33 Awesome Childhood Movies

An American Tail (1986)

“Ah yes, the animated mouse musical that taught me about immigration at the turn of the century. Pogroms, “no cats in America and the streets are paved with cheese” random Ellis Island name changes, the rise of social justice, suffrage, labor movements, and Tamanny Hall! “Are we men, or are we mice?!” “MICE””

The Rescuers (1977)

“The example that first comes to mind of a movie- particularly a Disney movie- where the sequel was better than the first. Rescuers Down Under.”

All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989)

“All dogs go to heaven

This film was so traumatizing even tho it was a kids movie, its seems like a nightmare that just became a movie.

Basically about dogs that are gambling and taking drugs lol”

FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)

“Basically all these movies are just dances with wolves. Fern gully, Atlantis, avatar, the last samurai, pocahontas and quite a few others all follow the same premise. Good guy from bad group gets enmeshed with locals, usually falls for a girl, discovers their magical culture, ends up joining them and defends them from his group.”

The Black Cauldron (1985)

“For years, none of my friends believed that The Black Cauldron existed. I saw it in the theater, and never saw it again until several years ago. Convincing my friends that it existed (before the internet) was no easy task.”

The Last Unicorn (1982)

“AND it’s a movie about travelling through a desert with a horse with no name!

I always cry when poor old Molly Grue admonishes The Unicorn and then immediately forgives her. It takes strength to accept life as it is given to you.”

The Adventures Of Milo And Otis (1986)

“Yes I remember this. As a kid I used to confuse this one and Homeward Bound because they were both about lost pets trying to find their way.”

The Indian In The Cupboard (1995)

“My grandparents had this movie and the vhs case came with a key and a tiny figurine. The opening of the vhs had a “keyhole” and the backside of the cover insert looked like wood paneling so you could flip it backwards to make the entire thing look like a cupboard and then put the figurine inside”

The Brave Little Toaster (1987)

“I rewatched the whole thing this year. Still f@#king incredible. The cars singing while being destroyed—that whole scene and song is pure art.”

Flight Of The Navigator (1986)

“Wasn’t Paul Reubens (aka Peewee Herman) Max, the ship’s robot?

Also, I remember this movie feeling super intense, though I know it wasn’t. It’s weird how movies can generate such strong feelings as a kid.”

Fly Away Home (1996)

“My partner worked on a film recently with Anna Paquin in it and although she’s famous for a ton of other things, THIS is the film I remember her for!”

Batteries Not Included (1987)

“This movie hits so differently when I was a kid, versus when I was an adult.

I always knew there was something wrong about Faye’s issues but I didn’t understand/couldn’t process what it was. But I was a kid, and WOO alien spaceships.

Watching it as an adult I realize how broken she was.”

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (1975)

“So many of these forgotten movies are Chuck Jones’ work. Cartoon Network used to have Chuck Jones marathons and it made me love so much of his movies and shorts. I wish they would go back to showcasing a certain animator’s work. It was cool to see what their specific styles looked liked.”

The Borrowers (1997)

“I remember watching that movie on cable when I was in the hospital post surgery.

You may know the kid who played Arietty’s younger brother. Tom Felton. AKA Draco Malfoy.”

The Pagemaster (1994)

“Pagemaster. Remember that? MacAulay Culkin gets sucked into lots of books in a library. Loved it as a kid. Haven’t seen it since”

Drop Dead Fred (1991)

“I have the DVD. Haven’t watched it for like a decade. Put it on to keep my kids busy for 90minutes…. F@#k it’s inappropriate for children.”

Time Bandits (1981)

“Time Bandits. Scared the hell out of me as a kid. Get in bed and a damn horse jumps out of the closet. The whole movie could be different child nightmares.”

A Little Princess (1995)

““A little Princess”

Nobody seems to remember it but I remember it so vividly! It was a bit sad for a kids movie”

Andre (1994)

“When I was a kid I had a crush on a girl who was in a really dumb movie…she was friends with a seal. I wanna say it was called Andre.”

The Hobbit (1977)

“That was a great film, but did you know that Leonard Nimoy released a song called Bilbo Baggins?

Bilbo! Bilbo Baggins, greatest little hobbit of them all”

The World Of David The Gnome (1985-86)

“My favorite! He was an animal doctor and went around helping animals. I have the Gnomes book by Brian Froud and it has some amazing illustrations.”

The Busy World Of Richard Scarry (1994-97)

“No body I know personally watched anything from the busy world of Richard Scaryy. Not a movie but I bought a DVD copy of the entire show series and my wife had 0 clue what it was.”

Pippi Longstocking (1997)

“Pippi Longstocking! It was an animated movie from 1997 that I loved as a kid, and I’ve never heard anyone ever mention it before.”

Zoboomafoo (1999-01)

“The ONLY reason I didn’t mind watching this with my kid was because the Kratt Brothers were (and still are, I assume) incredibly hot. :D”

We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993)

“YES! This is one of my favourite movies of all time! Professor Screw Eyes is a classic villain and the little girl who wants the hat always gets me in the beginning.”

Rock-A-Doodle (1991)

“That was the movie where this boy encounters an owl and the owl starts barfing weirdly colored stars at him which turns him into a kitten, correct?”

The Mouse And The Motorcycle (1986)

“I remember the book really fondly though. I remember some kid asking the mouse how he makes the motorcycle go, and the mouse tells him he just makes motorcycle noises and it works. Kid me was like “oh of course, that makes sense” but looking back that’s hilarious.”

Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (1991)

“I obsessively watched “Bedknobs and Beoomsticks” and “Pete’s dragon” as a kid, and have never met anyone else who’s ever watched either of them. I recently watched the original Pete’s Dragon and realized I still know it off by heart. And still sincerely enjoy it. Better than the remake.

I also once watched “Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken” as a kid and LOVED it. Thought about it for years afterwards but whenever I asked anyone else about “This movie about a girl who performs a stunt where she jumps on a running horse at the top of a tall tower and jumps with the horse into a pool. And then goes blind but does it again anyway.” Everyone thought I was crazy. Thank you Disney Plus for confirming it DOES exist, I DIDN’T make it up, and got major nostalgia watching it again.”

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

“Something Wicked This Way Comes. I loved it, and I think I saw it alone because my friends bailed on me.”

Caravan Of Courage: An Ewok Adventure (1984)

“A movie that took place on the Ewok planet (not Return of the Jedi) where a little girl and her brother crash land and are helped by the Ewoks, and they get caught in a giant spiderweb, and one of them gets sucked under a lake and can’t break the surface of the water because it’a like glass.”

A Troll In Central Park (1994)

“Stanley’s Magic Garden (also known as A Troll in Central Park in later years).”

Gay Purr-Ee (1962)

“I am adamant that this movie has to exist. It’s about two cats, a white girl cat and a black male cat. It’s some sort of oldies French setting where the female cat gets stolen by a villain cat and the black cat goes after her and tries to save her. I swear to god this movie exists but I have only ever seen it once and it was back when I was like 6 or 7. But gosh sometimes bits and pieces of that movie will pop in my head and I just can’t place a name on it or it could have been something I dreamt up..”

Sagwa The Chinese Siamese Cat (2001-02)

“The theme song plays in my head all the time!

Hao peng you, hao peng you,

Sagwa shi wo de hao peng you

Hao peng you, hao peng you,

Sagwa shi wo de hao peng you…

Sagwa, you’re my best friend…


Cats Don’t Dance (1997)

“Cats Dont Dance. I remember watching it a lot back in the late 90s and early 2000s. I think people just have forgotten about the movie.”

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