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TRANSFORMERS Announcement Trailer Finally Meets The Eye!!

UPDATED 06/29/06 3:05 PM CST USA

We're getting reports that the server hosting the TRANSFORMERS movie site is being slammed & people are being frozen out. So, if you're having trouble getting to the trailer..try back in a bit...presumably traffic will thin out at some point. - Merrick

Merrick here...

The OFFICIAL..."real"...absolutely authentic and sanctioned announcement trailer for Michael Bay's TRANSFORMERS is now online.

This is the material from which we've seen blurry screengrabs over the last few days...the one that was recently scored by Steve Jablonsky (THE ISLAND).

Folks heading to PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST next week (which I thought was a lot of fun...enjoyed it more than the first one...which I thought was "fine-but-unremarkable") should be able to catch this on the big screen.

Don't expect any dramatic images of Transformers here...other than a fleeting silhouette...this thing is quite a tease.


HIGH DEF versions of the announcement trailer should be available on the same site sometime next week.

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  • June 29, 2006, 2:30 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

    RO... ah, never mind.

  • June 29, 2006, 2:35 p.m. CST


    by alucardvsdracula


  • June 29, 2006, 2:36 p.m. CST

    I Cannot Wait To See Superman and Pirates II

    by BojTrek

    Oh and Transformers should be pretty good... the download speed is terrible... 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, main engine start...

  • June 29, 2006, 2:36 p.m. CST


    by Jeebs

    That's Right!!!

  • June 29, 2006, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Optimus Prime is a Ferrari in this...

    by Reynard Muldrake

    ...the way the advance photos have been going. But as long as they use the original theme song at the beginning I'll be happy. That, and those Dinosaur favorite episode ever.

  • June 29, 2006, 2:37 p.m. CST


    by Jeebs


  • June 29, 2006, 2:37 p.m. CST

    Come on!

    by eric haislar

    Please do not tell me that they are on mars! thats so gay! wait this is a micheal bay film! hmmmmmmmm.

  • June 29, 2006, 2:38 p.m. CST


    by Jaffa8

  • June 29, 2006, 2:40 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

    that wasn't worth the twenty minutes it took to watch it... but still cool. Ah, fuck it. GIANT FUCKING ROBOTS!!!!

  • June 29, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST

    announcement trailer?

    by quadrupletree

    Sooo... It's less than a teaser?

  • June 29, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST

    That was so Gay!

    by eric haislar

    It makes me want to give that giant robot a reach around!

  • June 29, 2006, 2:42 p.m. CST

    I hate teasers

    by dancinggopher01

    that tease.

  • June 29, 2006, 2:42 p.m. CST

    "A Michael Bay Film"

    by Some Dude

    They mean "A Michael Bay Toy Commercial."

  • June 29, 2006, 2:42 p.m. CST

    If you were an alien robot

    by blackwood

    travelling to earth, Mars would be a nice place to stop and stretch your legs. I don't think the film is going to say they came from Mars. I mean, it wouldn't make any sense. They have no roads. Duh.

  • June 29, 2006, 2:45 p.m. CST

    amazing how little i care

    by oscarmike

    and yet i'm still posting

  • June 29, 2006, 2:45 p.m. CST

    That was so Gay!

    by obi12kenobi

    erichaislar you are one funny guy :) - has anyone ever told you that? :D

  • June 29, 2006, 2:46 p.m. CST

    I know how this movie ends....

    by dancinggopher01

    A GI Joe kicks a Transformer off the top of the stair case, and I hide the broken pieces so my mom wont beat my ass.

  • June 29, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    by IceySpoons


  • June 29, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Monkey Vomit

    by Skyway Moaters

    This smells stronlgy of Bay's ass an half digested bananas

  • June 29, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    do you think?

    by eric haislar

    That giant robot is having his way with the beagle 2? I mean it is along way from auto-bot city and you know what sailors do when they stop at a port!

  • June 29, 2006, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Meh.. and

    by quadrupletree

    What's it doing on Mars?

  • June 29, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    i cant see it

    by HovaTheBeaner has been the ONLY site i cant get to. i think it's God telling me not to care...

  • June 29, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Remind me a little of the misery that was

    by veritasses

    "Robot Jox" PLEASE let it not suck.

  • June 29, 2006, 2:52 p.m. CST


    by HovaTheBeaner

    anyone have any other links?

  • June 29, 2006, 2:54 p.m. CST

    Pretty cool, but I already hate the robot designs

    by aceattorney

    Not sleek like the old-school cartoon, but more "logical," like the new cartoons. In other words, the parts don't tuck in anywhere nicely. Oh well.

  • June 29, 2006, 2:55 p.m. CST

    yeah I hate the new designs too!

    by eric haislar

    all 0.2 seconds of a black shadow you see.

  • June 29, 2006, 2:55 p.m. CST

    It looks like a Bionicle.

    by 612 Warf Avenue

    Why the hell couldn't they have just made them look like the cartoons?

  • June 29, 2006, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Remember that footage of the car that so many of you

    by Lezbo Milk

    dorks thought was the real deal? Jeez!

  • June 29, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    I'm with Yackbacker

    by Reynard Muldrake

    That's quality. This silhouette looks like those Japanese robots that play trumpet that they always make fun of on The Daily Show. That, and WTF have they been doing chilling on Mars???

  • June 29, 2006, 3:05 p.m. CST

    I have nothing against Michael Bay

    by Engineer_at_peac

    But the font size on his name has no business being anywhere NEAR that size. I think he'll do fine with the film, but honestly, attaching and advertising him like that can do nothing but hurt the box office take.

  • June 29, 2006, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Worst online format EVER!

    by SifoDyasJr.

    In the day and age of YouTube, there's no excuse for a trailer to be that hard to watch.

  • June 29, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST

    erichaislar - obviously you haven't seen the leaked pic

    by aceattorney

    Oh well. Not my prob.

  • June 29, 2006, 3:17 p.m. CST

    its it bummble bee?

    by eric haislar

    I have seen the one where he is laying down on the truck. Is that the one you are talking about? because u can not really tell what it is. so show me this new pic!

  • June 29, 2006, 3:17 p.m. CST

    I want to sing its praises, but I can't fuckin see it

    by modlight

  • June 29, 2006, 3:20 p.m. CST

    me likey

    by deadfiller

    ... I would have been happy with just the title foward (it IS a teaser after all), but this ain't bad at all.

  • June 29, 2006, 3:20 p.m. CST

    waiting waiting waiting waiting

    by Cory849

    38% downloaded and so far isnt this the beginning of Star Trek: Enterprise?

  • June 29, 2006, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Good, I thought maybe it was all the porn I was dl'ing

    by Deep Cover

    Seriously, though - they didn't anticipate a lot of traffic on the internets for the friggin' Transformers? Who do you think bought all those things twenty years ago? Geeks!

  • June 29, 2006, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Has it been removed already?

    by fortheloveofgod

    All I can see is a black screen.

  • June 29, 2006, 3:23 p.m. CST

    lol nice ending dancinggopher but i think it'll end....

    by wolack22

    with a transformer beating up a whole bunch of tiny army guys, then taking a break to go off and help give barbies haircuts and rip off their heads, then melt them in microwaves... yes i was a sick boy lol

  • June 29, 2006, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Is the sky on mars blue???

    by Jonesey1111

    Just wondering, cause it sure was in the "announcement trailer"...

  • June 29, 2006, 3:24 p.m. CST

    is this the trailer that the countdown was for?

    by StovetopStuffin'

    Is this why the site was counting down, or is this a tease until the 4th, when we might actually see something? And since when did Cybertron become Mars? Unless it's just been covered in rusty dirt. Ooo, that might be cool. Mars is just a rust covered Cybertron!

  • June 29, 2006, 3:26 p.m. CST

    God this is slow...

    by emeraldboy

    This being a dreamworks/paramount film, the following would have been cool. A picture of the earth. The next shot is NY. a dock supervisor is admonishing one of his employees. A group of people are standing looking at the ground when it begins to move. there is an earthquake suddenly there is crater and we see one of transformers rise from underneath the earth. the next thing we see is the title date for the movie. That would be reminder to the berg, that was how he should have done war of the worlds. even the poster says it..

  • June 29, 2006, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Uneventful trailer

    by aestheticity

    we get to see shit except a pretty cool transforming effect on... the 'Transformers' title. The rest of it is underwhelming, but then, i guess its purpose is only to let the great unwashed pirates-viewing public know there is a film being made at all, not to tease us nerds who've known for a year.

  • June 29, 2006, 3:31 p.m. CST

    oh boy!

    by vicious_bastard

    My boring old pants just transformed into jizz-filled super-drawers. My balls emitted the legendary tranforming noise as well.

  • June 29, 2006, 3:32 p.m. CST

    screw the haters. I'm watching this opening day. nt

    by slder78

  • June 29, 2006, 3:35 p.m. CST

    no original transforming sound?!?!

    by syco

    they didnt have the original transforming sound in the trailer when it transforms into the 7 4 7 then the autobot symbol! GRRRRRR..... they really need to use that sound in the movie. as for why theyre on mars..... theyre looking for "the energon cube". a supposed source of infinite power. thats what brings them here to guess is they stopped on all of the planets in our solar system and the little rover bitch just got caught in the wrong ally at the wrong time of night. poor little beagle got ass raped by the almighty megatron. looked like megatrons shadow to me.please please please say they are going to use the original transforming sound!

  • June 29, 2006, 3:40 p.m. CST

    they need to keep the original sound

    by syco

    that and at least keep megs and optimus original faces

  • June 29, 2006, 3:42 p.m. CST


    by blackwood

    But... giant... robots...?

