THE MOVIE BLOOPERS
Theatrical Release Date: August 8, 1986
Written by Ron Friedman
Directed by Nelson Shin
NOTES | VIDEO AND DVD |
PLOT | DIALOGUE & SFX |
ANIMATION & CONTINUITY |
JUNKIONISMS | TRIVIA
"One day, an Autobot shall rise from our ranks
and use the power of the Matrix to light our darkest hour. Until the
day 'till all are one."
Total Number of Bloopers: 273
After the Decepticons hijacked Ironhide's shuttle,
which of the Autobot navigators were replaced, and which Decepticons replaced
How old is Spike Witwicky?
What is written on Kup's road sign?
What images are pictured on Wreck-Gar's miniature
Through which of Unicron's eyes did Hot Rod crash
the Quintesson cruiser?
Which of these characters did not appear
in the movie? Bombshell, Gears, Grapple, Hoist, Huffer, Reflector,
Snarl, or Powerglide?
In 2005, a monster planet known as Unicron is
making its way through the galaxy, devouring any planets in its path. It
consumes the world of Lithone; only a single straggling survivor manages
to escape. It then turns toward Cybertron...
On Cybertron, the Decepticons are in control. The Autobots, operating
from Moon Base One and Two (orbiting Cybertron), are planning to retake their
home world. Optimus Prime sends Ironhide and a crew in a shuttle to
Autobot City on Earth to gather enough energon to power their assault. But
the Decepticons get wind of this, and attack the shuttle, destroying Ironhide
and his crew. They use the ship as a cover to slip into Autobot City
air space and attack.
Hot Rod and Daniel Witwicky, Spike's son, notice there is a hole in the shuttle
when it arrives; Hot Rod fires upon it, forcing the Decepticons out.
Inside the city, Ultra Magnus leads the Autobot defenses. As
Springer and Arcee transform the city to battle station mode, Perceptor finds
Blaster and orders him to send a distress signal to Optimus Prime. Blurr
helps Ultra Magnus alert the remaining Autobots, but Hot Rod and Kup, as
well as Daniel, are trapped outside the city, until the Insecticons helpfully
gnaw a hole through the defenses.
Devastator and the rest of Megatron's forces break through the Autobot defenses.
Just then Optimus arrives in a shuttle with the Dinobots, who keep
Devastator busy. Prime confronts Megatron in a decisive battle, but
when Megatron tries to pull a hidden gun on Prime while feigning defeat,
Hot Rod jumps him. Megatron turns the tables and uses Hot Rod as a
shield, blasting away at Optimus. Prime can't fire for fear of hitting
Hot Rod, and falls. When Megatron approaches for the final blow, Prime
responds with a mighty uppercut that sends Megatron flying. With Megatron
defeated, the Decepticons scoop up their fallen leader and the rest of their
wounded and retreat aboard Astrotrain.
Optimus Prime's wounds are fatal; on his deathbed, he prepares to transfer
the Matrix of Leadership to Ultra Magnus. Weakening, he drops the Matrix;
Hot Rod catches it and feels an affinity with it for a moment. Magnus stores
the Matrix in his chest. Unicron, meanwhile, watches events from
Astrotrain heads for Cybertron, but needs to jettison some weight.
Starscream elects to toss the injured, including Megatron, into space;
none of the wounded are in any condition to object. Megatron and the
others drift through space helplessly until Unicron summons them before him.
He proposes to give Megatron a new body and new troops, and in return
Megatron must find and destroy the Matrix, the one thing capable of stopping
Unicron. At first Megatron refuses, but when faced with a choice between
that or oblivion, Megatron agrees. Unicron transforms him into Galvatron,
and works his magic on the other Decepticons as well, creating Cyclonus,
Scourge, and the Sweeps.
Back on Cybertron, Starscream's coronation ceremony is commencing. Just
as he is crowned, Galvatron arrives and transforms into his powerful cannon
mode. He fires on Starscream, disintegrating him. The remaining
Decepticon forces unite under his command.
Meanwhile, Unicron is approaching Moon Base One, manned by Jazz and Cliffjumper.
Outmatched, they attempt to escape while the moon is being devoured.
Their ship is swallowed up along with the moon. Bumblebee and Spike,
stationed on Moon Base Two, set a detonator before they , too, blast off.
The Moon Base explodes, but Unicron is unaffected, and swallows up
both the remains of the moon and the escape ship.
On Cybertron, Galvatron protests; Cybertron and its moons are, in his mind,
rightfully his. Unicron responds by torturing Galvatron remotely, forcing
Galvatron into submission. They head for Earth.
The Autobots, reacting to the loss of the Moon Bases and possibly the Autobots
stationed there, are shaken our of their collective reverie by Galvatron's
attack. The Autobots split into two units and take separate shuttles.
Once in space, Cyclonus attacks Hot Rod and Kup's ship, sending them, along
with the Dinobots, hurtling down toward an alien planet. Ultra Magnus
and his crew are forced to detonate their ship, escaping aboard a life pod
and making Galvatron believe he has destroyed them.
On Quintessa, Hot Rod finds himself separated from the others, battling
underwater robotic beasts. He finds Kup, scattered on the aquatic floor
in pieces, and reassembles him. Together they search for the Dinobots,
but not before long, they encounter some indigenous robotic alligator creatures,
who take them to a holding area. There they meet Kranix, having survived
planet Lithone's destruction. He explains that the Quintessons rule
this world, who try and execute anyone whom they come across. Kranix
soon meets his fate in the courtroom's Sharkticon pool below.
Elsewhere, the Dinobots search for Hot Rod and
Kup, but to no avail. They meet up with Wheelie, a feisty little rhyming
Autobot who has seen where the Autobots were taken. He joins the Dinobots
and leads them to the holding area...
Hot Rod and Kup are tried and sentenced to death in the Sharkticon pits.
They transform, creating a whirlpool high enough to escape the pool,
and fight off the endless masses of Sharkticons. Finally the Dinobots
arrive and join the battle, finally turning the simple-minded Sharkticons
against their Quintesson masters. Wheelie finds them an escape ship
and they leave Quintessa to rendezvous with the others.
Meanwhile, Ultra Magnus's crew crashes on the Planet of Junk. They
give Daniel a robotic exo-suit, and begin repairs to the life pod.
Galvatron tracked them down, however, and destroys the remainder of
the ship. While the rest of the Autobots flee, Magnus tries to unleash
the powers of the Matrix upon the Decepticons. He can't open it; the
Sweeps blast him into pieces and Galvatron vows to use the Matrix against
When the Autobots return to find Ultra Magnus destroyed, all hope seems lost.
Suddenly, out of the ground spring the Junkions, warriors made of junk
themselves. They attack the Autobots (they were, after all, using junk
from the planet to try to repair their ship), who flee once again. Just
then Hot Rod's ship arrives, and Hot Rod befriends the Junkions. Their
leader, Wreck-Gar, has his Junkions reassemble Ultra Magnus, and using the
Quintesson cruiser and a Junkion ship, they go after Unicron.
Near Cybertron, Galvatron threatens to turn the
Matrix against Unicron, but he can't open it either. Unicron responds
by quaking and transforming to a gargantuan robot mode. He attacks
Cybertron, taking chunks out of the planet's surface and sending the Decepticons
scrambling to safety. Hot Rod flies the Quintesson ship right through
one of Unicron's eyes, sending the Autobots tumbling down into Unicron's
Daniel is swept away by a current and ends up in the chamber where Unicron's
captured robots are melted down for fuel. His dad, as well as the other
Autobots from the Moon Bases, are about to be dropped into the smelting vat.
Using the exo-suit, he fires on the cover to the vat, shutting it just
in time to save Spike and the Autobots.
Hot Rod, lost in Unicron's depths, seems to be guided by a mysterious force.
He makes his way to Galvatron, who wears the Matrix around his neck
on a chain. At first Galvatron tries to persuade Hot Rod to unite against
Unicron, but Unicron tortures him again and turns Galvatron against Hot Rod.
They engage in battle, but Galvatron is the stronger of the two.
Galvatron wraps his hands around Hot Rod's neck, but just as the life
seems squeezed out of him, the Matrix responds for Hot Rod. It causes
him to grow in size and strength, turning him into Rodimus Prime. Rodimus
throws Galvatron through Unicron's walls, sending him hurtling into space.
He then opens the Matrix and releases its power to destroy Unicron.
The Autobots reclaim Cybertron, beginning a new age of peace under Rodimus
Prime's leadership... "till all are one!"
The movie is a pivotal turning point in the
Transformers cartoon universe. Many of the characters whose
Hasbro toys were sold in 1984-85 were killed off to make way for the
new batch of toys. To this end, almost all of the main characters up
to this point were destroyed (or recreated), including familiar faces like
Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Starscream. The main characters introduced
in the movie are a core group of Autobots who were specifically developed
for the film, whose toys were based on their animated appearance.
It's also worth mentioning that the level of violence in the movie
is considerably greater than that of the previous two television seasons.
For the first time, characters are killed in battle, never to appear
again. The movie established a darker tone that was followed up on,
to some extent, in the subsequent third season.
Also, the movie continues to establish a much larger
intergalactic neighborhood, building on ideas established in the second
season. Where early Transformers stories were limited largely
to planets Earth and Cybertron, the movie is a galaxy-spanning tale that
takes place on numerous worlds. Furthermore, the movie completely changed
the setting of the cartoon universe, jumping dramatically from the present-day
1985 to the distant future time of 2005. This new setting would
also be the basis of all subsequent cartoon episodes produced in America.
(Takara would later commission the creation of a single present-day
episode called Scramble City in an attempt to introduce movie
characters like Ultra Magnus into a contemporary setting.)
It's also worth mentioning that the level of violence in the movie is
considerably greater than that of the previous two television seasons.
For the first time, characters are killed in battle, never to appear
again. The movie established a darker tone that was followed up on,
to some extent, in the subsequent third season.
Original Script Notes
The original script for the movie contains
several scenes and lines of dialogue that were cut from the finished version
of the movie. (This script was also the basis for the
TRANSFORMERS: THE MOVIE comic book adaptation by Marvel Comics,
which explains why some of the scenes from the comic are different.)
It's interesting to note that some of these omissions create bloopers
in and of themselves:
In the script, Hot Rod incorrectly reassembled
Kup after they crashed on Quintessa. This later allowed Kup to escape from
the Quintesson restraints because Hot Rod had left out a piece of Kup's shoulder,
making him double-jointed. In the finished film, the restraints simply
disappear on their own as soon as the Autobots are dropped into the Sharkticon
Another omitted scene was part of the Dinobots'
search for Hot Rod and Kup. Originally, a Quintesson gatekeeper
deliberately misled them into the booby traps, and Wheelie (who had observed
Hot Rod and Kup's capture) helped the Dinobots find their friends. In
the final version of the movie, this misdirection by the Quintessons is absent,
so Wheelie's participation loses much of its original purpose.
Some other notable changes were the fact that
the Lithone citizens Arblus and Kranix were originally designed to be able
to transform into spaceship mode. (This ability remains in evidence
in their TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE profiles printed by Marvel
Comics.) Also, the Autobot cassettes were originally going to be a
lion named Cubby; a tiger named Stripes; a scorpion named Stinger; and a
humanoid robot called Bolts. (The final versions of the Autobot cassettes
were commissioned by Hasbro, who solicited the Japanese designer who had
previously created the cassette toys for the Microman toy line, thus ensuring
they shared a similar design philosophy.)
Character Design Notes
Almost all of the new characters who appeared
in the movie were specifically designed for the film by Floro Dery. The
main exception to this was Ultra Magnus, who had previously existed in the
Diaclone toy line (albeit in a different color scheme). The remaining
movie characters were retro-engineered into Hasbro toys, an unusual scenario
since Hasbro usually creates the toys first, whose designs are
later adapted for animation. It's notable that after the movie
characters were designed and the toys based on these designs went into
production, their animation models were subsequently updated. This
resulted in the Hasbro toys matching the preliminary designs, but not the
final animation designs in some cases. These early character designs
appear on the original theatrical movie poster. Marvel Comics apparently
never received the finished animation updates, since they used the early
designs for the movie characters. These early designs would also appear
in some of the third-season episodes that were animated in Korea. (Note
that these are different from the concept art Floro Dery has made available
on his web site, which was never involved in any stage of
The most notable changes from the early designs to the final designs are
Arcee: shoulder pads behind her arms instead
of in front
Blurr: different, square-shaped leg armor;
more pronounced chest canopy
Cyclonus: wings pointing out instead of folded
behind his back; fins on forearms; more square-shaped legs; hexagonal shaped
Galvatron: helmet crest more pronounced; round
kneecaps replaced with hexagonal ones; chest is wider and more pronounced;
dominant color may have been changed from grey to purple
Hot Rod: round shoulders changed to square-shaped
ones; early design in Japanese movie trailer and U.S. toy commercials has
Autobot symbol on "collar" instead of on chest
Kup: more square-shaped boots; belt design
on pelvis modified; corrosion added
Rodimus Prime: pectoral muscles on chest
Scourge: vehicle mode changed from visible
robot head to retracted robot head (which the animators apparently interpreted
as an optional feature)
Sharkticon: no significant changes
body proportions redesigned; round-shaped vehicular thrusters
replaced with square ones; rocket thrusters removed from legs
Ultra Magnus: vehicle-mode missiles launchers
mounted on side of trailer instead of front (early test animation depicts
him in orange and black Diaclone toy colors)
Unicron: no substantial changes (but in some
early animated scenes he is missing his beard and his helmet is colored grey
instead of orange; see Animation and Continuity below)
Wheelie: round wheel wells in arms replaced
with square ones; round knees replaced with hexagonal ones
Wreck-Gar: helmet redesigned to cover entire
head; tail pipes on legs eliminated
The movie has been one of the most widely-discussed
Transformers topics by fans on the Internet, due largely in part to the movie
being one of the only commercially available Transformers adventures, before
the advent of home DVD. Many of the plot points have been discussed
at great length by fans (whether Brawn really died; whether Megatron and
Galvatron are the same character; which of the Decepticons were turned into
Cyclonus and Scourge; etc.) Many of these subjects have been discussed
exhaustively, and while I have not addressed every possible facet of these
topics, I believe I've at least touched on some of the more salient
The Transformers: the Movie on
In 1988, as part of the fifth televised season
of the Transformers cartoon, the movie was split up and aired
as five separate half-hour episodes. The episodes were structured as
a story that Powermaster Optimus Prime was telling to his human friend Tommy,
with liberal use of recap footage serving as filler between episodes. In
this version of the movie, both incidents of rude language are edited
out (so that when Ultra Magnus is struggling with the Matrix, he simply says,
"Open... open!") The final episode concluded with the Stan Bush music
video for "The Touch," which had previously aired on MTV in conjunction with
the theatrical release of the movie.
