Friday Favorites is a post where I incorporate more of what I love into the blog. This includes films, anime, manga, music, you name it. Anything goes. It will be an opportunity to share some of the things I love and discuss them briefly or at length, depending on my mood 😉
This week I wanted to continue to explore films (my other passion if you have not noticed) by looking at the ones that always carry me down memory lane, reminding me of those magical moments as a young child.
Even during the worst of times, our favorites characters can often help see us through. As a child, I had a collection of films that could instantly turn any day no matter how boring or difficult into a fun adventure. Even now, I still take comfort and find joy in them.
Childhood Classics I Still Enjoy
Nothing spells fun more than following Mikey and the gang on a crazy adventure to uncover One-Eyed Willey’s legendary treasure.
The Secret of NIMH
This darker animated adaptation of Robert C. O’Brien’s Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH was as fascinating as it was at times terrifying to my younger self. And I loved every minute of it.
Packed with fantasy and action, this odd ensemble of a cast came together to present something unique and truly magical.
The Wizard of Oz
Harder now to appreciate, knowing the darker history, I will never forget that moment that Dorothy stepped into Munchkinland and the screen filled with color.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Charlie Bucket is one young boy I think many of us were able to relate to as kids. And watching him enter the Chocolate Factory was one the most memorable film moments of my young life.
“The most sophisticated people I know – inside they are all children. ”
~ Jim Henson
The Dark Crystal
Because I ❤ Geflings and Jim Henson’s work. I have and probably always will appreciate the incredible magic that is the first feature film to boast an all muppet cast.
Return to Oz
Something about the lesser known sequel really drew me in. Maybe I began to enjoy being scared at a young age? I am still intrigued by the darker setting as an adult.
This somewhat darker, musical fantasy is another shining example of why I love Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Plus, Dance Magic Dance! It’s Bowie!
The NeverEnding Story
Okay, so be honest. We all wanted a Luck Dragon. And to traverse the lands of Fantastica, which I did eagerly with every opportunity.
The Princess Bride
This is the rom-com to beat all rom-coms. As far as love stories are concerned, this fairy tale adventure takes the cake with an incredibly fun cast!
This list is not all-inclusive, but just a few that immediately come to mind when thinking of the films that impacted me the greatest. Do you have any favorites from the list or maybe not on the list? Do you still revisit them from time to time? I do 😉