I actually did submit this one, but I doubt it gets used.
My question: Have you ever watched or read a movie or book as an adult that you haven't seen since childhood, only to realize what a huge impact it had on your childhood thinking? If so, what and how?
To be honest, I've been thinking about this since I finished re-watching The Private Eyes. I looked it up on IMDb to find it had been released in 1981. Which was probably the last time I watched it. Among other things, I can credit the movie with my obsession with secret passages. In my fiction (particularly horror stuff), I love sticking in hidden rooms and secret passages. They serve as metaphores for hidden agendas and make for great places to hide insights into what's really going on.
As a child, I remember a trip out to Massachusetts where we toured the house that inspired Hawthorne's House of the Seven Gables. It had a secret passage that was part of the tour. Mom hated it, I loved it. That was also the trip where I wheedled mom into taking us to the salem witchcraft museum.
Another movie that really influenced me was an old animated one called Flight of Dragons. I had forgotten it entirely until Princess Joey dragged out an aging VHS copy many years ago. While it was kind of stupid, there was a scene where one of the fantasy characters had a library of unwritten books. (While I know Gaimen had something similar in Sandman, I often thought about the concept well prior to reading Sandman) I love the idea of all the stories I've never gotten around to writing down floating around and being read by someone.
Speaking of movies I haven't seen in a while, there's one I recall watching in my single digits about a young girl and her grandfather trying to find her giant Snoopy doll. Towards the end, it fell in the ocean and I remember them using fishing nets to save it. Anyone else remember the movie and have a title for it?