Review - The Transformers: The Movie

Unicron – as voiced by Orson Welles – in The Transformers: The Movie

Unicron – as voiced by Orson Welles – in The Transformers: The Movie



As a new multi-squillion-dollar Transformers movie directed by Michael (Pearl Harbor) Bay comes down the pipe, someone obviously thought a quick cash-in was in order. So here’s the old Transformers from 1986. On the upside: the voice talent is of the “well I never” variety. In what other film would you get Robert Stack, Eric Idle, Leonard Nimoy and Orson Welles all working together? On the other hand, just what the hell is going on? The plot is pretty much unfathomable – Welles described it as being about “a big toy who attacks a bunch of smaller toys”. The title music helpfully tells us the movie is about “Robots in disguise”, fighting Stunticons, Aerialbots and various other deadly shape-shifting things. Taking the fetishisation of metal beyond even the wild fantasies of Top Gear fans, Transformers: The Movie is just like the TV series that spawned it – a bewildering, crudely drawn cartoon battle set to a poodle-haired rock soundtrack (think Van Halen’s Jump without the catchy hook). Those dewy-eyed for anything 1980s will love it. Those hoping for a fitting epitaph for the creator of Citizen Kane – this was one of his last contribution to movies – should look elsewhere.

© Steve Morrissey 2007


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The Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Run time: 84 min
Rating: 7.1
Genres: Animation | Action | Adventure
Director: Nelson Shin
Stars: Norman Alden, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack
Trivia: The Autobots must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who is after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.
Storyline It is the year 2005. And the battle between the heroic Autobots led by Optimus Prime and the evil Decepticons led by Megatron and StarScream. Two warring factions of transforming robots from the planet Cybertron. The Autobots must save their home planet from an evil entity known as Unicron, who’s ready to consume anything that stands in its way. At the same time, they must defend themselves from an all-out attack from the Decepticons. Along the way, lives are lost, battles are fought, and a new Autobot leader is born as another dies. Written by Anthony Pereyra {}
Plot Keywords: planet, robot, battle, transforming robot, year 2005
Box Office Gross: $5,849,647 (USA)