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Seibertron.com Editorial - The Other Truly Thrilling 30: Sunbow's Transformers Cartoon Series

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Editorial - The Other Truly Thrilling 30: Sunbow's Transformers Cartoon Series
Date: Wednesday, September 17th 2014 4:09pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Editorials, Site Articles
Posted by: ScottyP | Credit(s): ScottyP

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The Other Truly Thrilling 30
Sunbow's Transformers Cartoon Series Turns 30



The day is Monday, September 17th, 1984. The 18th Prime Minister of Canada, Brian Mulroney was sworn in, and Reggie Jackson of the California Angels hit his 500th major league home run, becoming only the 13th person at that time to have done so. Not a very exciting day for most, but for some, this would be a day forever remembered.

You're going to see and be able to read a lot of articles today on the internet, specifically in the Transformers Fans' corner of it, and these will be about a certain birthday happening today. This is one of those articles. You're going to read about perspectives from people that were, with a fairly good chance of likelihood, about 5 to 7 years old on that date, who were captured by the premiere of a new cartoon series for the fall season called "The Transformers" on a Monday morning or afternoon. They'll talk very factually and sequentially about the history of the show and where it came from. They'll write well and give good reference for history down the road. This is not entirely one of those articles.

First, some of that base history but not too much, just to give some background. Marvel Comics' run of Transformers books had started in May, 1984, and had seen two published issues with a third to be shortly on the way in October. This was, of course, one channel through which to support the newly imported, rebranded toyline of the same name. The other was a joint production between Marvel Productions and Griffin Bacal's Sunbow Productions, a cartoon series designed to capture the attention of the children in Reagan's America with lots of action, little plot or continuity, and over the top, fun characterizations of the toys they could go have their parents buy on the local store shelves.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Editorial - The Other Truly Thrilling 30: Sunbow's Transformers Cartoon Series


It was a simpler, peaceful time, when children ran through quiet streets with gumdrop smiles and wealth trickled down to the middle class and, and, um, wait a minute. I wasn't born yet. What the hell am I writing about?

This is not your typical retrospective, because it can't be. I wasn't born until almost a year after this cartoon premiered. I can't pretend to know what it was like when it came out. Suffice it to say, by the time I was aware of what a Transformer was and could follow along with any sort of cartoon or comic, the show was meandering the random scheduling of syndication and the toyline's only fictional support was in the form of the latter quarter of the Marvel comic run. So how on earth would someone that only hit the rough target age for "The Transformers" in 1990 fall in love with the franchise on a level so deep that close to his own 30th birthday, he still spends countless hours collecting toys, absorbing fiction, and writing long form articles about the brand? How could this happen when things like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were new, hip, and vying for attention? The answer's quite simple: home video.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Editorial - The Other Truly Thrilling 30: Sunbow's Transformers Cartoon Series


Through the magic of FHE's home video releases, over and over again even children like me born well in the middle of the heyday of The Transformers' success could relive the spectacle of 24 minute long toy advertisements. Given the rushed production schedule, the efforts of now legendary (within our hobby, at least) names such as Flint Dille, David Wise, Wally Burr, George Bloom, Floro Dery, Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, and countless other voice actors and production crew will never be forgotten by, well, probably anyone reading this site and almost definitely anyone bothering to read this article!

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Editorial - The Other Truly Thrilling 30: Sunbow's Transformers Cartoon Series
That picture perfect low-res reproduction, right in your own home.


The first season enjoyed by so many through either broadcast or VHS gave us some of the most memorable and joyful characterizations of fan favorites such as Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, Ironhide, Bumblebee, Soundwave, Grimlock, the Constructicons, and so many others. For a very young child like what I was at the time, with undeveloped reading skills, these characterizations from the original animated cartoon will always stand out as the original and archetypical examples of those characters within my memory and subconscious.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Editorial - The Other Truly Thrilling 30: Sunbow's Transformers Cartoon Series
Right, wrong, or both, my brain instantly says "Rumble" because of the cartoon.


