I have been a huge fan of movies for a long time and have seen a lot in the 90's when I was a kid. Some were animated films, but others were PG/PG-13 live action movies. They gave me new sights to see and adventures to enjoy.
Here is a list of my top 10 favorite films from when I was a kid:
1. Back to the Future Part 3
I know what you're thinking. Why not the first movie? Well, to tell you the truth, I watched this one more than the first one; My mother liked it for its old west theme, so it was played most often. I watched the first movie later on, but this movie really caught my eye. I liked the old west adventure that Marty and Doc went through and the awesome train experiment that transported them back home. To this day, this film is still my favorite of the trilogy and the DeLorean time machine is still my favorite film car.
2. Batman Forever
Yes. I liked this movie...and Batman and Robin. Back then, I didn't care about how cheesy the Joel Schumacher films were, let alone how to know if it WAS cheesy (I was a kid. Sue me.). I just wanted to watch Batman kick some butt. This film was one of the first Batman films I saw, the other being the first Tim Burton film. What I liked about this film were the heroes and villains, the batmobile, and the different suits he wore. Also, I was a fan of Jim Carrey and I loved his role as the Riddler. Today, after watching the Christian Bale films, checking out Batman comics, and reading the fans' rants about how bad the Joel Schumacher films were, I recognize why people didn't like them, but I still like those films for nostalgic reasons. You have to admit, that one scene where the batmobile drives up the wall was cool.
3. Toy Story
This movie is my all-time favorite animated movie and it was the first film I saw in theaters. I loved how the toys came to life and the adventure that Woody and Buzz went through to get back to Andy. I was excited for the sequels later on and I followed the other films done by Pixar. If it hadn't been for this film, I wouldn't have become interested in Pixar studios in the first place. I'm glad that I got to see this film and the other wonderful films that Pixar has made, and I intend to see more of their films.
4. The Land Before Time
I loved dinosaurs as a kid and this movie and its sequels really got my attention. I loved the characters and the adventure they went on leading up to the final conflict with the T-Rex; It's not that often that you see dinosaur children defeat a T-Rex. I kept collecting the sequels up until number 8, The Big Freeze, because I knew I was getting too old to watch more of the series, but that series will always be some of my favorite cartoon films.
5. Jurassic Park
As I've said before, I loved dinosaurs as a kid (and I still do). Jurassic Park was a great film to me. It had adventure, danger, and cool dinosaurs. My favorite scene was when the T-Rex broke out of his pen and attacked the vehicles. To this day, this is my favorite of the series, and the T-Rex is still my favorite dinosaur.
6. The Lion King
Dinosaurs weren't my only favorite animal in animated movies. This movie introduced me to lions and great characters. Timon and Pumbaa were my favorite characters in the film because of their humor and famous phrase "Hakuna Matata." I watched the sequel later on, but the first one reigned as king of the Lion King series to me.
One character got my attention when I watched this film: Genie. As you may have noticed, I was interested in humorous characters, and Genie takes the cake. I always liked the scene when he was cheering for Aladdin in the climactic battle and dissing Jafar; "Jafar, Jafar. He's our man. If he can't do, GREAT!" Robin Williams became one of my favorite actors due to his impersonations and incredible humor. I followed some of his other films (Mrs. Doubtfire, What Dreams May Come, Old Dogs, Jumanji, and Robots), and have yet to see the rest of his work. I was devastated to hear that he had died last year and felt that the world has lost another great actor.
8. The Mask
Next to Robin Williams, Jim Carrey was another humorous actor that I followed. The Mask helped me recognize the actor more and it introduced me to another great character. I wasn't aware of the comic book series that the movie was based on, but I watched some of the cartoon that followed the film. The Mask is still one of my favorite Jim Carrey films, next to Dumb and Dumber, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and, of course, Batman Forever.
9. Independence Day
Dinosaurs, cartoons, and finally aliens. This movie was a great invasion film and I loved Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum's roles. I always enjoyed the part when the aliens first arrived and prepared to destroy the cities, and the climactic battle that lead to their destruction. When I heard of a sequel on the horizon, I actually thought that it was unnecessary. To me, the story was pretty much wrapped up, but out of curiosity and nostalgia, I might watch it. No sequel or reboot in the future would replace the awesome moments in this movie, though.
10. Duck Tales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp
As you also may have noticed, most of the animated films I watched were Disney films, and this one was my one of my absolute favorites. Scrooge McDuck and his nephews were some of my favorite Disney characters and the adventure with the lamp was an awesome film. I watched some of their cartoon as well and I still enjoy their theme song.
There are plenty more films I've watched, but I won't take up too much of your time. Back then, movies weren't just entertainment sources for me. They were like doorways to adventures I've longed to be a part of. I hope to one day make films or stories that provided the fun and adventures that they've given me. I watched them so much that I can memorize the scenes and recite them out loud to myself to keep myself out of boredom. Now, so I'm not the only one rambling about childhood movies, how about commenting on your favorite films from your childhood and what you loved about them?
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