Have you ever felt like when life is taking a toll on you, you just want to revisit your childhood? You know, a simpler time when snacks and gum were acceptable forms of sustenance, running barefoot (no wonder I got bitten by so many ants as a kid), biking around the neighborhood (but not too far from where you are). climbed trees for no reason (and spied on the neighbours. What? We've all done it! right...?) at kids' meals) and could play with toys without judgment (because only toys are accepted now collectibles for an adult. WRONG! I still want all five Spice Girls dolls. And I'm not ashamed!) - because you were a kid and that's what kids do! Do you have fun!
Adult life doesn't seem like much fun sometimes. Stress has replaced fun and then stress takes over your life. But I discovered that there is a way to go back to a happier time, when life was not (so) stressful and it was the little things that made you happy (like the stickers! were they so excited?). Just thinking about some of my favorite movies from my childhood puts a smile on my face and relaxes me. There has to be a magical combination of animation, music, happy memories, and Disney that will soothe the soul of a stressed-out adult, even for just 90 minutes (or less). Sometimes that's all you need to unwind from the current stress (rent, job, household items, student loans, bills, etc.).existence). You start to get stressed out soon after that, but hey, at least you took an hour or so off a short vacation, sang songs you've known since you were a kid, and laughed at jokes you never realized were really dirty. a kid, all thanks to some of these classic (or not-so-classic) movies. Let your marathon of favorite childhood movies begin! (While hiding my problems under a blanket, I eat fruit sandwiches and sing "A Whole New World.")
Spoiler alert: he may have been talking about the awesomethe adventure of the squirrelis (is. holds. UP). I apologize, but I really think he hasn't gotten enough attention and everyone should check him out. I'm sorry, I'm not sorry.
I know I know. It's a strange start. But believe it or not, this was my FAVORITE movie growing up. I mean little. Like two, three or four. I would literally watch it over and over again. I have no idea why I wasn't drawn to this movie like all the others as a kid. A hunter shot Bambi's mother! He literally died and left poor Bambi alone. But he loved Bambi, his companion Flower the possum, and the ever-precocious rabbit Thumper ("Eating green is a special treat, it makes long ears and big feet! But it's really horrible to eat, I made that part up." quote Thumper , the rabbit until today). One thing though: Knowing now what "tweeting" really means is a bit puzzling. Especially about adorable cartoon animals! (They don't! They don't!)
2.the sound of the music
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In addition tobambi, that was perhaps the first movie I saw. This film was regularly shown in our house. My parents love musicals, my grandmother loved musicals, so there were always musicals at my house (the movies AND the soundtracks), butthe sound of the musiche was in our eyes the reigning musical monarch. Nothing could top a movie about a fledgling-turned-governess, a single dad with seven kids (and now that I'm older, I can appreciate Christopher Plummer's shock. Like, damn Captain von Trapp!), and Nazis. It is literally the perfect movie. Julie Andrews' voice is angelic and lovely, the songs and music are iconic, and if ever there was a movie that made you want to visit Austria, this is it.the sound of the music(Fun fact: my sisters and I want to drinkthe sound of the musicBike tour in Austria. Yes, that's one thing. And yes, we literally love the movie very much.) And guess what: there is an officialthe sound of the musicSinging every year in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl. And I was a shock. And it was AMAZING.
3.Diemovie care bears
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Both of my sisters are older than me, so this 80s classic (a little before my time. I'm a senior year 80s baby) was one of their favorites and of course it was also one of my favorites. (I was pretty much the little copycat.) The movie is beautiful, apart from all the scary parts (there are a lot of them); The villain in the movie was literally an evil grimoire that had the head of a scary bald woman in the center and it literally scared me. But the Care Bears and their bubbly nature and determination to light up the world made up for it. Plus, the songs are catchy (my sisters and I still sing along to them. We're adults, y'all), making this a seriously underrated animated kids' movie. Also, they lived in the CLOUDS and it was called Care-A-Lot!! He's seriously cute jerk.
But seriously, look how scary this nasty grimoire witch thing was:
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4.The Lion King
I remember when that movie came out. I was in elementary school and this was the movie to watch. Everyone saw it and my friends and I were obsessed with it. We knew the songs, the classic funny lines, tried to laugh like hyenas and literally rolled on the floor laughing when Timon and Pumbaa played their hula to distract us. I don't think my family had them on VHS, but if any of my friends had a copy, I would always insist on watching them when he was at his house. It's literally a classic Disney movie and I love that no matter how old you are when you see it, almost everyone agrees that it's a good movie. Not bad for a children's movie!
(I also remember my mom getting me a stuffed animal of Nala as a graduation present, and it wasn't until later that I found out that this Nala toy came in a pair that included Simba (they had magnets in their noses to make it look like if they were kissing) but I didn't have one of Simba because my mom bought Nala at a GARAGE SALE and she didn't tell me to come in pairs, I mean I'm glad she saved so much money but I always felt sorry for myself. little Nala, with a magnet nose and alone. I put her nose to the fridge and watch her slide sadly or I stick random fridge magnets to her nose.)
I remember seeing it clearlyAladdinin the theater, although I was very young at the time. My father took me and my older sister while my mother took my other sister.Naughty daniel(which by the way was a HORRIBLE movie). I was mesmerized and I'm sure it could have worn out our copy of the movie (or the VCR ate the tape. This happened often). I love it to this day and saw it recently. In case anyone disagreesAladdin It is nota diamond in the rough (see what I was doing? Sorry, I'm stopping), amazing music, timeless characters (Jasmine was my everything. She was a princess AND had a pet tiger!) and so late, the great Robin Williams, so I can't be your friend. (Okay, we can still be friends, even if you're wrong about the Disney movies.)
