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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 28 episodes, 1997-1999
Don Brown ...  Scorponok 25 episodes, 1996-1997
Doug Parker Doug Parker ...  Terrorsaur / ... 25 episodes, 1996-1997


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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Did You Know?


Transformers fan Benson 'Ben' Yee was employed as a consultant, even getting a credit at the end of the second season. He also suggested to the writers the idea of bringing back the character Ravage from The Transformers (1984). See more »


Kup, who is on Cybertron while the events of this series are occurring, is visible over Optimus Prime's right shoulder when the Preds break into the Ark's control room. See more »


Tarantulas: Oh, what a gullible fool he is.
Blackarachnia: Tarantulas!
Tarantulas: Forgotten about our mental cyberlink She-Spider? Well, I haven't.
Tarantulas: What do you want, quasar brain?
Tarantulas: Just to give you a quick reminder. Play whatever games you wish with him but dare to cross me and you will suffer for your treachery!
Blackarachnina: Sugar-bot! I told you to let me help you with that.
Blackarachnia: Oh, back off, robo-rube!
Blackarachnina: Huh? There just ain't no figuring females!
Tarantulas: A small fact of life, Fuzor.
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Alternate Versions

A scene for "Nemesis, Part 2" that showed Optimus Primal returning the original Megatron's spark to his body was completed but deleted from the final episode. See more »


Alternate-language version of Transformers: Beast Wars Metals (1999) See more »


Beast Wars Theme
Performed by Leslie West and Joe Lynn Turner
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User Reviews

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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Release Date:

16 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Transformers: Beast Wars See more »

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Technical Specs


(52 episodes)

Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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