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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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Kranix (voice)
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Astrotrain (voice)
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Prowl / Scrapper / Swoop / Junkion (voice)
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Grimlock (voice)
Susan Blu ...
Arcee (voice)
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Devastator (voice)
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Spike / Brawn / Shockwave (voice)
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Victor Caroli ...
Narrator (voice)
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Quintesson Judge (voice) (as Rege Cordic)
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Jazz (voice)
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Dirge (voice)
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Inferno (voice) (scenes deleted)
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Perceptor (voice)
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This theatrical movie based on the television series (which was also based on a popular multiform robot toyline) did not go over very well at the box office. The movie takes place in 2005, twenty years after the television series, and chronicles the efforts of the heroic Autobots to defend their homeworld Cybertron from the evil Decepticons. Both factions are seething with anger, and that hatred has blinded them to a hideous menace headed their way. That hideous menace is the colossal planet known as Unicron, who has been ready to consume anything that stands in its way. The only thing that can stop Unicron is the Autobot Matrix of Leadership, which is possessed by the Autobots and which the Decepticons, through Unicron's orders, plan to take away from them. Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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Beyond good. Beyond evil. Beyond your wildest imagination. See more »


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8 August 1986 (USA)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,779,559 (USA) (10 August 1986)

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$5,849,647 (USA)
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In the Japanese trailer of the film, the footage of Galvatron during the transformation of Unicron is slightly different: instead of Unicron dropping Galvatron in his mouth, he falls down a 'trapdoor' on Unicron. The scene where Kup tells the Dinobots the story about the thick dust of Alpha-9 is also different. And more footage is shown. See more »

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After Galvatron shows up on Cybertron and takes command, Soundwave is drawn significantly off-model as he cheers the arrival of the new leader. The cassette door in his chest is incredibly small in this scene; it is not much bigger than his head. See more »

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[first lines]
Kranix: Arblus, look! It's Unicron!
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Featured in AMV Hell 3: The Motion Picture (2005) See more »

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The Transformers (Theme)
Written by Ford Kinder, Anne Bryant, Norman Swan and Douglas Aldrich
Performed by Lion
Produced by Richie Wise
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Awesomely cool
2 January 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

In 2005, years after series 2, the Decepticons rule Cybertron. The Autobots are limited to bases on Cybertron's moons and Autobot City on Earth. Optimus Prime is planning a massive assault on Cybertron, but Megatron has similar ideas, and launches an attack on Autobot City, nearly decimating the entire Autbot force before retreating. Of course, this being a movie, things get complicated: Unicron, the devourer of worlds turns up, and is heading for Cybertron. Now the Autobots have to reclaim a relic from the Decepticons while defending Cybertron from a giant transforming planet that eats other planets.

Simple, no? Couldn't follow that? Stop reading now, this movie is only for fans.

Essentially, this a feature-length toy commercial. The story is cool. After all, its about giant robots that transform into cars. Awesome. The movie just follows these robots along as they spend most of the 84-minutes fighting. All the new characters are introduced by having an established character say to the new character "Hey! (new guy) Blow up that thing!" or, "Hey! (new guy), attack those bad guys!". Awesome. I love movies where fights aren't disrupted by petty things such as plot details or character introductions, it makes things much more fun.

The animation is generally better than it was in the TV series. Add to that an 80s soundtrack, consisting of only 80s pop and hair-metal. Awesome. Of course, not everyone is going to like the soundtrack. In fact, I'm willing the bet that a majority of people would loathe the soundtrack, but that is not important, because the soundtrack is awesome. Plus there are some really cool quotes. Yay.

9/10 - Only for fans (of either Transformers or 80s music)


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