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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3
Plot:
In this new set of adventures the Autobots live on Earth and maintain their secret identity. They are joined by 3 teens as they battle the Decepticons.
Awards:
9 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Review Based on the whole Season 1 See more (23 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 25)

Peter Cullen ... Optimus Prime / ... (58 episodes, 2010-2013)

Sumalee Montano ... Arcee / ... (58 episodes, 2010-2013)

Jeffrey Combs ... Ratchet / ... (56 episodes, 2010-2013)

Frank Welker ... Megatron / ... (55 episodes, 2010-2013)

Kevin Michael Richardson ... Bulkhead / ... (55 episodes, 2010-2013)

Tania Gunadi ... Miko Nakadai (48 episodes, 2010-2013)

Josh Keaton ... Jack Darby / ... (45 episodes, 2010-2013)

Steve Blum ... Starscream / ... (44 episodes, 2010-2013)

Andy Pessoa ... Rafael 'Raf' Esquivel (43 episodes, 2010-2013)

Ernie Hudson ... Agent William Fowler (37 episodes, 2010-2013)

Daran Norris ... Knock Out / ... (30 episodes, 2011-2013)
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Series Directed by
David Hartman (62 episodes, 2010-2013)
Shaunt Nigoghossian (17 episodes, 2010-2013)
Vinton Heuck (16 episodes, 2010-2013)
Todd Waterman (14 episodes, 2010-2013)
Scooter Tidwell (7 episodes, 2012-2013)
 
Series Writing credits
Marsha F. Griffin (41 episodes, 2010-2013)
Steven Melching (40 episodes, 2010-2013)
Duane Capizzi (37 episodes, 2010-2013)
Nicole Dubuc (8 episodes, 2010-2012)
Joseph Kuhr (6 episodes, 2010-2012)
Mairghread Scott (5 episodes, 2011-2013)
Marty Isenberg (4 episodes, 2012)
David McDermott (4 episodes, 2012)
Robert N. Skir (3 episodes, 2012)
Mike Johnson (2 episodes, 2011-2012)

Series Produced by
Duane Capizzi .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (57 episodes, 2010-2013)
Jeff Kline .... executive producer / producer (57 episodes, 2010-2013)
Alex Kurtzman .... executive producer (57 episodes, 2010-2013)
Roberto Orci .... executive producer (57 episodes, 2010-2013)
Therese Trujillo .... animation producer (57 episodes, 2010-2013)
Mandy Safavi .... producer (49 episodes, 2010-2012)
Stephen Davis .... executive producer (27 episodes, 2010-2013)
Rafael Ruthchild .... producer (26 episodes, 2012)
Rafi Ruthchid .... producer (19 episodes, 2011-2012)
Steven Puri .... producer (5 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Original Music by
Brian Tyler (50 episodes, 2010-2013)
Matthew Margeson (21 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Film Editing by
Michael William Miles (64 episodes, 2010-2013)
 
Series Casting by
Lorena Gallego (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Jamie Simone (3 episodes, 2013)
 
Series Production Design by
Vince Toyama (26 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Art Direction by
David Hartman (44 episodes, 2010-2013)
José López (26 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Production Management
Mathias Dougherty .... production manager (57 episodes, 2010-2013)
Sonya Park .... production manager (23 episodes, 2010-2011)
Jeff Curtis .... production manager / production manager: Hasbro (11 episodes, 2011-2013)
Kathryn Page .... production manager (11 episodes, 2011)
Tomomi Watanabe .... production manager (11 episodes, 2011)
Mary Beth Bambridge .... production manager (10 episodes, 2011)
Sophia Hussain .... production manager (10 episodes, 2011)
Kazuhiro Suzuki .... production manager: Polygon Pictures (4 episodes, 2011-2013)
 
