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Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg to be Inducted into Transformers Hall of Fame

Posted on 05-18-2011 at 03:39 PM by Sol Fury under Transformers Movie (Just Movie) (All Transformers Movie News)
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We have received a press release from Hasbro, giving the names of the two human inductees into the Transformers Hall of Fame 2011. In recognition of their sterling work in transforming Transformers from a boy's toys franchise into a multi-million worldwide blockbuster smash franchise, the Hall of Fame will this year be honoring Transformers live action movie series director Michael Bay, and Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg, who has served as executive producer for the three live action Transformers movies. Michael Bay will be attending Botcon 2011's Hall of Fame event on June 4 in Pasadena, California.

Read on for the full press release.

HASBRO TO HONOR MICHAEL BAY AND STEVEN SPIELBERG WITH INDUCTION INTO

THE TRANSFORMERS HALL OF FAME

Bay to attend ceremony at TRANSFORMERS “BOTCON” Fan Convention in Pasadena, California, on June 4


Pawtucket, R.I. (MAY 18, 2011) — Earlier today on its official TRANSFORMERS Facebook page, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) announced the induction of film industry legends Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg—the director and executive producer of the blockbuster TRANSFORMERS film franchise—into its TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame. The second annual TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame ceremony, which celebrates more than 25 years of “MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE” action, will take place during the 2011 TRANSFORMERS “BOTCON” fan convention in Pasadena, California, and will feature TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON director Michael Bay in person to accept his honor and share some special surprises with the audience.

Founded in 2010 to honor those influential in creating and building the iconic TRANSFORMERS franchise, as well as actual “ROBOTS IN DISGUISE,” the 2011 TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame will induct the two legendary filmmakers who were instrumental in launching the live-action film franchise that brought the TRANSFORMERS brand to more fans than ever before. Bay and Spielberg will join previous honorees Bob Budiansky, Peter Cullen, Yoke Hideaki and Kojin Ohno in the TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame.

Michael Bay: For the last sixteen years, Michael Bay has been one of the world’s boldest filmmakers as both director and producer. His films have grossed over $4 billion worldwide. Since his 1995 breakout Bad Boys, Bay has directed a succession of international hits that have redefined the action genre, including The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, Bad Boys 2, The Island, and three Transformers films. The third movie in the franchise, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, will hit theaters July 1; it is Bay’s first live-action film shot in 3D. A graduate of Wesleyan University and Art Center College of Design, Bay began his career as a distinguished commercial and music video director. He has won virtually every major award in the commercial industry, including Cannes’ Golden Lion, the Grand Prix Clio, and the Directors Guild of America’s Commercial Director of the Year award. His “Got Milk?” campaign resides in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Bay is also co-owner of production company Platinum Dunes and owner of Digital Domain, one of the entertainment industry’s premier special effects companies.

Steven Spielberg: One of the industry’s most successful and influential filmmakers, Steven Spielberg has directed some of the top-grossing films of all time, including Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and four Indiana Jones films, including the most recent, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Among his myriad honors, he is a three-time Academy Award® winner, earning two Oscars® for Best Director and Best Picture for Schindler’s List, and a third Oscar® for Best Director for Saving Private Ryan. He has been awarded the Academy’s prestigious Thalberg Award. He earned his first Directors Guild Award for The Color Purple and has been nominated by the DGA a record ten times. He has received the Kennedy Center Honor for his body of work. Last year he served as an executive producer on the Academy Award nominated film True Grit, which was directed by the Coen brothers. A principal partner of DreamWorks Studios, he is also the producer of Super 8, directed by J.J. Abrams, an executive producer on TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, directed by Michael Bay and Cowboys & Aliens, directed by Jon Favreau, all of which will be released this summer.

Hasbro will also induct four more iconic robot characters into the TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame. Heroic AUTOBOTS RATCHET and IRONHIDE, as well as evil DECEPTICON SOUNDWAVE will join 2010’s class of five robots, as chosen by Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERSHall of Fame internal panel of judges. In addition, TRANSFORMERS fans around the world voted on Transformers.com for a fourth robot to receive the 2011 “Fans’ Choice” honor. The winner, from among the nominees GRIMLOCK, SHOCKWAVE, ERECTOR, WASPINATOR and JAZZ, will be revealed for the first time at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony at “BOTCON” on June 4, 2011.

