Simba, Ariel, bloody Mulan... those Disney numpties and the films they starred in steal all the limelight when it comes to nostalgia. What about the little guys? The lesser-known characters you adored as a wide-eyed six-year-old, your world as yet untouched by a hapless princess who turns everything she touches to ice, or a forgetful fish who sounds a lot like Ellen DeGeneres. They're still hanging around somewhere - and they're waiting for some recognition. Today is that day. Remember these underrated kids' films with a sigh of joy and relief - there was once more to life than The Lion King.
Sabrina The Teenage Witch The Movie
Starring a 17-year-old Ryan Reynolds as Seth, Sabrina's super-hunky love interest.
Starred Macaulay Culkin as a cowardly young 'un who takes shelter from a storm in a library, only to be turned into a cartoon with three books for mates (Fantasy was our favourite - voiced by Whoopi Goldberg - who knew).
The Indian in the Cupboard
Anyone else spend their childhood putting their toys in a cupboard, waiting one minute then opening it without warning, to catch them in the act? Just me then...
Lonely girl meets raspberry-blowing seal, magic is made.
The Swan Princess
Princess Odette is turned into a swan by a power-hungry sorcerer, a Prince turns her back into the beautiful blonde she once was and the day is saved. Forget the patriarchal undertones for a sec, this was a classic.
The Never Ending Story (I & II)
Bastian reads a magical library book that tells a story of a young warrior whose task is to stop a dark storm called the Nothing from engulfing a fantasy world. Yep, I still cry about Atreyu sometimes.
The Prince and the Pauper
Remember Mickey's song at the end?
Harriet The Spy
Pretty sure this girl gave me a fetish for writing in new notebooks with a sharp pencil. I still dream of recreating that amazing garden full of coloured bottles, bubbles, mirrors and fun stuff hanging from the trees...
All Dogs Go To Heaven
A dog returns from the dead looking for revenge on his killer using an orphan girl who can talk to animals. Now we look back on it, kind of disturbing. But also awesome.
An American Tail
I love Fievel, but those long sleeves still piss me off. JUST ROLL 'EM UP WOULD YA, CRAZY FOOL
This made us *want* to be ginger and go to boarding school. She was like 12 and rode around with a hottie on the back of a moped, so that was pretty cool too.
The Adventures of Pinocchio
Starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas, i.e that cute kid from Home Improvement. That bit when Pinocchio ran away to the fairground with the cool kids and almost turned into a donkey still scares us.
The Mighty Ducks
A team of total goofs who stick together no matter what. Remind you of anyone?
Once Upon A Forest
That old badger melts my heart just thinking about him. Save the rainforest while there's still time...
Fly Away Home
I was proper jealous of the girl whose dad was Jeff Daniels and bumped into a load of motherless goslings in a field, immediately became their saviour and got to fly a PLANE. Now I'm even more jealous, because that girl was Anna Paquin, and she's doing pretty OK for herself.
Not gonna lie, I still fancy Bam Bam.
The Rugrats Movie
I'm still desperate to try a Reptar bar.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
Ivan Ooze threatened to destroy the world, but Tommy, Kimberly, Billy and co. always knew what to do (put on some bitchin' costumes, for a start).
FernGully: The Last Rainforest
Seriously guys, I'm getting a bit worried about these rain-forests now. It's like the producers were trying to tell us something...
Anyone else have a bit of a crush on him? In ghost *and* boy form? I've never been so jeal as when Christina Ricci got to slow dance with him at that house party...
The Lizzie McGuire Movie
This film totally established our not-entirely-platonic-friendship-goals. And yet more hot boy on moped goals. What is it with teen movies and mopeds? This is what dreams are made of...
Shout out to all the tomboys who legitimately loved this movie - I wanted to be the 'cool girl' SO BAD (but now I've read Gone Girl and that dream's dead).
A Goofy Movie
Forgot Goofy had a kid, didn't you? We're not really sure to do with that info either, but this film tapped into our teen angst before we knew we had any.
With this, Hocus Pocus and Now & Then, we conclude: Thora Birch is underrated.
Thumbelina..... THUMBELINAAAA! Never gonna get that song out of my head now...
The Black Cauldron
The Sandlot Kids
Making British summer holidays look shit since 1993.
The Secret Garden
#Gardengoals (creepy swing included).
Young cow wants to be a reindeer and achieves goal despite all odds - who needs princesses when you've got role models like this?
It Takes Two
Still hoping to bump into my ridiculously wealthy twin so we can swap places. Aaaaaany day now...
Scheming Russians, evil wizards called Rasputin... *something* tells us this cartoon isn't politically neutral...
The Land Before Time
When orphaned Littlefoot held that leaf in his mouth. The heartbreak.
Now And Then
'Red Rover, Red Rover, send Nikky over'. So much love for this girl version of Stand By Me.
A fake Summer Camp complete with first kisses and NO PARENTS. Best. Ever.
The Secret Of Nimh
It tanked at the box office after being released at the same time as E.T. It's a classic!
A classic to end all classics.