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Transformers: The Movie Writer Ron Friedman Interview

Transformers News: Transformers: The Movie Writer Ron Friedman Interview
Date: Monday, December 30th 2013 11:10pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Todd Matthy

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Our friend Todd Matthy dropped by to let us know about a new interview he conducted with the writer of Transformers: The Movie, Ron Friedman. Transformers: The Movie ushered in a new cast of characters and saw the deaths of many fan favorites including Optimus Prime. The interview offers insights into Friedman's approach to writing the script, and reveals his reservations about killing off Optimus Prime. Click here to read the full article.

In the summer of 1986, children were traumatized when Optimus Prime sacrificed himself to stop his archrival, Megatron. But it wasn’t Megatron who pulled the trigger, it was a writer named Ron Friedman.

Ron Friedman wrote Transformers: The Movie. He wrote the five-part miniseries that launched GI Joe. He is close friends with Stan Lee and helped Stan develop The Marvel Action Hour, featuring Iron Man and Fantastic Four. He has written episodes of All in the Family, Happy Days, and Fantasy Island. In addition to his writing credentials, Ron is an architect and a teacher at Chapman University.

In 2014, Ron plans to chronicle his experiences as a writer in the memoir, I Killed Optimus Prime. The book promises a fascinating look behind the scenes of the shows that defined our childhood.

I had the privilege of speaking with Ron about his career, his friendship with Stan Lee, what he thought when he first saw the Transformers, how Orson Welles became Unicron, and why he didn’t want to kill Optimus Prime.

So, to kick off the 30th Anniversary of the Transformers, click below to learn about Ron Friedman, the man who wrote the movie.


Optimus Prime was the transcendental figure that is the glue for every legend or story. The transcendental character of big daddy, big brother, your personal champion, the repository of all that is good and worthy. He was the true center of the Autobot family. I think about the gathering of various comic icons and their peers as families. Who was Megatron? The worst possible father figure. He topped King John in the days of Robin Hood. Who was Starscream? He’s Iago, the treacherous second in command, the bad uncle or younger brother who lusts after his older brothers wife. I recognized that I needed to assign family identities to characters in order to create the recognition factor that young people need. They cannot verbalize this; it’s beneath the surface. To remove Optimus Prime, to physically remove Daddy from the family, that’s wasn’t going to work. I told Hasbro and their lieutenants they would have to bring him back but they said no and had “great things planned.” In other words they were going to create new more expensive toys.

Texas Comicon 2014 to Feature Transformers Voice Actors

Transformers News: Texas Comicon 2014 to Feature Transformers Voice Actors
Date: Monday, December 30th 2013 9:04pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Event News, People News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Texas Comicon

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Great news for our readers in the San Antonio area, Texas Comicon 2014 will feature a great line-up of Transformers voice talent! Special guest include:

  • Alan Oppenheimer - Warpath, Beachcomber, Seaspray
  • Michael Bell - Prowl, Sideswipe, Scrapper, Swoop
  • Neil Ross - Bonecrusher, Hook, Springer, Slag
  • Gregg Berger - Grimlock, Long Haul, Outback, Jetfire
  • Peter Cullen - Oprimus Prime, Ironhide

Those attending can also purchase the Optimus Prime Experience for $200.00. This package includes:

  • 3 Day Admission
  • 1 Autograph on your item
  • 1 Professional Photo of you and Peter Cullen ashe signs your memorabilia
  • 1 Admission to the Peter Cullen Q & A Panel
  • 1 Official Certificate of Authenticity

The event takes place in San Antonio, TX June 20th thru the 22nd.

Transformers News: Texas Comicon 2014 to Feature Transformers Voice Actors

Transformers Prime Bloopers

Transformers News: Transformers Prime Bloopers
Date: Thursday, December 19th 2013 3:48pm CST
Category: Cartoon News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Transformers YouTube

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The official Transformers YouTube channel has uploaded a blooper reel from the Transformers Prime series. Check out the embedded video below:


Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson
Date: Tuesday, December 17th 2013 4:10pm CST
Categories: Book News, Cartoon News, Interviews, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Jim Sorenson, IDW Publishing, Va'al

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As this week sees the release of the beautiful Transformers: Art of Prime hardcover book from IDW Publishing, Seibertron.com was able to sneak a quick Q&A with the author and curator, Jim Sorenson himself! Jim, thanks for agreeing to do this.

Jim - You're welcome!

