The Transformers: The Movie

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The Transformers: The Movie is a 1986 animated feature film based on the popular animated television series Transformers. The heroic Autobots must stop Unicron, a colossal planet-consuming robot who is after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.

Directed by Nelson Shin. Written by Ron Friedman.
Beyond good. Beyond evil. Beyond your wildest imagination.

Opening crawl[edit]

  • 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 continue to fight a civil war ... a war between good and evil that has waged 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 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.


Optimus Prime: Ironhide, report to me at once.
Ironhide: Every time I look into a monitor, Prime, my circuits sizzle. When are we gonna start busting Decepti-chops?
Optimus: I want you to make a special run to Autobot City on Earth.
Ironhide: But, Prime—
Optimus: Listen, Ironhide, we don't have enough energon cubes to power a full-scale assault. Ready the shuttle for launch!
Ironhide: Your days are numbered now, Decepti-creeps! [exits, transforming as he makes his way towards the shuttle]
Optimus: Jazz, report security status.
Jazz: No sign of the Decepticons here, Prime.
Optimus: What about Moonbase 2?
Jazz: Jazz to Moonbase 2, Jazz to Moonbase 2!
Bumblebee: Bumblebee and Spike here.
Jazz: We're about to send out the shuttle. Any Decepticon shenanigans in your area?
Bumblebee: All clear, Jazz.
Spike: Hey Ironhide, tell my son Daniel I miss him. And tell him not to worry; I'll be coming home as soon as we kick Megatron's tail across the Galaxy!
Ironhide: Will do, Spike.
Optimus: Cliffjumper, commence countdown.
Cliffjumper: Five... four... three... two... one! Blast off!!
Optimus: Now, all we need is a little energon... and a lot of luck.

Shockwave: Laserbeak returns, Megatron.
Megatron: Welcome, Laserbeak. Unlike some of my other warriors, you never fail me. [glances pointedly at Starscream, who looks up] Soundwave, play back Laserbeak's findings.
Soundwave: As you command, Megatron.
Optimus Prime: [on the playback] I want you to make a special run to Autobot City on Earth.
Ironhide: But, Prime—
[Megatron wickedly smiles, happy at Ironhide's objection]
Optimus: Listen, Ironhide. We don't have enough Energon cubes to power a full-scale assault. Ready the shuttle for launch! Now all we need is a little Energon, and a lot of luck.
Megatron: More than you imagine, Optimus Prime.

[The Decepticons invade the Autobot shuttle, with Megatron, Starscream, and the Constructicons breaking in]
Brawn: Megatron?!
Prowl: Decepticons!
Megatron: DIE, AUTOBOTS!
[Megatron transforms into gun mode and lands in Starscream's hands. Brawn gets shot in the shoulder by Megatron in gun mode, and Scavenger fires and hits Prowl. Ironhide and Ratchet start blasting at the Decepticons, but end up getting shot several times by Megatron in his gun mode held by Starscream. All Autobots but Ironhide die]
Megatron: [transforms back into his robot mode] This was almost too easy, Starscream.
Starscream: Much easier, all mighty Megatron, than attacking the real threat: the Autobots' Moonbase.
Megatron: You're an idiot, Starscream. Once we slip by their early warning systems and attack Autobot City, the Autobots will be vanquished forever!
Ironhide: [clutches at Megatron's leg] NOOO!
Megatron: Such heroic nonsense!
[Megatron kills Ironhide offscreen with a point-blank blast to the head from his fusion cannon]

[During the Decepticons' siege of Autobot City]
Perceptor: Ultra Magnus, a cursory evaluation of Decepticon capabilities indicates a distinct tactical deficiency.
Ultra Magnus: In other words, Perceptor—
Springer: —We're outnumbered!
Ultra Magnus: Springer, you and Arcee transform Autobot City. Perceptor, tell Blaster to radio Prime for reinforcements.
Blurr: [speaking quickly] What about me, Magnus, what about me? Huh, huh? I can help. I wanna help. What about me?
Ultra Magnus: Blurr, you can help me alert the others.
Blurr: [speaking quickly] Absolutely, positively, definitely! Nobody can get the job done faster than I can! Nobody, nobody, nobody!
Springer: Come on, Arcee, let's go!
Arcee: But Hot Rod and Kup are still outside the city.
Springer: We can't wait, they'll have to take care of themselves, come on.

Rumble: [the cassette Decepticons break into an Autobot communications station] First we crack the shell, then we crack the nuts inside.

Springer: I've got better things to do tonight than die!

Optimus Prime: Megatron must be stopped... no matter the cost.

Megatron: [surprised] Prime!
Optimus Prime: One shall stand, one shall fall.
Megatron: Why throw away your life so recklessly?
Optimus: That's a question you should ask yourself, Megatron.
Megatron: No! I'll crush you with my bare hands!