Video and DVD
There are at least five distinct versions of
the movie available for home theater, produced in America, Canada, the United
Kingdom, and Australia. The differences between them, and their
relationship to the original version of the film as seen in U.S. theaters,
is as follows.
The first American home video release of
The Transformers: the Movie was in February 1987 by Family
Home Entertainment. The movie was available on both Beta format and
VHS. It was nearly identical to the theatrical presentation, but
Spike's use of the expression, "Oh, shit!" was removed from the
audio track, so he simply says, "What are we gonna do now?" Also,
when the movie was being transferred from the original film, an audio
glitch was created resulting in an odd warble in the music during the scene
in which Unicron is digesting the remains of planet Lithone. This glitch
was also in the Malofilm version of the movie, but is not present in the
In the United Kingdom and Australia, the movie
was released on September 1987 by Video Gems. The front of the box
features the UK movie poster, which showcases Optimus Prime and Megatron
in battle. (Here, Prime sports his Korean color model, with a grey
backpack and mohawk.) In place of the opening voice credits, a Star
Wars-style text crawl was added, with narration by Victor Caroli that
overlapped Lion's opening theme: "There's an evil new force in
the Universe. A monster planet that devours everything in its path... and
it's heading for the small planet of Cybertron where a unique race of
transforming robots continues to fight a civil war... a war between good
and evil that has raged for millions of years. The evil Decepticon
Transformers, led by the maniacal Megatron, have sworn to crush their
enemies, the Autobots. To this end, they have relentlessly pursued
them across the galaxy from planet Cybertron to planet Earth and back again.
But the heroic Autobot Transformers and their
courageous leader Optimus Prime, are not easily defeated."
(This in itself is kind of misleading, given that Optimus dies in the first
ten minutes of the movie.) Victor Caroli's voice has been slowed
down here, probably to make the narration last as long as the opening
theme song. This version of the movie also includes narration
at the end of the film: "The battle is over. But the galaxy-spanning
adventures of the Transformers will continue--and the greatest Autobot
of them all, Optimus Prime, will return." This, of course, hints
at events from the third season, and was added after those episodes
were produced by Sunbow in the U.S..
In the United States, the movie was released by
Avid Home Entertainment in 1991. This version was essentially
the same as the Family Home Entertainment release, but back of the box included
the same information as the opening UK text crawl. Once again, Spike's
naughty language was removed. This print of the movie has a slightly
reddish tint, which is particularly noticeable during the scenes in Autobot
City and the scenes on the Planet of Junk. This cut also has an audio
glitch that's audible during the battle for Autobot City. When
Hot Rod wants to go help Prime but Kup warns him to "Stay away, lad!" the
background music cuts out for a split second.
In 1989, the movie was released to theaters
in Japan, and was later made available on laserdisc format by
Hillcrane. This version includes the UK text crawl. In the Japanese
version of the movie, the names of the main characters would appear on the
screen in katakana as they made their first screen appearances. On
the laserdisc, the digital channel contained the original American dialogue
track while the analog channel included the Japanese dub. The laserdisc
was notable for its superior sound and picture quality compared to the video
releases. This version of the film also had the opening text crawl,
but the narration is in Japanese for the analog channel and is completely
absent on the digital channel. Pioneer later released the movie to
both laserdisc and video in 1998, but on this version the katakana characters
In Canada, the movie was released to video by
Malofilm (it was made available in 1997, even though the copyright date on
the packaging is 1995). This was the first version of the movie that
was completely unedited; it includes the original opening credits as well
as Spike's infamous expletive. Curiously, there is a musical fanfare
during the opening Sunbow Productions/Marvel Productions logo, when in the
theater this screen was silent. It's worth mentioning that Malofilm
appears to have done their own transfer from the original master, since on
this version everything seems to have shifted over to the left slightly.
(This is particularly noticeable during the opening credits.) As
a result, there is more footage visible on the right-hand side of the screen
than other releases. (This means that this is the only version on video
in which you can see the rare screen appearance of the Autobot named Bumper.
See Animation and Continuity below.) With some copies of this
version of the movie, there is a green line scrolling across the screen during
the scene in which Daniel is first trying on his exo-suit.
In America, Rhino released the movie to video
in October 1999, whose version is basically identical to the European
video release, marking the first time that the UK text crawl was available
to U.S. audiences. This version includes an opening title card for
Rank Film Distributors, instead of De Laurentis Entertainment Group, since
RFD distributed the film in the UK. The text on the back of the box
contains several errors, claiming that Unicron uses the fallen Decepticon
warriors to form a group called "the Unicrons," and fails to capitalize the
word Matrix. (The back of the package includes the UK movie poster
with its miscolored Optimus Prime.)
In the UK, Maverick Entertainment released the
movie to video in February, 2000. The front cover includes a simplified
modification of the original U.S. movie poster, and is identical to the previous
UK release, except that Spike's potty mouth has once again been washed out
In Japan, CatCo produced the movie and made it
available on VCD format. Its content is identical to the Japanese laserdisc
release, but it includes only one audio track this time, the Japanese dubbed
In Canada, the movie was released on DVD by Seville,
formerly Malofilm. While it was notable as the first version of
the movie on DVD, its content is the same as the previous video release by
In America, Rhino released the movie again in
November 2000, this time to both video and DVD. Marketed as a Special
Collector's Edition, this version of the movie was digitally remastered
from the original film negatives, which means it lacks the "cigarette burn"
at the end of each reel. (One reel of the film was actually not
remastered, consisting of the reel in which the Autobots being attacked
by the Junkions, befriending them, and flying off in the Junkion ships. In
place of it is the original transfer, which is somewhat more blurry with
faded color and a slight shaking of the camera which is common on VHS transfers.)
This version of the movie has only the Sunbow Productions/Marvel
Productions title card, and includes the musical fanfare. Two of the
DVD chapter titles incorrectly capitalize Megatron's name as "MegaTron,"
and one of them is entitled "Swear Word," calling attention to the unedited
dialogue track. The special features include an interview with Vince
DiCola, who composed the music for the film, as well as some of the storyboard
artwork that had previously been presented at BotCon 2000. This includes
a deleted scene in which Ultra Magnus carries Red Alert, Tracks, Sideswipe,
and Mirage into battle to attack Devastator inside Autobot City, but Red
Alert is shot in the back and killed. (None of these Autobots
carried by Ultra Magnus appear anywhere in the finished film. Red Alert
never appeared after the movie, either, so his death could be considered
pseudo-canon.) This cut of the movie has much greater picture clarity
and bolder colors than any of the videocassette releases, and a bit
more footage is visible around the edges of the screen, but it suffers from
significant color oversaturation.
In the UK, Maverick released the movie again on
VHS in 2001. The content is identical to previous UK releases of the
film, but uses the 5.1 audio remix by Rhino (with Victor Caroli's narration
edited back into the mix). It includes the English-language Singapore
dub of the Japanese Headmasters cartoon episode "Four Warriors
from the Sky." Maverick also released the same print of the movie on
DVD, but the individual frames have been interpolated, a film enhancing technique
designed to reduce jerky motion in low frame rate motion pictures, resulting
in each frame "blending" into the next. The special features include
the song "Instruments of Destruction" by N.R.G. accompanied by a series of
screen shots from the movie.
In Australia, Madman Entertainment released the
movie to DVD in 2003. The movie itself is essentially the
same as the Maverick 2001 VHS version. Extras on the disc include character
biographies (including how some of them met their end) and the music video
for the song "The Touch" by Stan Bush.
The most current DVD release was the
Transformers: the Movie 20th Anniversary Special Edition, put
out by Rhino in September 2006. The cover features a lenticular
illustration that features Optimus Prime changing into Rodimus Prime,
but these are off-model, Dreamwave-style interpretations of the characters.
A two-disc set, it is notable for having the first "widescreen" version
of the movie available for home theater. This is the first completely
remastered version of the movie including the aforementioned scenes
on the Planet of Junk. The De Laurentis title card has been restored,
but includes the sound of a gong being struck from the Rank Film
Distribution title card. The Sunbow/Marvel logo includes the musical
fanfare. Special features include alternate footage from the Japanese
movie trailer (in which Kup tells stories to the Dinobots in robot mode,
and Galvatron falls into Unicron's depths during his transformation to robot
mode; this is also where Ultra Magnus appears in his Diaclone colors).
There's also a handful of alternate/deleted footage (mostly scenes
in which the backlighting for weapons fire has yet to be added, but there
is one scene after Astrotrain flies away from Autobot City in which the camera
pans to the city precipice where the Autobots gather around the fallen Optimus
Prime). This edition of the movie has been remastered and color-corrected
so that the highly oversaturated colors of the previous DVD release by Rhino
have been mercifully toned down. (I had been hoping that the "color-corrected"
part was referring to somebody digitally repainting the miscolored cels,
but no such luck.)
On this version of the movie, there is a musical
fanfare for the opening De Laurentis Entertainment Group logo, and again
for the Marvel Productions logo, even though these cards were silent when
shown in theaters.
Ever wondered how far away the Planet of
Junk is from Earth? We've been broadcasting TV signals since the 1940's,
but the Junkion culture seems to include a large number of 1960's-era catch
phrases in their vocabulary. (This is reasonably consistent with their
dialogue in later episodes, too.) So, let's say that by the year 2005,
the transmissions they're receiving are 45 years old. That places
the Planet of Junk at least 45 light years away from Earth, well within our
own galaxy (and therefore at 160,000 light years away from Cybertron's
galaxy of origin!).
The opening narration makes a reference to "secret
staging grounds on two of Cybertron's moons. This is an interesting
choice of wording, since most of the indications are that Cybertron
only has two moons. (This would be like saying that two of your
eyes are bloodshot. It implies you've got a third eyeball that's not
suffering from this malady.) Shouldn't this be "both of Cybertron's
moons," then? (For more on this, see Animation and Continuity
below.) I also need to mention here that this is something of
a changed premise, since Cybertron was never shown to have moons in
any episode that came previous to the movie.
Of course, there's also the little matter of these
secret moon bases not really being a secret at all. Laserbeak obviously
knew exactly where they were. Also, Starscream later recognizes
them as a threat. Who do the Autobots think they're fooling,
In the first scene with the Autobots, Optimus
Prime tells Ironhide that they "don't have enough energon cubes to power
a full-scale assault." This is a major upheaval, since there are
numerous episodes previous to the movie that indicate that Autobots don't
use energon cubes. In "More Than Meets the Eye" part 1,
Hound identified them only as "some kind of cube," suggesting that the
Autobots had never heard of them before Soundwave invented them in that episode.
Later in "Traitor," Cliffjumper reports that Mirage has been sighted
carrying energon cubes, and Ratchet balks, "But where would Mirage get energon
cubes?" In fact, Autobots refuel by using their recharging chambers,
as seen in "Attack of the Autobots." (Yes, the movie does take place
20 years after these episodes, so it's possible the Autobots have begun using
energon cubes in the interim. It's still a whopper of a changed premise,
In the next scene, Prime calls up Jazz on his
monitor to have him check for Decepticon activity. After Ironhide's
shuttle launches, however, there's a scene with Jazz and Cliffjumper
standing right next to Prime. Why did Prime bother to bring up Jazz
on the monitor when they were obviously in the same room? Isn't this
a bit like talking to someone on a car phone who's in the parking space right
next to you?
The mightiest warriors in the Autobot ranks manage
to somehow drop like flies in this movie. Let's take Brawn, since he's
a popular example. Brawn, as we all know, is a Very Tough Autobot.
He's taken hits from Megatron's weapons before ("Fire in the Sky";
"Fire on the Mountain") and he pulled through just fine. Suddenly,
though, one shot from gun-mode Megatron is all it takes to put Brawn permanently
out of commission. (There's also the fact that he's hit in the
shoulder, and the laser blast makes a fairly clean exit. It's not like
his vital internal circuitry was completely demolished. I guess
it beats getting blasted clean in half, though, which is what happened in
the original script.)
