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Oldtaku no Radio # 034 – The Transformers: The Movie

The Transformers toy line is legendary, and the car-toon it inspired was hugely popular with many of the kids growing up in the ’80s. But when one set of toys outwears its welcome in the marketplace and a new set of toys is ready to be sold, there remains a question of transition. The answer is a HUGE animated movie showcase that surprised just about everyone who saw (and heard) it. Bringing together familiar TV voices and some serious star power (Orson Welles, Leonard Nimoy, and Eric Idle to name a few), 1986’s The Transformers: The Movie brought The Transformers to a new plane with more intense visuals, more mature subject matter, and a linear story unlike anything seen so far in the TV series. Join Jared and Ink as they talk giant (transforming) robots as well as the movie’s inspirations and influences with none other than Patrick from The Cockpit.

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Runtime: 1 hr, 31 min

Show Notes

  • Opening Song: “Transmission” by Cop Shoot Cop X Sending Radio Messages (Principles of Radio – Part One)
  • 0:00:00 – Let’s talk giant (transforming) robots!
  • 1:12:26 – Questions!
  • Ending Song: “A La Mode” by Les Sans Culottes
  • Barbara Leaming, Orson Welles biographer, on Welles’ last role.
  • Toys that Made Us Transformers Episode
  • The The Transformers: The Movie 30th Anniversary Edition Steelbook BD (Amazon, Rightstuf)
  • OnR Sticker logo by AJ Martinson (@ajmartinsson) of Black Market Eagle
  • Twitter: Ani-Gamers, Oldtaku no Radio, The CockpitInk, Jared, Patrick
  • Ink has also written for Otaku USA Magazine and The Fandom Post as well as talked about bad (and good) sports anime over at the Taiiku Podcast.
  • Jared also writes for The Electrum Edition and has written for Wave Motion Cannon.
    • Ink's profile

      Ink contributes his own pieces and edits those of others pertaining to anime, manga, and games. His reviews and analyses have also appeared in the pages of Otaku USA as well as online over at The Fandom Post and Taiiku Podcast.

    • Jared Nelson's profile

      Jared discovered anime in the early 1990s through stacks of third-hand fandubs and Streamline Pictures tapes. By the tender age of 16, he was humming Macross 7 songs in art class, dreaming of Asuka Langley and hanging Rurouni Kenshin posters on his wall. A few years later he moved to Japan where he worked as an ALT (assistant language teacher) in Ibaraki and Fukuoka Prefectures. While he returned home with a deep appreciation for Japan, its culture, and its public transit system, Jared fell out of anime fandom and only returned in 2010. A self-proclaimed 3rd-level bard, Jared enjoys tabletop gaming and game design, video gaming, giant robots, history, comics, and most recently manga. He is also eternally late to the party.

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