• Between 1994 and 2008, one among Disney’s studios was tasked with producing straight-to-VHS and straight-to-DVD sequels to their greatest classics.
  • From “Cinderella III” to “The Lion King 1½,” their stage of high quality and success differ extensively.
  • Most of those sequels, prequels, and midquels weren’t actually warranted and don’t broaden the unique story in any vital manner.
  • Right here’s each one, ranked from greatest to worst.
  • Just a few tropes repeat themselves all through the movies on this checklist, equivalent to specializing in the primary character’s children, giving love pursuits to characters who positively don’t want them, and making protagonists neglect every thing they realized within the authentic movies.
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If you happen to had been born earlier than the flip of the millennium, likelihood is you grew up watching Disney films on VHS and DVD.

If you happen to fall into that class, you proably additionally bear in mind a few of the trailers that used to play earlier than the movie began.

No, they weren’t epic previews of the following huge Disney movies hitting theatres. As a substitute, they had been often promos for the following cash-grab B-movie Disneytoon sequel to a type of field workplace smash hit classics.

We’re speaking concerning the likes of “The Return of Jafar,” “Pocahontas II,” and “Cinderella III,” films that if you happen to had the misfortune to look at as a child, you hopefully deleted out of your reminiscence.

All jokes apart, a few of them are price a watch if just for successful of nostalgia, and Disney+ has made catching up on ones you’ll have missed a bit simpler.

Listed below are all of the Disney basic’s direct-to-video sequels, prequels, and midquels ranked from greatest to worst (or higher put, from fairly dangerous to very dangerous).


1. ‘The Lion King II: Simba’s Pleasure’ (1998)

Proper off the bat we see one of many essential tropes these movies use to justify their existence and create the primary level of battle within the plot – the primary character has forgotten every thing they realized within the first movie.

In “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pleasure,” Simba is now a grown-up dad to teen daughter Kiara, and a surprisingly prejudicial and protecting one at that. Kiara – who appears to be like similar to Nala – falls in love with Kovu, who appears to be like like a younger Scar, however has no relation.

They’re childhood pals, however Kovu and his mom Zira had been exiled by Simba for being Scar sympathizers, and since Zira believed her son Kovu ought to sit on the throne, so despatched him on a secret mission to infiltrate Pleasure Rock.

Simba is just not pleased with the romance at first, however – after Rafiki takes them to a tunnel of affection experience within the jungle the place the 2 unleash their wild aspect, if what I imply – he finally comes round. Total, it makes for a cohesive and warranted sequel to the unique.


2. ‘Lilo & Sew 2: Sew Has a Glitch’ (2005)

With three sequels and a TV present which ran over three years, “Lilo & Sew” can really be thought-about a franchise at this level, and in true Disney trend, the timeline of all these merchandise is just not the simplest to unravel.

However no less than they obtained their nomenclature proper, as, regardless of being the third movie so as of launch, “Lilo & Sew 2: Sew Has a Glitch” picks proper up from the place the unique left off.

Lilo needs to maintain on residing her regular life in Hawaii, this time centered on getting into a hula competitors to commemorate her mom, however she additionally doesn’t need to abandon her good friend Sew, though his {hardware} malfunction is inflicting a bit greater than a glitch in her life.

This sequel manages to maintain the right mixture of cute and wacky that made the primary one so charming. Each characters have skilled a lot harm of their lives and now that they’ve discovered one another will do something to guard their bond. It’s heartwarming, candy, and positively deserves a spot excessive up on this checklist.


3. ‘The Return of Jafar’ (1994)

That is the movie that set all of it off.

“The Return of Jafar” was the primary sequel to be made by Disney for the house video market, and the standard hadn’t dropped that a lot but.

We had been left on the finish of the primary “Aladdin” movie with Jafar being was an omnipotent genie, and had been speculated to consider that simply because he was trapped in a lamp, that will be it for him.

Nevertheless, Jafar’s lamp in a short time will get picked up by a thief who additionally occurs to need to take revenge on Aladdin, so the 2 crew up and head again to Agrabah.

The epic Genie vs Jafar struggle we by no means knew we wanted, added to the truth that Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer Simpson) is available in to play the Genie and that Iago (who’s now form of good) has not one however two musical numbers, ought to make you no less than a bit bit concerned with watching it your self.


4. ‘Cinderella III: A Twist in Time’ (2007)

Disney knew what they had been doing with this movie.

