When I opened an email about a “Transformers cosplay fan film”, I feared the worst. A CG-filled compilation of cringe, with bad Stan Bush covers.

Nope. Turned out it was the opposite. GENERATION 1 is the perfect celebration of a corny cartoon, it’s giant heads and emphatic gestures nailing the goofy tone of the original series while still looking impressive (in a Japanese Godzilla movie kinda way) thanks to a bunch of dedicated effects like RC vehicles, hand-drawn laser blasts and a practical Ark.

If this was an 11-minute show that aired at midnight on Tuesdays on Adult Swim, I would watch every damn episode.

The creators were kind enough to also include some video and shots from the production of the film, showing how they pulled off some of the practical shots: