Okay, perhaps one of the greatest U.S. produced low-budget animated films of all time… but still a great toy ad. The basic premise behind making the film was to kill off the ’84-’85 toy line and introduce new characters for kids to buy.
Deemed ‘too violent’ a storyline, only a few of the characters were herded and slaughtered, but hard-hitting none the less. Parents groups were outraged following the release of the film for its violence and animated death, to such a degree it even changed the face of its cousin film ‘G.I.Joe:The Movie’. Duke was originally slated an Optimus Prime fate, but later was redubbed into a coma.
The opening 20 minutes is simply one of the best cartoon battle sequences ever, taking the ‘Joe:TM’ opening title sequence into thought as that good too. So much so quickly, you really don’t have time to get the perspective the first time. With some great voice work by rather respected actors at the time (including Orson Welles final film credit), the script gets past the grind and keeps pretty brisk. Even if you’re not a diehard TF fan, this is still an old school retro rock kick ass 80’s film.