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    Transformers: Live Action adaption vs Animation

    Been a fan since generation 1, going on 26 years (still have all my generation 1 & 2 toys in mint condition, including the boxes they came in). I have to say that I'm very happy how the live-action adaption of the Transformers have turned out. You? Concerning the look of them, and how the 2007 film laid down the atmosphere. I don't even believe the average Transformer viewer really knows how much the Transformers have evolved since 1984.

    Once I heard that Steven Spielberg grabbed the rights to making a Transformers live-action film, my childhood prayers were answered. Though I was hoping he would direct but he hired a man who knows how to make action films, Michael Bay. The man visually knows how to capture great moving imagery. Each frame is like gorgeous Giorgio Armani ad, the action flows, and he was born to make such a film. Of course, the biggest complaint I still hear about the live-action adaptions, is that they look like nothing like there animated counterparts.

    Of course generation 1 was the source of how the look of the live-action Transformers would look like but if any true Transformer follower would know. Back in 1986, in just two short years after Transformers debuted. They were hottest animated show & toy-line in town, outselling even Star Wars toys at one point. When the original animated film came out in 1986, it broke all the rules! It killed off the original leaders of both the Autobots & Decepticons (Optimus Prime & Megatron), along with killing off more then handful of other beloved characters...
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNTA0Suq7EE&feature=related"]YouTube - ‪Transformers the movie deaths‬‎[/ame]
    It was shocking, yet it opened the door to a wider Transformer universe that continued with the television til 1988.

    Then came generation 2 in 1993, that widened the Transformer universe till 1995. Then came the CGI animated series, Beast Wars: Machines in 1996 that lasted till 2001. By 2003, Transformers: Universe came into play, setting after the Beast Machines era, the characters from many assorted alternate modes continue today.

    So, the point I'm trying to make is, I'm satisfied to see Megatron looking the way he does in the live-action film we see today, he isn't far fetched from the original. The head, the color, his built, etc looks like I would imagine a live-action version of Megatron. The reason why he's not the original Walther P38 pistol, is because Hasbro was caught in a lawsuit over a boy who was sadly killed by police years ago, the Megatron toy was mistaken for a real gun. Which is why, toy guns today are now brightly colored. So, with the film version, they wanted to stay away from the gun-classic Megatron. Plus, how would you explain a normal size gun that would evolve/transform into 8 story robot???

    The evolution of Megatron...

    When I was a kid, friends & I would imagine what if Hollywood made a live-action film. How should it look, how would they make it possible? After Jurassic Park, I knew for sure the special effects were top notch to make a Transformers film possible. It would be so cool to see a real car driving down a freeway, then all of a sudden, transform. Does one really believe if the creators of the live-action film stayed 100% true to the original 1984 animated style of Optimus Prime or Megatron (and other Transformers), they would pass as believable? One has to admit, seeing the Transformers transform for the first time on the big silver screen in a live-action film wasn't like nothing we've ever seen before...
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pklbulbkHbA"]YouTube - ‪Optimus Prime, Bonecrusher "Bloody Hell" and Ironhide!‬‎[/ame]
    ...and Transformers should had won Best Special Effects, even the sequel!

    When the first trailer dropped into theaters, I was really surprised that a few in the audience didn't know why the crowd cheered in excitement after seeing this...
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAjgXlvVexI"]YouTube - ‪Transformers - Official Trailer 1 [2007] [720p HD]‬‎[/ame] but the film ended up breaking all box office records, and at one time, the biggest selling DVD. Even the sequel made more money then the original (with a combing gross of $1.5 billion just from 2 films), but I must admit. The sequel relied too much on the humans then Transformers themselves but seeing Devastator...

    was enough for me, as well as seeing Prime & Megatron really going at it.

    I can't wait for Transformers 3, the fact it's being filmed in true HD-3D and made entirely for IMAX. Just the little detail of seeing Prime with his generation 1 trailer for this new installment, finally...[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqCoC7yfRt4"]YouTube - ‪Transformers 3 - Optimus Prime with trailer in Chicago‬‎[/ame]
    makes me giddy =)

    So... Would you except this...
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykzCLam-0r0"]YouTube- ‪Optimus Prime Autobots Cybertron Transformers‬‎[/ame]
    or this..
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD3tjrlNhOo"]YouTube- ‪Transformers (2007) - Stan Bush (You've Got The Touch)‬‎[/ame]

    PS
    Unicron just may be in Transfomers 3.
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnToc1dp3Jc"]YouTube- ‪Unicron Theme (Transformers)‬‎[/ame]
    Last but not least, even though it was Season 3, the theme song was great. It was also the same time Prime returned from the dead.
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlyNDNGIgm8"]YouTube- ‪transformers season 3 episode 29 The return of optimus prime 1 part 1‬‎[/ame]
    Last edited by JMora; 08-11-2010 at 07:42 AM. Reason: typo

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    Re: Transformers: Live Action adaption vs Animation

    JMora, first off I'm envious you still have G1 and G2 toys in mint condition. I have most of the G1's from my childhood but they're definitely not mint.

    I've tried to embrace the "Bayformers" aesthetic but I just can't. For all of their supposed realism, there are just way too many jagged and loose plates, wires, what have you that are exposed and to me it makes them unsightly not to mention tough to distinguish characters.

    If you're familiar with the Transformers Classics and now Generations lines, I feel their modernized G1 "remixes" would look great on the screen.

    Something like this...(Drift from the Generations line)


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    Re: Transformers: Live Action adaption vs Animation

    I bought a few movie toys but mostly because I really did enjoy the first Baymovie. The 2nd one was ridiculous.

    But I love seeing that footage of Optimus with a trailer! Yay for childhood fantasies made real.


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