Remembering the day The Transformers: The Movie first debuted in theaters on August 8th, 1986 #transformersthemovie86

Transformers News: Remembering the day The Transformers: The Movie first debuted in theaters on August 8th, 1986 #transformersthemovie86

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Transformers News: Remembering the day The Transformers: The Movie first debuted in theaters on August 8th, 1986

August 8th, 2018

The world-renowned animated feature THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE hits theaters nationwide for a special one-night event on Thursday, September 27, but today we're remembering the day this movie first debuted 32 years ago in theaters on August 8th, 1986. You can purchase tickets at FathomEvents.com.

Transformers News: Remembering the day The Transformers: The Movie first debuted in theaters on August 8th, 1986

Join us to celebrate THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE by going down memory lane and share with your fellow Seibertronians and us about your nostalgia obsession for this movie. If you share your thoughts on social media, be sure to use #transformersthemovie86

Moreover, THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE has been meticulously remastered, restored from the original film elements, and transferred in HD. Please check out this teaser video on the before and after comparison.



It's your turn to introduce this iconic film to a new generation of fans! We hope to see you and friends at the theaters on the evening of September 27th!

Transformers News: Remembering the day The Transformers: The Movie first debuted in theaters on August 8th, 1986

THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE hits cinemas nationwide for a special one-night event, a special presentation from Fathom Events, Hasbro Studios, and Shout! Factory.

When: September 27, 2018 (7:00 p.m.)
Tickets are available at FathomEvents.com and at participating theater box offices.

Transformers News: Remembering the day The Transformers: The Movie first debuted in theaters on August 8th, 1986

THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE has been meticulously remastered, restored from the original film elements, and transferred in HD. This special one-night event will catapult audiences into the super-charged, action-packed TRANSFORMERS universe, and enables lifelong fans to relive the excitement and awe of this 1986 animated feature. Fans will also glimpse at a sneak peek behind the making of the BUMBLEBEE movie, and a brand-new interview with singer-songwriter Stan Bush including recent performances of the theme songs "The Touch" and "Dare." Fathom attendees will also receive a poster of THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE (quantities limited, while supplies last).

Transformers News: Remembering the day The Transformers: The Movie first debuted in theaters on August 8th, 1986

THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE has captured a special place in the hearts of millions and has been a staple in the pop culture zeitgeist since 1986. Featuring memorable characters from the heroic AUTOBOTS and villainous DECEPTICONS, and thrilling action and a heartfelt storyline, THE TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE is a cultural touchstone that spans generations. Beloved by legions of fans, this full-length animated adventure boasts the voice talent of Orson Welles in his final voice acting role and an all-star voice cast that includes Peter Cullen, Eric Idle, Casey Kasem, Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, and Frank Welker.

Transformers News: Remembering the day The Transformers: The Movie first debuted in theaters on August 8th, 1986
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Re: Remembering the day The Transformers: The Movie first debuted in theaters on August 8th, 1986 #transformersthemovie86 (1977317)
Posted by Alpha Dominus on August 8th, 2018 @ 12:40pm CDT
I'm one of the "old-timers" that got to see this summer of '86. Was memorable to me not only for its wanton violence (which I love(d)- I hated that the TV cartoon versions of our favorite characters hardly ever got so much as a scratch...) but because it was the first movie I saw without my parents. Ha! Incidentally,that theater was practically empty. As for me, it remains one of my all-time favorite movies.
I'm even breaking my "no more regular movie theater" policy to enjoy its return next month.
You got the touch!! You got the powerrrr!!!
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Posted by o.supreme on August 8th, 2018 @ 12:49pm CDT
Man...32 years...where does the time go? I know I did not see it in the first weekend, but probably sometime the following week after a few friends had seen it and said how awesome it was. It was probably the middle of the week on its 5th or 6th day in theaters. (back then the school year did not start until after labor day...) . The theater was probably about 1/3 full for a mid day matinee but my mom took me and 2 friends (it was actually a friend-of-my friend, some guy I hardly knew), but we didn't care. The movie was awesome and is still one of the best theater experiences I ever had. Unfortunately as I stated above, I'll have obligations come 9/27.

