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The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

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The Autobots must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who goes after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons.

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Astrotrain (voice)
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Devastator (voice)
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Quintesson Judge (voice) (as Rege Cordic)
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Walker Edmiston ...
Inferno (voice) (scenes deleted)
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Perceptor (voice)
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It is the year 2005. And the battle between the heroic Autobots led by Optimus Prime and the evil Decepticons led by Megatron. Two warring factions of transforming robots from the planet Cybertron. The Autobots must save their homeworld from an evil entity known as Unicron, who's ready to consume anything that stands in its way. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons. Along the way, lives are lost, battles are fought, and a new Autobot leader is born as another dies. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Beyond good. Beyond evil. Beyond your wildest imagination.


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8 August 1986 (USA)  »

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$5,849,647 (USA)
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One potential plot proposed by writer and story editor Flint Dille and creative director Jay Bacal would have involved Optimus Prime embarking on a journey to discover the origin of the Transformer race, as well as find out that their home planet is actually a giant robot itself. Using the Matrix, the planet Cybertron would have transformed into a robot to face off against the evil Transformer planet Unicron, a pawn of the Quintessons. Their script was written in response to the original movie draft which they saw as incoherent, but was discarded shortly after presenting it to the executives. However, some elements of their script did turn up in the finished film, and a drastically reimagined origin story for the Transformers was detailed in the cartoon's third season - the Quintessons, minor one-scene villains in this film, were reimagined as the creators of the Transformers and had no ties to Unicron. See more »

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As Unicron is about to devour the first planet at the start of the film, there's a shot of a robot looking up towards him saying "it's Unicron!", at this part there's an animation error. If you look carefully the bottom part of Unicrons outer ring overlaps an object that is in the foreground, this would mean that Unicron is actually smaller than the objects on the surface of the planet and not bigger than the planet overall as established by the next few shots. See more »

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[first lines]
Kranix: Arblus, look! It's Unicron!
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Followed by Transformers: Car Robots (2000) See more »

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Autobot/Decepticon Battle
Performed by Vince DiCola
Produced by Vince DiCola and Ed Fruge
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All cartoons should translate so well
5 March 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Transformers, the animated cartoon from the 1980's, was a typical cartoon: cheesy and childish, things we would not recognize until we were grown. But when Transformers: The Movie was released in 1986, when I was 11, the movie scared the hell out of me. But so did Superman and Star Wars, which was exactly its intention.

As when Batman came to the big screen in 1989, the filmmakers took something old and made it new again. In the case of the Transformers, the movie was dark, loud, and very adult considering the fact that it springs from what was another silly fad the children of the 80's latched onto.

I don't know how people older and younger than I will perceive it, but the film is Shakespearean in its beauty. The 1980's soundtrack works surprisingly well, even now, unlike other 80's attempts, like, say Heavy Metal.

The movie picks up in 2005, or about 20 years after the cartoon supposedly took place. Young Spike is now older and has a child of his own, and all the Autobots and Decepticons are back, with some new faces. In the opening moments, Unicron (Orson Welles), destroyer of worlds, eats a planet of peace-loving people (supposdely robots, but still eerily reminiscent of our Earth populi), killing millions. Decepticons don't just plot against the Autobots-- they murder them in cold blood (er, oil?)

This is the equivalent of the X-Files movie getting made, and Cigarette Smoking Man getting to use dirty words. It is a true expansion to the big screen, an intelligent version of the TV show, made not to pander to their audience, but to elevate it.

This movie is impossible to find in the States, but if you ever watched the TV show, it will bring you to a new level. If you've never heard of the TV show... it's still a great Anime-yarn, and a helluva lot better than that X-Files flick.


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