THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE
1986, 84 min, USA, Dir: Nelson Shin

The hit animated television series (and action figure toy line) makes its first leap to the big screen! In the year 2005, Optimus Prime and his heroic Autobots struggle to defend their home planet Cybertron from the voracious Unicron (Orson Welles, in his final role) and defeat the evil Decepticons and their ruthless leader, Megatron. The all-star cast giving voice to these battling ’bots includes Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, Eric Idle, Scatman Crothers and Casey Kasem. Released between the series’ second and third seasons, THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE killed off several major characters and featured a heavy-metal soundtrack and anime style that gave it a slightly darker tone than the TV program - but it’s still intergalactic fun for kids of all ages.


THE LAND BEFORE TIME
1988, Universal, 69 min, USA, Dir: Don Bluth

After a devastating tectonic plate-shifting disaster, five young dinosaurs - determined brontosaurus Littlefoot, headstrong triceratops Cera, babbling pterodactyl Petrie, adorable saurolophus Ducky and sleepy-eyed stegosaurus Spike - are left alone, and must embark on an incredible journey to reach their surviving family members. But Sharptooth, the tyrannosaurus rex responsible for the death of Littlefoot's mother (and one of the most terrifying villains in the history of animation), is never far away, and the little dinosaurs know they must confront the carnivorous monster before they can reach the utopian Great Valley. A wonderfully funny, sad and uplifting film about the search for family and the acceptance of difference, with resonant narration by Pat Hingle: “There had never been such a herd before. A long neck, a three-horn, a big mouth, a flyer and a spike-tail all together, all knowing that if they lost their way, they would starve or find themselves in Sharp Tooth's shadow.”


HEY THERE, IT'S YOGI BEAR
1964, Warner Bros., 89 min, USA, Dir: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna

Fed up with Yogi Bear’s pic-a-nic basket-stealing antics, Ranger Smith has Yogi and Boo-Boo sent to the San Diego Zoo. Yogi’s girlfriend, Cindy, heads to the city to save him, but when Cindy is kidnapped by an evil circus owner, it’s Yogi and Boo-Boo who must rescue her!


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