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Beast Wars: Transformers 

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The Transformers' war continues in an older time, through a new generation. On pliocenic Earth, the heroic Maximals and the evil Predacons battle for survival against each other and against a violent planet.
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Series cast summary:
Scott McNeil ...  Rattrap / ... 52 episodes, 1996-1999
Garry Chalk ...  Optimus Primal / ... 51 episodes, 1996-1999
Ian James Corlett ...  Cheetor / ... 50 episodes, 1996-1999
Richard Newman ...  Rhinox / ... 50 episodes, 1996-1999
David Kaye ...  Megatron 49 episodes, 1996-1999
Venus Terzo ...  Blackarachnia 40 episodes, 1996-1999
Alec Willows ...  Tarantulas 36 episodes, 1996-1999
Jim Byrnes ...  Inferno 27 episodes, 1997-1999
Don Brown ...  Scorponok 25 episodes, 1996-1997
Doug Parker Doug Parker ...  Terrorsaur / ... 25 episodes, 1996-1997
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Two spaceships, one manned by benevolent Maximals, the other by evil Predacons, crash-land on a pre-humanoid planet while en route to Earth. Their crews assume indigenous animal forms to protect themselves from an overabundance of natural energy, transforming into robots to do battle. Thus, the Beast Wars have begun... Written by Aaron Teitlebaum <arteitle@engin.umich.edu>

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The Transformers story continues in the acclaimed sequel!


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1996 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Transformers: Beast Wars See more »

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Runtime:

(52 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby (1997-)| Matrix Surround (1996-1997)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to the original plot and character descriptions given on the toys' boxes, the story would have taken place in the modern day, and Optimus Primal and Megatron would have been the same characters as their 80s namesakes. Megatron would have been a realistic-sized Tyrannosaurus, and Optimus would have been a King Kong-sized gorilla. Other characters were also described differently: for example, Waspinator was to be a competent fighter instead of a buffoon and Tarantulas was envisioned as a dumb ninja instead of a crazy but brilliant scientist. The cartoon show disregarded the original outlines completely and rewrote story and characters from scratch. See more »

Goofs

Season 3 establishes that Transformer bodies containing two Sparks go through a radical transformation, gaining new power and growing larger. But in season 1, when Starscream's Spark possesses Waspinator, he doesn't go through any transformation aside from very minor cosmetic changes (like his faction symbol changing from a Predacon to a Decepticon logo). See more »

Quotes

Blackarachnia: Ready to rock and roll, insect?
Inferno: I don't rock and roll... I burn!
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Alternate Versions

On the Canadian T.V. Station YTV, the show is entitled Beasties. When Beast Wars aired on the Fox Kids network beginning in 1999 the show was edited for content. The Canadian Beast Wars videos are edited for time. There are two versions of the season one title sequence.One was shown on YTV and syndication the other was shown on Fox Kids and other syndication affiliates. See more »

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Referenced in Fallout: New Vegas (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Beast Wars Theme
Performed by Leslie West and Joe Lynn Turner
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Excellent, yes...
27 August 2003 | by pyynkSee all my reviews

Peace has returned to Cybertron after millennia of fighting, the Great Cybertronian Wars were over. Three hundred years later, a new Megatron emerges to command new troops, the Predacons, to conquest. Using transwarp technology, Megatron and his soldiers travel through time to a familiar blue green planet with Optimus Primal and his Maximals in pursuit.

This well written series paid homage to the Generation One series, both the comic and the cartoon, and still managed to stand on its own. The characters grow and mature, cowards become heroes, villains prove their honor, and heroes die protecting the innocent.

I grew up with Generation One, I love those characters, but Beast Wars was unquestionably the best written series that ever existed in the Transformers series.


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