In celebration of the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction, Sequart will be publishing content related to the Transformers all this week.
From their initial “Generation 1″ cartoon, toys, and comic book in the 1980s, the Transformers have gone on to become a pop-culture staple. Yet they’ve received relatively little analysis. This week is a small attempt to correct that.
Sequart uses themed weeks as a way of celebrating popular subjects, filling holes in comics and pop-culture criticism, and serializing in-depth criticism over a single week instead of many weeks (or even months). You can think of them as miniature conventions or conferences.
Rise of the Heroes
The Bots are made to believe the Burnses are their enemies after they're wiped of their memories. 08-02-2014
A plan is hatched by Griffin Rock's most evil villains to destroy the island and kidnap the Bots. 07-26-2014
The Griffin Rock Express
A mysterious superhero keeps a close eye on Griffin Rock while the Rescue Team rebuilds a train tunnel. 07-19-2014
Odd Bot Out
When Bumblebee partners up with Dani on a mission, Blades feels left out. 07-12-2014
Movers and Shakers
The Rescue Team has to take action when rogue technology goes underground. 07-05-2014
Hey guys, this is Delicon from the boards. Here is my summary of the G1 Retro panel, which focused on the original cartoons made by Sunbow.
The panelists were Jack Angel (Ultra Magnus, Astrotrain, Smokescreen, Ramjet, Breakdown and more), Hal Rayle (Shrapnel, Pipes, Slag, etc), Michael McConnohie (Tracks and Cosmos from G1 and Hotshot and Ironhide from RID) and Samantha Newark (Ariel from G1 and Jem from Jem and the Holograms.) Susan Blu and Morgan Lofting did not attend.
There was little intro and questions were taken from the start. Here are a few highlights.
As expected, each actor did a voice or two during the panel. At one point Samantha Newark said "Hi, I'm Jem...and these are not my Holograms!" Hal Rayle did his Shrapnel voice and did the famous echo effect. For reasons unexplained, Jack Angel even did some Grimlock (a character he did not originally voice.)
The actors were asked about their work on other shows. Michael McConnohie mentioned accidentally punching Roscoe Lee Browne while trying to deliver a line for the Visionaries series.
They talked about how fun the ensemble style recording sessions were. Wally Burr's unique directing style was discussed as was Frank Welker's tendency to play practical jokes with his voice. Welker loved to imitate sounds such as sliding doors and white noise and fooled Wally with those sometimes.
Casey Kasem was brought up. Jack Angel spoke of their many years they worked together on shows, including Super Friends. Hal Rayle mentioned how his wife (then around 30) told Casey she had loved him since she was a little girl to which Casey responded "Well, you're not a little girl now!"
Jack Angel said he had actually played Jem's father on Jem and the Holograms and joked about being Samantha's dad. He also told a story about how he at one point had been #4 on the list of actors with the most $100 million grossing films but had since been passed by Samuel L Jackson. Jackson had mentioned to Howard Stern that Angel and Welker (#1) weren't "real actors" to which Angel responded with challenging Jackson to get in the studio with him and Welker.
Michael McConnohie said that Cosmos had his voiced loosely based on horror icon Peter Laurie but that he was told to sound like "a very bad Peter Laurie."
The highlight of the panel was a fan who brought up original audition casting sheets (for Angel, Rayle and McConnohie) that he had purchased in an auction from Wally Burr. We learned that on the sketch sheet for Cosmos that there was a rocket instead of a flying saucer. Each actor read lines as their characters from the sheets - Jack Angel as Ramjet, McConnohie as Tracks and Rayle as Pipes and Shrapnel. It was revealed that Wally had crossed out some of the writer's dialogue and come up with his own lines.
Overall it was a very fun panel. All the speakers seemed to really enjoy themselves and interacted nicely with the fans. Other than the script reading, it was probably the lightest and fastest moving panel at BotCon 2014.
The Griffin Rock Express
A mysterious superhero keeps a close eye on Griffin Rock while the team rebuilds a train tunnel.
A plan is hatched by Griffin Rock's most evil villains to destroy the island and kidnap the Bots.
