The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  8 August 1986 (USA)
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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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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)


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 {}

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Release Date:

8 August 1986 (USA)  »

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$5,849,647 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally, Ultra Magnus was dismembered by the Sweeps (his arms and legs were ripped from his body). This was changed to a scene of him being blasted to death. However, the shot of the Sweeps firing at Magnus shows them using continuous beams (almost as if they were ropes of energy), instead of laser blasts they are seen using in the rest of the movie. See more »


When Prowl fires back at the Decepticons entering the shuttle, Scavenger's head briefly changes from purple to light grey. Neither of these colors is correct; his helmet should be black. See more »


[first lines]
Kranix: Arblus, look! It's Unicron!
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Followed by Transformers: Five Faces of Darkness (1986) See more »


Death of Optimus Prime
Performed by Vince DiCola
Produced by Vince DiCola and Ed Fruge
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Great Movie - perfect for the time
30 June 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I thought it was perfect for its time. I recently acquired a VHS and enjoyed the movie all over again. The over rocked song, extra dramatic statements, the whole bit sent chills up my spine when I first saw it in 1986 and again in 2004. The animation wasn't the best, even for then, but that was not important. At the time I was a teenager and I enjoyed every bit of it. Transformers was my favorite cartoon, right after Voltron (the lion one). I liked the new characters, it didn't matter. It was a perfect 80's over sentimental, over rock tracked, bravado of a male ego movie aimed at little boys, even down to the vehicles, Semis, race cars, dump trucks, construction vehicles. Nowadays it wouldn't wash, with the violence and destruction (Unicron) but those were the 80's. Now everything is sanitized.

They should, however do a 2004 or 05 version revisiting OptPrime and MegaT - Imagine Pixar or whoever doing this movie it would look serious. Dinobots forever, (I dislike with a passion that stupid animal transformer series where Optimus Primal has to twist his whole body to transform. He looks rather stupid.

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