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My Favorite Scene: Transformers: The Movie (1986) “One Shall Stand; One Shall Fall”

With Transformers: Age of Extinction hitting theaters on Friday, it’s important to recall the greatest Transformers movie of all-time: the 1986 animated film.  Unicron, Galvatron, Orson Welles, Leonard Nimoy, the Micro Machines Guy, and-set to hair band rock-the ultimate showdown between Optimus Prime and Megatron to the death.  I can’t even describe how epic this movie was when I was a kid.  I still can’t believe they would kill Prime in a film, even though it was at the tail end of the Transformers cartoon run.  It’d be like Pokemon capping Pikachu on the way out.  Kids don’t have the kind of cartoon storytelling we got as 80’s kids.  I still get goosebumps over this battle, and it may be nostalgia, sure, but this will always be to me THE Transformers moment.

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11 thoughts on “My Favorite Scene: Transformers: The Movie (1986) “One Shall Stand; One Shall Fall””

  1. That movie was so amazing. It makes me so mad that they don’t just use the same exact plot and storyboard for the live action. How hard is it? It’s all there! Great clip to drink my morning coffee to.Thanks Dave


    1. I do what I can. I tried to think of something timely for Friday’s release that would make everyone smile and BAM, there you go. This would be such an amazing film if you adapted it to live action. Just thinking about Unicron (which I’m sure Bay will use eventually to get me back into a theater) blows my mind.


  2. This was an almost spiritual experience for a lot of kids back then. Optimus Prime’s death. Megatron blowing Starscream away—finally. People who dismiss this movie as a crass toy commercial were not kids back then, and do not understand the time.


    1. It’s still maybe the most epic animated film I’ve ever seen. I know a lot of that is rooted in childhood, but it had such a huge impact on a generation of kids. We all got MESSED UP by Prime dying. Thank you very much, Hasbro, you owe us therapy!


      1. Age of Extinction at 16% on RottenTomatoes. Apparently, Dinobots are tangential and do not speak.


      2. I’m not one to judge a movie before I’ve seen it, but in this case I suspect I could write a fairly long review without seeing it and be spot-on. I’m going to go see this tomorrow, and I don’t even have a duty to do it, like you. Micheal Bay is evil, I tells you. Evil. Best showman in the history of cinema, too. But sociopathic.


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