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The Transformers 

Transformers (original title)
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Two opposing factions of transforming alien robots engage in a battle that has the fate of Earth in the balance.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Frank Welker ...  Megatron / ... 93 episodes, 1984-1987
Peter Cullen ...  Optimus Prime / ... 69 episodes, 1984-1987
Corey Burton ...  Spike Witwicky / ... 68 episodes, 1984-1987
Christopher Collins Christopher Collins ...  Starscream / ... 68 episodes, 1984-1987
John Stephenson ...  Thundercracker / ... 67 episodes, 1984-1987
Jack Angel Jack Angel ...  Ultra Magnus / ... 60 episodes, 1985-1987
Dan Gilvezan ...  Bumblebee / ... 54 episodes, 1984-1987
Michael Bell ...  Prowl / ... 53 episodes, 1984-1987
Casey Kasem ...  Teletraan I / ... 53 episodes, 1984-1986
Don Messick ...  Ratchet / ... 49 episodes, 1984-1986
Neil Ross ...  Springer / ... 39 episodes, 1984-1987
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Storyline

During the great Cybertronian War, the Autobots and the Decepticons crash landed on Earth. Millions of years later, geological activity revives the warring factions - the Decepticons want to strip Earth of its vast energy resources, and the Autobots seek to protect the inhabitants of Earth from that fate. And so an endless battle begins in a crucial race to find an energy source for their homeworld Cybertron. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Official Sites:

Hasbro home page

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USA | Japan | South Korea

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Transformers See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,300,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(98 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Optimus Prime transforms into robot mode, his trailer moves backward and disappears from sight, while only the cab becomes the robot body; when he transforms into vehicle mode, his body becomes the cab, and the trailer reappears from nowhere and connects itself to the cab. Many fans wondered what exactly happens to the trailer during the transformations, but no explanation has been ever given. (Although, it has been thought that Roller comes out of the trailer at these times and wheels Primes trailer away. It can be confirmed with Hasbro's masterpiece figures, Roller can attach to Primes trailer.) See more »

Goofs

In most episodes, the Decepticon symbol is drawn incorrectly. It has three "spikes" jutting out of its middle-upper section, when there should only be two. This is probably due to faulty animation models, and is thus a legitimate error. Only on a handful of occasions are the symbols drawn the right way. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Archevil: Remember our agreement, Megatron: the Earth is to be mine once you are through with it.
Megatron: It will be. What's left of it!
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Alternate Versions

In Germany, the series was first shown in 1989, and of the 98 episodes, only 39 were released: all of seasons 3 and 4, and a handful of episodes from the first two seasons. These were misleadingly shown out of order, giving the illusion that seasons 1 and 2 happened after Optimus Prime's return at the end of season 3 and 4. Voice actors also alternated between episodes. The dubbing studio claimed that all 98 episodes were dubbed into German, but the missing 59 episodes have never been broadcast anywhere and their German dubs are presumed lost. Later in 1994, the Generation 2 re-edit also saw a German release, consisting of the first 26 episodes. The Transformers: The Movie was dubbed into German as a sort of "pilot series" for the Generation 2 episodes, hence why it did not use the voice actors from the original '89 German dubbing. See more »

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The best cartoon of the eighties!
3 July 2000 | by Op_PrimeSee all my reviews

Cartoons like Voltron and Thundercats are good by their standards, but Transformers blows them all away. Like it's follow ups, Beast Wars & Beast Machines, this show was designed to sell toys. But Transformers and the future series are much better them some people say. The reason the show ended in the first place is because sales for the toys dropped a lot, so the show was cancelled along with the comics. It's the classic good versus evil show. All the characters are great, especially Optimus Prime. Transformers is a number 1 show.


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