SHOUT! FACTORY CELEBRATES THE 30th ANNIVERSARY OF TRANSFORMERS WITH A TREASURE TROVE OF ENTERTAINMENT SPANNING THREE DECADES, “30 YEARS IN 3 DAYS – SHOUT! FACTORY LIVE AT BOTCON 2014” LIVE STREAM EVENT AND MORE!
Since 1984, the thrills of the TRANSFORMERS saga, the action of epic battles between the AUTOBOTS and the DECEPTICONS, and the memorable ROBOTS IN DISGUISE characters continue to spark the imagination of millions worldwide. The TRANSFORMERS brand is a global pop-culture phenomenon, bringing entertainment and excitement to kids and fans through countless collectible toys, animated series, films, comic books, video games and a convention dedicated to TRANSFORMERS collectors.
In honor of the year-long celebration of the TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary, Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, salutes the beloved TRANSFORMERS franchise by broadcasting from the floor of BotCon and by placing emphasis behind its uniquely diverse home entertainment offerings of TRANSFORMERS animated series (spanning 1984 – 2013). As part of the “THRILLING 30” festivities, the multi-faceted campaign from Shout! Factory includes TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary branded product highlights, gift-with-purchase ecommerce opportunities, special digital live stream event “30 YEARS IN 3 DAYS –SHOUT! FACTORY LIVE AT BOTCON 2014” – featuring TRANSFORMERS series marathon with special coverage from BotCon 2014 – and many more surprises to further engage fans and collectors.
For continuing updates on the TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary celebration from Shout! Factory, please follow us on Twitter @ShoutFactory, hashtag #BotCon2014.
“30 YEARS IN 3 DAYS – SHOUT! FACTORY LIVE AT BOTCON 2014” DIGITAL LIVE STREAM EVENT
Shout! Factory, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, presents “30 YEARS IN 3 DAYS LIVE AT BOTCON 2014,” a three-day digital live stream takeover featuring marathon of TRANSFORMERS series episodes, exclusive digital segments and highlights from BotCon 2014. Viewers can tune in to this special marathon event on Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22, exclusively on http://www.TF30years.com and Shout! Factory’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/shoutfactory).
The live stream will originate from the BotCon floor at the Pasadena Convention Center. Viewers and fans are encouraged to share their passion for the TRANSFORMERS via Twitter using the hashtag #TF30years, #BotCon2014 and @shoutfactory.
Content and times are approximate and subject to change.
All times are listed in PDT (Pacific Daylight Time).
TUNE-IN to “30 YEARS IN 3 DAYS – SHOUT! FACTORY LIVE AT BOTCON 2014” DIGITAL LIVE STREAM EVENT” at http://www.TF30years.com and Shout! Factory’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/shoutfactory).
Friday, June 20:
11:00 AM "Triple Changer: From Toy to Comic to Screen"
11:30 AM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1"
12:00 PM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "More Than Meets the Eye, Part 2"
12:30 PM "The Combiner: Forming the TRANSFORMERS Animated Series"
12:45 PM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "More than Meets the Eye, Part 3"
1:15 PM "The Headmasters: Voicing the Robots in Disguise"
1:45 PM "Into the Creation Matrix: A Conversation with Bob Budiansky"
Saturday, June 21:
10:00 AM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "S.O.S. Dinobot"
10:30 AM Panel: James Roberts Storyteller
10:45 AM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "Ghost in the Machine"
11:15 AM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 1"
11:45 PM The TRANSFORMERS (Generational 1): "The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 2"
12:00 PM Panel: Rescue Bots Cast Q&A
12:15 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "Beast Wars, Part 1"
12:45 PM "Maximize! Creating a New Breed of Transformer"
1:00 PM Panel: 2014 Hasbro Toys
1:15 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "Beast Wars, Part 2"
1:45 PM "Remembering the Spark"
2:00 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "The Agenda, Part 1"
2:30 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "The Agenda, Part 2"
2:45 PM Panel: Women in Animation
