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Back when Star Wars Episode 1-3 were being made, die-hard fans (read: geeks) were dressing up like their favorite Tatooine character, and making elaborate home-made movies that put themselves in the action. Well, it looks like the upcoming Transformers movie has reached another level of popularity, as shorts are now being made from the comforts of some fans' (or their parents') basements.

30-year-old newbie filmmaker Ruben Martinez made a very well produced and written stop-motion Transformers movie that he's showing on YouTube, and we can honestly say we're quite impressed. The production was created using a few TF toys, a Logitech web cam, and some free stop-motion software. The end result is a clever four minute clip with some genuine Transformers comedy, and interaction reminiscent of the old cartoon. Ruben even has a MySpace page dedicated to his favorite toy. He says he's planning on doing more movies, too. We're looking forward to seeing what else he comes up with. Follow the jump to see his first effort.

We're still a few weeks shy of the premiere of Transformers, and our favorite robots are everywhere, from Autoblog to YouTube to MySpace, where you'll find a cover of the Transformers theme song from the movie soundtrack by Mute Math.

[Source: YouTube]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      why does every one complain about every TF blog... Its car related and its cool. Leave it be!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ha! That was pretty good. Transformers Alternators was a good choice, nice way too keep it fresh, Prowl as a RSX police car was pretty funny to see.
      • 7 Years Ago
      G'day from Autralia, Chris,

      Nice offbeat post - it's always good to get a weekend surprise like this one on Autoblog.

      It'll have a wide interest scope, too.

      Cheers

      David McMahon
      • 7 Years Ago
      #2 Does this mean we'll be reading more about "Herbie :Fully Loaded"?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oh yeah. Wall-to-wall.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like Autoblog, and it is part of my regular reading. I don't begrudge a blog making money, but the incessant Dreamworks plugs are getting annoying, and it makes me wonder what other vendors are being plugged in perhaps more subtle ways on this site...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Mo Beta,

        There's no stealth plugging going on here, nor is Dreamworks (or Paramount, or anyone else) paying us to plug the movie. We're into this TF thing, and so we write about it. And on top of it, it's the weekend. Lighten up -- there's nothing sketchy going on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That was extremely well done and very entertaining! :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Overall a great stop motion piece, but the voices sounded like they were recorded using a "My First Sony" cassette recorder from 1983, which would be fitting I guess...
      • 7 Years Ago
      keep it goin' autoblog, pay no attention to the naysayers. your still my favorite place to waste time.

      rj heijmen
      • 7 Years Ago
      Okay, I get that Sunday is a slow day on Autoblog, but the already thinly stretched auto tie-in with the Transformers thing has snapped. Time to put away the little robots.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think this is awesome! Great find for people who have lives to live! ;)
      (Not like I have the time to find this..)