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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Bumblevivisector » Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:52 pm

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Sabrblade wrote:It baffles me to no end as to how anyone could possibly consider something like Armada to be objectively superior to something like Animated.

It doesn't surprise me, if they watched Armada 10 years ago when they were a kid, it would hold a special place in their heart. This is of course assuming they are pretty young, and Armada being their first exposure to Transformers.

Yeah, when I was 5, Voltron was the only cartoon I ever (briefly) liked better than TF, so the Toonami reruns as I finished high school left me shocked at what a rushed mess it was in translation. When I was that young, I was blind to animation glitches, and weird inconsistencies made me assume it was just going over my head (the fact that Robotech genuinely did just that didn't help either), and Armada likely had a similar effect.

Watching it in my early 20s, I thought Armada's chief merit was that it started out so bad that it couldn't help but get better as it progressed, making it fun to follow. But you have to look at the bigger picture. What made Armada special was it being the one and only time since G1 that a leg of the TF franchise launched as a triple-threat, with an entirely new toyline, comic series, and cartoon, each medium charging full steam ahead onto its own blank canvas! (Note: G2's 'toon wasn't original, Energon's media were effectively rollovers of Armada, and Animated and Prime's comics are little more than appendices to their cartoons) Even if most other TF cartoons are better once the nostalgia blinders come off, that doesn't diminish the memory of the full Armada experience, of which the cartoon is just frequently the most-discussed.

This effect is multiplied further by the company Armada kept on Saturday evenings. I waxed nostalgic about that aspect back in the Armada 20 Anniversary thread, so I won't repeat all that except to clarify that it wasn't Toonami just then. I don't think any other TF 'toon was fortunate enough to be part of a block of cartoons that long and awesome (I think it was 7:00 to 1:00), not even G1. Even if you also have Justice League, HeMan, Samurai Jack, and classic G.I.Joe, there's surely some we've all forgotten, so I'll gladly buy all of Armada to help me remember.
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Deathscythetransform » Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:52 pm

Bumblevivisector wrote:
viruscarnage wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:It baffles me to no end as to how anyone could possibly consider something like Armada to be objectively superior to something like Animated.


and it baffles me to no end as to how anyone cant respect other peoples' opinions:

I hated Animated because to the style of the designs. I works nicely with teen titans, but giving a chin a mile long to starscreamis still a bad move for me. I've tried real hard to watch Animated, and though the stories were entertaining, and the humour nicely done, visually it was uttely ugly for me.

A lot of people loved the series and THAT IS FINE' I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT AT ALL

sure the unicron trilogy was poorly received in the west of the globe but the style of animation wasbeautifully executed, the robots well detailed and the Minicon's gimmick was well thought, though sometimes poorly executed.

I was in my 20's when armada was released, and when Energon was released, I was a bit dissapointed. As for Cybertron, its just a series into itself ans shouldn't have been included in the unicron trilogy.

its just my opinion... after all, I'm just a Transformers fan who likes different stuff...
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Dead Metal » Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:00 am

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Deathscythetransform wrote:
Bumblevivisector wrote:
viruscarnage wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:It baffles me to no end as to how anyone could possibly consider something like Armada to be objectively superior to something like Animated.


and it baffles me to no end as to how anyone cant respect other peoples' opinions:

I hated Animated because to the style of the designs. I works nicely with teen titans, but giving a chin a mile long to starscreamis still a bad move for me. I've tried real hard to watch Animated, and though the stories were entertaining, and the humour nicely done, visually it was uttely ugly for me.

A lot of people loved the series and THAT IS FINE' I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THAT AT ALL

sure the unicron trilogy was poorly received in the west of the globe but the style of animation wasbeautifully executed, the robots well detailed and the Minicon's gimmick was well thought, though sometimes poorly executed.

I was in my 20's when armada was released, and when Energon was released, I was a bit dissapointed. As for Cybertron, its just a series into itself ans shouldn't have been included in the unicron trilogy.

its just my opinion... after all, I'm just a Transformers fan who likes different stuff...

Armada ... animation ... beautifully ... executed?
Wow, those are four words I never thought I would ever see so close to each other in one sentence.
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Sabrblade » Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:10 am

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Deathscythetransform wrote:and it baffles me to no end as to how anyone cant respect other peoples' opinions:
I used the word "objectively", meaning I wasn't referring to opinions. Had I used the word "subjectively" then I would have been, but I was not.

For example, I objectively recognize The Avengers as the best of the recent Marvel films, but I subjectively think Captain America was more enjoyable for me.