  • June 29, 2006, 3:45 p.m. CST

    I think yackbackers tariler scheme...

    by maceodkat

    is a much better tease. this mars crap was horrible, but that just might be the load time talking. bay better not jack this up, and teletran better be buried under that volcano

  • June 29, 2006, 3:46 p.m. CST

    You'd think they'd have had Quicktime host it

    by Deep Cover

    Idiots. They could've just handed it over and let Apple's servers take the hit.

  • June 29, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Finally saw it... a note to people who hate BAY....

    by modlight

    The reason his name is on here is because he is one of the few directors that most of America knows. And they know he knows how to make things go BOOM really well and he knows how to make fun films. All you Cahiers du Cinema wannabe contributers/80's preservationists may hate him and think he'll screw this up, but the rest of the Country will see a Brandname that they love and a director they know can tear shit up and want to see this movie, which means money. And I hate to burst your bubbble, but they're in it for the dough. Not to hold true to the dogma of a 20 year old half hour long toy commercial. I loved it then, I'll love it now, I can't friggin wait. The only way he can screw this up is if... wait he can't, it's robots turning into vehicles and fighting eachother. Bumblebee can be a fuckin PT Cruiser for all I care, as long as he turns into a robot and shoots at shit guess what, I'll be happy. If I want story I'll go rent a Berman film.

  • June 29, 2006, 3:50 p.m. CST


    by Rakafraker

    I'm not seeing anything more than the countdown. I've run my mouse opver the whole screen and none of the hyperlinks brings me to the trailer. I've waited for the trailer to autoload for 30 minutes. Nothing. Is there another link, or am I missing something?

  • June 29, 2006, 3:53 p.m. CST

    bergman, with a GEE

    by modlight

  • June 29, 2006, 3:54 p.m. CST

    You're right Syco

    by Hunter-X

    About the whole reason for the robots being on Mars. They're searching for the energon cube. I'm actually looking forward to this flick. I don't care that the robots look different from their Generation 1 designs. As long as they have the same "feel" of their namesakes. Hell, Optimus Prime alone has been redone like 25 times throughout the years right? I'm really digging the leaked pics of the Decepticon vehicle forms. Especially that wicked Mustang cop car. Can't wait to see what Megatron looks like.....some robot design pics would be nice. Anybody got some?

  • June 29, 2006, 3:55 p.m. CST

    the go-bots

    by Cory849

    The go-bots were also giant robots. Ya dont see anyone making a movie about them, now do ya? The Transformers was successful because it was a very well-executed cartoon, with very cool characters. Even when they changed the characters in the movie, interest waned. So if these guys make a giant robot movie called transformers, and no one recognises the Transformers... 'twill be a great sucking shame.

  • June 29, 2006, 3:57 p.m. CST

    youtube link

    by Jam Banjo

    For a white Optimus. Brilliant

  • June 29, 2006, 3:58 p.m. CST

    okey... that was 2 hours well spend...

    by RaveX

    -yo guys, can we stop on that red planet, I need to take a leak. -but we're almost at the Earth, can't you hold it -nooooo, I reaaaaaly gotta go, my fuel tank is going to blow up! -ok, but you better hurry, we're already running late, autobots are on earth for, I don't know, couple of million of years. -yo, check out that little retard over there. -zomg, what a nerd, he can't even transform. and look how many wheels he got. pathetic... -muahahahaha, megatron stomped his punk ass. owned...

  • June 29, 2006, 4 p.m. CST

    Micheal Bay

    by MrNelson

    Needs Bruckheimer. Bad!

  • June 29, 2006, 4 p.m. CST

    Is that youtube link the real trailer?

    by fortheloveofgod

    I'm still waiting for this damn thing to load.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:01 p.m. CST it's Mission to Mars?

    by I Dunno

    or Red Planet? What the hell did that have to do with Transformers?

  • June 29, 2006, 4:03 p.m. CST

    don murphy vs. The Internet

    by RaveX lol, he has lost that little mind he once had. he's talking about shutting down aicn, ssh and youtube. LMAO

  • June 29, 2006, 4:07 p.m. CST

    personally I liked The Island, but I know I'm in the

    by modlight

    minority there. Pearl Harbor sucks, but I think he makes great narrative movies for what they are, big dumb action movies. Tarantino and Rodriguez also make illogical superficial movies that are light on the narrative and swing the camera around like a mace, but they are "indie" so no-one shits on them. And I doubt this will be a kids movie first seeing as how I dont know any kid who plays with Transformers, but I know a lot of 20 somethings who swear by it. Bay , Spielberg, and Hasbro know their audience, its why (good product or not) they've made a ton of money over the years. They know what we will want to see.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:08 p.m. CST


    by TheJake

    nuff said.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:12 p.m. CST


    by eric haislar

  • June 29, 2006, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Honest question... if not Bay, who would you like

    by modlight

    to direct it? Cause it would've been some major hack like McG or Bratner. Simon West? (crap) I just can't think of any director who can handle movies with any kind of scale or scope other than him right now. Maybe David Lean's TRANSFORMERS because remember, he's not dead just unavailable.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Holy Shit! We Broke The Internet!!!

    by spikebad666

    God damnit! Anybody got an extra server lying around?

  • June 29, 2006, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Well, YackBacker, if it's a matter of taste...

    by blackwood

    ...giant robots taste like awesome. Speilberg will probably be on set to hold the camera steady and give Bay time-outs for causing seizures.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:20 p.m. CST


    by Mr Brownstone

    Robert Zemeckis.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:22 p.m. CST


    by Mr Brownstone

    you mean like he did for The Island?

  • June 29, 2006, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Definitely check that out later eric

    by Engineer_at_peac

    Curiosity has got me. Of course I'm at work now and it isn't a great idea here. And I like Ratner. I neither like nor dislike Bay, though it sure as hell pisses me off his name is practically bigger than the Transformers logo. I mean, who the hell does he think he is?

  • June 29, 2006, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Good Choice

    by modlight

    I Robot wasn't his fault, his other movies even Riverworld were good. But arguement wise we know that he messed up one robot movie.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:24 p.m. CST

    note to Dreamworks/Paramount

    by Mr Brownstone

    get a real server. for a major studio this is pathetic.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Never saw The Island

    by blackwood

    Bet it didn't have giant robots OR pirates - 'island' my ass.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:25 p.m. CST

    If Zemeckis did it it would be all Computers

    by modlight

    At least Bay uses practical effects.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:26 p.m. CST

    nah, bay is the right man for this

    by RaveX

    he blows shit up really good. and what's transformers movie if not a lot of shit blowing up?

  • June 29, 2006, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by Mr Brownstone

    The Island doesn't even have an island in it. Warning Spoiler.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:28 p.m. CST


    by Mr Brownstone

    I wouldn't be so sure.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:29 p.m. CST

    Yack, a great choice, but you're dreaming...

    by modlight

    think like a producer. Proyas is the best alternative bet so far. Brad Bird is too tied up with Pixar and Disney and his own movies. He creates enough good things on his own to bother with an adaptation like this. And Zemeckis is also too established. They needed to go for a Gun for hire on this, not an auteur. And in that regard Bay is the King of Entertainment.... there I've said it.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:29 p.m. CST

    that being said.

    by Mr Brownstone

    I do think Bay is a good choice for this.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:30 p.m. CST


    by Fantomex

    Mars looks just like the Arizona desert!!!

  • June 29, 2006, 4:34 p.m. CST

    To be fair he calmed down a bunch on the Island with

    by modlight

    that stuff. I found it annoying at first, and even went through a period of hating his style, but then it grew on me and now I just love that there is someone out there whose movies I can look at and visually know who it is.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Try the Island you just might like it..

    by modlight

    It borrows liberally from scifi like Logans Run and a couple other things, but as his movies go it has a story, it has some heart and its his most coherant movie. His others are like Sam Jackson said about SoaP, you'll either like it or you don't. I like them and think they're fun, but I can see people not being into things like that. You might like the Island a bit more. It was one of the only non Sequel/Adaptations of last summer and for me that was way refreshing.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I don't LIKE Bay, necessarily...

    by blackwood

    ... but... you know... GIANT ROBOTS, n'all.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:45 p.m. CST

    I'm inordinately psyched for this

    by Cash Bailey

    Admit it, nobody fucked shit up on a grand scale better than Michael Bay.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:45 p.m. CST

    I've seen Terms of Endearment...

    by blackwood

    ...and the only thing that transformed was my heart. Sniff. GIANT PATHOS!

  • June 29, 2006, 4:46 p.m. CST

    You know what movie has great giant robot stuff in it?

    by Mr Brownstone

    Under The Tuscan Sun. check it out.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Always hot... and when they have the might of a

    by modlight

    big budget movie makeup/wardrobe behind her... aiaiai. Plus Ewan is good. Its not the best movie in the world, but it really didn't deserve the thrashing it took.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Blackwood, check out Transformation Magazine

    by modlight

    great robot stuff. You'll dig it.

  • June 29, 2006, 4:59 p.m. CST


    by casinoskunk

    for all you haters out there, you are still clamoring to look at the stupid anouncement trailer, which is causing the server to shut down. You are not haters, you are lovers of GIANT FUCKING ROBOTS and MICHAEL BAY who is the best guy in hollywood to give us what we all want. DESTRUCTION! imagine the car chase in Bad Boys II, but with Optimus Prime dumping off Autobots from his car carrier while The Decepticons are in hot pursuit! IT IS GONNA BE SO KICK ASS, THAT YOU WILL BE EATING YOUR WORDS! you can quote me on that in one year!

