Re: Michael Bay out of the way!
The cartoon was cheesy.
So were the comics.
So are the movies, in a lot of ways.
The very idea of alien robots who happen to look like Earth vehicles before they've ever been to Earth is ridiculous. The very idea of alien robot warriors who disguise themselves as vehicles is pretty cheesy anyway you slice it. It's also cool.
Cheese isn't always a bad thing if it's cool enough. It depends on the execution.
Writer and Lyricist of GOTHAM'S KNIGHT: THE BATMAN MUSICAL
And if I'm right
The future's looking bright
A symbol in the skies at night