I think this movie might be the reason I dyed my hair red later in life (thankfully not a perm!). Annie was the coolest orphan in the world.miShe was adopted by wealthy father Warbucks, who was straight at first, but apparently Annie won him over and then wrapped him around her little finger. And Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan was inspiringly wicked and funny. But of course I didn't realize that until I was much older. Also, nothing better than annoying my parents by singing all my songs.annieover and over (my father now has an unnatural hatred forannieand the audio track. Imagine that).
7. little woman
This is a bit unusual when it comes to kids' movies, but this was one of my favorite live-action movies to watch growing up. I don't think I'll ever see another adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, because for me, Winona Ryder (probably my first girl crush) is the smart and energetic Jo March, Claire Danes is the sweet and kind Beth, and Kirsten Dunst it's the mischievous little sister, Amy (I apologize to the girl who played Meg, but I have no idea who she is. Plus, she was almost as arrogant as Amy). It's such a wonderful sister story and always gives me a warm and cozy feeling when I watch it (apart from the part where Beth dies. Spoiler alert: she dies and it's heartbreaking). But seriously, did anyone else want Jo to marry Laurie? That part pissed me off as a kid, seeing poor Laurie so upset. Then he has to go and marry Amy (if she's played by another older actress, of course), which Jo liked because she was part of the family now and Amy didn't care that she was second choice (I mean! I WOULD DO IT!!!) and Laurie was growing this very unfortunate facial hair on her very pretty face and my gosh I still can't get into all of this.
8.the adventure of the squirrel
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I am sure that at least 0% of readers have heard ofthe adventure of the squirrel, but about 100% of you have heard of the new CGI/Live ActionAlvin and the ChipmunksMovie(s. These modern kids movie atrocities can't even hold a cheap little birthday candle (in my family's minds) for this '80s classic.
The Chipmunks (Alvin, Simon, Theodore) and their female counterparts, the Chipettes (Brittany, Jeanette, Eleanor) travel around the world in hot air balloons in a massive scavenger hunt competition to see if they are the Chipmunks or the Chipettes. you can deliver your mini yo dolls all over the world first. But what they think is a fun adventure is actually a ruse by criminal brothers Klaus and Claudia, who want to smuggle hidden diamonds to different countries.Beans. It's literally an adventure movie, plus super catchy and fun music (you'll want the soundtrack when you're done watching it). It's ridiculously 80s (trendy! So many animated fights!), but it's actually a lot of fun and super adorable. Plus, you'll want to travel to these cartoonish versions of real places (and have a song-and-dance battle in the ruins of a temple in Athens). I still see him occasionally as a fully fledged adult to this day and I'm not ashamed.
And when my powerful monologue about a forgotten children's movie (as you can see, I'm very excited that more people find out about this)the adventure of the squirrel) you don't like, maybe this adorable baby penguin that was given to Brittany the Chipette by an Arabian prince who wanted to marry her (by the way, he doesn't. She's literally a girl and a squirrel girl) and then they decide the Chipettes will return this adorable flightless bird to his family in Antarctica. He truly is the cutest animated animal ever filmed and seeing his family again always brings tears to my eyes. TO WATCH.
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That little wave. *hiccup*
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?This Disney movie asked the most philosophical questions and introduced us kids to the historical (but totally inaccurate. Look it up) figure of Pocahontas and her animal companions Meeko the raccoon and Flit the hummingbird. And let's not forget the friendly and chatty Willow, Grandma Willow and there's a story of forbidden love starring the handsome, blond-haired Englishman John Smith (voiced by Mel Gibson when relevant and we didn't know he was racist). While this isn't the happiest of Disney movies (John Smith gets injured and returns to England leaving Pocahontas behind), it features some very classic Disney songs, has a beautiful and moving plot, and ultimately represents Native Americans. in a positive way (I see you,Peter Pan!).
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hey peoplethey are movies! Who would have thought that the murder of the Romanov royal family at the hands of their own people and the conspiracy theory that the youngest daughter escaped mass murder and lost her memory and is alive in the world could inspire such a children's movie? wonderful? I do not! But I loved it anyway. The song "Once Upon a December" still gives me the creeps, along with the scene where Anastasia (voiced by '90s rom-com queen Meg Ryan) vaguely remembers the royal ball her family attended when It was a girl (which she didn't). Do you want that music box and the "Together in Paris" necklace/key that opens it? So beautiful and mysterious!). They also feature one of the greatest evil/funny villains of all time, Rasputin (Christopher Lloyd, in arguably his best role sinceback to the futuremovies, in my opinion undesirable) and his talking bat companion Bartok (adorable). Also, love interest from the animation, the thief Dimitri (voiced by John Cusack. *passes out*). He made my preteen heart flutter (yes, I was younger than a teen at the time) with that loose '90s hair parted down the middle and those thick but defined brows. And Angela, bloody Lansbury, is in it! I love this movie so much... Ok, time to listen to the soundtrack again, because I can't go to New York to see the Broadway musical version. *sigh*
Thanks for reading my nostalgic blog post! What were your favorite movies when you were a child? Do you always go back and watch your favorite childhood movies to escape the lonely and stressful world of adult life? Should I do more of these old posts too? This was super fun writing this! Let me know in the comments!