Series Art Department
Daniel Park .... prop design and color / prop designer (41 episodes, 2010-2012)
José López .... art director: characters and props (32 episodes, 2010-2013)
Christophe Vacher .... supervising color designer / visual effects art director (28 episodes, 2010-2012)
Augusto Barranco .... character design/prop design / character designer / ... (23 episodes, 2010-2012)
Walter Gatus .... character designer / prop design and color / ... (23 episodes, 2010-2012)
Christie Tseng .... prop design and color / storyboard artist / ... (23 episodes, 2010-2011)
Kirk Van Wormer .... storyboard artist (22 episodes, 2010-2013)
Vince Toyama .... background supervisor (21 episodes, 2010-2011)
Marcelo Bonifacio .... background designer (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Jevon Bue .... background designer (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Scott Fassett .... background painter (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Jason Park .... background designer (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Sam Montes .... storyboard artist: main title / storyboard artist / ... (18 episodes, 2010-2013)
Luke Berliner .... background painter (18 episodes, 2010-2011)
Julian Chaney .... storyboard revisionist (13 episodes, 2010-2011)
Stephanie Arnett .... storyboard revisionist / storyboard artist (12 episodes, 2010-2011)
Chris Copeland .... storyboard artist: main title / storyboard revisionist / ... (12 episodes, 2011-2013)
Sebastian Montes .... storyboard artist / storyboard artist: main title / ... (10 episodes, 2010-2011)
Dave Bullock .... storyboard artist (8 episodes, 2010-2011)
Byron Penaranda .... storyboard artist (8 episodes, 2010-2011)
Tomoaki Okada .... matte painter / art director: Polygon Pictures (7 episodes, 2011-2013)
Calvin Tsang .... storyboard revisionist / storyboard artist (5 episodes, 2010-2011)
Alan Caldwell .... storyboard artist / storyboard revisionist (4 episodes, 2010-2012)
Steve Gordon .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 2010-2011)
Tim Maltby .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 2010-2011)
Sahin Ersöz .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2010-2011)
Larry Leker .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2010)
Brandon McKinney .... storyboard artist / storyboard revisionist (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
Bryan Baugh .... storyboard artist / storyboard revisionist (3 episodes, 2011)
Shaunt Nigoghossian .... designer: main title / storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2011)
James Yang .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2010-2011)
Armen Mirzaian .... storyboard artist / storyboard revisionist (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
William Ruzicka .... storyboard revisionist (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
David Hartman .... designer: main title (2 episodes, 2011)
Tom Nesbitt .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2011)
Rafael Rosado .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Sound Department
Michael Beiriger .... re-recording mixer (60 episodes, 2010-2013)
Ray Leonard .... re-recording mixer (60 episodes, 2010-2013)
Roy Braverman .... foley editor / foley mixer (51 episodes, 2011-2013)
Robert Daniel Pratt .... digital audio transfer / digital audio transferer (49 episodes, 2010-2013)
