After the financial success of last summer's live-action-and-CGI Transformers
film directed by Michael Bay, there were two guarantees: one was that the studio would green-light the film sequel (and they have; the second film is planned to be in theaters for Summer 2009), and the other was that it would lead to a new animated incarnation of the classic cartoon robots. And it did
, with license-owner Hasbro working with The Cartoon Network to bring out Transformers: Animated
. The cartoon was actually being planned beforehand, but the cartoon's debut ended up getting tied in with the film's success.
The new animated series even picked up on one aspect of the events from that film, with Autobots and Decepticons continuing to battle over possession of the AllSpark (although it doesn't look the same). In the new series (including episodes yet to air), look for new - and old - characters, both robotic and human. The voice cast of the Cartoon Network series includes David Kaye as Optimus Prime (Kaye voiced Megatron or Galvatron in Beast Wars Transformers, Transformers: Armada, Transformers: Energon
and Transformers: Cybertron
), Corey Burton as both Megatron and Ratchet (Burton voiced Spike Witwicky in the original "G1" Transformers
), Susan Blu (returning to the role of Arcee after originating it in the 1984 animated movie), John Moschitta (similarly returning to the role of Blurr), 'Weird Al' Yankovic voicing Wreck-Gar (Yankovic did not voice Wreck-Gar in the 1984 animated film, but did provide the song "Dare To Be Stupid"), Cree Summer (of A Different World
) as Blackarachnia and Tom Kenny (Spongebob Squarepants
) as both Prof. Isaac Sumdac and Starscream. Not all of these voice actors have had their episodes air yet, but they're coming!
As with two previous Cartoon Network-aired series (Transformers: Energon
and Transformers: Cybertron
), the DVD home video rights for Transformers: Animated
belong to Paramount Home Entertainment (due to their 2004 deal with Hasbro
). This morning, Paramount announced the first DVD release for this series due on June 17th
. They did not give a proper title other than "The Movie," but indications are that this will be the first triple-length intro story officially titled "Transformers: Animated - Transform and Roll Out!
There is VERY limited early information right now, only consisting of "full screen video," "English Stereo audio" and a running time of 1 hour 10 minutes (70 minutes). The only other item in the announcement is the studio description, shown below. Stay tuned for cover art, pricing, and any further updates we get about the content!
A ragtag group of AUTOBOTS led by OPTIMUS PRIME are in a remote sector of CYBERTRON cleaning space bridges when they stumble upon the most import artifact in TRANSFORMERS history; the ALLSPARK! The DECEPTICONS who are only scary myths for many AUTOBOTS are in hot pursuit of the ALLSPARK; now this new band of AUTOBOTS must fight for their lives and the future of CYBERTRON. The AUTOBOTS are able to escape the DECEPTICONS and crash land on an unknown planet called Earth. They land in Lake Erie and remain in stasis for 50 years. Meanwhile, MEGATRON, sabotaged by STARSCREAM lost the ALLSPARK and fell to Earth in scattered pieces. A young scientist named Isaac Sumdac discovers him and uses his technology to create the modern robotics industry in Detroit. The AUTOBOTS awaken from stasis, during an emergency. Deciding to help the new organic life forms, they convert into emergency vehicles and fight off a scary creature. Unable to stay in disguise they change into their robot forms able to save the day! In doing so, they become new celebrities and heroes to the humans. OPTIMUS PRIME and his band of AUTOBOTS make Detroit their adopted home and vow to protect the ALLSPARK and Earth from the DECEPTICONS and anyone else who try and cause chaos. MEGATRON comes online during all of the commotion and discovers his headless body in Isaac's lab! AUTOBOTS hold the key to his rise and eventual rule of the universe!