Special Report

The Worst Animated Disney Movies of All Time

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20. The Aristocats (1970)
> IMDb rating: 7.1
> Rotten tomatoes audience score: 70
> Worldwide ticket sales, adjusted for inflation: $309.1 million
> Starring: Phil Harris, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Scatman Crothers

Considered enjoyable but unmemorable, “The Aristocrats” was based on an original script which adopted many Disney tropes. Duchess, a pampered pet of an opera diva, and her kittens are victimized by their owner’s evil butler, but are rescued by a cadre of animal pals, including an adorably non-aristocratic alley cat, Thomas O’Malley. The movie is redeemed by beloved actors Ava Gabor and Phil Harris, who provide the voices for Duchess and O’Malley.

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19. Cars 3 (2017)
> IMDb rating: 6.7
> Rotten tomatoes audience score: 69
> Worldwide ticket sales, adjusted for inflation: $391.7 million
> Starring: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper, Nathan Fillion

The third in the Car series revived the franchise after the inferior sophomore episode, adding a somewhat melancholy depth to the characters and playing with classic dramatic themes. The hero, Lightning McQueen, is aging out of racing, flummoxed by youth and technology, but finds satisfaction in advancing the career of a younger racer, who happens to be a girl.

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18. A Goofy Movie (1995)
> IMDb rating: 6.9
> Rotten tomatoes audience score: 70
> Worldwide ticket sales, adjusted for inflation: $74.4 million
> Starring: Bill Farmer, Jason Marsden, Jim Cummings, Kellie Martin

Disney’s early cartoon star, Goofy, is reintroduced as an embarrassing dad trying to bond with his teen son on a camping trip. Though there is plenty of goofiness and gags, along with Disney-esque dark moments, the attempt at emotional depth amidst a silly plot and bad songs is strained. Little kids like it.

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17. The BFG (2016)
> IMDb rating: 6.4
> Rotten tomatoes audience score: 57
> Worldwide ticket sales, adjusted for inflation: $211.4 million
> Starring: Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement

A dream weaving giant and a little girl take on a tribe of bullying, child-eating giants with help from the Queen of England. Beginning with a Roald Dahl story, this movie had everything going for it: Stephen Spielberg directing, music by John Williams, and the star power of Mark Rylance–to say nothing of the stunning art-realism animation developed by Disney. The BFG should have been more magical, more edgy, and more fun than it was.

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16. Pocahontas (1995)
> IMDb rating: 6.7
> Rotten tomatoes audience score: 64
> Worldwide ticket sales, adjusted for inflation: $730.9 million
> Starring: Mel Gibson, Linda Hunt, Christian Bale, Joe Baker

A popular success and a critical bust, this film mythologizes the historic intervention of a young Native American girl to save a British settler from her powerful father’s wrath. The heros are handsome and sensitive, the villains are snarly and soft, and the Princess has the face and figure of a 1950’s pin-up. The best thing that can be said about the Disney version is that the music is great.