Friday Favorites: Nostalgic Films From Childhood

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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.

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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

The Goonies thegoonies
1985

Nothing spells fun more than following Mikey and the gang on a crazy adventure to uncover One-Eyed Willey’s legendary treasure.

 

thesecretofnihmThe Secret of NIMH
1982

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.

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Willow
1988

Packed with fantasy and action, this odd ensemble of a cast came together to present something unique and truly magical.

 

wizard of ozThe Wizard of Oz
1939

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.

willywonkaWilly Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
1971

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

thedarkcrystalThe Dark Crystal
1982

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.

returntoozReturn to Oz
1985

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.

LabyrinthLabyrinth
1986

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!

luckdragonThe NeverEnding Story
1984

Okay, so be honest. We all wanted a Luck Dragon. And to traverse the lands of Fantastica, which I did eagerly with every opportunity.

 

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The Princess Bride
1987

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 😉

Happy Friday,

Danielle ❤

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58 thoughts on “Friday Favorites: Nostalgic Films From Childhood

  1. Return to Oz has always intrigued me, because you know sequel, different cast, characters, etc. but it’s actually an enjoyable film. I like the dark world of Oz more than anything. I would say one of my favourites is the cartoon Alice in Wonderland film.

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    1. I enjoyed Disney’s version of Alice in Wonderland (I am a Wonderland fantatic) and have it here, but I am stickler for details and favor some of the older adaptations that include the Duchess and over characters. They are all fun though! You cannot go wrong with Wonderland. I agree that the darker setting of Oz is oddly appealing. As a child it scared and fascinated me ❤

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    1. The Return to Oz is completely unlike the original, but equally rewarding in my opinion. It certainly seems lesser known and is much darker.. but I still love it so! And the Neverending Story, well does it get much better? I think it really embodies fantasy 🙂

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  2. Never saw Return to Oz, didn’t really see Goonies (some snippets) and don’t know about Dark Crystal. I feel like it may have been disturbing lol

    I definitely agree on the others!

    Happy Friday!

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    1. Haha the Dark Crystal was terrifying for a lot of kids. My daughter still will not watch it, but my son who seems to favor my odd affection for the strange and dark loves it. We went and saw it on the big screen last month. Return to Oz is certainly less popular, but so fun. And the Goonies, well a must 😉

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  3. Aren’t they doing a remake of The Dark Crystal or a re-release or something? I liked that movie a lot growing up too, although I honestly don’t remember anything about it now. And we were bigger fans of The Neverending Story 3, for goodness only knows what reason…

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    1. Haha I admit I did not enjoy the second two movies in the Neverending Story nearly as much. Maybe I need to give them another shot? Netflix will be releasing a prequel to the Dark Crystal. It was be 10 episodes long if I remember correctly. I am very excited for that!

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  4. Can’t help commenting, Danielle! Neverending Story is outstanding, though I’m not even fully sure whether I watched it first as a child, though I think I did. Either way, I love it, and what a theme song! Believe it or not, I only watched Wizard of Oz, 1939, last month or so, though who knows, maybe I saw it as a child as well. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Wow! SOmeone else mentioned not that they have not even watched the Wizard of Oz. I am surprised that so many people made it so long before discovering the film. I have to ask whether you enjoyed it? I cannot help but wonder how the impact might be affected by experiencing it as an adult first 🙂 I hope no magic was lost and am glad you did watch it. Hope you are well!

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      1. I must admit, I just didn’t enjoy it. I felt the songs were somewhat jarring and long, and the colours were a bit too chromatic for me. But I did love Dorothy, both her endearing accent and sentiments: I could listen to her all day! The latter part of the film was better, moving more rapidly than the earlier sequences. And I enjoyed the Kansas scenes (and prefer the sepia tone).

