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The Transformers: The Movie

1986 / 84m - USA
Sci-fi, Action - Animation
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Transformers is one of those series is missed out on as a kid. I did enjoy the Bay adaptations (especially the later ones), but clearly that didn't prepare me for the chaos that is the 1986 animated film. It's like watching an entire series of content condensed into a single feature film.

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The animation is actually pretty decent. Certainly not a top tier anime, but the action scene are richly animated, the designs are quite grotesque and there's a surprising amount of detail. It's not enough to save the film, but at least it prevents the film from turning into a complete failure.

The music is absolutely horrendous, the English dub is beyond terrible (tried looking for a Japanese one but no dice) and the plot is total chaos. It's fun for a while, but I got pretty bored halfway through, which still leaves about 45 minutes of high-paced nonsense. Not a great film, but I guess it's hard to argue with nostalgia.