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Transformers: The Movie Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1986
Sunbow Productions, Marvel Productions LTD...
 featuring Kranix, Orbilus, Astrotrain, Prowl, Scrapper, Swoop, Junkion, Bombshell, Grimlock, Arcee, Devastator, Spike; more Characters More Cartoon Characters...

Transformers: The Movie On Video!  Transformers: The Movie BCDB Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4/5 stars from 4 users.)

Transformers: The Movie 10 out of 5 stars

A Cult Following, With Good Reason

Reviewed by: SarahC, September 26, 2002

Bah weep grah nah weep ninny-bong! :)

Was there truly a better time than the 80's to be a child growing up? The cartoons were fantastic, the movies were off the wall, and fashion was...well, let's not go there. :)

One of the greatest cartoons from the 80s, however, has to be Transformers. The Japanese have been responsible for more imaginitive childrens' creations than we could possibly imagine, but Transformers captured just about EVERYONE'S attention between the cartoon, the toys (simple for a toddler to work, impossible for anyone over the age of 20), and the film.

And good lord, what a film it was! Between the tight script, flawless dialogue, and the cast of voice actors, this film DESERVES the cult status it enjoys. Where else are you going to find Robert Stack (Ultra Magnus), Leonard Nimoy (Galvatron), Eric Idle (Wreck-Gar), Judd Nelson (Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime), Casey Kasem (Cliffjumper), Scatman Crothers (Jazz), Lionel Stander (Kup), Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime, Ironhide), Frank Welker (Megatron), Chris Latta (Starscream), and Orson Welles (Unicron) all assembled together for a film?

From the get-go, Transformers: The Movie grabs you and simply will not let go. The story, which starts out as a simple case of good against evil rapidly transforms (no pun intended) into one monster of a showdown where Autobots and Decepticons team up to stop a menace greater than anything the galaxy has ever known.

For a long time, this movie was very difficult to find. This is not the case any longer: Transformers has been re-released, uncut, on the Rhino label in both VHS and DVD format. There is no excuse for you not to own this classic, as even I, who knew NOTHING about the Transformers before I saw this film (I left that sort of stuff to my brother) walked away knowing I had witnessed something incredible. Put "Transformers: The Movie" on your list of the best animated films ever made.

Words are inadequate. Transformers just plain rocks, and I'll defend that position 'till all are one.
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Beginning Of Rainbowland, Part 1 Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1985
DiC Entertainment
 featuring Wisp, Murky Dismal, Lurky, Evil Force, Twink, Sprites, Starlite

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Beginning of Rainbowland Part 1 8 out of 5 stars

Good Start to a Fantastic Cartoon

Reviewed by: SarahC, September 25, 2002

Oh, to be a little girl again, watching Rainbow Brite for the first time. Actually, half the fun was tormenting my younger brother by watching it instead of G.I. Joe, but those days are long gone. Instead, I have only my video library to remind me of the days when cartoons were actually good instead of the drek that pervades the airwaves these days.

The Beginning of Rainbowland is actually a two-part series that shows (duh!) how Rainbow Land came to be. To be honest, the first half moves rather slowly as we are introduced to a few characters, notably Wisp, Twink, Murky, and Lurky. Eventually, though, the action picks up in part two as the Lord of Shadows sends his minions out to stop Wisp in her quest to discover the color belt, the Sphere of Light, and restore the land to its former glory. Thus, Wisp goes forth and encounters some evil creatures, meets a couple of new friends, falls into a raging river infested with VERY hungry fish, finds a baby(!), and tries to keep Murky and Lurky off her trail.

The show answers a few questions we had about Rainbow Land, but leaves many more unanswered. For instance, we never really find out where Wisp (her name before she was Rainbow Brite) came from before she got deposited in the soon-to-be Rainbow Land. We also never learn what happened to the previous owner of the color belt, though it could be speculated that the Lord of Shadows held it and then lost it.

Honestly, part 1 is the weaker of the two parts. For a long time, the only version of this show I had was the second part taped off the TV, fortunately with the "quick review of part 1" intact. Part two can easily stand on its own with just this scant back-story, but if you want to know exactly where Wisp found Starlight and Twink, you'll want to watch this one first.
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Beginning Of Rainbowland, Part 2 Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1985 2 5
DiC Entertainment
 featuring Wisp, Rainbow Brite, Lurky, Evil Force, Twink, Shy Violet, Indigo, Lala Orange, Sprites, Murky Dismal, Red Butler; more Characters More Cartoon Characters...

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Beginning of Rainbowland Part 2 10 out of 5 stars

One of the Top Three Episodes of Rainbow Brite

Reviewed by: SarahC, September 25, 2002

As I wrote earlier in my review for "Beginning of Rainbowland Part 1", for the longest time, I only had the second half of the cartoon (thankfully with the "part one reminder" portion intact). Even though I knew I was watching an essentially incomplete cartoon, I still have watched this half countless times, as it is one of my favorite Rainbow Brite stories, and easily stands on its own.

We begin where part 1 left off, after Wisp, Twink, and Starlight have found an old belt and a baby. The belt activates, seemingly of its own accord, and the Color Kids appear to relate the story of who they are and what happened to them. Wisp realizes she has found the true Color Belt, and now only needs to rescue the seven kids and find the Sphere of Light to complete the task set before her. What follows is an race against time to find, free, and rescue the Color Kids from the hazards that the Lord of Shadows has placed them in. It all culminates in a final showdown between Wisp and the Lord atop his tower, when we finally see whether or not good can triumph over evil once again.

As the byline says, this is easily in the running for my favorite episode of the series, since once it gets started, the pace never lets up. Wisp and her friends have to overcome some rather nasty obstacles and creatures to rescue the Color Kids, and the Lord of Shadows is a very dark and sinister presence for a cartoon aimed at young girls. All in all, it is a fantastic story, and a great lead-in to the rest of the series!
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