Transformers: The Movie

Corrected entry: In the scene where Bumblebee and Spike are trying to escape Unicron, listen carefully. Just as they are being sucked in you can hear Spike curse in adult language. Yet this is a PG rated kids movie.

Correction: Swearing is allowed to a moderate degree in a PG-rated film these days. The swearing was only reinstated for the 20th Anniversary DVD release in 2006, making this release entirely in line with modern-day certifications. As a result, this can hardly be considered particularly notable.

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Corrected entry: Both Thundercracker and Skywarp seem fine and can be seen running to Astrotrain as the Decepticons retreat. The other damaged Decepticons (Megatron and the Insecticons) have to be carried to Astrotrain as they are so damaged. However, when the Decepticons decide to boot off the weak, Thundercracker and Skywarp suddenly look very damaged. (00:23:05 - 00:27:10)

Correction: Thundercracker did look damaged when he was flying over Autobot City. Just because they could walk, doesn't mean they weren't both hurt. (They sure sounded hurt when they voted not to be booted off the shuttle!).


Corrected entry: This mistake may be seen easier if you have a pause/slow button on your VCR. At the big battle scene, watch the shot of Autobots and Decepticons flying and shooting around the top of Autobot city. (Just after the scene of Hot Rod and Kup getting into the city.) If you look closely, you will see Ironhide jet off to the right, even though he is dead.

Correction: This isn't Ironhide, it's Reflector with the wrong color scheme.


Corrected entry: When Unicron is busy reformatting the injured Decepticons, he makes 2 Cyclonuses. However, one shot change later and only one is there, and that's the way it stays for the entire movie (and later TV episodes).

Correction: Actually, there are several Cyclonus-style jets in at least one TV episode following the movie, namely "Five Faces of Darkness Part 5".


Corrected entry: When the Decepticons are in Astrotrain fighting each other, right after Devastator collapses, you see the Constructicon Hook jump in air and then get pounced on by Ravage, but immediately in the next shot he is standing fighting Soundwave.

Correction: Hook was able to kick Ravage away, but then Soundwave picked a fight with Hook.


Corrected entry: Wreck Gar's mouth doesn't move correctly when he says his first line.

Correction: Wreck-Gar is a robot, so he has a voice synthesizer. He doesn't use his lips and tongue to create the sounds of his speech, so he was projecting his voice through a speaker. Unicron is another robot who never moves his mouth when he talks.


Well, I mean, except his mouth does move later, and all the other Transformers' mouths move when they speak.

Corrected entry: When Blaster deploys his cassette robots, the two actual robots (not the animals) keep flashing colours from blue to black and back.

Correction: They are emerging from the shadows, when they are in the shadows they just look black.


Corrected entry: When Galvatron stands on Unicron and says he has the Matrix, he is wearing it around his neck. After Unicron transforms, Galvatron transforms and starts shooting at Unicron. Then when he changes back he hasn't got the Matrix, but has it again when you see him falling into Unicron's mouth.

Correction: When Galvatron was in robot mode, he was wearing the Matrix around his neck, but when he transformed, the Matrix was contained within a compartment in his chest.


Corrected entry: When Starscream says "How do you feel, mighty Megatron?" his entire cockpit area on his chest is orange. Only the glass should be orange, the rest is suppose to be white.

Correction: This color is just reflecting from the orange cockpit onto the silver metal. It happens a lot in the television series, too.


Corrected entry: When Blaster picks up the distress signal from Spike and Bumblebee, the speakers on his legs aren't there.

Correction: Lots of Transformers have retractable parts. Hot Rod's fists, Springer's arm gun, ect. Blaster wasn't using his speakers, so they retracted into his legs. They appeared when he needed them, after he got the distress signal from Spike and Bumblebee.


Corrected entry: When Devastator crushes one of the gun turrets, he is missing his chest Decepticon symbol. (00:17:05)

Correction: He has a panel in his chest so that the symbol can flip around so that it is not damaged, just like the Alternators Hound/Rollbar/Swindle toys.


Corrected entry: When Hot Rod says "Not bad for an old timer." when Kup saves from being shot by Blitzwing and one of the Insecticons, he is holding Daniel. Yet when the shot changes to show them transforming, Hot Rod isn't holding Daniel any more.

