Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Predacons Rising Will Air October 4 on the Hub
Friday, August 30th, 2013 7:57PM CDTCategories: Cartoon News, Press Releases
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THE HUB NETWORK WILL HAVE THE EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE OF HASBRO STUDIO’S ACTION-PACKED ORIGINAL MOVIE
“TRANFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS PREDACONS RISING,”
The Feature Film Serves as an Epilogue to
The Popular Hub Network Series,
“Transformers Prime Beast Hunters”
LOS ANGELES — The Hub Network, a destination for kids and their families, will have the exclusive world premiere of the Hasbro Studios’ feature film, “Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Predacons Rising,” on Friday, October 4 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, with an encore at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT. This epilogue to the popular Hub Network series, “Transformers Prime Beast Hunters,” takes viewers on a cinematic adventure with a captivating storyline and Unforgettable characters and features amazing CG animation. In the “Transformers Prime Beast Hunters” series a fearsome new faction, the dragon-like PREDACONS, emerged on Earth and the AUTOBOTS adapted with never before seen BEAST HUNTERS abilities to battle this all new enemy led by the spectacular PREDAKING character.
In “Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Predacons Rising,” a resurrected UNICRON has taken over the now empty body of MEGATRON to seek vengeance on the AUTOBOTS and ultimately, the destruction of CYBERTRON. This formidable enemy forces an unlikely alliance between the AUTOBOTS, DECEPTICONS, PREDAKING and two new PREDACONS, who come together in an epic battle to help protect their newly restored planet.
“Transformers Prime Beast Hunters Predacons Rising” is executive produced by Roberto Orci (“Star Trek Into Darkness”), Alex Kurtzman (“Star Trek Into Darkness”), Jeff Kline (“Men in Black: The Animated Series”) and stars Michael Ironside (“Ultra Magnus”). It also stars the cast of “Transformers Prime,” including Will Friedle (“Bumblebee”), Peter Cullen (“Optimus Prime”), Steve Blum (“Starscream”), Nolan North (“Smokescreen”), John Noble (“Unicron”), Peter Mensa (“Predaking”), Frank Welker (“Megatron”), Jeffrey Combs (“Ratchet”), Kevin Michael Richardson (“Bulkhead”) and Sumalee Montano (“Arcee”).
“Transformers Prime” ran on the Hub Network for three seasons, the last season of which was titled “Transformers Prime Beast Hunters.” The Hub Network aired the series finale of “Transformers Prime” on Friday, July 26.
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Posted by Sabrblade on August 30th, 2013 @ 8:55pm CDT
Posted by #Sideways# on August 30th, 2013 @ 10:52pm CDT
Posted by Cyclonus43 on September 14th, 2013 @ 12:48pm CDT
Everything seemed rushed and the ending was just eh.
Posted by VirusCarnage on September 14th, 2013 @ 12:55pm CDT
Cyclonus43 wrote:Not to be a debbie downer....again....but the movie is/was a disappointment.
Everything seemed rushed and the ending was just eh.
I thought it didn't air until October 4th?
Posted by Mindmaster on September 14th, 2013 @ 12:59pm CDT
viruscarnage wrote:Cyclonus43 wrote:Not to be a debbie downer....again....but the movie is/was a disappointment.
Everything seemed rushed and the ending was just eh.
I thought it didn't air until October 4th?
The movie is starting to (illegally) leak on video-sharing websites. Someone on Facebook showed me a YouTube link to it earlier today, and temptation gave in. I watched the first thirty minutes before the video was removed.
From what I gathered, I thought it was nice and fluid. Of course, I didn't get to see the last thirty minutes of it.
Posted by Seibertron on September 14th, 2013 @ 1:07pm CDT
Posted by sdn1337 on September 14th, 2013 @ 1:48pm CDT
Posted by Noideaforaname on September 14th, 2013 @ 2:02pm CDT
Posted by Mindmaster on September 14th, 2013 @ 2:03pm CDT
Noideaforaname wrote:Is that [spoiler]Unicron-possessed Megatron riding an undead robot dragon? And do we not have any TF toys to properly recreate it?[/spoiler]
Umm, well, you could probably use the upcoming Commander-class Unicron Megatron (Or, as I've grown to call him, Unitron) on one of the Deluxes, or something.