You've also got to question the Autobots'
battle tactics during the shuttle attack. When Brawn first realizes
the shuttle is being boarded, he immediately leaps up, abandoning the
cover of his navigation chair, brandishing no weapons, and stands there
right out in the open and paints a big, red target on his chest.
Well, not really, but he may as well have. At least Prowl, Ironhide,
and Ratchet have the brains to whip out their guns, but they still
all make the huge mistake of running right out into the middle of the control
After the Decepticons blow a hole in the
side of the shuttle, all the air inside should have been forced out into
space. Of course, the Autobots are robots and don't need oxygen to
breathe, so it's possible that there wasn't any air in the shuttle to
begin with. If that's the case, though, how can the characters
hear each other when they're speaking in a vacuum? Are the Autobots
extending the courtesy of opening a radio transmission to the Decepticons
while they're in the middle of a battle? (Speaking of holes in the
shuttle, the final shot Megatron delivered to Ironhide should have taken
out the floor, too.)
Several key Autobots are mysteriously absent from
the movie. Obviously, it would have been impossible to include every
character from the series, but their absence still bears scrutiny. If
Autobot City is being slammed that hard, why aren't warriors like the Aerialbots,
Protectobots, and Omega Supreme being called to the forefront? Likewise,
if this battle means so much to Megatron, why didn't he bring Bruticus and
Menasor to ensure his victory? (Of course, the real reasons for
these characters being absent was because they didn't exist yet when the
movie was being written. The newest characters available were
the likes of Perceptor, Blaster, and the Triple Changers. However,
it wouldn't have been too hard for somebody in post-production to add a single
throwaway line to reconcile why so many of these second-season characters
appear to inexplicably vanish. A simple line over the Autobot
City intercom like, "All available Autobots, to your battle stations!" would
have at least suggested that the others were on missions somewhere
When Ultra Magnus first appears, he orders
Blurr to help him alert the others. Alert them to what?
The Decepticon attack? Given the crippling of the Autobot
shuttle overheard, the destruction of Lookout Mountain nearby, and at least
five explosions within city limits, not to mention Starscream's aerial strafe
over the city, you'd think the attack would be pretty hard to
As Blaster begins broadcasting his distress call
to Optimus Prime, Megatron gives Soundwave the order to jam the transmission.
This is a good call, since we've seen in episodes like "The Autobot
Run" that Soundwave is capable of disruption communication signals.
Instead of doing this himself, though, Soundwave wastes valuable time
ejecting four of his cassettes, who fly through the air and land on
the crow's nest before finally uprooting the satellite transmitter. (I
guess it's possible the satellite dish amplifies the signal, making it
too powerful for Soundwave to jam on his own. If that's the case, though,
why didn't Megatron just knock it out with his fusion cannon in the first
When Optimus Prime's shuttle arrives at Autobot
City, the Dinobots all leap out, flying through the air in robot mode before
they transform to dinosaur mode and land. In episodes like "War of
the Dinobots" and "Dinobot Island" parts 1 and 2, though, none
of them could fly without the aid of rocket packs.
Speaking of the Dinobots, Snarl is absent from
the group for almost the entire movie. (See Animation and Continuity
below.) What's interesting is that the movie script actually makes
a reference to "the four Dinobots" at one point. Could it be that the
writer simply didn't realize there were five of these guys?
After the Dinobots land, Slag charges Devastator,
crashing into his legs and pushing him into a city wall. When the scene
changes, though, Slag is suddenly head-butting Devastator in the stomach.
(I also think it's hysterical how Slag just walks off afterwards, as
if he'd done his part and just didn't feel like fighting any longer.)
After Prime drives into the mob of attacking
Decepticons, he returns to robot mode and flies through the air
for several seconds before finally landing. There are many episodes
that make a big deal out of the fact that the Autobots can't fly, and yet
here's Prime, doing his Superman impression. (Upon closer inspection,
Prime seems to use some kind of undercarriage booster rockets to get into
the air, so maybe he's not really flying per se. This is still
a changed premise, though.)
When Starscream gets his foot caught during Autobot
City's transformation, he has to shoot his own foot to get it free. Only
a few minutes later, after Megatron is defeated, Starscream walks over
to him and kicks him with the same foot. Shouldn't that have
I'd just like to throw in here that I'm surprised
Rumble was able to locate Megatron's fusion cannon and carry it off during
the Decepticon retreat, given that Megatron was knocked down two city levels
from the point that he actually lost the cannon during his battle with
Suddenly, Optimus Prime carries this really important
thingy called the Matrix of Leadership, something we've never heard
about at any point previously. Why haven't we heard of this Matrix
at any point before? Why didn't Huffer claim the Matrix when
he assumed command in place of the ailing Prime in "Divide and Conquer"?
Why didn't the Matrix show up in Teletraan I's scan of Prime's chest
during "A Prime Problem"? For that matter, when Prime's evil clone
showed up in that episode, why didn't the Autobots just check to see which
Prime had the Matrix to confirm his true identity? (It's worth mentioning
here that the writers actually were going to mention the Matrix in
an early draft of "Cosmic Rust," but the reference was deleted. Also,
I find it interesting that the Matrix of Leadership is very similar to the
Creation Matrix, as previously seen in the Transformers stories from Marvel
Comics. The comic book and cartoon both started around the same time,
each guided by Hasbro in their early stages. My guess is that Hasbro
wanted their Optimus Prime character to carry this powerful talisman,
but Marvel Comics got around to introducing it in their stories much earlier
than the cartoon writers did.)
Also, Megatron obviously knew of the existence
of the Matrix, since he doesn't seem the least bit surprised when Unicron
mentions it to him. Why, then, did he never try to claim it in previous
episodes? He could have taken it when he had Optimus Prime's body in
his possession in "City of Steel," for example. It can't be that
he knows a Decepticon wouldn't be able to use it, since Galvatron tries to
use it against Unicron later in the movie.
After the duel with Megatron, when the Autobots
are gathered around the wounded Prime, Springer is completely absent
from this scene. I guess he and Prime just weren't all that close.
During the Decepticon exodus back to Cybertron,
Astrotrain asks to "jettison some weight, or we'll never make it to
Cybertron!" Everything is weightless in space, though, so Astrotrain
would have continued at his current speed regardless of how many Decepticons
were dumped. (This should have been an issue back at Autobot City,
when Astrotrain would have consumed less fuel for takeoff if there
had been fewer Decepticons on board.) Many fans have attempted to explain
away this error by claiming that what Astrotrain really meant was
that he wouldn't be able to decelerate safely once he entered Cybertron orbit,
but that still meets the prerequisite of "making it to Cybertron," so that
can't be right.
I have to question the choice of "wounded" Decepticons
who were thrown overboard. Dirge, Ramjet, and Soundwave were all gunned
down by Optimus Prime during the Autobot City battle, and yet they
were allowed to stay aboard. Prime plowed into Thrust at full speed,
sending him flying into the air uncontrollably, and yet he emerged unscathed.
Meanwhile, Bombshell doesn't even appear to have been present
during the battle, and yet he was so banged up that the others chucked
him into space. (See Animation and Continuity below.)
Also, why is it that the ever-so-loyal Soundwave
volunteers to carry the wounded Megatron on board Astrotrain, but then he
votes to get rid of the wounded Decepticons? Did he think that Megatron
wasn't really that badly hurt, and that Megs just wanted a
I'm kind of surprised that there's enough room
for the Constructicons to combine into Devastator while they're inside
Astrotrain. (Compare this to episodes like "Cosmic Rust," in which
Astrotrain's interior is shown to be only big enough for normal-sized
Decepticons.) Also, I'm surprised Astrotrain doesn't complain, or even
seem to notice, when Rumble and Frenzy start using their pile driver arms
on the deck floor of his shuttle mode!
There has been much debate over whether Galvatron
and Megatron are "really" the same character. One thing that seems
inconsistent is that Galvatron is the only one of Unicron's creations
who seems to be aware of his former existence. Galvatron uses some
of the same speech mannerisms ("I will crush you with my bare hands!") and
memories ("I, Galvatron, will crush you just as Megatron crushed Prime!"),
but neither Cyclonus or Scourge exhibit any characteristics of their former
identities as Skywarp/Bombshell or Thundercracker. If Unicron could
simply wipe their minds clean, then why didn't he do the same with Megatron?
Wouldn't that have been a lot more effective than having to keep
a constant eye on Galvatron and torture him until he agreed to obey
every time he went against Unicron's wishes?
Jazz and Cliffjumper don't seem to notice Unicron
approaching Moon Base One until he's right on top of them. Jazz asks
where "that thing" came from, and an instant later, Unicron is sinking his
pincers into the surface of the moon base. Don't they have early warning
sensors for this sort of thing? ("No sign of Decepticon shenanigans
here, Prime! Oh, wait. Cliffjumper just got blown away. Yeah,
I guess they're here.") Even if they didn't have sensors, wouldn't
they be at least a little concerned at the sight of a large, alien planet
with giant fangs looming over the horizon?
Speaking of the moon bases, are Spike and Bumblebee
the only ones manning Moon Base Two? If they were, that seems
like a a major strategic flaw, since a flesh creature and a single puny Autobot
could never defend the moon from a Decepticon attack. If there
were others on the moon base, though, they were killed when Unicron
had the moon for lunch, since Spike and Bumblebee were the only ones to escape
How is it that Autobot City got nearly demolished
during Megatron's attack, but after Galvatron arrives, the Autobots just
happen to have two perfectly good shuttles sitting right outside that
are completely unscathed? One of them could have been Prime's shuttle,
perhaps, but where did the other one come from? (In the original script,
the Autobots were busy building these shuttles, which makes a little
more sense. That part made it into the comic book
Cyclonus asks Galvatron, "You want me to gut Ultra
Magnus?" and Galvatron responds, "There are plenty of Autobots for you.
Ultra Magnus is mine!" Why is Galvatron arguing with Cyclonus
over who gets to attack whom, when Galvatron is piloting Cyclonus?
(For what it's worth, a lot of people seem to think this is actually
Scourge he's speaking to.) In any event, if Galvatron is so insistent
about destroying Ultra Magnus himself, why is it that Galvatron proceeds
to attack Hot Rod and Arcee, and then starts shooting at the
When Ultra Magnus' shuttle begins to
take off and Arcee runs after it, why is the shuttle door still open?
If Magnus had left Arcee behind on purpose (i.e., she was going to
stay with Blaster and continue repairs to the city), then the door
would have been closed. If he didn't know that she hadn't made
it on board, though, then the door would still be closed.
The only possible explanation I can think of is that she was supposed
to have boarded, but didn't, but Ultra Magnus decided to take off anyway.
(Optimus Prime he ain't, folks.)
The movie marks the first appearance of the
Sharkticons, executioners for the Quintessons who transform into robotic
piranhas. There's nothing wrong with that, if the movie were a stand-alone
story. (And let's face it, everything transforms in the movie.
The Autobots, their city, their human friends, the fish-monsters they
encounter, the giant planet that wants to eat them... even Kranix and
Arblus of planet Lithone were designed to transform into spaceship modes
until this facet of the characters was mercifully eliminated.) The
problem here is a retroactive one when "Five Faces of Darkness" part
4 explains that the Quintessons created the Autobots and Decepticons, who
kicked the Quintessons off Cybertron and then went on to pioneer
transforming technology on their own. If that's the case, then
why do the Sharkticons transform? The Quintessons created the Sharkticons
after their exile from Cybertron, before transforming was invented there.
Also, when the Quintessons created their robots, they called them consumer
goods and military hardware, groups who later went on to adopt
the names Autobots and Decepticons. Why, then, did the
Quintessons name their creations Sharkticons, as in
Decepticons, a term not coined by the Quintessons?)
Another concept introduced in the movie is the
universal greeting. Apparently, every language-using species in the
universe knows what "bah wheep graaagnah weep nini bong" means and is able
to correctly deduce that anyone who uses this greeting is a friend. Kind
of makes you wonder why the Autobots never used it at any point during the
many, many instances, both before and after the movie, during which they
met an alien species for the first time.
Apparently, Daniel has inherited the Witwicky
family trait of being completely indestructible. When the life pod
from Ultra Magnus' shuttle crash lands on the Planet of Junk, Arcee
is carrying Daniel in her arm, and is thrown into a wall with enough force
that she bounces off of it. By all rights, this should have killed
the boy, or at least cracked a few ribs, but he walks away from the crash
The movie introduces the Junkions, who are described
in the third season as a tribe of Autobots who dwell on the Planet of Junk.
(They may have been one of the lost Autobot colonies who fled Cybertron
during the second and third war, like the Antillans from "Cosmic Rust.")
If Perceptor is aware of the existence of the Planet of Junk,
though, then shouldn't he also know that there are Junkions living there?
Why doesn't he bother to pass this information along to Ultra
How, exactly, did Hot Rod and Kup know that Ultra
Magnus' shuttle had crashed on the Planet of Junk? (The comic book
adaptation explains that they followed the trail of debris left by the
life pod, for whatever that's worth.)
After Hot Rod lands on the Planet of Junk, he
steps forward and offers Wreck-Gar an energon goodie as a gesture of friendship.
