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?


The sound of Galvatron's arm-mounted laser cannon firing is a modified version of the sound of Megatron's fusion cannon. See more »


In the long shot of Unicron standing on Cybertron, battling the Decepticon fleet, he suddenly seems a lot smaller than he did when he first approached Cybertron and raked its surface with his hand. Also in this scene, Unicron is shooting pink-colored beams from his functional eye. In the close-up, however, the beams he is firing are green in color. See more »


[first lines]
Kranix: Arblus, look! It's Unicron!
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References Let's Make a Deal (1963) See more »


Death of Optimus Prime
Performed by Vince DiCola
Produced by Vince DiCola and Ed Fruge
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The Ultimate Battle of the Transformers is one of the best animated movies ever made.
9 April 2005 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

If you love techno-anime, certainly you need to see Transformers the movie, this classic is a epic tale of death, the eternal battle of good and evil, an many things more tell in a bombastic way. If you are a fan of the character-construction of Superheroes (Marvel-Dc) you need to see Transformers. The mix of American storytellers and Japanese animators in the original 80's Transformers series turned out to be one of the most successful and remembered cartoons of that era. And the colossal movie that worked as introduction to a whole new cast of characters is a magic piece of cinema. Many will ask if these words are true, after all we are talking about a piece of animation. Yes, this is a cartoon conceived for kids, but it has all the drama and solid storytelling that is vital to all good movies.

The movie starts with a roll-down resume of the entire story (a la Star Wars) and seconds later, the well-known tunes the title song of this robots pounds the air. But this time is different, this is a heavy-metal version that song. It is not only fitting the mix of Heavy Metal and Transformers, these songs are used adequately as a composer uses his variations to call the attentions on certain moments. The unfairly forgotten composer is the responsible for the rest of the soundtrack he used all kind of synthesizers to create a futuristic and emotional score.

Every sequence is a masterpiece by itself. There are no weak points, even comic relief moments like the introduction of the junk-ions is something big and great. If there were not enough reasons to give T: The Movie a chance, think about the famous actors that are part of this mega-event using their voices to give life to some of the new robots (besides the cast of voices of the original series).

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