10 films that rocked your childhood if you grew up in the 2000s

“Harry Potter”, “Ice Age” or “Pirates of the Caribbean” … Focus on some nostalgic nuggets that accompanied your childhood if you grew up in the 2000s!

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From 10 years old

Even though no owls ever came to bring them their Hogwarts admission letter, 2000s college kids often shared their early years in the big leagues with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Halfway between the magic of childhood and the mysteries of adolescence, the first installment of the event saga adapted from the books of JK Rowling sprinkled a little magic on their arrival in 6th grade. Granted, instead of “metamorphosis” or “potions” they had more “math” or “technology”, but hey, you get the idea …


From 6 years old

Begun in the mid-90s with the release of Toy Story (the first feature film in history entirely produced in synthetic images), the meteoric rise of Pixar studios continues, while their big brothers at Disney studios are more or less in inspiration failure. Since the position is to be filled, it is therefore the small desk lamp that sets out to illuminate the world of animation in the 2000s.

One monument after another, Pixar artists almost every year push their own limits in terms of visual realism and story-telling. In 2003, when they set off to explore the underwater depths of Finding Nemo, they make all the children of the world dream by offering them what remains today one of their greatest trips.


Generally reserved for the big brothers and big sisters of the family, the epic of JRR Tolkien revisited by Peter Jackson is nevertheless one of the pillars of our collective imagination when we grew up in the 2000s. Modeled for almost 10 years by In the devoted hands of thousands of artists, this deemed impossible gamble ended up turning into a true miracle when it was released in December 2001, right during the holiday season. An invaluable Christmas present, which is remembered with even more emotion if we had the chance to meet Frodo, Gandalf and Aragorn on a movie screen.


At a time when the Avengers have not yet left the pages of their comics, and where the release of a Marvel feature film in the cinema is still an extremely rare event, Sam Raimi lays the foundations of the game we are about to play for at least two decades. As Peter Parker spins around theaters for the first time (not counting the movies of the 70s), a whole generation of amazed children gaze at him and savor one of the most spectacular superhero movies to ever have. never been realized. Bitten by the Marvel Spider, they do not yet suspect the scale of the web it has started to weave.

ICE AGE (2002)

From 6 years old

No, Pixar artists aren’t the only ones embarking on the great adventure of CGI animation at the start of the new millennium. So in 2002, the BlueSky studio got off to an explosive start by offering all the children of the time their most beautiful laugh of the year, just with a little squirrel chasing his nut.

Leaving Disney the card of emotion to bet everything on a totally frosty humor, Ice Age also resonates in our memories of spectators thanks to the brilliant voices of Gérard Lanvin, Vincent Cassel and Elie Semoun, who are therefore found having to play a mammoth, a saber-toothed tiger and a sloth in the French version of the film.


From the age of 8

For the youngest children – those not yet old enough to face the Lord of the Rings Orcs – in the 2000s there was Chronicles of Narnia. Another classic of British literature adapted almost immediately, the work of CS Lewis (a great friend of JRR Tolkien) also delighted our Christmas celebrations. In the mysterious depths of a magical cupboard, in search of a majestic lion, on the snowy paths of a sleeping world, many young spectators followed in the footsteps of Lucy, Susan, Peter and Edmund.


From the age of 8

Perhaps a little worrying for the youngest sailors, this indomitable three-master and her memorable crew nevertheless offered thrilling adventures to all their big brothers. In 2003, the time had indeed come for all young fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction – hidden deep in Disneyland Park – to take the next step by boarding alongside Captain Jack Sparrow. The result: an unforgettable journey, thanks in particular to the irresistible score of the brilliant Hans Zimmer, who transformed us all into real sea dogs during a little film screening.


From the age of 8

A mix between real shots and animated characters in synthetic images, this adorable little tale has undoubtedly delighted many family video club evenings. Directed by Rob Minkoff (one of the directors of The Lion King), Stuart Little is a true concentrate of tenderness. On the menu of this beautiful adventure at the height of a mouse: a particularly endearing hero, a few hilarious cats, a priceless Hugh Laurie – Geena Davis couple, an Alan Silvestri soundtrack and above all, even if it’s a little hard to believe, a scenario signed by … M. Night Shyamalan.


From the age of 8

20 years after forever turning the world of cinema upside down with the first Star Wars trilogy, George Lucas brings out his spaceship for a new journey into the galaxy far, far away. “Each generation has its legend”, mysteriously announces the first trailer for The Phantom Menace, and the children of the 2000s are about to discover theirs.

Often rocked by the first episodes of the saga, which their parents had conscientiously recorded on VCR, the young spectators of the time all burn with a desire to know the origins of their favorite heroes. This new billion dollar surge for the Star Wars saga once again demonstrates the public’s insatiable appetite for Lucas’ universe.

SHREK (2001)

From 6 years old

If the artists at Pixar have considerably marked the animation of the 2000s, another new born studio has also carved a nice slice of the pie, by making millions of young spectators burst into laughter. Founded by former Walt Disney Studios President Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg, Dreamworks Animation kicks off the new millennium with the unforgettable Shrek: a green ogre as funny as he is endearing, who takes great pleasure in throw a few stinky balls on the pretty little pictures of fairy tales.