Transformers: The Animated Series

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An extremely successful toy line in the ’80s, The Transformers used to take Saturday mornings by storm in their TV series. The show follows the adventures of giant transforming robots, the ever-vigilant Autobots and the dastardly Decepticons.

The Autobots try their best to defend Earth, while the Decepticons take any and every opportunity to try and conquer it. Lead by the maniacal Megatron, the Decepticons do just about everything from hijacking oil rigs to kidnapping scientists and forcing them to make weapons of mass destruction — the plots are truly ahead of their time.

The premise of the show might sound silly and outlandish, but Transformers had a legion of faithful fans, who not only watched the show, but bought the comic and of course the action figures. But there’s more to the show than meets the eye. For one, there is always a message in each episode, whether about teamwork or admitting your mistakes. Besides, the voice-over is brilliant. Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime is simply the best, and he will be reprising his role in the upcoming Transformers movie. Frank Welker voices the evil Megatron, making him sound very vicious, but at the same time, with a comical touch to his voice.

The first season comes with many special features, including a very interesting blooper reel highlighting animation mistakes within certain episodes. Also included are interviews with some of the show's writers who offer unique insight into the characters and the writing process. Go out and grab it now.
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