Correction: If you look closely, you can see Daniel jumping behind Hot Rod into the vehicle canopy on his back as he transforms. It's easier to see this on the DVD.


Corrected entry: When Galvatron says "Decepticons, to Earth" his mouth doesn't move.

Correction: Transformers can speak without moving their mouths. Otherwise, how could they talk when they were transformed into cars and planes?


Corrected entry: When Prime tells the Dinobots to destroy Devastator, Sunstreaker's forearm is coloured yellow instead of black. (00:18:45)

Correction: It has been 20 years since we last saw Sunstreaker in the TV show. He was always complaining about his paint job, so perhaps he had gotten a new one. This does not contradict anything else from the movie.


Corrected entry: When Soundwave retrieves Laserbeak to play back the spy footage he just took, Soundwave doesn't push his shoulder eject button like he does in previous episodes and later in the big battle scene.

Correction: There are numerous times in which Soundwave ejects his tapes without pushing the eject button. Just because you have to push this button on the Hasbro toy doesn't mean the characters function the same way. (When Soundwave is in cassette player mode, he ejects tapes all the time without pushing his own buttons!).


Corrected entry: When Starscream carries Megatron's battered body to the door of Astrotrain, for about a second or two you can see Soundwave and his eye visor is grey instead of red. (00:27:25)

Correction: His eyes are only red when they are open. They were closed in this scene.


Corrected entry: When Springer backs away from Wreck Gar at the part where the Junkions attack, Springer is missing his Autobot symbol.

Correction: Some Transformers have symbols that are removable or can be hidden. For example Skyfire took off his Decepticon symbol when he renounced their allegiance. A missing symbol is not a mistake, it just means it has been hidden.


Corrected entry: When Prime first transforms (after he says "Megatron must be stopped- no matter the cost") his trailer is missing its Autobot symbol.

Correction: It has been 20 years since we last saw Prime on the TV series. He could have removed the Autobot symbol from his trailer during that time. If you saw a friend you hadn't seen in 20 years, would it be a "mistake" that he had a different haircut?


Corrected entry: When Ironhide is shot, he falls down on his front; but when the shot changes (showing Soundwave and Skywarp flying into the command chairs), he's on his back. (00:07:55)

Correction: As seen later his isn't dead (yet), he could have rolled over. During the series he was quite tough.


Corrected entry: During the shuttle attack, Ratchet falls on his back then switches to being on his front.

Correction: Prowl was the only one of the Autobots on the shuttle that was shot and grayed out, to indicate he was dead. The rest were all dying no doubt, maybe Ratchet rolled over in agony whilst out of shot, since he was not completely dead yet.


Continuity mistake: In the battle scene at autobot city, Megatron orders Soundwave to jam the transmission that Blaster is sending to Optimus Prime. When Soundwave ejects Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage & Ratbat we see them flying through the air transforming simultaneously and and both Rumble & Frenzy are coloured the same (red & black) when Rumble is supposed to be purple. (00:15:08)

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Quintesson judge: Before the Imperial Magistrate delivers his verdict, would you like to beg for your lives? It sometimes helps - but not often.

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Trivia: The creatures that judge Kranix, Hot Rod and Kup are later revealed in the next series of the Transformers cartoon to be the creators of all Transformers, and used to be the masters of them and Cybertron millions of years a go. They are called Quintessons.

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Question: How much truth is there to the claim that if the G.I. Joe movie had been released first then Optimus Prime would not have died in this one?

Answer: The reason for this is the intent of both movies (G.I.Joe and this one) to kill off the old group and bring in a new group for younger kids. You noticed how most of the dead are from the old cartoon. The backlash was so bad that the G.I.Joe movie was changed to not kill off anyone (if you watch it you can see where characters were meant to die but the show was changed at the last sec to keep them alive. If G.I.Joe was release 1st then they would have died and if the same backlash happened you would have seen no-one die in this one.

Answer: In the UK we don't have G.I Joe, only action force so thats your first problem, and secondly the UK comics built up to the Transformer movie without no mention of G.I Joe story lines which may have appeared in the US.

Brian Boulnois
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