Earlier, though, he said he had run out while feeding the creatures
Kranix, the scientist from planet Lithone, knows
that Unicron is a planet which has previously consumed other worlds, and
passes this information along to Hot Rod and Kup. How is it possible,
then, that when Kup finally gets a glimpse of Unicron, he doesn't have the
faintest clue what he's looking at? (Even Wreck-Gar knew who Unicron
was. Kup obviously needs to get out of the house more often.)
Unicron obviously has his own center of gravity.
Galvatron tumbles into Unicron's insides after Unicron swallows him;
the robots on the conveyor fall into the processing vat; the Autobots are
able to transform and roll out while inside Unicron. If this is the
case, though, then considering how much Unicron is moving about during his
assault on Cybertron, why aren't the Transformers inside of him experiencing
the equivalent of a constant earthquake?
This is a retroactive blooper, but in the movie,
Hot Rod transforms into Rodimus Prime after he opens the Matrix. He
remains in his new form even after Galvatron knocks the Matrix out of
his hands and it rolls to the floor. In the third season,
however, Rodimus Prime instantly reverts back to Hot Rod any time the Matrix
is removed from his chest. (It's also worth mentioning here that
the Matrix makes Hot Rod grow several feet in height when he changes to
Rodimus Prime, and he also sponanteously generates a trailer. Where
does all this physical matter actually come from?)
Dialogue and Sound Effects
The robotic flanging effect applied to the
voices of the actors in the movie is distinctly less pronounced than compared
to the television series. This is particularly noticeable with Megatron,
Ultra Magnus, and Galvatron. My guess is that the producers didn't
want to heavily mask the voices of the celebrity actors to ensure they were
still recognizable. Also, in the movie, the new Decepticon characters Galvatron,
Cyclonus, and Scourge do not share the metallic resonance that is typical
of most other Decepticon characters, but this effect will be applied to the
voices of the characters in subsequent episodes.
Also, while Unicron never moves his mouth when he speaks, I don't consider
this an error since the movie is consistent about this fact. It
suggests that he communicates by other means than through the vacuum
During the attack on planet Lithone, it sounds
like Kranix says to his buddy, "Orbulus, look! It's Unicron!" The character
Kranix is speaking to is actually named Arblus.
When Blitzwing arrives at Lookout Mountain and
beckons Hot Rod to "come on down, Auto-brat!" he isn't moving his mouth
when he speaks.
Likewise, Ultra Magnus isn't moving his mouth
when he calls Springer's name following Perceptor's status report.
When Optimus Prime transforms into his truck mode,
he takes an inordinately long time to complete the transformation.
He's still completing his transformation long after the transforming
sound effect is heard. (It's also worth mentioning here that the
transforming sound effect was remixed for the movie. The new sound
also snuck its way into some late second-season episodes like
When the Insecticons are gnawing on the door to
Autobot City, it sounds like Kickback is saying to Shrapnel, "Delicious...
After Optimus Prime plows through the group of
Decepticons in truck mode, there's no transforming sound effect when
he changes back to robot mode.
During the voting process to keep the wounded
on board Astrotrain or dump them into space, he voices of the Decepticons
chanting "Aye!" and "Nay!" don't match any of the Decepticon characters present.
This is because it's actually one single generic voice that's
been layered several times to create the illusion of more than one voice
Also, when the injured Decepticons are being pushed
out of Astrotrain, the dialogue is difficult to distinguish because
several Decepticons are speaking at once. Ramjet can be clearly heard
saying, "Get! Make room for others!" and it sounds like one of
the Decepticons responds, "No, don't!" or possibly "Brothers, don't!"
In any event, the voice of this poor soul doesn't match any of the
Decepticons aboard the ship. In fact, it's the same generic voice given
to the Reflector component who was forced to pilot the experimental
space bridge vehicle in "Divide and Conquer."
After Rumble and Frenzy shake Devastator apart,
Devastator's components transform back into the Constructicons. We
don't hear any transforming sound effects when this happens, though, even
though we see Devastator's shoulders fall and transform back into Hook,
who pops up onto the screen an instant later.
Once the moon bases are consumed, and Unicron
has tortured Galvatron for his impudence, Galvatron doesn't move his mouth
when he gives the order, "Decepticons, to Earth!"
As Arcee is running alongside the shuttle and
Springer is reaching his hand out to her through the open doorway, he yells
"Jump!" without moving his mouth.
Scourge's voice fluctuates a bit during the course
of the movie. His first line of dialogue to Galvatron, when he reminds
his leader, "But remember, we belong to him!" is delivered
in a much higher pitch than his next line, when he reports, "The Autobots
have been terminated." (This second line is much closer to the sound
of Scourge's voice throughout the third season.)
When Hot Rod suggests that Kup has better things
to do than tell stories to the Dinobots, the Dinobots begin protesting.
One of them says, "Quiet! We wanna hear story!" It looks
like Sludge's mouth is moving here, but this definitely isn't Sludge's voice.
It almost sounds like Michael Bell is doing a generic Dinobot voice,
On planet Quintessa, after Hot Rod discovers Kup
underwater, his mouth doesn't move when he yells out Kup's name.
After Ultra Magnus' shuttle crew disembarks on
the Planet of Junk, Daniel lets out a low whistle. His mouth isn't
in the right shape to make a whistling sound, though. His lips are
slightly parted and his top teeth are visible.
The first time we see Wreck-Gar, his mouth doesn't
move when he delivers the line, "Offer expires while you wait. Operators
are standing by."
After Hot Rod and Kup are thrown into the prison
cell on Quintessa, Hot Rod asks, "What is this place?" but his mouth
doesn't move when he delivers the last two words of dialogue.
As the Quintesson guards are dragging Kranix off
to his trial, Kranix pleads, "No, please! I'm the last survivor of
Lipton!" Well, that's what it sounds like, anyway. (The actual
name of his planet is Lithone.)
After the Decepticons land on the Planet of Junk
and confront Daniel in his exo-suit, Daniel commands his suit to transform
without moving his mouth.
It sounds like the Quintesson leader keeps asking,
"Guilty, or invocent?" How do you prove someone's invocence,
In the original version of the movie, Arcee's
voice is very heavily flanged after they discover the remains
of Ultra Magnus and she says, "First Prime, now Ultra Magnus. What'll
we do?" It sounds like this was tweaked a little by Rhino for the 2006
As Wreck-Gar activates the Junkion ship, he begins
a sing-song chant: "Yes, friends, act now! Destroy Unicron!
Kill the Grand Pooh-Bah! Eliminate even the toughest stains!"
The other Junkions chime in as well and begin repeating the same
chant. What's strange about this is that the Junkions actually
finish chanting before Wreck-Gar does. How did they know what he was
going to say? Did they all get together beforehand and memorize a "Destroy
Unicron" chant for just such an occasion? (I'd also just like to add
here that Wreck-Gar's dialogue suffers from being almost completely
indecipherable because it's so heavily amplified. If I didn't have
a copy of the script as a guide, I would have no idea what this guy was saying
most of the time.)
Unicron's transformation sequence borrows a sound
effect from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
Specifically, it's the sound of the leg motors of the Imperial
AT-AT Walkers. Listen for it when one of the large orange structures
retracts into Unicron's planetary surface. It's a very distinctive
Just as Hot Rod is preparing to crash the
Quintesson cruiser into Unicron's eye, the background music switches to the
instrumental sequence from the middle of the song "Dare." It's
not a very clean edit, though, and you can still hear the end of the
line, "You can win if you dare!" from the lyrics that preceded the instrumental
As Unicron's internal defenses are trying to capture
the Autobots, Arcee yells, "Quick! This way!" and her voice isn't flanged.
Her voice is also missing the robotic flanging during the scene where
Daniel is swept away by the torrent and Arcee yells out Daniel's
Animation and Continuity
While most of the characters in the movie are
depicted accurately in accordance with their animation models, the animators
did take some creative liberties with the Dinobots. As Devastator pounds
Sludge on the back, Sludge's eyeballs actually go flying right off his head
for an instant.
Later on the Planet of Junk, after
one of the Junkions plants a big, wet kiss on Grimlock's
nose, Grimlock protests, "Me, Grimlock, not kisser! Me king!"
Grimlock's eyes are absolutely gigantic in this scene.
Even though both of these scenes depict characters that
are technically off-model, it was done so deliberately, intended no doubt
for comic effect, and is therefore not a blooper.
Also, the movie (and subsequent third-season episodes) establishes that
Transformers lose their color and turn grey when they die. While Optimus
Prime is by far the most prominent example of this, close
examination reveals he's not the only Autobot who exhibits this trait.
During the attack on the Autobot shuttle, Prowl seems to
lose some of his color after he's shot. (This is hard to tell since
he's predominantly black and white to begin with, but the red crest on his
helmet turns darker, and his normal bone white coloring changes to a more
blue-ish white.) Additionally, when Megatron walks past the
fallen Ironhide, Ratchet's arm is visible on the other side of him,
but instead of being white with a red fist, it's colored light grey with
a black fist.)
The animation bloopers have been broken down into the chapters that correspond
with the Rhino DVD chapters for easier reading (despite how arbitrary some
of the chapter breaks are).
A Special Run/More Than Meets the Eye
When the inhabitants of planet Lithone first notice
Unicron approaching in the distance, Unicron's planetary rings are actually
overlapping the building on Lithone. Instead of making Unicron
look like he's off in the distance, this creates a new perspective in which
Unicron looks to be the size of a particularly menacing beach ball.
On Moon Base one, the robots seen manning
the factory are none other than the Dinobots: Sludge, Swoop, Slag, and Grimlock.
(Swoop is probably the most easily identifiable of these because of
the wings on his back.) Do the Dinobots strike anyone else as
being about seventeen shades of smart enough to actually be working
in an assembly line? (Particularly the movie Dinobots, whose
IQ scores are practically sliced in half compared to their second-season
When Laserbeak lands on Moon Base One and activates
his head camera, it's a different design than the last time we
saw it during "Dinobot Island" part 1. (I realize that the animators
tend to just make up this sort of thing on the spot, since it's not part
of the character's model sheet. It is possible to get these
things right, though. For instance, the inside of Blaster's cassette
door looks the same in "Auto-Bop" as it does in a later episode, "The
Key to Vector Sigma.")
When Ironhide says to nobody in particular,
"Your days are numbered now, Decepti-creeps," the ring around the base of
his neck is colored grey. It's black in every other scene.
As Ironhide transforms to his vehicle mode, he's
conveniently hiding behind a support beam for most of his transformation.
I suspect the reason for this was because the animators couldn't decide
whether or not to use his official transformation sequence, in
which his van mode splits into his robot form and a mobile battle platform.
(Ratchet's toy was identical to Ironhide's, and we do see Ratchet's
ambulance mode split into his robot form and a mobile repair bay in "More
Than Meets the Eye" part 1. This is the only time we see one of
them split into two components, though.) Obviously, the animators
elected to bypass the problem entirely.
Moon Base Two/Blast the City
When Jazz first appears on Optimus Prime's monitor,
Jazz is missing the Autobot symbol that's usually on the square blue
panel on his chest. The symbol is missing again, when he contacts
Moon Base Two, and again when Cliffjumper begins the countdown for the shuttle
Doesn't it seem strange that Cliffjumper starts
waving to the monitor when Ironhide appears on it, when in fact both
Ironhide and Cliffjumper are on the same moon base together?
As Cliffjumper begins delivering the countdown
for the shuttle launch, the top of his body is colored light blue, as though
this were his rear windshield, when his body should be red. Also, Jazz
is standing next to him and the front bumper on his chest is colored white
instead of red.
As Prime, Jazz, and Cliffjumper are watching the
shuttle depart and Prime comments, "Now, all we need is a little
energon and a lot of luck," the inside of Cliffjumper's helmet is colored
grey, like his face, instead of red.
As Laserbeak turns to fly away from the moon base,
Jazz is visible in the background and the vehicle roof on his back is colored
black, when it should be white with blue stripes.
Back on Cybertron, when Soundwave retrieves Laserbeak,
he doesn't push the eject button on his shoulder to open or close his
cassette door. This is not only inconsistent with previous episodes,
but also with scenes later in the movie.
As Laserbeak enters Soundwave's chest, the twin
stripes on either side of his cassette door are colored blue instead of yellow.
They change to yellow as Soundwave leaps into the air and
Also, right before Soundwave transforms to
tape deck mode to play back Laserbeak's recording, there's a computer
monitor to the right of Soundwave which is rectangular with an indentation
on the left side. After Soundwave transforms and plugs into it, however,
the viewscreen is perfectly rectangular with no indentation.
On Laserbeak's playback of the conversation between
Prime and Ironhide, Prime is waving his arms about. He wasn't
doing this when he was actually speaking with Ironhide, though. (Is
Laserbeak taking some creative editing classes?)
Also, at one point, Laserbeak's recording features
a shot with Optimus in the background and an extreme close-up of Ironhide's
face in the foreground. Ironhide's chest panel is black in this scene
instead of red. More important than this, though, is the fact
that the only way for Laserbeak to have gotten a shot of Ironhide from
this angle would be if he had been sitting on Ironhide's control panel.
(Ol' Rusty Pants must be really nearsighted.)
After Megatron finishing watching the recording
and comments than Prime will need more luck than he imagines,
the bottom triangles of Megatron's Decepticon insignia are connected to the
rest of the symbol. They're supposed to be separate pieces.
