By our estimate, over the last century, Disney has distributed around ten million films, so there is bound to be a couple of Quack Packs hidden among a sea of Ducktales. As Disney adds another competitor to its collection, the company's cinematic rate of output will continue to increase, and a future may come when the industry is totally governed by the cold hand of the Mouse. It is hard to believe this is the same company which was struggling to win relevance in the 1980s and early 2000s. Frozen, Zootopia, and Tangled signified a welcome return to form for Walt Disney's principal brand, while the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars continue to dish out lucrative annual releases.
Delivered in 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs introduced Walt Disney to the world in style. For the next decade, Micky Mouse focused almost exclusively on animation, but Saludos Amigos, The Three Caballeros, and Song of the South blended live-action with cartoons nearly half-a-century before Who Framed Roger Rabbit perfected the formula. By the 1950s, animated features become the anomaly rather than the norm. As seen in Fantasia and 1951's Alice in Wonderland, Disney shines the brightest when attempting to strike a balance between experimental and familiar. Whenever the latter completely takes over, the studio's output tends to take a bit of a nosedive. Regularly brought in as a distributor or to boost brand recognition, Walt Disney Pictures is slapped onto the box cover of many cinematic abominations!
Here are 30 crazy bad Disney movies with (almost) 0% on Rotten Tomatoes!
30 Chicken Little
Rotten Tomatoes: 36
This article sludges through Disney's ugliest creations; however, for the most part, the studio's animated blockbusters survive the cross-examination in one piece. Putting aside the terrible direct-to-video sequels, Disney's cinematic cartoons seldom drop the ball too badly. 2005's Chicken Little is an exception. Reflected by this entry's picture, the film's poster set the bar excruciatingly low, but the final project still found a way to disappoint! Hardly pretty in the mid-2000s, Chicken Little's 3D animation has aged like an egg left out in the sun for around a decade. The story retells the classic fable, but the tone is oddly mean-spirited for such a light-hearted film.
29 Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Rotten Tomatoes: 29
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl came together far more convincingly than anyone could have predicted. Going by the sequels, even Disney has yet to figure out why its pirate movie based on a theme park ride worked so well. History has shown that The Curse of the Black Pearl was a happy accident. While they had their fair share of problems, the original trilogy told a satisfying enough story to be worth recommending; unfortunately, the two most recent sequels are nothing but caricatures of the earlier entries. Captain Jack Sparrow should have stayed in Davy Jones' locker.
28 Alice Through The Looking Glass
Rotten Tomatoes: 30
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is quite a mixed bag. The visuals are delightful and imaginative, but the logical plot and interpretation of the characters miss the point in Lewis Carroll's purposely pointless novel. Alice Through the Looking Glass is more of the same, only just far worse than its predecessor. Despite an all-star cast featuring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, and Sacha Baron Cohen; the acting is of a shockingly low quality. The special effects remain the only bright spot, but the gorgeous imagery cannot mask the rest of the package's stench.
27 Cinderella II: Dreams Come True
Rotten Tomatoes: 11
Even if the company's all-consuming business strategy has many people worried, we would be hard-pressed to describe this trend as ill-conceived. Current Disney is the strongest Disney. At the turn of the century, Mickey Mouse determined the best way to deepen its pocket was to produce direct-to-video sequels for the studio's most beloved classics. Divided into three distinct segments, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True would have made for a passable TV pilot, but the cracks are too pronounced to ignore in a full-length film. Disney's sequels are chiefly known for their laughable quality, but they also cheapened the brand's overall value.
Rotten Tomatoes: 25
Disneytoon Studios handled the vast majority of the direct-to-video shlock that infested the late '90s and early 2000s, but Disney occasionally provided this division with an opportunity to step up to the plate and produce a theatrical film. In a welcome change of pace, rather than a bland sequel, Planes is a redundant spin-off based on Pixar's intermittently decent Cars, but the quality is far closer to Cars 2. We have to hand it to Disney, they found a way to make Pixar's least ambitious franchise seem like a creative tour-de-force.
Rotten Tomatoes: 24
Oh, we can almost feel the outrage triggered by the inclusion of this impeccable 1997 comedy starring the great Robin Williams! Critics simply did not comprehend the multi-layered brilliance of a sentient snot bubble. Flubber is the stuff of legend and marks a high point in Disney's filmography! Look, Robin Williams' talent was undeniable and Hollywood might never bare witness to another entertainer of his caliber; nevertheless, Flubber is a painful sit. At this point in his career, John Hughes' films seemed to be completely devoid of any wit or substance, and Flubber might have been the worst of the bunch.
