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The Transfomers: The Movie
The very first Transformers movie was the animated one in 1986. It was conceived as a continuation of then-current Transformers TV cartoon series but set twenty years in the future (2005). Most long-time fans seem to like the animated movie and its animation stands as an example of some of  the best (if not, the best) TF cartoon from the 80s. It was released August 1986 and unfortunately did not do very well at the box office.

Release date: August 8, 1986.

Beast Wars Second: The Movie

Beast Wars Second: The Movie was a sequel to the popular Japanese TV series, Beast Wars Second (itself a sequel to the Canadian cgi Beast Wars TV series).  The full title is Beast Wars Second: LioConvoy Kiki Ippatsu (apparently LioConvoy in Imminent Danger!)  As you might have guessed, this movie only appeared in Japan exclusively and consisted of a recap of the Beast Wars cartoon up to that point, an original English language showing of the episode Bad Spark (as a preview of the series still to come) and then an original cel animated portion (the aforementioned Lioconvoy in Imminent Danger!) The story involved the Cybertron leader, Lioconvoy being in some kind of danger and the other Cybertrons sending for Optimus Primal (from the regular BW) to come and aid him. This movie was released theatrically (no information is available on how well it did or Japanese fan reaction).

Release date: December 19, 1998.


Released in 2007, the very first live-action Transformers movie was directed by Michael Bay, with a script from Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci. General movie-goer reaction to this film appears to be positive while critics seem to have hated it. The hardcore fans seem split on their opinion of the film's value to the brand as a whole.

Release date: July 4, 2007.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

The follow-up to the first live action movie. It was even louder, full of still more Transformers, explosions and bad writing. Directed once again by Michael Bay, with a story from Alex Kurtman, Robert Orci and Ehrin Khrueger. Like the first movie, it made a dump truck full of money for the studio.

Release date: June 24, 2009.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

The third movie in the Michael Bay trilogy, Dark of the Moon promises a more intense story with bigger Earth shattering consequences. Story written by Ehrin Khrueger.

Release Date: June 29, 2011.

Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters Predacons Rising

An animated film that wraps up the Prime TV series. Features two new Predacons, the return of Unicron and more! Story written by Duane Capizzi, Marsha F. Griffin and Steven Melching.

Release Date: October 4, 2013 (TV movie).

Transformers: Age of Extinction

The fourth movie in the Michael Bay films. A mechanic and his daughter make a discovery that brings down Autobots and Decepticons - and a paranoid government official - on them. Story written by Ehrin Khrueger.

Release Date: June 27, 2014.