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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Norman Alden
Jack Angel
Michael Bell
Susan Blu.
Directors
Nelson Shin.
Screenwriters
Ron Friedman.
Running Time
30 minutes

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Transformers: The Movie
The original 80s animation.


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Plot
Two rival transforming robot species, the Autobots and Decepticons, are battling on Earth to either strip all the planet's resources and destroy the human race or save it from this fate.


Review

 Something of a Gen X touchstone, this animated feature based on a TV show based on a toy line remains kitsch, charming, useless fun.

The plotting is incomprehensible — something about Autobots, Decepticons and a colossal robot planet voiced by Orson Welles — and the animation is cheapjack, but there’s something endearing about its anime-esque action, cheesy pop soundtrack (“You’ve got the touch!”) and sense of its own convictions. And any kids’ film brave enough to kill off its hero in the first third should be applauded.


Extras

Transformers: The Movie Transformers: The Movie
Released: 04 June 2007
A wide selection of behind-the-scenes and promo footage, with various trailers, TV spots, deleted scenes etc., but it’s of limited interest. Better, if still very geeky, is the commentary by Transformers expert Chris McFeeley, and the Q&A with Peter ‘Optimus Prime’ Cullen is a thrill for fans.


Verdict
Has cult status now but the plot is fiendishly complicated.


Reviewed by Will Thomas

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An excellent film for G1 Transformers fans of a certain age and new fans alike

This film was outstanding when it first came out at the peak of the Transformer's popularity. I mean come on, toys that transformed into planes, guns and cars- cool or what? My perception of the film at the time was helped by Simon Furman's excellent "Target 2006" series in the UK Transformers comic at the time. This Empire review does notdo justice to the film at all as the reviewer does not seem to have any background knowledge regarding the material. The film's plot is straightforward ... More

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Posted by Francis46 at 07:50, 02 October 2010 | Report This Post


If I wanted I could probably pick out all the flaws ...but this is the film of childhood and it always makes me smile upon re-watching. Transformers rule! ... More

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Posted by SkullKassidy at 12:35, 11 August 2008 | Report This Post


Fun, but tedious in parts

An OK huge movie by Mechael Bay, but at the same time, lacks style and shows little or no concern for the reputation of the original comics ... More

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Posted by blaud at 10:01, 10 March 2008 | Report This Post


toys

i like my toys! prime was awsome tag for oniganl voice bubblebee was my best . ... More

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Posted by ace gaffer at 18:12, 13 January 2008 | Report This Post


Time has not been kind!

I watched this hoping for some fun nostalgia. However, time and viewing with grown up eyes this looks really dated. Everyone knows the cartoon (and all that followed, comics, etc..) was designed as ploy to sell lots of toys but seeing them purposefully cram as many robots into one film with that in mind makes me feel bad about how much I must have nagged my parents after seeing this. The animation is quite poor in places, I am sure I even spotted them looping some bits like they do with backgrou... More

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Posted by giddig at 21:19, 02 September 2007 | Report This Post


Tesco are also selling it for £3. Oh the joy!

In my build up for what could be my wetdream of a movie I have been buying cheap Transformers dvds. One with 10 classic episodes on and of course the movie. Oscar Wilde, dancing dinobots, Eric Idle, Spike saying explictives (Oh shit what are we gonna do now?). It was a good Tuesday night in for me, but Hotrod sucks. ... More

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Posted by Patrick Evans at 12:08, 21 July 2007 | Report This Post


cheapjack? are you kidding me? did you see the first scene with Unicron going across the screne? maybe theres some miscommunication in the word cheapjack! and complicated? how on earth could anyone be confused by this film..... it made sense to me when i was a little un, and its amazing still today! still looks brilliant....... and the soundtrack is just so friggin good! i want all these songs on Guitar Hero 5 stars..... easy! ... More

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Posted by The Lensman at 01:25, 14 July 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Asda are selling the 1 disk verson for £3,

