Transformers: The Movie (1986)

Mike Matei / June 9th, 2007

Transformers are also known as 變形金剛, トランスフォーマー, Трансформеры


  • Beware77

    April 13, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Bah weep grah nah weep ninny-bonn!!!

    (that’s from memory sorry if it’s not exact)

  • April 14, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Pure classic and of course better than this Michal Bay crap!


    April 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I owned the gun decepticon from 1983 before I even knew about transformers! :O

    • jasonjrf

      March 24, 2014 at 4:19 am

      Megatron? Galvatron? Shockwave?

    • March 29, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      the first time i remembering hearing “decepticon” was the local “deceps” gang down here in brooklyn, NY when i was in junior high school in 1990. it was supposed to be today’s version of the bloods/crips gang. i had no idea the word was taken from transformers. since there was no internet or global culture (like gangnam style which caught on in america from south korea), transformers lent itself to pop culture and had a “cool” sounding name for evil, namely the decepticons. if you type in decepticons gang in google, you will see the first link expand on this some more.

  • WintersNight

    May 25, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I didn’t watch much of the cartoon when I grew up because it was on a channel that my family didn’t have, so I could only see it if I was watching some relative or a friend who had that channel and it happened to be on while I was there. I did see the movie though. But my biggest connection to the Transformers universe was reading the comic books. 🙂 I used to buy them whenever they came out and I also had a few of the action figures. I really loved Transformers when I was younger.

  • June 11, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Man, I LOVED this movie, but the Nostalgia Chick did point out a few of the flaws, like, how way to many people die, and Unicron I guess had a pretty stupid defeat. I never knew his eye was his weak spot. Anyway, still, I loved this movie, and if I can find it on Netflix I always rent it just to bring back some old memories of watching it when I was like, 6 (I’m 12 now).

  • strint519

    July 21, 2010 at 5:45 am

    Awesome review James. 10/10

  • Rose Waltz

    July 24, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I love this movie as a little kid, and I was one of the kids who had ot be dragged out of the theatre crying because Optimus died. We went back to watch it a the dollar theater since my parents weren’t too thrilled about dragging me out of another full priced theater, and I made it through this time.

    I made my friends watch this (along with other movies, trying to ween them off crap like Twilight and get them educated about good media) and they all mocked the Junkions with their dance party. Thing is, the Junkions would have been ten, twenty years behind everyone else, basing tehir culture on TV. So to them, the cheesy ’80s party movies with dance montages made sence, and were included.

    Besides, they already prooved they could take the damage as well as dish it out, so do you REALLY want to offend them by refusing a dance party?

  • master nate

    August 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    This movie is crazy! HAHA! So much does not make sense, but its so fun. Maybe not a film for all time, but its a film for a generation.

  • WatchmenFTW

    September 5, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Orson Welles as Unicron? WOW, wasn’t expecting that fact. I wonder if he ever said “Rosebud”?

  • Theawesomeness

    September 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    i saw this in studyhall last year, on of the best movies i’ve ever seen

  • avgnfan96

    September 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    destroy the matrix lol

  • Kaizersozak84

    September 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    One of the best movies ever! I love this so much, just watching the review gives me goose bumps. The Optimus, Megatron fight is by far the highlight. I still shed a tear when Optimus dies, he’s such a legend. I do love the fact that he does come back later in the series, there’s no way such an iconic character could stay dead for long.

    Epic movie, and i love it so much, great review James.

  • September 28, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    This brings back lots of memories !!! Great Movie !!!!

  • lorence05

    October 9, 2010 at 3:41 am

    “This Movie Has Balls” LOVE THAT COMMENT
    James man your movie cristism is the best i ever heard in any movie to date. You dont bullshit and dont hold back any punches. You say whats on your mind and dont hold back. FUCK ALL THE OTHER MOVIE CRITICS dude i rather hear what you have to say about movies.

