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Children’s films become blurrier as they get older. Sometimes all that’s left is a snippet of a long-forgotten catchy tune or a specific animated scene that lives in the depths of your brain. You will often ask yourself, “Where did this come from?” only to find that The Mouse Family on the Train was an obscure movie to watch as a teenager.



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Many remember the golden years of Disney Animation in the 90s, with world-famous classics like The Lion King and Aladdin. They’re a big part of pop culture thanks to Disneyland and Disney Streaming services bringing these movies to every new generation of kids. However, many don’t remember the blurry collection of animated children’s films from the ’90s that houses some of the most imaginative spaces that shaped a generation.

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“Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland” (1989)Little nemo: adventures in slumberland - nemo and bon bon are sailing on a flying ship.

Little Nemo gets lost in his dreams at night and is transported to worlds that he has partly seen in real life. One night he dreams of a man he saw in a circus, Professor Genius, and is given the task of being the playmate of the princess of another realm. He agrees and is taken to Slumberland, a land of beauty and chaos, where he soon meets the evil Nightmare King.

Based on the comic Little Nemo in Slumberland, this animated musical fantasy film is wondrous in every way. Much like children sometimes can’t distinguish between their dreams and reality, it weaves dreams and nightmares together to create a vibrant, whimsical world full of exuberance and madness. The Oscar winner Sherman brothers also wrote the soundtrack.

‘Rock A Doodle’ (1991)

In one of animation’s most ambitious crossovers of the ’90s Rock-A-Doodle based on a rooster character Elvis Presley and created a unique rockabilly phantasmagoria. While many critics panned the film, children and families enjoyed the bright animation and humorous dialogue.

The film tells the story of a rooster named Chanticleer who crows every morning to help watch the sunrise on his farm. He has bigger dreams and leaves to be a rock star after being tricked by the Grand Duke of Owls. Without Chanticleer to crow each morning, the land is plagued by non-stop rain and flooding. It’s up to Chanticleer and a young human boy to bring back the sun.


“The Pebble and the Penguin” (1995)

The pebble and the penguin is a heartwarming love story about penguins. It is based on penguins’ real-life mating rituals, during which they look for the most beautiful pebbles, which they bring to their partners as a gift and recognition of their relationship. It’s a fun and fantastically animated film that explores beautiful themes of altruism and friendship.

The film focuses on the shy, stuttering penguin Hubie who wants to impress the beautiful Marina. He takes on the adventure of a lifetime when he decides to give her a pebble that fell from the sky. He and his friends must keep her away from the evil Drake who wants Marina for himself.

‘Thumbelina’ (1994)

Like many other animated films adapted from books, Thumbelina based on the classic fairy tale story of Hans Christian Andersen. Thumbelina tells the story of a girl who was born in a flower and is only two inches tall. She fears that she is doomed to a life of solitude and will never find anyone her size to love. However, she accidentally catches the attention of Prince Cornelius the Fairies, but before they can fall in love, she is kidnapped by Ms. Toad.

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The film was popular with young children in the 90’s for its beautiful animation and touching story about all things whimsical – fairies, princes and talking animals. Thumbelina reminds many young girls of that Barbieand there were many toys that accompanied its release.

“The Swan Princess” (1994)

The Swan Princess based on classical ballet Swan Lake. Unfortunately, the film was opposed to a re-release of The Lion King in theaters and bombed at the box office. Despite this, The Swan Princess achieved success through home video releases and spawned many sequels and spin-offs.

In the film, the beautiful Princess Odette falls in love with the handsome Prince Derek. However, a banished dark magician conjures up a spell to turn her into a swan and keep her all to himself. The prince and princess are aided by adorable creatures on their journey to free Odette from the binding spell.


“Antz” (1998)

app was the first film of Dreamworks animationand only thereafter the third feature-length computer-animated film in history toy story and Cassiopeia. The film shares many similarities with one of Pixar Best, The Life of a Beetlewhich led to a public feud between dreamworks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenbergand Pixar John Lasseter.

Despite production chaos, the film was released to a triumphant box office reception. Many critics praised the humor and animation style, with many of the bug characters resembling their voice actors. The film follows Z, a worker ant with dreams outside of her communal ant colony. While striving to gain his individuality, he falls in love with the ant princess Bala and must save his colony from collapse.

“The Princess and the Goblin” (1991)

The Princess and the Leprechaun contains all the fantasy tropes a child could dream of: a beautiful and brave princess, a brave farm boy-turned-hero, and evil goblins. In the film, a peaceful kingdom is being devoured by menacing goblins. A princess and a fearless boy must save the noble king from them using only their gift of song and a magical shimmering thread.

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The film is based on the novel of the same name and is one of the most charming animated films of the 90s. The film is also home to one of the most memorable tunes that you will never get out of your head. As you stroll through the gloomy woods at night, Curdie will sing the song “Spark Inside Us” that probably still haunts you today if you heard it as a kid.


“A Troll in Central Park” (1994)

While A troll in Central Park Many vaguely remember that the film was a massive box office failure and is viewed as such Don bloodis the worst movie. Bluth was the director of various childhood favorites such as The Land Before Time, The secret of NIMHand Anastasiaso it wasn’t his talent that wasn’t showing.

Even though the film is panned, it still has a charm that perhaps only children can understand. The troll Stanley has a magical talent for growing plants. When he is banished from his kingdom, he ends up in Central Park and befriends two children who help him adjust to his new surroundings.

“An American Cock: Fievel Goes West” (1991)

An American Cock: Fievel Goes West is a sequel from 1986 An American cockmade by Steven Spielberg‘s short-lived studio, ambition. It was the only one ambition Film that used cel animation and was the last of its kind to ever hit theaters.

It had great success in home video releases and became a phenomenon among children. It has made numerous best-of lists and is a must-see film about Jewish immigrants. In the film, the Mousekewitz family still has problems with cats chasing them. They decide to move to a new place in the west where they are promised a life of peace.

“Once Upon a Time in the Forest” (1993)

In this Hanna-Barbera Production, a toxic spill from a construction site threatens the life of a badger. Set out to rescue their friend, three forest dwellers undertake a harrowing journey to find a cure. The three animals are racing against the clock as the humans get closer, posing a greater threat to their friends and family.

The film was a hit for its vivid animation style, adorable anthropomorphic animals, and important message about the environment and human destruction of the earth. The animals are called “Furlings” to appeal to children, and the film is considered an underrated classic for many people who grew up in the ’90s.

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