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And they should have done a sequel to the Incredibles. A tv show alone would have gone like Ducktales or Talespin ie franchise into the millions...


Three things;

One, Yes someone else remembers their 3 comedy westerns and Condorman! I though I was the only one who enjoyed them still.

Two, The Nutty professor was a Jerry Lewis engine and not a Disney film, people are thinking of The Absent-minded Professor (remade twice, the 1ts remake staring Harry Anderson, the second titled Flubber and starring Robin Williams), and it's sequel, Son of Flubber.

and Three, people keep refering to Bride of Boogeddy. What about Mr. Boogeddy or the Last Electric Knight?


It was already mentioned a few times, and not sure if it's obscure enough, but I love The Black Hole.

I hope the new one doesn't suck. I'd love it if it could somehow be a sequel and a reimagining.


I hate to break it to the fans, but Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang was not a Disney movie. It was produced by Albert Broccoli for MGM. Many people think it's Disney because the music was by the Sherman brothers, the same guys who wrote the music for Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and too many Disney classics to name here.

Here's a bizarrely obscure one that doesn't make most Disney lists, 24 Hour Alert a short US Air Force propaganda film from 1955. It was a co-production with Jack Webb's Mark VII Productions and released by Warner Brothers. You can sometimes catch it on Turner Classic Movies. You'll miss Disney's production credit if you blink, but the music, special effects, and editing are pure mid 50s Disney.

Oh! I don't think anyone's mentioned Escape to Witch Mountain yet. Extraterrestrial orphans with telekinesis, who said Disney couldn't do SF fantasy?


How about Dragon Slayer? I believe that was a Disney movie from the "dump years"... but surprisingly good.

Andoran

Sissyl wrote:
How about Dragon Slayer? I believe that was a Disney movie from the "dump years"... but surprisingly good.

It IS a Disney movie, though one certainly outside the mold for them. I watched it a ton of times as a kid (it was one of those that was played over and over again on HBO).

Funny, the movie rating system was so arbitrary back in the '80's. Granted, it was before PG-13, but it could (and probably should) have been R rated for several reasons. But PG? Someone in the MPAA owed the Disney Corporation a favor.

Excellent movie, though.

Osirion RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4; Contributor; Publisher, Legendary Games

Dragonslayer is AWESOME. Absolutely one of the best grimy low-fantasy movies in the genre.


Dragonslayer! one of my all time favorites. Great dragon effects and the first (and only?) Disney movie with ...gasp! nudity!

Osirion RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4; Contributor; Publisher, Legendary Games

Mmmm... Caitlin Clarke. Sadly gone on to glory at too young an age. She had a one-shot character on an episode of "Northern Exposure" as a traveling eye doctor or optometrist of some sort, and one of the characters (Chris, I think) fell in love with her. Still cute a decade-plus later.


just got my hands on a copy of black cauldren. the amazing thing is that i found it at the local Big W (the local superstore) among a pile of better known disney movies.
it really breaks the mold for disney doesn't it?

Andoran

Jason Nelson wrote:
Dragonslayer is AWESOME. Absolutely one of the best grimy low-fantasy movies in the genre.

WE DON'T DO TESTS!


Jason Nelson wrote:
Caitlin Clarke. Sadly gone on to glory at too young an age. She had a one-shot character on an episode of "Northern Exposure" as a traveling eye doctor or optometrist of some sort...

I remember that one and didn't recognize her. I also didn't recognize Peter MacNicol as the 'Biscuit' in Ally McBeal. I guess they were both really young in Dragonslayer.

RPG Superstar 2009 Top 32, 2010 Top 8

No one's mentioned "The Black Hole"?

"Vincent, were you put on this mission to annoy me?"
"No Mr. Pizer. To educate you."


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The Black Hole is great despite the fact in bombed much worse then Tron did back in the day.

Osirion

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Here's a really obscure one: The Shaggy DA starring Dean Jones, the sequal to The Shaggy Dog.


I've said it before and I'll say it again. I saw a lot of these on "The Wonderful World of Disney" on TV. The Shaggy Dog? Check. The Shaggy DA? Check. Blackbeard's Ghost? Check. That Darn Cat? The Cat From Outer Space? Treasure Island? Escape to Witch Mountain? Return from Witch Mountain? The Absent-Minded Professor? All these and many more movies listed in this thread were shown on national TV. Am I the only one who saw that show?

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Aaron Bitman wrote:
I've said it before and I'll say it again. I saw a lot of these on "The Wonderful World of Disney" on TV. The Shaggy Dog? Check. The Shaggy DA? Check. Blackbeard's Ghost? Check. That Darn Cat? The Cat From Outer Space? Treasure Island? Escape to Witch Mountain? Return from Witch Mountain? The Absent-Minded Professor? All these and many more movies listed in this thread were shown on national TV. Am I the only one who saw that show?

Nope, you're not. I also remember CHOMPS. Loved Bedknobs and Broomsticks, need to introduce the godkids to that.

Osirion

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Aaron Bitman wrote:
I've said it before and I'll say it again. I saw a lot of these on "The Wonderful World of Disney" on TV. The Shaggy Dog? Check. The Shaggy DA? Check. Blackbeard's Ghost? Check. That Darn Cat? The Cat From Outer Space? Treasure Island? Escape to Witch Mountain? Return from Witch Mountain? The Absent-Minded Professor? All these and many more movies listed in this thread were shown on national TV. Am I the only one who saw that show?

