UGeek UGRe-view: Transformers: The Movie (‘86)

  • Hi, UGeeks Orpax here with a new blog, The UGRe-viewwhere each week we will write a blog about a classic movie, anime or game from our past and see if it can stand the test of time or help you discover something new.


    My first UGRe-view is my all time favorite movie:


    Transformers : The Movie(‘86)








    The tide of war between the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons has turned as the Decepticons have taken over the Transformers home planet of Cybertron. The movie begins with Optimus Prime, Leader of the Autobots setting plans into motion to try and reclaim their home world by making a secret run to Autobot City on Earth for energon, the main power source of all Transformers. Megatron, leader of the Decepticons learns of this and hatches a plan to sneak on the shuttle, wipe out the Autobots on the shuttle and attach the city before the Autobots can discover their evil intentions.

    Meanwhile, a new threat to all life in the galaxy known as Unicron destroys planet after planet slowly making its way to Cybertron. Can the Autobots defend Autobot City, defeat the maniacal Megatron and save both Earth and Cybertron from the Decepticons? How will they combat a threat the size of a planet? Can they return please to the galaxy? 



    Review: 8/10

                    This is one of those rare movies that can stand the test of time. It perfectly encompasses everything that was the 80’s from the animation to the sound track

    Animation: 9/10

                    The animation is outstanding. It was one of, if not the final animated movie to be completely drawn and edited by hand.

    Sound Track: 9/10

                    Period perfect synth music from Vince Dicola and a rocking 80’s metal music score. Each track placed in the movie with a surgical precision.

    Story: 6/10

                    It’s no secret this movie was made to “kill off” the Generation 1 bots and introduce us to the new line. While there are some great moments (i.e. entire Autobot City battle, Death of Prime, introduction of Unicron and Galvatron) the story feels more like “let’s focus on important moments and fill in the in-between parts

    Voice work: 10/10:

     From series veterans like Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime), Frank Welker(Megatron),and Greg Berger (Grimlock) to Hollywood superstars like Lenard Nemoy (Galvatron), Robert Stack (Ultra Magnus), Eric Idle (Wreck-Gar)Orson Wells (Unicron), and Judd Nelson (Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime) this movie is a master class in voice work in a time when little care was given to voice actors.


    Final Thoughts:

                    As I said, I am a little bias to the movie, I love it today as much as I did the summer of ’86 when I saw it for the first time. With that said, The movie has aged well but it is far from perfect. I recommend watching it and seeing how far the Transformers universe has changed/grown since this movie.


    Re-posted from 7/21/17