Being born in the '90s and growing up around that time was one of the coolest times to experience, as we got to see some of the greatest TV shows like Courage the Cowardly Dog and Rugrats. Alongside the TV shows, we also had some really fun movies, like Hercules and Stuart Little. But we also had plenty of movies from the time, so let's take a walk back down memory lane and revisit some of these movies.
1. George of the Jungle (1997)
This is actually my favorite movie from my childhood. It is the perfect movie for kids and their parents. The movie is basically a grown-up version of Tarzan (even if it is based on an old cartoon), but the movie actually has a lot of originality and smart writing. Brendan Fraser brings a lot of heart and warmth to the titular role, and the supporting cast was pretty great as well, especially Thomas Haden Church as the villain and John Cleese as Ape, George's mentor. Even as I re-watch the movie today, it still makes me laugh a lot and brings a lot of warm nostalgia.
2. Inspector Gadget (1999)
This is another very fun and clever Disney adaptation of a cartoon released in the '90s, even if critics disagree. Granted, the show is very different from its source material, but its modern twist on the classic and the clever writing really saves the movie from being a mess. There are plenty of jokes for both parents and kids to enjoy, and it even does well to poke fun at itself along the way. The casting choice of Matthew Broderick as the lead detective was smart, as he was the perfect fit for the bumbling, nerdy and shy man turned effective crime-fighter.
3. The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000)
This came out in 2000, but this article is about movies from the childhood of those born in the '90s, so before you crucify me, keep that in mind. Now, The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show is a classic show that not a whole lot of children nowadays can say they grew up watching. These days, more kids watch Netflix and Amazon over the TV channels like Boomerang and Nickelodeon.
Therefore, if a kid today were to watch The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, the characters would be completely lost on them, and many of the jokes would go right over their heads. Fortunately for me, this was not the case, and I still get to enjoy the movie to this day.
The film captures all of the same elements from the original show, and makes plenty of clever in-jokes for both the stars and the movie, including Robert De Niro (portraying Fearless Leader) using his famous Taxi Driver line, "Are you talking to me?" While the cast itself were somewhat sub-par in their performances, especially Rene Russo as Natasha (even though she does get the look down), it's still a hilarious send-up that any '90s kid should revisit.
4. Snow Day (2000)
Yes, it's another movie from 2000, read above if you're confused why it's here. Nickelodeon has been known for more of their animated work, such as Rugrats and Jimmy Neutron, but early on in the '90s and early '00s, they were very popular for their live-action entertainment, especially Keenan & Kel and Clarissa Explains It All, and their movies were no different.
Snow Day is a live-action comedy from the early '00s that Nickelodeon fans found enough interest in to help it be a moderate box office success. The plot is one typical of Nickelodeon: a teenage boy likes a teenage girl and does all he can to win her affection, a younger girl and her friends work to make sure their snow day never ends, and the weather man dad must compete with a rival all on the same day.
It's clichéd, unoriginal, and its style is seen in plenty of similar movies from the time, but its gags and performances make it a funny and joyous one to watch, and one that certainly all '90s kids can relate to and enjoy.
5. Clockstoppers (2002)
Nickelodeon continued their fun streak after Snow Day with the sci-fi comedy, Clockstoppers. The film follows high schooler, Zak Gibbs, as he finds a watch that can slow time, and must save his scientist dad from the evil Quantum Tech corporation after they kidnap him to perfect the watch's technology. Of course, as Zak battles QT and their henchman, he has the help of crush/girlfriend Francesca and his dad's former student, Earl Dopler.
What feels like a combination of Back to the Future and an episode of Star Trek, the film has a fast enough pace with its jokes and action enough to keep younger kids entertained, plus a decent story and good special effects to satisfy the parents viewing it. The cast is also very well-chosen, with the younger Bradford and Garces bringing some fresh wit to their roles, Stewart bringing a lot of humor to Dopler, and Michael Biehn being the perfect villain.