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  5. * cracking knuckles * First, AWESOME post. ❤ Second…. YES! My list of childhood favorites is HUGE! I´m also a huge movie fan ( or, used to be. Somehow, that flattened a tad )
    My absolute. all time fav, never fails to amaze me no matter how old I get, movie is The NeverEnding Story. The movie and book- The story is just brilliant and had me stuck to the pages / tv screen for hours.
    Willow- I have to be honest…. That scared me as a child. Not Willow, per se,… but the part where the baby floats down the river freaked me out so bad I had a fit. My dad fast forwarded it and all was good again. Lol. #kidsarestrange
    E.T freaked me out too ( I was a weird kid) I remember my mom bought me a life size leather E.T. I don´t remember a time I ever screamed so much. #cruelparents
    But but but! * waves frantically * I did love to watch the Hobbit ( The 70´s cartoon version) movie. It´s also the only VHS I still have ( don´t have a video recorder anymore, though. But at least I got the movie, right? LOL )
    I also loved and still love The Last Unicorn. Omg, I can and will cancel EVERYTHING to watch that movie.
    I remember being a huge fan of the Gremlins as a kid. I have no idea why. The movie was on TV the other night and I can´t, for all that´s pink and fluffy, understand WHAT I saw in that movie.
    This post is so much fun. 🙂 I could go on for days!
    ❤ ❤

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    1. I have the Hobbit and The Last Unicorn here on DvD. The original animated versions are favorites ❤ I was going to include them, but had featured them recently, so tried to make room for others, but sooooo good! And ET, well it scarred me. Serious emotional damaged in the theater haha. I think I was 5? So, I am biased and left it off. ❤

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  6. Oh my gosh The Secret of NIMH is awesomesauce. So moody and mysterious… I loved it. the whole thing under the rosebush was amazing! And I think I had a crush on Joanne Whalley from Willow when I first saw it lol!

    The Princess Bride is of course the best. 🙂

    Raiders of the Lost Ark and Gremlins were two I loved!

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  7. You’ve got some lovely picks on here Danielle! Labyrinth, Willy Wonka, Princess Bride, Neverending Story…I actually need to rewatch that last one soon. Fitting in with the theme I think I would add The Last Unicorn, which I still watch from time to time. Strangely enough, the ones on here that aren’t favorites also kind of creep me out (maybe with the exception of Goonies, which I just saw when I was a little too old to be enraptured). It’s funny how kids’ movies can do that if you watch them as an adult! Overall though I think the 80’s and 90’s were a golden age for children’s movies though 🙂 So many of them hold up well after 20-30 years and still entertain kids today, which is a pretty big achievement. This brought back a lot of great memories :’)

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    1. I think the 80s were my favorite for not only films, but cartoons. They were just more substantial it seemed in terms of children’s movies and stories. I absolutely love (and own and still watch) The Last Unicorn. I have the graphic novel and book as well. Huge fan ❤

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  8. Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka!! They were movies I saw so many times as a kid. I do love these kinds of classics, although nowadays I don’t exactly find myself revisiting them that much since my “To-Be-Watched” is as insane as my To-Be-Read hahahah 😀 Awesome list, Danielle!

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  9. i loved Oz and the neverending story. there was a similar one with a priness called fantaghiro or something like that that i also adored. she pretended to be a dude and did sword fighting and other cool stuff

    i only saw princess bride and nimh as an adult but even so they were still awesome

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  10. I just read As You Wish, the Cary Elwes memoir about working on The Princess Bride. It was so good and made me love the movie even more, if that’s possible. Also, I didn’t think anyone else in the world had seen Return to Oz (or admit it). My guess is if I watched it again, I’d think it wasn’t so great. But as a kid I loved it. I also had a strange obsession with a movie called Escape to Witch Mountain…

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    1. I need to pick up a copy of “As You Wish”. He was here when it released, signing copies and I was not able to attend. Talk about disappointed! I am glad it added to your appreciation. As far as Return to Oz, I literally watched it this week while sick, and it was not at great haha. Very dated and somewhat brief. But still brought back fond memories.

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