With so many Disney movies coming out these days, some go completely under the radar. I am still discovering sequels to Disney movies I never even knew existed! Here are some Disney sequels (and prequels) you may not have seen...
Although The Return of Jafar (1994) was not a great sequel for the Aladdin franchise, Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996) sure was! Aladdin, who was orphaned at a young age, discovers that his father is actually alive and is a part of the Forty Thieves, a mischievous group of cutthroats who happen to crash his wedding to Jasmine. This begins Aladdin's quest to find out who he really is as well as a hunt for a long lost treasure. This should be your go-to movie if you are in the mood to watch something that is extremely emotional, yet still filled with action and adventure.
The Little Mermaid
The prequel to Disney's 1989 classic The Little Mermaid is far better than its sequel Return to the Sea (2000). In usual Disney fashion, Ariel grows up with one parent, her father, King Triton. The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning (2008) tells us what happened to Ariel's mother which also explains why King Triton is so protective over his daughters. This movie is great for so many reasons: a hilarious villain with her conflicted henchman, a little bit of sadness in the beginning that provides the conflict for the movie, and of course, some really catchy songs!
Mulan II (2004) has to be one of my favorite Disney sequels mostly because of how silly it is. Mulan established herself as one of the strongest female Disney characters but this movie almost completely contradicts that. She turns into a love-crazed woman and almost jeopardizes her own relationship and life for the sake of her friends' love. Not exactly the same Mulan from the original movie but still heroic in her own way. Original characters such as Mushu, Khan and Cri-kee keep the laughs rolling and new characters add depth to the film. It is disappointing that Eddie Murphy doesn't voice Mushu but I have to admit the likeness in voice actors is uncanny. You'll also recognize the voice of Ming-Na Wen, Agent's of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Agent Melinda May, as Mulan.
A Goofy Movie
It's probably every college student's worst nightmare to have a parent attend college with them. This is the unfortunate reality for Max Goof in An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000). This may be crazy to say but I feel that this movie is much better than the original in which Max and Goofy go on a fishing trip despite Max's wish to impress a girl at a PowerLine concert. Although the sequel has no original songs, it makes up for this with killer disco tunes such as Peaches & Herb's "Shake Your Groove Thing" and Carmen Carter's "Knock on Wood."
Apparently I haven't even seen that many Disney sequels! There are just so many! I cannot guarantee that they'll be good so check them out at your own risk.
- Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
- Peter Pan: Return to Never Land
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
- 101 Dalmatians: Patch's London Adventure
- Atlantis: Milo's Return
- Lilo and Stitch: Stitch Has a Glitch, Leroy and Stitch, Stitch! The Movie
- Bambi II
- The Jungle Book 2
- Pocahontas II
- Lady and the Tramp II
- Tarzan 2, Tarzan and Jane