Eh. Didnt they use storylines from the cartoon?
Plus, you keep forgetting something....kids dont give a **** about the old Transformers. They need goofy characters to keep them intrested. And so Bay does this well enough.
They are kids movies, after all.
And TBH the cartoons are pretty boring. The designs are meh too. I never liked Transformers. Even as a kid, I thought they were lame looking. Beast Wars was my ****.