Adam Bloomfield

10 childhood films which will fill you with nostalgia

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As a child, I loved going to the movies at Manors, Newcastle, the Metro Centre or getting a new VHS tape, or DVD, to watch films, so here is my pick of 10 films that were by far my favourite.

 

  1. Pokemon: The First Movie (1999)

When this movie came out I begged my parents to take me to it, since I had been playing Pokemon Blue on the Game Boy Colour and watching the anime on Sky 1 after school. So after days of begging and being good, my parents took me to the Odeon on Pilgrim Street to see the movie. Seeing my favourite characters, like Ash and Pikachu thrown into battle against Mewtwo and his army of clones, had me left buzzing for days. I even got a free trading card for my collection too.

2. Batman (1966)

This campy crusader movie was my first experience of Batman and the world of superheroes, and the rest is history. The movie was given to me on a VHS tape by my dad and helped set the future for me. We see Batman and Robin attempt to save the world from their greatest foes: Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman. What stood out about this film was the camp comedy factor “Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb” and gadgets e.g Shark Repellent Bat Spray.

 

3. Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)

A film I went to the Warner Bros. multiplex to see. It follows young boy genius Jimmy Neutron and his friends on a mission to rescue their parents after they were abducted by aliens. I particularly liked this movie’s all-American soundtrack with music from N*SYNC, Aaron Carter, No Secrets, Bowling For Soup and the Backstreet Boys. And, I mean, come on building spaceships out of theme park rides and blasting off to save the day that has to be something pretty cool.

4. The Rugrats Movie (1998)

Another VHS gift off my grandmother. I was already a fan of the Rugrats cartoon after watching it on CITV,when I got home from school, so when I heard there was a movie version, my face lit up and I immediately watched it. The story follows the babies gaining a new member of their crew but attempting to get rid of him when he becomes too troublesome. A heartwarming story and a killer song by No Doubt (I Throw My Toys Around) makes this film number 4 on my list.

5. Digimon The Movie (2000)

Well, I was a fan of Pokemon but I loved Digimon too. Since they actually killed each other in battle and could return to their normal forms, I went to see the movie at the Odeon at the Metro Centre in the year 2000 after watching the show on CITV. What was great about this movie is that it was split into three different parts, each with their own time frame and storyline that are connected by the Digimon themselves.

6. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Although I was only born in 1993, I saw this movie six years later in 1999 on ITV at Christmas time. I was enchanted by the gothic theme to the movie. The narrative follows Jack Skellington as he attempts to handle Christmas after becoming bored with Halloween. This was the first Tim Burton movie I saw and the first musical too. I fell in love with the songs and spooky characters like Sally and Lock, Shock and Barrel, not to mention that bag of bugs Oogie Boogie.

7. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

A school trip to see this movie at the Warner Bros. cinema introduced me to the movie versions of Harry Potter as I already had the first two books. We find Harry Potter discovering he is a wizard and being hunted by the darkest wizard of all time…Lord Voldemort. Plenty of special effects and thrills captured my imagination when watching this movie and made me want to be a wizard and cast spells with a wand too. Me and my friends even used to pretend we were Harry, Ron and Hermione.

 

8. Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie (1997)

My older brothers got me into Power Rangers and since Turbo was my favourite, they found the film for me as a birthday present. It was meant to serve as precursor to the series, which shows the Rangers receiving their new powers and Turbo Zords to battle evil space pirate Divatox and rescue the world. With plenty of action, combat and turbo charged cars this movie makes my list. I always wanted a giant fighting robot made out of cars that was armed with a giant sword.

8. Toy Story (1995)

A Christmas gift from my parents when I was 4 and a mainstay in my favourite films. This movie played to my imagination as I often wondered, at that age, if my toys actually came alive when I wasn’t around  and had adventures instead of the ones I shared with them. The movie follows Woody attempted to cling onto his spot as number one toy when Buzz Lightyear makes his presence known. Slick animation and good story, plus, this was one of the first Disney/Pixar movies I saw.

10. Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)

Remember back when we were kids and we had bedtimes? Well, my brother and I used to sneak downstairs and watch MTV2 after my parents had went to bed then we saw this film at the age of 8. Seeing those two dimwits leave suburbia behind and head across America just to recover their TV was a fun adventure. I and my brother would laugh ourselves silly at the crude gags and humour, not to mention, I got one of my favourite songs: Love Rollercoaster by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

 

So there’s my top ten movies from childhood, if these bring back fond memories for you then leave a comment in the comments section.

 

 

 

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