When I was a kid Transformers was one of these Saturday morning cartoons I watched faithfully, but I never saw the movie. Man did I miss out. This is like Transformers meets Galactus, with a heavy dose of space opera. The movie is like one big, long action sequence, beautifully animated (and still looking good, even compared to modern stuff). The plot is on one hand rather simple (good vs evil Vs world-sized evil), but compared to what I remember from the TV series the execution feels much more sophisticated. It’s also much more violent, every moment seems to see someone crashed or ripped apart.
There might not be much intellectual merit to it, but on a pure visceral level it packs quite a punch.