Fleeing from the war that has raged on the planet Cybertron for millions of years, the heroic Autobots led by Optimus Prime encounter a surprise attack by the evil Decepticons led by Megatron. The ensuing melee aboard the Autobot ship ends when the ship crashes on a volcano. Four million years later, an earthquake reactivates the ship's computer and resurrects both the Autobots and Decepticons, resuming the great war of the Transformers.
One of the first cartoons I started watching as a kid.
Now this is a review only for the Transformers that aired in the mid 80s, and not for the terrible shows that are on now. Transformers was one of the first cartoons I started watching as a kid along with GI-JOE, Robotech, and Voltron. It had everything, great action, good story lines, the characters were great even though there were talking machines. The show did get old near the end of it's run in 87, but was still a good show. Also the movie was amazing, with Weird AL doing a song in the movie.
The show has aged well with time, I can still watch it, every single episode. The same can't be said for GI-JOE and Voltron. It saddens me there's going to be a movie coming out twenty years to late. The previews and articles look bad. I sure I'm going to be disappointed but I'm going to see it.
I used to have almost every toy until my mom through them out. Lets see there was Jazz, Magatron, Mirage, Bumble Bee, The Constructacons, Inferno, Skyfire, Prowel, Grimlock, Shockwave, Galvatron, Soundwave, Iron Hide, Hot Rod, Star Scream, Ratchet, Perseptor, Wheelie, Outback, Thundercracker, Windcharger, Blitzwing, Thrust, Slag, Ram Jet, Smokescreen. I could go on but it gets me mad that I don't have those toys anymore especially after seeing how much their worth. Oh shoot I went way off topic. Any way Transformers is a great show.
not gonna lie ive watched this show twice as a kid
the movie ive watched over 10 times and im still amazed at how good this mess of a show is
admittedly its abit messy with its infamous animation errors but for transformer fans and those who want to get into the franchise this show is a must there are some great episodes that go into the lore of cybertronians and the war
but there are also stupid episodes like B.O.T which i believe is in season 3
and the episode where seaspray finds a mermaid chick and then he turns into a merman with his robot feet
yeah this show is weird and made purely to sell toys but its not just a toy commercial that has a movie and 4 seasons
Autobots and decepticons war wages the autobots leave to the stars using their space ship the ark
the decepticons follow in pursuit with their space ship "The Nemesis" while megatron leaves shockwave to guard cybertron for the next 4 million years
both the autobots and decepticons crash on earth and awake after 4 million years after the volcano they were in erupted and activated the Autobots computer teletraan 1
which proceeded to revive the entire crew of transformers inside the ark
all the decepticons were revived first and left to find raw energon while the autobots were also revived and thus the war on earth begins
theres alot of autobots and decepticons but ill talk about season 1 first
Optimus Prime - probably the most recognisable character in the show with his basic yet memorable design is voiced by Peter Cullen with that deep voice Optimus is caring and a bot of his words he kind of can be seen as a father figure and he risks everything in order to save his comrades and the humans
Bumblebee - the kid appeal character of the series who turns into a VW Beetle some what reckless but its because of his care for his friends and one of the most friendliest autobots you can ever think of
Spike - Bumblebee's best friend a human along with his dad sparkplug help the autobots in learning earths culture and history
Sparkplug - a caring father and helps wheeljack and ratchet sometimes
Wheeljack - a mad scientist who makes useless gizmos that barely work but still gets the job done with a new york accent
Ratchet - The Medic he gets grumpy sometimes
Ironhide - who is also voiced by Peter Cullen can take alot of hits and is one of the oldest and toughest autobots he prefers take action rather than talking
Hound - a jeep that can project holograms and is interested in human culture
Cliffjumper - a brave autobot who shares bumblebee's body type but turns into a oddly-proportioned Porsche 924 Turbo
his paranoid, trigger-happy with serious impulse-control problems
and he really hates traitors and nearly killed mirage
Mirage - A F1 that can turn invisible hence the name mirage and was once thought to be a traitor by cliffjumper
Grapple - Cybertron's best architect who works well along with hoist
Hoist - his like their family doctor
Sideswipe - skillful and arguably one of the best designs that turns into a lambo although he makes rash decisions and has a twin brother "Sunstreaker"
Sunstreaker - he worries about his paintjob and thinks his better then any other autobot his kindof a sociopath
Tracks - a flying car who worries about his paintjob way more and is a narcissist and does things with style
Jazz - Second in command of the autobots an autobot that never gives up
Grimlock - Arrogant Dumb but strong and lovable
Swoop - a total bird brain but lovable
