In honor of the 20th anniversary of The Little Rascals and the cast coming together to recreate the movie poster, I thought I’d reminisce a bit and think about some of my favorite childhood movies. These are the ones that I watched really often, either in school or at home. (Also, I’m not including any Disney animated features here because well, that list would get really long.)
It breaks my heart a little bit when people don’t get that I’m making references to (memorable scenes that I often quote included!):
- The Little Rascals
When people don’t understand why I squeak through this song, I am almost as embarrassed for them as for myself.
- The Sandlot
A friend once thought I was having a stroke because I was saying “for-ev-er” so weird. I wept for him on the inside.
- Annie (1999 version)
Starring a young Lalaine, Sarah Hyland, and Victor Garber, who I would always refer to as “Daddy Warbucks” no matter how many other roles I saw him in.
- The Brave Little Toaster (technically distributed by Disney)
This movie was kind of scary, I had a hard time finding non-nightmare-inducing clips!
- The Land Before Time + sequels
I think about “Big Water” really often… and tree stars.
- Older Scooby Doo films
I had a teacher who loooooved Scooby Doo and rewarded the class if we behaved by showing Scooby Doo movies. Every single one had this old theme song.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The only film to have Disney characters side-by-side with Looney Toons. This was a great one, rest in peace Bob Haskins.
My brother was TERRIFIED of the poacher in this movie but I watched it multiple times at home anyway. Rest in peace Robin Williams.
- The Parent Trap
My friend who teaches fencing says that a lot of kids used to cite this movie as the reason they started fencing. Now they’re getting too young for that. Rest in peace Natasha Richardson.
Baa ram ewe! I didn’t go vegetarian for a long time after watching this, but I definitely thought about Babe when I did.
That’s a good list for now. I need some time to reminisce and be nostalgic for a little bit.
Are these movies as important to you as they are to me?
What are some other key movies from your childhood that you still quote today?