I know that I am not the only person starting to feel the excitement surrounding the sneak peeks for Transformers Prime that Hasbro has been sprinkling around the net.
While I’ve read some criticism over animation quality, I really must dismiss it all. To me, the CG looks incredibly fluid and the cinematography appears to be meticulously planned out making for some spectacular scenes. We are even going to be treated to new epic movie-verse style music and quality voice-acting from our own Peter Cullen and newcomer The Rock! The storyline does seems a bit abrupt as we now have an entirely new reboot that appears to be loosely based on the movie universe, yet definitely its very own and separate entity.
Personally this feels like a slam dunk, whereas Animated was by far one of the great Transformer stories and series, it was a victim of bad-timing. Following a massively successful movie that re-spawned interest in the franchise, new young fans were most likely confused by Transformers Animated being so incredibly detached from the movie they just fell in love with. I exemplify the Star Wars Clone Wars movie and subsequent series: This was a movie that kids loved and could then follow the post-movie story in a televised episodic saga. That is what I expected Transformers to do following the movie and apparently the gears were already in motion for Transformers Animated before the live-action film was completed. Now that Hasbro’s long-term game plan for Transformers appears to be established, we can expect a more holistic and consistent approach to its development.
Transformers Prime will help hold onto the momentum generated from the live-action films due to the stylistic similarities between it and the live-action movies. Although I feel it would’ve been even more effective if the series was literally stand-alone episodes positioned in between the movies, this story line looks like it will at least keep people interested. Long-time fans of Transformers have seen reboot after reboot though, so let’s hope that Transformers Prime at least takes that into account and provides a new take on the traditional sense of discovery for the introduction of our beloved bots.
For now, check out The Hub’s Youtube channel where they are posting some clips for all of their upcoming shows.