I CAN'T answer the question you asked because I didn't see the original (although I was a fan of the cartoons) and I know you told people like me not to answer but I just want to say something. The new Transformers was a good movie, I did really enjoy it, but that being said I had a hard time watching it. They never really focused in well on the robots, the fight scenes were a tease, you knew who was fighting but not what was happening. I like action flicks, and while this was an action movie I felt like it got most of it's feel from the camera's movements and NOT the movie itself. I felt like some scenes were so rushed that you could barely comprehend them while other scenes (looking for the glasses in the bedroom for instance) took too long and we really wouldn't have missed 30 seconds of that if it were cut short. I'm with you on the whole "Transformers as supporting characters" thing, I got the same impression. I'm all for pretty girls and the human element but even that was lacking at times. A good rental, I'd probably be annoyed at myself if I hadn't seen it once on the big screen, but not worth the price of another theater ticket in my opinion.