As many people brace for Hurricane Idalia over the next few days, it might be an excellent chance to take in an old Disney movie. For over 100 years, Walt Disney Studios has made hundreds of motion pictures, including live-action films, animated shorts, and Oscar winners.
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However, they have also made a few weird flicks through the years that have since been forgotten by most. So, what better time than now to revisit the weird side of Disney?
This movie explores the age-old question…”What would it be like if a mule played football?” Before animals playing human sports became a familiar film sub-genre with movies like Air Bud, this movie paved the way. It features many famous actors of the time, including Ed Asner and the legendary Don Knotts.
This movie was Disney’s attempt to capitalize on the success of E.T. (1982) and the television show Alf. Fuzzbucket (1986) was a made-for-TV movie that followed an awkward young boy and his invisible (but sometimes visible) rat-like friend…named Fuzzbucket.
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
This strange film stars Kurt Russel as a college student who turns into a human computer after being electrocuted. His new “powers” allow him to learn things quickly, speak new languages, and perform complicated math in his head. It currently has a 50% score on Rotten Tomatoes, which is a score many new Disney films would kill for.
The Black Hole (1979)
Like Fuzzbucket, this film attempted to capitalize on the success of more popular and original films (Star Wars). It’s an odd and often forgotten science fiction flick that pre-dates Walt Disney Studios having rights to the George Lucas series. During its production, it was Disney’s most expensive film ever produced and the studio’s first PG-rated movie. The plot centers around a spaceship that discovers another missing vessel on the edge of a black hole…and it’s almost entirely run by robots.
The Black Cauldron (1985)
Perhaps one of the most famous films on this list is The Black Cauldron. The dark fantasy was an unsuccessful release for Walt Disney Studios because it was deemed too scary for little children. Among its many dark elements, the villain was considered to be exceptionally terrifying.
Although it’s not considered a terrible movie, it’s unlike most Disney animations you have ever seen. It received mixed reviews, didn’t make much money, and was wiped away from everyone’s memory when the Disney Renaissance began a few years later.
The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
The original Shaggy Dog (1959) film was one of Walt Disney Studios’ most successful movies of the 1950s. As such, they made a sequel (although 17 years later). It follows the story of Wilbur, the son from the original film, and his adventure over turning into a dog. It did okay upon release, but the years have not been kind to it. Much of the acting, costumes, and special effects have not aged very well.
Disney has a deep library of films beyond the more modern Pixar and Marvel movies. So if you’re stuck at home this week or upcoming weekend weathering out the storm…throw one of these on. Most (if not all) are available on Disney Plus.
And as Hurricane Idalia makes its way across the United States, please stay safe.