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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.
It’s that time of year again - my annual viewing of Transformers: The Movie.
I Dare say I’ll always have the Hunger to watch this film. From the Autobot/Decepticon Battle to The Death of Optimus Prime, the film is brimming with indelible moments and it’s frankly impossible to Escape the brilliance of the movie or these giant Instruments of Destruction.
As much as Michael Bay has tried to permanently ruin The Transformers, for fans of the original Nothin’s Gonna Stand in Our Way. It’s a film that Dares to Be Stupid whilst still delivering exhilarating action, moments of heartbreak and an endless stream of quotable lines.
It’s still got The Touch.
Let me be clear, I know The Transformers: The Movie is not a five star film but to me, and a whole generation of men who grew up in the ‘80s, it very much is. Some may call it a cynical and money grabbing exercise used solely to sell a brand new line of action figures to gullible children, whereas others (i.e. me) would say it is an affectionate swansong to much loved characters and a galaxy spanning adventure of epic proportions.
The decision to kill off more than 50% of its original characters was undoubtedly driven by commercial gain yet it is still an incredibly bold and brave decision. As the backlash at the time proved, fans were not…
I'm having a very hard time reconciling my opinions on this movie with the fact that what I like most about it was born out of a clear attempt to sell more toys. Namely, the killing off of numerous well-known and loved characters. Despite any nefarious underpinnings, it is a ballsy move. And it’s a move I can almost forgive due to the fact that I was the perfect toy-buying age when this was released and ended up owning exactly zero of the characters from the movie. So suck on that, Hasbro.
Putting umbrage and nostalgia aside, The Transformers: The Movie is an incredibly entertaining film. The stakes are high, the pace never lets up, and the world-building is always…
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Blinded by Nostalgia: The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Not to bash anything, but give me this over Michael Bay's Transformers any day of the week. I didn't expect a whole lot out of this, but this movie is out of this WORLD. There's no complex plot to speak of, it's just a non-stop battle between the Autobots and Decepitcons as the evil Galvatron (under control of the planet devouring Unicron) threatens the Autobot empire, in which the Autobots must defend themselves against and avenge the death of Optimus Prime.
With ecstatic animation and a great cast of characters (with a voice cast consisting of Orson Welles, Eric Idle, Leonard Nimoy e.g) from Hot Rod and…
For a time, I considered sparing your wretched little planet Cybertron. But now, you shall witness.... its dismemberment!
I grew up playing with the Transformers toys. Those little robots dominated my small collection of toys for as long as I can remember, and I never got sick of getting new ones. I even got a Unicron for Christmas one year, immediately transformed him into a giant planet, and never turned him back because it was so ridiculously complicated putting him together to begin with. Basically, the Transformers were the only line of toys I ever really cared about growing up outside of the Hot Wheels beside the paint section of Walmart, so I always found myself endlessly fascinated by them,…
This is the film where Orson Welles is a big round blowhole that literally eats everything.
I saw this in the theater as a young kid. We had a theater that was right across the street from our apartment and my mom used it as a babysitter. This was the start of me seeing films I wasn't emotionally ready for. My mother sat me in the chair and promptly fell deeply asleep. I was left alone in a large dark room and I was forced to come to terms with death. I can clearly remember walking home shellshocked by what I had just seen. It must have scarred me because I had no interest to ever see this again until…
I can understand why ten year-olds love this. I can't understand why they would continue to beyond puberty.
With voice acting from such diverse talent as Judd Nelson, Eric Idle, Leonard Nimoy and Orson Welles, Transformers The Movie tells the story of a massive planet killing machine that threatens both Earth and Cybertron.
The first thing that stands out is the killer 80's rock soundtrack that seemingly never stops!
The animation, while never groundbreaking is always functional, while the action starts and never ends!
And therein lies my problem; maybe it's a personal thing, but I just found that constant battle after battle left me numb. By the end I'd lost all interest.
Still this is light years ahead of the live action movies.
YOU GOT THE TOUCH
YOU GOT THE POWEEEEEEEER
In terms of the world of 1980s Saturday morning cartoon, no full length movie adaptation would be as nostalgic as Nelson Shin-directed movie which elevated the animated series to a whole new level.
However for a non-TF fan like myself, I still felt the presence of Optimus Prime and his G1 Autobots still hold the edge over Rodimus, Ultra Magnus and co. in terms of more endearing personality.
As much as the new Autobots did not work for me, the Decepticons crafted by Unicron was even worse and looked awfully generic,
The film definitely benefit from the animation from Toei as well as the dated rock opera of Vince DiCola.
The voice acting performance was stellar, but it definitely has to be the Micro Machine Man, John Moschitta Jr. that steal the limelight and his scat style lines delivery entertained my boy everytime.
Even though the opening 20 minutes was deeply traumatising to 10 year old me, this is still the best Transformers movie to date.
To say I am a casual fan of Transformers is even a stretch, I guess the 80s were so great that I only have room in my brain for encyclopedia-like knowledge for one 80s franchise (TMNT). But man this movie is just a blast. It's infinitely more entertaining and memorable than any of Bay's latest monstrosities, and it has a lot of character.
I was only a few weeks old when this came out, my parents should have taken me to see it on the silver screen just so I could say I was there at least.
Pure 80's fun, and a great piece of animation. I purchased the steel book 30th anniversary edition and the film looks better than ever. A must see for any animation, 80's, or of course Transformers fan. This has more emotion in the thirty minutes then any of the Bay films.
This is it, boys! Won’t get more 80’s than that. Best commercial I’ve ever seen.
100% concentrated 1986 awesomeness!! Breathtaking soundtrack...why haven't I seen this before?
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