[Optimus Prime picks up his laser rifle and takes aim at Megatron]
Megatron: No more, Optimus Prime! Grant me mercy, I beg of you!
Optimus: You, who are without mercy, now plead for it? I thought you were made of sterner stuff.

Megatron: [points his pistol at Optimus Prime's head] I would have waited an eternity for this! It's over, Prime.
Optimus: NEVER! [knocks down Megatron, who then falls down and gets himself wounded]

[Perceptor analyzes Prime, who took much damage during the Autobot City siege]
Perceptor: I fear the wounds are...Fatal.
Daniel: Prime, you can't die!
Optimus Prime: Do not grieve. Soon...I will be one with the Matrix.
Hot Rod: Prime...
Optimus: Ultra Magnus... It is to you, old friend, that I shall pass the Matrix of Leadership... as it was passed to me.
Ultra Magnus: But Prime... I'm...I'm just a soldier. I'm not worthy.
Optimus: Nor was I. But one Autobot shall rise from our ranks... and use the power of the light...our darkest hour. [opens chest compartment to reveal the Matrix. Awed, the Autobots take a step back] Until the day...'til all are one. [tries to give the Matrix to Ultra Magnus, but it falls until Hot Rod catches it. Hot Rod gives the Matrix to Ultra Magnus, right before Optimus dies]

Astrotrain: Jettison some weight, or I'll never make it to Cybertron!
Starscream: Fellow Decepticons! Astrotrain has requested that we lighten our burden.
Bonecrusher: In that case, I say it is survival of the fittest.
Starscream: Do I hear a second on that?
Undamaged Decepticons: Aye!
Starscream: And against?
Damaged Decepticons: [weakly] Nay.
Starscream: The Ayes have it!
Undamaged Decepticons: Get! Make room for others!
Damaged Decepticons: No, wait! Brothers, don't!
[The damaged Decepticons are tossed out of Astrotrain's door. Starscream carries the damaged Megatron to the door]
Starscream: Oh, how it pains me to do this. [smirks viciously]
Megatron: Wait! I still function!
Starscream: Wanna bet? [releases Megatron into deep space and closes the door]
Megatron: STAAAARSCREEEAAAAAAM!!!!! AAAARRRGGGHHHHH!!!!! [his crumbled body disappears into space]
Starscream: [dusts off his hands] Well, as Megatron has - how shall we say, "departed" - I nominate myself as the new leader.
Scrapper: Wait! The Constructicons form Devastator! The most powerful robot! We should rule! [Soundwave interrupts the Constructicons's bold protest in response]
Soundwave: Soundwave: Superior. Constructicons: Inferior.
Bonecrusher: Who are you calling inferior!?
Hook: Nobody would follow an uncharismatic bore like you! [Soundwave's cassette minions eject in anger]
Scrapper: Constructicons, unite! [The Constructicons attempt to merge into Devastator]
Rumble and Frenzy: NO WAY! [Rumble and Frenzy immediately activated their pile-drive causing the surface to shake that prevented the Constructicons from merging. Now, the Decepticons begin fighting one another for leadership]

[Megatron and the other jettisoned Decepticons drift through space until they end up near Unicron (in planet mode)]
Unicron: Megatron...Megatron...Welcome, Megatron.
[Megatron is nearly blown back into space by the force of Unicron's voice, but manages to grab onto one of his massive pincers]
Megatron: [weakly] Who...Who said that?
Unicron: I am Unicron.
Megatron: [gets blown back again] Show yourself.
Unicron: I have summoned you here for a purpose.
Megatron: Nobody summons Megatron!
Unicron: Then it pleases me to be the first.
Megatron: State your business.
Unicron: This is my command: You are to destroy the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. It is the one thing, the only thing, that can stand in my way.
Megatron: You have nothing to fear. I have already crushed Optimus Prime with my bare hands!
Unicron: You exaggerate.
Megatron: The point is he's dead, and the Matrix died with him!
Unicron: No, the point is you are a fool! The Matrix has been passed to their new leader...Ultra Magnus. Destroy it for me.
Megatron: Why should I? What's in it for me?
Unicron: Your bargaining posture is highly dubious...But very well, I will provide you with a new body and new troops to command.
Megatron: And?
Unicron: And NOTHING! You belong to me now.
Unicron: Perhaps I've misjudged you. Proceed...on your way to oblivion.
[Unicron's mouth opens, pulling Megatron towards it]
Megatron: No! I accept your terms! I ACCEPT!
Unicron: Excellent! [reforms Megatron into a new body] Behold: Galvatron! And these shall be your minions. [reformats Thundercracker, Shrapnel and Kickback] Scourge the tracker, and his huntsmen: the Sweeps. [reformats Skywarp and Bombshell] Cyclonus the warrior, and his armada. And this shall be your ship. [a compartment on Unicron opens and a ship, the Revenge, emerges] Now, go. Destroy the Autobot Matrix.
Galvatron: I will rip open Ultra Magnus, and every other Autobot, until the Matrix has been destroyed! TO CYBERTRON! [he and his new forces enter the Revenge and set off for Cybertron]
Unicron: Destroy the Matrix...

