I can’t actually properly answer my own question because there isn’t a specific film that i remember – but i have memories of movie scenes that I saw at a young age that seem to have remained firmly imprinted in my mind – one was the scene set in space where a guy in a spacesuit steps deliberately out of a very clinical minimalist spaceship, spins off silently into space and disappears. Only as an adult did i re-discover that scene when watching Space Odyssey 2001! But otherwise just different bits and pieces… What about other people’s early film memories???
Bambi (and no I am not that old it was a reissue)
ok – i FINALLY saw Bambi on the plane on a long flight somewhere – wasn’t nearly as traumatic as i thought it would be. Where you traumatised…?
the first movie I remember is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
first movie in theaters was Homeward Bound (1993)
My first was a reissued Sleeping Beauty. I have incredibly hazy memories of it. This would have been around 1979. According to family lore, I started crying during it because there had been a preview for Star Wars or Empire Strikes Back and I wanted to see that instead.
liking star wars over sleeping beauty
glad to see yr questionable tastes havent changed ari
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
vaguely – Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
vividly – Star Wars
I know it isn’t a movie but I have several memories of seeing Seinfeld when I was a baby.
First movie I remember seeing was some action movie about jet pilots and the first Star Wars movie. Nothing special.
Jaws – I was very young, maybe around 5, and we lived in a beach community, scared the crap out of me
The Aristocats . Afterward my parents bought me the soundtrack and the songs were drilled into my brain. Loved it when I was a kid but I’m afraid to revisit it because I don’t want to tarnish my fond memory of the movie.
The first film I remember seeing (at least in the theaters) was The Lion King. Spectacular film. I’d love to see it in a theater again.
I think I was three or four.
Bringing Up Baby
Rocky, brought up with the Hawks. Nice.
Too bad there isn’t a director named stork.
Pinocchio. And then the original release of Peter Pan
Debbie Does Dallas
The first that I remember being in the theater was Little Big Man. It was with my mom, sister and my sisters Bluebird group. I was around 6 or 7. I know I had seen Jungle Book before this and loved it, but I don’t remember it from then. The earliest movie from TV I remember is Creature From the Black Lagoon. I was scared shitless and had nightmares off and on for at least a year. The earliest TV show was Dark Shadows with my mom. I would hide under our footstool with my head turned partly away and my eyes squinted, but still managed to see most of it.
It was either “The Little Mermaid” or “The Land Before Time.”
Two things stand out: Pooh’s nightmare filled with the Heffalumps and Woozles, and a mammoth Imperial AT-AT firing at retreating Rebel forces on the frozen tundra. Not sure which image came first.
First film I remember seeing in theaters was Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
In theater: Brazilian terrible kid’s movie Lua de Cristal (Crystal Moon)
In VHS/TV is harder to remember, but maybe Home Alone, which I loved as a kid, saw it a dozen times, or Romancing the Stone (which I loved too). Or Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. This is hard.
I think it was a Chuck Norris film. My dad was obsessed. Come On, How can a child forget an image of that redheaded stud? Haha. Just kidding. Although, my dad really was obsesssed with Chuck Norris and Steven Segal movies.
In all seriousness, I think one of the earliest films I watched was The Neverending Story. I vividly remember seeing the rock creatures and Falcor in The Neverending Story at the age of six, and being completely terrified. Those were images that really stuck with me but I had no idea what film they were from. I just remember browsing through the channels and stumbling upon a flying white dog and then a scene with a creature made out of rocks riding a rock bicycle. I never actually watched the entire film until I was much older because I was afraid. I actually thought it was a horror film.
I remember, vaguely, seeing The Little Mermaid in the theatre when I was 5. I wish I could fully remember the experience. The first film I ever saw was The Wizard of Oz when it was rereleased for its 50th anniversary in 1989. I really wish I could remember that.
STAR WARS !!!!!! – very, very vividly. What an experience for a 5-year old!
I also remember various Disney movies Snow white, Pinnochio, Peter Pan, etc, that may have come earlier, but I don’t remember as vividly, so I can’t place my age when I saw them.
Clash of the Titans, The Dark Crystal, Time Bandits, and The Neverending Story were also all profound childhood movies (that I can still enjoy today as well), but they all came a little later.
I distinctly remember seeing Space Jam in the theater.
I’m sure there were others before it, but this one sticks out in my mind the most.
I’ve been watching movies at home for longer than I could possibly remember, but the earliest trip to the theater that I recall was to see The Little Mermaid.
it was one of my first memories as a toddler… SALO: OR 120 DAYS OF SODOM