  • June 29, 2006, 5:07 p.m. CST

    You guys are lucky

    by blackwood

    that trannies and Diane Lane are two of my other favourite things.

  • June 29, 2006, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Good stuff

    by TheRealFragger

    But i hope there is a line like: Prime: We have to get these motherfucking Decepticons off this motherfucking planet!

  • June 29, 2006, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Bay can never give me what I want: a good movie.

    by Logo Lou

    I don't think he has it in him. The man has never made a good movie. Ever. And, I cansafely bet that he never will.

  • June 29, 2006, 5:35 p.m. CST

    Wait a minute..

    by Monty22

    The Beagle wasn't a rover! Can't movies ever get anything right?

  • June 29, 2006, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Don Murphy: The Movie

    by JackPumpkinhead

    Basically, a remake of King Kong, only in the end he climbs on what he thinks is the building that "hosts the Internet" - directed by Michael Bay!

  • June 29, 2006, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Can some of you people not hear?

    by jegoing74

    This is surving the purpose, to tease you and get you interested about the film. This is not an established movie like spider-man and you will not see a shitload of footage, that would be anti-climatic for a new film that you wont see a release until well into summer of '07. The transforming title was making gasp mechanical sounds. It was based in gasp, reality. I like the toon sound but, well this isn't some toon. Cha Cha ka crunch!!! Mutha Fuka!

  • June 29, 2006, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Where in hell is this trailer?

    by blckmgk13

    no seriously?

  • June 29, 2006, 5:51 p.m. CST

    How could we hear? We're reading.

    by Jonesey1111

    Well, unless you have one of those programs that reads shit for you.

  • June 29, 2006, 5:51 p.m. CST


    by peterhengl

    Does anybody have a link to a mirror of this? Wanna seeeee.....

  • June 29, 2006, 5:51 p.m. CST

    THAT teaser is almost a parody of itself

    by LilOgre

    I hate to be judgemental, but with that heavy handed Steve Jabwhatsky music and the rise to the title over the earth and then it says... TRANSFORMERS. Man I laughed. I really did. Is this the first $100 million+ film to be based on a toy? What's next - MY LITTLE PONY - A Sophia Coppola Film?

  • June 29, 2006, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Micheal Bay

    by emeraldboy

    Like most of you i hated armeggeddon. I avoided The island and Bad Boys 2. I sat through, nay endured, Pearl Harbour. For all that i will say this about bay. He knows how to make big, spectacular looking action films. His palate is always big. Summer time needs a big, slam bam action movies as well as small quieter one. Bay knows how how to blow shit up and do it well. just as long as the story is coherent, then I dont. A story likle pearl harbour needs a big ballsy film maker and is what Bay is and he has prentions about it. NO one else could have carried off the scene inj Pearl harbour where the ship is both torpedo and bombed from the air and make look spectacular as it did.

  • June 29, 2006, 5:58 p.m. CST

    4 Million Years Later


    Mirror : I would like to see the Teletran/crashed for 4 million years story as well :(

  • June 29, 2006, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Hey Yackbacker...

    by alienindisguise

    Your idea for the trailer with Prime is exactly what I was talking with my friends about 5 years ago...sweet, simple and pants wetting all at the same time...Too bad we're not making this film.

  • June 29, 2006, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Cool! There's a blue sky and clouds on Mars!

    by Doc_McCoy

    I'm excited about this movie but that trailer sucked balls.

  • June 29, 2006, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by decypher44

    Man, I can't wait for this to come out. I mean, ya, it's Michael Bay....but it's still Transformers!

  • June 29, 2006, 6:24 p.m. CST

    by J Jonah_Jameson

    I can't say anything about this teaser. It reveals almost nothing except that Michael Bay's name is huge. Ha ha ha. What an ego.

  • June 29, 2006, 6:28 p.m. CST

    MY LITTLE PONY - A Sophia Coppola Film

    by Mr Brownstone

    I'd buy that for a dollar!

  • June 29, 2006, 6:29 p.m. CST

    I believe the point was...

    by BV 2003, the decepticons, chasing the fallen autobots to Earth, had only made it as far as Mars. If Mars was a staging point, then Earth was next. Just an idea.

  • June 29, 2006, 6:29 p.m. CST


    by Mr Brownstone

    of course there's a blue sky on Mars. Didn't you ever see Total Recall? Arnold fixed Mars in it. Spoiler warning.

  • June 29, 2006, 6:29 p.m. CST

    ehhh--so, so teaser

    by moondoggy2u

    As long as Prime is voiced by that Cullen guy, I'm in. If Prime is red and blue, well, there's no telling what I'd do;)

  • June 29, 2006, 6:30 p.m. CST

    TOO SOON!!!

    by Pageiv

    Is there any decency left in Hollywood?!

  • June 29, 2006, 6:37 p.m. CST

    God, you fuckers suck.

    by MattCG

    Wah, wah, wah, Michael Bay sucks! This isn't going to be the giant robots I know and love! The cars aren't accurate! You know what? SHUT THE FUCK UP! Who cares who the fuck is directing this? This movie is idiotproof. As long as Bay doesn't take the master and burn it when he's done, it will be a Transformers movie, know why? BECAUSE, TRANSFORMERS ARE FUCKING STUPID TO BEGIN WITH!!!!!!! Whining about 'being loyal to subject matter'????? WHAT THE FUCK? Have you watched that fucking cartoon since you passed the age of six? IT FUCKING BLOWS! The cartoon movie BLOWS! It's got camp value and a slight nostalgia factor, but whining about accuracy for a property that has changed all by itself so many times is fucking retarded. And about Michael Bay: I like his movies, they're loud, stupid and fun, I couldn't care less how many fucking times he cuts. It's trendy to hate the guy, because everyone does and you big, bunch of bandwagon fucks don't want to be the carriers of an opinion that conflicts with the masses, that would be just awful. All I know is, I sure as hell didn't make most of his flicks successful all by myself. Someone else besides me saw them more than once. So, about this movie, please do shut up and stop complaining about things like 'story' and 'plot' and 'characters' and 'source material'. The story whatever it is, wil be horseshit, the plot will be total crap, the characters are fucking cars and planes that turn into shit, the source material can be discarded completely due to the fact it's so convuluted it makes DC and Marvel history look linear. As long as GIANT ROBOTS show up and FIGHT and FUCK SHIT UP, this will be a good movie. At no point do I think this movie will anything other than a stupid, loud, piece of eye-candy and that's all it's meant to be. Talking about it like it's something to actually debate drives me insane, because most of you guys don't seem to realize how utterly fucking insane and ridiculous the idea of Transformers actually is.

  • June 29, 2006, 6:38 p.m. CST

    by bollhatergc

    compared to watching the spiderman trailer, this sucked ass

  • June 29, 2006, 6:45 p.m. CST

    oh and...

    by bollhatergc

    MattGC, you are so fucking right...big dumb loud robot movie by big dumb loud michael bay...i cant wait for big dumb loud harrys review

  • June 29, 2006, 6:48 p.m. CST

    RobotJox is Stuart Gordon's best movie

    by tripp5

    do i look like i'm fucking around here? this movie will kick ass

  • June 29, 2006, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Stan Bush

    by Seany-Wan

    Where's "The Touch"? I was hoping that would be the music, or better yet "Dare". That would have sold me! Cheers!

  • June 29, 2006, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Damn MattCG

    by Seany-Wan

    You're hard core!

  • June 29, 2006, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by emeraldboy

    I have to agree with you. This is summer action movie and Bay makes those because he is good at amking Loud, emptyhead, dumb vacous, noisy films. That is what summer is all about, that is why hollywood likes Bay. He makes money(exception being the Island). Winter is for art house fair and literary adaptations. This is what Lucas and Spielberg taught hollywood all those decades. Two of the most antcipated films next year are from Clint eastwood they will be both epics. Flags of our fathers and Red sun Black sand, it will be interesting what the reaction to that one will be. Transformers, plus spiderman, plus the return of Eastwood and Depp as Jack Sparrow, next year is going to be a great summer.

  • June 29, 2006, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Good work Autobots!!

    by IncompetentNinja

    We defeated Megatron with only 50 humans killed in the crossfire, a new record!

  • June 29, 2006, 7:01 p.m. CST

    This Summer

    by bollhatergc

    has sucked for movie selections...who'd a thought my favorites would involve a crazy scientologist blowing up shit, a crapped out version of the X-men, and adam sandler with a remote control? (please do not suck spiderman...)

  • June 29, 2006, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Any external links?

    by ZsAsZz

  • June 29, 2006, 7:02 p.m. CST


    by Traumnovelle

    yea....that was a nice little teaser. I'm fucking amped for this flick. This might be THE most perfect project Michael Bay will ever be attached to. I don't need a moving film, I don't need oscar-winning dramatics, I need big robots fucking shit up. That's it. I can't wait.

  • June 29, 2006, 7:04 p.m. CST

    What is this crap? Mars?

    by superninja

    Boring. Mr. Bay, we don't want you to be artistic, we want you to show giant robots from the 80s making war!!!! Does this guy think this is his 2001 or something?

  • June 29, 2006, 7:09 p.m. CST

    A pitt stop on Mars?

    by superninja

    Yeah, right. It looks to me like the Decepticons are invading and the Autobots are stopping them. I think the idea they are stranded and forced to survive on Earth by consuming natural resources while competing with the humans for those resources was interesting. Now are we going to find out Cybertron has run out of gas or something?

  • June 29, 2006, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Knock yourself out

    by Terry_1978 Bam.

  • June 29, 2006, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Mars is the next planet right before Earth

    by Terry_1978

    So it gives a sense of dread and wonder at the same time, since we wouldn't know who are the good or bad guys.

