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Yesterday, film fandom was abuzz as the new Transformers 4 poster was unveiled, with the subtle subtitle Age of Extinction. The unveiling of the name brought renewed speculation that the Dinobots – robots that turn into dinosaurs instead of vehicles – would be part of the movie’s plot, energizing Transformer fan-boys and moviegoers alike.
So we thought it would be worth taking this Throwback Thursday to look back at the Transformers franchise across film and music and how its rich media legacy has now captured the imaginations of two generations.
First airing in 1984, the original Transformers cartoon series coincided with the toys’ introduction on store shelves and featured a simple premise: After their ship crashed on Earth the heroic Autobots swore to protect humanity and stop the evil Decepticons from acquiring Energon, the power source that would help them conquer the world and their home planet of Cybertron.
While future series like Beast Wars kept the fires burning, the Transformers re-emerged on the world’s stage with the 2007 big-screen, live action feature. Introducing characters such as Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee and the rest, this film stoked the nostalgic fires of now-grown fans as well as whole new, younger generation of Transformer devotees. Directed by Michael Bay, the first movie was popular enough to spawn two sequels - Revenge of The Fallen and Dark of the Moon – to date.
Those movies also have great music you can listen to. The 1986 animated Transformers: The Movie has a great soundtrack, the highlight of which is “The Touch,” which as good an 80′s synth-driven anthem as you’ll ever find.
Each of the current movies also has a couple options to feel like you’re inside the movies or just hear songs that were inspired by them. The 2007 original has a score and a soundtrack with tracks by Smashing Pumpkins, MUTEMATH and a host of others. Dark of the Moon has a score and a soundtrack with songs by Paramore, My Chemical Romance and more. Finally, Revenge of The Fallen has both a score and a soundtrack featuring acts like Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park and others.
With a storied history and a renewed resurgence, the rich media legacy that has accompanied the great Transformer franchise will endure through next summer and beyond when another installment of good robots versus bad comes to a theater near you.