Because the Disney Princesses model turned greater and greater during the last decade, Cinderella wanted a picture revamp from her authentic film.

Cinderella is unquestionably the blander and extra conventional of all of the princesses if you happen to solely take a look at the unique movie. However this lack of any significant basis to construct on really made for an ideal start line to rewrite her story solely. And what higher approach to do it and make it cool as hell than with time journey?

In “Cinderella III: A Twist in Time,” the step sisters steal the Fairy Godmother’s wand and return in time to forestall the prince from ever falling in love with Cinderella. He’s a goofball and a hopeless romantic now, and he or she’s gutsy and in cost, so the Cinderella legacy is healed and so they can dwell fortunately ever after, for actual this time.


5. ‘Mulan II’ (2005)

“Mulan II” would have been manner higher if Mulan hadn’t been in it. But once more, the problem of the primary character forgetting who they had been within the first movie for the sake of battle raises its head, however this time it occurs with two characters.

Mulan is now a hopeless romantic and Shang is a wimp who can’t do something on his personal. They’re in sizzling waters with their relationship, so clearly they’re tasked to steer a mission collectively: the Emperor’s three daughters are to be married off in a neighbouring kingdom and want escorting.

Right here we now have one other trope of Disney residence video sequels: characters getting random new love pursuits. If solely within the first movie we had three single males who sang about what their good lady ought to be wish to pair up with these three princesses. This movie is mainly based mostly on the tune “A Woman Value Preventing For” from the primary film, a lot in order that they simply sing it once more on this movie.

The princesses change into precisely what Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po requested for and so they fall in love and elope collectively, and Mulan finds them and is supportive of their love. Shang isn’t, however it all doesn’t matter since they get attacked, checking off one more Disney sequel trope – the pretend dying.

Spoiler: It appears to be like like Shang died falling right into a bottomless pit, however he finally comes again and stops Mulan in her try to offer herself away for marriage as an alternative of the princesses, which means nobody will get married to the overseas king.


6. ‘Tarzan II’ (2005)

How might you by no means have heard of “Tarzan II,” the third Tarzan film made by Disney which takes place between the prologue sequence of the unique and the precise story, and options Tarzan as a child?

So far as these movies go, “Tarzan II” is definitely fairly first rate, and it even manages to make use of the same old tropes in a novel manner. This time, the pretend dying from a plummeting top isn’t of the love curiosity – it’s Tarzan who everybody believes to be useless.

So kiddo Tarzan, who nonetheless hasn’t realized find out how to survive within the jungle, has to, properly, survive within the jungle alone, till he finds and makes pals with an previous solitary ape who teaches him that he doesn’t must act like a gorilla or different animals to slot in as a result of he’s a Tarzan. It’s type of heartwarming, to be sincere.

He finally returns to his tribe, adopted by some evil gorillas who terrorize his household, however Tarzan swings in along with his new expertise and chases them away.


7. ‘Leroy & Sew’ (2006)

The final within the Lilo & Sew timeline, “Leroy & Sew” acts as a finale for the TV present, during which we met some (however not all) of the 625 experiments that preceded Sew, all little loveable big-eyed aliens with distinctive powers.

Now, the evil Dr. Hämsterviel, who has been attempting to seize all of the experiments to make use of them for his personal plans, has made a 627th experiment, a brand new and improved, purple, evil Sew named Leroy, whom he’ll use to take over the world.

For followers who had been actually concerned with the sequence (it was one among my private favorite reveals as a child), this movie acts like the right finale. We see all of the experiments come along with their quirky powers to struggle within the last battle. It’s positively cute, however loses a little bit of the human appeal of the unique and the earlier sequel.


8. ‘Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World’ (1998)

Within the first scene of “Pocahontas II,” John Smith dies… or does he? No, he clearly doesn’t, however Disney has to faux like he’s useless for Pocahontas to get a brand new love curiosity.

Oh, and bear in mind how on the finish of the primary movie, Pocahontas decides she couldn’t observe John Smith to England as a result of she had to stick with her tribe? Nicely, she doesn’t do not forget that and as a brand new John arrives on her land – John Rolfe – she decides to board a ship with him and sail to England to satisfy with the King.

As soon as there, although, the King refuses to satisfy along with her as a result of she is a savage, so amnesiac Pocahontas, who now thinks “Colors of the Wind” was about arts and crafts, decides to study manners to show she is worthy of the King’s consideration.