L: Sarge He doesn't really say that does he? If so, when. oonbase 2 is destoyed by Unicron and the bomb they set off doesn't work, hence 'Oh SHIT what are we gonna do now?'. It was only in the US release to get a PG rating, meaning that the film could be shown in cinema's later in the evening and get an adult as well as childrens audience. God. Im a GEEK!!!! ... More

Posted by pablohoolio at 20:31, 10 June 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Asda are selling the 1 disk verson for £3,

ve got the touchenough said!!! ... More

Posted by Darth Goonie at 20:36, 09 June 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Asda are selling the 1 disk verson for £3,

He doesn't really say that does he? If so, when.     ... More

Posted by Sarge at 12:57, 09 June 2007 | Report This Post


Asda are selling the 1 disk verson for £3,

already own this on dvd and umd but the extras and the tin case are making me want to spend more money on one of my all time fav animations, well heres to digital remastered verson of spike saying "Arrr shit, what`ll do now". ... More

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Posted by ravage3d at 17:09, 08 June 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Greetings!

Yeah, it is pretty dark in places... Optimus dying, Robots being ripped apart by Sharkticons, loads of stuff. Animation still a bit crappy, but has anyone noticed the Anime influences on it? Just me? Ah, well gotta cut down on the acid anyhow. My bro thinks i'm wierd for likeing it. Says if I bring some hottie back from the pub one night, she's going to run a mile if she sees that in my DVD collection. Muppet. It's a classic film from my childhood that looks a bit dated now, but is still enjoya... More

Posted by phunkyfish at 11:10, 07 June 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Greetings!

I'm a huge fan but i'm going to be reasonable and give it 4 stars. Although i believe it to be more of a 4.3333* type film. Here is a little youtube video that some people whi have seen this may find funny. I certainly did: rmers: The Movie Parody ... More

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Posted by mafyou at 18:07, 02 June 2007 | Report This Post


RE: Greetings!

I watched this again the other night. I'd have to agree with Empire that killing the main character off in the first 3rd is a brave move.   In fact the level of carnage in general throughout the film (eg screaming robots being melted in a vat of acid inside Unicron towards the end or the opening sequence where Unicron crunches his first planet) is pretty high for a kiddies' film. And yes the animation sucks in places and the soundtrack really grates, but it was made 20 years ago! ... More

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Posted by Sarge at 09:37, 02 June 2007 | Report This Post


RE:

L: elimonator This movie can't be rubbish. Iv'e been already been let down by spiderman 3 h dear. ... More

Posted by Peter Dragon at 09:33, 02 June 2007 | Report This Post


Greetings!

Bar-wheep-grana-wheep-nini-bong! Bar-wheep-grana-wheep-nini-bong?   BAR-WHEEP-GRANA-WHEEP-NINI-BONG!!!! ... More

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Posted by dhollseed at 03:45, 02 June 2007 | Report This Post


Can't you people read?

This is the 80s Transformers film, not the new one! Anyway, the film kicks ass and hopefully the new one will walk away with the summer takings. ... More

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Posted by mjscarface at 23:57, 29 May 2007 | Report This Post


RE: RE:

Having had a look at that fourth trailer knocking about on the net I must admit the inner geek in me is starting to get quite excited! The CGI looks spot on and I can only hope there's a decent plot to hold it all together. ... More

Posted by Darth Loony at 20:08, 19 May 2007 | Report This Post


RE:

Phew, that was for the cartoon movie. 3 stars? Most would give it 5 yet they r fanboys ... More

Posted by libertine at 12:36, 19 May 2007 | Report This Post


This movie can't be rubbish. Iv'e been already been let down by spiderman 3 ... More

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Posted by elimonator at 13:53, 18 May 2007 | Report This Post


RE: What?

#6699cc]This film looks so cool, i cant wait to see it when it comes out, i dint think i'd like the look of it seen as it is a kiddies progremme really but it looks like they have really done it up to an adults film xx ... More

Posted by darkflame07 at 13:38, 18 May 2007 | Report This Post


What?

Isn't this supposed to be a review about the latest live action film???? ... More

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Posted by stanharper at 11:57, 18 May 2007 | Report This Post



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