldron, but I LOVE A Goofy Movie! Goofy and Max's story is brilliant and I love the songs!

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