This Saturday though I have invited some friends to watch the Blu ray in my home. We usually do double features at whoever hosts the event pics the theme (We've done 80's sci-fi and Westerns), so I'm doing animation. I would think GI Joe:TM would be a natural pairing for TF:TM, but I have some others I'm considering...Lensman, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Titan A.E. are some of my favorite animated films...
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Posted by Seibertron on August 8th, 2018 @ 1:09pm CDT
I don't think I saw the animated Transformers Movie until I started 4th grade that fall. I was really excited about the movie throughout the whole summer. The commercials had me really hyped because they just looked so epic to me. I remember the "Does Prime die?" commercials really resonating with me ... but also thinking "There's no way Optimus Prime would die!" A friend of mine who was a year younger than me, her name was Katie, was my big Transformers friend during elementary school. When we got back to school that September, I remember being shocked at her spoilers about what happened. Optimus died! Megatron killed Starscream! A giant planet ate Earth! Bumblebee died! So a few exaggerations and incorrect details she had, but still, the biggest shocker of them all just didn't resonate with me. I thought for sure she was pulling my leg or something. Regardless, when I actually saw the events of the movie unfold with my Dad and my brother, I was speechless ... and devastated! Crushed! I couldn't believe Optimus Prime really died. The movie was so epic. So many new Transformers. So many dead Transformers. It was a lot for 9 year old me to take in. And I don't think my Dad realized how devastated I was after the movie.

I must have saw it the first week of September, because I clearly remember watching Five Faces of Darkness when it debuted. I had really connected with Hot Rod during the movie, so when it got to Rodimus Prime's "death scene", I just couldn't believe it. What monsters those Decepticons were! I had to leave for school at that commercial break in order to catch the bus in time, so I sat in school all day wondering what the Autobots were going to do now that Optimus Prime and Rodimus Prime had died, not knowing yet that Rodimus Prime was ultimately fine and that Springer did not become leader of the Autobots. I was very distraught! It wasn't until I saw the rest of the episode during the afternoon re-airing that I got to find out that Rodimus Prime was actually OK, but I'll never forget that very long school day worrying about the poor Autobots and being sad that Optimus Prime and Rodimus Prime had died!

Once the movie came out on VHS, I was absolutely obsessed over it. About a year after the movie had come out, I used to brag that I had seen the movie over 50 times, and then 100 times (I might have been exaggerating a little bit, but I'm sure I hit those goals not long after). To this day, it's one of the only movies that I can recite almost line for line while watching it. It's burned into my brain like a favorite song.

This movie has a very strong place in my childhood. It definitely left its mark, intentionally or not, and continues to be one of my absolute favorite things to watch. It helped cement my love for all things Transformers and might very well have been what kept me as a Transformers fan during those pivotal years in my childhood.

Bought my tickets today so I can go see it with my wife and two daughters. My daughter is 9 now so it'll definitely be a passing of torch moment (though it's often a staple of background TV noise while I'm working so I'm sure she's familiar with most of it already). Can't wait to see it on the big screen again!
Re: Remembering the day The Transformers: The Movie first debuted in theaters on August 8th, 1986 #transformersthemovie86 (1977324)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 8th, 2018 @ 1:19pm CDT
To be honest, I'm really not sure if I want to go see the screening of this movie or not. Were this ten or fifteen years ago, I'd be psyched up and all for seeing it. But nowadays, I've seen it so many times that I kinda feel burned out by it. I still haven't even bought the Shout! Factory Blu-Ray release yet (yes yes, I know it looks amazing).
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Posted by 1984forever on August 8th, 2018 @ 1:32pm CDT
Had to wait until the Tuesday after this came out for my grandfather to take me. It was a hot theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn with a failing AC. Every seat was packed that afternoon with a cloud of cigarette smoke hanging over the crowd (you could smoke indoors back then). There were a lot of older kids in the crowd too, cheering, cursing etc., everyone was surprised when Blaster ejected his tapes because it was the first time most people had ever seen them. I gave all the kids on the block an entire play by play when I got home.

