- The original animated Disney movies are iconic, but some of their sequels are easily forgotten.
- Some Disney “sequels” are actually prequels or midquels that fill in missing parts of the original story.
- “Cinderella II: Dreams Come True,” “The Jungle Book 2,” and “Return to Neverland” came out decades after their original films.
- “Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World” and “The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea” follow similar plots to the first movies.
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Disney produces so many feature films that it’s almost impossible to keep up with them all â€” and sequels especially tend to get lost in the shuffle.
Here are some lesser-known Disney sequels you may have forgotten about:
“Cinderella II: Dreams Come True” (2001) shows what happened after Cinderella’s happily ever after.
“Cinderella II: Dreams Come True” – which is made up of short stories – takes a peek at what happened after the princess supposedly lived happily ever.
You might’ve overlooked this title since it came out over 50 years after the 1950 classic.
Fans see a different story play out in “Cinderella III: A Twist in Time” (2007).
If you didn’t know about the first “Cinderella” sequel, you probably also missed the second, “Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.”
In the third instalment, the evil stepmother turns back time and erases Prince Charming’s memory to play out what would have happened if Cinderella never got her happily ever after.
“Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World” (1998) brings Pocahontas to London, England.
“Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World” finds the titular character paying a visit to London, England, in the hopes of saving John Smith – who’s been captured by soldiers under the command of the original movie’s villain, Governor Ratcliffe.
The sequel follows a very similar story to the first movie, only this time it’s Pocahontas, instead of John Smith, who’s being introduced to a different way of living.
“Return to Never Land” (2002) features Wendy’s daughter.
In the 2002 animated adventure, Captain Hook accidentally brings Wendy’s daughter, Jane, to Neverland. Unlike her starstruck mother, Jane doesn’t believe in magic, and she’s set on finding a way home for most of the film.
But with a little faith, trust, and pixie dust, Peter, Tink, and the Lost Boys manage to make a believer out of her.
“Bambi II” (2006) reunited the titular deer with his dad.
In “Bambi” (1942), the little deer loses his mother, but in the 2006 sequel, Bambi finds his father – who just so happens to be the Great Prince of the forest.
“Tarzan II” (2005) is actually a midquel about the main character’s childhood.
“Tarzan II” is a midquel that follows the wild child as a young kid, growing up around gorillas and elephants.
It’s a coming-of-age story that offers “Tarzan” (1999) fans a glimpse at the character’s life before Jane entered the jungle.
“Hercules: Zero to Hero” (1999) shows the demigod in his training years.
The film went straight to video and was pretty similar to ABC’s “Hercules: The Animated Series,” which premiered the same year.
“The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea” (2000) tells the story of Ariel and Eric’s daughter.
In this 2000 sequel, Ariel is living on land with her husband, Prince Eric, and their daughter, Melody.
“The grass is always greener” is the basic gist of “The Little Mermaid II: Return To The Sea.” Melody wants to be a mermaid, but Ariel doesn’t want her daughter to be part of that world. And just like her mother, Melody takes it upon herself to go exploring.
After stumbling upon Ursula’s equally villainous sister, Morgana, Melody gets the opportunity to swap her legs for fins. But just like in the original film, this transaction comes at a price.
Fans get a chance to see what Ariel was up to before she met Prince Eric in “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning” (2008).
Disney also made a prequel for the series, “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning.”
The film follows a young Ariel, who sets off on a quest to bring music back to the kingdom of Atlantica after her father, King Triton, bans it.
“Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” (2001) shows Scamp meeting the love of his life.
“Lady and The Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” is another déjà-vu sequel.
Lady and Tramp’s son, Scamp, breaks away from their domesticated lifestyle to experience the ways of the streets, just like his mother did in the original film.
And of course, there’s a budding romance thrown in the mix.
“Kronk’s New Groove” (2005) follows the character’s story after the first film.
Yet another lesser-known direct-to-video Disney sequel, “Kronk’s New Groove” centre’s on the main character’s thriving restaurant, which he opened after the plot of “The Emperor’s New Groove” (2000).
The storyline flashes back to the character’s earlier career and explains how he got involved with Yzma in the first place. But it mainly follows Kronk’s lifelong desire to impress his father.
“An Extremely Goofy Movie” (2000) follows Max to college.
In “An Extremely Goofy Movie,” Goofy’s son Max is off to college, but little does he know his dad is coming along for the ride.