J. Lampinen .... digital audio transfer / foley artist / ... (46 episodes, 2010-2013)
David W. Barr .... dialogue recording engineer / dialogue sound mixer / ... (45 episodes, 2010-2012)
Robbi Smith .... dialogue editor (41 episodes, 2011-2013)
Robert Poole II .... sound designer (38 episodes, 2010-2012)
Terry Reiff .... dialogue editor / editor (34 episodes, 2010-2013)
Robert Duran .... sound designer (34 episodes, 2012-2013)
Eric Lewis .... dialogue sound mixer / engineer / ... (28 episodes, 2010-2013)
Ryan Johnston .... assistant engineer (16 episodes, 2012-2013)
Elliot Anders .... dialogue editor (11 episodes, 2010-2012)
Mary Erstad .... foley mixer (10 episodes, 2010-2011)
Craig Ng .... foley artist (10 episodes, 2010-2011)
James Lafferty .... assistant engineer (7 episodes, 2011-2012)
Aldo Martinez .... assistant engineer (7 episodes, 2012)
Ernie Sheesley .... dialogue sound mixer (7 episodes, 2012)
Chris Eaton .... assistant engineer (3 episodes, 2012)
Suzanne Goldish .... dialogue editor (2 episodes, 2012)
Geneva Ip .... assistant engineer (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Special Effects by
Syuichi Kohno .... transformation supervisor: Polygon Pictures (8 episodes, 2010-2012)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Salvo Severino .... look development lead / look development artist: Polygon Pictures / ... (56 episodes, 2010-2013)
Rajdip Chakraborty .... lighting & compositing artist (26 episodes, 2010-2011)
Marc Keen .... compositing and lighting artist (26 episodes, 2010-2011)
Ruth Asensio .... previsualization artist (25 episodes, 2010-2011)
G.K. Raghunandan .... lighting & compositing artist (22 episodes, 2011-2012)
Shizuka Fukuda .... lighting/compositing (18 episodes, 2010-2011)
Hitomi Tajima .... rigging lead: Polygon Pictures (13 episodes, 2010-2013)
Yoshinori Nakashima .... lead digital modeler: Polygon Pictures (12 episodes, 2010-2013)
Takashi Seki .... models supervisor: Polygon Pictures (10 episodes, 2010-2011)
Taichi Sudo .... fx lead: Polygon Pictures (8 episodes, 2010-2011)
Christophe Vacher .... visual effects art director (8 episodes, 2013)
Takeshi Tshukishima .... rigging lead: Polygon Pictures (7 episodes, 2010-2011)
Masayuki Uemoto .... CG supervisor: Polygon Pictures / cg supervisor: Polygon Pictures (7 episodes, 2010-2011)
Sandrine Moniez .... compositing and lighting artist (6 episodes, 2010-2011)
Manuel Rojas .... look development lead: Polygon Pictures (6 episodes, 2010-2011)
Takeyuki Suzuki .... fx lead: Polygon Pictures (6 episodes, 2010-2011)
Andreas Maaninka .... lead digital modeler: Polygon Pictures (5 episodes, 2010)
Yukihiro Negish .... lighting and compositing lead (4 episodes, 2012-2013)
Tateyuki Arai .... cg supervisor: Polygon Pictures (3 episodes, 2013)
Hiroyuki Hayashi .... cg director: Polygon Pictures (3 episodes, 2013)
Takashi Konno .... look development artist: Polygon Pictures (3 episodes, 2013)
Mikio Sanpei .... fx lead: Polygon Pictures (3 episodes, 2013)
Tatsuhiro Watanabe .... lighting & compositing artist (3 episodes, 2013)
Kazushi Nagase .... cg director / cg director: Polygon Pictures (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Mayuko Umemoto .... production coordinator: Polygon Pictures (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
 
