The Transformers (1984–1987)
"Transformers" (original title)

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Two opposing factions of transforming alien robots engage in a battle that has the fate of Earth in the balance.

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 Megatron / ... (95 episodes, 1984-1987)
Chris Latta ...
 Starscream / ... (81 episodes, 1984-1987)
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 Optimus Prime / ... (73 episodes, 1984-1987)
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 Spike Witwicky / ... (72 episodes, 1984-1987)
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 Thundercracker / ... (70 episodes, 1984-1987)
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 Ultra Magnus / ... (63 episodes, 1985-1987)
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 Bumblebee / ... (62 episodes, 1984-1987)
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 Prowl / ... (61 episodes, 1984-1987)
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 Teletraan I / ... (60 episodes, 1984-1987)
Don Messick ...
 Ratchet / ... (51 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Bonecrusher / ... (45 episodes, 1984-1987)
Gregg Berger ...
 Grimlock / ... (41 episodes, 1984-1987)
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During the great Cybertronian War, the Autobots and the Decepticons crash landed on Earth. Millions of years later, geological activity revives the warring factions - the Decepticons want to strip Earth of its vast energy resources, and the Autobots seek to protect the inhabitants of Earth from that fate. And so an endless battle begins in a crucial race to find an energy source for their homeworld Cybertron. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Trivia

Although Buzzsaw was part of the first line of Transformer toys, he did not appear until the second season episode The Transformers: Atlantis, Arise! (1985). He appeared only in four episodes of the whole series - unlike Laserbeak, who appeared very frequently. The reason for this contrast was that Buzzsaw's toy was only available packaged with Soundwave, and hence did not need to be advertised via the show. See more »

Goofs

The second title sequence of Season 3 contains a number of notable animation errors. When the Sharkticon swims towards the screen and opens its mouth, it suddenly turns upside-down for a couple of frames. And in the last shot of the sequence, Ultra Magnus' head is colored entirely blues (his face should be gray), and Kup is drawn with Springer's head. These errors are easy to spot, since the appear in almost every episode. See more »

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Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: Transformers #4-5 (2010) See more »

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Excellent cartoon that has something for both kids and adults
10 March 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love this series, it was a childhood favourite and I still am a fan of it. The animation is decent enough with the odd understandable inconsistency, with the robots wonderful to watch and the backgrounds and colours quite bold and fitting. The music is great, memorable while with an essence of complexity in some of the orchestration, the narrative is cool and does justice to some outstanding if simple story ideas. The writing is intelligent and humorous, in short enough to satisfy anybody who watches the show, and the characters are some of the memorable characters in a cartoon series for me, especially Megatron and Optimus Prime. This is helped hugely by a top notch vocal cast with Frank Welker and Peter Cullen born for their roles. All in all, an excellent cartoon that has something for everyone. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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