3. Cartoon Cinema
In 1986, the successful ‘toon series birthed a cinematic spin-off, in the awkwardly titled The Transformers: The Movie.
The story takes place in 2005 (ah, remember those heady days of giant robot battles on Earth? No? You must’ve been asleep or something...), 20 years after the events of the show’s second season.
Intended to bridge the gap between the second and third seasons, the film ups the danger ante with the introduction of god-like artificial planet-'bot Unicron, voiced by legendary auteur/thesp Orson Welles in his final film role.
It’s a psychedelic, sloppily plotted affair, crammed full of cheese and aching of ‘80s standbys (it launched ‘The Touch’, performed by Stan Bush, which you can enjoy above and has been lovingly recreated for the new film).
Oh, and 'Baa Weep Granah Weep Ninny Bong!'
What, you don’t recognise the Transformers' universal greeting? Shame on you.
The main plot issue in the movie is the death of Optimus Prime, which kind of shocked the kiddie audience.
Luckily, he got better in the cartoon’s third series.
And that wasn’t the end of their ‘toon adventures…