Series Animation Department
Walter Gatus .... character designer / colorist / ... (49 episodes, 2010-2013)
Jang Gil Kim .... timing supervisor (49 episodes, 2010-2013)
Shinji Santoh .... producer: Polygon Pictures / consulting producer: Polygon Pictures (46 episodes, 2010-2013)
Meiko Sato .... line producer: Polygon Pictures (46 episodes, 2010-2013)
Marcelo Bonifacio .... background designer (44 episodes, 2010-2013)
Jason Park .... background designer (44 episodes, 2010-2013)
Vince Toyama .... production designer / background supervisor (42 episodes, 2010-2013)
Scott Fassett .... background painter (36 episodes, 2010-2012)
Augusto Barranco .... character designer / colorist / ... (36 episodes, 2011-2013)
April Eriksson .... colorist / prop designer / ... (34 episodes, 2012-2013)
Matthew Humphreys .... storyboard revisionist (30 episodes, 2012-2013)
William Ruzicka .... storyboard revisionist / storyboard artist (30 episodes, 2012-2013)
Rosa Huong .... background painter (25 episodes, 2012)
Kris Fitzgerald .... assistant animatic editor (21 episodes, 2012)
Jevon Bue .... background designer (19 episodes, 2010-2013)
Daniel Park .... colorist / prop designer (19 episodes, 2010-2012)
Shuzo Shiota .... executive producer: Polygon Pictures (17 episodes, 2010-2013)
Hiroyuki Hayashi .... supervising cg director: Polygon Pictures / supervising CG director: Polygon Pictures / ... (16 episodes, 2010-2013)
Cecile Dubois-Herry .... animator (15 episodes, 2011-2012)
Burt Medall .... timing director (15 episodes, 2011-2012)
Chris Copeland .... storyboard revisionist / storyboard artist (14 episodes, 2010-2012)
Coran Stone .... storyboard revisionist (14 episodes, 2012)
Melissa Lugo .... assistant animatic editor (13 episodes, 2012)
J.J. Conway .... storyboard revisionist (13 episodes, 2013)
Carli Milan Squitieri .... storyboard revisionist (13 episodes, 2013)
Adam Nixon .... assistant animatic editor (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
Bryan Baugh .... storyboard artist (11 episodes, 2010-2013)
Meghan Burleson .... animatics (11 episodes, 2010-2011)
Leo Hourvitz .... technological supervisor: Polygon Pictures / technical supervisor / ... (11 episodes, 2010-2011)
Brandon McKinney .... storyboard artist (11 episodes, 2012-2013)
Dave Bullock .... storyboard artist (10 episodes, 2012-2013)
Alan Caldwell .... storyboard artist / storyboard revisionist (10 episodes, 2012-2013)
Armen Mirzaian .... storyboard artist / storyboard revisionist (10 episodes, 2012-2013)
Sam Montes .... storyboard artist (10 episodes, 2012-2013)
Sebastian Montes .... storyboard artist (10 episodes, 2012-2013)
Kirk Van Wormer .... storyboard artist / storyboard revisionist (10 episodes, 2012-2013)
Yusuke Akita .... second animation supervisor: Polygon Pictures / animation supervisor: Polygon Pictures (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
Yasuhisa Niizato .... lighting & compositing lead: Polygon Pictures (9 episodes, 2010-2012)
Yutaka Akita .... producer: Polygon Pictures (9 episodes, 2010-2011)
Jeff Johnson .... storyboard artist (9 episodes, 2012-2013)
Rafael Rosado .... storyboard artist / storyboard revisionist (9 episodes, 2012-2013)
Luke Berliner .... background painter (8 episodes, 2010-2011)
Yoshinori Nakashima .... set lead: Polygon Pictures (8 episodes, 2010-2011)
Minoru Okamoto .... animation supervisor: Polygon Pictures (8 episodes, 2010-2011)
Tania V. Franco .... background painter (8 episodes, 2013)
Sylvia S. Liu .... background painter (8 episodes, 2013)
Kazuhiro Suzki .... production manager: Polygon Pictures (7 episodes, 2010-2012)
Paul Harmon .... storyboard artist (6 episodes, 2012)
Tim Maltby .... storyboard artist / storyboard revisionist (6 episodes, 2012)
Yuuki Kamada .... lighting & compositing lead: Polygon Pictures (5 episodes, 2010)
Masanari Kubo .... production supervisor: Polygon Pictures (5 episodes, 2010)
Yuuki Mizoguchi .... lighting & compositing lead: Polygon Pictures (5 episodes, 2010)
Kanako Tani .... production manager: Polygon Pictures / production coordinator: Polygon Pictures (5 episodes, 2011)
Kevin Altieri .... storyboard artist (5 episodes, 2012)
Christie Tseng .... colorist / prop designer (5 episodes, 2012)
Tomoaki Okada .... art director: Polygon Pictures / matte painter: Polygon Pictures (4 episodes, 2010-2011)
Shiho Tanaka .... production coordinator: Polygon Pictures (4 episodes, 2011-2013)
Yoshifumi Tomura .... layout lead (4 episodes, 2012-2013)
Chuck Drost .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 2013)
Todd Waterman .... storyboard artist (3 episodes, 2010-2012)
Sumiko Katsuki .... layout artist (3 episodes, 2010)
Lluís Danti .... animator (3 episodes, 2011)
Riho Asano .... production coordinator: Polygon Pictures (3 episodes, 2013)
Shashwat Brahmbhatt .... animation lead: Polygon Pictures (3 episodes, 2013)
Arato Kato .... animation supervisor: Polygon Pictures / character designer (3 episodes, 2013)
Mio Del Rosario .... background designer (2 episodes, 2010)
Vinton Heuck .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 2010)
Kanako Hosoe .... production coordinator: Polygon Pictures (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Stephanie Arnett .... storyboard revisionist (2 episodes, 2012)
David B. Fain .... animatic editor / animatics (2 episodes, 2012)
 
