Some time ago, on a forum I often visit, one of the posters asked a question about fantasy-movies from childhood. Specifically which fantasy-movies later on influenced our approach to RPGs, such as D&D. I haven't played that many fantasy-themed RPGs myself, but there are several films and tv-shows that made me like the genre already as a child and why I still have a fondness for it.
When I was a small child many of Disney's older movies were released on VHS, so I became acquainted with knights, dragons and other medieval-type fairy-tale elements through these. Though at that age I couldn't really appreciate the romance between Sleeping Beauty and Prince what's-his-face, so I was rooting for Maleficent and her goons. Especially when she transforms into a dragon ❤, which to this day defines for me what a dragon must look like to be counted as a proper dragon. I remember when I first saw Ralph Bakshi's half-animated take on Lord of the Rings. It was shown on TV many times during my childhood and I might have been 4 or 5 years old when I saw it the first time. This movie had a huge part in how I pictured Middle Earth when I later read the books.
There aren't that many live-action fantasy movies I saw as a child, and most of the classics (such as "Princess Bride", "Conan the Barbarian" etc) I didn't see until I was an adult. I didn't see Willow until my late teens and I checked both "Highlander" and "Beastmaster" only after I had heard Spoony praise them. Thank you, Spoony One, for directing me to the story of Connor MacLeod. It is now one of my absolute favourite movies.
What most inspired me during my childhood to later on start reading fantasy-novels and otherwise enjoy the genre were various TV-shows. The Smurfs and The Gummi Bears don't exactly scream "epic fantasy", but they had certain elements that made fantasy appealing to me. Monsters, such as Igthorn's army of ogres (which I always wished had been more fearsome) and the various sorcerers seen in Smurfs, particularly Gargamel's hardcore godfather Balthazar, whose castle was guarded by a pet dragon called the "moat monster". The unintentionally homo-erotic and time-wise stupid, but always awesome He-Man was only available on VHS when I was little, but it made me take a liking to Conan in my late teens. The first season of the Ewoks cartoon was very fascinating to me, because it was unlike anything else I had seen by the time I was 7 years old. I absolutely love many of the creature designs seen in the show and they still inspire me when drawing. The surprisingly sophisticated narrative of the show functioned as a middle-ground when going from run-of-the-mill fairy-tales with knights and princesses, to my first attempt at 8 years of age to read the Lord of the Rings (the infamous Swedish translation that Tolkien himself dismissed). Sadly, the second season of Ewoks turned to utter crap, when they dumbed down and kiddy-fied the show too much.
Computer games are another thing that had a strong effect on me and my relationship with fantasy, the most important one being Warcraft II. I can't stress how much I still love that game and how much Blizzard's early material influences me to this day. Although Warcraft II was my "first love", two other favourites of my childhood/teenage years are "Heroes of Might and Magic III" and "Icewind Dale". By the time I was 11 or 12 I had played Warcraft II to death and was initiated to actually reading books about fantasy worlds. Around that same time I discovered "The Death Gate Cycle" by Weis and Hickman, which is another important factor in how I define the fantasy genre. After that there was a long period when I used novels by Eddings and Salvatore to become even more hooked on the genre, before it was time to read some more Tolkien. I also developed a strong liking for the always great Terry Pratchett in my teens and I still hold him in high regard. When the Peter Jackson trilogy was approaching I decided that I had to properly re-read Lord of the Rings, in English, as I had fuzzy memories due to some poorly translated passages. I absolutely love the movies and at the time they had managed to design everything in ways that were better than my own imagination. Since then I have read the trilogy three or four times and I gain more appreciation for the books each time I read them again.
I think that's about it, for how I got hooked on fantasy and why I tend to be obsessed about pop culture in general.