[It is Starscream's coronation. Astrotrain tries to put the crown on Starscream, only to be distracted by the trumpet-blowing Constructicons.]
Starscream: [impatiently] Get on with the ceremony! [Constructicons pause and restart the trumpeting until Starscream blows the trumpets away with his cannon. Astrotrain crowns him] My fellow Decepticons! As your new leader, I— [Cyclonus appears] Who disrupts my coronation?!?! [Galvatron hops out of Cyclonus' cockpit and approaches the steps]
Galvatron: CORONATION, STARSCREAM?! This is bad comedy!
Starscream: Megatron? Is that YOU?!
Galvatron: HERE'S A HINT! [assumes his cannon mode and blasts Starscream, reducing him to ashes before crushing the crown] Will anyone else attempt to fill his shoes?
Rumble: Eh, what'd he say his name was?
Galvatron: Galvatron.
Decepticons: Long live Galvatron! Galvatron!

Blur: [speaking quickly] We've got Decepticons at the gates, Decepticons in the air, Decepticons inside the walls, Decepticons, Decepticons, Decepticons! If we beat them off the walls, they're still in the air, if we shoot them out of the air, they're still at the gates, so where does that leave us? Nowhere, that's where.

Jazz: This is Jazz. A gi-normous weird lookin' planet just showed up in the suburbs of Cybertron....

Spike: It isn't even dented? Oh shit, what are we going to do now?

Arcee: [debating the launch of their emergency shuttle] Did we have to let them detonate three quarters of the ship?
Springer: Seeing as how they would have detonated four quarters, I think it was a good choice.
Arcee: But how are we going to get there in this wreck?
Ultra Magnus: Perceptor, can you locate a place a set down for repairs?
Perceptor: Gamma waves in this sector of space create marginal navigational probabilities, however...
[Ultra Magnus and Springer look impatient]
Perceptor: Ahem, yes, I believe I can. The planet of Junk is in this vicinity.
Ultra Magnus: Then let's go for it.

Kranix: Spare me this mockery of justice!

Wreck-Gar: You check in, but you don't check out.

Galvatron: Unicron? Unicron! ANSWER ME! See this, the Matrix! I now possess that which you most fear! [Unicron roars] You'll do my bidding, or taste my wrath! [tries - unsuccessfully - to open the Matrix]
Unicron: [begins to shake with anger] You underestimate me, Galvatron. [transforms into a giant robot. Galvatron watches in horror] For a time...I considered sparing your wretched little planet Cybertron. But now, you shall witness...ITS DISMEMBERMENT! [flies off to attack Cybertron]
Galvatron: NOOO!

Galvatron: Come out, Autobot! We all must die sometime.
Hot Rod: Not today, Galvatron! [tackles Galvatron, who reverses and begins to strangle him]
Galvatron: I will crush you with my bare hands! Die, Autobot! [suffocates Rodimus] First, Prime. Then, Ultra Magnus. And now, YOU! It's a pity you Autobots die so easily, or I might have a sense of satisfaction now!
[Hot Rod grips the Matrix from Galvatron and stands up]
Optimus Prime: [offscreen] Arise, Rodimus Prime.
[Hot Rod turns into Rodimus Prime]
Rodimus Prime: [quietly] Optimus...!
Galvatron: NO!! [tries to shoot Rodimus, but to no avail]
Rodimus: This is the end of the road, Galvatron! [grabs Galvatron and throws him away from Unicron]
Rodimus: Now, light our darkest hour... [unleashes the power of the Matrix which successfully destroys Unicron from the inside]
[As Unicron is about to self destruct, Spike and Daniel find the remaining Autobots]
Springer: Spike! Daniel!
Spike: Springer? What's going on?
Springer: No time to answer that now! Let's get outta here!
Daniel: Look!
[Daniel sees Rodimus Prime running from the depths of Unicron]
Rodimus: AUTOBOTS! Transform and roll out!
[Rodimus assumes his vehicle mode. Spike and Daniel climb inside Rodimus, and he drives out]
Kup: I knew you had potential, lad.
[All of the Autobots escape out of Unicron's remaining eye as he self destructs]
Unicron: [last words] cannot...destroy...MY...DESTINY!!! [his head falls off while the rest of his body is blown to bits]

Rodimus: Let this mark the end of the Cybertronian wars, as we move forward to a new era of peace and happiness. 'Til all are one!


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