24 Old Dogs
Rotten Tomatoes: 5
While both actors starred in their fair share of mediocrity, it took the combined efforts of John Travolta and Robin Williams to drop a cinematic stinker deserving of the Old Yeller treatment. Old Dogs sees the two seasoned performers cast in the roles of aging bachelors who are suddenly saddled by a pair of obnoxious kids. Unless you are a big fan of hammy acting and outdated sitcom tropes, Old Dogs should be avoided like a pack of rabies-infected chihuahuas.
23 Aladdin And The King Of Thieves
Rotten Tomatoes: 27
Okay, we promise to lay off Robin Williams after this entry. Rewarded with two sequels and an animated series, Aladdin clearly struck a chord with Disney and audiences. Published in 1996 and bolstered by the return of Robin Williams as the Genie, Aladdin and the King of Thieves brought the franchise to a satisfying close. Yes, we said SATISFYING. Even though critics were not particularly impressed with this direct-to-video effort, King of Thieves is essentially harmless and ranks among the better Disney sequels. Rather than a successor to the 1992 cartoon, this film is best seen as the finale of the animated series.
22 The Lone Ranger
Rotten Tomatoes: 30
Frequently cited among the biggest cinematic flops of all time, The Lone Ranger signaled the end of Johnny Depp's time as a bona fide A-list star. Directed by Gore Verbinski, whose filmography encompasses the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Disney flushed Scrooge McDuck's fortune down the toilet to produce this tone-deaf western. Who was this meant for? Which Disney executive believed a modern audience would flock to theatres to experience a retelling of The Lone Ranger? More importantly, why is this nearly 2.5 hours long? Who asked for this?!? We demand to know!
Rotten Tomatoes: 22
Hamsters are adorable. After sitting through this family-friendly comedy and instantly failing to remember a single thing about it, one has to assume Disney produced G-Force simply because of someone's unhealthy fondness for the hairy rodent. Even though it would not look out of place on the Disney Channel, G-Force boasts a mouth-watering cast that features multiple award-winning performers. Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, Sam Rockwell, and Steve Buscemi all agreed to appear in this uninspired romp, so we have to assume their paychecks were anything but forgettable.
20 Hannah Montana: The Movie
Rotten Tomatoes: 43
Based on Miley Cyrus' popular series, Hannah Montana: The Movie skates the line between unassuming and lazy. On the one hand, the film does not even strive to rise above the standard set by the show, but we doubt many young fans left theatres feeling disappointed or dejected. For the most part, Disney did its job. Hannah Montana: The Movie was designed for a specific audience, and it would be unfair to scrutinize this project for failing to impress critics who can barely differentiate between their Mileys and Selenas.
19 Belle’s Magical World
Rotten Tomatoes: 17
There was not a single property which survived Disney's sequel revolution unscathed. Out of all the battered soldiers, Beauty and the Beast garnered more scars than most. How does a studio follow-up the first animated film to earn a Best Picture nomination? Whatever that may be, Belle’s Magical World is definitely not it. Frankly, describing this 1998 trainwreck as a "film" is way too generous, as Belle's Magical World is merely a collection of episodes from a defunct spin-off series. Hastily put together and best left ignored, Belle's Magical World saw Disney reach a new unprecedented low.
18 Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Rotten Tomatoes: 40
Hampered by a title that instantly invokes an intense bout of eye-rolling, Beverly Hills Chihuahua is surprisingly watchable. Just to avoid losing face, we are by no means suggesting this family comedy is a hidden gem or worth seeking out, but parents have surely been subjected to worse children's entertainment. For example, they could be forced to sit through either of the two Beverly Hills Chihuahua sequels, which only avoided a place on this list due to Rotten Tomatoes lacking enough reviews to put together an aggregate score. Yes, critics could not even be bothered to try them out. Who can blame them?
17 Inspector Gadget
Rotten Tomatoes: 21
Barely long enough to qualify as a feature film, Inspector Gadget outranks Godzilla as Matthew Broderick's most radiant dumpster fire. It is a tiny miracle Ferris Bueller came out of the '90s with anything resembling a career, but Disney could have done far more with this live-action adaptation of 1983's television series. Poorly acted and stuffed with more cliches than a shounen anime, Inspector Gadget is the living embodiment of by-the-numbers. Broderick awkwardly hams things up to try and get a laugh, but the special effects team are the only ones who survive the film with any self-respect intact.