First introduced in 1984 by Hasbro and Takara as a toy line, the TRANSFORMERS brand

has provided kids with hours of MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE fun with their action figures that convert from robot to vehicles and back again. Legions of boys around the world grew up creating fantastic adventures and battles set on both the planet CYBERTRON and Earth that featured the “good-guy” AUTOBOTS and the “bad-guy” DECEPTICONS. Since then, more than 7500 robots have been introduced in countless animated TV series, comic books and two live-action feature films. A third film, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, will be released on July 1, 2011, as the first 3D film in the franchise.

For further information visit the official TRANSFORMERS Facebook page at Transformers.com/facebook.

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About Hasbro, Inc.

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2011 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Thenames9
There's a human section and robot section? Or are they just one big one?
Mechafire
Good for them.
nemesisconvoy
How many non tformers are in the hall of fame?
Wajo357
so does that mean they will be at the HoF????
Hot Shot.
Bleh.
Sol Fury
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Originally Posted by nemesisconvoy View Post
How many non tformers are in the hall of fame?
The human side includes Peter Cullen, Bob Budiansky, Hideaki Yoke, Kohjin Ohno
Dinobot747
Congratulations, Bay and Spielberg!
Fit For natalie
I wonder how people forgot about last year's BotCon/HOF dinner already.


It's too bad Spielberg can't turn up.
Torque
Welker and Burton should be added ASAP
Autovolt 127
Well Micheal Bay did make the franchise a boatload of money one baysplosion at a time.

I guess he does deserve some credit. He's not M.Night Shaymalan, but that's not saying much.
st.ranger
I disagree. Bay? Humanformers. Crazy adventure of Sam Witwicky featuring Bayformers.
Mister Gone
I guess Decepticons are being given a place in the HoF so it's not necessarily a positive influence, just notoriety that gets you in.
ErechOveraker
It's about time those two guys got some recognition. I mean, toiling away forever in anonymity with little reward, WAY TO TAKE A BOLD STAND HASBRO.
Fit For natalie
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Originally Posted by Torque View Post
Welker and Burton should be added ASAP
They're probably waiting for the day Frank Welker can actually make it to a BotCon before they do that.
G1Wheeljack
While they certainly deserve it for all they've done for the franchise, I thought they would go with some more people who helped lay groundwork near the beginning of the franchise(I was thinking Flint Dille would be in). I also know this will upset some people, but like I said Bay and Spielberg have done a lot of good for our favorite robots in disguise and have earned their honors.
Kraken
And cue the the nerd rage in 3, 2, 1...
FatalT 71
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Originally Posted by Torque View Post
Welker and Burton should be added ASAP
This x1000.
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turbobungle
Gave us cool toys and one good movie... yup, I'm ok with it
Haloid1177
He mainstreamed TF in the past decade. He made me start caring about the older cartoons and buying the toys. A lot of stuff happening with TF right now wouldn't have happened without the movies he made. I don't agree with the induction of Spielberg, but I do with Bay.
DrArkeville
I think this is great news.
It will be nice to see and hear Michael Bay at the Hall of Fame night. It would be even nicer if Spielberg would show up.


Just like G1Wheeljack said:
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...Bay and Spielberg have done a lot of good for our favorite robots in disguise and have earned their honors.
Chopperface
They're in for DOTM being out this year, to promote the film... And I suppose they deserve it, since Transformers would be a lot less mainstream then it is now.

If they get Welker in... And they should, I will be happy. Its not that Bay and Spielberg don't deserve some recognition - but I feel the voice actors and writers should be in before the big Whigs here.
SPLIT LIP
Awesome!
mikeyfuzz
Really?? Thank God Im not going.
Opticron Primal
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Originally Posted by Haloid1177 View Post
He mainstreamed TF in the past decade. He made me start caring about the older cartoons and buying the toys. A lot of stuff happening with TF right now wouldn't have happened without the movies he made. I don't agree with the induction of Spielberg, but I do with Bay.
Well Spielberg did produce it, so having both director and producer inducted makes sense.

