In fact, just about all of the movies people mentioned in this AskReddit thread are movies that I rented at least once. I’m glad I’m not the only one who remembers these.
What’s a movie you saw as a kid that only you seem to remember?
1. An American Tail (1986)
An American tail
Ah yes, the animated mouse musical that taught me about immigration at the turn of the century. Pogroms, “no cats in America and the streets are paved with cheese” random Ellis Island name changes, the rise of social justice, suffrage, labor movements, and Tamanny Hall! “Are we men, or are we mice?!” “MICE”
2. The Rescuers (1977)
The example that first comes to mind of a movie- particularly a Disney movie- where the sequel was better than the first. Rescuers Down Under.
3. All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989)
All dogs go to heaven
This film was so traumatizing even tho it was a kids movie, its seems like a nightmare that just became a movie.
Basically about dogs that are gambling and taking drugs lol
4. FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
Basically all these movies are just dances with wolves. Fern gully, Atlantis, avatar, the last samurai, pocahontas and quite a few others all follow the same premise. Good guy from bad group gets enmeshed with locals, usually falls for a girl, discovers their magical culture, ends up joining them and defends them from his group.
5. The Last Unicorn (1982)
The last unicorn
AND it’s a movie about travelling through a desert with a horse with no name!
I always cry when poor old Molly Grue admonishes The Unicorn and then immediately forgives her. It takes strength to accept life as it is given to you.
6. The Adventures Of Milo And Otis (1986)
Milo and Otis. Anyone???
Yes I remember this. As a kid I used to confuse this one and Homeward Bound because they were both about lost pets trying to find their way.
7. The Black Cauldron (1985)
For years, none of my friends believed that The Black Cauldron existed. I saw it in the theater and never saw it again until several years ago. Convincing my friends that it existed (before the internet) was no easy task.
8. The Indian In The Cupboard (1995)
The Indian in the cupboard!
My grandparents had this movie and the vhs case came with a key and a tiny figurine. The opening of the vhs had a “keyhole” and the backside of the cover insert looked like wood paneling so you could flip it backwards to make the entire thing look like a cupboard and then put the figurine inside
9. The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
The brave Little toaster
I rewatched the whole thing this year. Still f**king incredible. The cars singing while being destroyed—that whole scene and song is pure art.
God that movie f**king slaps
10. Flight Of The Navigator (1986)
Also Flight of the Navigator
Wasn’t Paul Reubens (aka Peewee Herman) Max, the ship’s robot?
Also, I remember this movie feeling super intense, though I know it wasn’t. It’s weird how movies can generate such strong feelings as a kid.
11. Batteries Not Included (1987)
Anybody else remember Batteries Not Included?
This movie hits so differently when I was a kid, versus when I was an adult.
I always knew there was something wrong about Faye’s issues but I didn’t understand/couldn’t process what it was. But I was a kid, and WOO alien spaceships.
Watching it as an adult I realize how broken she was.
12. Fly Away Home (1996)
Fly away home
My partner worked on a film recently with Anna Paquin in it and although she’s famous for a ton of other things, THIS is the film I remember her for!
13. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (1975)
Rikki Tikki Tavi
So many of these forgotten movies are Chuck Jones’ work. Cartoon Network used to have Chuck Jones marathons and it made me love so much of his movies and shorts. I wish they would go back to showcasing a certain animator’s work. It was cool to see what their specific styles looked liked.
14. The Borrowers (1997)
In 2010 Stubio Ghibli did a version called “Arriety”
I remember watching that movie on cable when I was in the hospital post-surgery.
You may know the kid who played Arietty’s younger brother. Tom Felton. AKA Draco Malfoy.
15. The Pagemaster (1994)
Pagemaster. Remember that? MacAulay Culkin gets sucked into lots of books in a library. Loved it as a kid. Haven’t seen it since
16. Drop Dead Fred (1991)
Drop Dead Fred
I have the DVD. Haven’t watched it for like a decade. Put it on to keep my kids busy for 90minutes…. F**k it’s inappropriate for children.
17. Time Bandits (1981)
Time Bandits. Scared the hell out of me as a kid. Get in bed and a damn horse jumps out of the closet. The whole movie could be different child nightmares.
Edit: Big thanks to everybody who commented. Makes me feel a little more normal hearing similar stories.
18. A Little Princess (1995)
“A little Princess”
Nobody seems to remember it but I remember it so vividly! It was a bit sad for a kids movie
19. Andre (1994)
When I was a kid I had a crush on a girl who was in a really dumb movie…she was friends with a seal. I wanna say it was called Andre.
20. The Hobbit (1977)
The animated version of The Hobbit
That was a great film, but did you know that Leonard Nimoy released a song called Bilbo Baggins?
🎶 Bilbo! Bilbo Baggins, greatest little hobbit of them all 🎶
21. The World Of David The Gnome (1985-86)
Not a movie but a tv show called David the Gnome. He had a fox he rode around on named Swift, I don’t remember much else
My favorite! He was an animal doctor and went around helping animals. I have the Gnomes book by Brian Froud and it has some amazing illustrations.
22. Pippi Longstocking (1997)
Pippi Longstocking! It was an animated movie from 1997 that I loved as a kid, and I’ve never heard anyone ever mention it before.
23. The Busy World Of Richard Scarry (1994-97)
Nobody I know personally watched anything from the busy world of Richard Scaryy. Not a movie but I bought a DVD copy of the entire show series and my wife had 0 clue what it was.
24. Zoboomafoo (1999-01)
the show zoomboomafu
The ONLY reason I didn’t mind watching this with my kid was because the Kratt Brothers were (and still are, I assume) incredibly hot. 😀
25. We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993)
We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story
YES! This is one of my favourite movies of all time! Professor Screw Eyes is a classic villain and the little girl who wants the hat always gets me in the beginning.
26. Rock-A-Doodle (1991)
*Thanks! Im glad so many people share the love!
That was the movie where this boy encounters an owl and the owl starts barfing weirdly colored stars at him which turns him into a kitten, correct?
Yes, that’s correct
27. The Mouse And The Motorcycle (1986)
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
I remember the book really fondly though. I remember some kid asking the mouse how he makes the motorcycle go, and the mouse tells him he just makes motorcycle noises and it works. Kid me was like “oh of course, that makes sense” but looking back that’s hilarious.
28. Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (1991)
I obsessively watched “Bedknobs and Beoomsticks” and “Pete’s dragon” as a kid, and have never met anyone else who’s ever watched either of them. I recently watched the original Pete’s Dragon and realized I still know it off by heart. And still sincerely enjoy it. Better than the remake.
I also once watched “Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken” as a kid and LOVED it. Thought about it for years afterwards but whenever I asked anyone else about “This movie about a girl who performs a stunt where she jumps on a running horse at the top of a tall tower and jumps with the horse into a pool. And then goes blind but does it again anyway.” Everyone thought I was crazy. Thank you Disney Plus for confirming it DOES exist, I DIDN’T make it up, and got major nostalgia watching it again.
29. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
Something Wicked This Way Comes. I loved it, and I think I saw it alone because my friends bailed on me.
30. Small Soldiers (1998)
Tommy Lee Jones as the bad guy soldier was classic!
This movie launched the rodeo burger at Burger King. So not only a great movie, but introduced the world to arguably the best burger that place has ever had