Of course, the show went on for a good while and eventually would come the event that changed everything, at least at the time. This event is also a fond VHS memory, and yes, it's the first Transformers Movie released in 1986.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Editorial - The Other Truly Thrilling 30: Sunbow's Transformers Cartoon Series


Having a copy of this amazing work only brought my interest in Transformers to a fever pitch, as between it, VHS copies of nearly all of season one, the continuing toy line, and the comic I had just begun to be able to understand, a fan for life was born. Regardless of your path, or what kind of fan you may be today, some significance can be found by tracing back to 30 years ago today.

Transformers, of course, has continued on persistently in some new animated form ever since, barring the time from 1988 through the start of Beast Wars in 1996 where only repackaged episodes of the original show were still used for various purposes. Even these new evolutions of the brand borrow heavily in spirit from the original show, with characters reusing lines, traits, and sometimes even actual voice actors.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Editorial - The Other Truly Thrilling 30: Sunbow's Transformers Cartoon Series
Treacherous, has a crown, flies, yep. It's Starscream.


Even now if we look ahead, 2015 will bring us yet another cartoon series and the second one to be titled "Robots in Disguise", and this will surely be the crux of the franchise's focus next year. Transformers has taken many branching paths and become a multimedia force in Hasbro's brand stable, with never ending toy releases, ongoing comics, frequent video game releases, and of course live action movies. Despite all that, the brand persists on as big and as well as it does because of the cartoons and their influence. Television is a powerful medium, and it's unlikely that The Transformers will ever divorce itself from that medium for very long every again.

Transformers News: Seibertron.com Editorial - The Other Truly Thrilling 30: Sunbow's Transformers Cartoon Series


I'd be remiss to not also remember some of the fantastic voice contributors to the original cartoon that we've lost over the years, here on a day where we learned the sad news that Buster Jones, the iconic voice of Blaster, is no longer with us. Here's to also remembering the good times brought to us all by such amazing artists as Chris Latta, Scatman Crothers, Casey Kasem, Orson Welles, and others that I may have forgotten.

The legacy of the first Transformers cartoon is undeniable. Hopefully in another 30 years, I'll be back to write another one of these as a crotchety old man, still surrounded by rotting 60 year old plastic toys.

Tell your story in the comment thread below. Why did you, and why do you still, enjoy the original cartoon? Maybe you hate it, that's ok too. Either way, there's no denying the impact it has had, which must have been so unimaginable 30 years ago to the day.

Voice Actor Buster Jones Passes Away

Transformers News: Voice Actor Buster Jones Passes Away
Date: Wednesday, September 17th 2014 12:46pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Noblemania

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We sadly report the passing of Buster Jones, musician, actor and voice talent for multiple animated series in the 70s and 80s, including The Transformers, where he portrayed the Autobot music enthusiast Blaster. The following excerpt is from this post, where multiple links can be found to interviews conducted by Jones through the years. He will be missed.

Transformers News: Voice Actor Buster Jones Passes Away


Buster Jones, popular cartoon voice actor of the 1970s-80s, passed away on 9/15/14. I learned of this because his neighbor kindly notified his Facebook friends list one at a time. Buster was not married and had no children.

In 2011, I had the privilege of interviewing him for my Super Friends blog series. It was the first interview he gave about his animation voiceover work. His interview was one of the most candid of that (or any of my) series—in fact, one of his stories in particular is flat-out ribald. Buster had been out of the VO business for a while and was desperate for work. That interview got him invited to a cartoon convention in Texas, for which he got paid—and the royal treatment.

When talking conversationally, Buster had a stutter. However, when he recorded, it went away.

NYCC 2014 Transformers Panels - IDW Publishing Comics, Robots in Disguise Series

Transformers News: NYCC 2014 Transformers Panels - IDW Publishing Comics, Robots in Disguise Series
Date: Wednesday, September 17th 2014 9:17am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Comic Book News, Event News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): NYCC

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Next month not only sees the arrival of TFCon Chicago, with its numerous guests, but also the big Eastern comics convention in the Big Apple - NYCC 2014! From the programme uploaded so far to their site, there are two fairly big Transformers panels taking place: one for IDW Publishing and Hasbro, one for the upcoming Transformers: Robots in Disguise animated series. Check out more details below.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise

Thu. October 9| 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM | 1A21

Hasbro invites Fans to join Special Guests from Hasbro Studios and voice talent from the new animated series, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, airing in early 2015, as they share details behind the making of the new series and a sneak peek of what’s to come, including reveals of new characters and more.