Va'al - First things first - how did the idea for the Art of Prime book come about?

Jim - Well, it was something that I'd been pitching for quite a while, before the show actually aired. I was living in Los Angeles at the time the Prime show had been announced, and one of the people in my extended circle of friends was Christophe Vacher (Visual Effects Art Director on the series). I knew him, and I knew he was working on Prime. I pitched the idea, he seemed interested, we went back to the studios, and nothing really happened for a while. I kept checking with IDW too, who had expressed a vague interest, and I pitched the idea several times. Then around June of this year I got an email from my editor: we're going ahead with Art of Prime!

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson


I wanted to do a book about Prime but what made me decide it would be an art book was possibly the actual conversations with Christophe. We both realised Prime wouldn't work in the style of an AllSpark Almanac, the tone of the show is very different. So we decided the book would look at the art, at the process. IDW already had a successful product in the Art of Fall of Cybertron book, they were willing to do it again.

What I believe is one of the main points about the show is that the stories, characters, acting, they're all good - but what is really outstanding is the visuals!

Va'al – Very good point, the visual elements of the show have been acknowledged by many, and won awards all over the place! You've worked on The Ark and AllSpark Almanac previously, and you said you knew that Art of Prime would be different – how so?

Jim - Having made the decision that it was going to be an art book focused us, directed us differently. What we were working on with previous books was the story perspective, the characters, the events. With this one, we approached it from a design perspective: in some ways I wanted to get out of the way of the creators. There is very little of my voice in the first half of the book, and that was a conscious decision – I didn't want the readers to read about what I felt about the images. I wanted them to hear from the creators, what they were proud of, what their perspective on the process was. I thought it'd be a lot better to get them to speak.

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson


In the first three sections, I let Jose Lopez (Art Director/Characters and Props) talk as much as possible, something that I didn't want to do with the Almanacs, something I possibly would've done with The Ark if we had access to the creators. As it stands, the Prime creators were more than happy to do it, and it was an extra incentive that they were able to do it in their own office, in their own time and talking about their own work. I think the interviews really help the tone of the book – it makes a big impact.

Va'al – It sounds like you were really engaged in the work around and about the book. What was your favourite part about putting together Art of Prime?

Jim - Definitely getting the chance to work so closely with the creative staff. At this point I've done quite a lot of books, from anthologies to collections, Transformers, G.I. Joe, articles for fan magazines – I find it really exciting to turn raw material into a book. But I've done it before. This time I got a chance to really jump in, go to the studios, see the creators work (they were at work on Predacons Rising at the time). Definitely the highlight of putting it all together.

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson


A secondary pleasure was getting to see the animatics for Predacons Rising about three months before anyone else: I contacted one of the producers, as I had a fair bit of material that I couldn't find on the show at the time, so I wondered if it was for Predacons Rising and if I could get a script or something to set it in context. I'm not sure they understood what I was asking for at first, but once they got it they sent the whole thing, with my name watermarked all over it!

Va'al - Well, some people just have that type of contacts, don't they? Once you placed all the material you had, was there anything taken out, or things you didn't include?

Jim – There was a lot that we just didn't have space for, as it's already a 200-page book. I possibly still have another 20 pages that I wanted to put in, but did not need to get in. I would've liked to have extra pages for Shockwave, the Insecticons, Vehicons. Maybe spend a little bit more time on Silas and Cylas and MECH. I had an extra page for Knockout - no, Breakdown. Knockout was one of the last pages to get finalized, as we only had black and white artwork for the car mode. So I contacted Mathias Dougherty (Production Manager) for a color image, I told him 'It's Knockout, man! He'll kill me if he doesn't look his best!'; he laughed, and set off to look for the gorgeous artwork you now see in the book.

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson


So yes, a lot more little things, but nothing that the book can't live without. I'm really quite proud of this one.

Va'al – It definitely looks comprehensive, and stunning. But do you think it'll appeal to all fans of the franchise? How would you sell it to a new reader?

Jim - Even if you're not interested in art books, the focus for this one is on process. Any Transformers fan, any fan of animation in general will find the process that goes into the creation of a cartoon extremely fascinating, I believe.

Transformers News: Transformers: Art of Prime Interview with Jim Sorenson


And it's very rare to have an art book like this for a TV show, you usually only get them for movies. As I said, I'm really proud of the result.

Va'al – I've been reading through it, you definitely should be. Thanks again Jim, this was a great quick chat! Any last words?