The underappreciated sequel continued many of the themes from the first film, namely the strength of a father-son bond.
“Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas” (1997) is a holiday midquel.
This midquel is often forgotten about, maybe because it was another direct-to-video release that was more of a Christmas special than a traditional sequel.
The story takes place during the Christmas when Belle was being held captive in the Beast’s castle and introduces new characters to the story.
Even less popular than the holiday sequel is “Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World” (1998).
With new catchy songs and the beloved cast of characters,“Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World” tells three short stories with valuable lessons that help Belle, Cogsworth, Lumière, and the others breathe a little life back into the castle.
Like “Enchanted Christmas,” this third instalment is also a midquel that takes place before the Beast’s transformation.
“Aladdin and the King of Thieves” (1996) features Aladdin’s dad, Cassim.
Aladdin and Jasmine are just about ready to tie the knot in this 1996 animated sequel when the prince hears that his father, Cassim, who he thought to be dead, is alive and well.
In the third instalment of the franchise, Cassim is overly fixated on finding the Hand of Midas, so he can turn everything he touches into gold, and his obsession almost ruins his son’s wedding.
“The Lion King 1 1/2” (2004) focuses on two of the supporting characters from the original movie.
Although most fans are aware of “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride,” the prequel/midquel “The Lion King 1 1/2” is the lesser-known instalment of the franchise.
Timon and Pumbaa narrate the story, which details how they met and follows their version of the plot from “The Lion King” (1994).
“101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure” (2002) follows one of Pongo and Perdita’s many pups.
Like the sequels to “The Little Mermaid” and “Lady and the Tramp,” “101 Dalmatians II: Patch’s London Adventure” centres on a child of the main characters from the original movie.
After Patch is accidentally left behind in London when the rest of his family moves out to the country, he teams up with his TV idol, Thunderbolt, to save the day against the evil Cruella DeVil.
“Atlantis: Milo’s Return” (2003) is even less popular than the original.
“Atlantis: The Lost Empire” (2001) wasn’t the most popular animated Disney film, but fans are even less likely to remember its sequel, “Atlantis: Milo’s Return.”
It picks up where the first movie left off, as the exploration team leaves the underwater city of Atlantis in order to complete more mysterious quests on land.
Kenai sets off on another adventure in “Brother Bear 2” (2006).
“Brother Bear” (2003) is another underappreciated Disney flick, which means most fans probably don’t remember that it got a sequel.
In the second film, Kenai, now accustomed to life as a bear, must go on an adventure with Koda and his childhood crush, Nita, in order to destroy the amulet that bonds them together so Nita can marry her human fiancé.
“The Fox and the Hound 2” (2006) was made 25 years after the original.
“The Fox and the Hound” (1981) is a beloved Disney film, but you may have missed its midquel, “The Fox and the Hound 2,” which came out a quarter of a century later.
The movie follows a young Tod and Copper, whose friendship is put to the test when the latter is given the chance to perform with a group of singing hound dogs.
Quasimodo faces off against a new villain in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame II” (2002).
In the sequel to “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” (1996), Quasimodo is finally free to have a life outside of his tower in Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral, and he spends his days with his friends, Esmeralda and Pheobus, and their son, Zephyr.
However, after Quasimodo falls for a magician’s assistant, Madellaine, the greedy magician tries to get her to steal the bell ringer’s prized possession.
“Leroy and Stitch” (2006) didn’t garner as much attention as the rest of the franchise’s installments.
“Lilo and Stitch” (2002) inspired a few sequels and spin-off TV shows, but perhaps the most forgettable of the bunch is “Leroy and Stitch.”
The sequel brings back many of the characters from Disney Channel’s “Lilo and Stitch: The Series,” as the evil Dr. Hämsterviel escapes from prison and forces Jumba to create another experiment, Stitch’s evil twin Leroy.
Lilo, Stitch, and the other 625 experiments they have captured over the years must come together to defeat the evil alien and his army of clones.
“The Jungle Book 2” (2003) picks up soon after the first movie left off.
Even though the sequel was made 36 years after “The Jungle Book” (1967), “The Jungle Book 2” continues the story of the original.
After Mowgli settles into village life, he starts to miss his friends from the jungle. But when he ventures back into the wild, evil tiger Shere Khan is waiting and looking for revenge.
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