Our staffers open up about the feel-good flicks which make them blub
Time Out staff
ET- Will Milner 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 that I’m older, I blub like a baby every viewing because I understand the emotion involved. Plus Spielberg’s alien is as cool now as he was 30 years ago.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit – Peter Feely Music & Nightlife Editor, Time Out Dubai 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 Bugs Bunny and my other cartoon favourites, along with the memorably flirtatious Jessica Rabbit, the movie really captured my imagination.
Transformers: The Movie – Rob Garratt Time Out Abu Dhabi Web Editor 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 – Angela Beitz Features Editor 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, Time Out Dubai 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 – Caitlyn Davey 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 by a host of wild animals as one of their own.
The Goonies – Anna McCormack Sub Editor I’ve seen Steven Spielberg’s treasure hunt epic The Goonies (starring Corey Feldman and Joe Pantoliano) more times than I can remember, and I still find it enjoyable to watch. The depth of the characters and the gags make it an instant classic.
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.