  • June 29, 2006, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Trailer on Youtube

    by ToughGuyRizzo

  • June 29, 2006, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Please excuse me...

    by mendezjb

    ...while I dabble my wang with latex

  • June 29, 2006, 7:47 p.m. CST

    You crack me up, Paragon Complex.

    by superninja

    With a name like that, you are calling US elitist @$$holes? There is nothing remotely entertaining about this trailer. It's boring as all get out. Robots that disguise themselves as vehicles and this is what they come up with for suspense? Yikes.

  • June 29, 2006, 7:47 p.m. CST

    My choice for the voice of Prime....

    by Seany-Wan

    Russell Crowe. Megatron? Viggo Mortensen.

  • June 29, 2006, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Christ, that thing sucks

    by tiredpm

    Seriously? Aern't they humiliated to release this given the Spidey 3 teaser? The idea of the rover being destroyed by something on Mars is nice enough, but it just seems like it should be from another film. Or The Authority. I was hoping for a huge wide desert shot with a dustcloud in the distance. Pulling to the front of the screen comes a large red and blue semi with cars on either side of it. Cue the noise. Cue a giant fucking Optimus Prime. And, in the right voice: "Autobots...roll out!" July 4, 2007. THAT would have made me jump out of my seat. THIS makes me want to cry.

  • June 29, 2006, 7:49 p.m. CST

    that's really pretty embarassing.

    by mocky_puppet

    the beagle 2 mars rover? no rover on the beagle 2. no rover. no six-wheeled eyeballs on a robot arm rover on the beagle 2. and that really did look like death valley. but i like the vibe, the whole mysterious invader angle.

  • June 29, 2006, 7:53 p.m. CST

    It looked like Number 5 Alive!

    by superninja

  • June 29, 2006, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Or how about if they don't want to do a bunch

    by superninja

    of effects work, just have a car screwing around with the driver followed by the person looking up with the shadow casting over them as it transforms. Instead we get a launch sequence from 2003 followed by the rover getting crunched by a robot we can't see. It wasn't even suspenseful. There are, like, a million ways to do a suspenseful Transformers trailer.

  • June 29, 2006, 8:04 p.m. CST


    by Saluki

    ... A blue sky on mars? This is going to be one braindead movie.

  • June 29, 2006, 8:06 p.m. CST

    I'm not a Michael Bay fan

    by Bob of the Shire

    But that trailer kicked my ass. Holy shit!

  • June 29, 2006, 8:11 p.m. CST

    I cant believe I waited...

    by Arche Logos

    That long to download that shitty trailer.

  • June 29, 2006, 8:18 p.m. CST

    G.I.Joe and Thundercats pwned Transformers.

    by Shermdawg

    PWNED!!! ......... What exactly does PWN mean anyway? And WTF does the "Z" in ZOMG stand for? *sigh*

  • June 29, 2006, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Boo! - won't get my money

    by toulouse

    Just rename it something else and don't ruin 20+ years of history. crap crap crappity crap crap. P.S.- Michael Bay - you owe me two hours of my life back for enduring "The Island".

  • June 29, 2006, 8:34 p.m. CST


    by mrevilbreakfast

    It looks ok. I think the concept is pretty cool, but the execution is kinda shite. Sort of makes me worried for the actual film, if they can't make a decent teaser. But as I said, the concept worked for me, I really liked just the tiniest glimpse of robot shadow stuff. And the transforming logo doesn't look terrible either.

  • June 29, 2006, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Holy $hit!!!!....

    by sthlord76

    that teaser was awesome! all you "loyalists" need to get over yourselves. i love, LOVE, transformers, as long as there are bad ass looking autobots fighting bad ass looking decepticons while they tear cities apart, who gives a shit if megatron is a fucking gun or not!If this teaser is any indication,this will fucking rule! as for bay, i am a fan except for the island. he is perfect to do this! yes his movies will never win best picture, but i prefer to sit through two hours of giant robots who transform into vehicles, fuck each other up than sit through some unwatchable movie based on some unreadable book. ROLL OUT!!!

  • June 29, 2006, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Technically, Mars doesn't have a blue sky

    by covenant

    The thin Martian atmosphere is never fully clear of the rust-colored dust stirred up by winds and dust storms; hence, the colour pictures transmitted from Mars always have a pinkish/ruddy hue. Only at sunset does the Martian sky hint at its true colour: indigo blue. A daytime shot with a blue sky? Not happening, unless Mars has somehow been terraformed and the obscuring dust removed. Yes, I realize that no one gives two shits about this, but since some people have asked/commented about it, just thought I'd mention it. Plus, it also gives a sense of how little Bay cares for anything beyond shaky camera work, jump cuts, and explosions. Then again, this is *just* a teaser. To me, though, the only Bays worthwhile are Hudson, Bengal, and Pittsburgh's Jason.

  • June 29, 2006, 9:18 p.m. CST

    YAY! TOYS!

    by filmcans

    Maybe we'll see Gore Verbinski's "Battle Beasts" or perhaps a "Madballs" film from Roland Emmerich! WHAT A GREAT TIME TO BE A MOVIE FAN!!!!

  • June 29, 2006, 9:28 p.m. CST

    The Island

    by MrNelson

    As I stated before, MB needs Bruckheimer on this one. The Island was something different. It tanked. Maybe, MB didn't get the back up marketingwise that time around. It just slipped by. When I saw it the first time I didn't think much of it like most of you, but last week I found the DVD for like $10,- I bought it and gave it another look. Ok, still no classic but man... It's not bad either. There are layers upon layers of hints of where mankind (ok...) is heading. Serious stuff, told in a 'in your face' way. There are even some funny nodds to current (political) affairs. If I were you, I would give it another chance, and hey... Scarlet runs! She is a babe. O, and at least the action is worth the $10,-. Mr.N.

  • June 29, 2006, 9:29 p.m. CST

    CG Optimus

    by davidonabus

  • June 29, 2006, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Connecting to

    by Rinse

    Waiting for .... zzzzzzzzzzzz.....

  • June 29, 2006, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Please don't tease me if you have nothing to show.

    by Thumper2k1

    That's not proper etiquette

  • June 29, 2006, 9:42 p.m. CST


    by Athanatos

    Looks like Mars got itself an atmosphere judging by what looked to be clouds in the sky. Not 100% sure I'll go see this but that will depend on further trailers.

  • June 29, 2006, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Youtube link, for those who are struggling

    by Kink That was quite the tease.

  • June 29, 2006, 10:04 p.m. CST

    All you people who say Transformers is stupid anyway

    by darthflagg

    have obviously never read the Marvel comic, especially the issues written by Simon Furman. Transformers has a mythology almost as rich as Star Wars. That's what will be lost if Bay just makes a big dumb movie about transforming robots (which from the slightly baffling trailer, seems like what it'll be). It'll probably still be fun, but it won't be a tenth of what it could be.

  • June 29, 2006, 10:15 p.m. CST

    transformers: a michael bay film

    by silverdog

    "it was the only warning, we would ever get".... but that's a warning big enough to avoid this movie like the plague.

  • June 29, 2006, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Im sory,

    by Drworm2002

    but it just felt like War of the Worlds...i don't know. I hope it's good.

  • June 29, 2006, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Teaser Up On Bay's Website

    by DrTobiasFunke

    The teaser's being hosted on Bay's website. Enjoy bitches.

  • June 29, 2006, 10:45 p.m. CST


    by sevadro

    What is this arbitrary Mars rover bullshit? That's what I waited 10 minutes to watch? I hate you Michael Bay and Lorenzo DiBonventura! I thought maybe the dust would be blown away from the "Mars Face" and a giant Decepticon insignia would be revealed. I was duped! Arivaderce cocksucker!

  • June 29, 2006, 10:45 p.m. CST


    by Varakor

    I just got in and so excited to see a link to the new trailer and after waiting 20 minutes to download, all I get is some rover on mars and a shadow of a transformer... God damnit!! That sucked sweaty, monkeyballs.... maybe it looks better on the big screen? Ah to hell with it! 2007 Spider-man and Ninja turtles will pownez! Mark my words.

  • June 29, 2006, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Up the Transformers >;-(

    by KiwiMetal

    When are we gonna get a live action G.I.Joe movie???!!!!!

  • June 29, 2006, 10:55 p.m. CST

    enough about michael bay

    by wcoop893

    im sick of all the bay haters out there whining about this movie. what were you expecting from this teaser? i thought it was pretty cool, and sure bays name was laughably large, but if not michael bay, then who could handle an action movie like this? i think he'll do a kickass job with this movie, and as far as a teaser goes, that is exactly what this preview did. and a good job too.

  • June 29, 2006, 11:05 p.m. CST

    dont compare to spidey 3 teaser

    by wcoop893

    everyone is just mad because the spidey 3 teaser was ridiculously good and showed so much. i would hardly even consider the spidey trailer a teaser though. bay is going to make an incredibly entertainimg action-explosion car chase movie with this that will rock next summer so stop complainig. the cars will be amazing whether they are true to the originals or not, and the action will be unreal.

  • June 29, 2006, 11:08 p.m. CST


    by Playhouse

    They had a Robot Jox 2. It was called Robot Wars.

  • June 29, 2006, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Yackbacker's Trailer

    by Playhouse

    I like it. Kind of recalls that shot of Prime in TF: The Movie ('86) when he gives the Decepticons the business after they've laid waste to Autobot City. The one where he runs a few over then launches into the air, transforms and starts taking guys out with his gun. I still get a kick out of that scene.