And yeah, as much as most of you would hate to admit it, it's thanks to the movies that the franchise is going as strong as it has for the past 4 years now. They deserve a spot.
ElectricPrada09
Screw Micheal Bay for lighting the fire back into Transformers in general. Screw him for making a live action movie about Transformers even though it's not G1. I mean who the hell want's to see badass robots kicking each others ass? Screw Michael Bay for having the balls to try and take an 8 year old's fantasyland and turn it into pure entertainment for all. Who does he think he is helping Transformers gain the popularity it once had? I'm so mad at him for making it where I can't even go into a store without seeing something with a Autobot or Decepticon symbol on it. And most of all he can fuck off for helping Hasbro gain even more money to make even more figures. I'm so mad right now. I just wanted Sideswipe to be red, then I'd be happy. But no, Bay had to ruin my life along with my childhood. He doesn't even deserve to think about Botcon, let alone attend.
gothsaurus
Michael Bay before Welker and Burton.... *facepalm*
Dinobot Nuva
They helped turn the franchise into a billion dollar shindig, I say hell yes. The profits from Hasbro's end were in turn used to develop fan lines like Universe 2.0 and Generations.
StayingInTheBox
Hell yeah, I'm all for it! The need rage is coming though ... I can feel it.
Autobot Burnout
Makes sense, since as others have pointed out the live-action movies are what brought the franchise back to a point even surpassing the Armada days.

Now, when will Stan Bush and Weird Al make it into the HoF? I think they deserve spots since "The Touch" is etched into Transformers history and Wierd Al's involvement is also noteworthy.

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Originally Posted by ElectricPrada09 View Post
Screw Micheal Bay for lighting the fire back into Transformers in general. Screw him for making a live action movie about Transformers even though it's not G1. I mean who the hell want's to see badass robots kicking each others ass? Screw Michael Bay for having the balls to try and take an 8 year old's fantasyland and turn it into pure entertainment for all. Who does he think he is helping Transformers gain the popularity it once had? I'm so mad at him for making it where I can't even go into a store without seeing something with a Autobot or Decepticon symbol on it. And most of all he can fuck off for helping Hasbro gain even more money to make even more figures. I'm so mad right now. I just wanted Sideswipe to be red, then I'd be happy. But no, Bay had to ruin my life along with my childhood. He doesn't even deserve to think about Botcon, let alone attend.

And I'm sure the fact his movie gave Hasbro the funds to be able to produce the new Classics molds for Universe/Classisc 2.0, one of which ended up being retooled into a RED Sideswipe, has completley slipped your mind?

Because from my point of view, I'd much prefer an updated version of the original Sideswipe, complete with the proper red color, then just wheelbot stabyarms being red.
Autobot City Comics 2008
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Originally Posted by electricprada09 View Post
screw micheal bay for lighting the fire back into transformers in general. Screw him for making a live action movie about transformers even though it's not g1. I mean who the hell want's to see badass robots kicking each others ass? Screw michael bay for having the balls to try and take an 8 year old's fantasyland and turn it into pure entertainment for all. Who does he think he is helping transformers gain the popularity it once had? I'm so mad at him for making it where i can't even go into a store without seeing something with a autobot or decepticon symbol on it. And most of all he can fuck off for helping hasbro gain even more money to make even more figures. I'm so mad right now. I just wanted sideswipe to be red, then i'd be happy. But no, bay had to ruin my life along with my childhood. He doesn't even deserve to think about botcon, let alone attend.
really........really........really..........talk about a guy with a chip on his shoulder go bay he deserved it
TheTFReview
Bay... maybe.... But Steven, despite being who he is, I don't really think he did much in terms of the movie besides bringing up the idea to Michael, who turned it down at first.
Ironhide4
I forsee bay being booed
ambi889
Congratulations to the both of them. they deserve it.
bellpeppers
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Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg are the Hall of Fame 2011 Inductees
Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

hey wait a minute- what about Don Murphy?
ElectricPrada09
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Originally Posted by Autobot Burnout View Post
And I'm sure the fact his movie gave Hasbro the funds to be able to produce the new Classics molds for Universe/Classisc 2.0, one of which ended up being retooled into a RED Sideswipe, has completley slipped your mind?