Saw it again at a movie theatre with my parents in Greensboro, NC three weeks later. There was a Toys r us in the same mall where we saw the movie and my Dad took me to buy a Transformer. I lied and said I had all the figures on the shelves so he could buy me Ultra Magnus, who happened to be the most expensive of the assortment at $25.
Re: Remembering the day The Transformers: The Movie first debuted in theaters on August 8th, 1986 #transformersthemovie86 (1977330)
Posted by o.supreme on August 8th, 2018 @ 1:33pm CDT
Seibertron wrote: I must have saw it the first week of September, because I clearly remember watching Five Faces of Darkness when it debuted. I had really connected with Hot Rod during the movie, so when it got to Rodimus Prime's "death scene", I just couldn't believe it. What monsters those Decepticons were! I had to leave for school at that commercial break in order to catch the bus in time, so I sat in school all day wondering what the Autobots were going to do now that Optimus Prime and Rodimus Prime had died, not knowing yet that Rodimus Prime was ultimately fine and that Springer did not become leader of the Autobots. I was very distraught! It wasn't until I saw the rest of the episode during the afternoon re-airing that I got to find out that Rodimus Prime was actually OK, but I'll never forget that very long school day worrying about the poor Autobots and being sad that Optimus Prime and Rodimus Prime had died!

Once the movie came out on VHS, I was absolutely obsessed over it. About a year after the movie had come out, I used to brag that I had seen the movie over 50 times, and then 100 times (I might have been exaggerating a little bit, but I'm sure I hit those goals not long after). To this day, it's one of the only movies that I can recite almost line for line while watching it. It's burned into my brain like a favorite song.


TF:TM could have still been out in theaters in early September...not sure what the cycle time was on it, but I imagine it was shorter than most films. Still, back then, theaters were a bit more selective about when to pull a movie from theaters, and not so regulated as they are now.

According to TF Wiki FFOD premiered on 9/15/86, which was a Monday. I thought it corresponded with labor day (being Sept 1st), because IIRC all the kids at my first day of 5th Grade (which would have been Sept 2nd) were talking about it, but of course it could have just been TF:TM we were talking about, then FFOD 2 weeks later. I DO remember though that FFOD AND "Arise Serpentor Arise!" aired the same week. That (and the TF GI Joe Marvel crossover) was what finally got me into GI Joe, I had always turned it off when it came on before or after Transformers because it just didn't interest me like TF did. But from that point on, they were pretty much tied together, though I did never get into GI Joe comics or toys, I really did have a late blooming appreciation for the animated series.

Slightly OT... In 1990/91 I was in high school and was irritated that DiC brought back only GI Joe and not Transformers...in hindsight, that was probably a good thing though. (seeing as how I much prefer what Japan did with Headmasters, MF, Victory etc...)
Re: Remembering the day The Transformers: The Movie first debuted in theaters on August 8th, 1986 #transformersthemovie86 (1977455)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on August 9th, 2018 @ 12:02am CDT
I doubt that I got to see TF:TM on opening day but I know I did see it in a theater. My Grandfather drew the short straw and had to take me, in truth mom and dad were working and he drove. I don't remember it being the theater by my house but that makes sense since it was a niche film. The two things that stuck out to me at the time were the music and the fact that I couldn't process what I saw, I think this was the first time that I experienced death and didn't understand it. I think deep down I knew they couldn't keep Prime dead and I was right. This was the only film I saw on the big screen of the toy films that actually made it to theaters, didn't even know about the Rock Lords film until a few years ago. Over the years I've learned just how connected that film was to my life back then, many of the bands featured in the film I was or became fans of over time. I still chuckle at how Lion is connected to both Asia and Dio. I'm looking forward to going on September 27th with my Dad and sister as it's a bit of a full circle.
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Posted by KVO Prime on August 9th, 2018 @ 4:16am CDT
Just got my tickets.. I remember walking down Miracle Mile in Stockton back in 86, back when it was safer... and I'd just walked out of the theater. I was 5 years old and just saw this hero I looked up to die a horrific death, and wondered what was real or if anything could be believed in? My brother had the original Optimus Prime back in 84 and my first one was Jazz. It's been an amazing blessing to have such a franchise like this and Legend of Zelda that has had so many wonderful iterations of it's beloved characters throughout different generations and different palettes to play from. I'm excited to see where the franchise will go, although I do think that they will need to start moving away from G1 characters soon to keep things fresh. The cycle begins AGAIN.. and thus begin the BEAST WARS!!

