24 FILMS THAT DEFINED MY CHILDHOOD

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I’ve loved films basically from birth. My childhood was mostly me sat in front of our box TV watching films. I was fascinated by them and love a good story which can capture my imagination. They just don’t make kids films like this anymore.

Film companies are more interested in showing off all the CGI and special effects they can do, rather than delivering an amazing story line which will through a child into that world. Here’s some of the best films I can remember watching as a kid.

 

THE FLINTSTONES

This is the first film I can remember going to watch at the cinema. From then on, an obsession was born.

 

HOOK

I still love this film. Robin Williams is a hero to me and I was devastated when he died. He brings such life and humor to every film he was in. I was a fan as soon as I watched this film. His movies are legendary and so is Robin Williams. 

 

MIGHTY DUCKS

One of the reasons I started playing hockey. We don’t have ice here but I did start with roller skating. I’ve been playing field hockey since I was 11 years old. This film is to blame but I love it. QUACK!

 

HONEY, I BLEW UP THE KIDS

I remember watching this with my sisters and cousins. We loved adventure movies and this was one of the best at the time. Even if it was just from the back pf the garden to the house.

 

WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT

I do love my animation. I’ve been obsessed with cartoons and animation since I was a child. This was one of a kind because it brought two different worlds together and made cartoons even more real. 

 

THE LAND BEFORE TIME

This has to be my all time favourite childhood film. I love this movie so much and it still makes me cry. It’s a classic, It’s fun, action packed which also focuses on friendship and adventure.The characters are adorable. I am an absolute dino nerd and I can’t wait for the new Jurassic World movie to come out. 

 

LOOK WHO’S TALKING

I think this film is still hilarious. I actually still think about this film when I see my friends babies. What are they really thinking? The cast is amazing and the 2nd film is just as good. The third…not so much. 

 

ANASTASIA

I adore this movie. I have a Russian name after all. The music and songs in this film is arguably better than some Disney movies. Once a Upon a December in particular is an incredible number. I can’t wait to see this film be performed as a Musical on Broadway and eventually the West End here in London. 

 

ANDRE

I prefer this movie to Free Willy. 100%. It’s such an adorable movie with such a great story. It’s actually a true story too which is incredible. I love the friendship between Toni and the sea lion. 

 

THE WITCHES

This is too scary to be a kids movie. I remember watching this for the first time with my family and I was terrified. 

 

JUMANJI

The original movie is mine and my dad’s favourite movie. I remember going to watch it at the cinema with him and he loved it just as much as me. Again, Robin Williams is a legend. 

 

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG

My sister and I still reference this movie. Mostly the the child catcher scene as our local ice cream van’s music is scarily very similar. 

 

THE NEVER ENDING STORY

I love films which are busting with imagination. This film brings the world of reading and film together. Bringing the real world into the fantasy world of the reader. 

 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Everyone has a favourite Disney film, this is mine. I adore this movie. I think it’s the physiological aspect of being able to see the good in everyone. Obviously, the songs too. Let’s face it, they’re the best. 

 

ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN

Another classic. One for the dog lovers. You just can’t keep a good dog down. 

 

MATILDA

Every kids my age wanted to be Matilda. Smart, independent and have special powers. I also wanted to be American and make the perfect pancakes like her too. 

 

SPACE JAM

I loved Looney Tunes. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, the whole gang really. When this film came out, it was made for me. I love America, sports and the Looney Tunes. That’s all folks.

 

THE PARENT TRAP

Shortly after watching this film, I took my first fencing class. Later, I was teaching fencing in summer camps. I was living the movie. Unfortunately, I didn’t find my secret twin but I did meet lots of friends at camp. 

 

MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND

OK. If you speak to any members of my family, they will tell you how obsessed I was with the Muppets. I loved them. Jim Henson was a genius. He created some of the favourite shows and movies. Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street and of course the Muppets. 

 

HOMEWARD BOUND: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY

Another film for the dog lovers. This time real life doggies. YAS! Nothing better than sitting down in front of the TV with your best dog pal and watching them freak out about all the dogs they can’t play with or cats they can’t chase.

 

THE RESCUERS

Two tiny mouse heroes trying to save a young girl called Penny. The voices are hilarious. I still remember them to this day. Very distinctive. 

 

THE SECRET GARDEN

A film forced upon every child by their parents or teachers. In book version or film. I don’t think I know anyone who wasn’t forced to watch this film. 

 

MY GIRL

This is one of my sisters favourite film. She cries every time. Such a sad film. Think this is the first time I was aware of death and how to deal with death. Quite hardcore for a “supposedly” family film. 

 

LITTLE RASCALS

Alfalfa’s hair. Kids dating. Boy’s clubhouses. Go Cart Derby. No girls allowed. 

 

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