Growing up in the 90s, there are a few things you unequivocally and without question: Saturday morning cartoons, water parks, Disney movies, Full House, Saved by the Bell, pogs, and the list goes on and on. Sometimes, a new film will come around that totally upends our once innocent thoughts and values. With the recent release of Escape From Tomorrow, it seemed like a good time to talk about the other films that have ruined my childhood innocence.
Check out my list of 3 movies that will ruin your childhood below then add in your picks in the comments!
Escape From Tomorrow
Filmed guerrilla-style at Disney World without permission from the Disney corporation, it posits some big ideas about manufactured corporate happiness, the trouble with having to be happy all the time, viral disease, the power of imagination and even more. Coming in at just 90 minutes, it doesn’t really flesh out all of the big ideas it throws out there, but it’s enough to make the shine of Disneyland a little duller.
If you grew up with Saved by the Bell, you know who Jessie Spano is. As the staunch feminist in the group, Jessie Spano was my favorite of the group – she was smart, independent, and never too shy to speak her mind. After the show ran for four years, integrated itself in to our lives every Saturday, the kids of Bayside High graduated and went on to college and beyond. After the show’s run, Elizabeth Berkeley (aka Jessie Spano) made the jump to the big screen with this colossal dud, Showgirls. Seeing one of my childhood feminist icons dancing on a pole in barely any clothing definitely was a blow to my psyche.
Fans of Who Framed Roger Rabbit? be aware that this is an entirely different kind of film. While merging live action with cartoon and having noir influences, that’s where the similarities stop. This goes far deeper down the rabbit hole of the repurcussions of a cartoon/live-action blended world and their romances, fights, and deaths. Trust me, you’ll never look at your classic cartoons quite the same way again.
What movies have ruined your childhood? Sound off in the comments!