We all grow up wondering why TV and film aren’t as good these days as when we were young. Yes, nostalgia is rose-tinted. I fondly remember a lot of the cartoons and puppet-laden children’s shows of my early years, and I firmly believe the fact that I encountered dragons and gnomes and trolls as a young one opened up and fostered my imagination and contributed greatly to my current love of SFF.
I’ve been collecting some of the gems of my youth, to store away in rich chests of the finest Ikea make, for my children to watch when they’re old enough.
Here are a few of the shows and movies I’ve collected so far:
David the Gnome
Flight of Dragons
Last of the Unicorns
The Phantom Tollbooth
Rikki Tikki Tavi
I’ve also got my eye on adding:
Alice in Wonderland (1985)
Jim Henson’s The Storyteller
Samurai Jack (Ok, maybe I wasn’t a kid for this one, but)
The Secret of the Sword (I’ve got some of the old He-Man cartoons on DVD, but in my opinion this movie can stand alone just fine)
I’ll probably throw a little animu in there, as well – at least Spirited Away.
I remember liking a show called Eureeka’s Castle as a kid, too. Apparently R.L. Stine of Goosebumps fame was its head writer! Would have loved to pick that up for future generations, but it seems not to have been released to DVD. Under the Umbrella Tree is similarly lost.
Dear readers – what were some of your favorite shows as a kid? Any that you’d like your kids to see someday, or that you introduced to them?