A small planet glows in the light of its sun.
Suddenly, we hear a loud rumble, and see a thick, electronic
mist behind the planet...
Then, the electronic mist begins to engulf the planet, and we
hear the horrible sounds of destruction.
Almost like somebody, or something, is eating it.
PUSH DOWN TO:
EXT. THE NEAR SIDE OF THE PLANET'S SURFACE
Strange robotic creatures scramble around the planet in a wild panic.
It looks like Pompeii must have looked as Vesuvius erupted.
ANGLE ON ONE OF THE CREATURES - TRACKING
The creature is KRANIX. We will meet him later on
in a very different context, but for now, he is
running from the ever-growing mist that threatens to
ANOTHER ANGLE - THE PANIC
As Kranix runs, another creature, ARBLUS, calls to him.
Transform and flee, Kranix! You must warn
all you meet of the horror of Unicron!
Suddenly, the pitiful creature is surrounded by the strange
energy cloud and it looks like his body has simultaneously caught
fire and been doused with acid.
ANGLE ON KRANIX:
The mist threatens to engulf him too.
He transforms into a small rocket ship and...
TRACK WITH KRANIX AS...
He takes off.
As we rise higher and higher in the atmosphere, we see the horror
wrought by the hideous and still mysterious Unicron.
The planet cracks like an egg and rivers of lava leak out.
The energy cloud surrounds it and...
... And when the smoke clears, we get our first look at Unicron.
It is horrifying.
A massive, metal orb with a gaping maw and a field of electricity.
PAN FORWARD to SHOW that this hideous planet is on a direct
collision course with...
MOONS ORBITING CYBERTRON IN DEEP SPACE
There are TWO MECHANISTIC MOONS orbiting the huge planet Cybertron.
But we are most concerned with a small, greenish metal one.
It is the year 2005. The treacherous Decepticons have
conquered the Autobots' home planet of Cybertron. But
from secret staging grounds on two of Cybertron's moons
the valiant Autobots prepare to retake their homeland.
CLOSER ON GREEN MOON
At first, we see nothing unusual or suspicious. Then, pulling
closer, we see that the top of the moon is covered with moon
camouflage "netting" and underneath it is a huge cache of
This is the Autobot staging ground for an assault on Cybertron.
DOLLY THROUGH THE COMPLEX until we arrive at a Command Center
where several Autobots peer into monitors, running constant
surveillance on Cybertron.
ANGLE ON IRONHIDE
He peers into a monitor.
As he speaks, we see the monitor PAN to an area where a huge
Decepticon Symbol is emblazoned on Cybertron.
Every time I look into this thing, my
circuits sizzle. I'm tired of this waiting
game, Prime. When are we gonna start bustin'
ANGLE ON OPTIMUS PRIME
He stands over a holographic map which shows various invasion
plans for Cybertron.
We still don't have enough Energon cubes to power a
full scale assault, Ironhide.
Then let me make another run to Autobot City
on Earth. I'll bring you back more cubes than
you'll know what to do with.
ANGLE ON PRIME:
He solemnly hands down an order
Alright, ready the shuttle for launch.
ANGLE ON IRONHIDE
He raises a fist in a warwhoop!
(looking into monitor)
Your days are numbered now Decepticreeps.
A SMALL MOON "MOUNTAIN"
Ironhide transforms and Races toward a mountain, which stands
about a half mile from the secret Autobot facility.