Slag - always arguing with grimlock for leadership of the dinobots
Sludge - the dumbest dinobot that only thinks the strong are worth following
Snarl - dosent really like taking orders from grimlock
Powerglide - AND AAWAAAYY WE GO
Warpath - he likes explosions basically megumin but tank
Prowl - Military strategist and follows human law
Bluestreak - Never shuts up and makes unfunny jokes but lovable
Smokescreen - He gambled in that one episode and he likes to Charm and Deceive
Trailbreaker - I have shield a very good cheerleader lightens the mood with a joke
Inferno - he WILL rescue any human in need best friends with red alert
Red Alert - his not good with common sense and he is very paranoid
Beachcomber - a hippy
Gears - grumpy and wont stop complaining
Perceptor - Absolute Nerd
Jetfire / Skyfire - Never Fear Skyfire's here
Omega Supreme - a rocket station thats very big
Seaspray - Speaks in Bubbles
Cosmos - his a small round boi who turns into a ufo who is bored and lonely
Blaster - always playin music who can launch his casettes Steeljaw , Ramhorn , Rewind , Eject and i think playback
Brawn - Small but headstrong and loves a challenge
(those are just the season one and two autobots)
Megatron - Mad Goofy but lovable
Starscream - Deceives megatron 24/7 and thinks he is better then everyone and deserves to be leader
Soundwave - Cold and one of megatrons most reliable and loyal followers he is also the communications officer for the decepticons who can send out his casetticons to spy on the autobots Rival to Blaster
Casetticons - consists of laserbeak , buzzsaw , rumble , frenzy , ratbat , ravage , overkill , slugfest
Thundercracker and Skywarp - both of whom are seekers like starscream , thundercracker is a loud grunt while Skywarp is silent and teleports
Reflector - 3 bots that share the same mind and turn into a camera
Shrapnel - an Insecticon thats constantly hungry and is able to use electricity as a weapon
Bombshell - an Insecticon that can control others
Kickback - A Grasshopper with a strong kick
Blitzwing - Obnoxious and Ignorant a triple changer that changes into a tank and jet
Shockwave - Follows Logic and is completely loyal to megatron
Astrotrain (totally not my favourite decepticon) - a triple changer like blitzwing that is basically the decepticons transport ship and turns into a train and a space shuttle with a echoy voice
Scrapper - loyal to megatron and the one who makes the designs for the constructicons to build
Hook - Second in command of the constructicons who is full of himself
Long Haul - only knows that his job is important
Mixmaster - the one who makes the materials needed for construction and has a thing for acid
Scavenger - has low self esteem
Bonecrusher - finds beauty in rubble
Onslaught - Obsessed with coming up with tactics for the combaticons
Swindle - a bot that a ripoff and sells what ever he can at a high price
Blast off - a space shuttle that could care about things if he wanted to
Vortex - a complete psychopath
Brawl - a hothead that charges on the battlefield
( I know i missed out the Stunticons and Aerialbots and Sky lynx etc but ive been writing this review for an hour)
Art 6 lots a animation errors
watch it if you are trying to get into the franchise or if you are a fan of transformers (unless you are a fan of the bayfilms u might not like this show because ithas actual characters unlike the films)
also FIRRIB and the Bumblebee movie was pretty good
Being a child of the 90's I grew up with "Beast Wars" not the G1 "Transformers" and thus I don't feel the same sense of nostalgia most do for this show.
Viewing it from this perspective, it's clear to see that a lot of fans have severely rose-tinted visions of the show.
It is by no means a bad show, so long as you accept it as a Saturday Morning Cartoon and nothing more. All the pathos and universe which was built around the cartoon added a great deal more meaning and depth to the world of the Transformers, but this cartoon has none of that.
a simplistic plot and compared to the later shows which I have seen ("Beast Wars," "Transformers Animated" and even "Beast Machines") it has nowhere near the same level of cohesive and well-structured story.
Fans may decry "Beast Wars" for being animals rather than vehicles, but anyone claiming that this G1 cartoon is the better show should try rewatching it in the cold, hard light of adulthood.
All this being said, despite the animation flaws and the simple plots, the overall enjoyment factor should not be underestimated. It's still a fun show to watch, and the characters are surprisingly well-developed for such an ensemble cast. Peter Cullen and Frank Welker both deliver star-turns as Optimus Prime and Megatron, as well as the other characters they voice, but some of the voice actors are a little lacking, though this is hardly uncommon of 80's cartoons.
Overall, this IS where Transformers began to develop as a franchise and, while nowadays it leaves much to be desired, even viewed as a kid's show, it's still retains at least some of its appeal.
Henshin a go go baby! Transformation is a staple in many genres of anime, from fighting to magical girl. The sacred rule of transformation is that no other character is allowed is interrupt while you power up to your next form, so of course you want to make things spiffy with a henshin sequence.