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Transformers, The


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Characters & Voices
Astrotrain - Jack Angel
Ramjet - Jack Angel
Smokescreen - Jack Angel
Ultra Magnus - Jack Angel
Prowl - Michael Bell
Sideswipe - Michael Bell
Scrapper - Michael Bell
Swoop - Michael Bell
Bombshell - Michael Bell
First Aid - Michael Bell
Brainstorm - Michael Bell
Gort - Michael Bell
Grimlock - Gregg Berger
Long Haul - Gregg Berger
Skyfire - Gregg Berger
Marissa Faireborm - Susan Blu
Arcee - Susan Blu
Spike - Corey Burton
Brawn - Corey Burton
Shockwave - Corey Burton
Sunstreaker - Corey Burton
Dion - Corey Burton
Jazz - Scatman Crothers
Optimus Prime - Peter Cullen
Ironhide - Peter Cullen
Omega - Peter Cullen
Inferno - Walker Edmiston
Perceptor - Paul Eiding
Rodimus Prime - Dick Gautier
Hot Rod - Dick Gautier
Firebolt - Dick Gautier
Apeface - Dick Gautier
Blitzwing - Ed Gilbert
Thrust - Ed Gilbert
Bumblebee - Dan Gilvezan
Outback - Dan Gilvezan
Hot - Dan Gilvezan
Chip Chase - Michael Horton
Starscream - Chris Latta
Reflector - Chris Latta
Skullcruncher - Chris Latta
Krunk - Chris Latta
Wheeljack - Chris Latta
Sparkplug - Chris Latta
Defensor - Chris Latta
Witwicky - Chris Latta
Lightspeed - Danny Mann
Freeway - Danny Mann
Spoilsport - Danny Mann
Gears - Don Messick
Ratchet - Don Messick
Scavenger - Don Messick
Beachcomber - Alan Oppenheimer
Seaspray - Alan Oppenheimer
Warpath - Alan Oppenheimer
Air Raid - Rob Paulsen
Slingshot - Rob Paulsen
Chase - Rob Paulsen
Cloudraker - Rob Paulsen
Fastlane - Rob Paulsen
Haywire - Rob Paulsen
Shrapnel - Hal Rayle
Snarl - Hal Rayle
Pipes - Hal Rayle
Grapple - Peter Renaday
Lord Chumley - Peter Renaday
Kickback - Clive Revill
Bonecrusher - Kevin Richardson
Hook - Kevin Richardson
Springer - Kevin Richardson
Slag - Kevin Richardson
Nosecone - Kevin Richardson
Rippersnapper - Kevin Richardson
Crosshairs - Kevin Richardson
Fracas - Kevin Richardson
Monzo - Kevin Richardson
Pointblank - Kevin Richardson
Sixshot - Kevin Richardson
Hound - Ken Sansom
Alpah Trion - John Stephenson
Huffer - John Stephenson
Kup - John Stephenson
Thundercracker - John Stephenson
Windcharger - John Stephenson
Megatron - Frank Welker
Galvatron - Frank Welker
Mixmaster - Frank Welker
Skywarp - Frank Welker
Frenzy - Frank Welker
Rumble - Frank Welker
Sludge - Frank Welker
Laserbeak - Frank Welker
Soundwave - Frank Welker
Ravage - Frank Welker
Buzzsaw - Frank Welker
Ratbat - Frank Welker
Trailbreaker - Frank Welker
Mirage - Frank Welker
Blades - Frank Welker
Groove - Frank Welker
Wheelie - Frank Welker
Chromedome - Frank Welker
Pinpointer - Frank Welker
The title song promised “More than meets the eye,” and for over four seasons of syndication, The Transformers delivered. Robots who transformed into vehicles, weapons, boom boxes, and eventually dinosaurs, insects, animals and more, waged an eternal battle of good Autobots versus evil Decepticons. Hasbro premiered its line of morphing toys in the spring of 1984, following up with a comic book series that summer and a syndicated cartoon at the end of the year.

The story of The Transformers begins on the planet Cybertron, home to both Autobot and Decepticon. When the Autobots head for their ship to seek out new energy reserves, the Decepticons attack, leading to a crash landing on Earth several million years B.C. An erupting volcano in the present day reactivates the dormant robot/vehicles, and the battle begins anew, led by good robot/big rig Optimus Prime and bad robot/big gun Megatron. Helpful humans Spike and Sparkplug Witwicky befriend the Autobots and aid their cause. In later seasons, other humans would join each side, like wheelchair-bound wunderkind Chip Chase and the arch evil Dr. Archeville.

Production was underwritten by Hasbro, but the series always promised more than simply a half-hour toy commercial. The plots were elaborate, often in two, three, or five parts, with a constant influx of new ‘bots: Dinobots, Constructicons, Aerialbots, Insecticons, etc. The show employed the voice talents of some of the best in the business, including the legendary Frank Welker as Megatron and others, all mechanically altered to make the characters sound more robot-like.

In 1986, Transformers: The Movie was released in theaters, featuring the voices of Leonard Nimoy, Eric Idle, Robert Stack, and in one of his final performances, Orson Welles as the evil transforming planet Unicron. A 1993 series, Transformers: Generation II, revamped old episodes with computer-generated bumpers and transitions. And in 1996 the Transformers craze was reborn with Beast Wars, a new series of toys and cartoons that introduced another generation to these “Robots in disguise.”
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