When we first see Ironhide's shuttle, the ship
is overlapping an asteroid that's supposed to be in the foreground. (The
shuttle was much too far away for it to have passed by the asteroid by this
In the first scene inside the shuttle, as Prowl
and Ironhide man the controls, Prowl has a white stripe and a police badge
on the inside of his left wing (which forms the door to his police car mode).
Compare this to a later scene when Prowl gets out of his
chair to fire on the Decepticons, and the backs of his doors are black
with no badges.)
As Megatron rips through the breach in the
shuttle, we see Scavenger behind him, whose body and head are colored entirely
purple. Scavenger should have a green body and a black helmet with
a grey face mask and red eyes.
After Megatron transforms to gun mode, when Starscream
uses him to fire the first shot at the Autobots, the "forehead" on Megatron's
Decepticon symbol is colored grey instead of purple.
After Brawn is hit, as Starscream looks on while
he falls to the ground, Mixmaster is standing behind Starscream and his lower
legs are colored purple instead of green.
When Prowl fires back at the Decepticons
entering the shuttle, Scavenger's head briefly changes from purple to light
grey. (Neither of these colors is correct; his helmet should be black.)
Also in this scene, when Scavenger dodges Prowl's laser bolts, Scavenger
momentarily overlaps Starscream's wing, which should be in the
When the Decepticons first attack the shuttle
crew, Megatron transforms to gun mode and lands in the waiting hands of
Starscream, who is standing on the deck of the shuttle with all the
Constructicons behind him. A moment later, when Ironhide and Ratchet
open fire, Starscream is suddenly hiding behind the opening in the ship's
hull, with several Constructicons behind him, and he's no longer carrying
Megatron. (Obviously, this was supposed to have been Thundercracker
or Skywarp, but was given Starscream's color scheme instead. Even
"Starscream" isn't colored right, though, because his wing is entirely
red and the center of his chest is orange. He should have a grey wing
with a red stripe, and only the canopy on his chest should be
As Brawn is shot down, Scavenger can be seen
in the background and he's carrying his gun in his right hand. When
Scavenger fires on Prowl, though, his gun is suddenly in his left hand.
Then, after Prowl is gunned down and Ironhide and Ratchet
return fire, however, Scavenger's gun is in his right hand again.
(Seems like there are a lot of left-handed characters in this scene.
Scavenger, Starscream, Prowl... all lefties.)
In the scene in which Starscream is firing repeatedly
at Ironhide and Ratchet, the gun-mode Megatron in his hands is colored entirely
grey. Megatron should have a black stock, barrel, and scope.
When Ironhide is shot down, he lands on his chest;
Prowl and Ratchet end up on their backs. When the Decepticons
take their positions in the navigation chairs, however, all three of
these Autobots are now flipped over. (Was Rumble frisking them for
Also, Ratchet is missing the red cross on his
shoulder as he falls to the floor.
When Megatron walks past the bodies of Ironhide
and Ratchet on his way to the forward section of the shuttle, we see
that Ironhide's chest windshield has been shattered and that there are components
protruding from the broken glass. All of these components are colored light
blue, like his windshield, when they should (probably) be a grey color.
Additionally, when Ironhide and Ratchet are
gunned down near the forward section of the shuttle, Ironhide is on Megatron's
left (after he faces the front of the shuttle). When Ironhide
makes his last ditch effort and grabs Megatron's boot, however, he's
suddenly on Megatron's right. (Sure, it's possible that he crawled
around behind Megatron, but why would he go to the trouble, and wouldn't
one of the Decepticons have noticed?)
One more note about the shuttle scene:
Where are the other Decepticons who are later present during the battle
for Autobot City? There's no evidence of Astrotrain, Blitzwing, Shrapnel,
Bombshell, or Reflector as the Decepticons take control of the
shuttle, even though all of these characters appear later inside Autobot
City. (Maybe the plan was for Astrotrain to rendezvous with the
shuttle en route to Earth?)
On Earth, during the first scene with Hot Rod
and Daniel fishing, the reflection of Hot Rod in the lake is at the wrong
angle. It should be upside-down, but instead the reflection is tilted.
The only way this could happen is if the surface of the water
were tilted at about a
30º angle, which is of course
just plain silly. Because of this incorrect angle, Hot Rod's fishing
pole and line are missing from the reflection.
When Daniel is riding on his skate-rocket
and hits the rock protruding from the ground, his board's engines cut out,
and it flies backwards behind him. In the next scene, though, the board's
engines are firing and it's suddenly flying forward again.
The animation of Hot Rod's transformation sequence
is inconsistent. When he changes to vehicle mode and takes Daniel to
Lookout Mountain, his arms swing back at the shoulder joint and his lower
torso and legs appear to rotate 180 degrees. After they arrive and
he changes back to robot mode, though, his arms revolve on an axis and
his legs no longer rotate. (This problem continues throughout the movie,
Near the city, Kup's crew that's working on
the road block consists of Huffer, Hound, Sunstreaker, and Prowl
colored like Bluestreak. (Even though Prowl and Bluestreak are of similar
design, Bluestreak has a differently-shaped helmet crest and upper arms than
the robot shown here, who also has police badges on his doors.)
the appearance of Hound and Sunstreaker is also erroneous, since
they are later shown disembarking from Optimus Prime's shuttle.
When Blitzwing lands outside the city
and targets Hot Rod, we see some random numerical readouts from his
point-of-view. These are probably supposed to be
targeting coordinates, but the numbers continue to fluctuate after he
locks onto his target. (Compare this to later when Perceptor is tracking
the Decepticons in microscope mode, and his targeting readouts do stop
once he locks onto them.)
As Blitzwing is aiming his turret cannon, the
piece of his plane cockpit that's still visible in tank mode is colored purple,
like the rest of his nosecone, when the canopy glass should be blue.
(Oddly enough, the cel painters still recognized that it was a glass
cockpit, since they gave it a glossy reflection.)
When Kup leaps onto Blitzwing and grabs his tank
barrel, part of the front of Blitzwing's tank mode is colored blue instead
Then, as Kup is still holding the turret
cannon, Blitzwing fires a purple colored laser bolt, and both
Kup and Blitzwing's tank barrel are washed in purple. This would
have been a really cool lighting effect, were it not for the fact that only
Blitzwing's tank barrel changes color; the turret it's connected to remains
its normal tan color. This discrepancy makes this scene
look like a coloring mistake, even though it's not one.
Finally, when Shrapnel collides with Blitzwing,
the underside of Blitzwing's tank mode is tan and featureless.
Compare this to earlier, when he transformed into his tank mode and
his purple robot-mode chest was still visible on the bottom of the tank after
he finished transforming.
We're Outnumbered/Must Stop Megatron
After Ultra Magnus gives his orders and Springer
leaps off the staircase to transform the city into battle station mode, the
Autobot symbol on Springer's chest disappears for an instant.
As Springer and Arcee flee from the attacking
Starscream, there's a spot of battle damage on the floor, on the lower left
side of the screen, that isn't moving with the rest of the floor. This
damaged area even overlaps the subsequent explosion.
After Starscream's foot is trapped in
one of the collapsing floor panels during Autobot City's transformation,
he has to shoot himself in the foot to escape. What's strange
about this is that, even though he screams, "Aaaah! My foot!" if you
carefully watch the scene of Starscream rocketing off into the sky, it's
actually the side of his leg that shows to be damaged.
is the only scene in which this damage is visible; in all subsequent scenes,
the damage has disappeared.
In a high angle shot of the battle above Autobot
City, Shockwave can be spotted among the participants of the aerial melee.
Shouldn't he be on Cybertron?
Dirge is also colored like Ramjet in this
scene. Not only that, but Rumble can be spotted flying away to the
left, but he's colored like Shockwave.
Also in this same scene, Reflector appears, but
he's colored like Ironhide.
is particularly interesting, since Reflector was phased
out of the cartoon early in the second season.
In fact, Reflector appears three more times in the movie,
all erroneous appearances.
In the communications tower, when Blaster's
control chair begins to swivel, the plate on his forehead is colored red
when it should be grey.
After Perceptor pops up from the access tunnel
in the floor of the communications tower, Blaster immediately addresses Perceptor
by name without even turning around to see who he's talking to.
Also in this scene, one of the first-season Decepticon
jets flies past the window. It's impossible to tell whether this
was intended to be Starscream, Thundercracker, or Skywarp, but the jet in
question is colored like Dirge.
As Blaster begins sending his distress signal
to Optimus Prime, in the group shot of the Decepticons firing on the
city, Soundwave's head is miscolored. The panels on the sides
of his head are colored blue, like the rest of his helmet, when they
should be grey.
When Soundwave ejects his cassettes to
the transmission smash the broadcasting dish, Frenzy is colored
like Rumble. Then, Frenzy actually disappears for a split second before
finally appearing in the correct colors. Both characters are colored
like Frenzy when they transform to robot mode.
As the Decepticon cassettes are destroying the
broadcast dish, the circles on Ratbat's chest are colored gold instead
of black. (While it's true that the gold weapons on the Hasbro
toy do protrude through these holes, this is inconsistent with Ratbat's animation
When Rumble and Frenzy land on the roof of
the communications tower, right before they smash through the
glass, both of them have grey eyes instead of red.
After the cassettes smash through the skylight,
there's no evidence of broken glass anywhere on the floor of the communications
When Blaster ejects his cassettes, both Rewind
and Eject change from blue to black as they transform. Rewind
should be black; Eject is blue.
During the fight between the Autobot and Decepticon
cassettes, Eject tapes a flying leap from the left side of the screen to
the right, but a second later, he appears on the left side of the screen
again, firing at Ravage. Obviously, one of these guys was supposed
to be Rewind, but was colored wrong.
Kickback's head is utterly crushed by Kup when
he gets run over, but later on as the Decepticons enter the city limits,
Kickback is among the group and his head appears perfectly intact.
As Springer and Arcee enter the room
with the launcher, they discover the deactivated bodies of Wheeljack and
Windcharger. Just before the scene in which Arcee starts dragging
Windcharger's body, there's a red and blue robot laying on the left
side of the screen, which seems to suggest that there was a third Autobot
who had been manning the launcher. A number of people noticed this
character during the theatrical presentation of the movie at BotCon 2000,
but they weren't sure who he was. It turns out that this is actually
Wheeljack, more or less colored like Sideswipe.
Why are the Autobots straining with all their
might to move that catapult launcher into the proper position? Didn't
anybody notice that the thing has got treads?
After Megatron gives the order for the Constructicons
to combine, Scrapper and Mixmaster begin to transform... and Mixmaster starts
transforming upside-down! (He seems to think that he's supposed to
end up on his head, the same way Scrapper does.)
As the Constructicons complete their transformation,
in the first scene with Devastator, his chest armor and left forearm
are colored green; they should both be purple.
Then, when Devastator crushes one of Autobot
City's rotating gun turrets, he's missing the Decepticon symbol on his
After Devastator smashes the turret gun and starts
pounding on the walls of the city, Shrapnel is among the Decepticons looking
on, and his head and lower legs are both colored light grey when they should
In one scene during the Autobot City battle, Perceptor
is in a foxhole, firing at the Decepticons, and Swoop runs by. (He's
in the extreme foreground, so you can only see his legs, but it's definitely
Swoop.) This is a mistake, since Swoop should be on Prime's
shuttle with the other Dinobots at this point. (This scene also features
the only appearance of Grapple in the movie.)
Aboard Prime's shuttle, when Prime orders the
Dinobots to attack, Sunstreaker is manning the navigation controls and his
forearm is colored yellow instead of black.
Even though Snarl is mysteriously absent for almost
the entire movie, he does appear in three separate scenes. He can be
seen when Ultra Magnus is preparing the Autobots for the journey
to find Unicron, and again a moment later when Galvatron first attacks the
city. He's also inside the Quintesson cruiser when it arrives
on the Planet of Junk (see below). These appearances can probably be
considered animation mistakes, since Snarl is missing for so many other scenes.
You Got the Power/Passing the Matrix
Optimus Prime is missing the Autobot symbol on
the side of his trailer when he transforms into his truck mode.
As the Decepticons charge the city and the truck-mode
Prime approaches them from behind, Soundwave's upper legs change from
grey to blue, and Blitzwing's head changes from yellow to purple for
a moment. Dirge is also colored like Ramjet in this scene.
When Prime chases after Blitzwing, we see a
passenger's-eye-view of the inside of Prime's truck cabin. In
this scene, Prime has a different dashboard than the last time we saw in,
in "Triple Takeover." (He even has a cute little Autobot symbol on
his steering wheel now!)
Blitzwing is missing his gun when he jumps into
the air to avoid getting turned into metallic road pizza by Prime. He
was still carrying it in the above scene.
After Megatron asks the telling question, "Why
throw away your life so recklessly?" Prime responds, "That's a question you
should ask yourself, Megatron," and he appears to be hunched over and
returning to a standing position, even though he was standing fully
upright a moment ago. In the script, there was a scene here where Dirge
tries to tackle Prime from behind, and Prime grabs him and slams him to the
ground. I'm guessing this scene was animated, or at least planned to
be, which explains Dirge appearing in the voice credits. Prime standing
back up does make a lot more sense if he had just finished throwing
Dirge into the ground.