  • June 29, 2006, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Bring On The Bay!

    by seanny_d

    YackBacker, I kind of see where you're coming from, but sometimes, I don't care about plot, character, or anything else that makes a movie good. Sometimes I just like to see things blow up in an entertaining way. Bay does that for me. I love The Rock, Bad Boys 2 is what I would consider explosion porn, and his other movies entertain me. I was incredibly concerned when he was attached to Superman, because I knew we'd get something that I didn't want to see with that one. I'm not familiar with Transformers mythology and all I know is that they are cars that turn into robots. And I like dangerous robots. So I think I'll enjoy this one. Not "have to see it every week" enjoy it, but as a popcorn excursion, it should be a fun two hours.

  • June 30, 2006, 12:34 a.m. CST

    that was decent

    by slkboxrman

    well for an "announcement teaser" it did its job well. i think alot of people arent taking into account that this scene isnt from the movie. i dont even think thats a final design or any design of a robot from the actual movie. they just wanted to show a slight blur of a giant robot destroying the rover, thats it. they should keep in mind all the geeks out there that are gonna freeze frame it and nitpick it. like the "blue sky on mars" ive seen pics from other rovers on mars and it looks similar to what ive seen. looks like the desert with a lot more rocks. u can tell these kids have been watchin total recall and red planet too much. u gotta think more mission to mars than all the other movies. anyways there is no problem for me.. we should all just be happy with this till the first real teaser comes out , prob round the holidays to get even more excited. personally i loved the transforming effect on the transformers title. if the transformers make that sound when they transform ill live...i wont cry or boycott the all u idiots, please cool ur shitting....and one other note,,, if u arent a fan or interested in the movie dont post. the rest of us that dont think transformers is silly or for kids dont wanna hear how u dont get how its popular, or why everyone is making a big deal about this..and not everyone in the world goes to movies to hear great dialogue or have stuff seem "realistic".movies are entertainment, thats it.. so more action, more explosions, is good, get it ? got it ? good

  • June 30, 2006, 12:45 a.m. CST


    by The Ender

    THIS MOVIE IS GOING TO BE FUCKING RETARDED. LET THAT THOUGHT SEEP INTO YOUR MIND GRADUALLY SO YOU DONT HAVE A MENTAL FUCKING BREAKDOWN WHEN YOU SEE TYRESES SAYING SHIT LIKE," Damn Otacon, you be trippin straight up. I gotta push this whip so I can bust some ass with all ya'll." GET IT THROUGH YOUR HEADS MOTHERFUCKERS. Dont come on here and cry about this shit when you knew all along it would suck the fucking chrome off a cadillac.

  • June 30, 2006, 1:13 a.m. CST

    I liked the Island very much. It gave me hope

    by superninja

    for Transformers. However, I dislike most of Michael Bay's work. This trailer, however, is slightly embarassing for a major sci-fi film.

  • June 30, 2006, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Not just Toys damn it

    by Phategod1

    I sick and tired of some ass saying there just toys the transformer which is also a comic book and one the best 80 cartoons was more then just a 30 minute cartoon it was one of first cartoons to be released in the states in which a major character dies. and Optimus Prime In my mind is one of the most iconic character since super man. there was a overlying duality between the transformers and what they transformed into it almost made sense that megatron was a gun. and the relationship he had with starscream He knew he couldn't trust him but he was still his best soilder and the only one beside soundwave that he would let fire him. Prime stood for something and was a genuine leader and father figure. I dont know if bay's the right man for this job but what the hell, I like Bad Boys.

  • June 30, 2006, 1:27 a.m. CST

    I meant Autobots...

    by The Ender

  • June 30, 2006, 1:28 a.m. CST

    lol at "can't hollywood get anything right?"

    by SG7

    No. They can't. It wouldn't have been as cool if it'd just been a lump of metal with an arm. So it becomes a rover. Yay. It would have been cooler if the "Beagle 2" had tranformed and hitched a ride, glad to be off this retard infested dirtball.

  • June 30, 2006, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Leave my childhood alone Michael Bay!

    by Dr_Bob

    It's fine the way it is, without your feathery hair getting in the way of my GIANT FUCKING ROBOTS SHOOTING THINGS!!! Oh crap. Ben Afleck isn't gonna be in this turd is he?

  • June 30, 2006, 1:44 a.m. CST


    by seanny_d

    Yeah, I agree with you about the human cast in this one. I don't need humans. I could care less about humans in this movie. Just give me robots. And I do remember reading (on this site?) about how Bay was auditioning the original voice actors of the Transformers. At least it shows he has a bit of an open mind about it. And we do have Spielberg at least interested in the project with his name on it and everything. Here's to hoping.

  • June 30, 2006, 1:50 a.m. CST

    So what's the story then?

    by Hairy Nutsack

    Okay, "OUR WORLD, THEIR WAR.", right got it, but did the Ark crash on Mars instead of Earth then? Are they even going to deal with the Ark or do they just come here and start fucking shit up? I'd just like for there to be a reason for them coming to Earth beyond the rover running over Megatron's toes and now he's pissed.

  • June 30, 2006, 2:05 a.m. CST

    That's what I'm wondering.

    by superninja

    They were stranded on Earth originally, trying to get BACK to Cybertron. Basically it was the Decepticons pillaging the Earth's resources, and the Autobots sacrificing returning home to side with the humans (and kick Decepticreep @$$). Hence, my comment above about Cybertron running out of gas and the Decepticons invading Earth to steal natural resources. This is not nearly as effective a storytelling device as them all being stranded there. The Decepticons HATED being on Earth, were disgusted by humans, while the Autobots attempted to adapt and befriend humanity.

  • June 30, 2006, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Hairy Nutsack

    by MattCG

    If Bay has any brains at all, here's the story: Giant Robots show up, fight and fuck shit up for two hours. If he pulls a "Hulk", then I'll jump on the bandwagon with the rest of everyone else here, shove someone over to get more comfortable and start screaming: MICHAEL BAY SUCKS THE SHITTY COCK!

  • June 30, 2006, 2:45 a.m. CST

    Is it me or does Bumble bee...

    by Phategod1

    Look like a Go-Bot

  • June 30, 2006, 3:04 a.m. CST


    by supernew

    As in not good

  • June 30, 2006, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Michal Bay movies..

    by flamingeyebrows

    I loved the Bad Boys movies. Sure it wasn't no greek tragedy questioning the human condition but Michal Bay was under no illusion of grandur. It was midless fun and FOR GOD'S SAKE shut up about the island. It was an awesome movie. I personally think he is the best person to do this movie. Admit it, Transformers won't be taken by any critic or audience as serious nor intelligent movie. What it should be is 2 hours of giant transforming robot fun and Michal Bay can deliver that. That being said I hated that teaser or announcment trailer or whteva. I can't see any non-transformer fans getting excited by this trailer. Hell, it's so half assed. MARS SKY AIN'T BLUE!! ITS TAWNY!!! I want a teaser that show feature at least ONE transforming sequence dam it.

  • June 30, 2006, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Should have been...

    by deanamatronix

    Michael Bay jerking off all over a bunch of Transformer toys from the '80s then wiping it off with a wad of cash. Would have been closer to what they're trying to achieve.

  • June 30, 2006, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Transformers is epic. It is capable of being

    by superninja

    quite intelligent. It is about war, leadership, sacrifice, and good vs evil. Or do you need Optimus Prime to be a dead beat robo dad to get excited?

  • June 30, 2006, 3:40 a.m. CST


    by flamingeyebrows

    Maybe to u it is. BUt lets face it average Joe Blo wouldn't give it a chance to be intelligent. They want violence and explosion and any attempt to develope characters more than necessary will be frowned upon. Now perhaps 'Transformers' is capable of being epic, (hell Iron Giant almost made me cry!) but $50 say apart from 'a boy and his car' plot and 'optimus love tiny humans' plot, the rest will be the back story and robot on robot action. And don't complain that its Michal Bay dumbing it down. I bet studio execs just want cold hard cash and this is the safest way.

  • June 30, 2006, 3:42 a.m. CST

    And it could have been worse...

    by flamingeyebrows

    It could have been Uwe Boll! *cringe*

  • June 30, 2006, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Transformists: a Michael Gay film

    by CuervoJones

    Stupid teaser. Stupid movie. Stupid audience.

  • June 30, 2006, 4:42 a.m. CST

    No. Mars's sky is NOT blue

    by judderman

    and it's surface is not yellow. And Beagle 2 wasn't a rover. And it wasn't a NASA mission.

  • June 30, 2006, 5:44 a.m. CST


    by HelloDave

    I think that the trailer was fun! Hopefully when they send the next probe to Mars they might codename it 'Starscream'

  • June 30, 2006, 7:50 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

    Blue skies and clouds on Mars? Nice quality control, Bay! You fuckwad.

  • June 30, 2006, 8:15 a.m. CST

    I really wished they kept the bulkiness of the cartoon.

    by Thumper2k1

    The Johnny 5 look of these robots make them less imposing.

  • June 30, 2006, 8:15 a.m. CST


    by kakbakker

    Based on the description of your "better" trailer, movie buffs every breathe a sigh of relief that you're nowhere near the production of this movie.

  • June 30, 2006, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Announcement Trailer?

    by -miceli

    So like everyone else, I watched that trailer, and yes, I didn't think it was that well done. It was obviously made in the shortest amount of time to throw people a bone, albeit a meatless, gnarled bone. However, I think the thing to keep in mind is that it's an announcement trailer, which is before a teaser trailer even- it's like a trailer for a trailer almost, so I think it's best to reserve the actual analytical bashing for, at the very least, the teaser trailer.