That’s mainly the movie, till she will get arrested and John Smith has to come back and rescue her. She is now torn between which John to select, however it doesn’t actually matter as a result of they’re mainly the identical character anyway.


9. ‘The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea’ (2000)

This one is about Melody, the daughter of Ariel and prince Eric, aka brunette Ariel – not solely as a result of they appear alike right down to the quiff, however as a result of their story is strictly the identical however reversed.

Melody was introduced up on land by two seemingly human mother and father who by no means advised her she was half mermaid. She has this unusual obsession with the ocean and needs to go dwell within the sea however thinks her mum Ariel is simply too silly to ever perceive, since, , she doesn’t speak to her about this.

However no less than they obtained to have a unique villain on this movie, proper? No, not likely – it’s simply Ursula’s secret loopy sister Morgana, aka skinny Ursula. She has been attempting to kill Melody since she was a child, so Ariel and Eric took a parenting tip or two from Elsa’s mother and father and locked her up and forbade her from ever going into the ocean with none clarification.

So in fact, she runs away, hops into the ocean, finds Morgana who guarantees to show her right into a mermaid, and mainly the remaining you probably have seen the unique.


10. ‘Brother Bear 2’ (2006)

The trope the place a personality who didn’t get a love curiosity within the first movie is given a love curiosity within the sequel is already a stretch in most of those films, however whenever you attempt to pair up a bear and a human, it will get to an entire new stage of uncomfortable.

In “Brother Bear 2” we meet Nita, who’s about to marry a fellow human, however the spirits aren’t joyful and ship a message by crashing their union with an earthquake. It seems that Kenai, the primary dude/bear from the primary movie, gave Nita an amulet after they had been childhood pals and the spirits suppose they’re now an merchandise.

Nita, who is just not joyful about her soul being tied to a bear, seeks out Kenai with a view to destroy the amulet with him. For some cause he refuses to assist her do away with him though he doesn’t have any curiosity in pursuing this bond at first, however clearly as they journey collectively, they fall in love and Nita decides to not marry her human fiancé.


11. ‘The Lion King 1½’ (2004)

The idea of “The Lion King 1½” is sensible: Timon and Pumba retell the story of the primary movie from their very own perspective. It doesn’t undermine the occasions of “The Lion King,” and it doesn’t attempt to make an attention-grabbing plot occur out of non-existent battle. It’s lighthearted and humorous, if possibly a few of the jokes do tailor a bit an excessive amount of to an 8-year-old viewers.

Total, with each its sequels, “The Lion King” has acquired an ideal therapy, with the animation of this one being impeccable and possibly even higher than the 10-years-older authentic when evaluating a few of the identical scenes side-by-side.


12. ‘Bambi II’ (2006)

“Bambi II” lives in the identical bizarre timespan during which “Tarzan II” resides. It’s not technically a prequel, however it does happen earlier than the primary occasions of the primary movie.

In “Bambi II” we study extra about what occurred between the dying of Bambi’s mum and his adolescence. The principle theme of the film is a son struggling to attach and show himself to his distant father. You may suppose this wouldn’t warrant a complete feature-length movie, and the writers at Disney in all probability thought the identical since they introduce some extra battle with one other deer named Ronno, who all people hates anyway.


13. ‘Aladdin and the King of Thieves’ (1996)

Aladdin obtained fortunate when sequels concepts had been handed out – even the second sequel is fairly first rate, if a bit extra of a sizzling mess.

With all of the adventures he has been via, Aladdin nonetheless hasn’t had time to marry Jasmine earlier than this movie, and his long-lost father, aka the King of Thieves, wouldn’t miss it for the world, so he crashes the social gathering and ruins every thing.

Aladdin then tries to realize his dad’s respect and be part of his gang earlier than inviting him once more to his wedding ceremony. And who would have guessed, he ruins this wedding ceremony too by attempting to steal the Oracle that will lead him to the last word treasure, with the assistance of Iago, who now formally has had the craziest morally ambiguous journey of any character on this movie.


14. ‘The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Starting’ (2008)

I recognize that making prequels is tough and difficult to steadiness since we all know how and the place the characters are going to finish up, however this movie commits a few of the greatest sins in terms of continuity, primarily making Ariel conscious of what a hairbrush is, what it appears to be like like, and the way it’s used (howdy, have you ever forgotten about her dinglehopper?).

