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Robotech: The Movie (1986)

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Re-edited version of a Japanese TV serial combined with a direct-to-video anime, released in the U.S. as a feature.

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(as Ishiguro Noburo),

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kerrigan Mahan ...
Mark Landry / Tech / Additional Voices (voice) (as Ryan O'Flannigan)
Iona Morris ...
Becky Michaels (voice) (as Brittany Harlowe)
Diane Michelle ...
Eve (voice) (as Muriel Fargo)
Gregory Snegoff ...
Anchor / Col. B.D. Andrews / Additional Voices (voice) (as Greg Snow)
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Rider / Additional Voices (voice) (as Jeffrey Platt)
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Gen. Anatole Leonard / Additional Voices (voice) (as Guy Garrett)
Tom Wyner ...
Roger / Additional Voices (voice) (as Abe Lasser)
Robert V. Barron ...
Prof. Embry (voice) (as Merle Pearson)
Edie Mirman ...
Kelly Stevens (voice) (as Penny Sweet)
Wendee Lee ...
Stacy Embry (voice) (as Wendee Swan)
Tony Clay ...
Additional Voices (voice) (as Wayne Anthony)
Clifton Wells ...
Tech / Additional Voices (voice) (as Spike Niblick)
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Blue / Bud / Rider / Soldiers / Additional Voices (voice) (as Bruce Nielson)
Doug Lee ...
Master / PA / Additional Voices (voice) (as Ike Medlick)
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Security / Additional Voices (voice) (as Jonathan Alexander)
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Storyline

In 1999 an alien spaceship crashed onto the earth. Hidden on board were the secrets of a unique science known as Robotechnology. Databanks found in the ship were transferred to the Earth Robotech Computer Complex. In 2009, an alien search party arrived from hyper-space to reclaim their lost databank. The united Earth Government was forced into an Inter Galactic war. Earth forces were able to win the first battle......but at a great cost. The planet was virtually destroyed. New population centres grew out of the ashes..... It is now 2027, a second armada sent by the aliens is nearing earth, they have come to recapture the secrets of their lost technology and then destroy the Earth. Written by Anonymous

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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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Robotech The Movie: The Untold Story  »

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Trivia

The Megazone 23 footage was shot in 35mm, while the Southern Cross footage was shot in 16mm which explains why it did not look so good on a giant screen. See more »

Goofs

During the exposition phase in the opening Star Wars style text scroll, the word "Technology" is divided and hyphenated due to the entire word not fitting at the end of the line ("Technol-" on the former line and "ogy" on the next). This is not considered proper form and in the Star Wars scrolls (as in typeset), the words are simply spaced apart appropriately so that each line is uniform in length. Also, the word "technology" is more properly divided as "Techo-logy". See more »

Quotes

Eve: I need your help, Mark. The enemy's I mentioned are here to extract the data stored here in my memory matrix. Once they have it, they will destroy the Earth. The process is already under way I don't know who it is but someone with access to my higher functions has begun transmitting the information to them. Soon, they will have everything they want.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits go up the screen like the old Star Wars opening credits. See more »

Connections

Followed by Robotech II: The Sentinels (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Saved By Science
Performed by Joanne Harris
Composed by Michael Bradley and Steve Wittmack
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Have loved it since 1986 when i first rented it
6 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Contrary to popular belief, this title , to me at least, is not so very bad. In fact. I regard it as a favoured film of all time. The welding of stories wasn't structured too well when you consider the differences between the series, however despite all this, you can watch it quite happily. For a feature film of its day, the scenes are well proportioned and the characters remain consistently believable.

The sound/audio track is a personal favourite of mine. Nearly everything has a correct sound effect and many of the voices suit the characters much better than their, now badly cast US dub, counterparts. The sync is perfect in every shot. I had a few issues with the casting for the 'alien' voices (please forgive the crude naming, it has been a while since i've seen it). Otherwise however, the cast seemed perfectly balanced. I feel and believe in the characters of this movie. Dubs are often a subject i rarely agree with from so long ago. I loved the OSD's from back then but the castings often let series down.

At this point i would like to add that this was one of the first anime i saw in my life. It has historical value to me, but even after seeing the original Megazone 23 it remained stronger and more watched in my collection.

To my knowledge the title only ever made it to the US in Texas. Personally i think its a big shame. Had the correct audience been subject to it, i think Robotech the Movie would have been accepted and not tarnished over the years. I am involved with anime each day of my life and everyone i have shown this movie thought it was a nicely put together title.

Watching the film after its separate components will allow the viewer to notice the evident plot holes between shows. However, without seeing the originals, a viewer wouldn't really notice. Since the animation is identical in style, there was no reason to question it back in its day. The UK had very limited access to anime. Laser discs were the most productive media. Personally i like the way Carl had the balls to at least push the genre. I mean Harmony wasn't going to put up the cash for the series to get publicised.

Despite the few picky faults people have had with this film, The eighties feel of it keeps me in love. If you watch Megazone 23 now, to its original Japanese audio, or the new dub, i believe you will be greatly disappointed with the OSD. Cast your minds back to the original Bubblegum Crisis Dub soundtrack and imagine new eighties audio to E.V.E.

Saying all this. This film's popularity nowadays is most likely down to its rarity on the open market. Personally, it spawned a collection for me. I'm now scouring the world for merchandise from the three components that made it up and if i ever get to meet Carl Macek, ill shake his hand for the effort, and buy him a pint or a crate for getting me into anime.


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