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Now Playing: Movies in 1999

What do you remember about your childhood?
Maybe you remember playing games on Windows 98 or having VHS tapes of movies you had watched repeatedly.

It was not easy though as you had to wait for the movie to rewind itself back to the beginning or maybe you tuned in to your favorite TV shows and TV movies. Those were the good old days.

It has been 20 years since 1999 and we now have Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime to watch an endless number of movies. Although renting and watching movies is now convenient, we must never forget the older versions of our childhood favorites.

Today’s movies are not the same as the ones from the 1990s. The remakes such as “The Lion King” are being made for the newer generation or older fans simply watching for the nostalgia.

The remakes are fine, but the truly memorable ones still dwell in our childhood.

Some movies such as “Toy Story 2,” “The Matrix” and “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” are turning 20 this year.
Family-friendly, action and sci-fi movies have made an impact on the audience and the CGI at the time was surprising and spectacular.

For kids’ movies, Disney has and continues to play an important role with cartoon animation. The beginning of computer animation started with the 1995 hit movie “Toy Story.” The older animated movies of Disney have smoother animations as opposed to recent films. Now Pixar movie remakes and Marvel movies take up Disney, such as “Coco” and “Mary Poppins Returns.”    

“Toy Story” had success with computer animation and became the first full-length, computer-animated movie. It grossed at $373,554,033 worldwide according to Box Office Mojo. “Toy Story 2” came along in 1999 with the box office of $497,366,869 worldwide. Special effects improved significantly during the ‘90s, especially in action movies. All of these improvements concerning design caused the entire decade to be a smash hit at the box-office.

“Star Wars” has also improved with special effects in 1999 with the release of “Star Wars: Phantom Menace.” The original trilogy began in 1977 and had outdated special effects, but at the time was considered to be a feat of the movie industry. The prequel trilogy gives fresh animation and back story to the “Star Wars” franchise.

Movies such as “The Matrix” and “Star Wars” become so popular that they go on to make sequels and spin-offs to keep their targeted audience invested in the franchise and story throughout many years. Some of them are still so popular that Hollywood is making remakes to fuel in on the nostalgia, but at the same time, adding new twists to continue the story that needs to be touched on.

Old movies also taught children and older audiences about morals and how they have impacted their lives to continue to make us laugh and cry to get through the difficult times. Either way, they made us laugh and cry while we experience the story that continues to inspire us today.

 

About Kelsey Story

I am a sophomore and a staff writer on Perspectives. I love to write stories.

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