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"Beyond good. Beyond evil. Beyond your wildest imagination."
on 12 August 2015
Transformers the animated movie (1986) represents one of the most exciting experiences of my childhood and something that I still hold dear as an adult.
Based in the setting of the popular Transformers animated and comic book series of the mid to late 80's, Transformers the movie is set in the then distant 2005. The Autobots have been banished from Cybertron by the evil Decepticons and are now based at Autobot City on Earth, as well as two of Cybertrons moons. Decepticon leader Megatron conceives of a plan to vanquish the Autobots forever, and a new evil that threatens the very universe emerges...
The movie is a classic tale of good v's evil, although it has a decidedly darker tone than that of the ongoing animated series of the time, with the Decepticons being portrayed as killing without hesitation, and many popular Transformers being unceremoniously destroyed. Certainly it was considered perhaps a little too adult at the time for the children who formed the franchises main audience, although it may seem a little tame by modern standards.
Even by modern standards Toei Animations anime-style filming stands the test of time. Whilst being distinctly 80's in its style, it is still beautifully crisp, smooth and bright. Voice talent for the movie included the likes of Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek), Eric Idol (Monty Python) and even Orson Wells (Citizen Kane) in his very last acting role before his death, as well as such staples of the animated series like Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime) and Frank Welker (Megatron).
The movie also has an awesome rock and roll soundtrack that helps it be the great adventure it is, including such inspirational classics as 'The Touch' by Stan Bush (subsequently used in various other movies and TV shows such as ';Boogie Nights' and 'Chuck'), and 'Dare to be Stupid' by Weird Al Yankovic.
I watched this at the cinema, owned it on VHS, it was the first DVD I ever purchased and also subsequently the first Blue-ray I owned so highly I rate it. It offers something for everyone regardless as to whether you are a 30-something fan like myself or a wide-eyed youngster just looking for an exciting cartoon to watch!