We all did it as kids, now's your chance to put words into Optimus Prime's mouth!!!
Published at: Oct. 2, 2006, 1:29 p.m. CST by quint
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Now studios always run some sort of contest to raise awareness for their flicks, especially their big tentpole pictures. It's no surprise that Paramount is rolling out a TRANSFORMERS contest, but what I like about this one is that it's not only creative, but it's cool as shit. This isn't a "win two tickets to the Hollywood premiere" or "win a $250 Best Buy Shopping Spree" or some other crap. Peter Cullen announced this at Botcon and now the official site is ready. The prize of the contest is an ultimate geek badge of honor, getting to put words into Optimus Prime's mouth.
Peter Cullen, as Optimus, will voice the top 10 entries, picked by the entrants and, ultimately, the TRANSFORMERS movie creative team. The best will be picked for inclusion into the film itself and the 9 runners up get the Cullen treatment, which will be posted on the official website.
Now this is a good chance to put your money where your mouth is. I've read that crappy pre-shooting script draft that leaked out just the same as you guys. Is there something missing there? Of course there is... Tons was wrong with that draft. I've heard it's changed radically and for the better, but I haven't seen that draft myself, so I can't say for sure. However, I do know that I'd love for this to turn into a sort of fan movement demanding some classic Prime lines be included. I mean, the filmmakers are going to pay attention to this. It'll be hard for them to ignore a mountain of suggestions that'll keep the character closer to what we all know and love.
I'm sure we're going to see tons of smart ass entries, which is fine. I'm looking forward to hearing some of the most raw and wrong, actually. This is, however, a chance to effect change, even if it's just one line, in a major geek property. Below you'll find the entry form. You can also find it on transformersmovie.com. Good luck!