This years D23 Expo added details to the mass of live-action remakes Disney has in store for us, which isn’t surprising considering the success of the ones we’ve seen so far. The likes of Cinderella (2015), The Jungle Book (2016), and Beauty and the Beast (2017) have done incredibly well with critics, as can be seen by their Rotten Tomatoes scores of 83%, 95%, and 71% respectively.
The Walt Disney corporation has been making live-action movies for almost as long as it’s been making animated ones (check out the worst animated Disney movies here), and while the majority of them have been loved almost as much as the animated classics, some of them haven’t been so well received by critics or audiences.
In this list we’ve got everything from flying goo to talking guinea pigs, a Devilish Bill Cosby, and pre-teen boys getting kissed by middle-aged women. These movies will make you wonder ‘what the heck was Disney thinking?!”
We’ve ranked the worst scoring movies in descending order, and for any that share their percentage with others, the one with the worst audience rating has been featured – the worst of the worst, if you will.
Here are the 15 Worst Disney Live-Action Movies (According To Rotten Tomatoes).
15. Flubber (1997) – 23%
A remake of Disney’s 1961 classic The Absent-Minded Professor, Flubber sees Professor Philip Brainard’s world turned upside down when he accidentally creates a flying rubber, aka flubber.
Critics said: “Manage[s] to squeeze the very bounce out of what should have been a can’t-miss update.” With audiences adding (with a score of 32%): “An idiotic remake of a fun kids movie from the ’60s. Sure, Williams tries to make this movie fun too, but overall it’s too stupid and ridiculous even for kids.”
Despite being written by the legendary John Hughes (Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Home Alone), with music from Danny Elfman, and starring the late, great Robin Williams, Flubber didn’t do particularly well with critics. The slapstick humor, and repetitive jokes (there is only so much you can do with green goo) haven’t even left a lasting impression on audiences if the score on RT is anything to go by. The movie performed well at the box office, though, making $178 million at the box office internationally.
Also at 23%: First Kid (1996) & I’ll Be Home for Christmas (1998)
14. G-Force (2009) – 22%
“Gadgets. Gizmos. Guinea Pigs.” The movie’s tagline says it all.
Critics Consensus: “G-Force features manic action, but fails to come up with interesting characters or an inspired plot.”
An all-star cast of comedic talent: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Tracy Morgan, Jon Favreau, Steve Buscemi, Bill Nighy, Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis and Penelope Cruz, and still this movie couldn’t draw many positive remarks from critics.
It’s a very silly plot – hello: guinea-pig secret agents – but then again, it’s a children’s movie. It’s not meant to be thought-provoking or important, it’s meant to be entertaining and funny – although according to critics it doesn’t even tick those boxes.
This one did pretty well at the box office too, sitting in the number one spot for its opening weekend, raking in $31.7 million and knocking Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince off the top spot. Maybe it’s almost impossible for Disney to have a box office flop after all.