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10 Films That Defined My Childhood

January 22, 2009

So the longer I work on The Box Office Junkie, the more I learn about this crazy world known as the blogosphere. What’s my latest realization? That people are unnaturally obsessed with lists. Top 10s, 25s, 50s 100s, it doesn’t matter- people will eat them up. I started to think about myself, and I realized that I love and read them too! Well, I’ve never been one to doubt the collective crowd’s choice of entertainment, so I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon! Each week, on Wednesday (I know its Thursday- I forgot to post this!), I will deliver a Top Ten list for the week. My first list is pretty simple: 10 Films That Defined My Childhood. I’m a proud member of Generation Y (yes, that’s an old picture of me), and I think the list reflects that. Take a look and see if you agree:

10. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie

I was in love with Kimberly, scared of Ivan Ooze, and wanted to be Tommy. For my 8th birthday, I had all my friends come over to my house in solid colored sweatsuits. My mom cut white diamonds out of contact paper and stuck them on us, and my teenage neighbor came over and taught us karate. For those few hours we were Power Rangers. Fast forward to the Halloween of 2008, when I may or may not have dressed up as the Green Ranger for a night…

9. Toy Story

Oh, I thought this was just the coolest thing I’d ever seen! I remember laughing so hysterically hard at the alien toys in the claw machine and being completely creeped out by the erector-set spider toy with a baby doll’s head on top!

8. Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery

It may seem strange to include this movie on this list. After all, it’s hardly a kid’s movie, and I wasn’t even allowed to see it until I was well into middle school, but my friends all saw it when they much younger! They saw it about three years before I did, and never stopped talking about it. It was certainly the bawdiest humor they had seen, and they (and I) thought they were so cool by mentioning it all the time. It’s so funny the insecurities you have when you’re little, but I was constantly afraid that this conversation would come up, and I’d have to reconfess that I’d never seen Austin Powers. Devastating, right?

7. Snow Day

What a fun movie. Every kid can relate to the utter joy of a snow day. Didn’t you ever wear your pajamas inside-out in hopes of a snowy day off from school? Also, when I think of this movie, I instantly think of that random girl, Hoku, singing “Another Dumb Blonde.”

6. James And The Giant Peach

I loved the book by Roald Dahl, and I thought this Tim Burton film was so cool and weird, and true to the story. And claymation is just plain cool looking!

5. Zenon: Girl Of The 21st Century

Please tell me I’m not the only one who remembers this Disney Channel Original Movie about a mischievious girl who lives on a space station, but gets sent to Earth. Zenon coined such great phrases as “Cetis-Lapetis,” “Spay-Stay,” and (not kidding, here) “interplanetary-megastellar-hyrdostatic.” The fake band from the movie, Microbe, sang “Supernova Girl,” a song that remains a personal classic for me. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom! Make my heart go Boom, Boom!

4. Hercules

When I saw this in theaters, it rained so much, that the theater started to flood right at the end of the film. The movie theater felt so bad, that they let the whole audience watch it again on another screen for free! In my opinion, this is one of the most sorely underrated Disney films. It’s got its own totally distinct style, characters, and humor, and the gospel infused soundtrack was an utterly inspired move!

3. Harriet The Spy

Besides loveing the movie, there two reasons that this film, which starred Michelle Trachtenberg defined my childhood. First off, it made me start my own journal. I just thought it was so cool how she’d write down everything she was thinking, and look at me now! I’m still writing down what I think, just for everyone to read. Second, it made me start and stop betting. I bet my older brother, Marston, 50 cents that this movie came out on a Tuesday. I was wrong- it came out on a Wednesday. I cried for about an hour when he demanded the payment, and I was so distraught about it, that I did not bet anyone else until I got to college.

2. The Lion King

Here I am again with a crying story… But it was Mufasa! Who didn’t cry?! This remains one of my all time favorite movies, and certainly my favorite soundtrack of any Disney film. The Lion King became even cooler to me in high school, as I had a truly revelatory moment when reading Hamlet. “Oh my gosh,” I thought, “this is The Lion King!”

1. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

I have probably seen this move about 50 times. It is completely magical to me. The flying and floating car, the crazy inventions, the pirates, the toot sweets, Truly Scrumptious, the purple-haired kingdom, the grandfather, the candyman child-catcher, Hushabye Mountain, the doll on the music box, and the music itself! If you’ve ever seen the film, you know exactly what I’m talking about, and if you haven’t, you’re missing out. It’s a wonderfully fun, fantastical story that I will never forget. I still watch it once or twice a year, just to feel the sense of adventure, romance, humor, and fun. Take a look at this video if you aren’t convinced of how cool Chitty Chitty Bang Bang actually is, and then go buy it. One of my favorite movies ever.

So there’s my list! I hope you liked it! What’s your Top Ten list? What films would you add/take away from mine? And do you like the weekly list idea? Let me know in the comments!