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Transformers Animated.

May 23rd, 2008 (02:37 pm)

I remember about this time last year there were the beginnings of a whisper on the internet about a new Transformers animated series to coincide with the hotly anticipated (or dreaded, as was the case then) release of Michael Bay's Transformers Motion Picture. I recall that first promotional image of a new very angular and comically proportioned Optimus Prime with the CN logo. I must confess, I had my doubts just as many other Transformers fans did.

It is the year 2008.

Transformers Animated has since plowed through nearly two whole seasons worth of episodes on Cartoon Network. Spoilers have been leaking all over the internet featuring images and video clips of the remaining season 2 episodes and finale. Including a major revelation regarding the series' primary human protagonist...

A decent show. Very well executed. Put together by the people behind Teen Titans, Transformers Animated excels in every area Teen Titans lacked. Well... all except music. The soundtrack is still just as unmemorable and indistinct as it's predecessor. In fact, I'd go as far to say that it's a notch below that of Teen Titans, as Titans had an amazingly catchy original theme song by Puffy Ami Yumi, whereas TF:Animated's tired downbeat rehash of the original Transformers' theme is best Tivo'd out.

But in the end, the true brilliance of Transformers Animated is not the cartoon at all.

It's all about those wonderful toys.

Faithful in their shared design with their animated counterparts to an until now unprecedented degree, These toys are amazing. The link above features a series of pictures taken of the TF: Animated Prowl figure. All of the poses you see the figures in were captured without the need of additional support for the figures.

They kneel. They handstand. They high kick on one leg.
All under their own balance.

Well, I'm pretty sure I'm preaching to the choir here by writing this little love letter to Hasbro/Cartoon Network and all the artists and designers responsible for this product line here on my little Livejournal for all of my friends to see... but it had to be said.

I love you, Transformers Animated.


Please, don't fizzle and die with a billion unresolved plotlines like Teen Titans did.
Also, please don't go on a year long sabbatical between mid-season "movie events" like Avatar: The Last Airbender does, either.

For you, TF: Animated, I wish only the best.

Signed, uhhh....


Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: May 24th, 2008 08:52 am (UTC)

This was a well written and considered piece, filled with love, and I agree with everything you said. You should put this on your BLOG.

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