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Top 10 Hated Disney Animated Shows

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Niki Neptune. Every now and then, Disney doesn’t get it right. For this list, we’re taking a look at animated shows that came out of the Disney machine that were not well received by fans. Disney may have a reputation as an animation powerhouse, but they sometimes miss the mark when it comes to network television. We know that everything can’t be a Pixar masterpiece, but kids have standards, too. And just for the record, we’re not saying we hate these shows, but we can understand why people do. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 hated animated Disney shows. Special thanks to our users jkellis, Andrew A. Dennison and sven van de riet for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Niki Neptune.

Every now and then, Disney doesn’t get it right. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 hated animated Disney shows.

For this list, we’re taking a look at animated shows that came out of the Disney machine that were not well received by fans. Disney may have a reputation as an animation powerhouse, but they sometimes miss the mark when it comes to network television. We know that everything can’t be a Pixar masterpiece, but kids have standards, too. And just for the record, we’re not saying we hate these shows, but we can understand why people do.

#10: “Teamo Supremo” (2002-04)

We’ve seen this formula before: three preadolescent children with remarkable superhero abilities who balance their lives as kids with fighting crime. But what worked in previous scenarios doesn’t quite work in this version because it’s missing one crucial element: charm. It’s not that the show didn’t have potential; it just didn’t reach it. We gave it a chance and it gave us disappointment.

#9: “Monster High” (2010-)

We’re used to seeing companies develop merchandise around a successful cartoon, but it’s not that common in the reverse. This toy-turned-toon web series features the sassy and fashionable teenage daughters of some of folklore’s most popular monsters. For instance, there’s the vegan vampire Draculara and Frankie Stein, the daughter of Frankenstein’s monster. The show is less about actual storylines and more of an excuse to showcase their monster teen outfits.

#8: “Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil” (2010-12)

Clearly, having the word “butt” in the title was supposed to get kids excited about this show’s prospects. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite deliver on its interesting title. It’s pretty apparent that Disney was trying to jam all the “awesome” it could into this cartoon about a “suburban daredevil,” but it comes off forced. While the animation may be snappy, the actual show really did not kick much butt.

#7: “Gravity Falls” (2012-)

Call it Disney’s deviation from standard toddler-slash-preteen fare. Following the adventures of Mabel and Dipper Pines, twins who stay with their great-uncle in the remote town the show’s named after, this animated series has a supernatural bend. It’s also slightly more mature than, say, a Mickey Mouse special, with teenage woes and relationship difficulties playing a part in some of the storylines. However, it’s also been called dark, stereotypical and even inappropriate for kids.

#6: “The Mighty Ducks” (1996-97)

If anyone was expecting a cartoon about a bunch of rag-tag kids building their self-esteem through playing hockey, they were wrong. Instead, what audiences got was a cartoon about actual ducks. Actual ducks with human attributes that also fought crime – when they weren’t playing hockey, of course. Obviously, Disney wanted to throw its hat into the animals-turned-anthropomorphic-superheroes ring, but in this instance, audiences threw the hat right back.

#5: “Disney’s The Wuzzles” (1985)

Aside from the show possibly being evolution’s worst nightmare, it was almost blatantly a rip-off of another, considerably more popular cute cuddly bear cartoon. But what “The Wuzzles” lacked in creativity, it made up for in creepiness, especially when you consider one of the characters was half koala and half parakeet. These details aren’t necessarily a deal-breaker when it comes to kids’ shows, but they didn’t seem to make the series a hit with kids either.

#4: “The Buzz on Maggie” (2005-06)

The buzz on this show was that it bumped other shows off the air for its spot, and this left a lot of kids angry. “The Buzz on Maggie” focuses on a tween fly and her exploits as a tomboy and rock star wannabe in her hometown. While she got into a number of hijinks, these just didn’t resonate with the show’s target audience. Hence, the series came out of the gate with irritated kids instead of fans, which didn’t bode well and got it cancelled after just one season.

#3: “Shorty McShorts’ Shorts” (2006-07)

You would think that a show based entirely on 5-minute toon clips would stand a better chance of survival. But alas, even keeping the cartoons brief wasn’t enough to salvage this anthology series. For a show that often appeared in between other shows, it didn’t manage to win over audiences. It seemed to be more of a nuisance than anything. Which is saying a lot when you consider children’s short attentions spans.

#2: “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” (2011-)

This show makes no pretense about being for the toddler set, what with all the counting of their gold doubloons and whatnot. And it’s not that the show features three child pirates versus an ineffectual Captain Hook and Smee, or that it’s occasionally cloyingly moralistic. It’s mostly because it’s somewhat boring. It’s supposed to be a “fun for the whole family” viewing experience, but it’s mainly a “keep your un-potty trained child occupied while you work” type of show.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” (2006-)
- “Sofia the First” (2012-)
- “Bonkers” (1993-94)

#1: “Fish Hooks” (2010-14)

A show about high school-aged fish in a pet store isn’t that much of a deviation from what Disney does on the regular. In fact, bringing animals to life is what Disney does regularly, but they didn’t manage to win over audiences with this one. “Fish Hooks” comes off as an another attempt for Disney to gain its footing with the tween crowd, but tweens are a fickle demographic – with criticism usually revolving around claims that it’s got generic characters, an unoriginal premise and a lack of humor.

Do you agree with our list? What do you think is the most hated Disney animated show? For more entertaining Top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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