Monday, 20 December 2010

The Transformers: The Movie Review

The Transformers: The Movie

Release Date: 26th December 1986 – Australia

Production Companies
Marvel Productions
Sunbow Productions
Hasbro Inc
Toei Animation (Japan)

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 84 minutes

Budget: $6,000,000

Box Office Gross: $5,855,633

Plot Summary
The year is 2005 and the 
Decepticons have retaken 
Cybertron from Optimus 
Prime and his Autobot 
warriors. Megatron and 
his forces, planning 
to invade their final
sanctuaries, stand on 
stand on the verge of 
annihilating the heroic 
Autobots forever. Both 
sides are seething 
with anger and hatred, 
hatred that has blinded 
them to a hideous menace 
heading their way: Unicron,
devourer of worlds! Poised 
on the edge of destruction 
will the Autobots be able 
to locate the Chosen One 
prophesied to light their 
darkest hour.

Voice Cast
Peter Cullen – Optimus Prime/Ironhide
Judd Nelson – Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime
Robert Stack – Ultra Magnus
Neil Ross – Springer/Slag/
Susan Blu – Arcee
Lionel Stander – Kup
John Moschitta Jr. – Blurr
David Mendenhall – Daniel Witwicky
Buster Jones – Blaster
Paul Eiding – Perceptor
Gregg Berger – Grimlock
Scatman Crothers – Jazz
Casey Kazem – Cliffjumper
Dan Gilvezan – Bumblebee
Eric Idle – Wreck-Gar
Norman Alden – Kranix
Frank Welker – Megatron/
Leonard Nimoy – Galvatron
Chris Latta – Starscream
Corey Burton – Brawn/
Shockwave/Spike Witwicky
Stan Jones – Scourge
Roger C. Carmel – Cyclonus/
Quintesson Leader
Arthur Burghardt – Devastator

Co-Producer/Director – Nelson Shin
Writer – Ron Friedman
Story Consultant  Flint Dille
Producers – Jules Bacal & Tom Griffith
Supervising Producer Jay Bacal
Executive Producers – 
Margaret Loesch & Lee Gunther
Original Concept Designer  
Floro Dery
Supervising Animation Director  Kozo Moroshita
Supervising Film Editor Steven C. Brown
Film Editor  David Hankins
Music Composer/Producer – Vince DiCola
Performers: Songs – Stan Bush, Lion, 
"Weird Al" Yankovic, N.R.G. & Kick Axe 
(Spectre General)

The animated movie adaptation of my favourite animated series TRANSFORMERS was thought to be the only film of the franchise until 2007. This is the year that the live action movie from director Michael Bay was released, followed by its sequel REVENGE OF THE FALLEN in 2009. The animated Transformers movie has an emotional moment where Optimus Prime dies, excellent songs from various artists such as "Weird Al" Yankovic and Stan Bush and terrific voice acting with some of the well-known celebrity actors such as Leonard Nimoy from STAR TREK and the great Orson Welles in his last performance as the planet devouring transformer Unicron. 

It remains a good Transformers movie, if you prefer live action, the first two Michael Bay movies or either one would suit you better.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie

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