Happy Children’s Day: Throwback to some of the best films we watched growning up

It's Children's Day and we have compiled a list of popular movies from our childhood which you can watch today. From Home Alone and Shrek to Harry Potter and Steven Spielberg's ET: The Extra Terrestrial, here is a list of all the films which might have been your favourite.

Written by Samarpita Das | New Delhi | Published:November 14, 2017 8:07 am
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Here are some films you can watch on Children’s Day. We are sure these films were the best part of your life when you were growing up.

Home Alone franchise

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Young Kevin whose role is played by Macaulay Culkin is struggling to be both heard and respected in a noisy joint family that simply refuses to give him the care and attention an eight-year-old needs. He either gets bullied by his older cousins or ignored by the younger ones. That’s why when his parents carelessly leave him behind during Christmas, he seeks to make the most from this accidental freedom. What still remains interesting is his encounter with the thieves. While he was often mocked for being the shortest one in his family, the little kid showed us the perks of being the young one in the family.

Harry Potter franchise

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20 years ago a boy entered the life of 90’s kids and stayed there forever. When JK Rowling with her limited earning published the first book, hardly did she have any idea that her idea would one day create a fan frenzy like never before. Not a day goes by when we do not miss the adventures Harry, Ron and Hermione had in Hogwarts.

The seven books had been more adventurous than the films. Nevertheless, Daniel, Emma and Rupert played their part so perfectly as if they were tailor made to play those characters. Watching these films under a warm blanket is still one of the best ways to spend an evening.

The Chronicles Of Narnia

Although the franchise started with The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, CS Lewis’ original works started with The Magician’s Nephew. The film has not only dropped the first book but also the third part, The Horse and The Boy . Although the films are centered around the four main characters – Lucy, Edmund, Peter and Susan, the tale of the four kings and queens told a story that was quite different from the books. While we enjoy watching the old series over and over again, let’s just confess that we couldn’t be more disappointed that the franchise has temporarily halted.

Peter Pan

Wendy, Peter Pan and Captain Hook represented three kinds of adults. Wendy, the mature grown-up who still kept in touch with her inner child, Peter Pan the boy who is too adamant and thereby refuses to grow up, and Captain Hook represented the kind of men who are macho on the outside but still not as mature. We can ‘never say never’ to this Jeremy Sumpter starrer Peter Pan film.

Finding Neverland

While talking about Peter Pan, it’s difficult to not remember Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet starrer Finding Neverland. The British-American film is about how playwright JM Barrie got the idea for his famous novel Peter Pan, after he met widowed Sylvia (Kate Winslet) and her four young sons. He proves to be a great playmate and father figure for the boys, and their imaginative antics inspire him to write a play about boys who deserve to be innocent children.

The Jungle Book

Perhaps one of the reasons why The Jungle Book which released in 2016 had been successful worldwide was because its impossible for a 90’s kid to forget the marvellous cartoons we grew up watching as kids. Rudyard Kipling’s film explores the story of Mowgli and his life in the Jungle, amidst wolves and bears and how to risk their lives to save Mowgli from a malicious tiger, who hates the race of men for the harms they have done to the jungle.

The Lion King

While exploring the journey of Simba, The Lion King introduced us to herbivorous and carnivorous animal life in the jungle.

Mary Poppins

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Our beloved singing governess Mary Poppins will be gracing the big screen once again this time with Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda in the lead roles. Set in 1964, the original film saw Julie Andrews playing a magical flying British nanny in the film. She gives new meaning to the lives of the unhappy Banks family with the help of chirpy Cockney chimney sweeper Bert, whose role had been played by Dick Van Dyke.

The Sound of Music

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The Sound Of Music is the story of a young singing Nanny who leaves the convent to become a governess to seven children. The children happily climbed trees, annoyed nannies whom they hated and bravely put on clothes sewn from curtain fabric. The boys are extremely confident of their masculinity, that gets highlighted when they wear similarly designed clothes like their sisters. This film was too ahead of its time.

Enchanted

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In the make-believe land named Andelesia, that is comically situated down in the drains, a prince and a village girl, Giselle plans to get married literally after a minute of their encounter. She falls from the tree, he rescues her, and immediately decide to get married in the morning. But the prince’s evil stepmother who knows witchcraft magically sends her to New York, hoping that she will never find true love, or a happy ending.

Giselle, who hails from a world where men and women fall in love after one glance at each other, really finds it difficult to grab the concept of dating and divorcing in the busy city of New York. The comic part in the film remains when she sings to cockroaches and rats while sanitizing the house.

Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory / Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

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To own a chocolate factory like Willy Wonka or even taste one of his marvellous chocolates remains a huge fantasy for chocoholics. These films are a treat for kids who love chocolate. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory had slightly reflected on why kids turn into brats and fools in contemporary times. Each time a child misbehaved he/she got eliminated. By gifting humble little Charlie the wonderful chocolate factory, the film showed why it’s important to encourage good behaviour.

In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, although Charlie was extremely poor he refused to leave his family for a chocolate factory. Johnny Depp starrer film had explored complex parent-children relationships while making a movie on a similar theme.

The Wizard of Oz.

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On any given day, Wizard of Oz is bound to be one of the most loved movies. It begins with a black and white frame, and soon when young Dorothy dreams of what the world would be like ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, she has Ruby shoes on her feet, and a yellow brick road that can take her to the Wizard of Oz. On her way, she meets a brainless scarecrow, a tin man without a heart and a lion who seeks to be courageous. The film was a journey, literally and emotionally.

Shrek

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Mike Myers and Cameron Diaz’s Shrek franchise will go down in the history of Hollywood as the best comedy animation film ever to be made. This was another film that explored how fairy tales have always been stereotyping men and women. If you are fair skinned, tall and beautiful that naturally puts you in the category of heroes, lovers and the non-villains. but ugly ogres with green skin live in the puddle, as if it’s a punishment for being born that way. He naturally becomes a villain because he is different and ugly. The film humorously breaks the stereotypes about the concept of heroes and villains, while bringing in all the important fairy tale characters we have read about while we grew up, naturally making us question, is someone a hero only because he inherited wealth and good looks?

ET: The Extra-Terrestrial

Steven Spielberg’s film ET: The Extra-Terrestrial explored the journey of a child when he encounters an alien. The cinematography of the film was beyond remarkable. Till date, the shot where the children cycle away to the forest remains an enchanting experience.

Which one was your favourite?

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