With all the hype around the huge global debut of Transformers: Age of Extinction fresh in their minds, I wanted to remind younger readers (those who don't actually remember the 1980's) that in the Summer of 1986 the totally rad The Transformers: The Movie came out. Alright, so it was actually more bad than rad, but it's still worth watching if simply for the fact that the cast included perhaps the strangest collection of stars ever assembled: Scatman Crothers (The Shining), Eric Idle (Monty Python), Casey Kasem (Radio DJ Extraordinaire), Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek), Robert Stack (Unsolved Mysteries) and Orson Welles (Citizen Kane).
For a little taste of the radness, here's a couple of the original trailers from '86...
The movie came out in August when a crowded Summer marketplace (including amongst others Aliens, The Karate Kid Part II, Top Gun, Howard the Duck, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off) led to a disappointing opening weekend. The film failed to even crack the top ten it's entire theatrical run, and finished as the #99 film of 1986. Even the My Little Pony movie fared better, finishing as the #97 movie of the year.
(Box Office figures found on BoxOfficeMojo.com)
To everyone complaining about all the press that Transformers is getting, just remember it could be worse. We could be talking about a My Little Pony reboot starring Mark Wahlberg.
So there, you're welcome.