Series Casting Department
Lorena Gallego .... casting associate (7 episodes, 2010-2011)
 
Series Editorial Department
Kimberly Lacroix .... assistant on-line editor (60 episodes, 2010-2013)
Bess Thompson .... post-production assistant / post production assistant (60 episodes, 2010-2013)
Austin Block .... post production supervisor / post-production supervisor (57 episodes, 2010-2013)
Bradford Keatts .... supervising on-line editor (45 episodes, 2010-2013)
Michael William Miles .... editor / assistant editor (39 episodes, 2010-2013)
Erik Peterson .... DS editor / colorist / ... (35 episodes, 2012-2013)
Robbi Smith .... dialogue editor (31 episodes, 2010-2012)
Kris Fitzgerald .... assistant animatics / assistant editor (30 episodes, 2010-2013)
Bryan Tuck .... assistant editor (28 episodes, 2012-2013)
Darrel Drinkard .... assistant editor (20 episodes, 2011-2012)
Meghan Burleson .... animatic editor / animatic editing (19 episodes, 2010-2013)
Matt Barrios .... animatic editor / editor: animatics (15 episodes, 2010-2012)
Adam Nixon .... assistant animatics (14 episodes, 2010-2012)
David B. Fain .... animatic editor (12 episodes, 2012-2013)
James Lafferty .... assistant editor / assistant Editor (10 episodes, 2010-2011)
Melissa Lugo .... assistant animatic editor (8 episodes, 2013)
Gregory Peskay .... telecine colorist (5 episodes, 2010)
Tatsuya Sakuma .... lead editor: Polygon Pictures (5 episodes, 2010)
Sal Lopez .... assistant animatics (2 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Music Department
Robert Lydecker .... music editor / composer: additional music (63 episodes, 2010-2013)
Brian Tyler .... composer: theme music (20 episodes, 2010-2011)
Matthew Margeson .... additional music arranger (5 episodes, 2010)
Peter Fuchs .... scoring mixer (4 episodes, 2010)
Pakk Hui .... orchestrator (4 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Other crew
Kathy Cavanaugh .... production assistant / junior production coordinator (60 episodes, 2010-2013)
Meredith Rodgers .... production coordinator / supervising production coordinator (59 episodes, 2010-2013)
Nathan W. Johnson .... production assistant (57 episodes, 2010-2013)
Jacob Rivera .... production assistant (57 episodes, 2010-2013)
Mairghread Scott .... assistant to writer / writers' assistant / ... (57 episodes, 2010-2013)
Jamie Simone .... voice director (49 episodes, 2011-2013)
Donna Ebbs .... creative supervisor (46 episodes, 2010-2013)
Sonya Park .... special projects coordinator (34 episodes, 2012-2013)
Michael Jaffa .... production legal / legal (24 episodes, 2010-2013)
Bradford Keatts .... technical operations (24 episodes, 2010-2013)
Brian Lenard .... development & creative supervision / creative supervision / ... (24 episodes, 2010-2013)
Deborah Uluer .... production legal / legal (24 episodes, 2010-2013)
Mary Beth Bambridge .... production finance / production management (23 episodes, 2010-2013)
Sophia Hussain .... production executive (23 episodes, 2010-2013)
Jason Zhang .... production accountant / production finance (20 episodes, 2010-2012)
Ted Biaselli .... creative supervisor (20 episodes, 2012-2013)
Michael Vogel .... development & creative supervision / development (19 episodes, 2011-2013)
Mike Eisner .... production legal / legal (18 episodes, 2011-2013)
Michael Ross .... development (18 episodes, 2011-2013)
Cynthia Turkington .... production finance (18 episodes, 2011-2013)
Brenda Cullen .... production legal (15 episodes, 2010-2011)
Kevin Healy .... production legal (15 episodes, 2010-2011)
Jeff Prezenkowski .... production executive (15 episodes, 2010-2011)
Robert Fewkes .... current series executive (14 episodes, 2011-2012)
Eliza Hart .... development (14 episodes, 2011-2012)
Kathryn Page .... production management (13 episodes, 2010-2013)
Marsha F. Griffin .... story editor (12 episodes, 2012)
Susan Blu .... voice director (11 episodes, 2010-2011)
David Hartman .... main title director / main title design / ... (11 episodes, 2011-2013)
Jeff Kline .... developed for television by (11 episodes, 2011-2013)
Alex Kurtzman .... developed for television by (11 episodes, 2011-2013)
Roberto Orci .... developed for television by (11 episodes, 2011-2013)
Steven Melching .... story editor (11 episodes, 2012)
Duane Capizzi .... developed for television by / story editor (10 episodes, 2011-2012)
Shaunt Nigoghossian .... main title design / title designer (9 episodes, 2011-2013)
Shalonda Ware .... production accountant (6 episodes, 2010-2011)
Tanja Barnes .... office coordinator (5 episodes, 2010)
Linda Steiner .... current series executive (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Aaron Archer .... creative consultant (4 episodes, 2013)
Amanda Byrnes .... production executive (4 episodes, 2013)
Patrick J. Harrigan .... production finance (4 episodes, 2013)
José López .... main title design (4 episodes, 2013)
Christophe Vacher .... main title design (4 episodes, 2013)
 
