Feeling nostalgic this weekend? How about going through your old collections of VCDs and DVDs from 1990s? Or, you can also catch some of these well-loved movies online. These movies from the 90s will give you and your kids a much-deserved break from the heroes and heroines of Marvel and DC Comics.
1. Beauty and the Beast. With the real life remake release date set for March 2017 with Emma Watson as Belle, there’s no better time than now to recall how the story unfolds. Belle offers herself to be imprisoned by a beast in place of her father. She later discovers the palace is enchanted and the Beast is the prince. If the movie catches your little girl’s fancy, how about getting her a LEGO Disney Princess Belle’s Enchanted Castle or a Disney Princess Story Set-Beauty and the Beast so she can relive the magic over and over again.
2. Aladdin. Introduce your kids to the culture of the Arabian Peninsula without having to leave your couch. Besides Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, acquaint them with the story of the magic lamp and the Genie in it.
3. Pocahontas. Marked by the growing environmental issues of the time, Pocahontas tells the tale of an American Indian princess on the verge of colonization. It challenges the very concept of civilization and criticizes the direction it is taking, particularly leading to environmental degradation.
4. The Lion King. Your children will be familiar with Kion as The Lion Guard is currently being played in Disney Junior. Introduce them to Kion’s grandfather, Mufasa, and the journey of his father, Simba, towards becoming the rightful successor as king of the Pride Lands.
5. Mulan. This Disney movie started revolutionizing the roles of female leads, becoming more than just princesses waiting for their knight in shining armor to rescue them. Mulan tells of the bravery of a girl who takes his father’s place in the army to save him from imminent and certain death.
6. A Bug’s Life. Watch how an ordinary ant, Flik, transforms into the only hope his colony has to survive. See how he overcomes the challenges with the help of the most unsuspecting bugs he encounters along the way.
7. Stuart Little. One of the greatest lessons to impart to your children is for them to love each other despite gigantic differences. The adopted mouse son, Stuart, and his boy brother, George, will show them how.
8. The Mighty Ducks. The story unfolds when Gordon Bombay (Emilio Esteves) is forced to render community service after receiving a ticket for drunk driving. The initially disinclined hockey coach soon found family among his young team, that included Charlie Conway (Joshua Jackson). Remember those Mighty Ducks hockey shirts? How about this for old time’s sake?
9. 3 Ninjas. Share laughter from start to finish with this hilarious adventure of three caucasian brothers who are trained by their Japanese grandfather in martial arts.
10. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Another hilarious film series which was later followed up with “Honey, I blew up the kid” in 1992 and “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves” in 1997.
11. Baby’s Day Out. Follow a day in the life of this unsuspecting baby being chased by kidnappers. Enjoy it all over again as your own children cheer for the adorable little one. Give your baby the best, most durable stroller.
12. Free Willy. Troubled teenager, Jesse, finds the most unexpected friendship with Willy, a dolphin trapped in an amusement park. Jesse later helps Willy escape into the open sea.
13. Home Alone. Be entertained once again by Macaulay Culkin back when he was adorable, cute and sober. Let your children cheer for Kevin McCallister as he defends his home from robbers. Get your holiday decorations into fifth gear with a Nativity Set.
14. Richie Rich. Watch Culkin again as the filthy rich boy who treats his friends to arcade right in his own home!
15. The Indian in the Cupboard. Your children will love how an Indian toy figure comes to life along with countless other toys later in the film. With the New Year coming up, it’s a good time to play Indian. How about a tipi to go with it?
16. The Witches. The adventure begins when ruthless witches turn a boy into a mouse. The witches appear really creepy in this film so it may not be appropriate for very young kids.
17. Casper. Have your children watch the friendliest, cutest ghost who is incapable of giving people a scare. See how he develops a friendship with his house’s newest occupants. Casper is briefly brought back to life as Devon Sawa when he bids farewell to his human friend, Kat Harvey (Christina Ricci).
18. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Another one of those 90’s originals your children are likely already familiar with because of the latest remake. The original is still more wholesome. Get your kid into gear.
19. Toy Story. Enjoy the heartwarming friendship of Andy’s toys, led by Woody and Buzz Lightyear. The first film came out in 1995, with sequels released in 1999 and 2010. A fourth release has already been sealed and will be showing in theaters in 2019.
20. Jurassic Park. Is there any boy who does not love dinosaurs? Treat your boys and girls to this wonderful misadventure with the largest reptiles that ever walked and ruled the earth as they come to life once again in Jurassic Park! The 90’s trilogy was followed up with a fourth installment in 2015. A fifth installment is underway and is set for release come 2018.
21. The Parent Trap. This movie will make you fall in love again with the charming Lindsay Lohan back when she was just being an adorable up and coming star in Hollywood.
How can we forget the countless, unforgettable roles played by the Robin Williams? Below is a very select few of his most unforgettable 90’s films your kids will likewise enjoy:
22. Hook. An adaptation of the all-time, well-loved tale of Peter Pan, this movie stars Williams alongside Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell.
23. Jumanji. Watch Williams and two siblings, Peter and Judy, brave a fantastic realm of otherworldly creatures from a board game that comes to life. A sequel to Jumanji is set to be released in December 2017, top billed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
24. Mrs. Doubtfire. Get teary-eyed once again over witnessing the odds a father is willing to take to stay close to his children.
The versatile acting genius of the late, great Robin Williams certainly leaves more films that cater to your teenagers. Recall also from the 1990’s: “Dead Poets Society,” “Good Will Hunting” and “What Dreams May Come”.