On a cold, wintery day, there’s nothing better than rugging up in a quilt by the fire, with a cat on your lap and a remote in your hand, gearing up to watch a childhood favourite.
The kind of movie where you quote every line just before the characters do, like some out of sync knock-off of Daddy Day Care (thankfully that movie will not feature on this list).
Well, I thought it was about time I compiled my personal top 5 favourite childhood movies. Keep in mind I was born in the 90’s and did most of my growing up in the 2000’s, so this list might be a bit hit and miss for some of the 80’s babies having a read.
First up, the movie of all movies, Aristocats. Growing up with cats practically being siblings in my family, this movie was a winner from the very first time I popped in the VHS. Set in 1910, the animated film follows the lives of a mother and her three kittens, as they’re separated from their owner.
Trudging through France’s countryside, they run into an alley cat, Thomas O’Malley, who helps them find their way home. The movie is jam-packed with incredible musical numbers, the kind that lift your spirits the second you hear the first note. Aristocats is my number one childhood movie, an absolute must-see for those who have not, and an absolute must-re-watch for those who have.
The Court Jester (1955)
I can still remember the first time I saw this film. I remember being with my whole family, crying of laughter at every joke. The slapstick comedy and wordplay are to die for, and with Danny Kaye leading the charge, this movie is a sure favourite.
The Court Jester is set in Medieval England and follows the story of an ex carnival worker who gets caught up in an underground power struggle between a rebel group hoping to return the rightful King to the throne, and the current King, who tries to quash any effort to remove his position. Overall I rate this movie Greatwatchonalazysunday/10.
Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
The movie that made spinach puffs famous. Emperor’s New Groove is one of those movies you say you’ll only watch ten minutes of, and then before you know it you’ve watched it three times over and failed 10 assignments.
The movie is about an egotistical Emperor who is turned into a llama following a failed assassination attempt. In an effort to find his way back home and restore his kingdom, he enlists the help of a local villager who, against all odds, tries to befriend him.
I must have seen this movie 50 times, and played the in DVD quizzes for hours (I wish they still did those) so if you have a spare two hours, and a heap of work you should be doing, definitely give this movie a watch.
Atlantis appeals to the little adventurer inside all of us. Our protagonist, Milo, is trying to pick up the pieces of his grandfather’s unsuccessful mission to find the lost city of Atlantis.
After being constantly rejected for funding, Milo is finally chosen for an expedition to find Atlantis. The crew includes a digger named Mole who has a slight obsession with dirt, a doctor named Sweet who doesn’t quite understand personal space and a mechanic named Audrey who lets her fists do the talking. Atlantis is a big childhood favourite and a really great watch.
Lion King (1994)
It’s going to be hard for me to write about this movie without tearing up, who knew kid’s movies could be so raw. The Lion King is a defining movie of the 90’s about a Lion King (go figure) named Mufasa and his cub Simba.
The two rule the African jungle, but find adversity in Mufasa’s younger brother and Simba’s Uncle, Scar, who tries to reclaim the throne. The movie is about family, responsibility and dealing with loss, but thankfully, it’s not all doom and gloom, with a special meerkat, boar duo lightening up the mood here and there. If you’re going to watch this one, be sure to have a box of tissues by your side.
That concludes my top five movies from my childhood. I’m sure everyone’s is different, so let us know what your top five are in the comments section.