  • mcnerven

    November 16, 2010 at 5:37 am

    James, I’m really surprised you haven’t reviewed the G.I. Joe animated movie yet as it features a similar animation style and seems up your alley. That movie was weirder than my shit after drinking a gallon of green Kool-Aid and always left my confused as a child.

  • jalvarez82

    November 24, 2010 at 2:45 am

    I’d love to see you review the original Fist Of The North Star (aka ‘Hokuto No Ken’) movie. That one’s a great classic too.

  • mecha-king-ghidorah

    January 4, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    this was the first transformers thing I had ever seen or heard of when I was younger and I thought Unicron was awesome and it made me think about unicorns for some reason

  • killerbee2k

    January 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    This movie is awesome, its also one of the best quality animation ever made. Just compare the drawings, the detail, the depth of animation and quality of the sound effects to any modern cartoon or even computer animated movie. This movie beats them all. I would say its equal to Akira in quality. And the soundtrack is mindblowingly cool and cheesy in a good way.

    Thank you James for making the best review of this movie and giving it some deserving attention. They should rerelease it on Blueray!

  • March 11, 2011 at 6:42 am

    Right there with you. Optimis was my hero and seeing him die, as a kid in the theater, was a sad moment indeed.

  • darklord131

    March 16, 2011 at 12:00 am

    when optimis dies is one of the saddest moments in cartoon history ever and Micheal bay did fuck up the transformers and if that wasn’t enough he did the same thing to the nightmare on elm st

  • chrisRAWRZ

    March 24, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    i loved this movie because they actually had robots dying..everytime i watched an episode they would miss and shoot miss and run away but this was different..even optimus died. love this movie. i remember watching it on tv.

  • This2x4Skeleton

    April 5, 2011 at 2:59 am

    I had to register just to say this-

    I’m 23 years old and still watch this movie at least twice a year. They just don’t make ’em like they used to. The animation is simply amazing, especially when you compare it to animated movies and series from present times, over 20 years later and it still holds up.

    The music was great and completely fit into the theme and flow of the movie.

    Balls of steel.


    May 9, 2011 at 2:43 am

    this movie kicks ass
    this is awesome.

    only bad/good point is that there are way to many characters dying.
    it hurts to see everyone getting killed.
    but that also shows that this movie has balls.

    and well war is not always a happy fun land

  • monkeyking31

    May 31, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    I know where the trailer goes.
    its a transformer that never gets any screen time cause they all hate him.

  • July 5, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Maybe for a 4th or 5th Transformers movie, they’ll bring in Unicron to the mix.

  • You Only Live Thrice

    July 15, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    yup i was one of the crying kids in the theater when Optimus died

    Has there ever been a moment like this since in a cartoon?

    • December 3, 2015 at 11:36 am

      Well in the GI Joe movie, I hear that they didn’t kill Duke off because of this movie.


    July 17, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Its funny how it represented and kinda copied star wars

  • PorkFrydRice

    July 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I can understand killing off old characters in order to make room for new ones, but killing off the Transformers never made any sense to me. Like how all those Autobots on the shuttle got killed with very few laser blast, but later on Ultra Magnus is completely blown to pieces in the movie but is still able to be rebuilt…. huh? How the hell does that work??? Anyways hope James will get around to doing the animated G.I. Joe movie too.

    • December 3, 2015 at 11:35 am

      I don’t think Ultra Magnus was as badly damaged. Also, it could’ve been because the Junkions were skilled at putting transformers back together. They’ve certainly been able to do it for themselves afterall. There’s a chance that if the quintessons were interested, they could’ve repaired each and every deceased autobot.

  • July 18, 2011 at 3:13 am

    it was a graet movie but thought the sound track was ok some of the songs should hve been used in differnt scenes and you forgot how much Grimlock kicked ass. I also liked how the show keep the story line going and how Optimus came back from the dead hell yeah

  • RX_79

    July 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I was considering buying this movie on dvd. What Dvd version is uncut?