  • June 30, 2006, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Wow, tough room. LOVED that teaser...

    by SoldierSquirrel

    I don't want to see footage yet. I don't want to see any money shots. I want ominous music and a taste of the story. I think that teaser was exactly right considering how far away the movie is and I think it was very cool to just hear the footsteps and see a quick silhouette. And No I don't work for paramount. Just can't wait to see this flick!

  • June 30, 2006, 9:18 a.m. CST

    In projection rooms everywhere...

    by Blanket-Man

    The Spider-Man 3 trailer is laughing at this crap.

  • June 30, 2006, 9:19 a.m. CST

    well at least....

    by jarodvhale

    it wasn't like the first Spidey Trailer...I mean that was the biggest mindscrew ever..... but I am with KiwiMetal..bring on the G.I. Joe Live action...starring...the cast of Ocean's 11...imagin it...Bernie Mac as Snake Eyes!

  • June 30, 2006, 9:22 a.m. CST


    by ToughGuyRizzo

    You beat me to it. SM3 teaser owned this...I love TF, but man....I really do not think Bay has any idea of what kind of audience he's dealing with here.

  • June 30, 2006, 9:26 a.m. CST

    that would be a robot...

    by Silverhour

    BEFORE it is in disquise. You don't actually think Optimus arrived on earth looking like an 18 wheeler, do you? They've been in the Ark for, what, millions of years?

  • June 30, 2006, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Please, please,please.......

    by Giant Ape Balls

    Don't mess this one up. Not Transfomers. The concept of giant transformers on a big screen with top notch CGI is too brilliant to allow it to be ruined.

  • June 30, 2006, 10:09 a.m. CST


    by lofe101

    that really was a teaser. although it didnt get me that excited for it like the hulk did. i still think the hulk teaser was the best. ya see his eye change and then the house breaks.

  • June 30, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST

    jarodvhale, dude, Snake Eyes wasn't black.

    by Shermdawg

    At least not in the much superior comics, that eventually turned into a Snake Eyes series. He was a blonde white boy with mad ninja skillz that served in Nam (and eventually got horribly scarred) with Stalker (?), Storm Shadow, and Scarlett (his GF). God, anyone remember that long arc where Snakes got plastic surgery and was captured by Cobra? Or when the S.A.W. Viper killed Quick Kick, Doc, and six other Joes? Or the silent issue where ninjas ambush Storm Shadow at his apartment? Great stuff. I wish I hadn't traded all my comics away back in the day. If they ever do a film, they need to make it a hybrid of the cartoon and comics.

  • June 30, 2006, 10:39 a.m. CST

    ah, the silent issue - first time I ever saw sai

    by durhay

    they are useless against grenades.

  • June 30, 2006, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Here we go again

    by sith-vol

    Gotta love all the bitching here. If AICN is known for anything, its the penchant for attracting talkbackers that do nothing but shit on something they have not even seen. The teaser looks pretty cool to me, besides, you could just go back to the time before, with all the fanboys sitting around masterbating to their fantasies about a Transformers movie that was never getting made. It could be film coming at all, or worse yet, one helmed by Uwe Boll based on the video game with a budget of $125.00 staring Steven Segal and Dustin Diamond.

  • June 30, 2006, 11:18 a.m. CST

    not a bad teaser

    by jimmy the geek

    But this looks like the movie is going to be as good as the Gobots. Let's make Bumblebee a Camero, Megatron can be a blowgun, and what the hell Optimus is now a golf cart. I'm still hoping, but the future looks dim.

  • June 30, 2006, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Since when do Transformers...

    by Black And Gold

    come from Mars?

  • June 30, 2006, 11:33 a.m. CST

    They better all hold hands and

    by eighteenseconds

    stand in a circle singing "Dare to be Stupid", or i REFUSE to see this movie.

  • June 30, 2006, 11:38 a.m. CST


    by damned-dirty-ape

    there was a robot jox 2. It was fucking terrible. It made my eyes bleed.

  • June 30, 2006, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Bay's talents have always been misplaced

    by LeFlambeur

    Michael Bay was never cut out to be a director. He has little to no sense when it comes to telling a story. He should be working a successful carrer as a cinematographer. The man can compose a frame, just keep him the fuck away from an editing room.

  • June 30, 2006, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Bay's perfect to direct. It's Don Murphy who f*cked us

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    They couldn't even remotely stick to the designs of the cartoon or Pat Lee drawings. Fuckers! You just know that was Megatron. They better not screw up Optimus!

  • June 30, 2006, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Phategod1 - You asked for it. Its a TOY.

    by LilOgre

    It is clearly based on toys. The credits at the end of the teaser clearly read BASED ON THE HASBRO LINE OF ACTION FIGURES. So these toys could have had comics, movies, tv shows, gameshows, reality tv shows, but it is all based on a TOY!

  • June 30, 2006, 2:34 p.m. CST

    My problem with Bay

    by decypher44

    is not character, plot, music, etc. my only problem with Bay are the cuts. They are freaking annoying as hell. Well, I do have a problem with the scripts that he ends up directing. The diaolog usually does suck balls.

  • June 30, 2006, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Another Link

    by BatCountry

    Here it is on YouTube: Also, have you guys seen this? Can't tell if it's fake.

  • June 30, 2006, 2:53 p.m. CST

    shut the fuck up

    by wcoop893

    all of the complaints are just plain retarted. michael bay/hollywood is ruining my childhood. boo hoo shut the fuck up. take michael bays movies for what they are, big loud, dumb, awsome movies. what else could you want from transformers? i cant thin of anything, and big, loud awsome, and yeah probably dumb, but so what. stop complaining like a bunch of faggots you havent even seen anything yet. so bite your toungue you asswhipes and wait untill after the movie to cry about how awsome michael bay is at blowing shit up.

  • June 30, 2006, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Listen Transformers fans.

    by fortheloveofgod

    Everbody has had their favorites ruined. X-Men, Dardevil, Hulk, Punisher, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, V for vendetta, Sin City....the list goes on and on. You just have to live with it People who make movies enjoy making movies, not reading comics or watching cartoons. They were too busy watching movies to care.

  • June 30, 2006, 3:46 p.m. CST


    by kakbakker

    Of course I'm an asshat. It's AICN talkback. EVERYONE HERE is an asshat.

  • June 30, 2006, 3:51 p.m. CST


    by Giant Ape Balls

    I really hope that last link is what they're going to be like. It looks brilliant.

  • June 30, 2006, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Canon and Transformers

    by beelkay

    I like Transformers, and I had a couple as a kid, but I didn't watch the show. I don't know much about them, despite the fact that I have the big white "everything you need to know" book. What I've seen so far, though, definitely intrigues me, and although I didn't really like "Pearl Harbor," I did like "The Island," "Armaggedon," and "Bad Boys," so hopefully this will be pretty good.

  • June 30, 2006, 4:29 p.m. CST


    by mfbrutha

    Man, there are some naive folks on this talkback. This movie is being put together by anti-genius Michael Bay. He's fooled you guys many times with his crappy films and this one will be no different. But it will probably cash in...thanks to all the fools who enjoy crappy storytelling and z-grade fx. Why couldn't Christopher Nolan or Peter Jackson or hell, some freshman film student have directed this? At least then it might be interesting! For the love of good action movies, BOYCOTT BAY!

  • June 30, 2006, 4:53 p.m. CST

    There is nothing wrong with critiquing in advance

    by superninja

    of seeing a finished film. You review data provided and make a determination if they are faithful to the source material. The studio even uses this to build hype. Complaining about costumes is less helpful to me than concern over characterization. When you start tampering with characterization and motivation, then I become concerned. There is a REASON these characters were so well liked to begin with. To deviate far from that is bad businsess sense and sheer arrogance.

  • June 30, 2006, 5:08 p.m. CST


    by fortheloveofgod

    Is more poplular than Superman, Batman and SpiderMan put together, Get it right Bay or fuck off and do something else.

  • June 30, 2006, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Has anyone realized how stupid this teaser is?

    by chickychow

    Its fuckin bullshit. How could they do this to me? I'm cuttin my nuts off right now, make sure I ain't shootin any sperm into any vagina-hole, having a woman shit out kids who would have to live through this fucking hell.. Eat my shit, Life, you cornholed me again you prick.

  • June 30, 2006, 7:09 p.m. CST

    I don't think a lot of you know what a director does

    by I Dunno

    He doesn't come up with the plot, he doesn't write the dialogue, he doesn't even edit it. The exceptions being the Spielbergs or Tarantinos. They just shoot the film and as far as action goes, Bay does that pretty well. I think he can handle an adaptation to a children's cartoon.