Anyway, the movie is mainly “Footloose” however beneath the ocean. After Ariel’s mom died (one other sporter of the household quiff who appears to be like nothing like every of her different daughters and 100% like Ariel), Triton bans music from his reign. Flanders, Ariel, and her sisters all disobey and get in bother, and must remind Triton of the great thing about music by discovering a music field his spouse gave him and which he tossed away as soon as she died.

Total, “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Starting” is an OK movie with a few of the best-looking animation, however its greatest advantage might be that it was the final of Disney’s home-video sequels.


15. ‘Cinderella II: Goals Come True’ (2002)

Although it’s a stitched-together compilation of shorts, “Cinderella II” holds up higher than a few of the correct function movies on this checklist. Because the mice construct a narrative ebook of all of the adventures taking place within the citadel, we see Cinderella use her energy to interrupt class boundaries by inviting the peasants to socialize with the royalty. Jacques the mouse additionally turns again right into a human and stepsister Anastasia finds love.

Once more, it’s clearly a really conscious try by Disney to reinstate Cinderella’s picture as a contemporary and progressive princess however hey, it type of works.


16. ‘Magnificence and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas’ (1997)

You may ask your self why “The Magnificence and the Beast” even wanted a sequel. What extra was there so as to add to the story of Belle? Nicely, for one, this isn’t a sequel, it’s a mid-quel, and two, it really has two different sequels (one among which we aren’t going to speak about on this checklist as a result of it’s only a compilation of TV episodes and Disney+ doesn’t even carry it).

“Magnificence and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas” takes place in the course of the occasions of the primary movie: the Beast continues to be the Beast, and the objects within the citadel are nonetheless animated. Specifically, we discover out that the organ within the Beast’s citadel is haunted by the spirit of the organ participant, who actually doesn’t need the Beast and Belle to fall in love as a result of that can imply he would flip again to regular and never be capable to play music all day, versus being human and nonetheless having the ability to play, amongst different issues. So, he tries to sabotage Belle’s makes an attempt at making the Beast like Christmas, since we study he receives his curse on Christmas Day.

The early 3D character animation of the organ is so hauntingly dangerous that in addition to the movie not having a lot in the best way of stakes (as with lots of the prequels on this checklist – we all know Belle and the Greatest do finally fall in love) it makes for a memorable entry.


17. ‘Sew! The Film’ (2003)

On the different finish to “Leroy and Sew,” this movie introduces us to the TV present.

It ranks decrease on this checklist primarily as a result of it solely exists to set us a premise – that there are 625 different experiments and we have to discover them – that doesn’t really want a function movie to be arrange; “Leroy and Sew” does the work and this and extra earlier than concluding your complete story.

Nonetheless, every thing within the Lilo & Sew world has an irresistible appeal that propels it up many ranks contemplating what its plot and animation high quality would be capable to obtain and not using a bunch of cute little monsters.

Finally, although, “Sew! The Film” leaves its finale too open-ended and due to this fact doesn’t actually work as a stand-alone movie like the remainder of the “Lilo & Sew” sequels.


18. ‘Woman and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Journey’ (2001)

You might need seen one other trope all through this checklist includes shifting the main focus onto the following era. On this case, it’s Woman and Tramp’s son, who may as properly be a pet model of his dad.

Scamp was born into wealth and has at all times had a cushty life however thinks it could be cool to dwell on the streets as a stray. So, he escapes residence to roam the streets the place he joins a gang of strays and meets Angel, a lady pet who’s bored with residing on the streets and needs a loving residence and shames Scamp into going again to his loving household.

The movie could be fairly basic-but-alright if not for the love story between the 2 puppies which makes it total fairly uncomfortable.


19. ‘Kronk’s New Groove’ (2005)

Kronk may very properly be the perfect character from “The Emperor’s New Groove,” however his character works because the unassuming sidekick and never because the lead. In “Kronk’s New Groove” he’s given a brand new job as a restaurant proprietor, a love curiosity, and battle stemming from his father disapproving of his culinary inclination.

The movie is basically a set of shorts which have some humorous moments, however as an entire it’s extensively surpassed by the TV present “The Emperor’s New College” based mostly on the identical movie.


20. ‘The Fox and the Hound 2’ (2006)

I bear in mind the unique “The Fox and The Hound” being one of the crucial intense Disney movies once I was younger. It’s a narrative a couple of friendship falling aside and it doesn’t actually have a contented ending.

Happily, with the sequel (which is definitely a type of mid-quel/prequels) Disney didn’t go in the identical course.

