Mac and Me (1988)
I watched this movie once, during my E.T. obsession in kindergarten and first grade. I enjoyed the beginning, but hated the movie by the time it was over. I don’t remember the reason for this opinion, but the Internet seems to back me up on it. Watching the opening sequence on YouTube now, I can see why I was captivated. It plays fast and loose with science, but looks great, and Alan Silvestri’s music adds to the sense of wonder. I don’t know if watching the rest of the movie would be very rewarding.
If anybody’s still reading, I’ll go over the people we have to thank for these visuals. The production designer was W. Stewart Campbell, who usually works on Earth but served as art director for The Right Stuff. The model maker was John Eaves, an extremely prolific spacecraft designer and fabricator who has the distinction of being the only person on the production staff of J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek films who also worked on previous Star Trek productions. The aliens were designed by Ruben A. Aquino (later a Disney animator) and Christopher Swift (later a Stan Winston Studio member) and brought to life by Martin Becker (the man who brought us the parasitic eels of Ceti Alpha V) and Andrew J. Workman (who fabricated and puppeteered the Blob in the Eighties remake and the little grey men in Communion and Intruders).