The Transformers animated series, aka G1 (Generation: One) premiered in 1984 and ran for two seasons before Transformers: The Movie hit screens.
Transformers: The Movie came out in 1986 and didn’t exactly set the Box Office on fire. Some blame poor or little marketing. I know one thing is for sure… I had my but in a movie theater seat that Summer!
The animated Transformers movie boasted a stellar voice cast: Judd Nelson, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, Lionel Stander, Orson Welles and Eric Idle all lent their voices to the production. Not to mention, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker and the rest of the series voice cast who returned to their respective roles.
Some were shocked by the ultra violent action, rendered much more dynamically than the TV series. This violence included several key characters violent deaths , including the father figure, Optimus Prime’s horrible death.
Another bit of controversy was the new character of Hot Rod, who would later replace Optimus by becoming Rodimus Prime. Some fans blame Hot Rod’s actions for getting Optimus killed.
Now, the animated Cult-Classic is finally getting a special edition Blu-Ray release!
I really can’t put my finger on why this movie affected me the way it did. I vividly remember watching this movie in the theater. I remember being mischievously shocked when Spike cursed. I remember being horrified when Megatron killed Prowl, Ratchet, Brawn and Ironhide. I remember holding back the tears as hard as I could when Optimus Prime died because “I fear the wounds are… fatal.” I remember tapping my feet on the sticky New York theater floor to the awesome soundtrack. I remember getting out of my seat and punching the air when Grimlock proclaimed “Me Grimlock kick butt!” In the years that have passed, I have completely lost track of how many times I have watched this Movie. It has become a visual “safety blanket”, where I put it on around once a week. You might think it is simply nostalgia, but I think it might be something more. (Insert “More than meets the eye” pun here)
Till all are one, Ba-weep-graghna-weep-nini-bong! (the universal greeting)