Sometimes you just want to feel like a kid again.
Here are 11 movies we turn to for a bit of nostalgia when we just want an easy, fun watch. And if you grew up in the ’90s and now have kids of your own, these are certified classics every kid should see immediately.
“The Witches” (1990)
A first cut of “The Witches” terrified Nicholas Roeg’s young son so much that the director chose to tame some of the film’s scariest sequences, which is quite astonishing considering how he still reveled in it. obscurity and the grotesque. Few children’s films are this daring and witty, and hardly any of them have Anjelica Huston chewing every inch of the landscape like the World’s Supreme Witch. (Every famous actress should play a camp villain at least once.) Based on Roald Dahl’s 1983 novel, “The Witches” was one of the last projects Jim Henson worked on before his death. Prosthetics are unmatched, which this year’s CGI-laden remake starring Anne Hathaway made disastrously clear. – Matthew Jacobs
Available for rent on YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and Vudu.
In my eyes, “Hook” is one of Steven Spielberg’s most misunderstood films. Of course, if you were an adult when it first came out, you might think that’s not great? But as a kid who was glued to my television in the 1990s every time “Hook” came up, I think the opposite. Was he unfairly judged? Yes.
The film tells the reimagined story of an adult Peter Pan (Robin Williams), who must return to Never Land when the evil Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman) kidnaps his children. I remember wanting to have a food fight with colorful Play-Doh-ish plasticine. I remember loving Julia Roberts’ portrait of the Tinkerbell. And I remember having an unexplained crush on Rufio (Dante Basco). What a pleasure this movie was at a time when my imagination was overflowing. – Leigh Blickley
Streaming on Netflix and available for rent on Vudu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play and iTunes.
“FernGully: The Last Rainforest” (1992)
The ’90s were a golden age for Disney entertainment, but no one, we hope, needs to remember’ Mulan ‘and’ The Lion King ‘. Instead, consider a much less beloved, much weirder, and much more explicitly environmentalist cartoon: “FernGully,” the story of an Amazonian fairy, Crysta, who teaches a handsome young lumberjack, Zak (ahh, the 90s), to love the rainforest. . For a ânature heals; we’re the virus, âplus Robin Williams voicing a wacky bat, that’s the only choice. – Claire Fallon
Stream on Starz, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Sling TV, and available to rent for $ 3.99 from Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, and Vudu
“Cop and a Half” (1993)
âCop and a Halfâ is one of those random ’90s movies that’s pretty forgettable, but a joy to watch if you catch it on cable on a random day. Starring Norman D. Golden II, Burt Reynolds, Holland Taylor, Ruby Dee and a small role for young Amanda Seales (“Insecure”), the film follows young Devin (Golden II), who witnessed a crime, as he follows a cop (Reynolds) who is determined to solve the case. There are a lot of hijinks along the way and a very sweet ending. – Erin E. Evans
Available for rent on YouTube, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and Vudu.
“The Secret Garden” (1993)
Marie, Marie, quite the contrary, how does your garden grow? After seeing “The Secret Garden” as a child, I only hear this rhyme with a singing and mocking British accent. “The Secret Garden”, based on the novel of the same name, follows wealthy orphan Mary Lennox who is sent from India to England to live with her distant uncle after her parents die. During her stay at Misselthwaite Manor, she discovers family secrets and, of course, a garden. If you like stories that warm your heart and may even make you shed a few tears, this movie is for you. (Plus, a great performance by Maggie Smith never hurts.)
– Emma Gray
Available to watch for free on the Roku Channel or to rent for $ 2.99 on YouTube, Prime, Vudu, and Google Play.