After Megatron throws that shard of
metal into Prime's gut, as Prime is clutching his wound, we see
the little triangle on Prime's forearm on the outside of his wrist (facing
front). In the next scene, when Prime back away, the triangle is now
on the top of his wrist (facing up).
Once Prime throws Megatron to the ground in what
should have been the end of the fight, the cannon on Megatron's back is colored
black. It should be grey.
Megatron is facing away from Prime when Prime
first approaches him. When the camera angle changes to behind Prime,
though, Megatron has suddenly rotated about 120 degrees towards him. By
the very next shot, Megatron is facing Prime head-on, even though Megatron
still hasn't begun to crawl towards the gun that's out of Prime's
After Megatron has grabbed Hot Rod and Prime is
trying to get a good shot at Megatron, Prime is missing the square panel
on the side of his hip.
The stray gun that Megatron finds on the ground
is purple colored. In the close-up of Megatron chanting, "Fall... fall!"
the gun is colored entirely black. (I guess one of the cel painters
thought it was his fusion cannon or something.)
Careful examination of the scene in which Prime
is gunned down reveals that he's being hit by two different weapons.
One of them fires purple blasts, but there's another set of
laser bolts hitting Prime that are orange in color. Purple laser bolts
are consistent with Decepticon weaponry, but orange laser beams usually indicate
The only two
characters who are in the correct position to be shooting at Prime from this
angle are Megatron and Hot Rod. (For the sake of all the die-hard
Hot Rod fans out there, I will allow for the very small possibility that
Megatron is simultaneously firing at Prime using his built-in back-mounted
cannon and the handheld Autobot gun he found on the ground.).
After Prime delivers his final blow to Megatron
and collapses to his knee, the antenna on either side of his helmet are colored
grey instead of blue.
When Starscream kicks the defeated Megatron, the
entire middle section of his chest is orange. Only the canopy glass
should be orange; the rest should be grey.
When Megatron urges Soundwave not to leave him
behind, the eject button on Soundwave's shoulder os colored blue instead
After Starscream summons Astrotrain, he transforms
to train mode and drives off, but doesn't appear to increase in size.
Normally, the only time that size-changing Transformers become larger
or smaller is during their transformation sequence. Later, however,
as the Decepticons are boarding Astrotrain, we see that he has grown
significantly. The only way this would be possible is
if Astrotrain spontaneously expanded to the size of his space shuttle
mode at some point after he transformed and drove off in train
Some of the Decepticons are too badly damaged
to make it to Astrotrain themselves, like Megatron and Kickback, and
so they have to be carried by others. Presumably, the Decepticons too
badly wounded to make it to their escape ship are the same ones who
are too weak to offer resistance when they are ejected from the ship, right?
However, both Thundercracker and Skywarp can both be spotted making
a mad dash for Astrotrain. If they're both in good enough shape to
run, then why don't they put up a fight when they get booted into space?
I should also mention that when Astrotrain changes
to shuttle mode and blasts off, he rotates
a full 180º, since the top
of his train mode forms the bottom of his space shuttle mode). That's
got to make for a pretty bumpy ride for the passengers inside
When Perceptor is examining the wounded Optimus
Prime, it looks like Prime has an Autobot symbol on his right shoulder. He
should only have one on his left shoulder.
Also, in the first scene in which the Autobots
gather around the dying Optimus Prime, Arcee is missing the Autobot symbol
on her chest.
As Prime tells Ultra Magnus that he's going
to pass on the Matrix of Leadership to him, the top of Magnus' body
is colored blue when it should be red.
When Magnus responds to this decision
and balks, "I'm not worthy," the components on either side of his
head are colored grey, like the antenna attached to them. They should
be blue, like the rest of his helmet.
When Optimus Prime removes the Matrix from his
chest, we can see that there's a second Matrix, entirely grey, still
within his chest cavity. (I guess if you go by the Beast Wars
episodes in which Optimus Prime appears, this is the "spark holder"
that contains his life force.)
Also, Prime drops the Matrix after he takes it
out of his chest, presumably because he is weakening, and his arm drops to
the side. A moment later, though, both his arms are at his sides
again. (What, did Blurr rush in and prop his arm back up when nobody
After Hot Rod catches the Matrix and Ultra Magnus
is about to take it back from him, part of the left side of the shield
on Magnus' chest flashes from blue to red for an instant.
Many fans have observed that when Ultra Magnus
inserts the Matrix into his chest, there is an apparent animation glitch
during which he inserts the Matrix, pulls it out for a second, and then
places it inside his chest again. I'm of the belief that this
wasn't a problem with the animation, but rather that Magnus was simply adjusting
the Matrix to ensure a proper fit. I've included this here as a point
of interest for the sake of completeness.
A moment later, when Kup walks into view, the
scratch on his chest is on his right side. It should be on the left
side of his chest.
As noted earlier, Optimus Prime's body changes
to a sickly grey color when he passes away. It does add to the emotion
of the scene, but I have to question why this happens. If Transformers
are coated with paint (which Sunstreaker has mentioned on numerous occasions
throughout the first and second season), then why would the
color of this paint suddenly fade when a robot is deactivated? The
movie isn't consistent about this phenomenon, either. Windcharger
and Wheeljack were both dead when Arcee found them, but both of
their bodies were still in full color. Also, when Ultra Magnus is blown to
pieces, his body parts remain the same color and do not turn grey.
Megatron Transformed/A Hungry Planet
As we see Unicron's internal monitors as he remotely
observes the passing of the Matrix, Hot Rod is missing the Autobot symbol
on his chest when he hands the Matrix to Ultra Magnus. Also, the
scene as depicted on Unicron's monitors isn't consistent with the scene as
it actually transpired. On the monitors, Magnus appears to be holding
the Matrix in his palms and showing it to the other Autobots, which he never
On board Astrotrain, as the healthy Decepticons
converge on the injured warriors to toss them into space, the panel in the
center of Bombshell's chest is colored grey when it should be yellow.
Also in this scene, the red stripes on Soundwave's forearms are missing,
and Dirge is once again colored like Ramjet.
When Starscream hoists Megatron over to the air
lock, Soundwave can be seen in the background and his eyes are colored
grey instead of red.
When Astrotrain is in space shuttle
mode, he has red panels with yellow borders on either side.
These would seem to be the same air locks from which Starscream dumps
Megatron. In several exterior shots of Astrotrain, though, these
panels are colored grey, like the rest of the shuttle exterior, in the
scene when the Insecticons are dumped, and again after Megatron is
After Starscream tosses Megatron out of Astrotrain,
Megatron dips below Astrotrain's wing. If Megatron really is weightless in
space, shouldn't he have floated off at the same point at
which Starscream released him?
As Starscream is dusting off his hands, part of
his chest armor is colored grey when it should be red. Then, when
Starscream is nominating himself to be the new Decepticon leader, the
entire middle section of his chest is colored orange again.
When Scrapper makes a play for Decepticon leadership,
the panel on the side of his foot changes several times from a dark green
color (shaded) to a light green color (unshaded).
When Bonecrusher balks, "Who are you calling
inferior?" his chin guard is colored grey when it should be black. Also,
the "eyes" on Hook's Decepticon symbol are missing at the beginning of this
When the cassettes eject themselves to defend
Soundwave's play for leadership, Soundwave is missing the red stripes around
his wrists, and the border around his cassette door is light blue when it
should be yellow.
As Megatron is discussing future plans with Unicron,
part of his Decepticon symbol is colored grey. I don't think this was
a mistake; Megatron is badly damaged, and part of the symbol could have
been knocked off during his battle with Prime. However, the symbol
is purple in its entirety again during the scene where Megatron proclaims,
"You have nothing to fear!"
Also, when Unicron begins to consume Megatron,
the symbol on his chest has disappeared altogether, but when Megatron recants,
"I accept your terms! I accept!" it has rematerialized.
As noted above, Galvatron is mostly purple (with
some grey), but his Hasbro toy is mostly grey (with some purple). The
toy was probably based on an early incarnation of the character before the
final color scheme was decided upon. What's interesting is that
when Galvatron transforms to his cannon mode, his upper body changes from
purple to grey. I suspect that while his robot mode design was
updated, the design for his cannon mode was not. This means, of
course, that Galvatron inexplicably changes color every time he
Unicron really isn't a very creative guy, is he?
He uses the same new robot body design for both Bombshell and
Skywarp, turning them both into the form of Cyclonus. Wouldn't that
make things awfully confusing? How do you tell the two apart?
(Oddly enough, the second Cyclonus more or less disappears after the
movie.) And for that matter, how can anyone tell Scourge apart from
the Sweeps, who are all identical to him? (Maybe it's not lack of
creativity; maybe Unicron's just got a perverse sense of humor.)
Let's go over the character manifest after Galvatron
and his troops are created. The only Decepticons tossed from the shuttle
were Megatron, Thundercracker, Skywarp, Bombshell, Kickback, and Shrapnel.
Megatron, of course, became Galvatron; Bombshell became Cyclonus; Skywarp
became another Cyclonus; Thundercracker became Scourge; and Kickback and
Shrapnel became Sweeps. In the scene right after Cyclonus
transforms, though, in addition to the second Cyclonus, there are
four other Sweeps present, plus Scourge. Somehow, two new Sweeps
materialized out of nowhere! (Did two of the Reflector components
get turned into Sweeps at some point, and we just didn't see it happen?)
On Cybertron, during Starscream's coronation,
Thundercracker, Skywarp, and all three Insecticons all present for the
ceremony, even though they were all tossed off of Astrotrain and turned into
new Decepticons just a few moments earlier. Also, in the opening coronation
scene, instead of being colored green and purple, the Constructicons are
all colored purple with grey legs.
How in the heck do the Constructicons all manage
to play trumpets during the ceremony when three of them (Scavenger,
Long Haul, and Scrapper) have face masks instead of mouths?
Starscream has undergone a complete body structure
modification during his coronation scene. At first I had thought he
was just wearing a cape and some really big shoulder pads, but if you look
closely, he's also got larger chest armor and bigger forearms.
When did he
have time to make these modifications? (One wonders if the cape doesn't
get in the way when he transforms, too.)
After Galvatron shows up on Cybertron and takes
command, Soundwave is drawn significantly off-model as he cheers the arrival
of the new leader. The cassette door in his chest is incredibly
small in this scene; it's not much bigger than his head.
After Unicron approaches Moon Base One, the panel
on the top of Jazz's vehicle hood is colored white instead of blue. It's
the same way when Jazz makes his way to the shuttle.
Back in Autobot City, Blaster is missing
the speakers on the front of his legs when he first detects the distress
signal from Spike and Bumblebee.
There seems to be something wrong with the
timer on the explosives that Spike and Bumblebee use to try to destroy Unicron.
The readout on the timer doesn't correspond to real-time seconds;
it's much faster. (Maybe the timer counts in astro-seconds?)
Swear Word/Down for Repairs
As Spike and Bumblebee celebrate Unicron's
apparent destruction, the symbol on Bumblebee's chest is missing.
After Unicron has eaten both of the moon bases,
there is a scene where Galvatron is on Cybertron, screaming at Unicron. Up
above, one of the moons is still clearly there, and Unicron is
busy consuming the remains of the other one.
there was a Moon Base Three that nobody ever bothered to mention before,
and which Unicron never bothered to eat. This is, incidentally, the
only time we see an additional moon base in the movie, and the only
such scene that may validate the narrator's claim that the Autobots are stationed
on "two of Cybertron's moons." (Despite this, Cybertron is shown to
have moon bases in the episodes "Five Faces of Darkness" that directly follow
the movie, though it should be noted that these episodes are riddled
with animation mistakes.) It's worth mentioning here that according
to the script, this scene was originally slated to come later in the movie,
so perhaps these really are Moon Base One and Two and the scene was
edited out of sequence.
In the scene where Galvatron screams at Unicron,
who responds by torturing him, there is a gigantic Decepticon symbol behind
the throne in the Hall of Heroes. In the cartoon, the Decepticon insignia
is usually drawn with three spikes on its forehead crest. In the
backdrop painting of the giant symbol, however, the symbol only has two spikes.
(This is how Hasbro originally designed the Decepticon symbol to look,
but is inconsistent with the way it's traditionally depicted in
Also in this scene, one of the statues in the
Hall of Heroes is missing. Facing the throne, it's the statue
on the left that's closest to the throne. It's there in previous
When Ultra Magnus is rallying the Autobots against
Unicron, somebody must have accidentally moved one of the animation cels.
In this scene, his chest shifts slightly to one side, while
his head and arms remain still.
After Spike and Bumblebee's transmission
is cut off, Magnus turns around to address the group of Autobots behind him,
and the monitor behind him shows nothing but garbled transmissions.
When the Decepticons show up, though, the monitor has shut itself off.
(And yes, this is extremely nitpicky, even by my
As noted previously, Snarl shows up in the scene
where Galvatron attacks Autobot City. In this scene, Swoop has
Watch for the scene when Springer scoops up Daniel
while the Autobots are making a break for the shuttles. Daniel doesn't
actually jump up into Springer's arms... it's more like
After the shuttle begins to taxi and Arcee starts
running after it, at one point she actually reaches the ramp, and it even
looks like she grabs onto it. In the next scene, though,
she's several feet behind the ramp again.
As Springer pulls Arcee aboard the shuttle, the
bottom panels on her helmet that cover her forehead are colored
pink, like her face, instead of grey, like the rest of her helmet.
