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In Praise of Animated

Postby DarkEnergon » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:36 am

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I'd only ever seen season 1 of animated, and though I found it entertaining, didn't think it was anything special - if anything, it was just good enough to get me to accept it's blasphemy of character designs.

Since the hub has started playing animated season 2 (are we into season 3 now??), I've just been blown away at how much fun these episodes are, and how many arcs are ongoing and connected across multiple episodes. It makes watching Prime continue its Easter Egg Hunt narratives all the more difficult to enjoy.

Animated really mixed in a great balance of homage and novel, and its main characters grew rounder and more developed without you realizing it, rather than each getting the occasional "feature episode" to be developed more.

That's all!
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Re: In Praise of Animated

Postby BeastProwl » Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:06 pm

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Yeah, and then it got cancelled.
Worst choice by whoever was in charge of making that decision IMO.
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Re: In Praise of Animated

Postby Rodimus Prime » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:16 pm

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Yeah, I liked that show from beginning to end, and it was a big mistake cancelling it. The toys were really good too. Made me glad I went to BotCon in 2011. The Stunticon set is great, I just wish they had made it onto the screen.
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Re: In Praise of Animated

Postby PrymeStriker » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:38 pm

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I give Animated props for their 2nd and 3rd seasons. Really epic.

I'm not a fan of their first season. It kinda ruined the show for me, so I stopped watching about mid-Season 2 (the last episode I saw was Garbage In, Garbage Out. But I didn't miss the finale). I've watched a few episodes of Season 2 and 3, but Animated is still one of my least favorite shows.
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Re: In Praise of Animated

Postby Cyberstrike » Fri Sep 28, 2012 7:58 am

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PrymeStriker wrote:I give Animated props for their 2nd and 3rd seasons. Really epic.

I'm not a fan of their first season. It kinda ruined the show for me, so I stopped watching about mid-Season 2 (the last episode I saw was Garbage In, Garbage Out. But I didn't miss the finale). I've watched a few episodes of Season 2 and 3, but Animated is still one of my least favorite shows.


The same here. I felt the homages in season 3 were starting to become of an annoyance to cover up some the weaker episodes.
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Re: In Praise of Animated

Postby PrymeStriker » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:04 am

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Cyberstrike wrote:
PrymeStriker wrote:I give Animated props for their 2nd and 3rd seasons. Really epic.

I'm not a fan of their first season. It kinda ruined the show for me, so I stopped watching about mid-Season 2 (the last episode I saw was Garbage In, Garbage Out. But I didn't miss the finale). I've watched a few episodes of Season 2 and 3, but Animated is still one of my least favorite shows.


The same here. I felt the homages in season 3 were starting to become of an annoyance to cover up some the weaker episodes.


I actually loved the homages...until they did these:

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Re: In Praise of Animated

Postby Sabrblade » Sat Sep 29, 2012 12:31 am

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Still my second favorite TF cartoon (behind Beast Wars). So much life, love, and fun went into that series. :D
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Re: In Praise of Animated

Postby Duke of Luns » Sat Sep 29, 2012 7:12 am

PrymeStriker wrote:
Cyberstrike wrote:
PrymeStriker wrote:I give Animated props for their 2nd and 3rd seasons. Really epic.

I'm not a fan of their first season. It kinda ruined the show for me, so I stopped watching about mid-Season 2 (the last episode I saw was Garbage In, Garbage Out. But I didn't miss the finale). I've watched a few episodes of Season 2 and 3, but Animated is still one of my least favorite shows.


The same here. I felt the homages in season 3 were starting to become of an annoyance to cover up some the weaker episodes.


I actually loved the homages...until they did these:

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But the homages and the overall story(no constant war) is what made Animated such a vast and unlimted series! Anyone and everyone could appear in an episode, and it would make perfects sense.

They included Grandus for goodness sake!

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And a blink and you'll miss it came of Zaur!

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(Both from "This Is Why I Hate Machines")

The guys behind Animated knew the Universe and weren't afraid to have fun with it. The art style took a little getting used to and there weren't a lot of knock out drag out battles but the writing and character's were fleshed out wonderfully, and you had no idea where it was going to go next. Wish it had just one more season, but c'est la vie.
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Re: In Praise of Animated

Postby Sabrblade » Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:42 am

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h, and Huffer and Pipes are totally Mario and Luigi! That's awesome! :KREMZEEK:
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Re: In Praise of Animated

Postby PrymeStriker » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:03 am

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I just don't like the homages that make my favorite characters look like ugly human stereotypes.

Sure, humanoids are fine. This?:

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No.

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No.

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Hell no.

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I never liked that.

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....Okay that was awesome.

There were a couple others that just made me want to barf. Ironhide almost did this until he went...iron.

And then, I hated the cheesy human villains.

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And almost everyone had CHIIIIIIN.

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Other that, everyone else was awesome, the writing was great (after Season 2), and Sari was surprising, and Blitzwing was boss. I have my gripes. :roll:
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Re: In Praise of Animated

Postby Sabrblade » Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:14 am

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I like Red Alert's design because it's not an homage (aside from the chest and left arm). While most of the homages were great, the designs that really stood out to me were the ones that were original and unique to Animated. Prowl, Lockdown, Lugnut, Red Alert, these designs showed just how creative the show could be without having mimic every detail of a previous iteration.

PrymeStriker wrote:I just don't like the homages that make my favorite characters look like ugly human stereotypes.
They're not human stereotypes, they're video game character parodies. :lol:
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