We all have movies we love and adore from our childhood! I decided to share a few of my all time favorites. These are the ones I’ll still pick up and watch again when I feel like I want something nostalgic and comforting. There are many more that I love and didn’t mention here!
Gulliver’s Travels (1939)
I know, it’s old. But as a child I always enjoyed watching it. My mom had recorded it off TV onto a VHS for us and following it on the VHS was a few episodes of a TV show David, the Gnome – I loved watching that just as much! Gulliver’s Travels tells the story of an explorer who helps two kingdoms find peace as they began to wage war over a wedding song! One Kingdom wants to use their song “Forever”, and the other insists on using their song, “Faithful”. The end result is a song that becomes one: “Faithful Forever”. It has always been a favorite song of mine, I even got the sheet music for it so I could play it on the piano. It is one I wished to have at my wedding, but I eloped instead!
Once Upon a Forest (1993)
This movie had some really sad parts for a child! Especially when Cornelius their teacher sings to Michelle, his dying niece. Cornelius is voiced by Michael Crawford – the original Phantom of the Opera, and you can bet it’s a touching and emotional song. Three of Cornelius’ students venture out to find a plant that will save Michelle. The movie received a divide from it’s critics as it has a heavy environmental theme. The forest is dying, and Michelle is sick from chemical fumes. The animals home is at a risk! It’s a daring adventure and it has a great cast. I remember it fondly as a child. Not only is the story touching, it’s got a some great songs in it!
Secret of Nimh (1982)
Another beloved movie from my childhood albeit one that terrified me too. Some scenes were very scary. But at the same time, I loved it. It was a touching story, risks, and love. It was a favorite. Again the copy we had was recorded off the TV on to VHS so the quality wasn’t the best but I still adored it. Mrs. Brisby a widowed field mouse is trying to save her home and her sick child. With the help from the rats and a crow she is able to save her family and save the rats! Definitely worth watching this classic if you haven’t already!
Princess and the Goblin (1991)
This one was an absolute favorite of mine. I loved princesses and fantasy settings as a child. The Princess and the Goblin is based off an old story written in 1872 by George MacDonald. It’s the story of Princess Irene who is left alone with her nursemaid Lootie as her father goes off to deal with state affairs. Irene sneaks out of the palace and meets Curdie in the forest. Curdie tells her about the goblins. The goblins are plotting and up to no good! Irene and Curdie discover this and it’s up to them to save the miners and warn her father that the kingdom is in danger. Again this was a favorite of mine, I loved the characters and the music. The story appealed to me so much as a child.
Favorite. Hands down. I mentioned Totoro in our list of most-re-watchable movies. Totoro is the story of Satsuki and Mei who move with their father to an old house to be closer to their mother who is in the hospital. Mei discovers the King of the Forest – Totoro. Satsuki doesn’t believe her until she sees too! As the story progresses they get a telegram from the hospital, prompting Mei to run away to try to get to the hospital! Satsuki request the help of Totoro to help find her sister. This movie is a heartfelt movie and simply magical. There is a resent vision put out by Disney with the Fanning sisters. It’s strange to listen to their voices when I grew up watching a different English version. It’s that version that I’ve added a trailer for.
There you have it! Some of my favorite childhood movies! What about you? What are your favorites?
Let me know in the comments!