My childhood was dominated mainly by animated movies and silly, ridiculous comedies that only a kid a could love. It's been a while since I've seen most of these, but being fairly smarter than I was back then, I think I can discern the good films from the bad. So I gauged this list on how good the movies really are, how much I liked them back in the day, and how many times I watched them. I rewatched many of these movies repeatedly as a kid, and never got tired of some of em. I'm still a teenager right now, and my "childhood" probably ended about five or six years ago, so if some of these seem new...well, they are. So here is my list of my top 11 childhood movies.
Slappy and the Stinkers (1998)
I only saw this movie once as a kid, and when I did, I laughed my ass off. Looking back on it, I hardly remember anything about it, I just know today that it must have been a big piece of shit. And the weirdest thing is, as I was digging through my closet yesterday, I saw a Slappy and the Stinkers picture book about the movie. Weird, huh?
Space Jam (1996)
As we all know, this is the infamous movie in which Korey Koleman had to draw a shadow on Tweety Bird's iron lung. I loved this movie as a kid. I even owned a Space Jam sweatshirt. And the day that it no longer fit me was a very sad day indeed.
Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco (1995)
I never really liked the first Homeward Bound. This one was set in the place that I grew up, and it was more funny and energetic than the first one. I always loved the Terminator reference, which I never really got as a kid: "Hasta la Vista puppy." And, call me a pussy, but that ending always made me cry tears of joy.
Toy Story 2 (1999)
I never really loved the first Toy Story as a kid, mainly because I didn't watch it all that much. But now that I do own it, I like the first one much better than the second. Still, I watched and rewatched that recorded copy of Toy Story 2 on VHS whenever I got the chance. Once again, I always loved that reference that I never understood: "Buzz, I am your father!"
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
I love all the Harry Potter movies, from the dark and grim to the light and fluffy. And as a kid, this stuff was badass. I loved the books even then, and the movies almost as much. I chose the first one to be on my list because I saw it way more times than I saw any of the other ones, and because I gets chills every time I see that final scene, where the train pulls away from Hogwarts, and that John Williams score is playing. I LOVE IT!
By this point in my childhood, I was very much familiar with all of the Disney movies that they were spoofing and turning inside out, so I thought that this was hilarious. The voice acting is great, the animation was good for its time, and it not only holds up today, but the humor is still funny and relevant. Of course, DreamWorks has raped the movie by making a second (which was okay), a third (which was shitty), and soon to be a fourth movie. Oh well. I'll always have the first. "Ogres have layers." :)
The Jungle Book (1967)
I think that this was the first Disney movie that I ever saw, and I LOVED IT! Shere Khan and that snake dude were badass. Balloo and his bear necessities were hilarious. The panther was awesome. And Mowgli...meh, he was all right. I remember endlessly quoting the vulture scene with my dad (who also loves the movie). "What do you wanna do?" "I dunno. What do you wanna do?" "Now, don't start that again." Hilarious. Still a classic. I LOVE IT!
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Call me a pussy if you want, but I loved this movie then and now. Ursula's song: classic. Ariel's song: classic. Sebastian's song: CLASSIC. I LOVE IT! I just heard that Under the Sea song a couple of days ago, and it brought back a flood of great memories. Great movie.
The Incredibles (2004)
Fuck. Yes. I love this movie. It's the most recent movie on my list, and the most badass. I love everything about this movie. Everything! I LOVE IT! And yet...I sadly can't say that it's the best Pixar movie. I think that Wall•e is far better, from a technological standpoint to storytelling, to everything else. I think that it will be remembered as a movie that changed the world of animation. But this isn't about Wall•e, this is about the Incredibles! The movie's a great action film, it never slows down, and I never got tired of watching it.
Elmo Saves Christmas (1996)
Bet you didn't see that one coming. This movie fucking WAS my childhood. You people have no idea how many effing times I sung "Christmas Again" to myself. This was actually a TV movie that I somehow own, and it's only sixty minutes, and probably isn't a very good film, but back then, I loved it, and it defined me and my childhood. And as crazy as that may sound, it's true. Don't judge me! :p
I! LOVE!! IT!!!!!! This movie was the best thing about my childhood. I watched it over and over again, memorized the songs, and laughed my ass of every time the Genie came on screen. It was energetic, over the top, and had tons of memorable characters. And while some of you may be asking why I didn't like Pinnochio or Beauty and the Beast more than Aladdin, here's my answer: because I was a fucking kid. That's like asking a kid why he prefers Frosted Flakes over Apple Jacks. He just does!
So there you have it. Thanks for reading, and let me know your favorite childhood movies in the comments section below. Catch you later! :)