Top 10 BEST Forgotten 90’s movies!

I was feeling nostalgic recently, so I started digging up some old animated nuggets from my childhood. Now, there are plenty of QUALITY movies to reminisce about, but oh no, I’m not talking about THOSE. No, this is not a post for the “Anastasia”s of the world.  You know what I’m talking about, the ones that you probably watched when your grandparents babysat you or perhaps sold in a yard sale years ago– but have vague memories of, you just can’t quite remember how you know them? Must’ve just been a dream, right? NOPE!

Here’s a list of my top 10 (not Disney) movies (mostly made in the 90’s) that I have fond memories of. I hope it brings back some good feels for you guys and don’t forget to comment if you have a favorite to add! *I’m starting at 8 though because I have 2 to talk about at the bottom… stay with me.

8. The Indian In the Cupboard (1995) – So even though for most movies that made this list, I tried to stick solely to animated features, I couldn’t NOT include this because I believe it’s gotta be a prequel to the “Night at the Museum” trilogy. OK so maybe not but, it definitely tugs at your heartstrings and gets you really rooting for the lil guys. (even if they aren’t a tiny Owen Wilson). I don’t remember the whole thing so I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing this one again, if I can find a full version of it.

7. BALTO (1995) – This movie has stuck with me to this day because of its message of courage and how dogs are the best, of course. BUT it’s one of the last on the list because it is SO. FLIPPING. SAD. I dare you not to tear up. 😥

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6. ONCE UPON A FOREST (1993) – this is one that I actually remember the least (truly-nothing), but after going down a YouTube spiral, I found a video that reminded me in that, “how do I know this??” kind of way. I’m still not 100% when or where I saw this movie- I just KNOW I did somehow.

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5. THE IRON GIANT (1999) – Right on the cusp of the 21st century and Warner Bro’s will be the one to destroy us all- with our emotions. Oh, the adventures of a boy and his giant robot alien…thing. I still smile remembering the dinner prayer scene where the boy is trying to get the giant to leave without his mom noticing. #comedygold –And it totally gives me “last day of school” vibes as I’ve had teachers  definitely use this more then once in elementary school to fill up the final hours before summer break… (anyone else?..)

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4. THE BRAVE LITTLE TOASTER (1987) – OK so in my research, I realized this actually was produced by Disney, but I doubt anyone would get that answer right if asked on Jeopardy so I’m going to count it anyway. PLUS, who can resist a lovable little talking toaster and his appliance friends!? It’s like early Toy Story inspo, if, you know, we played with electric stuff…  I was also weirdly concerned with the relationship of the main character and his girlfriend…(maybe my first known ship?) This is one of the few on this list that I ❤ to this day.

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3. FERN GULLY (1992) – Dude, this movie was the environmentally-conscious bomb. AND has a super cute love story between a fairy and shrinky dink’ed version of Zach from “Saved By The Bell” (but really they look exactly alike and are both named Zak/ch! coincidence, I think not!) AND featured a kooky Robin Williams character. ❤

As much as loved it, this one also had a slightly terrifying smoggy villain and I distinctly remember him having a creepy as hell song where he became like oil?!

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2. THE PAGEMASTER (1994) – OK SO as a self-labeled bookworm, I WAS OBSESSED WITH THIS MOVIE. I loved the idea of being able to journey into a book and I remember thinking the concept was so clever! And you can’t go wrong with young Macaulay Culkin. Although as a kid, I remember there were some scary parts. LOL. I’m a baby. But seriously. that cover art, though.

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  1. AMERICAN TAIL (1986) – COME ON. The pun itself makes this movie a solid 10/10. This one may have been made in the 80’s but this still stands as a classic 90’s kid favorite! It may not be as forgotten as the others but it had to be number one for “Somewhere Out There” alone. YOU KNOW WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT.

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*Honorable Mentions*– because they are my favorite early DreamWorks gems (which I had to bring up even though they don’t really count as “forgotten” due to high production value, amazing soundtracks, well known casts, and overall timelessness, ya know?)

