English: Transformers: The Movie
Synonyms: Transformers: Mokushiroku Matrix yo Eien ni, Transformers, TF:Movie, Transformers the Movie: Matrix Forever
Japanese: トランスフォーマー ザ・ムービー
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 8, 1986
Duration: 1 hr. 24 min.
Rating: PG - ChildrenL represents licensing company
Score: 7.951 (scored by 2591 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsaction mecha
Nov 2, 2008
The dialog is witty in many places, which may seem unusual, but it makes it good enough to keep older audiences entertained, while the action and humor provide entertainment for the younger crowd. For me, this is one of those movies where the humor never gets old. In addition there's many wholesome themes throughout, if you look for them, including: respect for elders and learning from them, learning from past mistakes and accepting them, friendship, and never giving up.
The animation is good. Interspursed in many scenes, viewers will find classic '80s music and rock. There's also quite a star-studded English voice cast as well. Fans of the Orignial Star Trek will recognize Leonard Nimoy as the voice of Galvetron, and Orson Welles lends his voice to the planet-eating Unicron. Others adding their voice include: Judd Nelson, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Robert Stack and Lionel Stander, along with many of the original voice actors from the series.
Transformers The Movie is an epic story full of humor, drama, and action. It's fun for a large span of ages, and sure to be considered a classic. If you're a fan of '80s anime, any sort of mecha, or are just looking for a nostalgic, engaging story to delve into for a few hours, give this movie a try.
Feb 17, 2009
Sure it may have made kids and parents upset, but to the big wigs, it was their way of doing away with the old and making way for the new. Not just on the screen, but at the shelves at your local retailer to promote new toys. New characters introduced with the Autobots are Hot Rod, Springer, Blurr, Arcee, and Ultra Magnus. For the Decepticons, Megatron along with some of his wounded minions, they are rebuilt by Unicron with new identities to serve him. Megatron is now Galvatron, and the rest of his minions are just guys who turn into futuristic jets.
But anyway, I found it to be a very enjoyable joy ride that really went beyond what you could ever expect out of Transformers. The story is moderately paced. And I guess it’s understandable that not every character could have some form of presence, but for whatever characters presented, I felt they did their things to maintain and rejuvenate a friendly spirit in such a movie with dark and gritty qualities. I personally felt that the newer autobots didn’t really have the same presence as the first two seasons cast did, but what the hell, they’re trying to sell new toys, right?
I have to say that the quality of the animation and the depth to the art is just fascinating. I really loved the coloring and the resolution. It really reflected the dark and more mature atmosphere the movie has in comparison to the TV series. I thought the TV series was something, but the movie takes it to a whole new level, which went beyond the quality of something theatric. The articulation, background, and shadowing is much more detailed and stunning, and the action is just intense and breath taking. Never in my life could I say a fight is a work of art whether fiction, in the ring, or in the streets at times, but the Optimus and Megatron fight was definitely something. Despite being machines, it still came across as raw and brutal as if they were two people out for each other’s blood. And the detail and emphasis put into the battle damage was quite captivating itself.
The movie consists of an all-star cast with its newer characters, especially when Unicron is played by a legend himself, Orson Wells in which this was his last role to date. He was menacing and intimidating, and yet charismatic. And other all-star names are Judd Nelson playing the young and ambitious Hot Rod, Robert Stack as the voice of Ultra Magnus, and Leonard Nimoy as the voice of Galvatron. And don’t worry, the characters from the TV series who appear in this movie have their original actors as well and still do their parts with excellence in their delivery. But don’t respect the cast for the names, but respect them for their great talent that they bring to their characters as well. I felt they all brought out the necessary qualities each character had to have out.
And along with that comes many iconic and memorable lines. Such as the universal greeting, till all are one, and the bad ass opening dialog between Optimus and Megatron. It’s just so fucking sweet. And let’s not forget Ultra Magnus yelling Damn It, and Spike screaming shit, which was always in the original script. The staff justified it by saying, anybody in that kind of situation would say something that explicit, so it was never an intention to really shock anybody, and that comment was what I found was more shocking than just that usage of the word shit alone. So I can’t elaborate any further than that on the voice acting.
The music is highly soundtrack given by 1980s rock and yet is accurately placed with the mood and action which makes it immersing, and entertaining. And Stan Bush’s featured songs such as Touch and Dare just easily suit the movie, and just his presence just played a huge part on why it's such an awesome movie.
Well, as much as some of us don’t want to admit it, the sad truth is, despite how much of a cult hit this movie is with all of the qualities I went into and more, it was always intended to be a glorified toy commercial written by very smart writers who toyed with our emotions with the death of some characters, and blew our minds away with high quality animation which I find is superior to many animated works today around the world. Did I go out and buy these toys? Well, probably not. I was only a kid not legally able to get a job yet, but I just find the experience of watching something has its own kind of value to it. Whether it’d be for personal entertainment, or finding something to gauge my emotions. Not for the sake of buying the product it’s trying to sell. And the ability of the Transformers Movie to engage my emotions and amaze me with superb animation and a wicked soundtrack is why I give it an overall recommendation that it's a must see for all animation lovers.
Apr 26, 2012
It is the year 2005, and the decepticons have taken over cybertron. As the autobots prepare to strike back, the Decepticons enter the Autobot's earth base and launch an assault. As if that were not enough, the giant Planet-eater Unicron is slowly approaching Cybertron. Can the autobots defends against these two new threats?
The movie introduces many characters that would star in the new season 3 of the cartoon: Ultra Magnus, Arcee, Springer, Blurr, Kup, Hot Rod, Wheelie and Wreck Gar. There's also new bad guys Galvatron, Cyclonus an Scourge.
The only problem is back then, Hasbro didn't understand that people can grow attached to certain characters so the death of the old toys did not go well with many fans. I'd suggest you watch or familiarize yourself with the seasons 1 and 2 of G1 so you can actually care for the dead guys.
The story is not too bad, what you'd except for something like Transformers. The first half shows most of the old school guys-and proceeds to kill 'em off. Gotta make space for the new guys you see..... Despite this, I loved it , because it shows a darker theme than the G1 cartoon.
The battle at autobot city remains to this day one of my favorite scenes in transformers. It's just well-made, and maybe also because that's the last you'll see of the old-school guys. Optimus and Megatron's fight was well made.
The second half of the movie deals mainly with stopping Unicron. The big guy is played by Orson Welles (although it's rumored that Welles hated the role). Unicron is large and in charge, and I loved his design especially the horns and wings. This half also introduces us to Wheelie and Wreck Gar (who's one of my favorite characters, with his TV-inspired lines).
Of course the movie ends in a cliffhanger of sorts in order to make space for the season 3, but the ending provided is enough if you have no interest to continue watching.
The music....I loved it! The Touch was a good song to add in the movie. The other songs were nice as well.
my only complaint will be some plot hole problems, but this being G1 it's a minor problem and will probably not interfere with your viewing experience.
Overall, this is something a G1 fan would really enjoy, but even non-G1 fans like me got hooked and soon I was interested in G1. Recommended for Transformers fans. read more