Wired Magazine: ‘subgenre known simply as “Michael Bay”‘
The July 2007 Wired Magazine feature Optimus Prime on the cover and an article on the Transformers film. It’s a very good and entertaining read.
Among the quotes:
“I knew there were fans….I didn’t know there were people who’d hunt you down. I urge them to watch the 1986 animated movie, go watch the cartoon. You’ll want to shoot yourself.”
“Then there’s the matter of matter. Bays says that weight-mass orthodoxy informed the decision to make Prime a hog-nosed semi instead of the flat-front model from the cartoon, which he says, would have yielded only a 23 feet of robot height. (He wanted Prime to stand at least 30 feet tall.)”
“Physics also informed the decision to make Megatron, originally a pistol, into a jet…”
“But other alterations were simply Bay’s prerogative. Optimus Prime now boast bright orange cholo flames and–much to fans’ horror–lips. ‘I’m the director. I make my own decisions. I like to paint the house green, even when everyone says it’s got to be white.”