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Transformers: The Movie (1986) Animated Storyboards of Deleted Scenes

Posted on 03-01-2013 at 08:59 AM by Secretcode under Generation 1
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And now for something a bit old-school, thanks to The Spacebridge Facebook page, who has taken the storyboards used in the production of the 1986 Transformers movie and created animated storyboard videos from them, showing off two deleted/rewritten scenes.

Video 1: Devastator falls- "I have included a section of the film either side so you can see where it would have fit in. I believe this scene was animated as it exists in very late production notes & music was written to accompany it. It was cut as Nelson Shin felt it ruined the flow of Primes attack leading up to his battle with Megatron. Ultra Magnus, Tracks, Sideswipe & Red Alert were picked to attack Devastator as they all have rocket launchers. It also explains what Megatron was looking at when Prime found him."

Video 2: Ultra Magnus's original death- "In the storyboards Ultra Magnus had a much more barbaric death at the hands of the Sweeps. As you can see in the video, he is literally pulled apart. This scene was animated but removed due to concerns over the violence. There are many clues in the film that this scene should still be there. The audio matches this version exactly, Magnus sounds like he is being pulled apart. You see the Sweeps fire out 4 solid beams towards Magnus. Finally Galvatron catches the Matrix when it falls perfectly into his hands from above."

Big thanks to The Spacebridge for sharing these videos with us!
Views: 5,192 / Credit: TheSpacebridge of the 2005 Boards!
scubaboy31
Thanks so much for this Hitch, it's amazing to see these and imagine what might have been... very cool of you to start opening the doors to that vault you must own by now.
mrfang2
These are awesome, but i swear i have seen the magnus pulled apart scene on a dvd, i swear i have...
siccoyote
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Originally Posted by mrfang2 View Post
These are awesome, but i swear i have seen the magnus pulled apart scene on a dvd, i swear i have...
No you haven't.

it's nice seeing these recreated scenes it's just a shame we will probably never see any more finished versions of these scenes if they existed.

The death seems more vicious seeing it animated with the sounds than when I imagined it or saw it in the comic.

I'm still trying to see the actual animated cut bit of footage of Kup running over the someone that was on one of the dvds. There was a clip of it on youtube but it has since gone the way of all things.
blackout501st
wow, these are amazing! thanks so much for sharing them! I would have loved to have seen that scene with devastator in the final movie, but I can also see why they cut it. still, very cool all the same.
Robogeek28
That Devestator scene was used in a TFCC comic wasn't it?
Hook
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Originally Posted by mrfang2 View Post
These are awesome, but i swear i have seen the magnus pulled apart scene on a dvd, i swear i have...
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Originally Posted by siccoyote View Post
No you haven't.
I beg to differ. Yes you've seen it, in the Marvel Comic's TFTM movie adaptation. The comic book art is almost identical to the storyboard, including the odd egg shape the Matrix has. Frm the wiki: "A three-issue mini-series adaptation of the feature film, with no continuity ties to the regular comic series. Differences to the animated feature include the original designs for the Autobot Matrix of Leadership and Ultra Magnus' original death at the hand of Scourge and his Sweeps."
DrGrim
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Originally Posted by mrfang2 View Post
These are awesome, but i swear i have seen the magnus pulled apart scene on a dvd, i swear i have...
There's a way to see that on the 20th anniversarry DVD. Watch it with the pop-up info stuff, and during Magnus' death scene there's a pop-up saying he was originally gonna die another way. Click on that pop-up with your remote and it plays the story boards as a video.
The Crow
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Originally Posted by Robogeek28 View Post
That Devestator scene was used in a TFCC comic wasn't it?
Yes it was!
madhatprime
These are really cool videos! I would like to see how Hot Rod and crew got underwater...
Thanks for creating and sharing these!!
Robogeek28
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Originally Posted by The Crow View Post
Yes it was!
I thought so.
VictoryLeo19
This is one of the coolest information bits I've read in a very long time. It would have been awesome to see Tracks, Sideswipe, and Red Alert engaging in battle with Devastator. Did that storyboard imply Red Alert was killed from the Constructicons' fire? It kind of looks like it.

I remember as a kid rewinding the tape hundreds if not thousands of times trying to see if I could identify all the characters in the background or in the battle scenes. Such an epic movie, still to this day.
TheSpacebridge
Glad you like it guys, I plan to do a much longer video of the entire Autobot city battle including all the storyboarded scenes that were cut (There are a lot of them!)

Please like my Facebook page, I'm going to keep adding stuff you have never seen before to it as I get more likes!