Posted by ILL-Star on September 14th, 2013 @ 2:18pm CDT
Unicron Megatron's rocky jet mode looks awesome.
Posted by VirusCarnage on September 14th, 2013 @ 2:29pm CDT
Posted by Seibertron on September 14th, 2013 @ 3:28pm CDT
Posted by SkyWarpsGhost on September 14th, 2013 @ 5:50pm CDT
Not gonna give anything away, so gonna wait until more people have seen it before posting my thoughts/opinions. Will just say I had the same lump in my throat that I had when BB killed Megatron at the end of S3 during the finale.
'What in Alpha Trions beard...'
Posted by frogbat on September 14th, 2013 @ 5:55pm CDT
'Sooting straight'.... I chuckled at that
Non stop action, great for the kids and good plot... Plus not a ...... In sight
Posted by Stryfe Convoy on September 14th, 2013 @ 8:08pm CDT
I wasn't a big fan of [spoiler]Beast Machines[/spoiler], especially because of this act. [spoiler]Having the leader of the team, who you've been rooting for for the entirety of the series(or multiple series as is the case with Beast Wars/Machines) just opt to go and jump into the core of the planet to reformat/release all the sparks on the planet, only proves that the writers weren't trying very hard. I understand sacrifice is supposed to be the ultimate act of heroism, but living to keep fighting evil is more heroic, for the simple fact that if you sacrifice yourself, you get off easy. To live and keep doing what you're doing shows that you understand the hardships you face, and undertake them willingly.[/spoiler]
Okay... End spoiler-ish rant.
Posted by Manterax Prime on September 14th, 2013 @ 8:28pm CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on September 14th, 2013 @ 11:43pm CDT
[spoiler]So it starts off with a graduation ceremony for Bumblebee, with Optimus presumably promoting him from Scout to Warrior, as Bee stated he wished to hold off on until the war was over and they were free to return to Cybertron. Though, it looks as though the event is being held in Kaon, before a giant Megatron statue... Odd choice.
Megatron's dead body lies at the bottom of the sea on Earth.
No theme song or sequence for this one. Just the season 3 title card.
Megatron is completely dead, but he cannot fully pass on to the afterlife (i.e. - join with the Allspark) because of the Dark Energon that once flowed through his veins binds him to Unicron's "Anti-Spark". I guess he's just stuck in a state of limbo, then.
When Optimus used the Matrix to silence Unicron before, all he did was render Unicron's material form dormant, while his energy form was roused when Primus awoke when Cybertron was restored.
Megatron's body has become more spiky. and his jet mode now looks a bit more like the Gaia Unicron toy's spaceship mode (the one that looks like a face volcano). Sadly, though, the only toy that comes remotely close to resembling this new form of Megatron's is the Construct-Bots Unicron Megatron toy.
Ah, that's why the ceremony was held by the Megatron statue. So Jackie could blow it up once Bee was promoted.
Seeing Bumblebee speak with Will Friedle's voice is so refreshing to hear (if that makes sense ), and small moment with "Smokey" is very nice.
Bulkhead: "Primes never party." - Oh, THANKS for the reminder! Like we REALLY needed that!
Ah HA! Optimus still hasn't gotten the AllSpark back to Cybertron! Another plot point from the novels still left to be resolved. And he says he needs to go find it because Cybertron, while being back alive itself, is incapable of creating new life without it.
Smokescreen never knew about the AllSpark launching, which Optimus says happened "thousands of years" ago (firmly putting to rest the old "millions and millions of years between WFC/FOC and Prime" gap being not that long). And we get a flashback to the launching. Sweet.
Optimus mentions that the Matrix will guide him to the AllSpark's location, which he attempted to do back in Exiles. But in that book, the Matrix led him to two of the colony worlds instead, and Optimus kept getting sidetracked along the way by many things. So even if the Matrix was going to lead to the AllSpark back then, a LOT of factors really must have gotten in Optimus's way to make him put off finding it for so long.
Starscream, Shockwave, and Predaking are still unaccounted for, and Optimus appoints Magnus to head patrolling missions to find them. Bulkhead is ordered to head the reconstruction project by building a landing field to welcome returning refugees. Wheeljack, however, gets the best job of all: He gets to go with Optimus as his deep-space navigator.
Megatron and Unicron occupy the same mind space within the same body.
