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Transformers
US Theatrical: Jul 03, 2007
Franchise: Transformers
Characters on BTVA: 12

Popularity: 55th All Time, 121st This Week. *

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Ghosty404
said at 12:24 PM on Mon Feb 1 2016
Smart idea, Bay. Hire Frank Welker to be anyone but Megatron. -rolls eyes-

Even after nearly ten years, this still bugs me.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 2:17 PM on Mon Feb 1 2016
@Ghosty404 Let's break this down here.

-Holy crap, it's almost as if Bay's the director and wields a large amount of creative control. I'm about to drop something that might spoil the film industry: CERTAIN PEOPLE ARE IN CHARGE OF MAKING DECISIONS. And those people aren't us. This was Michael Bay's movie. HE is in charge. If he wants a blue house and you want a pink house, guess what? We're getting a blue house. Favreau wanted Jarvis to be an AI program. Nolan didn't want Bane to be a juiced-up monster. We're only getting a more classic Hawkeye costume in the MCU after three whole movies. Whedon gave Ultron lips. Godzilla only breathed fire in his last three minutes on screen. Need I go on?

-Bay DID audition Frank for the role in the first movie. He even compliments him and calls him "a great voice artist" in the audio commentary. But the voice that Frank used to audition, which is presumably his G1 voice, didn't fit with what Bay (read: the director) wanted in HIS movie. He had a certain vision of how he wanted Megatron to look and sound, and Frank's voice apparently didn't match up. Bay didn't feel comfortable asking Frank to change his iconic voice for Megatron. And we all know that HAD Bay cast Frank and made him change his voice, the fandom would still be whining about it.

-So he casts Frank as Soundwave in "Transformers 2" and "Transformers 3", as well as a handful of other minor characters. And cast him as Galvatron in "Transformers 4". And cast Frank as Megatron in the Universal Studios ride. So Bay gave us Frank as Soundwave and Galvatron again, two other iconic Frank Transformers, and eventually Megatron, but you're still upset? Any other fandom would be applauding that after NOT being in the first movie, Frank was in the next THREE.

But yeah, let's roll our eyes that a director made a directorial decision based on his creative preferences which still ended up doing something nice for the fandom.
Ghosty404
said at 3:11 PM on Mon Feb 1 2016
@TylerMirage Ah.. I didn't mean to sound like a bitter sack of grapes back there.

I should've rephrased my original comment, since I was having a bad day; I don't mind Agent Smith Megatron, but it's a creative decision that I just can't get behind. I'm aware that if everything was exactly the same as it was in the show, then people would be uninterested, or if it would be too different, people wouldn't like it.

It's a minefield, really. So, sorry if I sounded like an arse with my statement. I understand Bay is the big man of the house, he is clear on what he's doing (okay yeah, Peter Cullen as Optimus should've been enough and Frank Welker is Soundwave), but it's one I've personally don't fancy.

Don't take this all as anything personal, mate. I'm just a little cynical and I should probably lighten up more.

Besides, Bay made Wheelie less annoying and rhyming. Anyone who can make Wheelie tolerable is fine by me.. plus he's still the visual effects king. Just that I don't really fancy Weav-atron for me.
Ghosty404
said at 3:13 PM on Mon Feb 1 2016
@Ghosty404 And I see Weavatron fans, and they're entitled to they're own opinion.
lnytune1
said at 5:14 PM on Sun Nov 15 2015
 3 Shout Outs!
Since this is a VOICE ACTING website after all, I feel the need to be the first to say that this franchise had some EXCELLENT voice actors.
zOsirisS19985zX
said at 12:38 PM on Tue Aug 25 2015
I wouldn't necessarily count these as legit Transformers part of the entire franchise because.... well you know ''Bayformers'' but i guess i don't see how you could not love this. It's a good reboot to the series until the whole live action transformers became a meme paradise for people especially a lot of Transformers fans to pick on Michael Bay, explosions, Megan Fox, and Linkin Park. lol
Sketch9988
said at 6:11 PM on Tue Apr 28 2015
I know a lot of people don't like this franchise. And I can understand why. I, however, love them! And the first is definitely the best.
Ross123
said at 7:36 AM on Sun May 25 2014
This is probably the only good Transformers movie. 3 was ok while 2 sucked hard.

The voice acting I thought was well done. The story wasn't too bad. The action scenes weren't too bad though.

Overall, Transformers is a pretty good film.
DreamMaster08X
said at 8:15 PM on Wed Nov 13 2013
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Even though I know a lot of people like this movie regardless of how much flock the other two movies get, I have to give my honest [and probably slightly brutal] opinion... I have a major bone to pick with it.

