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When you rediscover a movie or show that you loved from your childhood, do you want to watch it again or avoid it in case it doesn't live up to your fond memories?

What is something that you re-watched and still loved?
What is something that you re-watched and was disappointed in?
What is something that you're avoiding so it doesn't get spoiled?

(Brought to you by my indecision about re-watching Wishbone and Ghost Writer after my disappointment over Are You Afraid of the Dark.)
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[User Picture]From: hatefatwhores
2012-11-19 06:59 am (UTC)

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I just watched Matilda and liked it.
[User Picture]From: emptysilentlife
2012-11-19 07:09 am (UTC)

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I recently rewatched Boy Meets World and it was just as awesome as I remembered. And then a week after I had finished it they announced Girl Meets World and now I'm excited for that too!
[User Picture]From: jediknightmuse
2012-11-20 01:00 am (UTC)

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I'm really excited about Girl Meets World! It's definitely going to be interesting to see them do something with it after all this time. I have one of the discs from...I forget what season, but it's one of the later ones..waiting for me in my mailbox. I had the one from before the disc that's in there but I sent it back without watching it 'cause I didn't really feel like watching it. I just hope they don't make Girl Meets World super lame.
[User Picture]From: spiffle
2012-11-19 07:47 am (UTC)

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omg I loved Wishbone so much. My brother and I used to pretend our dog was Wishbone since he was a jack russell too.

I showed The Worst Witch (movie with Tim Curry) to my partner a few months ago in the belief that he would think it was as amazing as I did as a child... The effects are so bad, it brought out new emotions, both hysterics and embarrassment. I watch Mortal Kombat at least 3 times a year due to it being forever flawfree. A lot of the films/series that I loved as a child (carebears movie, my little pony, etc) I will never watch again due to a lack of interest rather than spoiling my memories. I know I loved them, but I know I wouldn't care to watch them again. The same cannot be said for Disney films tho. I have a D0isney film collection that I should have had when I was a kid.
Anything with Christina Ricci (1990s) I could watch over and over again and have no shame, same goes for Kirsten Dunst.
[User Picture]From: paperwiings
2012-11-19 01:49 pm (UTC)

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I could never appreciate The Worst Witch movie because I watched it after I'd read the books and watched the TV show and it just didn't sit right. Especially with Mildred being American and all.
[User Picture]From: saintwithasw0rd
2012-11-19 02:24 pm (UTC)

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I love The Worst Witch. Its horribleness is part of its awesomeness.
[User Picture]From: utopiandream
2012-11-19 08:02 am (UTC)

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I really liked Wishbone as well! Haven't watched it in years, though.

I'm glad The NeverEnding Story stood up to the test of time. That movie is awesome.
[User Picture]From: wristtattoos
2012-11-19 08:58 am (UTC)

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I love re-watching the "Disney princess" movies...Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty in the Beast, Little Mermaid, Cinderella...they never disappoint!
[User Picture]From: goop
2012-11-19 09:55 am (UTC)

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I totally rewatch them even though I know that they never live up to the memories

I still love Pippi Longstocking.
Rainbrow Brite was a little saddening to lose the magic from. It just seemed so much more sparkly and ethereal as a kid.
Can't think of anything. Well maybe I wouldn't want to rewatch or reread Babysitters Club because I had the biggest crush on Mary-Anne so I think I'd like to leave that one well enough alone.
[User Picture]From: arjuna_lj
2012-11-19 11:03 am (UTC)

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Still loved: Children of the Stones, Goodies, early Grange Hill (say seasons 1-4), any and all Doctor Who (Pertwee era), and absolutely SKY - omg Sky was wonderful, really batshit insane headfuck stuff. I don't know what ITV's sci-fi kids' series writers were smoking/injecting/vibing on in the early 70s, but I bless whoever sold it to them. I could (and do) watch those over and over and over again. See also The Feathered Serpent and Catweazle - fabulous.

Disappointed - slightly, but still - Moon Stallion. I think it's more the pacing than anything. The Tyrant King - it's beautifully trippy, but very very bad. And essentially a paid commercial for London Transport. But hey. Written by Trevor Preston, spacey prog rock soundtrack, and my inner 6-year-old still wants to be Cindy Shelley.

