How Was the 1986 Transformers Movie?

Exploring why it is worth watching after all these years, opinions about the movie from different perspectives, and The moment we finally find our hero.

I revisited the film by listening to the audio of the movie in its entirety and doing some research while I wrote this post. I also watched a couple of scenes more attentively.

  1. History of Classic Transformers

Micro Change and Diaclone, two Japanese toy lines, were the inspiration behind Transformers. They introduced robots ready to change into regular vehicles, electronic things, or weapons. Hasbro bought the Micro Change and Diaclone toys and partnered with Takara.

The TakaraTomy company makes toys in Japan. They are the maker of Transformers in Japan and plan a significant part of the design for Transformers toys.

Brand: Hasbro

Toys initially created by Takara became part of the Transformers line after being imported by Hasbro. It has been a business partnership between Hasbro and Takara ever since.

Who was the very first Transformer? Primus is the divine force of the Transformers, an ancient and ethereal being that dates back to the beginning of the universe, a force for good that exists across multiple realities, and infinite alternate universes. It was Prima who was the first Transformer created by Primus, and he would later lead Thirteen.

The Thirteen were the primary unique Cybertronians made by Primus to battle Unicron. They were each given the ranking of Prime. Simon Furman further invented the Transformers’ origin independently of Quintesson.

Quintessons are a race of creatures being driven off by Sentinel Prime. They are the manifestations of Quintus Prime and rule their realm from the planet Quintessa.

  1. Pre-1986

Tragically, the space shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after launch, killing all seven astronauts on board. It has been suggested that those old enough to remember belong to Generation X (and are too old to be considered millennials). Would recollecting the 1986 Transformers feature also confirm that I am part of Generation X?

The animated Transformers feature film was released on the big screen in 1986. It was in North America on August 8. It was co-created by Nelson Shin, who additionally delivered the TV series.

The screenplay was composed by Ron Friedman, who made Bionic Six. 7.2/10 on IMDb, The Transformers: The Movie is a story that heroic Autobots safeguard the world from abhorrent Decepticons. Anger is raging between both factions, and that hatred has made them blind to a threat.

The Transformers: The Movie (1986) –
Theatrical Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ96D4Q0ltE

The Transformers: The Movie is actually the first Transformers movie, even though the live-action films get all the attention. The movie gained a cult following among genre fans despite being a box office bomb.

Compared with the TV series’ equivalent of 90 minutes, the film’s budget was six times higher at $6 million.

  1. 1986 Film Underdog Autobots

In The Transformers: The Movie, after a Decepticon assault devastates Autobot City, Optimus Prime wins a deadly one-on-one duel with Megatron, but ultimately sustains fatal injuries in the encounter. It was Megatron’s correct calculation that the Decepticon crew would not set off the automated defenses of Autobot City.



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I’ve thought about how the story for The Transformers: The Movie fits a quest pattern. It could be viewed like this.

Initiation–The Decepticons have conquered Cybertron, the home planet of the Transformers, in what was a year in the future, 2005. Thundercracker, Skywarp, Shrapnel, Kickback, Bombshell, and Megatron are jettisoned to conserve fuel, by several Decepticons led by Starscream.

The injured Decepticons are found by Unicron, a conscious planet that consumes different universes. (One cinematic allusion to Star Wars.)



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In exchange for the destruction of the Matrix–which Megatron knows can destroy him–Unicron offers him a new body. He tells him Ultra Magnus has it.

Instruction–On his deathbed, Optimus passes its power.

Journey– Retaking the Decepticons, Galvatron drives to search out Ultra Magnus at Autobot City.

Confrontation–The Autobots and Junkions fly to Cybertron. The Autobots crash their spaceship through Unicron’s eye and become disbanded. Dinobots, Decepticons, and Junkions continue to battle Unicron.

As Daniel safeguards his dad Spike from Unicron’s framework, the gathering salvages bee, Jazz, and Cliffjumper.

Conquest–During the battle, Galvatron acquires the high ground. Understanding this is Autobot’s breaking point, the work changes Rodimus Prime, the Autobot pioneer. He is an Autobot champion.

Return–Rodimus throws Galvatron into space to obliterate Unicron, then escapes with the other Autobots.

