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Transformers Animated:  Transform and Roll Out (Paramount DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Episodes: C



New to television and DVD is Transformers Animated: Transform and Roll Out.  The series follows the same basic premise as the previous Transformers television series, toy line, and recent film (reviewed elsewhere on this site).  It is the Autobots pitted against Decepticons.  It is the 22nd Century, Detroit and Optimus Prime along with his Autobot band of heroes fight the evils that lurk around every corner of Detroit as the technically inundated city becomes a hub for all things evil and criminal.  As the Autobots setout on their mission to help the organic beings known as ‘humans’ they concurrently must be on the lookout for the horribly evil Decepticons.  It is the same old story of Good vs. Evil…but with a splash of new and exciting.


This reviewer has always liked the Transformers series in both animated and live-action form, but this new series just feels a tad fabricated.  As the series is deliberately infused with elements such as a bright/stream lined art style, as well as an anime edge to separate it from the older series and film, it just feels too convenient that the series is out now and is taking advantage of the Transformers new high.  The series is most definitely fun and entertaining; something that younger audiences will certainly enjoy, but this reviewer could do without.


The technical features on this 1-disc set won’t transform you in any way, but are adequate nevertheless.  The picture is presented in a disappointing 1.33 X 1 full screen that is crisp, bright and colorful but most definitely would have looked better in an anamorphic widescreen.  The sound quality is also well balanced in its Dolby Digital Stereo but lacks a certain degree of ‘pop’ that is necessary for a mega-charged robot such as this.  The extras are few and unimpressive, offering fans 2 additional Transformer Animated Shorts that are just ok.


Overall, Transformers Animated is a nice series that can keep most Transformer/Anime/Cartoon fans entertained for a while, but is definitely geared toward a younger audience with its simplistic storylines and animation style.  Worth a look for fans, but don’t expect much.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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