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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)
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 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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(98 episodes)

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Trivia

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

Animation errors can be found in each and every episode, and some of these are quite noticeable. Characters are colored differently from shot to shot at times, robots that should be dead appear randomly, and sometimes, you can see the same character twice in the same shot. Another issue is the misplacing of animation cels, which resulted in characters appearing to be small/gigantic, and in some instances, full limbs and other body parts are missing. See more »

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Optimus Prime: We can't stand by and watch the destruction of this beautiful planet.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Ocean's Three and a Half (2009) See more »

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Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye.
27 January 2003 | by (Cuba) – See all my reviews

One of the best cartoons to come out in the 80's along with G.I. Joe and Visionaries.

This story is about two waring Robot factions, The Autobots (the good guys) lead by Optimus Prime, and The Decepticons (the evil nasty pieces of work) lead by the maniacal Megatron.

The show starts off with the Autobots leaving their home planet of Cybertron to find a new source of energy to win the war, having depleted their own planet of energy they set off in their space craft (known in the comics and the Beast Wars TV Series as The Ark) to find new sources of energy to help win the war and replenish there own planets energy supplies, but unknown to them The Decepticons already new about their plan and set off to follow them in their own space craft, The Decepticons ambush The Autobots in space and board there ship but the ship is caught in the magnetic pull of earths atmosphere and the ark crashes into a volcano and lies dormant for 4 million years, before an eruption re-activates the ships computer (teletraan I) which rebuilds and reactivates The Transformers giving them Human vehicles designs and the war starts all over again.


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