Deathscythetransform wrote:As for Cybertron, its just a series into itself ans shouldn't have been included in the unicron trilogy.
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Deathscythetransform » Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:47 pm

Cyberton was kinda annoying with the repetitive transformation sequences


and yeah armada was beautifully executed to my opinion. anyway, as I said, I'm happy these series will be distributed and I look forward to get my hands on Armada... the 1st series ever that gave us a true unicron toy :)
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby gothsaurus » Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:31 pm

Yeah, I liked the animation, the kids weren't annoying, we got an epic battle with Unicron... there was a lot going for it.
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Sabrblade » Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:01 pm

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Deathscythetransform wrote:Cyberton was kinda annoying with the repetitive transformation sequences
Which were filled in with additional dialogue to liven up the dead air.

Deathscythetransform wrote:and yeah armada was beautifully executed to my opinion.
Are you referring to the "art style"? Cuz that did look good.

It was the "animation" (the actual movement and manipulation of the onscreen objects within the art style) that was plagued by errors and oddities consistently throughout the series run.

From the sound of your previous post, it seems like you were thinking of the former rather than the latter. ;)

Deathscythetransform wrote:the 1st series ever that gave us a true unicron toy :)
The only non-Mini-Con toy in the whole toyline that was really up to par with the levels of articulation set by the toyline's post-1994 predecessors (other toys came close, but lacked things like knees or elbows or rotating waists, etc.). ;)

gothsaurus wrote:the kids weren't annoying,
And how many years has it been since you watched the cartoon? :P

gothsaurus wrote:we got an epic battle with Unicron...
That he mostly just stood still and did nothing for. :roll:
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby gothsaurus » Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:35 pm

well. I meant not annoying next to Kicker's whining.
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Sabrblade » Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:45 pm

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gothsaurus wrote:well. I meant not annoying next to Kicker's whining.
Kicker was more "spiteful" than "annoying". He evoked more feeling of hatred than mere irritation. ;)

But, yeah, I've actually been re-watching Armada these past few months, and it's really saying something when Fred is the best-written of the human allies. :(
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby gothsaurus » Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:54 pm

Oh yeah. I liked Fred. Guess it's time to re-watch.
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Sabrblade » Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:04 pm

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gothsaurus wrote:Oh yeah. I liked Fred. Guess it's time to re-watch.
That wasn't a complement about him from me.

"Hey come on, Billy! Wait UUUUUUP! My therapist says I shouldn't exert myself! Hey WAAAAAAIT! I can't take much more of this! I didn't even get to finish my second lunch! PLEEEEEASE! WAAAAAAH!" :BANG_HEAD:
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Dead Metal » Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:19 am

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OK, now I'm convinced that there must be two Armadas, the one you've been watching that was awesome, and the one I watched with animation that got so bad it made G1 look like Disney animation, children that made me miss Daniel, terrible plots, and fight scenes that looked like they worked on Final Fantasy "I'll patiently stand here and wait my turn to attack you" logic.

Man, I want to watch your Armada, where can I get that?
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Sabrblade » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:10 am

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Dead Metal wrote:OK, now I'm convinced that there must be two Armadas, the one you've been watching that was awesome, and the one I watched with animation that got so bad it made G1 look like Disney animation, children that made me miss Daniel, terrible plots, and fight scenes that looked like they worked on Final Fantasy "I'll patiently stand here and wait my turn to attack you" logic.

Man, I want to watch your Armada, where can I get that?
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Dead Metal » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:56 am

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Dead Metal wrote:OK, now I'm convinced that there must be two Armadas, the one you've been watching that was awesome, and the one I watched with animation that got so bad it made G1 look like Disney animation, children that made me miss Daniel, terrible plots, and fight scenes that looked like they worked on Final Fantasy "I'll patiently stand here and wait my turn to attack you" logic.

Man, I want to watch your Armada, where can I get that?
The awesome one can't be "watched", only "read", for it is the Armada Dreamwave comics. ;)

Yea those are pretty good, but comics aren't animated and we've heard how beautiful the animation of that awesome Armada version is so I would like to share the experience.
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Sabrblade » Thu Aug 29, 2013 5:59 am

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Dead Metal wrote:Yea those are pretty good, but comics aren't animated and we've heard how beautiful the animation of that awesome Armada version is so I would like to share the experience.
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby gothsaurus » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:05 am

Yeah the game and comic do help sway in the favor of Armada out of the three. And agreed, it's only "good" taken in context of being the best of the three in the "trilogy."

But come on. Fred had some great lines, like that one about "my mom says I have a glandular problem." Comedy gold!
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Sabrblade » Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:53 am

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gothsaurus wrote:Yeah the game and comic do help sway in the favor of Armada out of the three. And agreed, it's only "good" taken in context of being the best of the three in the "trilogy."
How is Armada better than Cybertron? The latter actually had memorable characters with personalities, multiple ongoing plotlines, definitive story arcs with clear defined objectives, a higher level of hand drawn animation, voice acting that sounded like the actors had a better grasp on their roles, writing that was competent enough to work with the material they had, and best of all, no hasty rushing to meet unreasonable deadlines.

gothsaurus wrote:But come on. Fred had some great lines, like that one about "my mom says I have a glandular problem." Comedy gold!
I liked him better when he was Eddy in Ed, Edd, n' Eddy. He didn't whine every five minutes.
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Postby gothsaurus » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:14 am

Well, for one ... the comics and video game were better. ;-)
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Sabrblade » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:24 am

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gothsaurus wrote:Well, for one ... the comics and video game were better. ;-)
Hmm... Never thought to compare the Armada comics or video game to the Cybertron cartoon. Will have to think on that one. :-?