    • December 3, 2015 at 11:33 am

      There is only one DVD version as I recall and now they have the movie on Blu-Ray with more features. But the DVD version is STILl the greatest out there. I have (had) the 25th anniversery edition (I think).

  • viJilance

    July 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    personally i disliked transformers as a show, its dialogue was retarded. the movie was great, but being born in 1989 I’m a fan of Beast Wars.

    Beast Wars was THE SHIT.

  • viJilance

    July 18, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    & i don’t mean the michael bay movies, those are assball.

  • greedo

    July 18, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Hey James;

    It’s funny that you re-posted this. My friend and I were just discussing this movie. And let me say it now: This movie killed the Transformers franchise for me. I remember being over at my cousin’s house when I heard the news that Optimus Prime had died. (They hadn’t seen it at the theaters, it had already been released to VCR). I thought they were pulling my leg, but no, it was true. I couldn’t believe it! How could they kill off one of my favorite characters!

    But to add insult to injury, they managed to keep Megatron alive! What sort of nonsense was this? You kill off one of the best characters on the TV show, but keep the villain alive! Not fair! If you are going to kill the hero, you might as well kill the villain. What’s the point of keeping the villain alive, if he doesn’t have a good counterpart?

    But to add insult to injury, they replaced Optimus Prime with Hot Rod. That little turd couldn’t lead a paper bag, much less the Autobots. All the time that he was on screen reminded me of who wasn’t there. And it pained me, because I knew that the show would never be the same.

    And I was right, it wasn’t. I didn’t know, (or didn’t realize- or realized and had forgotten) was that they killed off some of the best characters. See, I have never, to this day, ever watched the movie- at least not in full. I was so disappointed at what they had done, that I could not bear to watch it, ever. (I did allow myself to watch part of the movie- and let me say, that his death was far less dramatic than I thought. But I digress). The worst part was that they killed Bumblebee. He was my favorite, next to Optimus. The show was never the same after that.

    What they did was not “ballsy”, it was STUPID. True, from a creative standpoint, what they did was, but it was entirely the wrong move. That would be like if M.A.S.H. had suddenly decided to kill off Colonel Potter, Hawkeye, and B.J. The show wouldn’t have worked. And it was the same here. In doing so, they killed off the heart and soul of the cast. It also weakened the cast considerably. Who will save the world from the evil decepticons now, Captain Kangarroo!

    I don’t know why they did, maybe they felt that the show needed a bit of a spark. But that was the beginning of the end of the Transformers phenomenon. The producers must have realized that they had made a mistake, because they tried to bring Prime back. First as a zombie ghost thing, and finally for real. But it didn’t work. They had done far too much damage to the show’s credibility by that time to salvage it.

    What they should have done was kill off Megatron, save Prime and leave Starscream in charge. That way, even if they had killed off some of the other characters, they would still have had an effective villain to square off against. Yeah, it would have weakened the show, but it would have been better than what they left us with.

    It may not seem like such a big deal now. But when Prime died, a piece of my childhood died with me, and with it, my love of the Transformers. Why did you kill my childhood, Hasbro? Shame on you, Hasbro!

    • PaulHagebock

      February 17, 2012 at 12:12 am

      Bumblebee never dies in that movie. He’s with Spike the whole time and the little kid saves him and his dad at the end.

    • PaulHagebock

      February 17, 2012 at 12:12 am

      Bumblebee never dies in that movie. He’s with Spike the whole time and the little kid saves him and his dad at the end.

  • drmanly

    July 18, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Awesome review James! Talk about sweet 80’s animation!

    REVIEW HEAVY METAL AND HEAVY METAL 2000 please! My personal favorites and many others feel the same :). Thanks for all the awesomeness, cinemassacre is wonderful, you got the touch!