16 My Favorite Martian
Rotten Tomatoes: 12
A remake of CBS's sitcom from the '60s, My Favorite Martian elected the right ingredients but failed to combine them in any meaningful way. A wacky comedy about a newspaperman and his friendly neighborhood extraterrestrial, Jeff Daniels and Christopher Lloyd inject a certain level of charm into the comatose script, but this material is far beneath either of them. We are just going to come right out and say it, Disney's live-action films were almost universally terrible during the decade of grunge and boy bands. Infatuated with the seemingly endless potential of CGI, Mickey frequently forgot to write actual jokes to complement the (not so) timeless visuals.
15 I'll Be Home For Christmas
Rotten Tomatoes: 23
Voicing The Lion King's Simba and earning a spot in Home Improvement's main cast, Jonathan Taylor Thomas' career got off to an impressive start. In 1998, Thomas ditched Tim Allen's sitcom and sought superstardom on the big screen, and I'll Be Home for Christmas was meant to capitalize on the young celebrity's fame and, perhaps, catapult Simba to the big leagues. Unfortunately, things did not quite work out that way! If bad Christmas songs have taught us anything, the holiday season is all about presents and impressing Jessica Biel. With smarter writing and a more satirical tone, I'll Be Home for Christmas could have been something special.
14 Jungle 2 Jungle
Rotten Tomatoes: 19
In the late '90s, Jonathan Taylor Thomas was not the only Home Improvement representative to join forces with Disney. Unfortunately, this entry has nothing to do with Toy Story or The Santa Clause. It is not unusual for big Westerm studios to greenlight an adaptation of a successful foreign film, but they typically opt for something with a bit of a positive reputation. 1994's Little Indian, Big City might actually be inferior to Tim Allen's Jungle 2 Jungle, but Disney had nothing to do with the former, so here we are! Jungle 2 Jungle makes George of the Jungle seem like the good Tarzan.
13 Mr. Magoo
Rotten Tomatoes: 7
Leslie Nielsen earned every ounce of praise flung his way. Originally starring in serious productions, Nielsen's comedic chops coincided with a resurgence in the actor's career. Despite only lasting for around six episodes, Police Squad! was ahead of its time and puts to shame most modern sitcoms. Nielsen's credentials cannot be faulted, but the dude's filmography is slightly terrible. Everyone loves Airplane!, but Mr. Magoo is a far more accurate representation of the vast majority of Nielsen's typical output. When Detective Frank Drebin cannot save a movie, then you know it was doomed from the start.
12 That Darn Cat
Rotten Tomatoes: 13
1965's That Darn Cat! was a fine enough feel-good comedy, but it hardly warranted a remake. Released during a time when buddy cop movies featuring animals were on the demand, That Darn Cat is only saved from being the worst offender due to the existence of Theodore Rex. Honestly, the latter might be objectively awful, but the idea of Whoopi Goldberg solving crimes with a dinosaur is insane enough to almost be worth recommending. That Darn Cat offers nothing exciting or original.
11 The Mighty Ducks
Rotten Tomatoes: 18
Coming in at an earth-shattering 21%, D2: The Mighty Ducks sits as the trilogy's highest rated entry. Apparently, Disney's classic tale about an arrogant lawyer turned ice hockey coach failed to resonate with critics. Were they too harsh on this harmless sports series? No, The Mighty Ducks was and will always be trash. Nevertheless, who does not occasionally like to dine on a bit of junk food? Sure, it might leave your digestive system in tatters, but there is nothing more comforting than digging into a greasy burger and a large fries. The Mighty Ducks is the Mcdonalds of sports movies.
10 A Kid In King’s Arthur Court
Rotten Tomatoes: 5
Regardless of what this article insinuates, Disney's seal of quality typically implies there will be a couple of tolerable moments in even the most cookie-cutter and bottom of the barrel fodder produced by the studio. From that perspective, A Kid In King’s Arthur Court's sheer unadulterated atrociousness is fascinating to behold. The basic premise centers around a time-traveling "cool" kid who, as implied by the title, finds himself stuck in a loose adaptation of Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Better movies have made due with stupider plots, but this laugh-free comedy is completely devoid of any redeeming factors.
9 Man Of The House
Rotten Tomatoes: 14
Jonathan Taylor Thomas is back and worse than ever! The teenager portrays a suspicious kid who refuses to accept any of his mother's new boyfriends and decides to take a page from Home Alone's book to scare Chevy Chase away for good. Does the premise sound somewhat bare-boned and familiar? Well, Man of the House wholeheartedly refuses to even contemplate exploring fresh ground, but Chase's charm and unconventional bravado are just about enough to save this flat family comedy from being a complete snooze-fest.
