What would the 80's
have been without a cartoon version of the infamous
Transformer line of toys? Transformers the movie, released in 1986,
once again pitted the Autobots against the Decepticons,
this time on the silver screen. The movie was a
hit with kids, of course, but reviews from critics were
mixed, and the movie did not make as much money as
expected. The movie featured several famous
voices, including Robert Stack, Judd Nelson, Leonard
Nemoy, and even Orson Welles.
In this movie, the Autobots are set to
attack the Decepticons, who have taken over the home
world of Cybertron. When the Decepticons realize
the Autobots are headed to Autobot City on earth to
refuel, they hijack the Autobot ship and take control of
Autobot City. After a battle between the two is
over, the Decepticons are repelled from the city, but
Optimus Prime is mortally wounded (there were a number
of prominent Autobots killed off in this movie).
The rest of the movie is essentially the
battle between the Autobots, the Decepticons, a couple
of other groups, such as the Dinobots and the
Sharkticons. In the end, the Autobots prevail, and
they once again inhabit Cybertron.