Jim - Thanks for the interest! I really hope you all enjoy the book.

Transformers: Art of Prime is out this Wednesday with IDW Publishing. You can find a preview for it here!

30-Second Holiday Specials - Decepticon Holidays "Naughty List" and "Decepticon Pudding"

Transformers News: 30-Second Holiday Specials - Decepticon Holidays "Naughty List" and "Decepticon Pudding"
Date: Friday, December 13th 2013 7:29pm CST
Category: Cartoon News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): The Hub Network

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The Hub Network has uploaded a couple of new 30 Second Holiday Specials featuring our favorite transforming alien robots! In the first clip Megatron recites "The Night Before Christmas" as the Vehicons listen and ponder the truly important aspects of the story. In the second we learn that Decpections really like figgy pudding, well most of them anyway. Enjoy the embedded videos below!




Transformers Prime: Predacons Rising Now Available on Netflix

Transformers News: Transformers Prime: Predacons Rising Now Available on Netflix
Date: Tuesday, December 10th 2013 6:32pm CST
Category: Cartoon News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Netflix

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Good news for those of you patiently waiting on Transformers Prime: Predacons Rising to arrive on Netflix, it's now available!

Transformers News: Transformers Prime: Predacons Rising Now Available on Netflix

Picking up where "Transformers Prime" left off, this feature-length animated tale finds the Autobots, Decepticons and Predacons teaming up to fight Unicron, who has taken over Megatron's body.
Cast: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker
Director: Vinton Heuck
Genre:Children & Family
Format: DVD

Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon
Date: Tuesday, December 10th 2013 2:22pm CST
Categories: Book News, Cartoon News
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): Amazon.com

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Amazon has put on a preview on their Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover listing. The book is written by Jim Sorenson and gives us a look at character and prop design, backgrounds and sets and color and effects. This preview gives us a look at a number of the pages exploring the art of Transformers Prime. The book is scheduled for release December 31.

Explore the rich world of Transformers Prime! Loaded with character animation models, concept art, interviews with the creators and more, Transformers: The Art of Prime provides and unprecendented look behind the scenes of bringing the TF Prime universe to television audiences. Jim Sorenson (Transformers The Ark, Transformers AllSpark Almanac) brings this deep, vivid world into focus!


Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Transformers News: Transformers - Art of Prime Hardcover Preview on Amazon

Decepticon Holidays: Holiday Schmoliday!

Transformers News: Decepticon Holidays: Holiday Schmoliday!
Date: Monday, December 2nd 2013 8:03pm CST
Category: Cartoon News
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): The Hub Network

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The Hub Network has uploaded a 30 second Holiday Special titled "Decepticon Holidays: Holiday Schmoliday!". Enjoy the lighthearted video embedded below:


TRANSFORMERS PRIME ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE DVD arrives in stores on Feb 25, 2014

Transformers News: TRANSFORMERS PRIME ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE DVD arrives in stores on Feb 25, 2014
Date: Tuesday, November 26th 2013 8:57pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Press Releases
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Shout! Factory

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Transformers News: TRANSFORMERS PRIME ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE DVD arrives in stores on Feb 25, 2014

Transformers News: TRANSFORMERS PRIME ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE DVD arrives in stores on Feb 25, 2014


For Immediate Release

TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE
Featuring Action-Packed BUMBLEBEE Animated Adventures!


Transformers News: TRANSFORMERS PRIME ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE DVD arrives in stores on Feb 25, 2014


SPECIAL DVD DEBUTS IN STORES EVERYWHERE
OWN IT ON FEBRUARY 25, 2014 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY KIDS



Spring into action with BUMBLEBEE from Hasbro Studios’ Emmy® Award-winning series TRANSFORMERS PRIME! Beloved by kids and legions of fans worldwide, BUMBLEBEE is a dedicated warrior and a scout who serves as part of the elite squad lead by OPTIMUS PRIME. Though he may be one of the smallest and youngest of the TRANSFORMERS, don’t let that fool you. Time and time again, this AUTOBOT proves that he has the bravery to fight for what is right and the tenacity to throw himself into action to battle against his opponents no matter where they appear. On February 25, 2014, Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will release TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE on DVD, featuring a collection of four best BUMBLEBEE adventures from the TRANSFORMERS PRIME lore. Packed with visually stunning CG animation and unforgettable characters, this new DVD delivers fun-filled home entertainment that kids and parents will enjoy! Bring home TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE DVD at an affordable low price of $9.99. SRP.
Pre-order at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Transformers-Prim ... blebee+dvd


Four action-packed BUMBLEBEE adventures include:
  • Masters and Students
  • Operation Bumblebee, Part 1
  • Operation Bumblebee, Part 2
  • Deadlock

Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Josh Keaton, Jeffrey Combs, Kevin Michael Richardson, Will Friedle, Sumalee Montano, Ernie Hudson, Markie Post and Steve Blum lend their voices to this hit series produced by Hasbro Studios. TRANSFORMERS PRIME is executive produced by Duane Capizzi, Jeff Kline, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. The series airs on The HUB TV Network in the U.S. and on Teletoon in Canada.

