That is when I saw it … Follow That Bird! One of my favorite childhood movies. It was the 25th anniversary edition, which immediately made me feel old, but I knew it was one of those special movies I wanted to share with my own children. Since it brought me so much joy as a child and all.
That afternoon we watched it as a family, and immediately my oldest son and Addison were sold on the plethora of Sesame Street characters brought to live on the big screen. My heart melted a couple times that day, and it was a moment when I realized … wow … this is what parenting is all about.
I asked some friends which movies had this kind of impact on them and their children, and it seemed like our generation had the same favorites.
My list is in no particular order!
Why don’t you comment below with your all time favorites?
The Land Before Time 1 of 25You know you cried every time you watched this as a child, but it was still one of your favorite movies, right? Our kids love it, mainly for the dinosaurs...
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All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 of 25I remember watching this one when I was pregnant with my oldest son and crying like a baby because I was so hormonal. Now our kids love it. But I think it's just because of the dogs?
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Follow That Bird 3 of 25Who doesn't love Big Bird and the Sesame Street cast? I know my kids are currently obsessed with them, thanks to this movie.
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the Movie 4 of 25My husband suggested this one. Of course the kids love it ... but I think it appeals more to the fathers out there!
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The Secret of Nimh 5 of 25Bet you forgot about this one!
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The Labyrinth 6 of 25This one is hit or miss with toddlers, some may be a little scared because there can be some dark parts. But overall, the kids in our house love it already!
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The Neverending Story 7 of 25My favorite movie of all time. Child, adult ... whatever ... it rocks!
I even wanted to name my oldest son Atreyu but my husband put that idea to rest really quick!
It may be hit or miss with younger kids, but it is a must own!
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The Little Mermaid 8 of 25A Disney classic, and one of the favorites across the board. Of course as adults we look at the message of the movie way differently, but let's all let kids be kids!
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An American Tail 9 of 25Who doesn't remember Fievel?!?! He was my favorite! I even had a Fievel pencil I never used because I wanted to save it. HA!
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The Care Bears Movie 10 of 25You know that you used to love some care bears!
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Oliver and Company 11 of 25Who doesn't love a kids' movie with Billy Joel as a voice?
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Beauty and the Beast 12 of 25Although Disney Princess stories aren't the best for little girls ... I am still a sucker for them and we own all of them.
Our son's are starting to enjoy them as well!
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Aladdin 13 of 25For me, Aladdin was more about the Genie played by Robin Williams than anything else, but I guess it is classified as a princess movie too. LOL!
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The Rescuers Down Under 14 of 25Tell me this wasn't one of your favorites? I could have watched this on repeat!
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Homeward Bound 15 of 25I loved this one, but I think it was mostly because my parents didn't let me have a dog for most of my childhood. I think I was 10 when we got our first dog.
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The Wizard of OZ 16 of 25This is just a complete classic all around. How could I not include it?
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Pete’s Dragon 17 of 25This one was submitted by Teri!
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Fantasia 18 of 25This is a classic for all generations. No matter how old you are, this was part of your childhood, and it is a must to keep alive through our children!
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The Lion King 19 of 25No matter what age you are, you know you have seen The Lion King. I remember going to see this in the theater with my best friend!
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FInding Nemo 20 of 25Just keep swimming, keep swimming, keep swimming!
The story itself is worth its weight in gold for our children today!
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Alice in Wonderland 21 of 25Heck, I could still watch this movie on repeat as an adult. I always wished I could be Alice as a child!
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The Muppet Movie 22 of 25Although there is a new Muppet Movie out for our kids, the original will always be my first Muppet love. "The Rainbow Connection" holds a special place in my heart!
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FernGully 23 of 25I almost forgot FernGully!
This was one of my favorite childhood movies ... dated back all the way to 1992!
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 24 of 25A classic! How could I not include this? Some younger kids may be a little scared of the Oompa Loompa's at first, but they will get over it!
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The Brave Little Toaster 25 of 25I almost didn't remember this one till my husband reminded me. Who would think appliances could save the day?
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