The 90’s not only saw a rise in sci-fi films but fantasy films sored to new heights thanks to the introduction to CGI
1990: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — Who doesn’t remember this series. Getting up at seven o’ clock to catch these “Hero’s in a half-shell” then they not only made a movie but made three movies. Four turtles and a rat gets mutated and then is trained by Splinter, the rat, in Ninjinsu to combat crime in New York.
1991: Hook — What if Peter Pan grew up and had kids? Robin Williams answers that question when Captain Hook played by Dustin Hoffman comes for revenge by kidnaping Peter Banning’s kids. Now with the help of Tinker Bell (Julia Roberts) and the lost boys their teach Peter how to be Pan again to save his kids.
1992: Aladdin — This is when Disney was at its height at making animation. A poor boy longs to move up in life and fall in love in love with Princess Jasmin. He might get his wish (or three) when he finds a magic lamp that contains a genie voiced by the talented Robin Williams that will make his dreams come true and turns him into Prince Ali Abba. But the sorcerer, Jafar has plans of his own for the genie.
1993: Jurassic Park — Scientists are taken to an island where Dr. John Hammond had built a them park around cloned dinosaurs. During a preview tour of the exhibit, the them park suffers a power outage that allows the dinosaurs to break lose.
1994: The Mask — Jim Carry who plays Stanley finds an ancient mask that once he puts it on brings out his wild side and does everything from robing a bank, escaping from cops, and impressing a woman that he can’t talk to when he’s just Stanley. But if good can be wild, bad can be explosive when Dorian gets a hold of the mask. He’ll be smoken’.
1995: Toy Story — Woody, a cowboy that is Andy’s most cherished toy is about to be replaced by Buzz Lightyear, Space Ranger and is love by all the other toys. But when Woody knocks Buzz out the window, Sid, the next door kid takes him for his new torture toy. Now it’s up to Woody to save Buzz and get him back to the room before Andy comes home.
1996: Matilda — Story of a little girl who’s parents treat her mean vs a teacher who will do anything for her. But first with the help of Matilda’s magic gift, they must first get past the principal.
1997: Men In Black — Rookie Agent Jay gets partnered up with Agent Kay to defend the earth from alien scum.
1998: Ever After A Cinderella Story — Starring Drew Barrymore, this tale removes the known magic elements and places the story in historical Renaissance-era France.
1999: Star Wars Episode I — The story follows Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn and his apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi. They are tasked to negotiate a treaty to end a large scaled trade dispute, but when things go wrong they escort Queen Amidala from the planet Naboo to Coruscant so she can address the court herself.
In the middle of their venture they are forced to land on a planet, Tatooine. There they meet a nine year old slave Anakin Skywalker. Qui-Gon sense the “Force in him and frees the boy to be trained as a Jedi Knight. Before they can leave they are attacked by a mysterious “Sith” which was thought to be extinct. Once to Coruscant, the Jedi council fears Anakin is vulnerable to the “dark side” of the force and refuses to train him even though they can sense he may be “the chosen one” that was told would bring balance to the force.
This is just some of the fantasy movies to come out of the 90’s. Do you have more to add to the list?
“Remember the Force will be with you. . . always”