The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
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The Transformers: The Movie is a 1986 film based on the Transformers TV series. It takes place 20 years after the season 2 finale of the TV series. It was directed by Nelson Shin who also produced the television series.
In 2005, 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.
Why It Rocks
- It is the first Transformers film to be released on the big screen and is respectful to the source material.
- Amazing soundtrack composed by Vince DiCola. It features the song "The Touch" (That is Sung by Stan Bush) which became a trademark.
- It introduced the film’s main antagonist, Unicron (played by late film director and actor Orson Welles) to the Transformers franchise.
- The movie has a darker theme than in the original TV series, though it also has plenty of lighthearted moments.
- The voice acting is good.
- Likable and memorable characters such as Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime, Spike’s son Daniel, and more.
- Good dialogue and quotes, like the memorable line: “Light our darkest hour.”
- The deaths of several iconic Transformers, most notably Optimus Prime and Starscream, were forced and very controversial.
- Several dark and intense scenes, like the destruction of the planet at the beginning of the movie, the above mentioned deaths and Kranix's execution.
- A small amount of strong language, which some believe may have been from Hasbro initially attempting to make this a PG-13 movie.
- The movie feels a bit rushed as the pacing can be a little inconsistent.
- The ending is very abrupt.
- Although the trailer describes the film as "spectacular widescreen action", the film was animated in 4:3 "fullscreen" format, then cropped to widescreen for theatrical showings.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, but it received positive reviews from the fans of the series. It holds a 63% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 24 reviews and a 7.3/10 rating on IMDb.
- The reason many Transformers were killed off in favor of new ones was for Hasbro to introduce a new Transformers toyline. Flint Dille said of killing off Optimus Prime: "We didn’t know that he was an icon. It was a toy show. We just thought we were killing off the old product line to replace it with new products." A few Transformers including Optimus Prime were later revived in the 3rd season of the series.
- Orson Welles, the voice actor of Unicron, died before the film was released.