Transformers/Transformers: The Movie

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Transformers - The Movie
Release Date July 11, 1986
Written by Ron Friedman
Directed by Nelson Shin
Produced by
Running Time
Origin USA

Season Two

Season Three

Transformers: The Movie is a major motion picture of Transformers.

Cast: Norman Alden (Kranix / Arblus), Jack Angel (Astrotrain), Michael Bell (Prowl / Scrapper / Swoop / Junkion / Bombshell), Gregg Berger (Grimlock), Susan Blu (Arcee), Arthur Burghardt (Devastator), Corey Burton (Spike / Brawn / Shockwave), Roger C. Carmel (Cyclonus / Quintesson Leader), Victor Caroli (Narrator), Regis Cordic (Quintesson Judge), Scatman Crothers (Jazz), Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime / Ironhide), BJ Davis (Dirge), Paul Eiding (Perceptor), Walker Edmiston (Inferno [scenes deleted]), Ed Gilbert (Blitzwing), Dan Gilvezan (Bumblebee), Eric Idle (Wreck-Gar), Buster Jones (Blaster), Stan Jones (Scourge), Casey Kasem (Cliffjumper), Chris Latta (Starscream / Wheeljack), David Mendenhall (Daniel), Don Messick (Scavenger / Ratchet), John Moschitta (Blurr), Judd Nelson (Hot Rod / Rodimus Prime), Leonard Nimoy (Galvatron), Hal Rayle (Shrapnel), Clive Revill (Kickback), Neil Ross (Bonecrusher / Hook / Springer / Slag), Robert Stack (Ultra Magnus), Lionel Stander (Kup), Frank Welker (Megatron / Soundwave / Rumble / Frenzy / Laserbeak / Wheelie / Junkion), Orson Welles (Unicron)


Plot Overview

The planet Unicron, which was made by Primacron, is traveling through space. Slowly it is heading for Cybertron. The Decepticons manage to capture the entire planet of Cybertron over time. The Autobots only possess the two moons of Cybertron. Earth is in Autobot hands. Optimus Prime is in command of Moonbase 1, there he orders Ironhide to take a shuttle and get more energon supplies from earth. Megatron learns of Ironhides journey by Laserbeak. Megatron and some other Decepticons attack Ironhides shuttle and kill all passengers; Brawn, Prowl, Ratchet and Ironhide. With this shuttle the Decepticons are able to pass all early warning devices of the Autobots on Earth. Hot Rod notices the holes in the shuttle as it starts its decent to Autobot City. Hot Rod starts shooting at the shuttle, but the Decepticons are already at the city.

Attack on Autobot City

A fierce battle follows. Many Autobots get killed, among others Wheeljack and Windcharger. Blaster sends a S.O.S. to Optimus Prime, but the Decepticon Cassettes disable his antennas. The next morning the situation starts to look hopeless. The Constructicons form Devastator and he is able to destroy much of the Autobot defences. But then the shuttle of Optimus Prime appears. The Dinobots leave the shuttle even before it has landed and they manage to stop Devastator.

Megatron uses Hotrod as shieldOptimus Prime lands the shuttle and he fights his way through the Decepticon lines, till he reaches Megatron. A heroic battle follows. Finally Megatron begs for mercy, but it's just a trick; invisible for Optimus Prime, he reaches for a gun. Hot Rod sees this and jumps Megatron. Megatron gets hold of Hot Rod and uses him as a shield while he shoots at Optimus. Optimus Prime falls and slowly Megatron walks to the heavily wounded Optimus Prime, but suddenly Optimus Prime is able to reach up and he hits Megatron hard with all his remaining strength. Megatron falls, soon followed by Optimus Prime.

Optimus Prime Dies

Starscream stands gloating over the defeated Megatron. Finally he is the leader of the Decepticons, he orders the retreat. From everywhere the Decepticons head for Astrotrain, many are carrying the wounded. Soundwave carries Megatron from the battlefield. The Autobots cheer over this unexpected victory, but soon they start to morn as it becomes apparent that Optimus Prime is mortally injured. On his death bed Optimus Prime chooses his replacement: Ultra Magnus. He gives the Matrix to Ultra Magnus and then he dies.

Behold... Galvatron

In the meantime the Decepticons encounter some problems: Astrotrain is to full with Decepticons, he can't reach Cybertron if he doesn't get any lighter. Starscream orders that all wounded are to be thrown from board. With much joy he himself disposes of Megatron. Megatron and the wounded Decepticons drift in space for a long time an finally they encounter Unicron. He offers to repair Megatron and his Decepticons, on the condition that Megatron will destroy the Matrix, because the Matrix is the only thing that is able to destroy Unicron. Reluctantly Megatron agrees. Megatron is not just repaired, he is even rebuilt, his new name is Galvatron. The wounded Decepticons, among others Bombshell, Thundercracker and Skywarp, are rebuilt into Cyclonus, Scourge and the Sweeps.

