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7 Disney Sequels You Never Knew Existed, But You'll Wish They Didn't

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There is no faster way to ruin one of your favorite childhood movies than with a really bad sequel that didn't need to happen.

While we may be seeing several theatrical sequels from franchises like Star Wars and Marvel, Disney's bread and butter used to rely on animated movies, typically surrounding one of their famous princesses. Rarely did we see a sequel from these leading ladies, but that doesn't mean they didn't exist.

Many of these releases were direct-to-video animated movies, so there's a reason why you probably don't remember them.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

When it was released in 1994, The Lion King blew everyone away and it crawled up the list to become one of the top Disney movies of all time. It was so successful that it became the highest-grossing animated movie ever at the time, and was the second highest-grossing film overall, behind Jurassic Park.

Why did they have to mess with a good thing?

The Lion King sequel follows Simba and Nala's daughter as she attempts to unite families at war. Panned by critics, this direct-to-video sequel surprisingly had a majority of the original voice cast, but that still couldn't save it.

Disney didn't stop there though. The Lion King 11/2 followed next, and was set in between the original and the sequel. Following Timon and Pumba, this sequel wasn't much better.

The Lion King is now coming to a live action movie, and after the other ones Disney has done, we have some hope of a re-imagining that will be good.

Cinderella II: Dreams Come True

When a story concludes with "And They Lived Happily Ever After" you think that's the end, right?

Or at least we hoped it was. Well, I guess people wanted to know what happened AFTER that, which prompted the movie giant to make a sequel to Cinderella, which was released in 2002, more than 50 years after the original.

Picking up where the original left off, it follows the princess attempting to fulfill with her royal duties. Enter the fairy godmother, and Cinderella's step-sister and we have a forgettable story.

Even with an 11 percent ranking on Rotten Tomatoes, Disney released a third installment Cinderella III: A Twist In Time, which significantly improved on it's predecessor. Released in 2007, it accumulated almost $92 million in home video sales.

Return to Never Land

Almost 50 years after the first Peter Pan captured our hearts, Return to Never Land was an attempt at the much-loved movie's sequel. Just like the original the movie, this was partially based on the J.M. Barrie novel Peter and Wendy.

Despite following the events of the novel's final chapter, the movie focuses on taking place after the events of the first movie.

Return to Never Land received mixed reviews, but still was deemed a box office success earning $110 million worldwide on its estimated $20 million production budget.

Thankfully, Disney has opted not to pursue another sequel.

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