- Motto: ""The most deadliest enemy is the one that you don't even know is there.""
- Weapon: Fusion Cannon
Using "B.O.T." and "Carnage in C-Minor" as examples on why the G1 cartoon forever sucked is like using "The Star Wars Holiday Special" as the primary example as to why the Original Star Wars Trilogy sucked. It shows either an immense ignorance, deep bias, and/or lack of intellectual honesty.
The G1 cartoon was produced at a VERY fast rate. At the time, mind you, the mid-1980s, it was cutting edge in terms of both a Saturday morning/weekday cartoon AND a cutting edge animated movie. And dark... GI Joe and Transformers may seem child-like and error-filled to today's audiences, but they were much darker in tone to most if not all of their contemporary animated series. Not to mention the amount of writers, voice actors, animators from different areas of the world putting something together at a STRICT deadline. Keep in mind, Hanna-Barbara's stiff animation was what dominated the airwaves before series like Transformers and GI Joe came along. And even when I was a kid I thought Hanna-Barbara animation was lame.
You want to bash the G1 series? Take some if its best examples instead of its worst. Most of the 1st season is of good animation quality and good stories. "More Than Meets The Eye" started it all, gave the origin that pretty much all series re-hash to this day, and "The Ultimate Doom" was such a dark storyline with decent animation, that today it is still a standard bearer, even re-hashing part of the story for the live action movie (which I really enjoyed that they did). Most of the 1st season was well-animated, and being the seminal launch of the series, it was highly imaginative and deeply entertaining. Only after a while did it seem apparent that every episode ended with the Decepticons retreating. But...
And as for the Decepticons retreating like scared girls in season 1... did you compare the size of each army? In the 1st season or two, the Autobots badly outnumbered the Decepticons.SO much so that they had to use mindless clones of "Seeker" jets, Reflector, and Insecticons just to make the sides seem even. It was something like 2 or 3 to 1. Just look at the 1st season toy catalog. Later on, they started making the sides equal in size, and the Decepticons didn't always retreat in every episode in such cases. In fact, they didn't always have a big massive battle in each episode.
Most of the second season had respectable animation quality (considering their production schedule), but 23 minute commercials, introducing a character or two per episode. Meanwhile, a large percentage of season 3 suffered from horrid animation errors (AKOM was the end of the series, IMO), but still had quality storylines. Dark Awakening, with better animation, would be a masterpiece. It suffered from AKOM studios. If some of those stories were re-animated with talented studio, they'd be far more respected. Regardless, some of the best and stylistic animation and interesting stories in the history of the series occurred in season 3:
- Dweller in the Depths
- Call of the Primitives
- Nightmare Planet
- Madman's Paradise
The '86 Movie was the break-out of what they could get away with... it SHOCKED and STUNNED the youth of that day to not only see the Decepticons so ruthless and powerful, and some of their favorite characters having horrid death scenes... people are desensitized now... back then, that was extreme. Some parents had fits. Some kids NEVER came back to the series after The Movie. It was dead to them after that... I knew because they were my classmates in school.
It's fine that so many people love the new series. That's great. They aren't all my cup of tea, but Beast Wars and Animated have some strong points, and carry on the torch for new generations of young fans. But to bash G1... I wonder if any of the G1 bashers are older than twenty-something? Because if you lived through that time period, if you are in your mid-to-late thirties and approaching forties... G1 was cutting edge, dark, amazing, and deeply inspiring. I'm an adult collector today because of G1. If it was up to Armada or one of that era of cartoons/toys, I probably wouldn't be one today.