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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?


The "standing stones" weren't originally part of the writers' story plans. The show had spent most of its budget on the character models, so they didn't have much money to make landscapes. However, the animation company Mainframe had a computer model of Stonehenge, so they decided to include it in the show, and see if they can write a story around it. See more »


The time anomaly that Depth Charge travels through to reach prehistoric Earth isn't given an explanation. Since it causes him to become Transmetal, it is possibly related to the temporal shockwave left behind by the Planet Buster's explosion. However the anomaly is depicted as a portal rather than a shockwave. See more »


Blackarachnia: Now haul your hero hinny out of here. I don't remember inviting you to the picnic.
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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 »


Featured in Atop the Fourth Wall: Comic Book Quickies #6 (2016) See more »


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

Coolest show ever, and surprisingly dramatic
1 July 2003 | by NoArrowSee all my reviews

So many people would call this show "elementry" and stupid, but it's actually quite dramatic. The story that spanned three seasons focuses on two alien races (the Maximals and the Predacons) who crash onto Earth eons before the original Transformers are discovered by the humans. From there on, the Predacon leader Megatron tries to take control and destroy the Maximals.

The growth of the characters over the three seasons is very entertaining, funny and dramatic. Oh, and not to mention that the action and graphics are often amazing.

Good show, definitely my favorite children's action, 8/10.

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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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