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The Transformers 

Transformers (original title)
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 / ... (93 episodes, 1984-1987)
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 Optimus Prime / ... (69 episodes, 1984-1987)
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 Spike Witwicky / ... (68 episodes, 1984-1987)
Christopher Collins ...
 Starscream / ... (68 episodes, 1984-1987)
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 Thundercracker / ... (67 episodes, 1984-1987)
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 Ultra Magnus / ... (60 episodes, 1985-1987)
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 Bumblebee / ... (54 episodes, 1984-1987)
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 Prowl / ... (53 episodes, 1984-1987)
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 Teletraan I / ... (53 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Ratchet / ... (49 episodes, 1984-1986)
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 Springer / ... (39 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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17 September 1984 (USA)  »

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(98 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Because both Bluestreak and Prowl changed into Datsun sports cars and had similar helmets with "devil's horn" crowns, the animators tried to avoid confusion between the two by removing Prowl's shoulder-mounted rocket launchers which were apart of the toy Prowl. However, occasionally animators would accidentally color Prowl grey like Bluestreak. See more »

Goofs

In most episodes, the Decepticon symbol is drawn incorrectly. It has three "spikes" jutting out of its middle-upper section, when there should only be two. This is probably due to faulty animation models, and is thus a legitimate error. Only on a handful of occasions are the symbols drawn the right way. See more »

Quotes

Starscream: Nobody turns his back on me!
[blasts Megatron]
Starscream: Decepticons, feast your eyes on your new leader.
[Megatron awakens and kicks Starscream to the ground]
Starscream: What the...? Megatron! You're... you're dead! I terminated you!
Megatron: Fool. I can not be terminated by a single blast from your puny weapon. I'm sick of your endless quest for power. Especially at the cost of losing mine!
Starscream: [to Decepticons] Don't just stand there! DO something! Your new leader orders you to slay Megatron!
Megatron: You're a fool Starscream if you ...
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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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