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What a pretty sunrise this morning. Don't ask why I was… - Melodramatic, corsetted mistress of the obscure
August 10th, 2007
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What a pretty sunrise this morning.


Don't ask why I was contemplating this, because I blame it on boredom-while-driving. There's a scene at the end of the Transformers movie that had me and at least one other person on my flist going 'Erm.. what?'



The scene in question is the two main human characters cuddling on Bumblebee's hood while the rest of the Autobots are just 'around'. Looking on, perhaps, curious about this strange human behavior. (Let's face it, human behavior pretty much has to be bizarre, and maybe even fascinating, to a giant robot.)

It occurred to me that humans may be to transformers what small, furry animals are to humans - too damn cute and really pleasant to touch. Which would make the final scene equivalent to two kittens curled up for a nap in someones lap (or the middle of someones back, whichever is most inconvenient) while the rest of the family goes about relaxing.

My thinking was, we are soft, while they would be used to metal-hard. We can no more hurt them than a new-hatched chick can hurt us, but I am here to tell you it's damn cool to be holding a baby chick. All this supposes that our bodies' tendency to bend and deform didn't give them the transformer's version of the willies, of course.


Eh, I think my drive to work is too long.

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From:oldwolf
Date:August 10th, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
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Huh... Never thought of it that way.
From:the_themiscyran
Date:August 10th, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
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That's almost exactly how I reacted, too. First I went - ewww! - then thought - I watch my cats groom each other all the time, how different is that?

I wasn't really a fan of the cartoon, but I thought they did a strangely excellent job of emphasizing the fact that the Transformers are aliens in the movie. Optimus Primes frustration with the kid while he's looking for the glasses played pretty much the same way - "Good boy, get the glasses! No, the Glasses! :D
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From:solan_t
Date:August 10th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Which would totally explain the presence of Mojo. LOL The size difference is about the same, too.
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From:solan_t
Date:August 10th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
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But I would say they teeter-tottered a bit on making the transformers alien. Did you notice that OP had representations of eyelids that formed expressions?
From:the_themiscyran
Date:August 10th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
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I was thinking more of their attitudes than their appearance. But then, their design bugged me a bit anyway. I remember being able to tell what-went-where when they transformed in the cartoon, which was largely due to the simplicity of the illustrations, but the movie versions had so many extra bits that their transformations actually seemed less mechanical and more like 'magic'.

And OP needs to not give speeches. Ever. I realize he did this in the cartoon, but every time he did it in the film, all of the reality that they had managed to sell me went right out the window. Too cheesy!

Overall though, I actually liked it, which I hadn't expected. So I give general kudos to the cast and crew for their accomplishments.
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From:solan_t
Date:August 10th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
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Worse yet, the reason you could tell what-went-where was because the cartoons were really long commercials for the TOYS, which had certain physical limitations on transformations.


But yeah, the movie transformations (especially the cube, really) had more 'magic' and less 'physics' to them. But that's the movies for ya, isn't it?
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