The two Autobot shuttles are different color schemes.
They're both predominantly orange, but Ultra Magnus' shuttle has red
trim, while Hot Rod and Kup's shuttle has grey. (This may have been
done so the animators and/or viewers could keep track of which shuttle is
which, even though it's a pretty subtle distinction.) When Magnus'
shuttle takes off, though, it's got grey trim instead of red.
After the Autobots successfully escape into space,
during the first scene inside the shuttle in which Kup is telling stories
to the Dinobots, Slag is missing the Autobot symbol on his triceratops
Also in this scene, Swoop's pteranodon neck changes
color from blue to gold when he pleads, "Good part, Kup! Tell Swoop
When Hot Rod is sparring with the auto-combatant
aboard the shuttle, right before the auto-combatant hits him, the wheels
on the backs Hot Rod's upper arms are colored light grey. They're
actually supposed to be magenta, like the rest of his arms (this in itself
could be considered a blooper of sorts, but it's part of his color key
model so at least the animators consistently get it wrong most of
Following the crash of Hot Rod's shuttle, as Galvatron
sets his sights on Magnus' shuttle, the ship has got grey trim once again
instead of red.
After Ultra Magnus orders the separation of the
ship, as Perceptor swivels around and proclaims, "That's too dangerous!"
the entire front panel on his forehead is yellow. Only the rectangular
box inside this panel should be yellow.
When Perceptor is babbling about the difficulties
of trying to find a planet to land on, this same panel on his forehead
changes from black to yellow when he leans back.
Hot Rod's transformation sequence has changed
again. On the planet Quintessa, when Hot Rod spots Kup underwater and
transforms to rescue him, as he changes back to robot mode, his vehicle-mode
wheels sort of melt into the surface of his arms.
When Hot Rod is trying to save Kup from the
giant robot squid, Hot Rod retracts his fist and replaces it with a buzzsaw
blade. After he uses the blade on the squid for the second time, his
hand suddenly reappears. A moment later, the buzzsaw blade is
back again; then Hot Rod finally retracts the buzzsaw blade and replaces
it with his hand.
After Hot Rod defeats the squid and recover's
Kup's body, Kup appears to be immersed halfway in the surface of the ocean
floor. The problem is, the ocean floor looks like it's made of solid
When Kup was attacked by this squid, he lost his
lower right leg and left forearm. When Hot Rod is repairing Kup later,
though, Hot Rod is working on an open panel in Kup's left leg.
Also, when Kup gets up and starts walking around, he's limping and
favoring the left leg, as though it were stiff.
Universal Greeting/Planet of Junk
After Hot Rod completes the repairs to Kup, after
Kup stands up, the little slot just above his Autobot symbol is colored red,
like his symbol. It should be grey.
Hot Rod's transformation sequence has changed
yet again. When he and Kup switch to vehicle mode so they can search
for the Dinobots, Hot Rod's arms rotate on an axis when he transforms, so
that his left arm in robot mode ends up on his right side in car mode, and
vice versa. He didn't do this the first four times he transformed in
the movie, though. (It's worth noting that the Hasbro toy doesn't
do this, either. The idea was probably way too complicated to engineer
on such a comparatively small scale.)
After Ultra Magnus' shuttle crashes on the Planet
of Junk, when Magnus goes, "Say something! Anybody!" his upper leg
is colored blue when it should be white.
A moment later, in the shot of the Autobots scattered
around the cabin of the shuttle, Blurr's entire head is grey. It should
be colored light blue with a light grey component on the back of his
Shrapnel makes an appearance when the Decepticons
arrive on the Planet of Junk. Didn't he just get turned into a Sweep?
What's more, in the comic book adaptation of this scene,
he's identified as Shrapnel in dialogue, so this can't just be a mistake
on the part of the movie animators. (The possibility exists that
it wasn't the original Shrapnel who was recreated by Unicron, but one
of the mindless Insecticon clones. Maybe the one who appears
on the Planet of Junk is the original Shrapnel, who's been cloning the Sweeps
off-camera. This might explain why so many Sweeps begin popping up
during the third season.) Shrapnel is miscolored in this scene, too,
with grey lower legs instead of black.
The five-faced Quintesson Judge perpetually hovers
on a beam of energy. Kind of makes you wonder, then, why his court
is equipped with a throne.
As Swoop is circling over Quintessa and searching
for Hot Rod and Kup, the Autobot symbols on Swoop's wings
As the Dinobots proceed through Quintessa, Slag
nearly walks into a trap door, and Grimlock whacks Slag out of the way with
his tail. In this scene, Slag's lower jaw is round in shape.
When Slag gets to his feet, he growls at Grimlock and bares his
teeth. In the scene after this, though, Slag's jaw is back to its normal
square shape, and he once again has no teeth.
As Wheelie first approaches the Dinobots, Slag
has a yellow square on his forehead instead of his Autobot symbol.
Later, when Wheelie climbs onto Sludge's back, Slag has a yellow
circle on his head instead of the Autobot symbol.
When Wheelie jumps up onto Sludge's head, the
top section of Sludge's neck is colored grey. It should be gold.
In the scene where Hot Rod and Kup are fighting
the Sharkticons, right before Hot Rod punches the Sharkticon in the mouth,
the entire top sections of Hot Rod's shoulders are colored grey. Only
the panels inside his shoulders should be grey.
After the Dinobots burst into the court room,
as they proceed to move in on the Sharkticons, the Autobot symbols disappear
from Grimlock's chest and the top of Slag's head.
All of the Junkions have red eyes, a trait shared
with most of the Decepticons. The first stand-alone third season episode,
"The Killing Jar," establishes that the Junkions are, in fact, Autobots.
If this is true, then the Junkions should have blue eyes, like
most of the other Autobots. (I suspect the true reason they were given
red eyes is because they were regarded as villains for the first half of
the movie. In the Hasbro toy commercial for Wreck-Gar, the voice of
Optimus Prime could be heard introducing Springer and the Triple Changer
toys, while the voice of Megatron introduced Wreck-Gar!)
Release the Power/Rally the Troops
As the Decepticons arrive on the Planet of Junk,
there are 31 vehicles approaching over the horizon. Even if we assume
that every single Decepticon seen in the movie so far is present during the
attack, and that all of Soundwave's cassettes are flying separately instead
of in his chest, that's still only a maximum of 27 characters.
There's a special effect missing after the Decepticons
launch the attack on the Planet of Junk. Normally, a backlighting effect
is applied to laser bolts to make them glow, but as Springer transforms to
robot mode and flies off, there are two laser bolts fired by the Sweeps that
are colored completely black.
When Arcee transforms to vehicle mode, the Autobot
symbol on her hood is missing.
Also, when Blurr transforms, his waist doesn't
rotate 180 degrees like it did when he transformed during the attack on Autobot
City. (The toy isn't designed this way, of course, but this is how
his animation model was designed. The hood of his vehicle mode actually
ends up on his butt.)
At one point we're treated to a Cyclonus-eye-view
of the fleeing Autobots. Since we're looking at the Autobots from inside
Cyclonus' cockpit, though, shouldn't the windows be orange?
The original script called for Ultra Magnus to
be drawn and quartered by the Sweeps (as depicted in the comic book adaptation),
but apparently the film censors found this to be too gruesome, so the scene
was reanimated so that he's simply blown into pieces. Several
artifacts of the original idea remain in the film, however. First,
each of the four Sweeps are shown emitting a solid beam of energy (one for
each of Ultra Magnus' limbs). Second, the scream made by Ultra Magnus
is tortured and prolonged, and is more consistent with an ongoing pain (like
being pulled apart) than simply being shot at. Finally, how would
being shot at by the Sweeps cause Ultra Magnus to double over and make
all his limbs pop off? It just doesn't add up.
The scene in which the Junkions pop out of the
refuse, right before they attack the Autobots, is actually recycled footage
from earlier in the movie, shortly after the Autobots began digging through
the junk and Wreck-Gar's warriors took notice.
After the Junkions begin chasing down
the Autobots, all of the Autobots transform to their vehicle modes except
for Perceptor, who runs away from the Junkions in robot mode. We know
that Perceptor has mobility in microscope mode, since he transforms
and rolls out with the other Autobots in the second-season episode "Child's
Play," so why doesn't he do the same thing here? (Of course, the
real answer to this question is that the movie was produced before that episode
was written. At this point in production, it's likely that nobody knew
that Perceptor could roll out.)
They're Everywhere/Battle Unicron
At one point during the battle on the Planet of
Junk, Wreck-Gar throws his axe at the helicopter-mode Springer, and it
goes tumbling off into the distance. A moment later, though, Wreck-Gar
engages Springer in robot mode, and his axe has miraculously returned.
When Springer transforms to car mode and backs
away from Wreck-Gar, he's missing the Autobot symbol on his hood. (I'd
also like to mention that Springer looks pretty ticked off after Wreck-Gar
manages to break his sword. I wonder if this is because the sword
that comes with the Springer toy splits apart to form the blades for
his helicopter mode?)
As the Quintesson cruiser lands on the Planet
of Junk, there's a moment where the combatants on the planet stop and
stare at the new arrivals. They have no idea who's in the ship, but
actually it's being piloted by Hot Rod and the Dinobots. The Dinobots
are all in robot mode as the ship lands, even though they've spent almost
the whole movie in dinosaur mode. They're even in dinosaur mode as
they exit the ship. The only possible reason I can think of why they
would be in robot mode would be to make it harder to identify who's
piloting the ship.
There are also several continuity errors during
this scene. As the ship lands, we see a very brief glimpse of the ship's
cockpit from the outside, after which we cut to a scene from the inside of
the cockpit, looking outside the windows of the ship. In the scene
from inside the ship, Grimlock is standing in a different place; the window
divider has moved; and Wheelie is sitting instead of standing. Also,
Snarl can be spotted (also in robot mode) in the exterior shot of the
cockpit. (Slag seems to be missing from the group, too, but he's there
when the Autobots disembark.)
When Hot Rod emerges from the Quintesson ship,
the ship is colored silver in the matte painting behind him, but in the animated
shots before and after this scene, the ship is its normal
green color. Also, the symbol on Grimlock's dinosaur mode chest
is missing as he exits the ship.
When the Junkions start to reassemble Ultra Magnus,
they begin by putting his legs on backwards! They try to fit his left
leg into the right socket, and vice versa. (I hope they offer
an extended warrantee on assembly.)
There's more recycled animation in the scene where
Wreck-Gar summons the Junkion ship from the surface of the planet. The
footage of the Junkion troops running towards the ship is looped several
As Hot Rod and Kup are looking on and nod to
each other, the left part of the spoiler on Hot Rod's back moves with his
head as though the spoiler were attached to his head.
After Unicron transforms to robot mode and begins
his attack on Cybertron, there is more recycled footage as the Decepticons
on Cybertron run for safety. We see the same guys fleeing in succession
about three times over as the animation is looped.
As mentioned above, the design of Unicron's robot
head alternates between his two different designs a couple of times
in the movie. One of them appears to be from an earlier model in which
he has no moustache and goatee. This appears to coincide with the test
footage that appears in the Japanese movie trailer, which was animated
before the rest of the film.
During Unicron's attack on Cybertron, among the
Decepticons who respond to the attack are Thundercracker, Starscream,
and two Skywarps, all characters who no longer exist by this point.
(It's worth mentioning that the one resembling Starscream is actually
of a slightly different design. Perhaps this is meant to be a Cybertronic
jet mode, but it's more like a minor variation on the existing Earth
design. It isn't even close to the triangular prism shaped jets we
saw in "More Than Meets the Eye.")
Also in this
scene, Unicron swallows up Ramjet, Thrust and Dirge and appears to destroy
them after they fly into his mouth. The problem is that all three of
these characters are drawn with Ramjet's wings. (Well, the real
problem is that they all show up again during the third season, but we'll
get to that later.)
When Galvatron transforms to cannon mode and fires
at Unicron, both his Decepticon insignia, as well as the Matrix (which
he was wearing on a chain around his neck) are missing. The Matrix
doesn't show up again until after Galvatron transforms back to robot mode
and Unicron swallows him up. (The design of the Matrix had not been
finalized when this scene was animated, so the Matrix was added with an
overlay in post-production. Obviously, the animators missed a handful
In the long shot of Unicron standing on Cybertron,
battling the Decepticon fleet, he suddenly seems a lot smaller than
he did when he first approached Cybertron and raked its surface with
Also in this scene, Unicron is shooting pink-colored
beams from his functional eye. In the close-up, however, the beams
he's firing are green in color.
As the Dinobots engage Unicron, Grimlock is firing
bursts of energy from his fists. This is the first and last time we
see Grimlock demonstrating this ability. (If you ask me, he's been
watching too many episodes of Challenge of the GoBots.))
During the Dinobot attack on Unicron, when the
camera pans up to Unicron's head, his damaged eye is inexplicably
Also in this scene, when Swoop is attacking Unicron,
he's missing the Autobot symbols on his wings.
When Unicron reaches for the Dinobots and tries
to close his first on them, the square panels on his knuckles are light grey
when they should be colored orange. (There's also a pretty huge
size discrepancy in this scene. When the Dinobots first start
attacking Unicron, they're much larger than they are a few seconds later
when Unicron tries to grab them.)
