Yep, I am a child of the 80s. I roller skated, I wore jelly shoes, I wanted to be a Goonie, and I watched the Transformers cartoons every day after school. I remember playing Transformers with my friends, and by playing, I don’t mean with the figures. I mean we would pretend to be the Autobots and Decepticons battling across Earth (and making those ch-ch-ch-ch noises when we “transformed” into cars and planes). My favourite character to play was Bumblebee, and I remember arm wrestling Glorita who lived next door for that privilege.
So there was a lot of nostalgia when I heard that the Cartoon Network would be rebooting the series in 2007. I caught a few episodes here and there, but I never watched the whole thing. That’s why I was pretty excited to find out that Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, had recently released Transformers Animated: The Complete Series on DVD.
“Trapped on Earth, far from home and living in disguise, the brave Autobots must protect the ancient, all-powerful AllSpark from getting into the hands of the malevolent Decepticons. As if their task weren’t difficult enough, the team — led by the honor-bound Optimus Prime and including Bulkhead, Prowl, Ratchet and Bumblebee — must also protect Earth from its own nefarious super villains! Can this mere maintenance team live up to the highest standard of what it truly means to be Autobots?”
Transformers Animated is definitely inspired by and pays homage to the original classic G1 Transformers cartoon. My favourite characters from my childhood, Bumblebee and Soundwave, are still here but reimagined and updated in this new series (I mean, what would you do with a cassette player these days?). As much as the original series marks my childhood, I can admit that Transformers: Animated is a lot better in terms of animation and story development.
The 6-disc set features all 3 seasons and 42 episodes plus audio commentaries from writer Marty Isenberg, director Matt Youngberg, voice director/voice of “ARCEE” Susan Blu, voice of “Optimus Prime” David Kaye, and character designer/art director Derrick Wyatt.
If you haven’t seen this series yet, you really should. Whether reliving childhood memories or discovering the series for the first time, this collectible DVD set is a must-have for collectors and fans. Pick yours up at Amazon.com or Amazon.ca.
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