Avoiding - nothing. Everything's worth a second look, and if it doesn't live up to memory, well... doesn't matter. There's always something positive there.

[User Picture]From: starrchilde
2012-11-19 11:50 am (UTC)

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I bought Punky Brewster for my older daughter and I actually like it more now than I did as a child. Sure it has cheesy moments, but I think that's what makes it for me, not to mention seeing how all four of my kids love it. This is significant since my oldest is an almost 13 year old boy who doesn't like anything.

Land of the Lost comes immediately to mind. I had such fond memories of that show then we watched a marathon a couple years ago in preparation for the movie coming out and I couldn't even get through an entire episode.

Not that I can think of.
[User Picture]From: jediknightmuse
2012-11-20 01:16 am (UTC)

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I LOVED Punky Brewster. I think Netflix has it. I need to send for it. I still remember the theme song words. There was one episode where they go camping and go into a cave or something and I remember this...blue spirit thing and a giant spider or something. I just found the episode on youtube and I'm watching it right now. :D I also remember the cartoon.

LAND OF THE LOST! I LOVED that show. Was the movie anything like that? When the movie came out I thought it was going to be like the show. I haven't watched the movie but from what I remember of the previews it didn't seem anything like it, and actually seemed worse to me.
[User Picture]From: starrchilde
2012-11-20 02:02 am (UTC)

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The movie really wasn't anything like the TV show, which was terribly disappointing to me. I had really hoped it would be an updated version of the series, just bringing in modern special effects and what-not.

It was beyond horrible though and we left halfway through, it was that bad.
[User Picture]From: jediknightmuse
2012-11-20 02:10 am (UTC)

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D: Yeah, that's the gist that I got from the commercial, was that it wasn't anything like the TV show. It would have been nice if they had done that instead, making it an updated version of it. I loved that show, and it was really short lived. Compared to the shows kids watch now, I'd rather watch the Land of the Lost TV, knowing it's probably cheesy, than half of the stuff that's on now. I don't even watch Disney Channel any more and the only time I put Nick on is for Nick at Nite when they show Full House and Friends reruns.
[User Picture]From: shweetnettie13
2012-11-19 12:37 pm (UTC)

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I just finished re-watching the entirety of Dawson's Creek. Still loved it and all it's corny goodness.
I tried to re-watch Felicity and just couldn't do it. I loved that show when it was on initially =(
[User Picture]From: idemandjustice
2012-11-19 04:31 pm (UTC)

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I have to avoid it. I watched an episode of Vultron a couple of years ago and was shocked by how bad it was. I used to love it. Now I try not to ruin it anymore.
[User Picture]From: metalheavy
2012-11-19 10:58 pm (UTC)

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I'm pretty good at knowing what to avoid and what to watch again. I've only been disappointed a few times.

Boy Meets World, Disney/Disney Channel/Pixar movies
Full House, The Pink Panther Anthology
I'm not really avoiding anything. Most of the stuff I liked as a kid I have no interest in seeing now or wasn't even made for kids so I can still enjoy it today.
[User Picture]From: jediknightmuse
2012-11-20 02:03 am (UTC)

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Classic Disney/kids movies- Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Lion King, etc. I can watch those movies over and over again and it never gets old...though I've definitely come to notice the adult things that totally went over my head when I was a kid. I got Pinocchio from Netflix and when I got to the part where he's smoking a cigar and drinking beer and then turns into a donkey I was just kind of like "hoooly crap, this is such a bad example for kids." I never even thought anything of that scene growing up.

Mm...when I first got Netflix a few years ago, I got the first disc for the Gummi Bears Adventures show. I don't think I even watched an entire episode before I went "...this is what I used to love?" Haha.

Uh...I dunno.

Oh God, Are You Afraid of the Dark...some of those episodes are SO cheesy. My favorite episodes are the camp one, the one with the girl who gets turned into a doll, the pinball machine, and then...there's at least one or two other favorites.