Tell Us Now: 20 Childhood Movies And Shows That Still Hold Up

Looking for a nostalgia watch that won't disappoint?
Tell Us Now: 20 Childhood Movies And Shows That Still Hold Up

Looking for a nostalgic watch? We asked Cracked readers on Facebook, “What show or movie from your childhood still holds up to your adult standards?” Here are 20 reader responses that'll have us on a deep binge.

TELL US NOW. X-MEN: THE ANIMATED SERIES Everett M. tells US, Great action, amazing characters, and surprisingly some really deep storylines. And it has the best theme song of all time. still gets me hyped up every time. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. A GOOFY MOVIE Aiden L. raves, I loved the goofy antics and slapstick when I was a kid ... Watching it as an adult, I'm moved almost to tears by the relationship Goofy and Max struggle to forge; and the climax at the waterfall gets me every time. The movie was a bit underrated back in the 90s, and its even more underrated now. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. THE WIZARD OF OZ Tim N. shares, I first saw it on TV when I was about 6, in the 1960s. A local theater showed The Wizard of Oz on its big screen, and I watched it for the first time in years. Not only did it hold up, but I found it even more meaningful now than I did when I was a kid. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE Michael C. says, The story is still epic, the animation still looks great, the music still rocks, that voice cast is incredible, and, yes, I still get an attack of the feels when Optimus Prime dies. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. THE DARK CRYSTAL Brian B. shares, Even with all of the advancements made in special effects, the imagery and puppetry will always astound me. The story is complex and haunting, and the entire film is simply beautiful. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. SPIRITED AWAY lan O. says that the movie holds up, as well as all the Ghibli movies, really. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. ROCKO'S MODERN LIFE Rafael N. tells US, While the gross-out humor is now dated, most of Rocko's Modern Life continues to be hilarious and current. Heck, some of its jokes have become better as an adult and others have become more relevant as annoyances of modern life have become even more aggravated. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. ROBOTECH Joshua P. tell US, Even with the 80s cheese, this show remains compelling on so many levels - characters who die, alcoholism, a gender-fluid character, balancing a desire for peace with the need to fight. These themes were sugar-coated for an American audience, but as a kid it was the first time a cartoon dared come close to any of them. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. RECESS Matt S. shares, For a 90s cartoon, it served as a great example of diversity, problem solving, acceptance, and the writing was equal parts funny and touching. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. THE PRINCESS BRIDE Carey L. tells US, The Princess Bride still holds up because it has the perfect balance of humor, action, and drama. It didn't try too hard to be anything other than fun. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. PHINEAS AND FERB Manu L. shares, Actually, I started watching it with my son when he was 6. Today he's 13 and we both still love it! It is funny and very creative. And it boosts creativity too! PS: where's Perry? CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. THE ADVENTURES OF PETE AND PETE Johan B. shares, It's a weird bizzaro kids show set in a town full of kooky characters with surreal storylines mostly played straight. It still holds up, and I sadly feel it's largely forgotten. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. THE PAGEMASTER Stewart M. says, Macaulay Culkin goes on an adventure through books while trapped in a library run by Christopher Lloyd. Beautiful animation, great voice cast, and still as thrilling as when I was a kid. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. JOHNNY BRAVO Rafael N. shares, It was the perfect satire of toxic masculinity before We had a term for it. And while Johnny was a good guy at heart, the way he treated women was way too familiar and the show didn't pull its punches to show how gross it is, with Johnny getting his deserved comeuppance almost instantly every time CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. GRAVITY FALLS Jade W. says, It's cute, goofy, and not so out of the way on how people from small towns act. (A little more silly to help.) But they also kept it pretty edgy without making it overly done. I just finished the last episode and my heart hurts. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. GARGOYLES Adam G. tells US, It's made for kids but doesn't talk down to them, covering serious issues and themes, which is why it holds up for adults. The main characters are well-written, and the villains are complex. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. FUTURAMA Allan P. tells US, Futurama came out in the year 2000 and is still one of the funniest, smartest, and most emotionally powerful shows you can watch today. It outclasses shows which came before it and shows which came after. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS Mike D. says, Single episodes so you can jump in at any point without having to get caught up in the backstory, which is told to viewers in the intro anyway. Plus, while it was a 20-minute ad for D&D, it didn't have action figures or huge playsets to buy, so it wasn't as obvious as most of the other cartoons at the time. CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. ANIMANIACS Michael D. says, True, some of the pop culture references are a little dated, but the slapstick humor and amazingly creative songs never get old! Pure brilliance! CRACKED.COM
TELL US NOW. BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES Keith D. raves, The animation, writing, storytelling, casting, and direction are still as close to flawless as you can get. Each episode was more akin to a 30 minute movie as opposed to a typical television show. It was nearly perfect and I still consider it to be the definitive depiction of the Batman mythos. CRACKED.COM
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