I watched and recorded the movie pilot of the newest Transformers series Animated and it blew me away because this was a combination of the original G1, Beast Wars, and the live-action movie rolled up in one. This could have fit in between G1 and Beast Wars easily or this could be like a sequel to the live-action film. The theme of this pilot movie is what it means to be a hero as this resonated with all of the characters. I was afraid of the premiere in that it would suck, but it didn’t and exceeded most of our expectations.
The first third of the movie took place in outer space when we see the Autobots originally as a repair crew that consisted of the novice, but courageous Optimus Prime,
the grumpy war veteran Ratchet, the biggest clumsy Bulkhead, the silent, independent loner Prowl, and the youngest, but jovial Bumblebee. Already these characters have come to life. They get action when Megatron attacks their ship, but not before Starscream plants a bomb on his back. It ended with the Autobots and Megatron
crash landing on Earth while the Decepticons escape in the pod leaving Starscream alone. Speaking of Starscream, his voice is very similar to the original G1 Starscream’s and that’s a great thing for the fans.
The second third of the film has the Autobots awakened in Detroit 50 years later while the city has become futuristic thanks to Dr. Sumdac and his robotic empire. An
organic being fused with circuitry attacks the city and the Autobots get new vehicles to transform into to blend in and deal with the menace. This is also where we meet
Dr. Sumdac’s daughter, Sari, who is not as annoying as Kicker from Energon, but is spunky and energetic like Lois Lane. I’ll admit, she’s very cute. After defeating the
organic creature, the Autobots have been welcomed to the city while Starscream learns of their location as well as the Allspark’s.
The final third of the film has the Autobots fighting Starscream, who took no prisoners and shown no mercy in harming the humans to get whatever he wants, which is
the Allspark. He has put the original Starscream to shame. The climax has Optimus Prime battling Starscream over the Allspark which starts off the entire series with a
huge bang in Star Wars-style. The Autobots and Sari have formed a great relationship while we see Megatron in the end lying in wait.
Wow!! What a great way to begin the series with a pilot movie. There are other human characters, including the cop who hates machines. He serves as foil to them.
After a disastrous last couple of series, except for Armada, we are left with a series to give us a clear and thoughtful direction while attracting new generations of Transformers fans. Sure, it has Teen Titans and anime influence, but there are nods to the past such as the original transformation sound. Hopefully, with the success of the live-action movie, Cartoon Network should push behind this series that they could not with Energon and Cybertron. I will say this in finale – welcome, Transformers Animated!!! You have truly arrived.
This is my greatest Christmas gift ever, even if it’s a day after Christmas.