  • TheToucanGuy

    August 12, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I was not born before this movie came out but I know exactly what you’r talking about. When i’m is school everybody gives me strange looks because I like 80’s cartoons. Also when Optimus died I was not botheres at all. The thing that bothered me is in the episodes after the movie Galvitron acted nothing like Megatron. At least the best character in the series was not changed because of the movie. Soundwave is the best Transformer ever known. If you think that Soundwave sucks then name one other charcter from any movie, tv show or what ever who is a casset player and still is a complete badass.

  • Firewall_Philip_Hanan

    October 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Optimus Prime’s death didnt’ make me cry, but then again, I watched it when I was in my mid 20’s. Now, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. That’s a tear jerker.

  • Riddler

    October 26, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I never much cared for Transormers, but i may watch this just because the animation looks good.

  • Fluteloop

    January 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    The TV Show rocked. My favourite cartoon of all time. The movie rocked but i didn’t see it in theatres, I rented it various times on VHS and I love it. The soundtrack one of the best ever as well. My friend told me he went and saw it told me about Optimus dieing and how the kids in the theatre cried. I didnt cry, but it was very surprising. Then the cartoon after the movie went downhill and I stopped watching.

    James, out of the famous voice overs, you forgot Robert Stack as Ultra Magnus.

  • michael21379

    February 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    That was a great review Transformers was the BEST cartoon of the 80s and I hate that I didn’t see this movie the the theater. James its almost like we grew up together I love your reviews it takes me back to the 80s and Thanks and I hope you never stop…

  • HorazStCruz

    March 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I watched on the cinemas and also could get a DVD remaster 2 years ago.
    When Optimus Prime died, i realised best intentions will never get you grow old, and i was so shocked… Old school anime, baby: they kill your heroes right up on your face.
    What a piece of high-spirited nostalgia. I love this place!

  • fcabanski

    April 18, 2012 at 2:39 am

    WTF. Someone at the gym had a Decepticon tattoo. Someone recognized it, so I asked if he had seen the live action movies. He said they were OK, but he really liked the animated movie and the music in it.

    I came home to find this review on Cinnamonasskicker.

    That is synchronicity.

    I still don’t like statements uttered as questions?

    Both Mike and James do it a lot?

  • fcabanski

    April 18, 2012 at 2:41 am

    The guy who mentioned the movie even mentioned “You’ve Got the Touch”.

  • kamakazi geek

    May 1, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Fuck Citizen Kane? sorry nerd but Citizen Kane is fucking awesome!

  • Aaron1375

    June 29, 2012 at 2:46 am

    I went to see that film three times at the theater. I loved it as a kid, but even then the best part of the film was the first initial attack. That all out battle was brutal. I did not like Prime dying though as I did not really like any of the new characters. There just was not enough build up for them. Bam, here are the new guys, these are the guys you are now going to watch! I did like Hotrod, but I did not like him as Rodimus, mainly because he just was not a good leader and he transformed into one of those redneck pickups that tries to also be a motor home. What the fuck? He goes from being a badass car to a vehicle that likely has “if this van’s a rockin don’t come a knockin” bumper sticker.

  • bwall317

    July 3, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    One of my top 10 favorite movies of all time Transformers 1985 is still bad ass.

  • jacko wacko

    July 15, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Who would win in a fight:Galvatron vs Megatron
    Also:Unicron vs Galactus

    • December 3, 2015 at 11:28 am

      Galvatron might be more powerful, but Megatron was definitely more logical and less crazy. He led the Decepticons in an age where they were more powerful. Galvatron led the Decepticons in an age where they were living on a dead world with no power to call their own. The autobots were in total control of Cybertron at the time. And I think that it might be close. But Unicron has more I think, and I think that he is also bigger.

  • January 2, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Okay so I have already watched this review several times and here I am watching it again. Great job with the new 2013 design on this site guys. Loving it. Transformers forever!

