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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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 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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In Marvel Comics, Sparkplug has a son named Buster, Spike's younger brother. Buster was the first Witwicky depicted in fiction, and filled a similar role in the early comics that Spike filled in the animated series. According to the comics, Spike was away at college for the first few years of the war between the Autobots and Decepticons on Earth. When Buster was kidnapped by the Decepticons, Spike returned home and rescued his brother. See more »

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Wheeljack's "ears" that light up when he speaks change color randomly between episodes. Sometime, they shine with blue light, in other episodes they are red, yellow or white. See more »

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Quintesson No. 1: It is a day so long in coming that I am uncertain how to celebrate it.
Quintesson No. 2: Perhaps... a quiet chuckle.
Quintesson No. 1: Very well, then. Let us... chuckle.
Quintesson No. 1Quintesson No. 2: Heh heh heh heh.
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"Autobots, transform and roll out!"
4 August 2000 | by (Columbia, SC) – See all my reviews

Ah, what a gem this was and still is! Sixteen years later, this series still has not lost its sparkle. This is due to the obvious care that was put into this production. Kudos to the animators for successfully animating a slew of WAY cool transforming robots (which, I am sure, is not very easy to do). Kudos to one of the best voice casts ever assembled for a production for bringing the characters wonderfully to life. (The cast list reads like a miniature "Who's Who" among voice artists.) Special thanks must go to Frank Welker, who brought Megatron (among other characters) wonderfully to life. And then, of course, there was the Autobot leader who became so beloved by kids everywhere that he rose to the status of genuine icon for many a child: OPTIMUS PRIME. Now, I liked "Beast Wars" and thought that Gary Chalk was good as Optimus Primal, but the one TRUE voice of the REAL Optimus Prime will ALWAYS belong to Peter Cullen. They could not have gotten (nor will ever get) a person so perfect for the role as him. He brought both gentle warmth and fearless commanding to Prime, and those traits are what made him last, in my opinion. Here's hoping the series will continue to do the same.


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