Need help finding the title of anime or cartoon movie or series, from the late 80s or early 90s.

All I remember is that it was about a giant spaceship that could transform into a humanoid robot form.

One of the episodes or part of the movie was about a baby boy who aged over night into an adult. Even after ageing or growing up he behaved like a newborn.

  • Can you remember anything else about this that you can edit in? Any detail can help us identify this for you.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 13:40
  • 2
    Giant spaceship robot --> The SDF 1 comes to mind, but I don't remember Macross (or the Robotech series patchwork) featuring any episode like the one you describe.
    – SPArcheon
    Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 14:02
  • Slightly reminiscent of Megas XLR, but the date is wrong and I don't remember the episode described.
    – iayork
    Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 14:34
  • 1
    After googling images of Robotech I think it could be it. The spaceship looks like the one from my memories. Couldn't find the plot with the baby in the series summaries. I'll try watching it, maybe that refreshes my mind.
    – Demiurg
    Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 15:17
  • 1
    Doesn't involve a robot ship, but the boy-aged-to-adult plot is in the pilot episode of Thundercats. Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 16:04

3 Answers 3


This is a long shot but it's possible you're conflating two different animated series, which I recall often aired together around that time period in the US. (though you didn't say where you saw this) This was suggested in comments by SPArchaeologist and MarbleMunkey.


Within the combined and edited story, Robotechnology refers to the scientific advances discovered in an alien starship that crashed on a South Pacific island. With this technology, Earth developed giant robotic machines or mecha (many of which were capable of transforming into vehicles) to fight three successive extraterrestrial invasions.

Source: Wikipedia, Robotech (TV Series)

Specifically the SDF-1 Macross can transform between spaceship and giant robot form.


The first episode featured something like "a baby boy who aged over night into an adult".

...Lion-O is now a grown-up ThunderCat. His sleep-chamber was damaged and his body grew many years older while the others remained in suspended animation. He is now no longer a Thunderkitten ...despite still having the mind of a child and lacking the experiences that would make him a good leader.

Source: Thundercats wiki, Exodus

An infant version of Lion-O was also featured in the episode "Time Switch". (and also in the 2011 remake of Thundercats)

Both series originally aired in 1985. In 1998 Thundercats and Robotech aired as part of the same lineup on Toonami (Cartoon Network). Here's a promo. Even if you didn't see it on this channel, it's very possible you would have seen them together.


The answer is Space Firebird aka Hi no tori 2772: Ai no cosmozone. See https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0079293/

There are some other related works anime, manga, games related to this title, most notably the 2004 tv series remake.

The beginning of the movie shows the main character, Godo, growing from an embryo to a child in an incubator in a timelapse fashion as Op remembers. Also the humanoid robot and Godo's nurse, Olga can transform into a car and even into a spaceship

The imdb page contains many screenshots from the movie, also there's this youtube trailer

  • 1
    Hi, welcome to SF&F. You could improve your answer by directly including some relevant pictures to make it easier for the person who asked the question to recognize this.
    – DavidW
    Commented Sep 3, 2023 at 1:14

There were a number of early anime that meet your criteria, but I have a sneaking suspicion the "mech" you speak of here was the Ramrod Unit. Does this look like the Mech in question?

enter image description here

And was this its vehicle form?

enter image description here

If so, then what you are thinking of is Saber Rider & the Star Sheriffs a mid 80s, 1 season anime. However, you could also be thinking of either Mobile Suit Gundam or one of its later versions, or one of the various Voltron incarnations.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.