Just because we saw them as kids, doesn't mean they aren't obscure now. My grandmother took me to see The Shaggy DA at the theater, and I rememer seeing it on TWWoD three years later (the traditional theater to TV lag back then), but I don't think it has been shown much since.

Osirion RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4; Contributor; Publisher, Legendary Games

Wow, CHOMPS, that's taking it way back. No, I loved Wonderful World of Disney. Back in the day, that was the only way really to see a lot of those older movies and Disney cartoons. That great opening with Tinkerbell.

They relaunched WWoD in 1997, and the first thing they showed on it was Toy Story in its first TV broadcast. The next week was the Rodgers & Hammerstein "Cinderella" with Brandy and Whitney Houston and Jason Alexander and Whoopi Goldberg and Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber and Paolo Montalban. Great music, really fun picture. I'm not sure how long that version of WWoD stayed on the air, but they had some good stuff on there.


Okay, because of this thread, I just looked up the wikipedia entry of the "Walt Disney anthology television series", and found out that the 1997 relaunch lasted until 2008, but that there are plans to bring it back on March 23, 2012 on Disney Junior Channel.

I'll confess that I've watched very little TV since I got married in 2000, I've never gotten cable, and I know nothing about modern entertainment medium technology, so I have no idea how many people will watch that station. Neither do I know how many OLD movies will be on that show...

...but still, it seems like there are more and more media for seeing old movies all the time. And I vaguely recall, back in the 90s, reading an article describing how, thanks to reruns, a great many children are well-versed in old TV shows, such as Andy Griffith.

(Okay, I'm clutching at straws here. My arguments are sounding weaker all the time.)

Silver Crusade

Unidentified Flying Oddball

There was two films done in the eighties that starred the Space Shuttle. One of them was Disney's Unidentified Flying Oddball. It's not unforgettable to me. Man makes Android for NASA. Android gets cold feet (an impossibility) while on the Space Shuttle. Space Shuttle launches before Man gets off Space Shuttle.

They travel back in time to King Arthur's Court. I watched it on the Big Screen and between that and Star Wars and Star Trek, and the other movie that was a UFO thriller, my imagination was really fired up! Plus, the Android was light years ahead of Data in appearance and expression of Emotion. Commander Data was, well, Commander Data!

Between the four of them, I lucked out and became an Atlanteologist. But I really wanted to work for NASA because of all four. However, Star Wars eventually won as King of my imagination when I nearly committed suicide over how Legalistic my life was since then, and I really needed an escape.

However, this is one of those films I want to watch again. Probably just for the nostalgic value -- even though I patently regard the Walt Disney Company -- while heavily popular with Man (as they cater to family); as a company that produces products that no decent human or their family should ever consume.

Edit: I forgot to name -- The Black Hole in the list of sci-fi movies of my youth that fired my imagination.

Osirion RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4; Contributor; Publisher, Legendary Games

Madclaw wrote:
Jason Nelson wrote:
Dragonslayer is AWESOME. Absolutely one of the best grimy low-fantasy movies in the genre.
WE DON'T DO TESTS!

"Oh yes, of course. A wizard is good for the odd love potion or two, but comes a doubter, and then it's the wrong day, the entrails are not right, the stars are not in line... WE DON'T DO TESTS!"

Or something like that. Tyrian is a badass. :)


My moms favorite, which means we watched it a lot, was The Ugly Dachshund


Does anyone remember Ask Max?


Yes. Someone taped "Ask Max" on TV and I saw it several times.

Sczarni

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altho not as obsure as it was a few years ago, I always loved Newsies. Back in the VHS days you couldn't find it (they didn't offer it for public sale) unless a video store was liquidating


Aaron Bitman wrote:

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Why should Disney want to pretend that? What's wrong with anti-Nazi propaganda? I seem to remember seeing Der Fuehrer's Face (or at least excerpts of it - I don't know whether they showed the whole thing) on TV in the 80s.

I remember seeing the whole thing along with 'Victory Through Air Power'..now theres an obscure Disney Movie for you I think it was as a part of the Walt Disney Centenary on the BBC


Didn't Disney make 'Blackbeard's Ghost' with Dean Jones and Peter Ustinov?

Here's an obscure one: 'Snowball Express'

Osirion RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4; Contributor; Publisher, Legendary Games

I remember that Snowball Express. If he had just leaned over to the left, he could've broken the finish line ribbon even though they were rolling parallel to the line! So close!

Silver Crusade

InVinoVeritas wrote:
Another film I remember oddly: The Journey of Natty Gann.

OMG, I was forced to watch that in a theatre. With my brother. I thought it was a bad dream.


All of my favorites have already been mentioned, but as long as we're reminiscing...

Did anyone else find it even a little disturbing in The Cat From Outer Space when Jake the cat hits on a normal earth-cat?

Shadow Lodge

Nymian Harthing wrote:
InVinoVeritas wrote:
Another film I remember oddly: The Journey of Natty Gann.
OMG, I was forced to watch that in a theatre. With my brother. I thought it was a bad dream.

I know! I only half-remember anything actually happening in the film, but the existence of the film stands vivid and clear! "I thought it was a bad dream" is a perfect description! That film is a perfect way to describe how one unremembers an event in the Cthulhu mythos!

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