8 Blank Check
Rotten Tomatoes: 11
In 1994, Disney's briefly lost its mind and produced one of the most inappropriate children's comedies in the history of cinema. Blank Check's premise had potential: Preston Waters finds a check worth $1 million and decides to live the good life. He is practically an accidental version of Richie Rich, and Disney could have taken this idea in so many funny directions. Instead, Preston catches the eye of a woman and they share a "friendly" smooch on the lips. Somehow, multiple Disney executives read this scene and saw absolutely nothing wrong with it.
Rotten Tomatoes: 11
At long last, Marvel is finally running out of ideas! Nowadays, a month does not pass without a superhero showing up in theatres, and this trend has started to overstay its welcome. Nevertheless, even the most infuriating components of the DC Universe gain an air of acceptability when compared to 2007's Underdog. Lacking any of the Saturday morning cartoon's wit or personality, Underdog is marginally better than Howard the Duck, but this favorable comparison has more to do with the latter's terribleness than anything accomplished by Disney.
6 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Rotten Tomatoes: 25
2001's The Princess Diaries holds a special place in the hearts of many people, but we dare anyone to defend its tired sequel! To be fair, Anne Hathaway and the cast deliver respectable performances, while Chris Pine brings some much-needed grace as the titular Princess' love interest. Unfortunately, Marlon Brando and Meryl Streep could not save this soulless cash-in from a lifetime in the bargain bin! With most scenes connected only by a loose thread, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement is one of those comedies that seems perfectly happy to waste its audience's time.
5 A Teenage Drama Queen
Rotten Tomatoes: 13
Sandwiched between Freaky Friday and Mean Girls, Lindsay Lohan lent her talents to a critical misfire that served as a reliable indicator of the standard which would come to define the actress' career. Putting aside Lohan's future, the up-and-coming performer is actually the only bright spot in A Teenage Drama Queen. Languishing with only a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes, Disney has produced countless worse projects than this musical comedy; however, A Teenage Drama Queen simply does not belong on the big screen. Broadcast this on the Disney Channel and it would slip right in alongside reruns of Lizzy McGuire and That's So Raven.
4 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
Rotten Tomatoes: 17
Released more than a decade after The Santa Clause, Tim Allen and Martin Short's Christmas comedy marked a sad end to a once respectable franchise. Even if its predecessors were never in the running to win Best Picture at the Oscars, they were endearing enough to garner mostly positive receptions. 2006's The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause introduced the mischievous Jack Frost, but Short's energetic performance was not enough to prolong this franchise's existence. Santa's workshop requires a lot more than just fumes to function.
3 The Jungle Book 2
Rotten Tomatoes: 19
At the very least, Disney's much-maligned sequels were principally confined to direct-to-video purgatory, so avoiding them was a straightforward enough task. In a baffling move that defies common sense, The Jungle Book 2 and Return to Never Land were deemed deserving of a theatrical run. It should go without saying, but Disney was wrong! While the latter has a couple of redeeming qualities, Mowgli's comeback fares no better than the vast majority of its contemporaries. With the possible exception of The Lion King 2, 1990's The Rescuers Down Under remains the only truly enjoyable Disney sequel.
2 Beauty And The Beast - The Enchanted Christmas
Rotten Tomatoes: 13
Whether talking about games or films, decent sequels or prequels need to be cherished; however, studios should stay as far away from the midquel format as feasibly possible. Set during the events of 1991's animated masterpiece, Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas retroactively hurts Disney's classic. In the original film, Belle routinely challenges Beast's aggressive behavior, and this dynamic is the cornerstone of their relationship. The Enchanted Christmas turns the iconic heroine into a passive enabler of Beast's unacceptable actions. Disney should have a better understanding of their own characters!
1 Mulan II
Rotten Tomatoes: 0
Wow! Disney found a way to score the coveted 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. Mulan II is arguably not the worst of the sequels, but please do not mistake this qualifier for a compliment. After defeating the Huns and saving China, how does Mulan II try to up the stakes? To avoid losing his job as the protagonist's guardian, Mushu dedicates the entire film to ruining Mulan and Shang's upcoming marriage. If it seems like we are purposely omitting certain aspects of the plot for comedic purpose, please rest assured that no such thing is happening. When it comes to looking bad, Mulan II needs no assistance.