Transformers: The Movie, the 1986 animated classic, returns to the big screen

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Aug 1, 2018, 9:34 AM EDT

Classic Transformers fans, roll out! Transformers: The Movie is returning to the big screen. No, not that one, the other one! The animated movie from 1986. You know, the one with the awesome heavy metal soundtrack and Leonard Nimoy, Eric Idle and Orson Freakin Welles doing the voices? Yeah, that one!  

Thanks to Fathom Events, Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory, Transformers: The Movie will return to movie theatres across the U.S. for one night on Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m. local time. The film has been remastered, restored and transferred to HD.

This event will also show a “making of” featurette for the upcoming live-action Bumblebee feature film, a new interview with singer-songwriter Stan Bush, and recent performances of the songs “The Touch” and “Dare” from the movie. 

In Transformers: The Movie, the Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, prepare to retake their planet from the evil forces of Megatron and the Decepticons. Unknown to both sides, a menacing force is heading their way: the planet-eating entity of Unicron (voiced by Welles in his last performance). The movie was originally created as a feature-length commercial for Hasbro’s new line of Transformers toys (which is why so many of the main characters get wiped out in the first 10 minutes) but unintentionally wound up being a cultural touchstone for so many people who grew up in the ‘80s (i.e., Generation Mine). 

Transformers: The Movie is directed by Nelson Shin; produced by Joe Bacal and Tom Griffin; supervising producer, Jay Bacal; executive producers, Margaret Loesch and Lee Gunther; score by Vince Dicola and Ed Fruge.

Tickets for Transformers: The Movie will go on sale on Friday, August 3 and can be purchased online or at participating movie theaters. A complete list of theater locations will be available on Fathom Events’ website.