Did you know producers wanted to make a sequel to Forrest Gump? They were unable to, because Tom Hanks refused to partake in a second movie, believing that it would only be a repetition of the first. Thanks to Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump will remain a classic unblemished by a lousy sequel.
The same cannot be said for these Disney movies. Despite having created countless classics that are nostalgically remembered by both children and parents, Disney has put out some pretty bad sequels. Why risk losing money on an original idea when you can expand on an idea that was already profitable? Simple, if the sequel is not as good as the first, it will negatively influence how people see the original movie. Indeed, some movies would simply be better off never having been made. The following is a list of Disney’s 10 most awful sequels. Read on and see if you agree.
10. Mulan II
Mulan II is particularly cringe-worthy as it completely contradicts the first movie. In the first film, Mulan was a great character because she defied traditional gender norms, doing so to the endangerment of her own life. She pretends to be a man so she can take her infirm father’s place in the Chinese army and defend her family’s honour. The sequel tramples on these feminist ideals by focusing on Mulan as General Shang’s fiancée and defender of true love, rather than the warrior that she is.
9. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame II
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame II is disappointing because it is so predictable. In this film, Disney decided to follow the same recipe of every rom-com: boy meets girl, they fall in love with one another, they break up, and they wind up back together. The movie also uses the cliché of beauty not being on the outside but on the inside. Quasimodo believes no one could love him due to his appearance, but is eventually able to find his true love.
8. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
What’s better than a romanticizing Stockholm Syndrome? Definitely not a Christmas special of the same story. The story takes place during the original movie, while Beast is still, well, a beast. Belle attempts to change his hatred for Christmas, much to the dislike of the enchanted evil organ Maestro Forte. Forte fears he will be less important or be forgotten if the beast changes back into a prince. He thus attempts to destroy Beast’s relationship with Belle by trying to kill them both.
7. The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
The Little Mermaid II is a basically the same story as Disney’s original Little Mermaid, except reversed. Ariel’s daughter, a human, secretly wishes she were a mermaid. Sound familiar? Even the villain, Morgana, is similar to the original villain, Ursula. After all, they are sisters. However, what really takes the cake is how Morgana is defeated. She is frozen in a block of ice and then sinks to the bottom of the ocean. Sound fishy? It should, because ice does not sink.
6. Cinderella II: Dreams Come True
Cinderella II is actually three short films compressed into one. The first is about Cinderella’s struggle getting used to being a regular princess. In the end she discovers that she has to stop trying to be someone else and simply be herself. The second story is all about Jaq the mouse. After expressing his desire to become a human, the Fairy Godmother grants Jaq his wish. However, Jaq realizes being a human is harder than it looks, and thus realizes he preferred being a mouse. The last story seems the most out of place. It is the tale of how Cinderella’s younger stepsister, Anastasia, falls in love with a baker. Upon discovering Anastasia’s feelings, Cinderella pushes the young couple together even though Anastasia had treated her like dirt for all her life.
5. Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch
Lilo and Stich 2 focuses on Stich’s malfunction due to incomplete recharging of his molecules. Lilo does not notice his glitch as she is too busy trying to come up with an original dance for the May Day festival. Stich’s malfunctions become increasingly aggressive and ultimately cause him to hurt Lilo. He then decides to leave Earth as he believes he is too dangerous. He then dies. However, Lilo’s love magically brings Stich back from beyond the grave and everyone is happy again.
4. The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride
Whereas Disney’s original The Lion King is basically Hamlet with cats, sequel is more like a happier (and cattier) version of Romeo and Juliette. Simba’s daughter Kiara falls in love with Kovu, Scar’s hand-picked successor. Naturally, Simba and Kovu’s mother, Sira, are sworn enemies and do not want their kin spending time together. Kiara eventually runs away from home to be with Kovu. Simba then agrees to stop the fighting with Sira, however Sira is unable to let go of her hatred, choosing to fall to her death rather than make peace. Kiara and Kovu get married while the Outsiders are allowed to enter the Pride Lands.
3. Bambi II
Bambi II was released almost 64 years after the original movie. It’s the sad story of how, despite Bambi’s mother being killed, his father, the Great Prince of the Forest, doesn’t want him. Eventually, he reluctantly takes him for the duration of the winter. Bambi’s father asks Friend Owl to find a replacement mother for Bambi, so he won’t have to raise him. Bambi basically has to earn his father’s love by proving that he is not a coward and can take care of himself. He does succeed in the end, and lives with his father instead of a replacement mother.
2. Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure
Lady and the Tramp II focuses on Lady and Tramp’s only son, Scamp. After getting in a fight with his father, Scamp decides that he wants to join a gang of stray dogs who call themselves the “Junkyard Dogs”. During his adventures, Scamp falls in love with another stray named Angel. Scamp eventually bumps into his father, who tells him he can come home after he’s had enough of being a stray. Despite the Junkyard Dogs’ leader, Buster, congratulating Scamp’s decision to stay with them, Angel scolds him for leaving his family. After being caught by a dog catcher, Scamp realizes he made a mistake and wants to be with his family. Thanks to Angel’s help, he is reunited with his father. Scamp is then brought back home and Angel is adopted by his family.
1. 101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure
102 Dalmatians tells the story of Patch, the puppy who wishes to be unique and stand out among his 100 siblings. As Roger and Anita Radcliffe move to Dalmatian Plantation, Patch accidentally gets left behind in London. He decides to head to the audition of his favourite TV show where he meets his hero, Thunderbolt. When Cruella DeVil attempts to steal the Dalmatian puppies again, Thunderbolt and Patch come to the rescue. After saving the day, Patch lands a spot on TV as Thunderbolt’s side kick.