Because from my point of view, I'd much prefer an updated version of the original Sideswipe, complete with the proper red color, then just wheelbot stabyarms being red.
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really........really........really..........talk about a guy with a chip on his shoulder go bay he deserved it
Seriously?.. Are you guys kidding me? My post was entirely sarcastic. I was indirectly praising the hell out of him. I love the movieverse. I have no idea how you guys didn't catch that..
Black Oracle
Despite a lot of the fan rage that has been directed at Bay over the last few years, I think he certainly deserves this recognition along with Mr. Spielberg. They've made TFs massively popular and cool again and have devoted several years of their life to making the TFs movies. Well done, Mr. Bay and Mr. Spielberg!
StayingInTheBox
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I forsee bay being booed
I hope not and I doubt it. This guy got a standing O two years back when he showed up at the Paramount.
Starscream217
Don't give a flying F@%£ what people say how Bay ruined there childhood and stuffed up on these films...
It's freaking ridiculous how retarded people get with the hate on Bay and it's doing my nut in for a flaming start! And Honestly, If anyone spends 5 or 10 mins replying to me with a big ass paragraph about all this...then i don't give a crap what u say to me. I just don't care anymore so...
As for the both of them (Bay and Spielburg) If it weren't for the both of them i wouldn't be into transformers! To big thanks to them, they deserve every part of it. Love these movies and DOTM will rock!
Hot Shot.
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Originally Posted by Sol Fury View Post
The human side includes Peter Cullen, Bob Budiansky, Hideaki Yoke, Kohjin Ohno
The fact Simon Furman isn't in the HOF yet is a crime. He's contributed to the franchise in more positive ways than Bay ever has.
Optibotimus
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Originally Posted by Starscream217 View Post
Don't give a flying F@%£ what people say how Bay ruined there childhood... it's freaking ridiculous how retarded people get with the hate on Bay...If anyone spends 5 or 10 mins replying to me about this i don't give a crap what u say to me.
As for the both of them (Bay and Spielburg) If it weren't for the both of them i wouldn't be into transformers! To big thanks to them, they deserve every part of it.
this is what i'm talking about right here!!

I get so annoyed when people complain about how bad the movies are and how they ruined childhoods. Most people say that kinda stuff behind the safety of their computer screen. They'd never have the guts to say that kinda crap to their faces. It's sad. For good or bad...regardless what you think of the movies. Both Bay and Spielburg deserve this honor. They've put new life into the franchise, brought in new fans and EASILY extended it's life a few decades past right now. They fully deserve this honor and i'll gladly stand and applaud their induction into the HoF
ElectricPrada09
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Originally Posted by Hot Shot. View Post
The fact Simon Furman isn't in the HOF yet is a crime. He's contributed to the franchise in more positive ways than Bay ever has.
Because that statement wasn't subjective or anything..
ChrisW
Bay did a lot for the franchise, so I can see why he'd get in this early. But Spielberg? I'd put Spielberg in the TF Hall of Fame eventually, but not before Welker, Burton, Latta, Kaye, Chalk, McNeil, and many many others.
KnightHawkke
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Originally Posted by sarnian1979 View Post
And cue the the nerd rage in 3, 2, 1...
you were already too late

Fact is love Bay or hate Bay his.. work breathed new money into the franchise that gave Hasbro the capability to give us Classics (et al), Masterpiece, PCC and such of that nature, that we would never have seen otherwise.
And Spielberg just deserves to be in any HOF on his own right for epic movie making
Digilaut
Oh dear..this is going to piss off certain people!

But congratulations to Mr. Bay and Mr. Spielberg!
ErbFan28
Congratulations. They deserved a spot
Lord-Spillatron
Bay in the HOF? Really? Michael Bay? They can´t be serious...
Botch
One more reason for me to not care about Botcon!
HypnoFirework
wish I could go this year

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