Childhood Movies Watchlist

By Domi Watkins

 

Remember the movies we repeatedly watched with our families, or at least forced them to watch with us? Well, below is a list of five movies I was addicted to as a kid and couldn’t wait to pop into the VCR when I got home. Hopefully if you decide to watch them, you’ll get a kick out of them like I did!

 

1.) Tom and Jerry: The Movie

Everyone knows this famous cat and mouse duo, but perhaps no one remembers their first feature-length film together. In contrast to the cartoon series, Tom and Jerry speak in full dialogue and become allies! They work together to help a runaway girl named Robyn Starling escape from the clutches of her abusive guardian, “Aunt” Pristine Figg, Figg’s devious lawyer and boyfriend Lickboot, and their overweight skateboarding dog, Ferdinand. This movie is chock-full of funny musical numbers and slapstick moments that will leave you feeling nostalgic.

 

2.) Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland

Before I begin, I want to make it clear that our protagonist is not a young clownfish nor does this movie take place in the ocean! In this movie, Nemo is a young boy who gets whisked away to a dream realm called Slumberland, where his life takes a bad turn after he disobeys King Morpheus and opens a forbidden door that releases the Nightmare King. This launches Little Nemo on a harrowing adventure to restore peace in Slumberland with his trusty sidekick, Icarus the Flying Squirrel. The best line in the film is this: Shazama Pajama!

 

3.) Hercules

There is something phenomenal about Greek mythology. It’s filled with ancient narratives featuring a variety of gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines and mythological creatures who meddle in human lives and have epic battles on the side. Disney took their own spin on the legendary hero Hercules, the son of Zeus from Greek mythology. Throughout the film, Hercules attempts to prove himself as a “true hero” so he can regain his godhood and be reunited with his family on Mount Olympus. Meanwhile, Hercules’ evil uncle Hades seeks to overthrow his brother Zeus and rule the Earth himself. Hercules is a fast-paced and fun-filled adventure for kids and adults alike.

 

4.) The Rugrats Movie

If you’ve ever felt left out as a child because your parents started paying more attention to your new baby brother or sister, then this is the film for you. The dynamic between the original Rugrats changes when Dill Pickles is born. Dill quickly becomes a very spoiled baby, crying non-stop for attention, keeping all the toys for himself, and refusing to share with Tommy. Dill’s behavior not only irritates Tommy’s friends, but Tommy himself has trouble understanding his newfound responsibilities of being a big brother. A series of unfortunate events lands the Rugrats in the middle of the woods where their friendship is tested.

 


5.) Sailor Moon Super S: The Movie

“Fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight, never running from a real fight, she is the one named Sailor Moon!” My household was never without Japanese animation playing on our television. My siblings and I had our eyes glued to the screen as we watched our golden-haired heroine defend Earth against the dark forces of evil with her moon scepter. In this film, Sailor Moon must rescue the children of Earth from an evil witch who steals children to capture their dream energy to feed her Black Dream Hole.

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