TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: SEASON ONE
Reviewed by: Donny Broussard
What's it about
The Autobots are stranded on Earth, hanging out in Detroit, and doing their best to keep the Allspark away from the Decepticons.
Is it good movie?
TRANSFORMERS: ANIMATED originally aired on the Cartoon Network, and came hot off the heels of the success of the feature film. This series is definitely not aimed at fans of the original series, but it doesn't completely abandon those fans either. The core story is there, the Autobots find the Allspark and become stranded on Earth, where they constantly fight to keep the Allspark away from the evil Decepticons.
Purists might find problems with this version of the franchise. Gone are the boxy robots that those of us now well over thirty remember, and in their place are the sleek anime style robots that populate children's cartoons like TEEN TITANS, and BEN 10. Also, Optimus Prime isn't as tough and all-knowing as he was in the original cartoon. Here he's sorta wet behind the ears, and doesn't always know what it is he's supposed to be doing. He sorta wings it here, whereas in the original he was a bad-ass that knew exactly what to do at any given moment. Another thing that stuck out for me was the fact that Prime spoke without the commanding voice we've all come to know and love. He now talks like a normal person, and for me that was extremely distracting. The Autobots also fight other villains besides the Decepticons. This was pretty cool and at times made the Autobots seem like a metal version of the Justice League.
Personally, I was able to put aside my fanboy spectacles, and look at this series with an open mind. And to my surprise it was pretty good. Sure it looks different, feels different, and for the most part is different, but the characters we know and love are all there, and so is the story for the most part. The filmmakers obviously created this series for the youth of today, but they didn't completely forget about the youth of yesterday either. There's plenty of action and adventure for anyone that enjoys cartoons like this, and after an episode or two it's easy to get caught up in the world of these new Autobots as they "transform and roll out."
Video / Audio
Video: Looked good for what it is, a cartoon made for television.
Audio: Came in loud and clear!
The only extra to speak of on this disc is a photo gallery that gives fans of the series a peek at Season Two. There are a few cool character designs and other goodies in here, but still pretty weak as far as extras go.
I went into this flick with an open mind, and had a good time. If your a fan of the original, then do your best to put aside your fanboy/girl opinions about what it should be and just enjoy it for what it is, a modern version of a classic cartoon aimed at today's youth market.