Series Thanks
Armen Mirzaian .... in memory of (1 episode, 2013)
 

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Also Known As:
"Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters" - USA (third season title)
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Runtime:
30 min (26 episodes)
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Trivia:
The character designers ditched Arcee's classic pink and white color scheme because they thought it would be "too girly" for the cartoon. So they made her blue instead.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: In a handful of episodes when the map of the United States is shown on the Autobots' monitor screen, the state of Louisiana is placed inside Texas, and there is a gap where Louisiana should be.See more »
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Wasn't the show's point to tell "what it means to be a Prime"?
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Review Based on the whole Season 1, 31 March 2012
Author: xamtaro from http://thexamtaroshowvault.blogspot.sg

Transformers returns to the CGI world with TRANSFORMERS: PRIME, the first completely computer animated series since Beast Machines. At first sight, they might bear some resemblance to their live action counterparts and having Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman as writer sure does perpetuate that perception. But free from Michael Bay's creative control, the pair turn in what is easily one of the darker and more coherent story lines in Transformers animation history.

How dark is dark? Well how about having a hero gruesomely murdered within the first five minutes of the show. It is THAT dark. The premise is simple though: The Autobots arrive on Earth in the eternal search for Energon with the Decepticons following behind. Years of peace are suddenly shattered when the Autobot Cliffjumper is abducted and killed. While out to avenge their comrade, The Autobot team consisting of Optimus Prime, Arcee, Ratchet, Bulkhead and Bumblebee discover a clandestine Decepticon plot involving the mysterious "Dark energon" and the return of the dreaded Decepticon leader, Megatron.

