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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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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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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

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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

The first ever Transformer to appear on the series was Wheeljack, episode The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye: Part 1 (1984). See more »

Goofs

Animation errors can be found in each and every episode, and some of these are quite noticeable. Characters are colored differently from shot to shot at times, robots that should be dead appear randomly, and sometimes, you can see the same character twice in the same shot. Another issue is the misplacing of animation cels, which resulted in characters appearing to be small/gigantic, and in some instances, full limbs and other body parts are missing. See more »

Quotes

Jazz: Maybe Ironhide's ready for a nice, cushy office job.
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Alternate Versions

The versions of most episodes on the Region 1 DVD sets from Rhino Home Entertainment feature newly-added sound effects, incomplete/incorrect/missing animation, some incorrect main titles, and episodes in incorrect order. Also, the version of season 3's "Dark Awakening" is the one with the voice-over at the end telling viewers to watch "The Return of Optimus Prime". See more »

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Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Scary Godmother 1 & 2 (2010) See more »

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Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye.
27 January 2003 | by Mr_GarakSee all my reviews

One of the best cartoons to come out in the 80's along with G.I. Joe and Visionaries.

This story is about two waring Robot factions, The Autobots (the good guys) lead by Optimus Prime, and The Decepticons (the evil nasty pieces of work) lead by the maniacal Megatron.

The show starts off with the Autobots leaving their home planet of Cybertron to find a new source of energy to win the war, having depleted their own planet of energy they set off in their space craft (known in the comics and the Beast Wars TV Series as The Ark) to find new sources of energy to help win the war and replenish there own planets energy supplies, but unknown to them The Decepticons already new about their plan and set off to follow them in their own space craft, The Decepticons ambush The Autobots in space and board there ship but the ship is caught in the magnetic pull of earths atmosphere and the ark crashes into a volcano and lies dormant for 4 million years, before an eruption re-activates the ships computer (teletraan I) which rebuilds and reactivates The Transformers giving them Human vehicles designs and the war starts all over again.


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