We all have our Disney favorites, and they're not all classics. Here are five forgotten Mouse House favorites.
"The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" (1949)This is a package deal: two separate stories in one. The first,"The Wind in the Willows," centers on the wealthy and eccentric Thaddeous Toad. The second is "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" about Ichabod Crane's run-in with the Headless Horseman. "The Rescuers Down Under" (1990)This was the first animated sequel Disney ever made, and by my reckoning it still the best. The story is more exciting, characters deepened, and the animation transporting."DuckTales The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp" (1990) Two years before "Aladdin," Scrooge McDuck and his nephews found a genie in a magic lamp. "DuckTales The Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp" is an adaptation my favorite afternoon TV show growing up but it still feels cinematic. Now that "DuckTales" has made a comeback on Disney Channel, this is a good movie to show new fans.
"Robin Hood" (1973) Disney's "Robin Hood" is still my favorite movie version of this legend, and I don't think it gets enough love. It's exciting, romantic and funny with one of the all-time great Disney villains in Prince John."The Great Mouse Detective" (1986)This is one of those mid-80s Disney movies that was moderately successful but not well remembered. I love it. This Sherlock Holmes riff is moody, dark and mysterious with a fabulous vocal performance by Vincent Price as the flamboyant Professor Ratigan, thought by some modern critics to be the first LGBT-coded Disney villain and a model for others in the years to come (Ursula in "The Little Mermaid" a prime example).