Cheers
Hitch
allew
Nice videos! I could buy that Magnus could be revived by the Junkions if he was drawn and quartered by the sweeps - but since he was shot multiple times instead in the movies that should have burned/fused his insides making his resurrection unlikely. Of course, I am a bloodthirsty guy who originally thought he should have stayed dead as he did nothing else for the rest of the movie (sorry).
Dolf
That is awesome, it's too bad they didn't keep the Devastator scene in -- looks like it would have been awesome animated.
Starfire22
Scene 2 (the battle with devastator) was on the 20th anniversary DVD. Scene 1 wasn't. (Since that's the first time I've seen it)

I can see why the magnus death scene was removed. That was kind of brutal. (Especially since the movie was already pushing the envelope with the previous death scenes)
Smasher
Great stuff, thanks.
Spacebridge, are you on the fan commentary on the DVD?
You said you watched the VHS tape frame by frame looking for Snarl?
Doc Wheeljack
Maybe for the next anniversary dvd/bluray release, they'll animate these deleted scenes in the style of the original movie.

Unlikely, but it's fun to think about!
MetalicGrunt
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Originally Posted by Doc Wheeljack View Post
Maybe for the next anniversary dvd/bluray release, they'll animate these deleted scenes in the style of the original movie.

Unlikely, but it's fun to think about!
I'd like to thing someone with animation skills could create a re-cut version for us to see
Starfire22
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Originally Posted by Doc Wheeljack View Post
Maybe for the next anniversary dvd/bluray release, they'll animate these deleted scenes in the style of the original movie.

Unlikely, but it's fun to think about!
This!
AnAutobot1985
Very cool. Thanks for posting!
bman29
Very cool. But isn't some of this on the 20th anniversary TF the movie DVD? I could be wrong, I know it has some different footage. Yeah

I'm kinda glad they did cut the Magnus scene differently or that would've been permanently burned into my brain along with the other season 1&2 characters deaths. It was discussed in the commentary about the suspicions that he was torn apart instead of blown apart.
EmFalcon
Very cool stuff to see! Thanks for putting the work into it & sharing!
TheSpacebridge
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Originally Posted by Starfire22 View Post
Scene 2 (the battle with devastator) was on the 20th anniversary DVD. Scene 1 wasn't. (Since that's the first time I've seen it)
Both were on the DVD, one was a hidden easter egg. I have more videos I made for the DVD that weren't used I'll be posting in the future

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Originally Posted by Smasher View Post
Great stuff, thanks.
Spacebridge, are you on the fan commentary on the DVD?
You said you watched the VHS tape frame by frame looking for Snarl?
Yup, that's me the British guy
soymonk
Man. The alternate death scene for Ultra Magnus was awesome.
TedimusPrime
I actually find this insanely interesting- I was showing this movie to my friends not a week ago and I mentioned the magnus thing- now I can actually show them
Sunstreaker92
I can see why both scenes were cut. That scene with Devastator would have broke up the optimus scene which is awesome. The magnus scene is just brutal and would not have gone down well with children. The devastator scene could have been moved though to before the dinobots landed.
[Wing_Saber-X]
that was priceless and an excellent contribution, mate. The Devastator battle with the rocket launcher Autobot team would have been EPIC. Thanks again! Love to see more of the wonderful amount of cut footage!
Rikerwota
That was awesome - the Devastator fight is being automatically retrofitted by my brain
scubaboy31
I can't believe it took so long for this to make the front page.

Seriously, for anyone who hasn't checked it out, Hitch's facebook page is essential viewing for any TF fan. The guy has an archive of material comparable to nobody else I know of and the fact that he is sharing this with us in fantastic.
Chaos Prime
I love to see preproduction art.
I think this is on my 25th anniversary dvd.
FanimusMaximus
Dammit, this scene would have been so awesome in the Movie.
TheSpacebridge
Here's another video I made for the DVD that wasn't used on the DVD

Taken from the attack on the shuttle scene
It compares the storyboard drawing to the uncropped full frame 35mm image to the DVD release - SHows you how much was cut away for the home release

Transformers The Movie 1986 - Storyboard / Uncut Frame / DVD Comparison - YouTube
Rotorstorm
You know what, magnus' groans in pain make more sense in this version.
Burnout
I remember int he movie comic adaptation magnus WAS drawn n quartered as Galvatron yelled SWEEPS QUARTER HIM! wish they would put these scenes back in.
Spether
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Originally Posted by Hook View Post
I beg to differ. Yes you've seen it, in the Marvel Comic's TFTM movie adaptation. The comic book art is almost identical to the storyboard, including the odd egg shape the Matrix has. Frm the wiki: "A three-issue mini-series adaptation of the feature film, with no continuity ties to the regular comic series. Differences to the animated feature include the original designs for the Autobot Matrix of Leadership and Ultra Magnus' original death at the hand of Scourge and his Sweeps."
I remember this in the comic! I read all three issues before seeing the movie itself so when I finally did watch it I was puzzled. I kept waiting for the drawing and quartering but it never happened.
Starfire22
Instruments of Destruction still sends chills down my spine.
SMOG
Interesting to see how these details change your experience of the narrative a little bit. Devastator just kind of disappearing, Magnus' somewhat silly "death" from the "limbs fall off" rays... it all makes more sense now.

