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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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    Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
    A man (Edmund Gwenn) claims to be Santa Claus, so a lawyer (John Payne) and a young girl (Natalie Wood) step up to his defense.

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    The NeverEnding Story (1984)
    Also known as “the movie that made kids everywhere TERRIFIED of quicksand.” Actually, pretty much all sand for a short period of time after watching this film. Miss you, Artax.

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    An American Tail (1986)
    Fievel Mousekewitz and his family escape Cossacks in Russia for a better life in America — where they hear the streets are paved with cheese — but they get separated along the way.

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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.