1. Labyrinth - This movie has stood the test of time, in my humble opinion. David Bowie in tights? Maybe not so much. But Jennifer Connelly? I just knew she was destined for greatness. I still quote this movie all of the time (though others may not realize it). It is a truly magical adventure and one of my favorites from childhood. I recently showed it to my niece who agreed that it is still cool (perhaps she was humoring me, but still). On a side note, I was sure I would wear a dress JUST LIKE the one Sarah wore in the scene after she is poisoned by Hoggle. Which, ask anyone, is pretty much
2. Finding Nemo - What is not to love about this movie (other than the fact that there is a lot of overwhelming sadness that takes place)? Dori is possibly the best cartoon character of all times, and I still giggle when I think about her reading: "Eh-scapp-aye". And Nemo is adorable and his father is awesome and everyone learns and loves and it's just wonderful!
3. The Little Mermaid - Okay, as a feminist, some of this movie goes against my grain. I am so not all about scantily clad children's characters and girls who are waiting on a man to save them. That being said, I still love this movie and choose to focus on the strong, independent nature of our friend Ariel who had the courage to go looking for a life on land. And I have always loved the music from this movie. I used to sing it loudly and for hours on end in my room. The only thing that bothers me: does anyone remember the rumor about the original animation and how the castles looked suspiciously like a phallic symbol? I remember that someone said the artist had gotten mad at Disney and hence those castles. Funny, I don't find those same castles when I Google the photo for this post. Things that make you go, "hmmmmm....".
4. Aladin - I don't think I need to remind anyone how Robin Williams absolutely took the Genie character to a whole. new. level. Frankly, the story of Aladin before this movie was pretty dull to me. But this movie? Total game changer. Another movie with awesome music, too!
5. The Neverending Story - Taking it seriously old school one more time, it just doesn't get a whole lot better than this for me. There is action, adventure, fantasy and bravery. This is another movie that I think fits right into the modern movie landscape and would absolutely still capture the imaginations of kids everywhere. If you've ever seen it, I know you can hear the music playing in your head right now!
So many good children's movies out there. I can't wait to introduce The Nugget to a few more once she has a longer attention span! Thanks for providing thoughtful fodder, Kate. And, anyone who is reading, feel free to link up, too!