KVO PRIME
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Posted by Amelie on August 9th, 2018 @ 8:18am CDT
[color=deeppink]Transformers: The Movie is probably my earliest consciously recallable memory. I would have been around 2.5 years old when it came out and my mum took my brother (who was 7) to go see the film, with me in tow. I obviously can't remember the "movie" itself, but I remember waking up to crying and the rough visage of Prime on screen just before he turns grey and snuffs it.

Skip forwards about 2 years and I actually get my own VHS of it, which is when I can actually remember seeing it properly. To say I watched it a lot would be an understatement and every sound, sight and song is etched into my memory.

A lot of new(er) (and by new I mean post Beast Wars) might not always get the full scope of the film to the community. I can remember[/color] Rodimus Prime once said for a long time the movie was the community. It dominated the lore and whilst we're still seeing the effects of that (IDW: Unicron, Movieverse: Matrix), its hard to fully appreciate how much discussion we got from those 90 minutes of animation in the way back.
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Posted by NTESHFT on August 10th, 2018 @ 1:14pm CDT
I got my ticket. And not a moment too soon....only 5 seats left for my local theater....... I begged and begged to go see it when originally came to theaters but my parents wouldn't do it. My grandma bought me a a vhs.....well multiple copies....I wore out 2 copies I think.....
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Posted by Rodimus Prime on August 11th, 2018 @ 2:06am CDT
How do we get the posters? At the theater when we show up for the movie?
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Posted by Bumblevivisector on August 13th, 2018 @ 3:12pm CDT
I turned 5 in the summer of 84, and got Sludge that Christmas, but with so many awesome toy properties at the time, TF didn't really stand out as a favorite. Fans younger than I probably don't understand just how many other transforming/combining robot toy lines there were at the time, in every big-box, drug store, or Five & Dime, so it took a while for TF to pull away from the pack with its superior designs and fiction. I actually liked Thundercats and Voltron better than the pre-Movie cartoon, but my mom thought the former were sexually suggestive or something, and that the latter had too much satanic symbolism (not understanding who the bad guys were, I guess), so when I got in a fight in 1st grade over which Voltron was better, they decided to encourage my budding TF fixation and routinely buy me the mini-vehicles and cassettes, in hopes that I'd shut up about Voltron (dad bought me the big die-cast Lion Force toy anyway). I mailed away for an Ominbot and Powerdasher, which gave Hasbro an address to send that S.T.A.R.S. advance movie poster to, well before the first TV ads. There was never any doubt we would see TF:TM ASAP.

Funny, the only reaction I recall from other kids was the shout of "Laserbeak!" when the first recognizable character flew out. If there were any screams and crying when Op died, I must have been too stunned to notice. At age 7, I'd already gotten cynical enough to know the cartoon barely had continuity from one ep to the next, and that trailers always made movies look cooler than they actually were. So the question "Does Prime die?!?" was met with an understanding that nothing would actually change, so of course not. Therefore, seeing this in the theater in '86 was the only time a movie actually shocked me by being several times better than whatever I was expecting going in, an effect I will never experience again. Sure I liked Optimus, but maybe because my dad's the most stable guy on earth, I was fine with surrogate-father-figure-leader dying a heroic death and passing leadership on to a younger character I could actually identify with. And most of the other deaths amounted to characters whose toys were so clunky I never wanted them being replaced by cooler-looking new guys, so I was perfectly fine with it. Violence finally had consequences, including a better story and characters! And since my parents mostly played folk and country, the music was this huge breath of fresh air; I wouldn't budge from my seat until the credits were completely over, I just didn't want it to end.

As we walked out, the last family to do so: "I didn't know a movie could be that good!"

"Yyyyyeah, we're picking the movie next time." I think they may have actually said it in unison.

And when new eps of the cartoon came back, I realized it didn't have to end, and Transformers has been my favorite thing ever since. Animation quality apparently didn't register with me at age 7, but I genuinely liked where season 3's story went way more than in the first 2 seasons. And you know what? Rodimus Prime was actually a better leader; cartoon Op led his troops into certain death only to be saved by circumstances beyond his control at least two times too many for my taste. When we got a VCR for Christmas of '87, TF:TM was the first movie we ever rented, but I didn't get my own copy until early '98, from a video store that closed not too long afterward.

Saw it on the big screen once more at BotCon 2000, but will damn sure be seeing it at an AMC next month!
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