Discussion in 'Transformers General Discussion' started by ersico, Jan 28, 2009.
Epic Win: Transformers: The Movie Once Upon A Win: Epic Wins from when we were kids
wait why do they say the movie flopped?
i wondered that also....
Because it WAS a flop. Everything I've read about it said it did poorly at the box office.
Wrong forum BTW.
crap....sorry guys.....will a mod move it for me....im just so used to floating around this forum i had a brain-fart....
I didnt notice it either but everything ive heard about the movie is that it did quite well
Financially it flopped, but it's strengths such as animation, memorable scenes and start-studded voice actors created a cult classic. It bombed mostly probably due to the lack of marketing and violence/swearing which gave it negative publicity.
I saw it in the theatre 3 times in '86 and all 3 times the theatre was fairly full. I guess it did well where I was as a kid.
Because it did. It earned under $15 million in it's entire box office run. It was panned by most film critics, like Siskel and Ebert.
They added the profanity to get a PG rating, which would mean it would show in theatres later in the day (At the time, G rated movies stopped showing at 5 PM or thereabouts), as well as to attract the college crowd. The top notch voice actors was to get investors interested and again, to get bigger billing (and hopefully more people wanting to see it). Some of that backfired, with some parents not happy with the profanity and some children practically traumatized by the deaths of Prime and the others. (I remember crying in the theater when I saw it the first time and just shedding a few tears the second.)
Also not helping matters was that the top grossing film of the year had just come out prior and word of mouth was spreading about how good it was and how it was possibly better then the first. That film was "Aliens".
$5,849,647 is Box Office Mojo's number.
That ain't much at all.
I wonder what the budget was? Did it at least pay for itself?
Doubtful. At that time (and from what I've read on the subject), Disney's production budget for animated films was around $12 mil, and Don Bluth once stated in an interview that An American Tail (which went into production around the same time TFTM did) was produced for $9 million, and in order to accomplish that they had to freeze everyone's salaries for over a year.
Even after TFTM was released on VHS, it probably didn't even help them break even.
I'd always been curious about the budget for TFTM too, but I've never been able to find any info on what it was, and apparently other fans haven't either since it's a big question mark on TFWIKI.net too.
:d this movie started me on transformers...and it will be the last movie I watch when im 89
And the Transformers movie affected other projects too. Supposedly the G.I. Joe movie was going to be a theatrical release too, but Hasbro changed their minds once they saw how poorly Transformers performed.
Ironically, Transformers the Movie would later be recognized as one of the top 100 animated films of all time (On-line Film Critics Society).
Yeah that's too bad about the movie's flop-ness... it's one of my favorite animated movies of all time (Disney or otherwise O_O)
Yes the movie flopped at first but.....
The Transformers the movie (Sony Commerative version) debuted in the Top 10 DVD sales in the U.S. that version alone not counting the endless other versions that have been released on VHS and DVD made well over the production cost of the movie. I did a quick search on this site for the article Sony released stating that it debuted in the top 10 in national DVD sales... haven't found that exact story yet but I did find this on this site:
Upon release, TRANSFORMERS: The Movie 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD received rave reviews from TRANSFORMERS fans new and old. That acclaim and the anticipation of TRANSFORMERS fans new and old helped land TRANSFORMERS: The Movie 20th Anniversary Special Edition DVD among the top DVD sellers of the week.
Ok I looked a little harder here's one link showing Transformers the Movie (Sony version) in the top ten in national sales.
Maybe because it did.....at the box office anyway.
The 86 movie did very badly at theaters.
The 1986 movie was my favorite part of the G1 cartoon......it's surprising that it did so poorly based on the fact that the TV cartoon series and toyline were beyond wildly popular at the time.
I don't think it's surprising at all, you don't off an enormous chunk of your 2 seasons worth of established cast including (arguably) your main star (Optimus) in a blaze of violent glory and get away with it in a kiddies movie. Plus the story is just not very good.
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