15 of Disney’s most underrated characters

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5. Casey Newton (Tomorrowland)

Disney may virtually own the movie industry, but even it produces flops. It doesn’t happen all that often, but it does happen. One such flop, at least by critics’ standards, was Tomorrowland.

Starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson, it tells the story of an alternate dimension, named for its incredible innovations (and one of Disney World’s most popular park sections).

It’s an inspiring concept, with some serious star power, but the movie just didn’t live up to expectations. It wasn’t all bad though; the movie produced a pretty great heroine. Unfortunately, she tends to get overlooked with the movie.

Casey Newton (Robertson) is a teenage girl who dreams of doing more. Her attitude is always positive, focusing on how to fix things rather than dwelling on how broken the world is. She never stops believing, making her the perfect candidate to save Tomorrowland, with the help of Athena and Frank (Clooney).

Casey is the one who figures out that Nix is causing all of the problems. She’s also the one who figures out how to stop him. Even before she comes to Tomorrowland, Casey is the one keeping her own dad hopeful.

She’s a brilliant mind — fully living up to her last name — and a bright spirit. But she’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Casey has a quick wit and a silver tongue, when needed.

The moral she teaches is one of Disney’s most important: your attitude determines your outcome. Who needs a princess when you can have an optimistic genius?