  • June 30, 2006, 7:31 p.m. CST

    to bad for transformers....

    by deadpool51

    ..that the spidey trailer came out first, then maybe people would have been somewhat excited. Spidey teaser pwned them

  • June 30, 2006, 7:34 p.m. CST

    actually I Dunno..

    by deadpool51

    BAy is doin alot more then u think, he is also the producer and he can change teh story , lines or whatever he wants when he wants, its his vision the directors vision, he is boss, if he wants to change a line he will, if he wants to change a shot he will. its all his. he has ultimate say

  • June 30, 2006, 7:44 p.m. CST

    TFTM 1986

    by jegoing74

    Optimus Prime: Ironhide, report to me at once. Ironhide: Every time I look into a monitor Prime, my circuts sizzle. When are we going to start busting Deceptichops? Optimus Prime: I want you to make a special run to Autobot City on earth. Ironhide: But Prime. Optimus Prime: Listen Ironhide... We don't have enough energon cubes to power a full-scale assault. Daniel: Hotrod look. There's a hole in the shuttle. Hotrod: What?.... Decepticons! Kup: What's that darn fool doing? Megatron: Attack!!!! Hotrod: Daniel Daniel: Aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh! Blitzwing: Come on down Autobrat. Hotrod: Huh? Not bad for an oldtimer. Kup: Oldtimer? That's something you'll never be if you don't get back to the city. Hotrod: Save it kup. Hotrod: Burn rubber. Optimus Prime: Megatron must be stopped, no matter the cost. Optimus Prime Semi/Robot Modes: Kicking Decepticon Ass. Megatron: [surprised] Prime. Optimus Prime: One shall stand, one shall fall. Megatron: Why throw away your life so recklessly? Optimus Prime: That's a question you should ask yourself Megatron. Megatron: Now, i'll crush you with my bare hands. Hotorod: I've got to help prime! Kup: Stay away lad, that's prime's fight. Megatron: I'll rip out your optics! Kup: Finish him off prime, do it now! Megatron: No more Optimus Prime, grant me mercy, I beg of you. Optimus Prime: You who are without mercy. Now plead for it, I thought you were made of sterner stuff. Hotrod: No you don't megatron! Optimus Prime: Out of the way hotrod! Megatron: Fall! Fall! Megatron: I would have waited an eternity for this. It's over prime. Optimus Prime: Gasping. Never! Hotrod: Optimus...... Forgive me. Starscream: How do you feel all mighty megatron. Yahert! Starscream: Astrotrain transform and get us out of here. Megatron: Soundwave don't leave me? Soundwave: As you command Megatron. Perceptor: I fear the wounds are fatal. Daniel: Prime You can't die. Optimus Prime: Do not grieve Soon I shall be one with the matrix. Hotrod: Prime.... Optimus Prime: Ultra Magnus it is to you old friend. I shall pass the Matrix of Leadership as it was passed to me. Ultra Magnus: But Prime i'm just a solider, i'm , i'm not worthy. Optimus Prime: Nor was I, but one day an Autobot shall rise from our ranks, and use the power of the Matrix to light out darkest hour. Optimus Prime: Until that day until all are one. Vitals going flat as prime loses color and dies. Scrapper: Wait! The Constructicons form Devastator! The most powerful robot! We should rule! Soundwave: Soundwave: superior. Constructicons: inferior. Scavenger: Who are you calling inferior? Hook: Nobody would follow an uncharismatic bore like you! [Soundwave ejects his cassette minions] Frenzy: Hey! Nobody calls Soundwave unkrozzomatic! Starscream: Astrotrain has requested that we lighten our burden. Uninjured Decepticons: In that case I say it is survival of the fittest! Starscream: Do I hear a second on that? Uninjured Decepticons: Aye! Starscream: And against? Injured Decepticons: Nay! Starscream: The Ayes have it! Perceptor: Ultra Magnus. A cursory evaluation of Decpticon capabilities indicates a distinct tactical deficiency. Ultra Magnus: In other words Perceptor? Springer: We're out numbered. Hot Rod: What is this place? Kranix: The world of the savage Sharkticons and their cruel masters the Quintessons. I am Kranix. My planet was destroyed by Unicron. Hot Rod: Unicron? Who's Unicron? Kranix: A planet, that devours everything in its path. Kup: So that's the creature's name? Hotrod: Kup, Grimlock, slag, anybody! Kup: Hotrod help me! Hotrod: Kup? Hotrod: Kup?!?! Hotrod: Kup... Talk to me. Kup: Fix me. Hotrod: Sure kup, right away. Kup: Of all the circuit glitched, diode blown dimwittery. You left a piece out. Hot Rod: No way. You're just a little stiff. Kup: Anyway all things considered you did an amazing job lad. Amazing. Hot Rod: Really? Kup: Yeah. You even got rid of a nasty burr in my rotator. Now let's find the Dinobots and get off of this twisted planet. Galvatron: Unicron! Answer me, see this the Matrix, i now posses that which you most fear. You'll do my bidding or taste my wrath. Unicron: You underestimate me Galvatron. Unicron: For a time I considered sparing your wreatched little planet Cybertron. But now, you shall witness it's dismemberment! Galvatron: Noooooooooo!

  • June 30, 2006, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Actually I DUNNO

    by LilOgre

    I disagree with your take on what a director impacts during the course of a production - but that is neither here nor there. What is important is that you are WRONG about Spielberg. He has only ever directed two films in which he was personally responsible for the screenplay - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS and AI - and often tries specifically to NOT be a part of that process. That is EXTREMELY different than Tarantino who writes everything (and co-wrote Pulp Fiction with Roger Avery) on his own.

  • June 30, 2006, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Spielberg rejected a dozen scripts for Jurrassic Park

    by I Dunno

    and yes, if the director is also a producer he has a larger hand in the creative proces but for the most part directors shoot what they are given.

  • July 1, 2006, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Yack, if Bay doesn't really care about the

    by superninja

    characters or the story there is no point in him making it. Who cares is he shoots action well? He has to have some vision and not just know statistically what will sell (which is what some of his films - Armageddon comes to mind - feel like). That's how you get giant spiders for no reason whatsoever.

  • July 1, 2006, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Wasn't that the Iron Giant? F'n lame...

    by rtide77

    Apparently, modlight will follow Michael Bay off a cliff. Retarded. That teaser sucked. There was not one scene worth getting excited about, or even worth talking about. And that Transformer shadow at the end? WTF? It looked like the f'n Iron Giant. Mr. Bay, give us something more than a transforming logo to be excited about. Dreamworks might as well have given the job to George Lucas, cuz this movie is going to suck...

  • July 1, 2006, 4:02 a.m. CST


    by tom_quinn

    Yackbacker, you don't know how much that trailer description freaked me out. it was the one i pitched to a friend about 4 or 5 years ago - down to the dust on the road, the jump in the air, and crashing down in the foreground. Seriously, word for word. fucking weird. i don't even post here, but i had to register because two of you were already talking about that exact same thing. i guess that image existed at some point and stuck in our heads. anyway, this movie could have ruled but i've given up hope. A friend of mine is a huge transformers fan and he reminded me that the key to the show working was the focus on mortality within the transformer world and their history from their planet to here. similar thematically to superman in many ways. for this to work it should have been an epic 80's period piece. feathered hair, denim jackets, and badass, blue collar robots.

  • July 1, 2006, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Talk about being underwhelmed

    by SID 8.0

    Damn! I waited all this time to see that! Mars? What the hell is that about? All they needed to do was show one robot transforming from anything and that would have been enough to drive people apeshit.

  • July 1, 2006, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Voice talent

    by colemanfrancis

    My biggest concern about this project is that they likely won't have the original voice actors reprising their old roles, especially Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime (and you have no idea how embarassed I am that I know off the top of my head who played Optimus). It will bad enough if they give Optimus lips instead of that mask/shield thing he used to have, but if anything but the voice of the old Optimus comes out they're going to lose me. It would be sacrilege, almost like changing the colors of Superman's costume. Oh, wait...

  • July 1, 2006, 10:08 a.m. CST

    I DUNNO - pick an argument PLEASE

    by LilOgre

    for your argument, please pick a side and stay with it. you first argue that Bay has nothing to do with the screenplay by contrasting him to Spielberg and Tarantino (sic.). then, when you learn that spielberg has not directed his own material (except twice) you take the argument that he rejected scripts of jurassic park to illustrate that he had some power over the script, thereby PROVING that the director has more power than you originally stated - EVEN WHEN THEY DO NOT WRITE THEIR OWN MATERIAL. and besides what spielberg does with a screenplay as director is ENTIRELY DIFFERENT THAN TARANTINO. at the very least be honest and admit that. again, please pick a side and stick with it or go read up on some of the people that you are using in your contrasting arguments.

  • July 1, 2006, 10:46 a.m. CST

    I said that directors like Spielberg were exceptions

    by I Dunno

    He obviously has more creative control over the other aspects of the material than lesser directors who are just there to shoot the film, especially given the fact that in most cases he's also the producer. Tarantino is always listed as the director AND the writer so obviously he's going to handle both aspects. In the Michael Bay films I've seen, he's only listed as the director. I hope I typed that slow enough for you.

  • July 1, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST

    I dont think either of you know what a director does.

    by chickychow

    stop talkin outta your asses and jam your favorite buttplug up in that dirty hole. imbeciles.

  • July 1, 2006, 5:49 p.m. CST

    it sucked

    by white owl

  • July 1, 2006, 10:15 p.m. CST

    I have a glimmer of hope for this.....

    by amrisharmpit

    I wasn't happy when they got Bay to direct this movie, but he does have good producers on his team - among them are Spielberg, Ian Bryce (Spider-Man, Saving Priate Ryan), and Tom DeSanto (X-Men 1 and 2). Hopefully the involvement of these guys will make a difference. The real issue, I think, is whether they can create an interesting story out of the human characters. The action and CGI will be cool, but as we all know, that ain't enough anymore.

  • July 1, 2006, 10:45 p.m. CST


    by wcoop893


  • July 1, 2006, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Optimus V.O. : Clooney, Hanks, Willus, Sutherland

    by R.C. the "Wise"

    One of these 4 MUST voice Optimus to give this film some credulous tone.

