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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

Gross USA:

$619,597

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$619,597
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(98 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Skyfire is the only Transformer in the series who changed his alliance. 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

Hot Rod: This is ridiculous. Doesn't he know who we are?
Kup: Maybe we should get a new P.R. man.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Mad: The Amazing Spider-Minaj/Go, Dragon Ball, Go! (2012) See more »

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User Reviews

 
Excellent cartoon that has something for both kids and adults
10 March 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I love this series, it was a childhood favourite and I still am a fan of it. The animation is decent enough with the odd understandable inconsistency, with the robots wonderful to watch and the backgrounds and colours quite bold and fitting. The music is great, memorable while with an essence of complexity in some of the orchestration, the narrative is cool and does justice to some outstanding if simple story ideas. The writing is intelligent and humorous, in short enough to satisfy anybody who watches the show, and the characters are some of the memorable characters in a cartoon series for me, especially Megatron and Optimus Prime. This is helped hugely by a top notch vocal cast with Frank Welker and Peter Cullen born for their roles. All in all, an excellent cartoon that has something for everyone. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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