Transformation–With the Decepticons in chaos, the Autobots praise the conflict and the retaking of their home planet while Unicron’s cut-off head circles.

  1. Screenplay Resolution

During the conquest, Galvatron acquires high ground. (Remind you of Ewan McGregor’s dialogue in Revenge of the Sith?)

The Matrix, realizing this is the Autobots’ darkest hour, transforms Hot Rod into Rodimus Prime. According to Hot Rod’s tech specs, he is an Autobot Cavalier, while Rodimus Prime is an “Autobot Protector” – unlike Optimus Prime, an “Autobot Commander”. While Unicron’s severed head orbits Cybertron, the Autobots celebrate the war’s end and the retaking of Cybertron from the Decepticons.

As a screenplay, I find the action and story adequate, and I also think the voice acting is notable. It mostly deserves the 7.2 it has on IMDb, although that score is possibly a little generous.

  1. Impact on pop culture

When Michael Bay made Transformers into a live-action feature, in 2007, I went on my own to the cinema, at the mall, to watch the film. I was glad to get a chance to enjoy it. Even those who don’t like the movie suggest the brand benefited from the film overall.

JoBlo on YouTube raises the question of how Megan Fox seems since both made it in Hollywood as the leading actress in Transformers and since she met Machine Gun Kelly.

Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox step out for a lunch date in West Hollywood. (ShotbyNYP / BACKGRID)

I agree that Michael Bay is a great action-film director, whatever criticism is leveled at him, and his first Transformers film shows it. Shia LaBeouf plays the leading role in the movie quite admirably, and Megan Fox is gorgeous and fun as the film’s leading actress. Bay had a $147 million budget in the US for the movie and the box office was $4.8 billion.

Sadly, notwithstanding posting Autobot-sized numbers that followed – Fallen ($836M), Moon ($1.12B), Eradication ($1.1B), The Last Knight ($605M) – the films tumbled off a precipice, and while he delighted in making them, he ought to tap out sooner.

Despite many calling the second movie the worst of the franchise, Reddit user chris95rx7500 claims it is still his favorite. Furthermore, “if you didn’t like the movie, the toy line made up for it.”

Will Spielberg receive another Academy Award in 2023?

Shia LaBeouf made his Hollywood breakthrough with Transformers after having starred in smaller projects. Fans of Transformers tend to view them as relatively disposable since there are so many movies. Initially, the sixth film in the flagship series and the seventh overall were set for release on June 9, 2023 – but that date remains.

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Boldness of The Skywalker Saga: Where’d You Go?

Dedicated to a love of Star Wars, Celebration this month in Chicago flabbergasted fans.  The assembly included panel discussions and all manner of Star Wars exhibits, and also celebrity appearances, a teaser for Episode IX, along with trailers for EA’s game Jedi:  Fallen Order, The Clone Wars S7, and The Mandalorian.  The celebration also took a look back at The Phantom Menace, embracing the sci-fi franchise once again.


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I took in some of it owing to its availability on YouTube.  Celebration, I recall, is nine years in the running, and in 2019 it highlights Episode IX.  Celebration revealed the title of Episode IX, and a teaser trailer.  There is excitement in the business sector of the entertainment industry, being the introduction of Disney+.  Disney+ is making available animated features from Disney’s history of films, along with Marvel Cinema Universe titles from the last ten or eleven years, and the Star Wars films, of which by now there are several.

The reason I enjoy Star Wars is that when J. J. Abrams directed The Force Awakens, I felt the excitement that Star Wars was again back speaking to me.  It seemed to again be a film series to be passionate about.

The response following Celebration did not completely line up with the positive outlook of the fortunate people who went to Celebration in person.  While most everybody there loved what’s going on, some of the YouTube channels who discuss Star Wars have mixed feelings, to say the least.  Geeks + Gamers criticized the teaser for Episode IX, The Quartering was dismissive, and a union of voices on the Internet ridiculed reactions that were exuberantly emotional.  All that is best measured against the outpouring of support for the franchise.

It is almost as if there is a guilty conscience about being part of the Fandom Menace and hating The Last Jedi, but still wanting to see what Episode IX is about.  I am sure the average fan does not feel this way.  I waited for The Last Jedi to go to Netflix, but I enjoyed it.