IDW & Hasbro: Transformers, Ponies & More!

Thu. October 9| 6:15 PM - 7:00 PM | 1A14

2014 has been a huge year for IDW and Hasbro! Join Senior Editor & Writer John Barber, with very Special Guests Amy Mebberson, Katie Cook, Sarah Stone, Mairghread Scott and Jim Zub for inside information on what’s happening with My Little Pony, Transformers, G.I. JOE, Dungeons & Dragons and more! Announcements, excitement, gossip, prizes and Q&A!

Transformers: Rescue Bots Minibots Boulder and Chase Sighted at US Retail

Transformers News: Transformers: Rescue Bots Minibots Boulder and Chase Sighted at US Retail
Date: Monday, September 8th 2014 2:49am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Sightings, Toy News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Superwheeljack

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Last we saw news about PlaySkool Transformers Rescue Bots Dinobots, the green- and blueosaur were still missing. But thanks to fellow Seibertron.com user Superwheeljack, we have a sighting from a Target in Cincinnati, Ohio, of both minibots Boluder and Chase ($3.99 each)! Check out photo proof below, and if you come across any new figures, make sure to use the right Sightings page, flag it up in a forum, and let us know at sightings@seibertron.com.

Transformers News: Transformers: Rescue Bots Minibots Boulder and Chase Sighted at US Retail

Transformers: Rescue Bots Airing on UK Freeview Channel

Transformers News: Transformers: Rescue Bots Airing on UK Freeview Channel
Date: Thursday, September 4th 2014 3:59am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Media
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Ravage XK

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Thanks to a tip from fellow Seibertron.com user Ravage XK, it appears that the animated series Transformers: Rescue Bots can now be viewed from the UK, and for free! See below for what they have to say about their discovery, and tune in to entertain the younger ones - or yourself.

I just retuned my Feeview TV and noticed that a channel called POP (+1) has appeared and while scanning the listing noticed that Transformers Rescue Bots is on at 9:30 am until 10:00am
and again at 4pm until 4:30 pm and then again at 6:30pm until 7pm.

The Loyal Subjects Transformers Vinyls Wave 3 Preview Image

Transformers News: The Loyal Subjects Transformers Vinyls Wave 3 Preview Image
Date: Wednesday, September 3rd 2014 10:16pm CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Collectables, Toy News
Posted by: Autobot032 | Credit(s): The Loyal Subjects

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The Loyal Subjects have been hard at work providing you with Chibi versions of your G1 favorite characters, and they're showing no signs of stopping now. Thanks to their instagram posting, seen here, you can see their upcoming Trailbreaker release, which is part of their Wave 3 assortment.

theloyalsubjects
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Trailbreaker is getting ready for Wave 3. #transformers #theloyalsubjects #tf3 #autobots #hasbro @division_les - 10p and still in the factory


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New Transformers 30th Anniversary Multimedia: Music and Clips from Japanese Animated Series Listings

Transformers News: New Transformers 30th Anniversary Multimedia: Music and Clips from Japanese Animated Series Listings
Date: Thursday, August 28th 2014 11:43am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Media
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Amazon.co.jp

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Thanks to a tip from fellow Seibertron.com user Stormrider, we have located two new listings on Amazon.co.jp, concerning two Transformers multimedia releases! The first one, The Transformers: Song Masterpiece, priced at 6480 Yen (around 65$) is a four-disc collection of theme songs, intros, end credits and more from the Japanese animated shows, with some nice Optimus Prime cover art. The second, The Transformers Music Matrix, is priced at 3536 Yen (around 35$), and includes a DVD with clips and songs from the 30 years of the franchise, with artwork to match featuring Star Saber, Dai Atlas, God Ginrai, and more! Check both of them out by clicking on the mirrored images below.