Also kind of funny that the Dinbots are outdone by "guys with missiles". Funnier still, those guys with missiles are then outclassed by a squad of six Constructicons.

zmog
Omegax80
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Originally Posted by mrfang2 View Post
These are awesome, but i swear i have seen the magnus pulled apart scene on a dvd, i swear i have...
In the Marvel movie comics, I think again in the IDW modern-take on it also.

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Originally Posted by Robogeek28 View Post
That Devestator scene was used in a TFCC comic wasn't it?
Yes, recent club comic, looks like it was taken exactly from these storyboards we are now seeing. Very cool stuff.


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Originally Posted by Burnout View Post
I remember int he movie comic adaptation magnus WAS drawn n quartered as Galvatron yelled SWEEPS QUARTER HIM! wish they would put these scenes back in.
Yep, in the movie Galvatron orders the execution, so having Magnus ripped apart would make sense, but I agree, that might have been a bit too violent for 80's animated films.

Today though, it would be probably considered tame compared to what is out there.
Cyclonus79
Props to Magnus's death scene. That's was what you call drawn an quartered. Sick!
Arkvander
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Originally Posted by TheSpacebridge View Post
Here's another video I made for the DVD that wasn't used on the DVD

Taken from the attack on the shuttle scene
It compares the storyboard drawing to the uncropped full frame 35mm image to the DVD release - SHows you how much was cut away for the home release

Transformers The Movie 1986 - Storyboard / Uncut Frame / DVD Comparison - YouTube
This is amazing, where did you get the 35mm images? Do you have stills or are you using the original film?
unicronsupreme
I just rewatched the shuttle attack scene and I don't know if Ultra Magnus being drawn and quartered is that much more brutal than Prowl's or Ironhide's deaths.

I also just rewatched Prime's entrance and there's a couple seconds showing Megatron running past Swoop after the Dinobot's failed attack. So it does place Megatron in the vicinity of Devastator at the right time. If anyone cares... Also the hole in the wall created by Devastator being pushed into it looks exactly like the one Prime finds Megatron in. It's neat to see these details now that I have the information to put them together.
DJW107PRIME
That was awesome I love stuff like this thanks to whoever found this stuff.
igniz1984
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Originally Posted by VictoryLeo19 View Post
Did that storyboard imply Red Alert was killed from the Constructicons' fire? It kind of looks like it.
Yeah looks like he bites the dust. Curious if the others where meant to die (mirage, sideswipe) too since they never appeared again after the movie.
Morbo
Luuuuuuke...There is another...Optimus Prime mold.

Hey, Smokimus Prime. Sounds groovy.

Okay, maybe not.
Timothy.R
Thank, these were awesome!

It would be cool if they could turn these scenes into actual cartoons, color them, and throw them in the film the way they were originally going to be (all of them, not just these two) and release it for the 30th anniversary. But I'm sure that would be far too much work.
Zhuler
Dug these out of my ancient collection (credits to the old wombatking site from 2004-2005 for having these up back then).

Don't want to steal any of Hitch's other surprises so I won't spoil the true fates of Smokescreen, Wheeljack and Trailbreaker and how they may or may not have been meant to survive.

Kudos if you catch the "name" of Autobot city...

Enjoy

Hitch, keep releasing this stuff - Thanks!
Golden Age
I'm one of those old-timers who saw Transformers the movie in theaters the first week it was released. I was probably 11 or 12 yrs old at the time. I'm also one of those people who remembers a shot (or a pan) of more dead autobots besides Wheeljack and Windcharger. For years i've been called a crackpot, but do you have any material that would help verify this? In my mind I seem to remember perhaps Trailbreaker and/or Sideswipe in the pan. Remember, the original film was destroyed, what we have now was composed from other sources.
VictoryLeo19
Holy crap. You guys are killing me. This stuff is freakin amazing. Is there an official list of who supposedly died in this battle on the autobots side? I always wondered what the entire casualty list was. These scenes are so cool, especially the Mirage/retracting drawbridge scenes.
VictoryLeo19
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Originally Posted by Golden Age View Post
I'm one of those old-timers who saw Transformers the movie in theaters the first week it was released. I was probably 11 or 12 yrs old at the time. I'm also one of those people who remembers a shot (or a pan) of more dead autobots besides Wheeljack and Windcharger. For years i've been called a crackpot, but do you have any material that would help verify this? In my mind I seem to remember perhaps Trailbreaker and/or Sideswipe in the pan. Remember, the original film was destroyed, what we have now was composed from other sources.



That's interesting. I really didn't know it was destroyed. There must have been "some" amount of editing (whether scenes, music, etc) that was lost from the original version.

I know the feeling of knowing you saw something at some point. I can still recall seeing a Thundercats unreleased Berserker prototype in a mixed lot on ebay 12-13 years ago. To this day it haunts me that I never saved the image or bid on it. I have no proof, so I never bring it up as evidence, but I know I saw it.

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