9 Of The Best Childhood Movies

No Matter How Old I Get, I Will Always Love These 9 Childhood Movies

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Ask any of my friends — I am the worst at watching movies. On chill nights, we love to all pile into a room and watch a movie, but half of the time I fall asleep or don't pay attention. Little do they know, I am just not interested in current movies. These classic childhood movies will always have my heart.

1. "Finding Nemo"

Finding Nemo

Honestly, no one makes me laugh harder than Dory. "Finding Nemo" never fails to make me happy, sad, and silly all at the same time.

2. "Peter Pan"

Peter Pan

Enough said. "Peter Pan" will always remind me that it is OKAY to not want to grow up. When I was younger, my parents took my brother and me on a vacation to Disney World. My mom asked me how I thought we were getting there. I responded, "Tinker Bell will give us pixie dust!"

3. "The Wizard of Oz"

The Wizard of Oz

"Wizard of Oz" is definitely an oldie but a goodie. Ever since I dressed up as Dorthy when I was younger, I have absolutely adored this movie (and "Wicked" too)!

4. "The Lion King"

The Lion King

The "Lion King" will always be one of my Disney's favorites. Except when I watch this movie, I can't help but get up and dance during all the amazing songs.

5. "Home Alone"

Home Alone

After every Thanksgiving, "Home Alone" is my go-to movie to watch. It never fails to get me into the holiday spirit. Even though it caused me to be scared to stay home alone when I was younger, this holiday classic with a cup of hot chocolate is perfect for the winter time.

6. "Toy Story"

Toy Story

I think "Toy Story" will always have the biggest spot in my heart. When I was younger, I used to listen to the "Toy Story 2" audiobook every night to fall asleep #ifyouknowyouknow.

7. "Matilda"

Matilda

I personally think "Matilda" is one of the more underrated movies out there. I think I rented "Matilda" at least once every other week from my local library when I was younger.

8. "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"

Willy Wonka

Good old Willy Wonka. Maybe I love it so much from the candy and chocolate, but I still wonder what a Wonka Bar tastes like.

9. "Monsters Inc."

Monsters Inc.

I mean come on, look how cute Boo is. #nuffsaid

From red slippers to monsters, talking toys, chocolate factories, and more, these movies are just some of the ones that take me down memory lane. Even as a college student, these movies never fail to make me smile. I bet you know what I am spending my time doing during spring break.

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6 Reasons To Love Being A Slytherin

We love our House, and you should too!
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Slytherins get a bad rap, mostly because the most well known Slytherins don't do a good job of representing our house! When people hear the word 'Slytherin' most people think of Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape and Voldemort. But did you know Merlin himself was a Slytherin? Don't believe every bad thing you hear about Slytherins! We might have a bad reputation, but I wouldn't want to be in any other house. So here are some reasons why it's great to be in Slytherin.

1. “Or perhaps in Slytherin you'll make your real friends,"

As said by the Sorting Hat, you'll make true friends in Slytherin! We Slytherins are fiercely loyal and protective of our friends.

2. “Those cunning folk use any means to achieve their ends."

Also said by the Sorting Hat, this phrase sounds bad but really it isn't. Ambition and cunning are two traits that any leader would desire. And 'using any means to achieve their ends' just means we are willing to push ourselves to the breaking point to reach our goals.

3. We have the best housemates:

We're known for being witty, so that means when we get together with our housemates we have a battle of wits. Obviously we have the sassiest and most sarcastic conversations ever with each other. Also, did somebody say rap battles? ;)


4. You don't mess with snakes:

Which means if you mess with one of us you mess with all of us. Slytherins take care of our own- especially our baby snakes! First years don't have to be worried about being left behind, older students will show them the ins and outs of Hogwarts, and will protect them from any potential bullies.

5. We're persuasive:

Again, that doesn't have to be a bad thing!! Picture this: a Slytherin that uses their persuasion to lift people's self-confidence by convincing them they're wonderful.


6. We put ourselves first sometimes- and thats ok.

If someone treats us bad, we don't let them get away with it. If something isn't good for our mental health, we cut it from our lives. We love and respect ourselves and we don't let anyone walk all over us. We have lots of self-pride and house pride. Slytherin forever!

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The Original Disney Princesses Are Just As Important To Young Children As The New Ones Are

The animated princesses have paved the way for children in ways the live-action films sometimes can't.

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Disney Princesses, particularly the animated ones, have somewhat of a stereotype built around them.

When people think of Disney Princesses, they usually think of the classic princesses from the 1930s through the 1950s, the Golden Age of Disney. They think of Snow White's high-pitched voice, Cinderella's passive nature, and Aurora's tendency to waltz through the woods singing a pretty little song. These were the original princesses, and they definitely started a trend of delicate characters who aren't entirely helpless, but they also aren't too willing to advocate for themselves and fight for what they want.

The Disney Renaissance, however, brought about a whole new world (yes, that was intended) of Disney Princesses.

In 1989, Disney kicked off their animation Renaissance with the release of The Little Mermaid, a film which introduced an entirely new Disney Princess. Ariel was stubborn, got into serious trouble at times, was endlessly curious and amazed by the world around (and above) her, and was more than willing to fight for what she wanted. She still maintained her status as a princess, but that wasn't her only personality trait.

And the stereotypes kept breaking more and more with the introduction of two new princesses, Belle and Jasmine. They both followed Ariel's example of being more than just a pretty face in their own ways. Belle was the most beautiful girl in her village, but she didn't allow that to define her. She was well-read, confident, loyal, and desired nothing more than adventure. Jasmine, on the other hand, was the daughter of a Sultan and was forced to choose a prince to marry. But she wanted no part in this, and she set out to find herself and married the man she chose for herself. She was fiercely independent and didn't let anyone stand in her way.

I recently read an article about how the live-action remakes of Disney films are giving Disney princesses like Belle and Jasmine entirely new roles and how they're better role models for girls than ever before. While I do agree that young girls who go to see the remakes of Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast in theaters will definitely have good role models to look up to, we really shouldn't be dismissing the original princesses, either.

These new Disney princesses are not replacements for the old ones. Just because the old princesses don't have as much of a "strong independent woman" complex about them doesn't mean they still can't teach important lessons to young children. Yes, the original Belle and Jasmine may not have been as outspoken as they are in the new remakes, but they always had a quiet strength about them and a certainty in who they were. This is just as good of a lesson to teach young children.

One of the most important lessons a child can learn is to be themselves in all parts of life, no matter how many people may think they're strange. Both versions of Belle and Jasmine teach this lesson, but as we start to move into an era where children may grow up with the remakes instead of the originals, it's also extremely important that they learn the lessons the original Belle and Jasmine taught us in the first place. Sometimes, a person doesn't need to be incredibly outspoken in order to be who they are. Sometimes, all they need is a good head on their shoulders, a joyful heart, and quiet confidence in themselves to live the life they've always dreamt of.

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