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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

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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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USA | Japan

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

8 August 1986 (USA) 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

(at around 5 mins) At the movie's beginning, when the Autobots are taking off on their ship, Optimus Prime orders "Cliffjumper, commence countdown." Cliffjumper was voiced by Casey Kasem, who was the host of America's Top 40 Countdown for many years. This was obviously a little joke added by the writers, considering we didn't need to hear a shuttle countdown, and any character could have done this. See more »

Goofs

(at around 47 mins) After Ultra Magnus' shuttle crashes on the Planet of Junk, when Magnus goes, "Say something! Anybody!" his upper leg is colored blue when it should be white. See more »

Quotes

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

Both Hungarian dubs of the movie contained several crass translation errors and misnamings.
  • Most famously, the first dub referred to the Decepticons as Toads. It contained further oddities as well: both Springer and Cliffjumper are called Jumper, Kup is inconsistently named Policeman or Cop, Hot Rod is named Fishing Rod, Arcee becomes RC, Cyclonus is called both Cyclonus and Cyclone, Soundwave's name shifts from Scouter back to his original name, and the Ick-Yak is called "IQ Jack". Soundwave's cassettes don't get names, but one of the originally nameless Sweeps is christened Claws. This version is also notorious for being dubbed by a mere five voice performers, with their roles changing in every scene and the spoken lines almost never lining up to the mouth flaps. The only characters with multiple lines that retain their voice actors throughout are Unicron, Galvatron, Daniel, Arcee, Springer, Blurr, Grimlock, Ironhide, Jazz, Soundwave, Wreck-Gar and Kranix.
  • The second dub renamed Unicron to Unikornisz ("Unicorn"), Astrotrain calls someone by the name "Gettison" (a mishearing of the line "Jettison some weight"), Devastator is simply called the Mega-Robot and the Ick-Yak is named the Mega-Mistort, but Wheelie doesn't get named. Like the first dub, this one also switched voice actors around, at times from one sentence to the next. The only characters to retain their voice throughout are Optimus Prime, Unicron, Galvatron, Daniel, Arcee, Wheelie and Wreck-Gar.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Dare
Performed by Stan Bush
Written by Vince DiCola and Scott Shelly
Produced by Vince DiCola and Richie Wise
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User Reviews

Not just for fans
8 November 2004 | by cmcoleSee all my reviews

Well, I agree that the appeal of this movie is mostly to fans, but I was never a big fan of the series, and I loved it. It's definitely not mainstream, but for anyone who can appreciate robots voiced by some big names (even Orson Welles!) thrashing each other with a very cool, hugely 80s soundtrack, this is where it's at. The main plot, although not exactly inspired, is at least compelling. Any of the scenes with Unicron (Welles) or Galvatron (Leonard Nimoy) easily make the movie worth watching, and there are a few scenes that actually have heart. If you don't like 80s cartoon action, stay away. But if you'll always be a Megaman-playing, Ninja-Turtle-watching kid at heart, check it out.


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