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5 Childhood Movies on Netflix That You Should Watch for Feels

While we’re learning to adult in college, every Collegiette is still a kid at heart. The mountains of stress that we face everyday almost makes us want to go back to the good old days where we only worried about arranging playdates and what times our favorite shows would air on TV. While we can’t turn back time, reliving some of that nostalgia really helps to cope with college stress. Netflix seems to realize this, as they’ve recently added a ton of kids movies that bring back memories and give good vibes. Here are my top five childhood movies on Netflix that Collegiettes should totally watch for feels.

1. The Lizzie McGuire Movie

This movie came out in 2003 when I was seven years old, and to this day I am still jamming out to “What Dreams Are Made Of.” The movie follows Lizzie’s adventures on a class trip abroad to Rome where she is whisked away by an Italian pop star to impersonate his duet partner, Isabella. For fans of the Lizzie McGuire original series, this movie is a must to watch, and it never fails to make me smile.

2. Kung Fu Panda

Time for a true story: last week after a particularly hard day, I went on Netflix in the hopes of finding something to watch that would make me feel better, and when I saw that this movie was recently added, I got so excited that I nearly fell off my bed. Since 2008, I have lived for Jack Black’s comedic timing as Po, and the hysterical yet sincere story of how a panda becomes the Dragon Warrior and saves the Valley of Peace from the wrath of Tai Lung. I’m still in awe at how well this plot actually works in the film, and it’s definitely a movie that I recommend to any Collegiette who needs a good laugh to alleviate college stress.

3. The Emperor’s New Groove

As you can tell, I’m really into comedies and laughing everything off, and this 2000 film never fails to make me laugh. From Emperor Kuzco’s selfish antics and sassy attitude, to Yzma’s and Kronk’s scenes as a diabolic duo, the movie constantly makes hilarious jokes while telling a compelling story of Kuzco’s quest to become human again after being turned into a llama. I’ve also got a special place in my heart for John Goodman who voices Patcha in the film, and all of these reasons combined make it a must watch for any Collegiette who wants to relive Disney feels.

4. Homeward Bound

A recent addition to Netflix, this 1993 film follows dogs Chance and Shadow and their cat companion Sassy as they travel through the wilderness of the Sierra Nevadas on their journey to find the family that they believe abandoned them. The movie stresses the importance of family and overall tells a very touching story that will melt any Collegiette’s heart.

5. Babe

This 1995 film is very dear to my heart as it’s one of the first movies that I ever watched when I was a kid. The movie tells the story of Babe the orphaned piglet who is won by a farmer and brought home to be fattened up for Christmas dinner, only to be spared by the farmer who becomes fond of him and later trains him to be a sheepdog. I’ve always found this story to be so touching and sweet, and it’s one of my favorites to watch whenever I’m feeling down. All Collegiettes should definitely take the time to watch this movie and my other childhood film recommendations on Netflix to relive nostalgia and relieve stress by embracing feels.

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Elizabeth Kane

U Mass Amherst

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