But, yeah, I was referring to the Armada toon. ;)
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby gothsaurus » Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:34 am

Yeah, I think I was just happily surprised by the G1-ish animation ... after so many seasons less-expressive CGI. But you're right, there's a lot that was better about Cybertron. At least we can all agree Energon was NOT the best of the three (??) Ha ha ha.
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Postby Dead Metal » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:07 pm

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gothsaurus wrote:Yeah, I think I was just happily surprised by the G1-ish animation ... after so many seasons less-expressive CGI. But you're right, there's a lot that was better about Cybertron. At least we can all agree Energon was NOT the best of the three (??) Ha ha ha.

Rampage had more and better expressions than any of the characters in any of the Unicron Trilogy.
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Sabrblade » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:28 pm

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gothsaurus wrote:Yeah, I think I was just happily surprised by the G1-ish animation ... after so many seasons less-expressive CGI. But you're right, there's a lot that was better about Cybertron. At least we can all agree Energon was NOT the best of the three (??) Ha ha ha.

Rampage had more and better expressions than any of the characters in any of the Unicron Trilogy.
Yeah, the Beast Era's CGI was very expressive. It was the CG of Energon, RobotMasters, and Cybertron that was anything but (most of the time).

Observe this the scene from its beginning to its end (at the 5:00 mark) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=eIRanMWh9nE#t=186

Take notice of the facial and body feature expressions. Eye movement, mouth shapes, blinking, shoulder positions, head positions, motion and position of the arms; the overall body kinesthetics of these two is astounding for mere 1998 CG, on par with today's work. 8)
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Sabrblade » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:54 pm

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The first I could see happening very easily.

The second two are a whole different can of worms.

The last one is... also a can of worms (of the Disney variety), but probably has a far better chance of happening than the two Beast Wars series.


Primarily, the biggest factor in how Shout! Factory was able to release the three Japanese G1 series is because the UK (and Australian) subtitled DVD releases for those three already existed. The Shout! versions just used those as a based to work off of.

Whereas neither of the two Japanese Beast series have had any subtitled DVD release for Shout! to use as a base. A major reason for this is due to neither having ever been released in Japan on DVD until just a couple of years ago, along with these two series being owned by a different company from Toei (who was the studio who made the three JG1 cartoons). Said company, Production Reed, is also one that has never done business with Hasbro before, even.

I think our best hope for ever seeing these two officially released in subtitled DVD form would be to generate enough interest and desire for them since anyone whose ever been willing to watch them, or even subtitle them unofficially, lost interest in them over time for how silly and childish they were. I myself would even just be happy if some unofficial fansubbing group could get them subbed all the way through, as has happened for the likes of Super Link and Galaxy Force. :)
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Re: Shout! Factory Enters Distribution Agreement for the Unicron Trilogy and Transformers Animated

Postby Seibertron » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:58 pm

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gothsaurus wrote:Yeah, I think I was just happily surprised by the G1-ish animation ... after so many seasons less-expressive CGI. But you're right, there's a lot that was better about Cybertron. At least we can all agree Energon was NOT the best of the three (??) Ha ha ha.

Rampage had more and better expressions than any of the characters in any of the Unicron Trilogy.
Yeah, the Beast Era's CGI was very expressive. It was the CG of Energon, RobotMasters, and Cybertron that was anything but (most of the time).

Observe this the scene from its beginning to its end (at the 5:00 mark) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=eIRanMWh9nE#t=186

Take notice of the facial and body feature expressions. Eye movement, mouth shapes, blinking, shoulder positions, head positions, motion and position of the arms; the overall body kinesthetics of these two is astounding for mere 1998 CG, on par with today's work. 8)


I've always assumed that the Beast Wars cartoon was very expensive, which is why it could only do 52 episodes over 3 years whereas they went with cheaper animation for the Unicron Trilogy, but were able to produce 52 episodes for one season (basically 3 times as many episodes for the same time period). I'm assuming that this approach was to allow more characters to be featured instead of having a smaller cast of characters which means less products featured. I like the Transformers Prime approach better with cameo appearances but am aware that they still had limitations with cost which still restricted the number of characters that could be in the show (hence why Beast Hunters was only 13 episodes instead of 26 ... again, an assumption, but probably correct considering the history of Transformers cartoons).
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