Submit News Contact Us Translate Sign in Join

Transformers G1

Discuss anything about the Transformers cartoons and comics! You can discuss anything from G1 to Cybertron as well as the comics from Marvel, Dreamwave, IDW and more!

Transformers G1

Postby TheBossII » Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:18 am

So I'm almost done watching G1 for the first time. My first G1 experience was Transformers:the movie, which i really liked. So skip ahead 10 years or so and i finally start watching the series. In my own opinion this show is god awful. Some episodes were just plan old WTF. I have no idea about which transformers were which and couldn't identify with any of them. I do like the Mythos it created and some of the story lines were pretty good. Overall So bad it's good, not that's a bad thing at all. Now time to see about watching Beastwars, i grew up watching that one and liked it. So for anyone who grew up watching Transfomers or Beastwars how does the sow age to you?
TheBossII
Mini-Con
Posts: 27
Joined: Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:03 am

Re: Transformers G1

Postby Rodimus Prime » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:34 am

Motto: "There are way too many people on this planet. We need a new plague."
Weapon: Twin Photon Blasters
My 1st experience with animated G1 was also the 86 movie, and I love it to this day. The show, however, never really impressed me. Of course, take into consideration that it was a 22-minute toy commercial, and combine that with the animation errors and politics behind it (how fast episodes needed to be made, written in America, animated in Japan) and you get the glorious fail that is G1. Yes, I said fail. For back then, it was great watching it on Saturdays, but now? I never have any inclination to watch any episodes other than MTMTE, the Ultimate Doom, and Rebirth. I do like Headmasters, Masterforce, and Victory, though they were Japanese G1 only, available now on DVD. I just wish Zone had been continued.

As for Beast Wars, it's leaps and bound ahead of G1 in every imaginable way. Graphics, story, presentation. It's considered part of G1, but it's so much more fun to watch.
............Image
..............................Rule 32: "You've got to enjoy the little things."
User avatar
Rodimus Prime
God Of Transformers
Posts: 15343
News Credits: 17
Joined: Sat Sep 28, 2002 8:31 pm
Location: Western Kentucky

Re: Transformers G1

Postby AdamPrime » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:57 am

Perhaps nostalgia really is the driving force behind the longevity of the G1 cartoon...
Of course, many things age. They age badly. Look at He-Man! But back then, he was the most powerful man in the universe and we all thought he was badass.

Transformers is no different, a product of its time. Disregarding errors, and looking past the cheap animation, there is some joy to be found. A little. I'm occasionally surprised that some episodes are watchable.
The ones I enjoy watching most are the ones I had on VHS as a kid. The memories associated with the cartoon are probably better than the cartoon itself - and that's why DVDs sell. ^_^

Beast Wars is a totally different story. It was made in a different decade, with a different philosophy. Sure, it was supposed to support the toy line, but it didn't really do a very good job... Besides the cast of five each side, they maybe introduced four new characters a year? That leaves about a hundred "non-show" toys on the pegs. ^_^
Clearly, they paid more attention to character development and story than G1 did.

The action, story and humour all elevate Beast Wars above just about any children's show ever, and I don't think I've ever met a single person who doesn't still watch it. :D
AdamPrime
Minibot
Posts: 148
News Credits: 1
Joined: Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:57 am

Re: Transformers G1

Postby Justanormalguy » Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:25 am

Motto: "When it comes to war... or anything, always be yourself, no matter what."
Weapon: Semi-Automatic Rifle
TheBossII wrote:So I'm almost done watching G1 for the first time. My first G1 experience was Transformers:the movie, which i really liked. So skip ahead 10 years or so and i finally start watching the series. In my own opinion this show is god awful. Some episodes were just plan old WTF. I have no idea about which transformers were which and couldn't identify with any of them. I do like the Mythos it created and some of the story lines were pretty good. Overall So bad it's good, not that's a bad thing at all. Now time to see about watching Beastwars, i grew up watching that one and liked it. So for anyone who grew up watching Transfomers or Beastwars how does the sow age to you?


I guess it's your opinion. But that was an 80's show, it's fun to go on tfwiki and see all the animation mistakes you never have noticed! I also enjoyed Beast Wars, It was very advanced animation for its time.
Image
When Megatron..
User avatar
Justanormalguy
Minibot
Posts: 110
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:47 pm
Location: Autobot city
Strength: 6
Intelligence: 10+
Speed: 8
Endurance: 9
Rank: 5
Courage: 7
Firepower: 10
Skill: ???