With a smaller cast, we get a more focused character driven narrative and more room for development. The entire 26 episode season 1 is split into a few sweeping story arcs balanced with character centered episodes in between. It is a nice balance that few animated series seem to appreciate; shows that the characters are just as important as the story, and not just an excuse to sell toys. The Autobots are a combination of typical superhero team archetypes; fearless leader Optimus, action girl Arcee, gentle giant Bulkhead, and such. But over the course of the season, we get a glimpse into each of their personalities' different layers; a look at the bot within. Incidentally, the Decepticons come across as more interesting than the Autobots thanks to the hidden agendas of not just the compulsive backstabber Starscream, but every other decepticon from Soundwave to Airachnid have their own little moments of depth.

Giving life to these well written characters is an all star voice cast featuring popular voice actors like Steve Blum (Starscream), Jeffery Combs (Rachet) and Daran Norris (Knock out) along with returning fan favorites like Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, who reprise their famous roles of Optimus and Megatron. Of particular note is the inclusion of Hollywood stars like Kevin Michael Richardson (Bulkhead), Gina Torres (Airachnid), Adam Baldwin (Breakdown), Clancy Brown (Silas) and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Cliffjumper)!

Of course, like all transformers shows, we have the mandatory human kids caught in the crossfire: Miko Nakadai, Rafael Esquivel and Jack Darby, . Now, human characters have always served the purpose of being an "audience vehicle", allowing the viewer to relate to and see themselves in the place of the human characters. Jack, Miko and Raf clearly represent the show's intended target audience: a smart but likable teen, hyper active fan-girl and little genius nerd boy respectively. But the writing never allows the humans to "steal the screen" from the Transformers themselves (something the live action movies are notorious for).Taking a leaf out of its predecessor "Transformers Animated", the humans in TRANSFORMERS: PRIME become naturally integral to the plot rather than a hindrance or a distraction.

The TRANSFORMERS themselves remain the stars of the show. You can even see it in how much attention to detail the animation studio, Polygon Pictures, pays to the robots. By the way, Polygon pictures is the Japanese CGI studio responsible for the computer generated scenes in works such as "Sky crawlers", as well as the opening cinematics of Street Fighter IV and Resident Evil 5.

Reflections in shiny surfaces, dirt specks, chipped paint, scrapes and scratches. These ARE mechanical soldiers fighting a constant war, and it shows. Whenever they move, fight or transform you can see gears, pistons and other parts moving too. Design wise, they may take some getting used to at first, but the unique look of these Transformers combine the mechanical realism of the live action movies with the almost human yet inhuman "anatomy" of previous animated series.

It is a look that works. A shame the same cannot be said for the human characters or some of the backgrounds. The humans vary from passable in most scenes to downright clunky looking in others.

Their hair look like plastic clumps at times, their clothing lack any folds; They look only slightly better than the designs in Clone Wars. As for the backgrounds, they are inconsistently rendered with the quality varying from episode to episode.

With dynamic action sequences, complete with breath taking camera angles and even slow motion, TRANSFORMERS: PRIME definitely has all the markings of a high budget production, almost movie-like at times. A rousing score by movie composer Brian Tyler sure helps that impression. A shame that the little slip ups in quality mar what could have been the most beautifully animated CGI series of the past decade.

What we have here in TRANSFORMERS PRIME is a franchise that finally learns from its past missteps and combines the best elements of all previous Transformers show. The superb voice acting and characterisation from Generation 1, The intense action of the animated movie, Focused character driven narratives of Beast Wars, Darker tone and sense of peril from Beast Machines Galactic scale conflicts of the Unicorn trilogy And likable human characters of Transformers: animated. All of this expressed with above average technical competency, barring the occasional inconsistency in quality. True to its name, this is the Transformers brand at its prime. A new milestone that future productions would be hard pressed to top

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