Editorial Director, ITP Digital
As a kid I never knew why this film was sad. I just loved the idea of setting hundreds of frogs free in my school. And the cool alien with magic powers. Now I’m older I blub like a baby every viewing because I understand the emotion. Plus Spielberg’s alien is as cool now as he was 30 years ago.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit – Peter Feely
Music & Nightlife + Art & Culture Editor
With lovable rascal Bob Hoskins starring alongside a cartoon character and Christopher Lloyd’s petrifying villain Judge Doom, the exploits in Toon Town had me mesmerised as a youngster. Truly pioneering for its time, with brief appearances from Buggs Bunny and my other cartoon favourites, along with the memorably flirtatious Jessica Rabbit, the movie really captured my imagination.
Transformers: The Movie – Robert Garratt
This was the first full-length film I ever saw. Released in 1986, just a year after I was born, its faded animation felt dated already: No matter, the story gripped me like no other. Hot Rod was my hero. I longed to be the humanoid kid, Daniel, who got to jump behind the dashboard. In a beat of noir, the goodie Autobots are crushed by the evil Decepticons, unsettling a generation of kids. And no, I’ve never thought of watching Michael Bay’s repulsive 2007 multiplex mush.
Finding Nemo – Holly Sands
Despite my nostalgic inner child wanting to declare Disney’s Robin Hood or Peter Pan as my favourite animation, the vote has to go to Finding Nemo. Forgetful fish Dory, voiced by Ellen Degeneres, was one of the first animated characters to make me really laugh out loud since the nut-loving squirrels in Ice Age. .
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – Sarah Harvey
Chief Sub Editor
Written-off at the time as ‘Disney’s folly’ – this 1937 first feature-length vehicle went on to put the critics to shame and spawned a whole new genre of filmmaking. Today, it’s still the go-to film for sheer dollops of joy. Marvel at the fantasy tale adapted by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm about our heroine, as she hides out with a gang of dwarfs and does battle with an evil queen on the rocky road to finding her Prince..
The Jungle Book – Penelope Walsh
Eating Out Editor
Based on the exotic novel of the same name, Disney’s famous 1967 animated version retells Rudyard Kipling’s story in a fun, vibrant, musical form. I loved the story of Mowgli the human ‘boy child’ who was lost in the wilds of the Indian jungle as a baby and brought up as one of their own by a host of wild animals.
The Goonies – Jenny Hewett
Shopping & Style and Body & Mind Editor
I’ve seen Steven Spielberg’s treasure hunt epic The Goonies more times than I can remember and I still find it enjoyable to watch. It brings back a lot of memories and I know it word for word.
Elf - Melanie Smith
Sub-Editor, Time Out Guides and Supplements
There’s nothing funnier than watching the six-foot-plus Will Ferrell discover that he isn’t one of Santa’s (rather big) little helpers after all. His journey to self discovery is hilarious to say the least, and yet he stays true to his adopted family – Santa’s elves – and the spirit of Christmas in the end.