We’re nonetheless with Tod and Copper as children on the top of their friendship. They come across a county honest with a band of singing canines, together with a girl canine who has the identical haircut as everybody in Ariel’s household (when you discover that, it’s fairly disturbing on a canine).

Copper needs to affix the band and depart Tod behind however, as in most prequels, there are not any stakes or pressure as a result of we all know already that the 2 develop up collectively and Copper does finally flip his again on Tod for various causes.


21. ‘Atlantis: Milo’s Return’ (2003)

“Atlantis: Milo’s Return” is unquestionably one of many extra patched-together of the movies which are literally a number of shorts. They didn’t actually trouble with an overarching storyline, it’s actually simply three episodes of the Atlantis TV present Disney ended up cancelling because the authentic film wasn’t the success that they had hoped for.

Equally to “Lilo & Sew,” plenty of the potential of the story lies within the quirkiness of the paranormal and fantastical creatures. In “Atlantis: Milo’s Return,” Milo, Kida (who I’ll endlessly argue ought to be a Disney princess), and the Atlantis crew journey the world exploring different myths and legends.

It might have made for a tremendous TV present, and it’s unhappy that that is all we are going to ever see of it.


22. ‘101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Journey’ (2003)

One other sequel, one other child canine. In comparison with Scamp, Patch right here has a way more forgettable journey. He doesn’t even select to enterprise into the massive scary outdoors world, he simply will get left behind as his household and 100 siblings transfer home.

Roaming round London, he meets his idol, a canine named Thunderbolt who seems to be a fraud however is the one one who Patch can recruit to assist him rescue his brothers who’ve been captured by Cruella once more.


23. ‘Tarzan & Jane’ (2002)

Bear in mind how on the finish of “Tarzan” Jane makes the heartbreaking resolution to remain within the jungle with him and depart her earlier life behind? Nicely, you may as properly neglect it, as a result of within the first of the three shorts that make up this movie, her pals from England come to go to her for tea (and get consistently attacked by panthers).

Apparently, issues transfer actually rapidly within the Tarzan world as a result of by the point the second quick comes round, there’s a buying and selling publish on Tarzan’s island, which we are able to assume now is just not so deserted in any case. There some poachers persuade Tarzan to hunt diamonds in the midst of a volcano with them, and he agrees as a result of he needs to offer Jane a gift. However she has to come back and save him when the thugs clearly activate him, and so they all escape browsing a rock slab on molten and splashing lava.

Within the third quick, Jane’s ex reveals up within the jungle after his aircraft crashes there, and after spurring jealousy in Tarzan, he seems to be a traitor to Britain, so everybody activates him. Not less than on this one we get plenty of bizarre British phrases clearly written by American writers that don’t make any sense, and it’s type of humorous for all of the improper causes.


24. ‘Magnificence and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World’ (1998)

The animation on this mid-quel takes a large hit. On this assortment of three shorts, Belle takes on the sidelines as she helps the remainder of the citadel’s inhabitants take care of their drama: the feather duster and Lumiere have marital issues, the Beast turns into obsessive about a rescued hen, and the stationery are forging letters.

The sheer variety of sentient objects on this movie begs the query: what number of servants did the Beast have earlier than they had been all was furnishings? I imply, what was the dictionary’s job when he was human?


25. ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame II’ (2002)

Although that is an precise movie and never a set of TV episodes, the sheer predictability that imbues this movie all through warrants it the final place on the checklist.

So little of curiosity occurs on this film to even get a second line within the title. The movie opens with a celebration of affection and Esmeralda and Phoebus’s son shading Quasimodo for not having a love curiosity. The next scene a brand new fairly lady is launched, Madellaine – go guess what her position within the movie goes to be.

Quasimodo has once more forgotten the journey of self-acceptance he went via within the first movie, which is nice as a result of Madellaine is affected by the other downside as him: everybody judges her for being too fairly, and he or she feels they don’t get to see who she really is.

However Madellaine is the assistant to an evil circus proprietor whose goal is to steal the dear ornate bell of Notre Dame. So, she is tasked with seducing Quasimodo to assemble intel – i.e. which is the massive shiny bell with the dear stones within it, as a result of naturally, magnificence is on the within and the writers didn’t actually suppose via the idea of a bell.

With a tune during which Quasimodo reveals Madellaine all his favorite issues which might be lovely on the within, she falls in love for actual, till he discovers she was pretending all alongside to get to him, though her emotions ended up being actual. You understand how these plots go. We now have seen it earlier than, and positively didn’t want it from a Disney sequel.

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