Movies & TV Shows That Made My Childhood Awesome – Part 1

Remember your favorite movies and TV shows growing up?

TV was great, especially during summer breaks and holidays. I used to be hooked on shows like The Fresh Prince and Degrassi, Heartbreak High and Beverly Hills 90210… those were the days!

I used to frantically rent the Marry Poppins video every Friday, borrow Grease from my next door neighbor, binge on Donald Duck cartoons, and watch Disney’s Pinocchio every time I stayed sick in bed.

My childhood favorites form a respectable list, and because there are quite a few worth mentioning, I’ll have to break the list into 3 parts. Ready for part 1?

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Kidd Video

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Kidd Video is an American cartoon created by DIC Entertainment in association with Saban Entertainment.

Plot: A teen rock band is abducted to a cartoon fantasy world where music is the key to defeating their enemies and finding their way home (via IMDb). The show is partially animated as the band are sucked into the cartoon-ish world of villainous Master Blaster and try to find their way back home using super cool music.

I love Kidd Video ’till this very day. I even downloaded the ringtone. This TV show symbolizes the 80’s to me more than anything else and I’ll always cherish it’s very cool 80’s soundtrack that introduced me to quality music like Tears For Fears’ Head Over Hills, Madonna’s Angel, Duran Duran’s The Reflex, Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching Me and many more.

Kidd Video ran on NBC network from 1984 to 1985, but reruns continued airing until 1987.

Labyrinth

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A fantastic musical created and directed by Jim Henson which I used to be obsessed about when I was a kid. Labyrinth properly introduced me to David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly and I’ll always remember it fondly for helping me pass many afternoons.

Plot: Jareth (Bowie) the Goblin King takes away Sarah’s (Jennifer Connelly) baby brother, as she wished. Regretful she asks for her brother back. In return Sarah (Conelly) has to solve Jareth’s labyrinth in 13 hours before her brother’s finally returned to her.

As The World Falls Down is one of the best songs on the soundtrack, written and composed by Bowie himself. It’s romantic and enchanting and I always fantasized replacing Jennifer Connelly on this scene, dancing with David. Such a breathtaking scene! The entire soundtrack is pretty amazing, actually, with all songs written and composed by Trevor Jones and Bowie.

I adore Jim Henson for creating Labyrinth and I’m also a pride owner of the Collector’s Edition. It’s been a while since I last watched it. I think I overdid it with Labyrinth, but I’ll definitely be watching it with my kids.  I feel I need to pass on the legacy.

The Clan of the Cave Bear

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Woah. Let me tell you… if I here the opening theme now, I’ll probably cry with emotions. This is one movie I watched a lot as a kid with my older brother and cousin. This movie brings up so many memories… They don’t make ’em like this anymore.

Plot: The Clan of the Cave Bear is based on the epic novel of the same name written by Jean M. Auel. It tells the story of a young Cro-Magnon girl orphaned, left exhausted and on the verge of starvation that is found and raised by a group of neanderthals who call themselves “The Clan”. Soon accustomed to the ways of the clan yet still considered an outsider, the girl Ayla (Daryl Hannah) tries to earn her value by becoming a well respected medicine woman.

Daryl Hannah is amazing as Ayla. Such a young actress that pulled off such a complex role. The scene I remember most is the one where Ayla is attacked by a cave lion. She is violently bruised and left with deep scratches across her thigh, nail shaped, which become iconic throughout the movie. Alas, I could not locate that scene on YouTube.

I think I had the illustrated book once. Gosh… I should find it.

Mary Poppins

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Now who does’t remember the most iconic nanny of all time…

I think I broke a Guinness record with Marry Poppins – “the most rented video ever by the same person”.

Plot: Mary Poppins pops out of Edwardian London sky holding a black umbrella and bag to govern Jane and Michael. Unlike the sour-faced candidates aligned for the nanny position, Mary soon becomes a fantasy filled experience for the Banks children and introduces them to a world of music and adventure.

I don’t remember what happened after the video store manager told my dad that I’ve exceeded my Mary Poppins rental rights. But don’t you think it stopped me from getting it elsewhere! I needed my Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, damn it!!

Phew. That’s it for now. This post triggers so many childhood memories. Stay tuned for Part 2. I’m sure you’ll see some familiars on there as well.

Thank you for reading and feel free to share your awesome thoughts with me!

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Just a viewer

I love going to the cinema. It’s my sanctuary, my escape. The moment I step into a movie theater my face light up with excitement and relief, especially when I’m going alone. I feel like it’s my own thing. My little treat of the week. Before the movie begins I prepare myself for a better viewing by looking for the best seat in the house. I tend to go for the corner cozy seats in the back. Totally secluded and comfortable with my bag of crunching popcorn, one hand holding and the other gently diving in. I wait for the commercials to end, but in the meantime take notes of other movies worth watching for the next time around. Sometimes I cheat and turn on my cell phone during the movie, so I can write stuff I would not remember later. I’m sure I’m not the only one doing it. Other movie bloggers are hiding in the dark and secretly sketching verbal descriptions of what they see. I try to catch angry eyes looking at me for lighting up the phone screen and clicking but nobody cares really. Chewing the popcorn quietly using slow mouthy movements is one of my skills, but I fail sometimes and pop a sound. Nobody eats anymore.

The movie begins and I zone in to viewing mode. It’s just me and the screen. For the next 90 to 120 minutes I’m not living my own life, but somebody else’s. Seeing what they see, experiencing what they experience, feeling sad for what upsets them and happy for what they love. It’s inspiring. I cry, I laugh, I fall in love, I get angry, I become aroused, I get crazy. I feel freely without judgment. I’m simply being.

The day the TV and VCR was set in my room, was one of my best. My own comfort zone. I started collecting video tapes and record like crazy. I was old enough to rent videos as well, an opportunity which I used a lot. Finally I created a tiny library of favorite films. I was so proud of it. My goal was to keep growing and nurturing it so it can become an immaculate collection of classics. Years went by, and there were DVD’s now. I changed with time and moved to burning and downloading. At the age of 30, when moving to New York, Netflix became my main source of viewing. It’s a list now.

Ever since I was little, I got sad when a movie ended. It meant back to reality. Now, my reality was fine, but mind you, as an 8 year old girl, I was hooked on fantasy films and animations, and who wishes for that to end? I was and still am a dreamer. Movies like Labyrinth, Kidd Video and Ferngully contributed a whole lot to my imagination, which kept developing in speed over the years. I had company back then. I have a lot of memories of my brother, my cousin and me sitting on the carpet in my house and watching Bird on a Wire or Die Hard or something. Just us three. It was great, and I’ll never forget that. Just thinking about it and reminiscing makes me want to cry. Until today we all share the same taste in movies and recommend each other of movies worth watching.

So, I love going to the cinema, and I love watching films at home. Either way I’m a devoted viewer. I guess it’s a good thing I started writing this blog.