I think it's safe to say that the '90s were a glorious time to be kid. With Disney Animation in its prime and family movies that covered every season, there was always something worth watching either in theaters or with help of your family's VHS player. In fact, the movies of the '90s were so good that I oftentimes found myself hitting the rewind button just so that I could watch my favorites all over again. And while, yes, the technology of today has made movies even more incredible to watch, '90s movies will always hold a special place in the hearts of '90s kids. So there's only one thing left to do: You have to show these '90s movies to your kids.
Yep, your kids missed this magical era in film, and it's up to you to shape them with these classic tales. Because, the great thing about the classics of the '90s is that they didn't need a ridiculous amount of special effects or over-the-top characters to capture the attention of children. They made us laugh, taught us lessons, and ultimately shaped who we are today with nothing more than the power of strong storytelling. And with talents including Robin Williams, Mara Wilson, Will Smith, and even Lindsay Lohan, these movies could really do no wrong. Prepare yourself for some serious childhood feels.
1. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Looking back at this movie now, it's amazing how it casually addressed seemingly adult situations without even causing us kids to bat an eye. In between the comedy of film it included topics such as divorce, family values, and even an LGBT couple — along with an endless number of laughs.
2. The Lion King (1994)
There's a reason this movie won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) and took home two Academy Awards for it's score. This movie made us cry, but ultimately, it taught us the importance of the words "Hakuna Matata." And, well, that's a life lesson your kids can hang on to.
3. Home Alone (1990)
If any '90s movies made you truly appreciate being a kid, it was Home Alone. Teach your kids to embrace their childhood and always remain adventurous with this holiday classic. Just make sure you never accidentally leave them home alone.
4. Free Willy (1993)
If you don't have time to take your kids to the aquarium, pop this movie in instead. It'll teach them the importance of caring for and protecting wild animals all while introducing them to different cultures as well.
5. Toy Story (1995)
Disney was just getting it's feet wet in the world of Pixar animation with this one. But it's the story itself that (once we got past the idea of our toys coming alive) gave Woody and Buzz a special place in our hearts. This movie taught us the values of friendship and not to destroy our toys. Ideals that, as parents, we should certainly want to implement on our children.
6. Matilda (1996)
Nowadays, book-to-movie adaptations are all too common. And, with the success of Matilda, I can definitely see why. However, this movie is vital for showing to your children purely because it will show them just how good they have it. Seriously, no teacher is as bad a Miss Trunchbull.
7. Jumanji (1995)
One of the greatest parts about being a kid is using your imagination. And, with the help of Jumanji, your kids' imaginations can be brought to a whole new level. Put away the video games, because it's time they appreciate board games.
8. The Santa Clause (1994)
As I kid, I always secretly wished my dad was Santa. And now you can play into the magic as well with this holiday classic. Seriously, what kid doesn't want to go to the North Pole?
9. Hook (1991)
If you're reading this list, there's probably a nostalgic part of you that's longing for your childhood. And Hook is just the movie that explains the struggles of growing up and returning to your past. By the end of the movie your kids will be sure to not take their childhood for granted.
10. Mulan (1998)
If you have daughters, this strong heroine is just the role model they need. And, if you have sons, it's never too early to introduce them to female heroines as well. Breaking down the gender gap one viewing at a time.
11. Aladdin (1992)
Yes, this movie is a classic unrequited love story, but it's also a lesson in the horrors of greed and the consequences of lying. Just one way to make sure you're kids don't try and lie to you.
12. Beauty And The Beast (1991)
Even though a live-action remake is on it's way, don't forget about the original animated film. Beauty And The Beast is the ultimate lesson on beauty being on the inside and you simply can't ignore a tale as old as time.
13. Tarzan (1999)
This movie was a serious tear-jerker for us '90s kids. When Tarzan's parents died, Tarzan had to grow up on his own with the help of the jungle. And watching Tarzan's story is a lesson in responsibility all on it's own.
14. The Parent Trap (1998)
Yes, this may make your child wish he/she was a twin, but having to sit alongside them and watch it a countless number of times will make the questions on why they don't have one totally worth it.
15. Casper (1995)
There's no reason to be afraid of ghosts when there's a friendly one in town! This movie could very well be the answer to calming your child's nighttime fears — just introduce them to Casper!
16. Men In Black (1997)
And, as it turns out, you can tell your kids that aliens are nothing to be a afraid of either. The "Men In Black" are out there protecting us. Even if we can't see them.
But you may want to go buy these movies on Blu-Ray first. I'm pretty sure your kids won't be OK with having to sit around and wait for you to rewind a bunch of VHS tapes.
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