transformers: the ride

There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who love Michael Bay’s Transformer movies, and dirty fucking liars.  The Transformers trilogy are simply bad movies. It’s my belief that anyone who truly likes these films are lying to themselves. If you’re a fan, I’m sorry if I have offended you, but it infuriates me at how horrible movies become so popular (*cough* Twilight).  I welcome you to leave comments telling me how wrong I am.

Anyhow, I’m not here to shake fists and insult anyone’s taste in movies. Too late, right? Whether you love or hate Bay-formers, I think we can all admit that the films delivered some epic action. Each film was a cinematic thrill ride. The franchise easily lends itself for good theme park material.

As you may have heard, the Transformers are coming to Universal Studios Hollywood. Transformers: The Ride, will have its grand opening on May 25th 2012. Universal has just released a three minute behind the scenes featurette showing the development and construction of this new theme park attraction. Check out the clip below:

OK, so it wasn’t so much a ‘making of’ as much as it was just a dude talking about how great the ride is.

My bud Peter Sciretta from slashfilm got invited to a special technical rehearsal of the ride. Here’s a few excerpts from his play-by-play:

The ride introduces us to EVAC (our ride vehicle), an Autobot from the cartoons and toy series, that has been fully realized by ILM in in the style of the Michael Bay trilogy.

The ride places you in the middle of a fight between the Autobots and Decepticons, who are trying to steal a shard of the AllSpark. You experience this city assault from every level, from the streets, from inside a skyscrapers, in a underground subway tunnel and more. You’ll feel completely immersed in the action, and the ride is so cleverly designed that the transitions from scene to scene will make you believe that you’re not just watching 3D projections, but are somehow traveling through a city warzone. It feels much more impressive than Islands’ Spidey Ride as the characters, while still completely computer generated, feel more reality-based than the heavily cartoon-stylized Marvel villains.

The ride features the complete line of 4D effects you would expect, heat, fire, water, fog and smoke. The fire/heat effect is my favorite moment from the attraction as it translates Michael Bay’s style to a real life experience, complete with an ultra slow motion effect you’ve seen in the movies, and which shouldn’t work in reality — but somehow feels real in the moment.

While I hate the Transformers movies, even I have to admit at how fun this ride looks. And W00t to Peter Cullen!

As the grand opening approaches, the news flies at you fast and furious with explosions and slow motion pans… Sorry, just felt I had to Micheal Bay it up a little since we are talking about Transformers: The Ride.

Yes, we’ve seen some clips and photos before, however now we have more clips to look, but these are from inside the ride itself, that has to count for something. Right?

First, a rather long but good montage of news pieces on the attraction.

More videos after the jump.


We’ve got our very first look at the upcoming Transformers ride for Universal Studios! Transformers: The Ride will be a 3D experience that will open at Universal Studios Singapore in December 2011 and Universal Studios Hollywood in Spring 2012. I’d definitely check this out in a heartbeat if I was anywhere near Singapore or Hollywood, but, alas…

The two pictures above show the orientation room and the All-Spark Vault at Universal Studios.

According to Thierry Coup, the creative director behind the ride:

“The technology at TRANSFORMERS The Ride is something the world has never experienced before in an attraction. The motion base simulator system integrated into the ride vehicle is state-of-the-art, together with ILM photo-realistic 3-D projections, will create an experience that is going to be a thrilling breakthrough in ride experience.”

And, below, we’ve got a teaser video for the ride as well as an introduction video.