MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 337 this week

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 29,519 users  
Reviews: 315 user | 64 critic

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.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 49 titles
created 29 Jun 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 25 Feb 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 09 Apr 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 18 Apr 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 20 Sep 2012
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

The Transformers: The Movie (1986) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Transformers: The Movie.

User Polls

2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Transformers: Animated (TV Series 2007)
Animation | Action | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Transformers crash land on present day Earth and inadvertently cause a technological revolution. They wake up 50 years later in a world where robots are used in everyday life. StarScream arrives looking for their AllSpark.

Stars: David Kaye, Jeff Bennett, Bumper Robinson
Transformers: Armada (2002–2003)
Action | Animation | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Autobots and the Decepticons are going at it again, but this time the two factions are fighting over little transformers called the Mini-Cons. These Transformers gives their masters a ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Dobson, Terry Klassen, Ward Perry
G.I. Joe: The Movie (Video 1987)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The G.I. Joe action force must oppose the ruthless Cobra organization that has secretly allied with a subterranean reptilian people who were their founders.

Director: Don Jurwich
Stars: Charles Adler, Shuko Akune, Jack Angel
The Transformers (1984–1987)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Two opposing camps of alien transforming robots fight in a war that has the fate of Earth in the balance.

Stars: Frank Welker, Chris Latta, Peter Cullen
Animation | Action | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Chronicles the epic battle between the Decepticons and the Autobots in their mission to defend Earth and one day restore their home planet of Cybertron.

Directors: Vinton Heuck, Scooter Tidwell, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Steve Blum
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young chipmunk in the city undertakes a journey to return to the forest.

Director: Hideo Nishimaki
Stars: Orson Welles, Jim Backus, Peter Fernandez
Animation | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

This series focuses on 5 lion robots and their pilots as they fight the evil forces of King Zarkon and Prince Lotor.

Stars: Jack Angel, Michael Bell, Peter Cullen
Transformers: Victory (TV Series 1989)
Animation | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Transformers: Victory begins in the year 2025 when the Cybertron Leader Star Saber defeats the leader of the Destrons, Deszaras and traps his space headquarters in intergalactic dust. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Hideyuki Tanaka, Miyoko Aoba, Takeshi Aono
Adventure | Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Optimus Prime and the Autobots defend Earth against Megatron and combined forces of the evil Predacons and Decepticons.

Stars: Neil Kaplan, Daniel Riordan, Jason Spisak
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Abridged version of the 1984 show with added CGI intros. Cybernet Space Cube is a Cybetronian learning tool that presents stories from the original show as history lessons.

Animation | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A new threat to Earth arises when powerful giant Decepticon Pretenders shaped like Earth's beasts escape their ancient prison at the bottom of the ocean. Autobot Pretenders who can turn into human and live among them fight back.

Stars: Isamu Tanonaka, Hideyuki Hori, Shinji Ogawa
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Kranix (voice)
Jack Angel ...
Astrotrain (voice)
...
Prowl / Scrapper / Swoop / Junkion (voice)
...
Grimlock (voice)
Susan Blu ...
Arcee (voice)
Arthur Burghardt ...
Devastator (voice)
...
Spike / Brawn / Shockwave (voice)
...
Victor Caroli ...
Narrator (voice)
Regis Cordic ...
Quintesson Judge (voice) (as Rege Cordic)
...
Jazz (voice)
...
Bud Davis ...
Dirge (voice)
Walker Edmiston ...
Inferno (voice) (scenes deleted)
...
Perceptor (voice)
Edit

Storyline

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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Beyond good. Beyond evil. Beyond your wildest imagination.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

8 August 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Transformers: The Movie  »

Box Office

Gross:

$5,849,647 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the early scripts included a dragon-based Autobot combiner that would have fought Devastator. In the finished story, we never get to see just what lead to Devastator's defeat. See more »

Goofs

When Starscream kicks the defeated Megatron, the entire middle section of his chest is orange. Only the canopy glass should be orange; the rest should be grey. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kranix: Arblus, look! It's Unicron!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Chuck: Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Escape
Performed by Vince DiCola
Produced by Vince DiCola and Ed Fruge
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Either tap in or get lost. You'll be missing a great film if you don't though.
13 June 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I'm biased. There's no two ways about it. They could have gotten two six years olds to draw the cels, a troop of monkeys to write the dialogue and then printed the film upside down and full of static and I'd still have loved it (if anybody out there says 'Didn't they do that anyway?', I'll thump them.) I am one of a dying but suprisingly populous breed: the Tranformers fan, and to me this film is like the Holy grail.

If you think I'm going to get all gooey and teary-eyed then go into nostalgia overload then forget it because I'm not. I say this with a straight face and a critic's eyes: this is a good film. It may be a two hour toy commercial. It may have made zip at the box offce. It may get bad press from idiotic fossils that just aren't prepared to make the effort to tap into the universe the film is set in. But the fact remains that to anybody that's grown up with Transformers, this film is marvelous. Why? Because it does it right! The characters act right. The style is right. It's all done so perfectly that no right minded Transfan could possibly complain. How many Batman fans (and I mean real Batman fans) can honestly say the same thing about their film franchise.

It's easy to get preachy about the violence in a film aimed at kids. It gives the moral majority something to do other than examine each Disney film for subliminal messages. I found it refreshing to actually see this kind of film refuse to pull its punches. It's an action film without tapping into the over-sentimental gushy stuff that usually turns kids off anyway. This is a war. Death and violence are part of it. Will it effect the children that watch it. Maybe, but I don't know which way. I saw first saw the film when I was 7. I saw all of my favourites get blown apart. I saw my absolute, total, complete and utter hero, the person that personified all that was good and noble to me (you know who I mean) get killed saving his friends in an ultimate display of bravery and courage. I cried. My mum cried. I still do. I think that one moment made me more afraid and ashamed of death and destruction than a dozen Private Ryans.

The animation is top notch, there's an amazing soundtrack and the voice talent is good too. Not perfect, but Nimoy's portrayal of Galvatron is incredible. Espicially when you consider that it was probably done as a 'For the money not the art' job. The script isn't bad either. It has a host of sharp, quotable one-liners that would put Bruce Willis to shame ("I've got better things to do tonight than die.") The story is a rip off of Star Wars but what isn't and who cares? It's cool. The animation is superb. I said that earlier but I really do believe that it's better than Disney at some points. Certainly better than the average output at the time. It doesn't compare with today's graphics but it hasn't aged badly at all. The sountrack can sound a little too cheesy at times but the energy and verve of the film is there and it backs up the visuals with ease.

In the end it won't matter. This film won't mean a thing to anybody that doesn't know who Jazz, Bumblebee and Soundwave were to begin with. They won't watch it. They won't like it. And you know what? We don't care. Those of us that can name all five mebers of the Stunticons know better. They gave us what we wanted. And we remain eternally grateful.


122 of 141 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anyone think the Autobots were very forgiving of Hot Rod? michael-judd
Was there a sequel to this 1986 release? rike169
Plot Hole I've Never Seen Discussed hooterbeak3
Optimus Prime's death makes no sense petekrug17
Plot Hole or no Plot Hole - this bit is odd hooterbeak3
Best death in the movie... AP0C33
Discuss The Transformers: The Movie (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?