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You've been placed in charge of the next Transformers Series. What do you do?

Postby Mkall » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:51 pm

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The year is Two Thousand and Something-or-other and the series Transformers Prime is coming to a close. Hasbro is looking for a new Transformers cartoon to air on The Hub and they choose you to make it. How would you do it? Would you keep doing what's been done previously that has proven to be of good success, would you try something completely different; a different target audience perhaps or shuffle up the character roster? Be sure to think it through and sell it otherwise the show will plummet and Transformers sales could plummet.

If I had the gig, I would go the route of GI Joe: Resolute and attempt to get a more mature audience. The Series would be called Transformers: Rise of the Wreckers and would feature the kick-ass team from initial creation through to its glory days of the great civil war on Cybertron. Springer would be the team leader - because no one could take Impactor's colours seriously in animated form. Through the series no mech would be safe - there will be casualties on both sides, including poor civilians caught in the cross-fire. Not every episode would end in a victory, especially the first few when the Decepticons maliciousness needs to be featured. But as time goes on and the band of mechs become a team their winning streak would improve and the Autobot Army would know of The Wreckers.

Cameos would be made by famous characters - Optimus Prime, still in his infancy of command would dish out some assignment and chastise them from time to time; the Dynobots would see the team as competition instead of companions eventually leading to a showdown between Springer and Grimlock over some mission or another.

I'd animate it in 2D animation, which would allow for a greater cast diversity than what has been seen in Prime, and to allow Cybertron to be shown as the great densely-populated planet it was before things went completely to pot.
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Re: You've been placed in charge of the next Transformers Series. What do you do?

Postby Rodimus Prime » Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:23 am

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I would give the Dinobots their own series.

As you said, it would be more towards the PG end of things, with the fighting and stuff like that. No swear words, but some very tense dialogue.

Of course, some other characters would appear, some as cameos, some as recurring supporting characters. But basically, the show would revolve around the Dinobots and their exploits through the Transformers' civil war, from the beginning of the Lightning Strike Coalition in War Within all the way through present day. It would mainly be G1-oriented, with maybe some other influences sprinkled in. But if the series had to be defined, it would be Generation 1.
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Re: You've been placed in charge of the next Transformers Series. What do you do?

Postby Jaw Crusher » Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:58 am

If Hasbro put me in charge of the next TF series, my first priority would probably NOT be worrying about making the show uber-mature...there'd toys to hawk. And the more they resemble present-day EARTH-bound vehicles, the better, and chances are Hasbro would want Optimus, Megatron, Bumblebee and possibly Starscream as their brand anchors yet again.

That having been said, within those constraints I'd probably be compelled to do stuff that would make the fanbase blanche in horror and want my head on a pike.
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Re: You've been placed in charge of the next Transformers Series. What do you do?

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Postby craggy » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:01 pm

Cybertron Civil War. From the G1 comics and cartoons, to the Bay movies and Prime. We are told about there being a war on Cybertron, there have even been a couple of stories told during it, but this would be a full-on version of the beginnings of the conflict between Autobots and Decepticons, before they turned up on Earth. Sort of Clone Wars styled, in terms of structure, and maybe even in execution. They manage to keep having new characters showing up all the time, and lots of variations on the core cast, something none of the 3D CGI TF toons have done yet. Plenty of opportunity to sell toys if lots of characters show up.

I'd probably open with a multi-part episode about the Autobots first big victory under Optimus Prime's leadership. Something of a take on the old comic "And there shall come...a leader!" story. There could be flashbacks and side stories focussing on one particular character or group, but it'd generally be a show about a robot civil war on an alien planet. First season would mostly be Prime establishing himself as a competent leader and challenge to Megatron, maybe introducing the concept of combiners in the finale, if we could get toys of them made.
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Re: You've been placed in charge of the next Transformers Series. What do you do?

Postby Anonymous. » Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:19 pm

Mini-cons. Everywhere.
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Re: You've been placed in charge of the next Transformers Series. What do you do?

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:42 pm

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Re: You've been placed in charge of the next Transformers Series. What do you do?

Postby SlyTF1 » Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:57 pm

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Postby TulioDude » Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:46 pm

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I think i would a post-war series on earth.
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Re: You've been placed in charge of the next Transformers Series. What do you do?

Postby Wigglez » Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:54 am

Motto: "I refuse to breathe the breath of the failure!"
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This is all on the top of my head so bare with me. And I might go a little over board so quit reading whenever you feel.

