25th Anniversary of Transformers: The Movie
Monday, August 8th, 2011 9:58PM CDTCategory: Cartoon News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian Views: 42,941
There were many new favorites introduced.
Some old favorites met their demise.
There were many memorable scenes all through out the movie.
The ultimate showdown between Optimus Prime and Megatron.
We learned that a hero could die.
Unicron transforms a defeated Megatron into Galvatron.
Hot Rod becomes Rodimus Prime
The death of Unicron
Take a moment and reminisce about the first time you saw Transformers: The Movie. If you have never seen it, then take some time to watch it. Discuss how it made you feel and what you liked/disliked about the movie with your fellow Seibertronians right here.
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Posted by DISCHARGE on August 8th, 2011 @ 10:09pm CDT
Posted by It Is Him on August 8th, 2011 @ 10:18pm CDT
Posted by GetRightRobot on August 8th, 2011 @ 10:18pm CDT
Posted by PrymeStriker on August 8th, 2011 @ 10:19pm CDT
Although maybe off-screen, didn't Huffer die too?
It Is Him wrote:What prompted this news post? Was the movie released in theaters today 25 years ago, or is this just a general story reminiscing about the movie?
Yeah, 'twas August 8th, 1986, when it was released, this movie.
Posted by Bumblevivisector on August 8th, 2011 @ 10:32pm CDT
At the age of 7, I was already cynical enough about my favorite cartoons to understand that few had continuity enough for anything to actually change long-term. When commercials for the movie queried, "Does Prime die?", my response was, "Of course not!" And not because I was so attached to Op; having a perfectly stable dad in my life, I found Soundwave to be the more interesting father figure, as he was the dad I wanted to be when I grew up, not the one I wished I had. And even at that age I'd usually get so excited by movie trailers that the actual movie was inevitably a letdown. So when the bodies started piling up, I was shocked all right, but mostly at the fact that this was the one movie I'd ever seen that wasn't what I was expecting in that it was several times better, and remains so to this day. Sure it was sad to see so many characters go, but this ancient space war that had mostly just been alluded to amidst general puttering about in the grand canyon for 2 years was suddenly back in full swing, and the violence carried with its horrible consequences the promise of hope that things could actually change! He-Man never truly defeated Skeletor, the Joes never wiped out Cobra, and Inspector Gadget never got to see what the heck Dr. Claw looked like, but the Autobots actually got Cybertron back!!! Besides some imported anime, I can't think of any '80s cartoon where something of that magnitude actually happened except the Thundercats reclaiming Thundera, and I wouldn't know about that until the Toonami reruns a decade later. Some fans claim they never adjusted to the changes, but I doubt the franchise would have its eternal staying power without that trauma, controversy, and triumph.
I think my family was the last to leave the theater; I insisted on just sitting there staring at Unicron's head until the music stopped. (the amount of country western and folk music played in my house played a part in that decision as well) I was in a state of euphoria that I never wanted to end. I ended up liking the post-movie cartoon way better as well, and every time I hear Rodimus Prime bashed, it just makes me feel even more loyal to him as the true successor to Optimus. His mediating of galactic peace talks in "The Quintesson Journal" just seems like a more admirable legacy than Optimus lecturing his subordinates while burying other robots alive that he couldn't ethically shoot.
Maybe I shouldn't bring up something that polarizing, but it's just what sprang to mind. And Optimus seemed even greater as a legend to inspire the Autobots who survived, right?
Posted by YRQRM0 on August 8th, 2011 @ 10:37pm CDT
Posted by Mindmaster on August 8th, 2011 @ 10:56pm CDT
Posted by Cougartracks on August 8th, 2011 @ 11:03pm CDT
Also, I'm on a podcast with a few friends, and this week we discussed TF:TM the entire show. I'll post a link to our blog and podcast when it's up, assuming that kind of thing is allowed on the boards?
Posted by Trikeboy on August 8th, 2011 @ 11:10pm CDT
Posted by synthetik on August 8th, 2011 @ 11:42pm CDT
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on August 8th, 2011 @ 11:51pm CDT
Posted by Blackstreak on August 9th, 2011 @ 12:02am CDT
Posted by Skullcrunchberries on August 9th, 2011 @ 12:31am CDT
Seriously, I must've rented that movie at least two dozen times. I also remember when I heard about the "uncut" version with the swear word, which at the time was illegal in the US. So, I ordered a Canadian version of the VHS and was blown away! Then DVDs came out and made all that obsolete.
This little reminiscence has inspired me to invite a few friends over, crack open a few beers and let the good times commence. Thanks for giving me a reason to socialize, Seibertron!
Posted by Lapse Of Reason on August 9th, 2011 @ 12:44am CDT
Anyway, as big of a fan that I am, I did not see the movie until I was about 30 when I got back into Transformers. It is now my favorite animated movie and my kids love it too.
It is a comfort movie. I can put it on almost anytime.
Posted by XxsnipersnakexX on August 9th, 2011 @ 1:01am CDT
good stuff. U GOT THE TOUCH
Posted by SaTaN CoNvOy on August 9th, 2011 @ 1:08am CDT
On one side note. Can any of picture what it'll be like when we are all old men/gals and we're sitting at w/e retirement home we live at getting all hyped up at the 50th ann. of TF:the movie?
Just a little food for thought.
Also I wonder if a mechtech weapon would fit on top of Hotrod in vehicle mode??????[/color]
Posted by griftimus prime on August 9th, 2011 @ 2:44am CDT
Posted by ausbot on August 9th, 2011 @ 3:00am CDT
Posted by MINDVVIPE on August 9th, 2011 @ 4:57am CDT
A lot of you have already said what I might say.
I think I was 8 or so when I first saw it, me and my cousin would watch it everyday for the month I spent visiting (and then acted out the scenes afterwards like mini-tards )
But really, this is the definitive video representation of the Transformers the way they should have always been. The death of heroes, the insanely killer music and metal score, UNICRON! all wrapped up in the cheesiest sandwich ever
I've probably seen it a 100 times. Hell, thats probably an under-estimate.
My favourite scene is the transformation of Megatron to Galvatron. The dialogue between Unicron and Megatron in that scene is just sick; two forces of evil, one being forced into submission... Galvatron being voiced by Leonard Nimoy?! Add Cyclonus, the BRUTAL death of Starscream after that... I could go on.
This movie is just too amazing, and I would rate it one of the top 5 sci-fi flicks ever, even amongst live action films.
Posted by prowl123 on August 9th, 2011 @ 7:02am CDT