While I agree that this first installment is undoubtedly the best out of all 3, I have to say that it doesn't necessarily make it really good, per se. Not even THAT good. Just... meh. There are just as many of the same problems that people address in the sequels:

The Humans) Yeah, this one's an obvious stab. But even though they are in the rest of the sequels a LOT, their screen time is toned down pretty low compared to this one. I don't mind having human characters in a Transformers show or movie, but, at the very least, they should be either a) interesting, or b) entertaining. The only word I can think of to properly describe them is unnecessary. Instead of providing any viable source of (believable) assistance to the Transformers, they become a giant roadblock to serve as filler to what we came to see in the first mind.

The Humor) I know RotF gets panned for its volatile humor, but I think there's just as much painful-to-watch (but not AS excruciating) humor to have to sit through on the sideline to get to the good stuff. The first half is especially hard to watch because of this: having to watch a bunch of humans become total comic fodder. Heck even the robots fall victim to a lot of the humor in the process!

The Action) A lot of people stick around mainly for the action scenes, but I have to admit: even THAT isn't worth it to stick around for. A small fraction of the movie has the actual action, and when it DOES come around, it's clunky, unfocused, and frankly, quite tedious. Most people say they get through to worst aspects of the movie so they can enjoy the best aspects. Me? I think the best elements are average at BEST.

I'm probably going to get a lot of flack for saying this, but I had to. It's been bugging my brains for the past few years.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:32 PM on Wed Nov 13 2013
@DreamMaster08X Hey, you should never have to apologize for stating your opinion, mate. Everyone's entitled to theirs. You have your reasons for liking or disliking certain aspects of it, others have their reasons for liking or disliking certain aspects of it.

The gold star comes from being able to explain your reasoning without coming off as an awful, awful human being. ;)
DreamMaster08X
said at 8:38 PM on Wed Nov 13 2013
@TylerMirage I appreciate that. I wasn't sure if I was going to get panned for that myself. It's nice to know that it's not the case. Thank you. :)
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 8:41 PM on Wed Nov 13 2013
@DreamMaster08X Granted, I strongly disagree with a lot of what you say, but that's a discussion for a different time and place. :p ;)
DreamMaster08X
said at 8:45 PM on Wed Nov 13 2013
@TylerMirage Perhaps. Perhaps not. But it seems like the debate will not end with violent bloodshed, and that makes me very happy. :D
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 9:52 PM on Thu Nov 14 2013
@DreamMaster08X The action scenes in this movie... failed, IMO. Even if you have all the money in the world to make complex designs/effects and the most earth-shattering sounds, that doesn't mean anything if you can't frame it properly.

Most of the shots in the action scenes aren't even aesthetically appealing. The camera pans, switches, and shakes so much that you don't even get much solid on-screen fighting with any decent choreography; it feels like action that's trying to surprise and excite you rather than captivate, and it DOES become extremely tedious when it gets to that point.

The humor wasn't funny, action scenes were all effects and no artistry, and the movie moved incredibly slow. It took forever just to get the ball rolling and for any of the dialogue to matter. Over half of this movie felt like filler.

Anyway... I watched this the other day and I felt a little disappointed. In the end it was mildly annoying and bland. I can't say I despised it, but it felt like a waste of time. I hate to sound like a typical angry "TEH MOOVEES R BAD WATCH CARTOON INSTEAD" nerd, but I was much, much more entertained by Transformers: The Movie. Especially that animation on Unicron... eye-candy.
Metabad
said at 11:52 PM on Thu Nov 14 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy I was about to say something similar to that, along with the shaky cam fight between...Sam and Frenzy I think it was? (It's been a while since I've seen the movie admittedly, that and it was hard to tell what was even going on in that scene.) as well as the shot of the sun in the final fight scene giving me a headache, but you put it all into words better than I ever could.
DreamMaster08X
said at 6:44 AM on Fri Nov 15 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy O_O

*applauds*

You are my hero.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 6:49 AM on Fri Nov 15 2013
@DreamMaster08X Why thank you.
DreamMaster08X
said at 6:53 AM on Fri Nov 15 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy You're very welcome. :)
dreamer
said at 7:05 AM on Mon Jul 2 2012
One of them sounded like Robby Bensen which was strange when he didn't voice a character
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 11:49 PM on Thu Oct 11 2012
@dreamer Which one do you think sounded like Robby Benson?
dreamer
said at 4:07 PM on Tue Oct 16 2012
@TylerMirage gosh, I can't remember :( sorry. I just saw parts of it when it was playing back in July. I know nothing about the characters lol.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 12:02 PM on Wed Oct 17 2012
@dreamer Pfft, no worries, dreamer. :) I was merely curious. They all have very deep, gruff voices so I was wondering which one, ha ha.
Sparx94
said at 3:08 PM on Thu Jan 23 2014
@dreamer My mom thought Megatron was played by Robby Bensen.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 7:33 PM on Thu Jul 8 2010
This is Behind the VOICE Actors, so we don't have the humans.
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