Re: Transformers G1

Postby PrymeStriker » Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:58 pm

Motto: "Brilliant"
Weapon: Augmented Quark Disruptor
Justanormalguy wrote:
TheBossII wrote:So I'm almost done watching G1 for the first time. My first G1 experience was Transformers:the movie, which i really liked. So skip ahead 10 years or so and i finally start watching the series. In my own opinion this show is god awful. Some episodes were just plan old WTF. I have no idea about which transformers were which and couldn't identify with any of them. I do like the Mythos it created and some of the story lines were pretty good. Overall So bad it's good, not that's a bad thing at all. Now time to see about watching Beastwars, i grew up watching that one and liked it. So for anyone who grew up watching Transfomers or Beastwars how does the sow age to you?


I guess it's your opinion. But that was an 80's show, it's fun to go on tfwiki and see all the animation mistakes you never have noticed! I also enjoyed Beast Wars, It was very advanced animation for its time.


And then it's fun going back and seeing them in-episode.

:DANCE:
Image
By "Kim Yura" & "Zimmo81"
Henry921 wrote:You can always be counted on to listen to reason, Pryme.

Dead Metal wrote:Have you ever, and i mean ever seen/read/heard something that is completely original and does not copy/homage/pay tribute to something else? Here's a hint: Nope. You never have and you never will.
User avatar
PrymeStriker
Guardian Of Seibertron
Posts: 5376
News Credits: 15
Joined: Tue Jun 10, 2008 12:57 pm
Location: Palm Beaches, FL
Buy from PrymeStriker on eBay
Strength: 6
Intelligence: 9
Speed: 7
Endurance: 8
Rank: 7
Courage: 6
Firepower: 9
Skill: 8

Re: Transformers G1

Postby Justanormalguy » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:00 pm

Motto: "When it comes to war... or anything, always be yourself, no matter what."
Weapon: Semi-Automatic Rifle
PrymeStriker wrote:
Justanormalguy wrote:
TheBossII wrote:So I'm almost done watching G1 for the first time. My first G1 experience was Transformers:the movie, which i really liked. So skip ahead 10 years or so and i finally start watching the series. In my own opinion this show is god awful. Some episodes were just plan old WTF. I have no idea about which transformers were which and couldn't identify with any of them. I do like the Mythos it created and some of the story lines were pretty good. Overall So bad it's good, not that's a bad thing at all. Now time to see about watching Beastwars, i grew up watching that one and liked it. So for anyone who grew up watching Transfomers or Beastwars how does the sow age to you?


I guess it's your opinion. But that was an 80's show, it's fun to go on tfwiki and see all the animation mistakes you never have noticed! I also enjoyed Beast Wars, It was very advanced animation for its time.


And then it's fun going back and seeing them in-episode.

:DANCE:


*inserts mouthplateless Optimus prime episode*

:DANCE:
Image
When Megatron..
User avatar
Justanormalguy
Minibot
Posts: 110
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:47 pm
Location: Autobot city
Strength: 6
Intelligence: 10+
Speed: 8
Endurance: 9
Rank: 5
Courage: 7
Firepower: 10
Skill: ???

Re: Transformers G1

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:07 am

Motto: ""I am a warrior. Let the battle be joined.""
Weapon: Electron Gun
Hmm, I found it be rather good, and at times brilliant. Yes, there were animation errors aplenty and some episodes were paper-thin, but when it clicked, it clicked. And I vastly prefer how the Autobots interacted with humans to almost any other version of the franchise.

Also, gimme the G1 humans over... 99% of any other human characters any day of the week. At the very least they were useful!
Not caring about scale since 1984. Just like Hasbro.

My reviews of Transformers G1, one episode at a time. Stop by for a spell!
RK_Striker_JK_5
City Commander
Posts: 3222
Joined: Wed Dec 09, 2009 6:48 pm
Location: New Hampshire
Strength: 4
Intelligence: 9
Speed: 6
Endurance: 10
Rank: 2
Courage: 9
Firepower: 4
Skill: 6

Re: Transformers G1

Postby Justanormalguy » Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:38 pm

Motto: "When it comes to war... or anything, always be yourself, no matter what."
Weapon: Semi-Automatic Rifle
RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:Hmm, I found it be rather good, and at times brilliant. Yes, there were animation errors aplenty and some episodes were paper-thin, but when it clicked, it clicked. And I vastly prefer how the Autobots interacted with humans to almost any other version of the franchise.

Also, gimme the G1 humans over... 99% of any other human characters any day of the week. At the very least they were useful!


Exactly!
Image
When Megatron..
User avatar
Justanormalguy
Minibot
Posts: 110
Joined: Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:47 pm
Location: Autobot city
Strength: 6
Intelligence: 10+
Speed: 8
Endurance: 9
Rank: 5
Courage: 7
Firepower: 10
Skill: ???


Return to Transformers Cartoons and Comics Forum

Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #96 - Age of Extinction
Twincast / Podcast #96:
"Age of Extinction"
MP3 · iTunes · RSS · View · Discuss · Ask
Posted: Monday, July 7th, 2014