  • I AM ZIM

    March 23, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I was not born in the 80’s but I have seen that movie and it’s awesome it’s still awesome screw Michael bay this is the 80’s movie just watching this video gives me goosebumps! “you’ve got the touch you’ve got the powaaaaa YEAH!”

  • March 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I was 5 or 6 when I saw this in the theater. The crzy thing is this was my first time I questioned life and death. Even more disturbing, i was taken to see Gremlins, and Return to Oz as well. The unholy trinity of “Children movies” my parents were triked into taking me to lol. This movie made me sad, and the other two made me shit in my pants.

    • December 3, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Well Return to OZ was just dark for a kid’s movie. I saw it on the Disney Channel I think, or somewhere on television (I forget). It kind’ve envoked some kind of emotion from me that was a bit (but not totally like) fear. I didn’t watch the movie when I was a kid. But somehow I doubt Optimus dying couldn’t have envoked more emotion out of me then a deaf kid getting run over by a train.

  • May 28, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    This movie is totally amazing!

  • February 8, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I Love Transformers

  • jasonjrf

    March 24, 2014 at 4:27 am

    Constructicons inferior Sound Wave Superior

  • lance2011

    March 27, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I don’t remember who he played but I do remember hearing the voice of the great and missed Casey Kasem in it.

    • ThanosOfTitan

      March 29, 2014 at 12:54 am

      Casey Kasem did the voice for Cliffjumper and Teletraan I.

  • sanchokobe

    April 3, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    James and I are the same age, but our experiences were pretty different. Transformers was my thing as a kid, so I was really hyped for this movie. I sat through the whole thing–took it all in. I watched all the robots I’d come to know and love violently killed off one by one. When it was all done, my mom knew something wasn’t right. I was completely silent as we left the theater. I said absolutely nothing as I climbed into the car and buckled up. Then, after my mom had climbed into the driver’s seat, she turned to me and said, “It wasn’t very good, was it?” That’s when I lost it. My mom jumped out of the car and ran to the back to hug me, but I found out later on as an adult that she was FURIOUS. She wrote an angry letter to Mattel (or was it Hasbro?) and vowed to never buy another toy from them. I guess she wasn’t the only one, since Optimus Prime didn’t stay dead for very long.

    It was a matter of unfortunate timing, really. One month earlier, my grandfather had passed away. This was just a one-two punch of my first exposure to the concept of mortality, so the death of Optimus Prime hit me a lot harder than most other kids. Watching the clips in this review made my stomach knot up a little, 28 years later.

    • December 3, 2015 at 11:21 am

      The movie was good though. But as I understand it, it was Optimas Prime kicking off that convinced them to not have Duke die in the animated GI Joe movie. The movie did alot of things right, had great music and scenes that were memorable.

  • April 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

    HOW HOW HOW was Galvatron choking Rodimus at the end???? THEY’RE ROBOTS, THEY DONT BREATHE!!!! oh the INSANITY

  • Kjetil håvås

    April 10, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I love Transformers the movie it is one of my favorite movies.

  • April 17, 2014 at 11:52 am

    I love this movie!

  • akira_akuma

    May 13, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    frig i love this site.

  • driss badaoui

    August 7, 2014 at 9:47 am

    great review .. i also remember execly where i was when i saw that movie , and als rememberd that i cried about it!

  • August 30, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Pleas, pleas please please PLEASE make a new video on this movie, James & Mike! Please talk about it again. Also, Review Savage Streets sometime. One of the songs from The Transformers movie is a cover of a song in that film, for one thing. Also, it’s really awesome!

  • Chase Taylor

    December 7, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Better that any of the Michael Bay Transformers movies.

  • Behemoth

    December 14, 2014 at 7:01 am

    since when was “damn it” a swear word??

  • Jon Rosales

    April 24, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    I agree that this movie was terrific much like the TV show from the 80s. I cracked up when I heard the “Destroy the Matrix!” segment.

  • November 25, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    They have this movie on blu-ray with new content (more then the DVD has). Go pick it up if you like it.

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