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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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Nelson Shin

Writer:

Ron Friedman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Norman Alden ... Kranix (voice)
Jack Angel Jack Angel ... Astrotrain (voice)
Michael Bell ... Prowl / Scrapper / Swoop / Junkion (voice)
Gregg Berger ... Grimlock (voice)
Susan Blu Susan Blu ... Arcee (voice)
Arthur Burghardt ... Devastator (voice)
Corey Burton ... Spike / Brawn / Shockwave (voice)
Roger C. Carmel ... Cyclonus / Quintesson Leader (voice)
Victor Caroli Victor Caroli ... Narrator (voice)
Regis Cordic ... Quintesson Judge (voice) (as Rege Cordic)
Peter Cullen ... Optimus Prime / Ironhide (voice)
Scatman Crothers ... Jazz (voice)
Bud Davis ... Dirge (voice)
Walker Edmiston ... Inferno (voice) (scenes deleted)
Paul Eiding ... Perceptor (voice)
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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USA | Japan

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

8 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Transformers: The Movie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,779,559, 10 August 1986, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,849,647
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The negatives for the matted widescreen version of the film were either destroyed or lost, and for a time only the VHS full-screen version of the movie remained. The North Carolina School of the Filmmaking in Winston-Salem carries a print of the movie assembled from different reels of other prints of the movie found in its archives. The pieced-together print is in good condition. This should be noted that this widescreen version of the movie was achieved by "matting down" the original full-screen animation, essentially chopping off the top and bottom. See more »

Goofs

(at around 7 mins) When Prowl fires back at the Decepticons entering the shuttle, Scavenger's head briefly changes from purple to light gray. Neither of these colors is correct; his helmet should be black. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Kranix: Arblus, look! It's Unicron!
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Alternate Versions

The Australian Region 4 DVD release from Madman has the Star Wars-esque scrolling text and Spike's "Oh, shit!" line. See more »


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The Transformers (Theme)
Performed by Lion
Written by Ford Kinder, Anne Bryant, Norman Swan and Douglas Aldrich
Produced by Richie Wise
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User Reviews

Great Movie - perfect for the time
30 June 2004 | by regniffetSee all my reviews

I thought it was perfect for its time. I recently acquired a VHS and enjoyed the movie all over again. The over rocked song, extra dramatic statements, the whole bit sent chills up my spine when I first saw it in 1986 and again in 2004. The animation wasn't the best, even for then, but that was not important. At the time I was a teenager and I enjoyed every bit of it. Transformers was my favorite cartoon, right after Voltron (the lion one). I liked the new characters, it didn't matter. It was a perfect 80's over sentimental, over rock tracked, bravado of a male ego movie aimed at little boys, even down to the vehicles, Semis, race cars, dump trucks, construction vehicles. Nowadays it wouldn't wash, with the violence and destruction (Unicron) but those were the 80's. Now everything is sanitized.

They should, however do a 2004 or 05 version revisiting OptPrime and MegaT - Imagine Pixar or whoever doing this movie it would look serious. Dinobots forever, (I dislike with a passion that stupid animal transformer series where Optimus Primal has to twist his whole body to transform. He looks rather stupid.


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