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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 to move us all, no matter what your age.

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    Monsters Inc. (2001)
    Take a tour of corporate scare-merica. (A corny joke, but come on.) Sulley and Mike are the Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen of making children scream at Monsters, Inc., a scare factory in Monstropolis. When a little girl named Boo accidentally follows them through the closet portal and into the world of monsters, the duo make a mad dash to return her home.

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    Antz (1998)
    Boy meets girl. Boy is neurotic ant voiced by Woody Allen; girl is princess ant voiced by Sharon Stone. In retrospect, everything about this animated flick is a little random (Anne Bancroft in a movie with Jennifer Lopez? Danny Glover in a movie with Woody Allen?), but it's a sweet, underdog story about overcoming a stiflingly classist, homogenous city of ants.

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    The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
    Household appliances never had more charm than in this cartoon about loyalty and friendship. A toaster, a blanket, a lamp, a radio, and a vacuum cleaner journey through the outside world to find their missing owner.

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    Like Mike (2002)
    You watched it because basketball is your favorite sport, but you loved it because stories about blended families melt everyone's heart.

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    Holes (2003)
    Young Shia LaBeouf spends a summer at a detention camp looking for treasure and trying to undo a centuries-old curse put on his family by Madame Zeroni (a.k.a. Eartha Kitt). The star-studded cast is still just a good as you remember: Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Patricia Arquette, and Dulé Hill.