The best movies that made our childhood magic

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photo by Victoria Muller

The VHS versions of DreamWorks and Disney movies. Among them, Shrek, The Lion King, Aladdin (The return of Jafar) and Hercules.

Aladdin (1992)

This is the story of a street urchin in the Middle East. He falls in love with Princess Jasmine, the gorgeous daughter of the sultan of Agrabah. Later, the fugitive stumbles upon a genie and embarks on a dangerous mission with him to conquer the Princess’ heart. 

Funny, romantic, and dancing at the same time, Aladdin is fully appreciated. The genie makes the movie hilarious and the bad guy shines in its sadism and cruelty. Not to mention the Princess and Aladdin: love between them has made more than one heart melt (including mine). It’s a real Disney classic.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

This Princess feature cartoon is a Walt Disney Animated Classic. It’s the story of a cursed prince who has to live as a terrifying beast until he finds true love. He meets Belle, a beautiful young lady, who begins to see the sensitive soul behind the fearsome facade.

Beauty and the Beast is a magical story that proves that love shouldn’t stop at physical defects and past faults. This movie, full of passion and love, invites us not to trust appearances. The secondary characters are pretty soulful, just like Belle, who, under her airs of a perfect and serious young girl, hides an unparalleled strength.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The famous moviemaker, Tim Burton realized a lot of popular kid movies, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005. It tells the story of a modest boy, Charlie, who wins a contest organized by the leader of a big Chocolate Factory.

If you have a sweet tooth or if you love the amazing universe of Tim Burton, this movie is made for you. Colorful and eccentric, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gives cute, funny moments and catchy songs that stay in mind. The pace is captivating and the special effects are really well done. This movie is a must-watch!

Hercules

Disney tackles Greek mythology in this animated feature, released in 1997. Hercules, a son of gods, is snatched as a baby by Hades -the god of Hell- and forced to live among mortals. Now a teenager, Hercules must learn how to use his strength to defeat a series of evil creatures. 

This movie is sheer entertainment for kids and amusing for adults. It’s light, sarcastic, and enjoyable. The characters are wondrous and Megara, one of them, provides a feisty, totally non ‘princessy’ female character, which is brilliant! I had my best giggles watching this movie because the situations are really comic.

Ice Age

This adventurous and funny saga, started in 2002, follows the crazy adventures of a mammoth, a saber-toothed tiger, and a ground-sloth, twenty-thousand years ago.

Wacky and comical, Ice Age is a saga where none of the movies are similar; except the fact that the adventures the characters live are completely crazy. Humor is at its maximum and it knows how to please people of all ages.

The protagonists make me smiles and let me think that there is always a way to stay positive, even in the worst situations.”

— Victoria

Mulan (1998)

Mulan is the story of Huan Mulan, a gorgeous but rebellious young woman who lives in a Chinese village. When her country is overrun by the Huns, she takes her father’s place as a soldier, in order to save his life and serves her country.

This warrior was my model when I was little because she shows that nothing is impossible. Mulan is a beautiful symbol of independence and of the modern woman, strong and brave. I love the fact that she opposes her destiny as a housewife and departs from the norm. It’s definitely a Disney unavoidable.

Ratatouille

This Pixar movie came out in 2007. It’s telling the story of Remy, who dreams to become a great chef. Unfortunately, he is a rat, and this profession is strongly rodent-phobic. He moves to Paris to follow his dream, where he meets a shy garbage boy. With the help of this boy, he puts his culinary skills to the test in the kitchen.

What I take away from this movie is that nothing should stop you from doing what you want. Remy is different than the rest of his family, but instead of attempting to fit in, he embraces that uniqueness. An unusual story, high in French vibes and gastronomy, which keeps you in suspense until the end.

Shrek

Created by DreamWorks in 2001, the first movie of the saga tells the story of an ogre named Shrek, who appreciates living alone. He is shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters who were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. As he wants to save their home, Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona to be Farquaad’s bride. But the Princess hides a big and dark secret.

Shrek really alters between sophisticated and vulgar, witty and base, charming and charmless. Such as the Beauty and the Beast, love is not only about a body, but about two hearts which love each other. Shrek is jolly, wicked, and makes sly in-jokes but is sensitive and lovely at the same time. That makes him very endearing.

The Lion King (1994)

This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion and prince Simba. His wicked uncle, Scar, plots to usurp his father’s throne by luring him and Simba into a trap. Simba escapes, and only the King is killed. The little prince, hopeless and overwhelmed decides to leave the kingdom. He returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar, with the help of his friends.

The Lion King is a mystical, thrilling, and breathtaking children movie. More than any other Disney masterpieces, The Lion King involves our full emotions; we’re scared or cry one minute and laugh the next. It’s one of the greatest movies ever made by Disney, with its unforgettable graphics and music.

Up 

This movie was created by Pixar in 2009. It’s talking about Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year-old balloon salesman, who is about to realize a lifelong dream. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, he flies away to the South American wilderness. He discovers a little boy, stowaway aboard the balloon-powered house, which isn’t expected and appreciated by Fredricksen.

Up is a poetic movie that makes us want to fulfill our dreams. With two characters endearing by their completely opposite temperament, this movie will always make me believe that the world is wonderful and deserve to be discovered. It’s a touching life lesson which discloses the sincere and deep friendship between a young boy and an old man.

I think children’s films add a lot to their development. Indeed, they divulge basic and useful moral values, such as family, forgiveness, determination, and courage. They also create a whole universe that allows children to stimulate their imagination. It’s a great time to spend with family or friends, with cheerful songs and laughs guaranteed.