I would open the show up with the first two episodes of how megatron started the Decepticons. And it'd be like 2 or 3 people in it. Then throughout season one, it'd show Megatron building his forces, stealing energon and doing vandalism like in Fight Club as a show of rebellion. While it'd also show the Autobot forces doing like detective work and a few fight scenes with Sentinal Prime as the leader. And eventually at the end, SP would be killed off. I'd make the show detailed too.

Then season 2 would have Optimus Prime being in the middle of a promotion and dealing with the fact that he has to be a leader 'till maybe mid-season. Then it'd be him rounding up already autobot soldiers and a few personal friends he can trust with his life such as Bumblebee, Silverbolt or Ironhide. Megatron would still be up to his antics and building up his forces. But his plans would be like phase 2 and step up the stuff he's doing. Of coarse there would be fights between the Abots and the Dcons with OP and Megs going 1 on 1 sometimes, getting to know each other and becoming swarn enemies.

Season 3 would be that it was just all out war. More and more people join both factions. Certain places would be destroyed. War stuff. But alot of episodes would be back stories too on why people chose this kind of life or they're maybe doing it to prove something to somebody or something. Different things are happening in this place and keep it going through the end of season 3 and throught to the end of season 4. But at the end, that's when they realize that Cybertron's being ravaged by this war and that they need to leave to sustain their own life.

Season 5 would be them landing on another planet, but not Earth. Some technically advance race that have their vehicles or machines that the Cybertronians would take form in to disguise themselves with. Like megatron would order the Decepticons to transform into the planets military vehicles because they were the ones with weapons so they can still destroy things without showing the locals their true selves to make thing look like accidents and stealing energon and sucvh. Eventualy hacking computers to make the locals start wars with each other. The Abots followed the Dcons and tries to stop them of coarse in secrecy.

Eventually the locals would noticed and would quit fighting each other and fight against the Cybertronians. Season 6 would be a war with the locals against the Dcons while the Abots went into hiding because the local race would try to fight against them too not cairing if they were good or not. The Abots are the same type of race the Dcons are so why would the locals trust the Abots even though they said they were trying to stop the Dcons? But while the Abots were in hiding, they were secretly fighting the Dcons to stop their schemes. Sometimes in vehicle form if they had to be in the public for some reason all the way 'till the end of season 6.

Season 7 would be the Dcons have finally lost the war with the locals and eventualy left the planet with the Abots to follow. They would be travelling through space in need to find a planet for energon and they just start to deal with psycological and physical health issues because of the lack of energon. Then they'd eventually land on Earth and do the same thing they've done on that other planet. But on Eart, events would happen that would be a mix of what happened in G1, RiD, Animated and Prime.

As you can see, I'd make a full blown show out of this if Hasbro gave me rights to write a TF show.
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Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:39 pm

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Postby Lazerface » Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:21 pm

It would be animated, not computer graphics. I'd get the original voice actors for Optimus and Megatron. Cassette players would still exist. It would be mostly explosions and gun fights, but there would still be some tasteful humor. I would have a recurring joke at least once every season, where the Decepticons smash everything on a Michael Bay movie set, putting him in financial ruin, preventing each of his movies from ever coming out.
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Re: You've been placed in charge of the next Transformers Series. What do you do?

Postby Chaoslock » Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:00 pm

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Story: Either Neo-G1 (IDW -ations? possibly, but with slower pacing on interstellar level), or War Within-era

Cast: Like Animated, with lots of background characters; main cast should not be limited to 5-7 bots (each bot/con should rotate in for own spotlight stories, like in G1) Voice actors should voice more than one character, like back in the days. Dinobots guaranteed, but with comic personalities.

I would hire the writers of Beast Wars for ideas of long-term stories, and Furman/James Roberts/Roché for short-term/stand-alone stories.
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Re: You've been placed in charge of the next Transformers Series. What do you do?

Postby Jaw Crusher » Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:42 pm

Well, OK, I suppose I should probably provide a clearer idea of what I was talking about.

