I pity kids today. They didn’t get grow up in the golden era of boy toys: Transformers, GI Joe, He-Man, Voltron, etc. We loved the stuff. Couldn’t get enough. If you don’t believe me, look at all the money being made by the movie franchises that have sprung out of those toys (and He-Man and Voltron are coming). Even the Smurfs and Alvin & the Chipmunks were part of our Saturday morning routine. They haven’t survived 30 years because Hollywood thought they were awesome; it’s because we grew up and wanted more stories from the characters we loved as kids. Then Michael Bay ruined most of it….shake it off, man, shake it off.
Transformers: The Animated Movie came out in 1986 when the cartoon was drawing to a close. It went another season past this, but the peak of its mania had past. It’s still the best Transformers movie. If you ask any man in his thirties about the death of Optimus Prime, you’ll either get a blank stare or man tears. That’s how you can tell if he watched this movie as a kid. I say all that to say that Tom Whalen has created a beautiful poster for the movie that took me right back to that place. If you’ve only ever seen Michael Bay’s “films”, watch this one.
*As an aside, my entire childhood I imagined Jesus sounded like Peter Cullen‘s Optimus Prime. Hey, it’s a good voice!