Galvatron assumes command

Galvatron first heads for Cybertron, there he kills Starscream, who was just being coronated, and he takes the command of the Decepticons once again. At that moment Unicron gets near to Cybertron, he attacks the two moons of Cybertron and destroys them both. Spike, Bumblebee, Jazz and Cliffjumper are sucked into Unicron. Galvatron is enraged, but Unicron makes clear to him that he is only a pawn of Unicron. Galvatron then heads to Earth to find Ultra Magnus and destroy the Matrix.

The shuttle crashes

The Autobots received the S.O.S. from the two Moonbases and are just about to board the shuttles, when Galvatron arrives with the Decepticons. The Autobots manage to take-off but the Decepticons are in pursuit. Cyclonus shoots down the shuttle with Hot Rod, Kup and the Dinobots. This shuttle crashlands on the planet Quintessa. Galvatron destroys the shuttle with Ultra Magnus, Arcee, Springer, Blurr, Perceptor and Daniel. Then suddenly Galvatron suffers from an intense pain and he orders to bring him to Unicron.

Fighting Sharkticons

Hot Rod and Kup get captured by some Sharkticons and are taken to the court of the Quintessons, they are sentenced to death. (The Quintesson judge declares them innocent and that means a death sentence for the victim.) They are thrown into a pit of Sharkticons, for a while they manage to hold the Sharkticons at a distance. Meanwhile the Dinobots have made a new friend; Wheelie. Wheelie leads the Dinobots to the pit with Sharkticons and the Dinobots are able to convince to Sharkticons to attack their Quintesson masters. For a second time in history the Quintessons have to flee for their own creations. Wheelie even knows where the Autobots can find a spaceship and they leave Quintessa together.

On board the shuttle

Ultra Magnus and the other Autobots that were on the shuttle survived the destruction of the shuttle. Just in time they separated the cockpit from the rest of the ship. This tiny ship is to beat up to make it to Cybertron, Perceptor advises to head for the planet Junkion. This planet is in fact some sort of garbage dump in space. Galvatron has a meesting with Unicron and he is told that Ultra Magnus is alive and that he is on Junkion. Again Galvatron sets out to destroy the Matrix.

Galvatron catches the Matrix

Ultra Magnus and the others are just starting to repair the shuttle as Galvatron arrives. Galvatron destroys the shuttle and the Autobots start running. Ultra Magnus brings the Autobots to relative safety and then he goes to face Galvatron alone. Galvatron orders the Sweeps to attack and they shoot Ultra Magnus to pieces. Galvatron catches the Matrix and decides to use it against Unicron.

Fighting Junkions

The Autobots come from hiding after that Galvatron and the Decepticons have left the planet. They grieve for Ultra Magnus and the loss of the Matrix, however they are soon interrupted by the Junkions. Wreck-Gar, the leader of the Junkions launches a full scale assault against the Autobots, for the Autobots are invaders of his planet. As the battle starts to turn against the Autobots, a shuttle appears. After the shuttle lands, the doors open and Hot Rod and the others step from the shuttle. Hot Rod manages to ally the Junkions and they agree to help the Autobots against Unicron, they even repair Ultra Magnus.

Unicron attacks Cybertron

Galvatron fails to use the Matrix against Unicron. Unicron transforms from planet into a gigantic robot. He swallows Galvatron and then he attacks Cybertron. Shockwave orders all the Decepticons on Cybertron to defend Cybertron, during the battle he dies (the part where he dies seems to have been drawn, but it was censored, according to one source on the Internet). The Autobots arrive in the Quintesson shuttle and Junkion shuttle. The Quintesson shuttle with on board Hot Rod, Kup, Arcee, Springer and Daniel gets hit. Hot Rod takes the ship into a collision coarse with Unicron, the ship flies straight through Unicrons eye. Inside Unicron they get separated from each other. Daniel discovers his dad and Bumblebee, Cliffjumper and Jazz. Daniel is able to rescue them all from a melting pool. Hot Rod encounters Galvatron and they start a battle for the Matrix. Rodimus PrimeFinally Hot Rod reaches out for it and the power from the Matrix goes to Hot Rod. While Hot Rod starts to change into a new robot, Optimus Primes voice sounds from the Matrix: "Arise Rodimus Prime". Rodimus Prime then grabs Galvatron and throws him through Unicrons hull and Galvatron disappears into deep space. There after Rodimus Prime opens the Matrix, its powers flow through Unicron and Unicron gets overloaded. Rodimus Prime catches up with all the other Autobots inside Unicron and he leads them to safety through Unicrons other eye. Then Unicron explodes.

Unicron's head in orbit

The Decepticons are now without leader and flee from Cybertron. The Autobots celebrate their victory with their new leader; Rodimus Prime. The head of Unicron stayed in orbit of Cybertron after his destruction, it now circles the planet like a moon.


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