With immense 3D projections towering up to 60 feet tall depicting the much-beloved Autobots and Decepticons in an impressive 6-minute battle that puts humans at the center of the action, Transformers: The Ride 3D is an astounding feat of high-tech wizardry building upon tried and true attractions of the past and improving them for today’s demanding audiences.
When Universal Studios Hollywood grand opened Transformers: The Ride 3D last week, fans, celebrities, and a crowd of media flocked to the latest installment in the ever-growing battle for theme park attention. On hand amidst the spectacle were some of the many talented people who worked for the past four years to create the immersive experience, each happy to discuss their involvement in the ride.
Most notably connected to the early days of the “Transformers” franchise, actors Peter Cullen and Frank Welker walked the red carpet, best known to fans as the voices of the main hero and villain of the new attraction, Optimus Prime and Megatron. Also in attendance was Dustin Leighton, a fan of the series since he was a kid, now voicing the newest Autobot named Evac, the robot character that literally takes guests through the ride while “in disguise” as a 12-passenger vehicle.
In the video interviews below, Leighton and Welker weigh in with their thoughts on the importance of the first-ever ride to be created in the many decades “Transformers” has been around, while Cullen, in a hurry to find a spot to watch the grand opening ceremony, offers just two iconic words that say everything about his famous role.
Video: “Transformers: The Ride 3D” voice actors Dustin Leighton (Evac), Frank Welker (Megatron), Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime)
In advance of last week’s official unveiling of the attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood released a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Transformers: The Ride 3D. But there is even more than meets the eye when it comes to Transformers: The Ride 3D.
Universal Studios worked with famed Hollywood effects house Industrial Light and Magic to create the immersive 3D visuals that comprise the majority of the ride’s entertainment, displayed in front of, above, and wrapping around guests as they are rapidly pulled from scene to scene.
In the video below, show producer Chick Russell and ILM visual effects supervisor Jeff White speak about how the jump was made from the “Transformers” movies to the new ride and how they were able to create such realism on an attraction that focuses mainly on screen projections.