1984, Joe Dante (Piranha, The Howling) -- download
Don't expose them to bright light ("light bright light bright"), don't give them any water (so, the beer and booze they drank didn't count?) and definitely don't feed them after midnight (but until when? isn't every minute of the day technically after midnight of some day?) are the three mantras of owning a mogwai. Other than that, the progenitor mogwai is still the cutest thing ever but child mogwai are troublesome bastards. They sing, they speak to you (man, do they learn English fast, considering it was raised on a Chinese dialect) and absorb whatever is going on around them pretty damn quick. I actually think they were intelligent enough to be a completely sentient species that we, well we treated as a pet. Oh... humans.
So, while I think the cute animatronics of the mogwai stood up to the CGI cuteness of today, there are so many other things that they did so badly. It's winter in a mid-west town, right? So why are all the trees deciduous with full heads of leaves?!? They just took whatever California backlot it was filmed in and spray-snowed the bejeebus out of the town. It looks soooooo fake. There are also some scenes with the gremlins themselves which look like rubber toys on strings but considering the chaos of those scenes, I don't think we were supposed to notice. And don't ask me about the stop motion, crowd of gremlins scene. Of course, that is all made up for by the fact that the little buggers were able to find tons of clothing that fit them, to be worn in the bar scene. Heh.