3:00 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "The Agenda, Part 3"
3:30 PM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "Optimal Situation"
3:45 PM Saturday Highlight Reel
Sunday, June 22:
9:30 AM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "Feral Scream, Part 1"
10:00 AM Panel: 2014 Live Script Reading
10:15 AM TRANSFORMERS BEAST WARS: "Feral Scream, Part 2"
10:45 AM TRANSFORMRES BEAST MACHINES: "The Reformatting"
11:00 AM Transformers Armada: "First Encounter"
11:30 AM Transformers Energon: "Cybertron City"
11:45 AM Transformers Cybertron: "Fallen"
12:15 PM Transformers Animated: "Thrill of the Hunt"
12:45 PM Panel: Transformers Animated
1:00 PM Transformers Animated: "Garbage In, Garbage Out"
1:15 PM Transformers Animated: "Garbage In, Garbage Out" with Commentary
1:45 PM Panel: Transformers Comics: IDW
2:00 PM TRANSFORMERS Rescue Bots: "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock"
2:30 PM Transformers Prime: "One Shall Fall"
2:45 PM "A Look at Polygon Pictures"
3:00 PM Panel: Transformers G1 Retrospective
3:15 PM Sunday Highlight Reel
TRANSFORMERS animated series home entertainment product highlights include:
The TRANSFORMERS: The Complete Series (Generational 1)
TRANSFORMERS: BEAST WARS
TRANSFORMERS THE JAPANESE COLLECTION
TRANSFORMERS ARMADA: THE COMPLETE SERIES
TRANSFORMERS ENERGON: THE COMPLETE SERIES
TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON: THE COMPLETE SERIES
TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED: THE COMPLETE SERIES
TRANSFORMERS PRIME Seasons One, Two and Three
TRANSFORMERS PRIME: DARKNESS RISING
TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ONE SHALL STAND
TRANSFORMERS PRIME: ULTIMATE BUMBLEBEE
TRANSFORMERS PRIME: BEAST HUNTERS – PREDACONS RISING
TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: GRIFFIN ROCK RESCUE
TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: ENERGIZE
TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: HEROES ON THE SCENE
*Loyal fans and collectors please take note:
Available while supplies last, receive a limited-edition 18”x24” collector’s poster with any purchase of TRANSFORMERS animated series home entertainment products from ShoutFactory.com
Hey guys, here's an episode listing update! Careful, they're a bit spoilerish!
June 21 - “Rescue Dog”
Cody and the Bots find a stray dog who ends up joining the rescue team, but Priscilla Pynch has other plans for the pet.
June 28 - “Changes”
Doctor Morocco learns a devastating secret that threatens the Rescue Bots’ mission, but Optimus Prime guides Heatwave to acquire a surprising new ability.
July 5 - "Movers and Shakers"
The Rescue Team has to take action when rogue technology goes underground.
July 12 - "Odd Bot Out"
When Bumblebee partners up with Dani on a mission, Blades feels left out.
Oooo interesting! Can't wait for that Changes ep personally!
New TV series the transformers, the title has been announced. 2015 spring broadcasting. Again in the PPI are responsible filmmaking
トランスフォーマーの新テレビシリーズ、タイトルが発表されました。2015年春放送開始。再びPPIで映像制作を担当しています。 http://t.co/DJL5QbVY8E— Shuzo Shiota 塩田周三 (@da_shooz) June 13, 2014
The veteran executive oversaw the 2010 launch of the kids cable network, a joint venture between Discovery Communications and toymaker Hasbro, and has run it ever since.
“After five years at the Hub Network as its founding President & CEO, I am announcing that I will be leaving at the end of the year when my contract expires,” Loesch said in a statement to Deadline. “I am very proud of the work we have done and the accomplishments we have achieved at the Hub. The network is now in excellent financial shape, its ratings are up year-to-year, our programming has won more than 30 awards, including 12 Daytime Emmys, and the Hub Network has become a TV home for quality programming that kids and their families come together to enjoy. I will be working closely with our parent companies, Discovery and Hasbro, to assist in the leadership transition. I want to thank both companies for the opportunity they extended me and thank my wonderful team at the Hub. I have loved my job and am proud of the achievements we’ve made. While my career has spanned over four decades, I look forward to evaluating future opportunities and writing the next chapter.”
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