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The Transformers - The Movie (1986)


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90 minute animated toy commercial in which the Autobots battle the evil Decepticons. Notable only for great cast of voices!

Nov 7, 2000

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A 1986 computer-animated feature based on a popular TV cartoon show, further inspired, no doubt, by the philanthropic desire of Japanese and American toy manufacturers to keep their kiddie customers rolling in robots.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (4)
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The anime-inflected look is generally impressive too, although the power-rock soundtrack is unsalvageable.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (2)
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While all this action may captivate young children, the animation is not spectacular enough to dazzle adults.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (10)
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The real Transformers movie...

August 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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An awful toy commercial in disguise.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (2)
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Far from a cheap spin-off, The Transformers: The Movie is an entertaining feature-length animation that's both handsome and well realised.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

it will dare you to be stupid

July 3, 2007 | Comments (4)

Charming, useless fun.

June 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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It's good mindless fun, and a flick that no doubt holds a lot of Nostalgia Value for several members of my generation's sci-fi geeks.

November 20, 2006 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
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Did Transformers actually launch the celebrity-voiced animation craze 20 years ago? That may be the film's biggest legacy.

November 11, 2006 Full Review Source: | Comments (4)

Basically, The Transformers: The Movie features rancid animation techniques, a story that will bore anyone over age 10, and a few overpaid celebrities essaying the lead voices.

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Comments (11)
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American Anime before Anime was cool.

September 11, 2003 | Comment (1)

This animated number may require a certain nostalgia factor for successful viewing.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for The Transformers - The Movie

Now I didn't grow up in the 80s but I did grow up with this show on DVD and VHS at my cousins house a lot so I did grow up with the original transformers TV series, and I was very anxious to watch this movie, the only problem with this movie is, almost everything. The music just seems out of place even for the time the movie was made, the new characters are just irritating or dull as a rock, and the action isn't that exciting either. The only thing I remotlye liked in this movie was Orson Welles as Unicron but aside from tat this film just is unappealing to me.
July 28, 2012
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Now I'm sure an animated movie of The Transformers from the 80s might not mean much to most people, it's one of the most nostalgic childhood experiences. To me, this encapsulates everything that made The Transformers such a cool show and every time I see it, it brings me back. While it does kill almost everyone off from the original series, it does so with such style and respect that it almost doesn't even matter. If you're going to kill Optimus Prime, it's fitting that he does so in a blaze of glory with "You've got the Touch" playing in the background and one liners spewing out left and right. They also picked a formidable replacement; the Judd Nelson robot known as Hot Rod. I mean this movie really has it all: Robo-violence galore, a flawless soundtrack, a villain without rival, Spockbot, and dialogue that is larger than life. The plot here is such a mammoth beast. The show always had doomsday type scenarios, but never in the form of a planet eating Orson Welles. It also dares to question who is fit to lead in a battle between the Autobots and Decepticons. What they did with this movie was raise the stakes, made the animation 10x better, and made the idea all the more timeless and undeniably awesome. I don't think The Transformers would have as lasting of an effect as it does today if there hadn't been this slice of brilliance included.
July 13, 2011

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I could understand young kids thinking that this is a cool movie for a while, and maybe the show would have helped me understand the background of the story better, but I think Weird Al's song sums up my feelings on this film perfectly: "Dare to be stupid". The characters, although voiced by talented actors, have either horrible one liner jokes or corny cliched phrases for every line. Plus it was hard to get used to the way some of the characters talked. The story was hard to follow as well. They seemed to change locations at will without letting the audience know. Plus, the overall plot has been used in countless children's films already, so it's nothing new. I did enjoy the soundtrack, though, the songs were awesome. Overall, this movie is just okay. If you're not a fan, I'd say stay away from it.
July 9, 2011

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