Tuesday, November 07, 2006

"Such Heroic Nonsense!"

Apparently, Transformers: The Movie has just been given a 20th anniversary special edition DVD release. While the geek in me is giddy with anticipation, my inner-cynic can't help but see this as a cash-in opportunity/cross-promotion for the upcoming live action Transformers movie. But rest assured cats and kittens, I'll have my grubby paws on this DVD as soon as I can find it.

If you grew up in the eighties and you haven't yet seen Transformers: The Movie, shame on you. It's the kind of movie that couldn't be made today. Not just because kids these days won't watch any cartoon that isn't 110% Japanese, but simply because of the sheer number of deaths in the movie. Heck, within the first thirty minutes Optimus Prime bites the big one. Can you imagine what kids went through at the theatre during this? There they were, five or six years old, having just witnessed the dramatic demise of the guy on their pajamas.

On of my favorite things about the movie is that it featured Orson Welles as Unicron. Apparently, Orson hated the movie, but I can't really blame him. Can you imagine what it would have been like to have started your career in the greatest movie ever made and ended it playing a talking killer planet?


There's plenty that could be said about what you're going to see here, but I don't want to spoil the magic.


Shauna said...

Note the set of matching white rubber wrist bands on this dude. Do you think this is how this guy intends to "make poverty history"? Let them eat BK?

Janarama said...

I agree that killing off Optimus Prime was a bold move. It was also a move that made many a young child cry! And for both of these reasons, I love this movie.

Fairbanks said...

killing prime was awsome.. and making childeren cry ..even better!! the bk guy rocks!!! he's probably dead now.. yeah quamy keep on truckin