Kid Size Popcorn

-Riya Nagendra, I Year B.A. English

When I was a kid, I used to watch movies every weekend. This, and the many hours I spent with my head buried in comic books, were the highlights of my week. I was exposed to a few movies that weren’t particularly meant for children, but that my father was obsessed with, and thus (and I think I learned this habit from him) were played very often in my house. He loved the beginning of ‘Mackenna’s Gold’, with Jose Feliciano crooning out ‘Old Turkey Buzzard’ in his beautiful voice, and he loved ‘Shall We Dance’, starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarrandon and Jennifer Lopez (I’ll never understand why – it’s so far removed from the genre of movie he typically watches).

Still, I watched a lot of typical children’s movies as well, and here’s a list of the ones that I remember as being amazing (or at least worth a good laugh) –

The Lion King Series:
It’s undoubtedly true that the best movie in the Lion King series is the first one, but I never could (and still find it extremely difficult to) bear watching that heart-wrenchingly horrible antelope stampede scene and so, I watched Lion King 1½ and Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride almost every weekend. I really love the second movie about Simba’s daughter, Kiara, but I’m trying to be objective and the plot of Simba’s Pride is rather cliched and predictable (the music remains as fabulous as ever, though!).

The Tintin Animated TV show:
These aren’t technically movies, but I only found that out recently when I looked it up after ages. It’s a series of half-an-hour long episodes, each based on one of the Tintin books by Herge. As a fan of the comics, I was absolutely tickled to be able to watch comics when I wasn’t reading them. I watched two episodes each Saturday, and when I finished the series, I started from the beginning again. It drove my mother mad.

Another similar series was the one based on Asterix by Goscinny and Uderzo. While those movies/episodes weren’t as fantastic as the Tintin ones, I watched them anyway. The best was undoubtedly Asterix and Cleopatra, the fourth one in the series.

Mrs. Doubtfire:
This movie was hilarious – obviously, considering it starred Robin Williams. The movie handles a rather heavy topic – divorce and the splitting up of a family – in a humourous way, making it a brilliant watch for all ages. It also stars Pierce Brosnan, and if that’s not a fantastic reason to watch it, I don’t know what is.

Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus:
Please refrain from making any snap judgements about me, and let me explain myself and my choices. I really loved the Barbie movies when I was a kid, and I re-watched this one recently with a friend for an adult’s perspective – and this wasn’t as horrible to re-watch as you might think!

Of course, this may or may not have something to do with the fact that there was one hilarious dialogue in the movie that I couldn’t get over, and also that my sense of humour is questionable.

Regardless, if you want to fight me on this, you’ll have to watch the movie first.

Snow Buddies
This is one of the few movies starring live-action talking animals that I’ve seen and (vaguely) enjoyed. This movie is filled with things to laugh at and opens up a whole new world of memes (for those interested in that sort of thing, and I know I am). One of the numerous sequels to Air Bud, it features the adventures of Air Bud’s pups in Alaska. It’s honestly quite horrible, but worth the experience.

These are the first movies that came to mind, and the ones I watched most frequently. There are some movies that almost made it, and some of them are quite terrible – Underdog (I used to enjoy movies featuring talking animals more than I do now, apparently), a couple of other Barbie movies (the dresses were nice, okay?); however, there were a few good ones too – 101 Dalmatians (the original animated one), The Home Alone series (a classic) and Finding Nemo (it’s a beautiful movie but it depressed me even as a kid – it’s just one unfortunate event after another sandwiched between a happy beginning and end).

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