Woah, simmer down there, fanboy. Before you get your panties in
a bunch and reflexively press the "launch hate mail" button,
I'll have you know that growing up, I was a huge Transformers
fan. I had the toys, I watched the cartoon religiously, and my
childhood ended early as the cold hand of harsh reality forever
got a firm chokehold on me the day that Optimus Prime died.
So the Transformers have always been near and dear to my heart,
but I'm talking about the classics. 1984, baby. Cars and trucks,
planes and tape decks. I heard Beast Wars was good, but I never
got into it. But hey, if seeing robot monkeys flinging feces
around is your thing, who am I to judge?
The point is, I'm just as protective of the franchise as you
are. I don't want to see my beloved characters ruined by some
"visionary" who wants to reinterpret them into some
unrecognizable abomination. Yeah, the thought of seeing Optimus
Prime on the big screen, really real (but CGI) is pretty
exciting. But see, this is where the cold choking hand of
reality comes back into play.
You know the fear. That same gripping fanboy fear that sent you
into a cold sweat the second Jar Jar Binks first appeared on
screen, and you were praying to whatever gods would listen that
it wasn't real, please god let this be the wrong theater, let me
have accidentally walked into some Disney movie by mistake, but
all along you knew deep down that George Lucas was standing
there holding the smoking gun that just destroyed your happy
childhood memories, standing there laughing at you as he rubbed
your eight dollars all over his body, concentrating mostly on
the nipple area.
Well, you have reason to fear, because my sources have uncovered
some little nuggets, or "true facts" as I like to call them,
about the upcoming Transformers film. And it's not all pretty.
So brace yourselves for the grim reality bomb that I'm about to
drop on you.
You want to know WHY the Transformers movie is going to suck?
Here are some reasons:
· In the original series, Bumblebee was named such because he
was a yellow Volkswagen "bug". In the movie, he's a
he's called Bumblebee because of his eccentric hobby of
· In the beginning of the film, Optimus Prime has amnesia, and the
rest of the Autobots discover him in a gay biker bar, heading up
a biker gang called the Hell's Belles.
· In the original series, Megatron transformed into a Walther P38
pistol. In the movie, he transforms into a pink tyrannosaurus
rex holding a squirt gun.
· In the original series, the Transformers were always on a quest
for Energon, the life-granting fuel that gives them sustenance.
In the movie, they're on a quest for Transformers the Movie
Collectible Trading Cards! COLLECT 'EM ALL!
· Originally, Soundwave was a cassette player. In the film, he's
an iPod, and oldschool cassettes like Ravage and Laserbeak are
now fictional hair-metal bands, whose raucous rockin' tunes
cause the Autobots to short circuit.
· In the climax of the film, Optimus Prime doesn't even fight
Megatron in an epic battle to save humanity. Instead he tags
human Ellen Ripley, who climbs into a dock loader and throws
Megatron out the airlock.
· There is a disturbing lack of Weird Al music in the
live-action movie. Surprisingly however, they do have Stan Bush. In
fact, he's actually going to perform a song in the movie, and
his guitar is going to transform into a rockin' little robot
that kicks Starscream in the keister and chases him off stage.
· In a tribute to the men and women who perished in the attack on
the World Trade Center, Fortress Maximus now transforms into
The new Fort Max?
· In the live-action movie, Optimus Prime has gay flames painted
on his chassis. This is actually a "tattoo", and early in the
film he is seen grimacing in a tattoo parlor while a burly,
hairy leather-clad bald guy lets him have it with the tattoo
· Michael Bay.
· In the film, Autobot Jazz listens to hip-hop music, and in his
robot mode he looks remarkably like Eminem.
· All of the Decepticons in the film look like Insecticons, the
most harmless and cuddly Decepticon sub-group from the old
· Four of these items are actually true (this is not one of
· Michael Bay was so ignorant of the Transformers franchise when
he took on the project that Voltron will actually make an
appearance in the film as an Autobot.
· Megatron used to be a happy-go-lucky, carefree Autobot named
Megafun, until being struck by lighting, an event that fried his
morality processor and instantly transformed him into a twisted
being of pure evil.
· In the post-9/11 world, it was decided that having any
Decepticons transform into planes was highly inappropriate.
Therefore, Starscream was changed from an F-15 into a less
menacing hot air balloon.
· The Dinobots actually do make a brief appearance in the movie,
but it's revealed that thanks to their rather conspicuous status
of being dinosaurs rather than vehicles, they are forced to
remain undercover working at the Universal Studios "Jurassic
· Did you miss the part where it's a live-action movie based on a
popular cartoon and toy-line of the 80s?
In a shocking twist at the end of the movie, the audience learns
that the Transformers aren't really from outer space at all, but
are rather a top secret military project of the US government
gone out of control.
· Starscream now has some serious competition for the title of
least-trustworthy Decepticon, in the form of a new character
named Corpsebucket, who transforms into a hearse.
· In an effort to infuse some serious emotional drama into the
script, Ratchet, the Autobot medic, gets addicted to
· Thanks to fan support, original voice actor Peter Cullen is
going to reprise his role as Autobot leader Optimus Prime. In a
follow-up decision baffling everyone, original Megatron voice
actor Frank Welker has been replaced by Gilbert Gottfried.
· The filmmakers really wanted to include the character Grimlock
in the movie, but they didn't want another tyrannosaurus (after
Megatron), so they decided to change him into a horse named
Buttercup. They assure fans however, that though is appearance
may be different, his personality will be unaltered.
· Megatron's face looks like a pocket pussy.
Okay, so I wouldn't stick my dick in
it, but come on... you know someone would.
· In the cartoon, the Transformers impossibly shifted and changed
mass as they went from vechicle to robot mode, but the
filmmakers wanted to approach that from a more realistic angle.
This is why Optimus Prime's trailer no longer disappears into
thin air as in the cartoon, and it also explains why he has one
really fat leg.
· Ironhide is outed as a cross-dresser halfway through the film,
and he actually fights the final battle wearing a red sequin
gown specially made out of a circus tent.
· Female Autobot Arcee is in the movie, and she transforms into a
cola vending machine (guess which brand), which is the perfect
cover, because she infiltrates a military base and no one pays
her the least bit of attention or shows any interest in her
· Instead of having the Autobot Matrix of Leadership housed inside
his chest, Optimus Prime's innards are home to the Allspark,
which is basically just a giant disco ball that all the
Transformers happen to think is quite pretty.
· There are two new Autobot characters introduced for comic
relief: a golden prissy bot who complains a lot, and a short
stumpy one who can only talk in a series of beeps.
Appropriately, they combine to transform into a powervac because
they totally suck.
· On opening night only, during the end credits, the theater
itself is going to transform into a giant rocket, launching the
audience into space, causing them to brutally murder each other
as they succumb to the horrific effects of space madness. Or I
mean, that's what would happen if they didn't freeze and explode
long before getting to that stage.
Beachcomber isn't sad that he's not in the movie.
He's sad because Optimus Prime forced him to watch it.
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