kind of in the same vane as the "Why do u HATE the movie?" thread, I'm curious as to just why people like the movie. And what I mean is more specifically: what were your initial expectations for the movie and have they been satisfied from what we've seen so far? Did/do you have high standards for the work being done and if so what was/is the criteria that you had/have? I, for one have been satisfied with the choices for both Cullen as Prime and (rumored) Welker as Megatron. My original criteria was that in order to help capture those characters, they must sound like them. --In this case, Cullen as Prime was obvious. Why? Because there has been a basic consistency of how Optimus Prime sounds and even Chalk or Kaplan had gotten it, it would still be Prime. However, seeing how Cullen set the trend for how he should sound, casting the original VA was for me and many fans, the perfect choice. --Now with Megatron it's a bit different because rather than continue the tradition of Welker's gravelly voice acting rendition, David Kaye decided to go a different route, that of a refined and brilliant persona with a bit of arrogance. With Welker's Megatron, I always had that intuitively evil, sinister, and cold death-like voice and thus felt he was ideal for the role. The other VA for RID (can't remember the name) didn't really give Megatron as memorable a voice as the former Megatrons, so he wouldn't do. In the end, I really do believe that it is a matter of personal preference, but deep down I felt that Cullen and Welker have a better repore with each other than anyone else and as much as I like Kaye, it would've seemed "off". --As for other characters, the only major standards I would hold for is that Starscream should sound like Starscream meaning, a high-pitched raspy and truly venomous voice reflecting his personality. Just as all Optimus Primes have been built around Cullen's Prime as the standard, Armada, Energon, and Cybertron Starscream have all used Latta's Starscream as a template (some changes are there, but hey, Latta's Screamer is a bit hard to do). --While I think it would be cool for Ironhide and Bumblebee to sound like their G1 counterparts, I don't think it's absolutely crucial (though Ironhide would be nice since Cullen was his VA as well). --For everyone else, I don't think they ever had as much distinctiveness to their voices to really stand out or seemed fairly easy to replicate (seriously, how hard would it be to do Vortex or Brawl's voice?) Now, let's talk about alternate modes. --Optimus Prime: Thank God that they kept him as a tractor trailer. With the exception of the Beast Era, Prime has been a truck of some kind and I think that they did well in terms of the model. Ironically, the truck Prime's based off of was the kind of mode he would've received in a sequel film as an upgrade to the traditional semi-flatnose Freightliner. However, all in all a good second choice. --Ratchet: Call me crazy but I do like the humvee alternate mode. I guess I wasn't too picky on what Ratchet was as long as he remained as an emergency medical vehicle, and if anything, this mode suits his role perfectly in terms of being a combat medic. This was better than the rumored fire engine alt. mode. --Starscream: The logical evolution of the F-15 alternate mode was of course the F-22 (which incidentally is the F-15's successor in reality). Again, while I prefer the classic F-15 Eagle that Screamer transformed into, I can accept this change as it's not as off the wall like some of the other decisions. I am interested to see how/if they incorporate the classic color scheme. --Vortex: Okay, okay, he's now Blackout due to copyright/trademark issues but they got his mode right, and hell, it's even by the same manufacturer, Sikorsky Aircraft! An update over his orignal Seahawk configuration MH-53 was an excellent choice even sporting his original color scheme in vehicle mode. --Brawl: Okay, this guy's got to be the biggest nod to G1 fans out there with his double guns right on top of the main turret and all. So he's not a Leopard 1 of the ADK series, he still retains much of his original form. So, that pretty much wraps up what I like about the Transformers Movie. I'd guess my criteria was pretty much how well they matched up with what the standard for past incarnations of said characters were (along with a little creative flair in updates), so while, being conservative there were some changes that I feel are acceptable and make sense. How's everyone else feel?