The Forgotten Movies of Childhood

Kacy Christensen, Staff Writer

Deep in the abyss of our childhood are the movies that made us who we are today.  Movies we watched as children slowly changed us over time without us realizing it.

Remember the good old days when movies were on VHS?  While you were waiting for the movie to rewind you would make some popcorn, because it would take at least 10 minutes. Today we get annoyed when our videos don’t instantly load, or we have to wait for them to buffer.

There are many childhood movies we still watch today. They are the classics of our generation: The Little Mermaid, Lion King, and so on. However some, movies we loved as children have slowly been forgotten over the years. Atlantis, Lilo and Stitch, The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Goofy Movie, Hunchback of Notre Dame, George of the Jungle, Inspector Gadget, The Tigger Movie, Muppet Treasure Island, and so many more were my beloved favorites that I too have slowly forgotten.

Our childhood is really when our personalities develop and those were the days when we had an imagination to take what we saw into our lives. The movies we saw once or twice as children made us believe in the impossible.  Atlantis made me believe that history is not always true, because I still believe that Atlantis isn’t figment of my imagination. Lilo and Stitch made me believe in aliens and taught us not be too afraid of the unknown.  Lizzie McGuire taught us that even the most awkward teenagers can achieve greatness.

Some movies we have less fond memories of, for example, The Goofy Movie. My autistic brother would watch this movie everyday until the point that it became obnoxious after a while. I know all the lyrics  from The Goofy Movie, and I promise you that if I rewatched that movie I would not be the only one singing along. Many other movies have changed my outlook on life and have truly made me who I am.  We should start a Movie Appreciation Day or something.  We always talk about how the media changes our perception of things, but do we really understand what it has done to our past?