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These Beloved Kids' Movies Are Guaranteed To Make You Smile

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    Sometimes, when the weight of the world is on your shoulders, you just need a break. You could head to the local multiplex to check out the latest blockbuster, but is watching Leonardo DiCaprio get mauled by a bear really the break from reality you so desire?

    Instead, think back to a simpler time. A time when you didn’t need to pay rent or think about things like income taxes. Because seriously, screw taxes, am I right?

    We’re talking, of course, about your childhood. It was a time of whimsy and magic, creativity and possibility. A time when movies transported you to new worlds, and you willingly let them. It was easy to suspend disbelief and travel to Ariel’s cavern of treasure under the sea, or watch Matilda Wormwood get the best of Miss Trunchbull using her telekinetic powers.

    We highly recommend watching one of these flicks whenever you need to take a brief respite to a happier, less complicated time. It’s the circle of life, really. They continue move us all, no matter what your age.

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    The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)

    A pug named Otis and a tabby cat named Milo have to find their way back home after Milo accidentally floats away on the river in a box, and Otis runs after him.

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    The Little Mermaid (1989)

    Sebastian warns Ariel that “the seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake,” but she still dreams about going “up where they walk, up where they run, up where they stay all day in the sun” to meet the dreamy Prince Eric she espies on the shore. A real dreamer, that redheaded mermaid.

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    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

    This remake of 1963’s The Incredible Journey follows Chance, an American bulldog, Sassy, a Himalayan cat, and Shadow, a golden retriever, as they set off through the wilderness to find the family they worry has left them behind.

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    The Lion King (1994)

    A young lion named Simba is living his best life on Pride Rock when his evil uncle Scar has the cub’s father Mufasa killed in a stampede. Simba runs off, scared and alone, and does a lot of growing up with help from Timon, Pumba, and catchy songs by Tim Rice and Elton John. Can you feel the love tonight?

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    Little Rascals (1994)

    Alfalfa (Bug Hall) finds himself on the outs with the rest of the He-Man Woman Haters Club when he develops a crush on Darla (Brittany Ashton Holmes).