TRANSFORMERS: MASK

It is sometime in the near future. The Autobot-Decepticon war that spread from Cybertron to Earth has ended with the Autobots and their human allies victorious...yet old hatreds and hostilities refuse to die that easily. A cult of Cybertronians who have come to perceive organics as the bane of the universe - blaming Optimus Prime and his devotion to their protection for the ultimate, permanent loss of their homeworld - lured the Autobot leader to a distant, primordial world several months earlier with a false distress signal. When a detachment of Autobots and humans led by an older, larger, more experienced (and more vocal) Bumblebee and a twentysomething scientific prodigy, Dr. Matthew Trakker, show up on this primitive world attempting a rescue after having discovered the faux nature of the signal, they make a couple of critical discoveries:

1) The cultists, led by a coldly intellectual, well-refined Ra's Al Ghul-type calling himself Skybyte, are using this world outside of charted territory to engage in horrific experiments in bio-chemical weaponry and bio-mechanics, their purpose being to purge organic life from the universe and shape it anew;

2) This planet that they intend to use as their initial testing ground also happens to be host to a colony of refugees from the alien world Nebulos, who shunned technology when their own advances in that field helped accelerate the loss of their homeworld, and by extension most of their species, through warfare, and;

3) Optimus Prime and the few Autobots he had with him...are all dead.

That last point proves to be particularly significant because, as the Autobots learn, while Skybyte's Decepticons did shoot Optimus' ship down, they're also still looking for any trace of it...meaning they don't know yet that they've actually succeeded in killing the venerated leader of the Autobots (either that, or they're aware of how notoriously difficult he is to permanently kill). What's more, given their anti-technological stance, and the fact that the Autobots themselves are walking, talking technology, the Nebulans refuse to yield to any of their ranks EXCEPT Optimus Prime, for whom they've gained an abiding respect just out of the spread of his legend across the cosmos; they won't even listen to the advice of Trakker and his fellow humans. So what's a seasoned Autobot espionage director to do?

Answer: reformat, pass himself off as the big guy a la G1 Punch/Counterpunch or Animated Shockwave/Longarm Prime, and hope he keeps the charade up long enough to get the Nebulans to evacuate.

But even after "Optimus Prime" makes his triumphant "return", the situation threatens to become even more complicated. While the Nebulans by and large seem to trust in "Optimus" to protect them from Skybyte's forces, they refuse to abandon their new world. Also, Skybyte actually relishes the apparent fact that the Decepticons' greatest enemy has survived after all, and devises to counter by resurrecting the one Decepticon capable of going toe-to-toe with him...a plan that goes great, except for the fact that, unknown to all, the brain inside Megatron's patchworked new body ISN'T Megatron's. Not to mention that certain higher-ups above even Dr. Trakker - specifically Earth's military liaison, General Miles Mayhem - have taken a marked interest in learning more about Skybyte's "experiments"; or the fact that cooperation with the Autobots is creating tensions among the Nebulan colonists, especially the scientific leaders, themselves. And on top of all that, a near-death experience during a surprise attack on the Autobot's Moonbase orbiting Earth in which Optimus is seen among the deceased Autobot leaders of the past, and the revelation that Optimus himself is apparently alive but hasn't bothered to check in, leads to suspicion amid Autobot Command as to just whether or not this red-and-blue 'bot on New Nebulos really is Optimus Prime...

Yeah, the use of MASK in the title is more symbolic to Bumblebee's impersonation than it is to all the homages to Mobile Armored Strike Kommand, but the homages would be there nonetheless...not really a crossover in the conventional sense. But the whole thing is basically meant to address things like "There's too much of Bumblebee in the TF franchise!" (by having him split his time between being 'Bee and pretending to be Optimus) or "They better not kill Optimus again!" (by having him already dead when the show starts). Plus, since the Nebulans in this iteration have rejected advanced technology, there's no futuristic vehicles around and thus nothing for the Autobots to reformat into from their Earth-based modes (which I suppose would be no more futuristic than, say, Armada) - the 'Robots In Disguise' aspect of it would be centered mostly on the Optimus who isn't really Optimus and the Megatron who isn't really Megatron.
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Re: You've been placed in charge of the next Transformers Series. What do you do?

Postby MasterSoundBlaster » Sat Feb 04, 2012 6:07 pm

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Probably a G1ish storyline but animated like TF:A. I'd also tweak some character designs to help resemble their more universal looks. I.E Optimus more g1 colored,new head mold for grimlock,g1 colored shockwave as well as new alt mode,etc.

I would also focus on combiners and combiner teams
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Postby BeastProwl » Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:41 pm

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I'de continue Animated.
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