About Hasbro Studios
Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro's world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on the Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro's brands, including TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Paramount), G.I. JOE 3 (Paramount) and CANDY LAND (Sony). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro's brands as well production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com

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Transformers Armada The Complete Series 8-DVD set debuts March 11, 2014

Transformers News: Transformers Armada The Complete Series 8-DVD set debuts March 11, 2014
Date: Tuesday, November 26th 2013 12:38pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Media, Press Releases
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Shout! Factory

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TRANSFORMERS ARMADA: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Relive the Adventures of This Classic Animated TV Series in One Complete Set Featuring All 52 Action-Packed Episodes

BRING HOME THIS COLLECTIBLE 8-DVD SET ON MARC 11, 2014 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

Brace yourself to relive some of the most astonishing TRANSFORMERS battles between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS through the complete series release of TRANSFORMERS ARMADA. In 2002, TRANSFORMERS fans and kids were introduced to the animated television series TRANSFORMERS ARMADA. This is the unforgettable chapter of TRANSFORMERS lore and the first part of the rare UNICRON Trilogy – consisting of ARMADA, ENERGON and CYBERTRON. OPTIMUS PRIME, his team of AUTOBOTS and their human friends stepped up the fight against MEGATRON and his DECEPTICONS for control of the universe and the power-enhancing MINI-CONS, a lost race of TRANSFORMERS. Valor, deception and unexpected twists unfolded in these captivating adventures, leading to an unlikely alliance between natural enemies in the face of a genuine evil known as UNICRON.

Transformers News: Transformers Armada The Complete Series 8-DVD set debuts March 11, 2014

On March 11, 2014, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, will unleash TRANSFORMERS ARMADA: THE COMPLETE SERIES on home entertainment shelves everywhere. For the first time ever, the entire series is collected in one deluxe 8-DVD set, featuring all 52 memorable episodes. Whether reliving the childhood memory or discovering this series for the first time, this is an essential home collection for every fan, collectors and entire family to complete their TRANSFORMERS home entertainment library. This complete series 8-DVD set is priced to own at $44.99 SRP.

Pre-order is available now at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GSTHDCU?tag ... amp=211189

Synopsis:
Our heroes, the AUTOBOTS and their nemesis, the DECEPTICONS are at it again in this complete series of the TRANSFORMERS ARMADA. This series open to a war between the two factions of TRANSFORMERS on their home planet of Cybertron over MINI-CONS, a race of smaller, power-enhancing TRANSFORMERS. This struggle will bring AUTOBOTS, DECEPTICONS and MINI-CONS to earth, where they continue to battle, even after two humans get involved. Through the course of this series, the TRANSFORMERS face mysterious mercenaries, mighty MINI-CON weapons and even time travel as they fight for control or freedom.

About Hasbro Studios
Hasbro Studios is the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS). The studio is responsible for entertainment brand-driven storytelling for the company across television, film, commercial productions and short-form. It develops, produces and distributes TV shows based on Hasbro's world class brands, including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and FAMILY GAME NIGHT. Many of these shows air on the Hub Network, a U.S. television network for kids and their families, that is a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Hasbro Studios shows can also be seen on networks in more than 180 territories globally. Since its formation in 2009, the studio has received seven Daytime Emmy wins and 16 nominations. On the film side, the studio is developing and producing a number of features based on Hasbro's brands, including TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION (Paramount), G.I. JOE 3 (Paramount) and CANDY LAND (Sony). The studio team also oversees the production of commercials that feature Hasbro's brands as well production of short-form content that can be seen on all of the major digital and social media platforms globally.

About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records, HighTone Records and Video Time Machine. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #102 - Hidden Mickeys
Twincast / Podcast #102:
"Hidden Mickeys"
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Posted: Sunday, October 5th, 2014