The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

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The Transformers: The Movie
"You got the Touch! You got the Poweeeer!!! Yeah!"
Genre: Animated
Science Fiction
Action Adventure
Produced By: Joe Bacal
Tom Griffith
Based On: The Transformers by Hasbro & Takara
Starring: Eric Idle
Judd Nelson
Leonard Nimoy
Robert Stack
Lionel Stander
Orson Welles
Cinematography: Masatoshi Fukui
Release Date: August 8, 1986
Runtime: 85 minutes
Country: United States
Budget: $6 million or $5 million
Box Office: $5.8 million (United States)
or $2.6 million (North America)
Franchise: Transformers

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

  1. It is the first Transformers film to be released on the big screen and is respectful to the source material.
  2. Amazing soundtrack composed by Vince DiCola. It features the song "The Touch" (That is Sung by Stan Bush) which became a trademark.
  3. It introduced the film’s main antagonist, Unicron (played by late film director and actor Orson Welles) to the Transformers franchise.
  4. The movie has a darker theme than in the original TV series, though it also has plenty of lighthearted moments.
  5. The voice acting is good.
  6. Likable and memorable characters such as Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime, Spike’s son Daniel, and more.
  7. Good dialogue and quotes, like the memorable line: “Light our darkest hour.”

Bad Qualities

  1. The deaths of several iconic Transformers, most notably Optimus Prime and Starscream, were forced and very controversial.
  2. 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.
  3. A small amount of strong language, which some believe may have been from Hasbro initially attempting to make this a PG-13 movie.
  4. The movie feels a bit rushed as the pacing can be a little inconsistent.
  5. The ending is very abrupt.
  6. 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.


  1. 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."[1] A few Transformers including Optimus Prime were later revived in the 3rd season of the series.
  2. Orson Welles, the voice actor of Unicron, died before the film was released.




Master Chief

3 months ago
Score 0
I always loved the original Transformers series and to be honest, I didn't really mind when Optimus Prime was replaced in Season 3 of the show, I think it made the show more exciting to watch them try and find Optimus again.

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