When Hot Rod crashes the Quintesson ship through
Unicron's eye, it makes a hole that extends from the top of his eye to the
bottom. When we cut to the inside of Unicron's head and see the ship
traveling into his head, though, the hole has changed size and is now
After the Quintesson ship breaks apart, all of
the Autobots fall into Unicron's depths except for Hot Rod, who falls
onto the side of a gigantic spike jutting out of the side of the tunnel and
is knocked out. When Hot Rod regains consciousness and falls off of
the spike, the animation isn't lined up with the background, so it looks
like Hot Rod's legs disappear when he slips off.
Inside Unicron, two generic robots are dropped
into a processing vat. As the blue robot in the back begins to
turn red as he melts, his head changes back to blue for an instant.
Daniel in his exo-suit is visible in the high
angle of the robots being carried away to the cauldron, even though
he hasn't actually arrived on the scene by this point.
Also in this scene, one of the robots being carried
off looks suspiciously like the Autobot named Beachcomber. He
can only be clearly seen on the DVD, and even then he's drawn very tiny,
but it's unmistakably Beachcomber's color scheme.
Given that this robot did not escape from
Unicron with the other Autobots at the end of the movie, we must conclude
that he died. Beachcomber does appear briefly during the third season
in "Five Faces of Darkness" part 5, so one of these appearances is an error.
(I have no idea which one, though.)
When Daniel is trying to activate the laser on
his exo-suit to save Spike, the panel on the arm of his exo-suit is already
open. In the next scene, the panel is closed; then Daniel fiddles with
some controls and the panel pops open.
As Jazz is released by the conveyor claw into
the processing vat, his front bumper is colored white when it should be red,
and the panel on the top of his hood is white when it should be blue.
There is an unidentified Autobot on the conveyor
claw behind our heroes who is only visible on the Malofilm VHS version of
the movie or the DVD. Spike, Bumblebee, Jazz, and Cliffjumper
are being carried along, but just behind them is a robot of similar design
to Cliffjumper, only he's yellow and has a different head design.
He's definitely an Autobot, and not just some generic robot, since
he's got a red symbol on his chest.
Bumblebee and Cliffjumper are visible on the screen at the same time
as this guy, so it can't be either of them. (I like to pretend
that this is Bumper, the Mini Autobot who was sold by Hasbro in 1984 but
who never got an identity of his own.)
As Hot Rod is trekking through Unicron's innards,
his Autobot symbol is missing when he climbs up onto the ledge.
In the scene where Hot Rod successfully opens
the Matrix, he is able to fit his fingers into these perfect little
ergonomically-shaped square holes in the handles. These finger holes
do appear in a couple of other scenes (when Galvatron claims the Matrix from
Magnus, and when Galvatron tries to claw it open to use against Unicron),
but they seem to be an afterthought. The finger holes are missing
throughout most of the movie, including the scene in which
Optimus Prime first takes the Matrix out of his chest.
When Spike and the others from the processing
vat run into the room and Spike asks what's going on, Bumblebee is missing
the Autobot symbol on his chest.
When the Autobots all transform to vehicle mode
to escape from Unicron, the panel on Jazz's hood that has his Autobot symbol
is colored white again, when it should be blue. (I'd also like
to say here that Jazz's transformation sequence is depicted differently in
the movie than in the cartoon series. Usually, he does this distinctive
leap into the air as he converts to car mode, but when the Autobots
all transform to escape from Unicron, the leap is absent.)
In the final camera pan of the victorious Autobots
on Cybertron, both Blurr and Perceptor are missing their Autobot symbols,
and Jazz's front bumper and top chest panel are both colored white
Then, in the next shot of Rodimus Prime thrusting
his fist into the air and proclaiming, "Till all are one!" the nose
on his Autobot symbol disappears.
The voice actor credits include listings for the
characters Inferno, Gears, Prowl, and Dirge, even though none of them had
speaking lines in the movie. (It's most likely that Don Messick was
mistakenly credited for performing Gears instead of Scavenger, another of
his characters who did speak in the movie. Also, Dirge and Prowl both
had lines in the movie script, so these were lines that were probably recorded
but later cut from the finished movie. It's possible the same applies
to Inferno, even though he doesn't have any dialogue in the script.)
Also, Jack Angel does not receive a credit for
the character of Ramjet, even though Ramjet's voice can clearly be heard
during the scene when the injured Decepticons are pushed off of Astrotrain
and he commands, "Get! Make room for others!" (For that
matter, Frank Welker doesn't get a credit for his portrayal of
the auto-combatant that Hot Rod is sparring with.)
The cast list is supposed to be alphabetical,
but Peter Cullen's name is listed before that of Scatman Crothers.
The movie has been compared to the original
Star Wars trilogy because both stories share a number of plot concepts
and thematic elements. Both films are similar because they
both follow the same basic pattern of the heroic myth, in which the
lead character (usually a young male) leaves his home on a quest, acquires
new skills and a magic talisman, and returns home to help others.
This same story archetype serves as the basis for the legend of King
Arthur as well as the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Another animated
film that closely follows this pattern is G.I. Joe: the Movie, also
written by Ron Friedman.
There are, of course, specific elements from Star Wars that were lifted
directly for use in The Transformers: the Movie. Among
the design of Arcee's helmet,
which was inspired by Princess Leia's "cinnamon bun" hairdo
the character of Springer, whose sardonic
manner seems to be modeled after Han Solo
the scene in which Hot Rod is combat training
aboard the Autobot shuttle, which is markedly similar to Luke's early
Jedi training aboard the Millennium Falcon
the concept of Unicron as an intergalactic juggernaut
that can destroy planets, making him very similar to the Death Star
the disembodied voice of Optimus Prime speaking
to Hot Rod is reminiscent of Obi-Wan Kenobi beckoning Luke Skywalker to use
The movie also borrows at least one element from the 1978
film Grease. Arcee's ability to extend a spike from her hubcaps
to disable opponents driving alongside of her seems to be inspired by the
Also, while there are numerous pop culture references in the Transformers
cartoons, there are perhaps none quite so blatant as those uttered
by Wreck-Gar and his tribe of television-loving Junkions. Note that
the TV dialogue is more generic in the movie than the specific films
and programs that are referenced in the third season, but there are still
several references worth noting here.
"Don't look behind door number two, Monty!"--This
is a reference to the 1960's game show, Let's Make a Deal, hosted
by Monty Hall. Prizes were hidden behind closed doors and contestants
won the prize behind the door they chose to open.
cry is an amalgam of the word "Geronimo!" mixed with lyrics from the 1962
song "Da Doo Ron Ron" by the Ronettes.
"Please close cover before striking, friends!"--These
are the instructions found on some matchbooks, intended to prevent people
from igniting the entire book of matches. I am given to understand
that there used to be public service announcements on television in which
Smokey the Bear said this, so it's still a TV quote.
"Breep drit, aw rootie! So say the
Junkions!"--The hit song "Tooti Fruity" by songwriter Little Richard includes
the phrase "aw rootie," which was 1955 slang for "all right." I freely
admit that I have no idea what "breep drit" means.
Shrapnel took Brawn's seat; Skywarp took Ironhide's
place; Soundwave replaced Prowl; and Dirge sat in Ratchet's chair.
(Kickback and Ramjet also assumed navigational controls, but they did
not replace any Autobot positions.)
Spike is about 36. In "A Plague of Insecticons,"
Spike said he wasn't old enough to drive, so that makes him 15 at most.
That was in 1984, and 21 years have passed between that episode and
the movie. (You get points if you said he was 35, since that was the
age given for him in the original movie script.)
Kup's roadblock sign read STOP -- THIS
AREA OFF LIMITS.
Wreck-Gar's tiny little TV pictured a ninja swordsman;
a girl in a witch's hat; and a female rock singer.
Hot Rod crashed the Quintesson ship through Unicron's
Hoist and Powerglide are the only two characters
from the above list who do not appear in the movie. Everybody else
is in there somewhere, if only for a brief moment.
Over the years, many Internet fans have contributed
submissions, comments, and feedback about the bloopers in
The Transformers: the Movie, and I am immensely grateful for
their contributions to this page. Thanks go to Rikard Bakke, Jack Caligari,
Cicadacon, David Cousens, Delserik, Dragonclaw, Matthew French, Frank Gerratana,
Liam Kavanaugh, Maximus Prime, Mighty Megatron, Parallax, Andrew Rowe,
Shadowfell, Urac Daria "Ratbat" Sigma, Thylacine 2000, Jim Ware, Benson Yee,
and everyone else who contributed. Special thanks go to Swoop and Vicken
A., who both went well above and beyond the call of duty.
A tiny little beach ball sized Unicron approaches
The only scene in the movie in which Gears
makes an appearance (but this isn't why he gets a mention in the
voice actor credits).
Scavenger momentarily overlaps Starscream's
wing, making him look the size of an action figure.
While Starscream is standing on the
deck of the Autobot shuttle wielding gun-mode Megatron, his
apparent stunt double stands nearby.
Hot Rod's reflection in the lake
would make perfect sense... if he were on
his knees catching
fish with his teeth.
Kup's construction crew is comprised of
the unlikely trio of Prowl, Hound and Sunstreaker. Prowl, miscolored
here as Bluestreak, is most assuredly dead, while the others will
appear shortly aboard Optimus Prime's shuttle.
As Blitzwing fires, the blast washes Kup in
purple light... and extremely selective parts
Arcee and Princess Leia,
both sporting the same "cinnamon bun" hairdo.
Although Starscream's leg has taken significant
damage, he's far more concerned about the imaginary damage to his
Reflector appears during the aerial battle
above Autobot City, but he's colored like Ironhide. (That
black box on his back forms the viewfinder for his
In the same scene as above, only a moment later,
Shockwave makes a surprise appearance on Earth.
Reflector appears three additional times
throughout the movie--twice more inside Autobot City, and a final
time during Starscream's brief but memorable coronation.
In a clever attempt to confuse the
Autobots, Rumble repaints himself to more closely
resemble his Hasbro toy colors.
Wheeljack was manning the catapult
launcher before an inexplicable accident not only took his life,
but drastically altered his color scheme.
Swoop appears on Earth before the shuttle
containing the Dinobots ever arrives. This scene also marks
Grapple's only appearance in the film.
Devastator delivers a blow to Sludge with
such force that it literally knocks the eyeballs off his head, if only
for a moment.
Megatron fires purple laser bolts at Optimus
Prime, typical of Decepticon weaponry, but someone else is shooting orange
laser bolts at Prime... which usually indicates Autobot
If Prime is removing the Matrix of Leadership
from his chest cavity, then what's that orange thing
with handles directly underneath it?
Starscream receives a complete structural
makeover in the short time between his coronation and the end
of his role as leader.
Snarl, while largely absent for almost the
entire movie, does make three brief appearances. Two of them are
immediately prior to Galvatron's arrival in Autobot City, and the
third is onboard the Quintesson cruiser as it arrives on the Planet
Moon Base Two stubbornly refuses to stay
eaten, in this scene following Unicron's consumption of both moon
Shrapnel not only manages to appear after
his body has been redesigned by Unicron, but he's also having a color
The Junkions may be able to quote episodes
of I Love Lucy backwards and forwards, but don't trust them
to reassemble your City Commander with any degree of accuracy.
An unidentified Decepticon jet, possibly
Cybertronic in origin, that bears a suspicious resemblance to
The inconsistent evolution of Hot Rod's multiple
Beachcomber (or a robot with his
color scheme) makes a surprising appearance in the movie, during this
scene above Unicron's processing vat.
An unidentified robot appears on the claw conveyor
just behind our heroes, who may or may not be the 1984 Mini Autobot
Hot Rod takes a not-so-graceful fall into Unicron's
depths, but his legs don't appear to have gotten the memo.
Arcee's original design with "backwards" arms
(left), and the updated animation model (right).
Blurr was originally conceived as
being more "long and lean" than most of the other Autobots, a concept
that lost something in the translation to his final animation
The original design for Cyclonus was
the basis for the Hasbro toy. This rejected design would
mistakenly appear later episodes following the movie
like "Starscream's Ghost" and "The Rebirth."
Though drawn in a more dynamic pose,
the final animation model for Galvatron shares most of its features
with the early design.
Marvel Comics was given the original
animation designs, but not the updated versions. The early Hot
Rod design on the left has the Marvel Comics color scheme, which differed
from the colors used in animation.
The bags under Kup's eyes and the tarnish
that covers his body are two details that were added to his
finished animation model (right), shown here with the Marvel Comics
design and color scheme (left).
Scourge's vehicle mode was designed with
a visible robot-mode head, which was later eliminated in the design
update. This is the only early design that appears in the
movie, as Scourge and the Sweeps are shown to have retractable heads
in vehicle mode.
Springer was originally conceived as having
the physique of a massive bodybuilder, a concept that was toned down
considerably for his final animation design.
Ultra Magnus was the only movie character
whose toy had previously been designed by Takara. When his animation
model was updated, the placement of his missile launchers changed from the
front of his trailer to either side, but the toy's design was not changed
to reflect this new function.
Wheelie's design did not change significantly
from the original concept to the final animation design.
Neither version particularly resembles the simplified
design of the Hasbro toy, whose face was in the center of the
Wreck-Gar lost something in translation
from animated form to Hasbro toy design. The toy version
lacked the spikes on his wheels and did not wear the beard and
moustache of its animated counterpart.