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Sometimes, we get a sequel that's so good we forget about the original. For example, Terminator 2: Judgement Day is so much better than The Terminator to the point where we've almost forgotten how good the original is.
I can name amazing sequels all day—The Empire Strikes Back, Lethal Weapon 2, Incredibles 2—but sometimes, a sequel is so bad that we just don't even watch it. Or sometimes, we don't even know they exist. So, here are ten sequels that we didn't know existed.
'Aladdin II: The Return of Jafar'
Everyone loves the original Aladdin with the hilarious Genie and the amazing soundtrack. What not everyone knows is that Aladdin is actually only part one of a TRILOGY. Yeah. Aladdin had TWO sequels that none of us watched.
In The Return of Jafar, Iago becomes a good guy working with Aladdin and Jafar gets electrocuted to death. Dan Castellaneta also replaced Robin Williams as the Genie. In Aladdin and the King of Thieves, we meet Aladdin's parents and he marries Jasmine.
'Mean Girls 2'
My eighth grade algebra teacher was so cool that he showed us Mean Girls at the end of the year. I watched it, and I enjoyed it. It was just a pretty good teen movie.
It turns out there was a television sequel called Mean Girls 2, with none of the original main cast. Tim Meadows reprised his role as Principal Ron Duvall, but other than that, it's pretty different from the original.
'Bring It On Again'
Everyone watched Bring It On. And some of us may have watched Bring It On Again. But you are LYING if you tell me you've heard of and watched EVERY Bring It On movie.
And I'm not just talking about the first two. I'm talking about those, Bring It On: All or Nothing, Bring It On: In It to Win It, Bring It On: Fight to the Finish, and even Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack. Seriously. NO ONE watched those sequels. In fact, did you even know there was a movie called Worldwide Cheersmack? Didn't think so.
'The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea'
Disney can't do sequels. There. I said it. Because we loved The Little Mermaid, but we didn't even know that there was a The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea because the movie was so bad.
In fact, did you even know there was a prequel to both the original and the sequel called The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning? Wow.
'Speed 2: Cruise Control'
Keanu Reeves's 1994 action thriller, Speed, is one of my favorite movies ever. It was so exciting, but it turns out that there's a sequel.
The FIRST major flaw with the movie is that Keanu didn't reprise his role as Jack Traven. Once Keanu turned down the film, the whole damn thing should have been canceled. But they decided, "Hey, let's just get f**king Jason Patric to replace Keanu, get Willem Dafoe as the villain, and everything will be hunky-dory!"
The OTHER major flaw is the fact that the original Speed took place on a bus that couldn't go below 50 mph. It was thrilling and exciting. This movie takes place on a slow-moving cruise ship. So, it's Speed without any literal speed.
I've never seen this movie, but since it's sitting at a comfortable three percent on Rotten Tomatoes, I have no plans of ever watching it, and I would prefer believing that there was only one Speed movie.
'Home Alone: The Holiday Heist'
We all loved the original Home Alone and the sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York. Macaulay Culkin was just great as that young prankster protecting his home from two burglars.
But did anyone ask for a Home Alone 3, with a kid named Alex Pruitt, a Home Alone 4 with two other people playing Kevin McCallister and Marv Merchants, and did ANYONE ask for Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, which has a kid named Finn Baxter? NO.
'The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride'
The original The Lion King was so classic. You had such a fantastic villain and an amazing story about Simba's journey. But no one actually watched The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride, did they?
Or what about a movie called The Lion King 1½, a movie focused on Timon and Pumbaa during Simba's teen years? Actually, that doesn't sound too bad...
Mulan is one of my favorite Disney movies, because we have a badass female protagonist based on a true story. But in the critically panned Mulan II, we get virtually no badass war story, and instead, we just see the comic relief character, Mushu, try to break up the relationship between Li Shang and Mulan.
There's also the fact that Eddie Murphy didn't reprise his role as Mushu, and his replacement ended up being a white sound double who wasn't able to nail Murphy's comedic voice.
'Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd'
We know about Dumb and Dumber and the sequel, Dumb and Dumber To. But I don't think anyone watched the prequel to these movies called Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd.
This movie just shows how Harry and Lloyd meet. And quite honestly, despite the bad reviews, they got the perfect actors to play Harry and Lloyd.
For the record, I only found out this movie existed when I was researching for this article and wondered, "Hey, I wonder if they made a Tarzan 2." I looked it up, and it turns out they did.
The film centers around a younger Tarzan, before the events of the classic 1999 original. Yeah. No one watched this. In fact, this movie was only, like, an hour and ten minutes. Did this sequel even need to happen?
Now, that's enough with bad sequels no one's heard of. If you want to talk about a GOOD sequel, stay tuned for my next article.