Small But Awesome Details From '80s Kids Movies We Definitely Missed Growing Up

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For anyone who grew up watching kids' movies in the 1980s, looking back on them offers a bit of nostalgia. Some of the best kids' movies of all time came from the decade, and before you object to that statement, just recall for a moment the likes of The Goonies, The Princess Bride, and E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial. Yes, the '80s was a great decade for amazing kids' movies, so it's not uncommon for later generations to enjoy them just as much.

Of course, watching a movie as a child and watching it as an adult is an entirely different sort of viewing. When we're older, we see all the jokes inserted to keep the parents entertained. Add to that all of the details that skipped by a child's eyes on a first, second, or 55th viewing, and there's plenty to see. This list highlights the very best small but awesome details from '80s kids' movies we definitely missed growing up that viewers have posted to the Movie Details subreddit.


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    278 VOTES

    The Color Of The Statue Of Liberty In 'An American Tail' Is Historically Accurate

    From Redditor u/Tokyono:

    In An American Tail (1986), the color of the statue of liberty is historically accurate. As the film is set in 1885, the year the statue was completed, it still has its bright copper coloring. It was only after 1900 that the statue turned green due to oxidization.

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    213 VOTES

    Unlike Most Movies, 'E.T.' Was Filmed In Chronological Order

    From Redditor u/killerroo220:

    Steven Spielberg filmed E.T. In chronological order in order to help the child actors and to capture the most real emotions during the ending since it would be the last time they’d all be together.

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    156 VOTES

    The Villains' Names In 'The Goonies' Are Redundant

    From Redditor u/Aradharc:

    The villains in The Goonies (1985) are named 'the Fratelli Brothers'. 'Fratelli' in Italian means 'brothers', so they are essentially 'the Brothers Brothers.'

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    141 VOTES

    The Two-headed Monster In 'Willow' Is Named After A Duo Of Famous Film Critics

    From Redditor u/YogiAU:

    In Willow (1988) the two-headed monster Eborsisk was named after film critics Ebert and Siskel.

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    209 VOTES

    The Spelling Of A Character's Name In 'The Land Before Time' Isn't Spelled The Way Most People Think

    From Redditor u/indylux:

    This Land Before Time Character is Not Named Sarah but Cera (as in triCERAtops).

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    134 VOTES

    Eddie Is Actually Animated In Some Scenes During 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'

    From Redditor u/Tokyono:

    In Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), Eddie is animated in some action scenes.