  • July 1, 2006, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Megatron V.O. : Frank Langela, Walken, orClancey Brown

    by R.C. the "Wise"

  • July 2, 2006, 1:33 a.m. CST

    American Godzilla proves nothing is "idiot proof"

    by Bryan

    Before that movie was made, maybe you could've argued that you can't screw up giant transforming robots. But screwing up giant transforming robots is easier than screwing up Godzilla knocking over buildings, and Roland Emmerich figured out a way to do that. If you ask me Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich are on about the same level of "filmmaking." Bay's photography is prettier, but his editing and camera placement is way worse. Both are imbeciles with the emotional development of a 12 year old, no taste or storytelling skill or humanity of any kind, who make big dumb shitty blockbusters that, for a while, made lots of money because people claimed they "made stuff blow up good." (Honestly, I disagree, since it's not fun for me to watch the way they make things blow up in their movies.) Now, I'm not saying they have to follow everything from the cartoon, and even though I watched it as a kid I know I wouldn't remember enough to really know how faithful they were. But they do have to 1) make it at least slightly resemble the Transformers we remember (unlike Godzilla) and 2) be at least halfway entertaining (unlike Godzilla). Knowing Michael Bay's track record, I think there's an off chance of #1 but almost no chance of #2. I guess it will probably be more interesting than Godzilla though, I will be optimistic enough to give it that.

  • July 2, 2006, 2:09 a.m. CST

    I kind of like the idea of many of these projects

    by superninja

    being period pieces set in the era that best describes them. Or at the very least timeless, but with design lending itself to that period. It would be both humorous and visually interesting to have this be set in the 80s.

  • July 2, 2006, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Michael Bay does not shoot action well

    by CuervoJones

    He has no notion of cinematographic space or rhythm.

  • July 2, 2006, 10:17 a.m. CST

    More TRANSFORMERS live action footage here :

    by Gloum

  • July 2, 2006, 6:43 p.m. CST

    I too hope Optimus has his original voice, but...

    by Shermdawg

    Hanks being a fan of the property, not to mention being Speilberg's pal, he's pretty much got this thing locked up. I just hope he tries to get it close.

  • July 2, 2006, 6:47 p.m. CST

    The YouTube links aren't the real thing...

    by Shermdawg

    I'm not gonna even bother looking at them, they're probably the same ones that have been on there for awhile. Most are car commercials (the dancing ones) and the others are cg test from companies that were vying to do the special effects. (The "property of ILM" one was proven fake months ago, where have ya been?) I will say though, the Optimus Prime one, did look hella cool. Even though he was the wrong color and there wasn't the original transforming sound effect added.

  • July 2, 2006, 7:16 p.m. CST

    My Hopes

    by Shaw

    I hope this move is really preachy and draws parallels between cybertron's wasting all of its energon and George Bush destroying the environment. Maybe Grimlock can make the American people realize what John Kerry could not. Come on Hollywood, you know you want to.

  • July 2, 2006, 10:23 p.m. CST

    I know, Al Gore wasted all that time making

    by superninja

    his propganda piece when he could've made Transformers! But seriously, I don't picture Bay going to eavyhay andedhay on the essagemay.

  • July 3, 2006, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Studios just never seem to learn....

    by Doc_Strange

    As someone above posted about Godzilla not even remotely reminiscent of the monster we grew up watching and look how it turned out. People aren't stupid (although I do think many here are), if they know shit isn't what they remember or if things are too different, the movie will tank. As it is now, I haven't seen so much negativity about a movie before it has even been shot. Seriously, the whole Optimus Prime and Megatron dynamic is what is going to make or break this flick. The fact that it's a Michael Bay film doesn't add anything positive to that fact. The point is, the changes being made and the many more that are going to be made to make it "work" is too much of a compromise that fans and word of mouth will destroy this movie. I don't give a fuck if there are big robots with shit blowing up. I don't pay to see that and I don't subscribe to that brand of simplistic thinking. Truthfully, I think Hasbro is to blame for this debacle. They essentially gave the producers carte blanche to make whatever changes they deemed necessary and obviously had their heads in their greedy asses when this movie was optioned.

  • July 3, 2006, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Gallery Chappe

    by Mr Nice Gaius

    Who the fuck is this guy???

  • July 3, 2006, 1:35 p.m. CST



    i'm pretty sure Bay was ready to pass on this movie thinking of the mythology as nothing more than a toy commercial. Til he realized how many people have been influenced and love the story and characters. Then he realized he'd be an idiot not to take the opportunity to make this movie. Sad thing is, he's going to fuck it up because his interests in it are misplaced. Hes interested in being this guy who changes transformers into something cool not realizing it ALREADY ALWAYS HAS BEEN.

  • July 3, 2006, 5:37 p.m. CST

    I'm Hopeful

    by Weapon M

    I think Transformers is going to be a good movie. But I'm getting bad signs from the movie already by the actors they are picking for this. I hope they dont kiddie this up, or make this comical. I hope they really make this an action adventure movie. Just Raw Turbo kick Assiness! And Ultimate sci-fi back story too! Just my hopes

  • July 3, 2006, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Guys, the only thing that can save this film is 2 guys:

    by Doc_Strange

    Welker and Cullen. You reading this Murphy? Spielberg? Bay? Can you fucks read? Can you understand? I don't care how much all your movies have grossed the last half century. The solution to all the negativity, all the bad press, all the bitching and moaning is in this very talkback.

  • July 3, 2006, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Devastator Had Better Be in This

    by ChadM

    How cool would it be to see the multiple Constructobots or whatever they were called merge together and form Devastator!!! I agree...they need the original least for Optimus Prime. I saw an episode of this transformers Armada crap...all I can say is this baby had better be based on the original 80s Transformers. Period. Oh yeah, gimme some Dinobots too.

  • July 3, 2006, 10:31 p.m. CST

    The Island was a 2 hour commercial.

    by Veraxus

    I don't expect Transformers will be any different.

  • July 4, 2006, 12:04 a.m. CST

    The Island was a direct ripoff of Logan's Run

    by Doc_Strange

    Anyone who says different is stupid. From the jump suits, to the city, to the inhabitants. It was so blatant I'm suprised no one was sued. The only good things about the movie were the cast who were slumming in order to get a paycheck.

  • July 4, 2006, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Action movies really don't HAVE to suck

    by chillyche

    Here's the thing. In 1986, Sigourney Weaver was nominated for best actress, and it was thanks to a performance in a little action movie we all like to call Aliens. Maybe I'm stupid, but I happen to believe that action movies can be huge, filled with guns and explosions, and still actually have decent narratives, and well drawn characters. The entire concept of "it's good FOR AN ACTION MOVIE" undermines quality filmmaking, so that people like Simon West can keep getting hired. Why are our expectations so low? Wouldn't you rather seen a big loud awesome movie that had some substance to it? What if the transformers movie was as adept at critiquing and examining our contemporary society as Fight Club? Or was as engaging a narrative journey as The Ususal Suspects. I'm not a Michael Bay hater by any stretch, I championed Bad Boys before Bay was even a name, and I dragged my friends to see The Rock, which is pretty fun, has good looks and a great score, despite hackneyed writing ("pretty good... for an action movie"), but Armageddon and Pearl Harbor were like jokes, and the Island was one failed opportunity after another. Oh, and with the exception of the seriously 80s ending, I'm a big fan of Bad Boys II, and it's a perfect example of Bay at his best. Action that's huge, and actors sharing a chemistry onscreen that pulls us through the loose plot. Bay has no subtlety for story, but he's been able to carry entertaining characters. Look, alls I'm saying is that we should have higher expectations for films than we do. Transformers the cartoon was a 30 minute toy commercial, but it inspired a lot of children and contains characters that are dear to their hearts. Without being a purist, there are ways to reinvent without insulting. Besides, the autobots and decepticons are essentially locked in a battle over energy sources and ideology, and this could be relevant in 2007, if handled in a good way, but, I fear, Bay has no capacity for making us THINK while watching a film, or even giving us the option to think. Sigh.

  • July 4, 2006, 10:48 a.m. CST

    The comics

    by Impactor RIP

    Why does everyone reference the cartoon when the true genius of Transformers was the comic? Don't agree, pick up some of them back issues and read the quality of the writing that allowed their toy-influenced sci-fi world to just explode with life and epic storylines that took in heroism, failure, duty, love, hate, revenge, death on a weekly basis. I'm talking about the UK comic here, not the half finished nambypamby US comic that needed the genius that was Simon Furman to take over the writing in order to finish the story. SO many great stories that have stood the test of time- Target 2006, Dinobot Hunt, The Last Stand, the time jump thingie where Galvaltron fought Death's Head (yessssssss)and Rodimus Prime on a volcano, Matrix Quest, Time Crisis where we all finally got the fight we all wanted- Optimus Prime vs Galvaltron (man I still get goosebumps on that last panel when Galvaltron turns to see Prime, reborn and ready to stop him). I loved the comics then and I love them now. Bay is a hack and I have no doubt that he will rape and pillage my favourite childhood passion like nothing has ever done before. They should have hired Simon Furnam as script writer and stuck to the original designs. If we do get some kind of Armada (god I loathe that pile of shit) then you have to ask who ta Hasbro actually has their head out of their ass- "let's see, what do we base the film on? The phenomenon of the 80s that is still loved and cherished today or teh little watched travesty of stinking cow's piss that is Armada/Beast Wars/Transformers Gen 2 etc? Let me think..." God help us all...

  • July 4, 2006, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Does anybody older than 33

    by Ingeld

    really care about this movie? It was really part of the last gasp of the Saturday morning cartoon tradition, which was at that point were mostly 30 minute toy or candy commericals. My favorite was the show called: "My Little Transforming Shortcake Gummi Bears."

  • July 5, 2006, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Two things

    by BatCountry

    Shaw, I'm with you leather. Impactor, I agree with everything you said, but I implore you to give Beast Wars a second chance. I was skeptical at first too, but my old roomate and I got so into it that I taped the last episode and watched it like 10 times. Of course we were smoking copious ammounts of weed, but I digress.