Transformers: Age of Extinction is going to come out pretty soon, but before you go see the movie, I just want to ask a question: which of these Transformers mockbusters do you think is better: Transmorphers (2007) or the animated Gladiformers (2007)?
Shortly before the release of the first Transformers movie in 2007, the Asylum released a direct-to-DVD mockbuster called Transmorphers. A mockbuster, in general, is a film created with the purpose of capitalizing or piggy-backing on the popular publicity of an upcoming film by releasing it with a similar title or plot. Mockbusters are often made with lower budgets and were mostly direct-to-video releases. The Asylum's films are mostly mockbusters, with the exception of the notorious made-for-TV movie Sharknado (2013). The Asylum were also involved in a lawsuit with Warner Bros. Pictures in 2012 when a mockbuster of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, entitled Age of the Hobbits, was released; the use of Hobbits in any movie or TV show were trademarks of New Line Cinema (which Warner Bros. owns). After the Asylum lost money after the suit, the studio changed the film's name to Clash of the Empires.
Now, back to what I'm talking about. Transmorphers is centered around the story of aliens from another planet who have built robotic machines that were sent to Earth to battle humans.
Gladiformers, on the other hand, was a 2007 CGI-animated movie made by Brazilian animation studio Video Brinquedo. The studio makes low-budget direct-to-DVD releases and were notorious for making films that blatantly plagiarized films from studios like Pixar or Dreamworks. Their films were released with both Portuguese and English dubs, like Gladiformers. The movie is centered around transformable robots, commonly called the "God-bots", who fight each other in gladiatorial combat. The film had a rockin', guitar-oriented anime-style score, including, in the film's English dub, voice actors who worked with 4Kids, a company known for distributing animes like Pokémon or Yu-Gi-Oh! for American distribution.
If I could choose between the two mockbusters, than my decision would be Gladiformers because of its concept, use of 4Kids voice actors, and rockin' theme music.
Now, which would you choose? Feel free to comment for the sake of this article.