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The influence of Star Wars is hard to comprehend, but there is a war indeed between the feelings a fan has for Star Wars in the nineteen seventies and eighties, and equivalent satisfaction with the new trilogy, however much it taps into your experience of Star Wars and however deep it runs within you that the original films were perfect.

Rian Johnson directed The Last Jedi, and while that film was a commercial success, the popular response to the movie, as, for example, those voices on the Internet made known on Rotten Tomatoes, divided the fans.

None of this will be settled until December, but there will be a lot of excitement that grows this summer and fall.  As is typical of hot takes, animosities, apprehension, and outrage for Star Wars will be evident in the backlash that is going, “to battle,” for whatever reasons.

Publishous this month presented the Where’d You Go writing prompt.  Publishous is an 11,000-strong Medium newsletter which presents and highlights Christian writers who seek to make it, in the sense that they are writing because of the compulsion they feel to do so.  Although I’m not a member of Publishous, I look over articles they present, which provide some inspiration to blog in light of their writing prompts.

I am also a volunteer at a cemetery, Maple Lawn Cemetery, and I am their SMM.  You can find out more about us here: http://www.maplelawncemetery.org

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Passionate Ice; A Boy Desiring What Others Did Not So Much

Bruce Wayne decided as a boy that he would honour the memory of his mother and father by inventing himself as Batman and challenging many criminals in Gotham City.

I watched Justice League when it went to Netflix this month and I enjoyed it. The camaraderie between the members of the Justice League comes off as solid and the plot of the film is enjoyable. It is curious to see Superman return to life.

Some of the cool moments from my life were opportunities to see films, in movie theaters.  In 1989, cinema fans filled movie houses to see the DC superhero Batman on the silver screen.

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Photographer: Bruce Mars

I had a good time.  Actor Michael Keaton’s role as Bruce Wayne, with its heroism, detachment from wealth, and indifference to romance makes the character of Batman a reinvention.  I suppose Keaton was a surprise star turn, and the subplot of Gotham City TV news anchors unable to appear beautiful on television, owing to poison in beauty products deliverered by The Joker, is clever.

Jack Napier’s transition to The Joker is memorable.  In other scenes from Batman, Billy Dee Williams of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and subsequently in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, appears as Harvey Dent.

The climactic confrontation of the film, at the Gotham City parade beneath a cathedral with the height of a skyscraper, is wonderful.

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Photographer: Yi Ling Tan

When the creepy little video store in the shopping plaza near my home began renting to customers Batman, the store displayed tapes of the film like a phenomenon.  Shelf after shelf were full of the Batman video.  The format was VHS, the cassette for running a film with a VHS player.

I’d been to see it, but I wanted that VHS.  Christmas came, and family placed hand-wrapped videotape-shaped objects under the holiday tree.

They were VHS tapes, but what titles were they?  Us kids wouldn’t know until Christmas morning.  At the appointed time, I opened mine, and to my delight, the tape inside was Batman.

As the family opened our presents, a second tape of Batman under the Christmas tree emerged.  My mother’s brother and his wife had arranged for the gift of the movie Batman as well.  Two VHS tapes of the same film–a double.

What did my dear mother decide, you might ask?  This was a bummer.  She would quietly return a copy of the film to its retail store.

As a twelve-year-old, the price of a brand-new edition of a blockbuster film must be extravagant, I reasoned.  The VHS copy of Batman we had would belong to us all.

I suppose that taught me a lesson, like not to count your chickens before they hatch.  It was as if my uncle and aunt had felt I deserved my own copy of Batman, and Santa Claus did not.  The VHS tape of Batman was a gift, what I wanted and what I was losing.

In 1989, fate unfolded for Batman mobster Jack Napier.  The criminal mastermind falls into a vat of burning acid.  He loses the pigment of his skin and becomes molded with a permanent smile on his face.

I hadn’t earned my own copy of Batman, and I suppose the real lesson was that I should share.  It is a state of becoming tantalized by the promise of something gold and being humbled by the requirement to give it up.  Maybe we didn’t know that doubles of the Batman film were under the tree, but no contingency plan was in place.

I was cheesed.

Batman fans typically embrace the trilogy of Batman movies years later directed by Christopher Nolan, but I didn’t get interested in them.

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