Last month, I did a feature on Disney’s underrated animated films. I found it really interesting to read about the films you thought were underrated, so I decided to take a look at some of the overrated Disney animated features. This list is bound to be divisive, but that’s part of the fun. So, here are the 5 Disney animated features that I think are overrated.
The single most overrated Disney film there is. Sure, Frozen has a great message in the sense of sisterhood, but when it comes to the plot, it’s not all that memorable. It’s easy to see why kids love this film. It has semi-catch songs, magic, the strength of sisterhood, and a talking snowman. However, if you were to give me a choice between Frozen and Tangled, I’d choose Tangled in a heartbeat. This is the film that will be hailed as an instant classic to our youngest generation, but there are so many other films released in this revival era of Disney animated films that have tighter storylines and memorable characters.
I was an adult when I first watched this film, and I don’t get the hype. The story was weak and the drunk hallucination scene of pink elephants was creepy and had no business being in the film to start with. On top of that, the songs aren’t all that memorable and you can’t forget the highly offensive “Jim Crow” scene. To put it bluntly, Dumbo has not aged well.
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Real talk, what did snow white even do in the film? She’s easily one of the least memorable princesses. Now, I know some of you will say that since Snow White was the first Disney animated feature, it should be hailed among the greats. There’s no denying the achievements of this film. It was groundbreaking for its time and kick-started the entire Disney animated franchise, but the fact is, the supporting characters are the ones keeping this film afloat, and even they aren’t all that remarkable. Snow White had a definitive influence on the film industry, but the overall plot is bland, devoid of any real stakes, and just isn’t that memorable.
Bambi has and will always be one of the most traumatising films I’ve ever watched. It has a brilliant message with a moving story is moving, and when you back that up with some gorgeous animation, you’ve got yourself a classic. However, while this coming of age tale of adorable woodland critters has its moments, its replayability is lesser than other timeless Disney classics. Bambi is a film that can get away with only ever being a one time experience.
I’ve always been drawn to the more unconventional Disney animated features. I’d much prefer the animal features than the princess ones. Maybe this is my bias showing, but I don’t think Cinderella deserves the acclaim it gets. The characters, the human ones, are one dimensional and fall flat. Again, the magical critters that prove to be more entertaining than the lead, and the story has its fairytale elegance, but there’s just too little substance for me to consider it a must-see.
Do you agree with these choices?
Which Disney animated film do you think is overrated?