Prince of Egypt (1998)                     &                  The Road to El Dorado (2000)

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In an alternate universe…

I think if I hadn’t chose the road I have, I would have liked to be a professor for cinema studies. Maybe it sounds pretentious or maybe it just makes me seem like I wanna sit around and watch movies all day but I think it’s a little bit of both. 😉 It would be a dream come true to have my own classroom where the whole point is to view and discuss the inspiration and impact of movies featuring strong women ensembles in their story’s time. Now I’m sure everybody has their own opinion of what this means but isn’t that the fun part? I know some of my favorite films starring women may not be the typical examples of feminism but that doesn’t mean I can’t make a case for them. Just like I’m sure my students would be able to suggest films with strong women leads that I have never even heard of or seen and could argue for those as well. It all just sounds so exciting to me!

Just for fun and because I have thought way more about this in the last few hours than I probably should have, I’ve decided to compile a list of just a few of the movies I would consider including in my imaginary syllabus. I’ve included a plot summary, piece of movie trivia, and an effective line of dialogue that lends some insight into why said film made it onto my list 🙂

Mona Lisa Smile (2003):

  • A free-thinking art professor teaches conservative 1950s Wellesley girls to question their traditional social roles.
  • In order to prepare for their roles, the leads were all put through a finishing school two weeks prior to filming.
  • [about the Mona LisaBetty Warren: [ironically] Look at this, mother. She’s smiling. Is she happy?… She looks happy, so what does it matter?

Clueless (1995):

  • A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil’s popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.
  • Is loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma.
  • [about keeping her virginityCher: You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet.

The Help (2011)

  • An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maids’ point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
  • Skeeter’s bookshelf contains the following books: Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. All three of these books are discussed many times in the original novel.
  • Mae Mobley: You my real mama, Aibi.

I know there are sooooo many more but like I said, this is just a sampling of movies I ❤ and respect.

What movies did I miss? Or which movies would you use? Comment below!

❤ emily.

Weekend Obsession

I don’t care what anybody says, I saw Divergent yesterday and I thought it was freaking amazing. I DID read the series so I do know what I’m talking about and this movie is 90% on point (Which is impressive considering the frustrating creative liberties taken by those in charge of the Percy Jackson movies…) Almost every character* was oddly exactly how I pictured them and the set designs and song choices were just perfect. I loved pretty much every minute of it and even though there were a few parts that were changed or didn’t translate as well to the screen which is to be expected for most books becoming movies, all in all I was pleased with the adaption. I will definitely be buying a copy of my own to watch again after the movie for the final book destroys us all.

*AND almost every single boy in this movie ranged from “Aww he’s cute” to “How can you be this hot” so I consider that a plus. Here’s a sneak peek for your viewing enjoyment:

FOUR >> Theo James

PETER >> Miles Teller

WILL >> Ben Lloyd- Hughes

AL >> Christian Madsen

CALEB >> Ansel Angort

My So-Called Life

pathetic but perfect. 

It’s a typical wednesday night, worthy of a new brand of home alone movies, me in a blanket nest on the couch, watching a movie I’ve been meaning to see forever but end up redbox-ing, (I still can’t believe that’s a verb now hahah) and eating homemade ( and by homemade, I do not mean rolling the dough and whatever, i mean un-boxed and boiled all by myself cause girl don’t got time for all that!) spaghetti with the Parmesan cheese close enough to re-cheese (also a verb according to me) my dish when i need to and a can of coca cola so chilled it’d make the cartoon polar bears jealous. 😉  this is my life and life is good.

x  emily.

Entertaining PSA

To all whom it may concern, Happy Endings, is hands down hilarious. I love TV and sometimes I wish I was a critic so that I could legitamately rave about all my favorite shows. I just wish I could have given it more of a chance when it was actually on the air. but Now I have trouble finding it anywhere to watch. Anyway, that’s all. Everyone in the ensemble, Daman Wayans Jr especially, is adorably quirky, comedy perfection. Also, excuse me again while I freak for a moment… *ahhhh!!!!*

There is going to be a sequel next year to one of my most favorite movies:

THE MUPPETS! SO EXCITED to see these guys again! 🙂

emily. x