Films from the 1980s and 1990s hold a special place in the hearts of children who grew up watching them. With themes of adventure, heroism, and fantasy, these and other movies that audiences watched as children undoubtedly bring back memories of time spent daydreaming.
No childhood film teaches as many lessons as the dark but uplifting film "My Girl." Following the story of a young girl obsessed with death, it covers very mature topics of love and loss, but in a way suitable for children. Although the sequel did not impress fans of the original film, "My Girl" is a flick every child of the 90s remembers.
"The NeverEnding Story"
"The NeverEnding Story" is another adventurous escape into a land of fantasy that captivated kids when it premiered in 1984. It follows the story of a troubled boy who delves into a book that he is reading and becomes a hero for the magical land. Not only is the cinematography enchanting, but the storyline also embodies the innocent desire to rise above bullies and do something meaningful.
Kids from the late 80s and early 90s remember the 1991 film "Hook" for its true-to-life take on the classic story about Peter Pan. It encompasses every child's dream of discovering an enchanted land and battling through adventurous situations with heroic rescues. Not simply a film enjoyed by children, it reminds adults that there is more to life than working long hours.
The 1986 film "Labyrinth" is a spectacular adventure film about the importance of loving and caring for siblings, despite how annoying they are. It emphasizes the notion of being important and fighting for the people that matter most. Featuring a very alluring David Bowie, "Labyrinth" is a film many kids of the 80s had on repeat growing up.
"Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey"
Children of the 90s cherish the film "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey" for its adorable animals, thrilling adventure themes, and touching ending. Despite having an intense roller coaster of a plot, the movie toys with the idea of losing a beloved pet to the wilderness. People of all ages enjoy this tender and somewhat humorous film, even today.
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" is a classic film released in 1988 that had both cartoon and recorded video. The slapstick, witty comedy and fanciful elements make it a must re-watch for those who loved it as a child. Although the film featured a few sober scenes, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" sticks out as having impressive effects and engaging storytelling.
"The Fox and the Hound"
Arguably one of the most stirring Disney cartoons of the 1980s is the animated film "The Fox and the Hound." The movie portrays two best friends, a fox and a hound, that grow up and become enemies by force. Though the film has its depressing moments, it is a poignant lesson for children about how life changes as people grow older.
The 1990 film "Home Alone" exemplifies every kid's dream of having a big house to themselves with no parents around to set the rules. On top of this alluring plot is the theme of heroism, when the main character fights off two crooked bad guys through a string of clever tricks. Today "Home Alone" is a classic and often plays around the holidays, much to the delight of those who loved it as kids.