Transformers News: New Transformers 30th Anniversary Multimedia: Music and Clips from Japanese Animated Series Listings

Transformers News: New Transformers 30th Anniversary Multimedia: Music and Clips from Japanese Animated Series Listings

In-Hand Images - Beast Machines the Complete Series DVD Set and Table of Contents

Transformers News: In-Hand Images - Beast Machines the Complete Series DVD Set and Table of Contents
Date: Tuesday, August 26th 2014 11:49am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Site News
Posted by: Va'al

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We recently reported on the new release of the Beast Machines Complete Series DVD set from Shout! Factory, scheduled for this coming 2nd September. Seibertron.com was able to obtain an early copy for review purposes, so here we are, sharing it with you! Check out below a list of all the contents, and a selection of images showing off the product.

Season One Disc 1
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The Reformatting
Master of the House
Fires of the Past - with audio commentaries
Mercenary Pursuits
Forbidden Fruit
The Weak Component - interviews with series developer Marv Wolfman and story editor Robert N Skir

Season One Disc 2
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Revelations Part I: Discovery
Revelations Part II: Descent
Revelations Part III: Apocalypse
Survivor
The Key
The Catalyst
End of the Line

Season Two Disc 1
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Fallout
Savage Noble
Prometheus Unbound
In Darkest Knight
A Wolf in the Fold
Home Soil - interviews with voice director Susan Blu and voice actor David Kaye

Season Two Disc 2
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Sparkwar Part I: The Strike
Sparkwar Part II: The Search
Sparkwar Part III: The Siege
Spark of Darkness
Endgame Part I: The Downward Spiral
Endgame Part II: When Legends Fall - with audio commentary
Endgame Part III: Seeds of the Future - with audio commentary


Transformers News: Re: TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory

Transformers News: Re: TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory

Transformers News: Re: TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory

Transformers News: Re: TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory

Transformers News: Re: TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory

Transformers News: Re: TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory

Transformers News: Re: TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory

Transformers News: Re: TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory

Transformers News: Re: TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory

Transformers News: Re: TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory

Transformers News: Re: TRANSFORMERS: BEAST MACHINES - THE COMPLETE SERIES Coming in September 2014 from Shout! Factory

Transformers: Prime Beast Hunters and Polygon Studios Gain Two Daytime Emmy Awards

Transformers News: Transformers: Prime Beast Hunters and Polygon Studios Gain Two Daytime Emmy Awards
Date: Tuesday, August 26th 2014 7:34am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Company News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Asahi Shimbun

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This just in via the Asahi Shimbun and their translation team: Polygon Pictures, the CG studios behind Transformers Prime, Beast Hunters and the upcoming Robots in Disguise series, were awarded four Daytime Emmys during last night's 2014 ceremony, two of which robot-related! Check out below for more information, and head here for the whole story.

Meanwhile, "Transformers Prime Beast Hunters" won in two categories.

Yasuhiro Motoda was given the Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (Character Animator), with Jose Lopez honored with the Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (Character Design).

The full-CG "Transformers" animated series is based on the "Transformers" robot toy line, which marks its 30th anniversary this year. The previous season, "Transformers Prime Beast Hunters" was named the Outstanding Special Class Animated Program at the 39th Daytime Emmys.

Josh Feldman New Head of Development at Hasbro Studios

Transformers News: Josh Feldman New Head of Development at Hasbro Studios
Date: Tuesday, August 26th 2014 5:01am CDT
Categories: Cartoon News, Company News, Movie News, People News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Variety

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It seems Hasbro Studios are trying to shake things up a bit in their corner, hiring a new, and seemingly well-established, head of development in Josh Feldman. He has development credits for the X-Men series and the Fantastic Four movies, as well as already working with hasbro on Magic: The Gathering, for FOX. The full piece at Variety can be found here, but check out a snippet below!


“With his tremendous experience in brand-focused film storytelling, Josh is ideally suited for this role as we look to expand our feature business,” which includes a third “G.I. Joe” film, Davis said. “His focus will be on both our franchise and new brands in live-action and animation, and Josh will work closely with the studio’s TV development, brand, design, digital and licensing teams to deliver full storytelling integration across our brand blueprint.”

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #103 - Road Trip
Twincast / Podcast #103:
"Road Trip"
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Posted: Sunday, October 19th, 2014