Cool! Bulkhead's got Vehicons working under him.
Knock Out and other Vehicons are handcuffed and locked in a cell aboard the Nemesis. Bee's holding them there in hopes to get info on Shockwave's location.
Some of these Cybertronian structures and landscapes do remind me an awful lot like some of those seen in WFC and FOC. I pray the similarities are not mere coincidences.
Enter Skylynx and Darksteel.
Phew! For a second there, I thought Smokescreen was a fried goner. Gotta love that Phase Shifter and Smoke's intelligence usage of it.
Bumblebee suspects that, if Shockwave's back in business with his cloning experiments, there could be a lot, a LOT, more Predacons than just those two out there. Let's wait and see.
Wheeljack notes that the AllSpark was sent to a hazardous star system called "Theta Scorpii", which Optimus knows about. Would have been nice to have pointed that out thousands of years ago, eh Prime?
It was Alpha Trion himself who constructed the reliquary that contains the AllSpark's pure energy.
That is a LOT of Predacons... dead ones, anyway. "Rendered extinct ages ago by the Great Cataclysm."
How's it hangin', Screamer?
Egad! Seeing them in clear light, Skylynx and Darksteel really don't look anything like their toys. Outside of the most basic of similarities, that is.
Starscream makes no hesitation to constantly speak of Megatron in reverence, despite having no real reason to. Guess he really has grown out of his old anti-Megatron feelings.
Hey look! The Darkmount citadel on Cybertron is just like the one that was on Earth.
Holy smokes! That AllSpark looks nothing like I imagined it would. Neither a cube nor a Matrix-like shape. It's... pretty freaky-looking. Though, it almost seems like Optimus found it a little too easily, compared to his eons of searching for it without luck despite having the same search tools back then as he has now.
UniMegs's entrance mirrors that of Optimus 2.0's from episode 56 "Rebellion".
It's Frank Welker's voice, but Unicron's in the driver's seat.
That is some series "Arms Up" action going on there with UniMegs's arms.
I actually do wonder if that Smelting pit will be used in the story at some point (be it now or later), since they bothered to make a big deal about it still burning functionally despite Cybertron having been dormant for millennia.
At long last, after literally eons of searching, Optimus has finally gotten the AllSpark back. Coupled with the Star Saber, that makes two of his star-searching lifelong goals met.
HA! I KNEW IT! I KNEW they wouldn't be smelted right then and there! See? Main characters from Day 1 (plus Smoke, cuz he's awesome) don't get offed so arbitrarily by this show. The plot won't let them. Muwahahahaha!
Smokescreen: "What're we supposed to call 'em, huh? 'Megacron'? 'Unitron'?"
Arcee: "Really? That's your biggest issue right now?"
RATCHET CALLED UNICRON A "GOD"!!! A G-O-D "GOD"!!! That is the first time that has ever happened in any English-language Transformers animation ever made!!!
Whoa! In the Primus/Unicron flashback, we got a glimpse of what looked like a pre-formed Cybertron, surrounded by space clouds.
Predaking's about to meet UniMegs.
Oh no... Oh no... no... No... Don't kill Predaking... No...
Unicron just read Predaking's mind and now knows of the legions of dead Predacons from earlier.
And now, Shockwave and Starscream have found them as well.
Starscream is both baffled and overjoyed to see "his master" back. He even complements his new duds.
Darksteel and Skylynx waste no time lunging at UniMegs.
Well, folks, looks like this is what the title of the film refers to: Two new beasts and a whole lot of zombies.
You FOOL, Shockwave! Stop shooting and RUN!
Ah, darn it! Not they're eating him!
The Terrorcon Predacons are headed across the Hydrax Plateau for the Well of All Sparks, the most direct route to the Core.
Starscream's staging a coup aboard the Nemesis.
LOL! Smokescreen's stuck in the wall like Knock Out once was.
Predaking finally meets his two successors.
Knock Out: "Now, will you believe that I'm joining the winning team?"
Bumblebee: "Knock Out... we needed that!"
Knock Out: "Wait. It really was the Immobilizer?"
Yay! Shockwave lives! Or should I call him "Shackwave"?
Man, Unicron and his army sure took their sweet time getting to the Well. I mean, can they be any slower?
Smokescreen just let slip the news that Optimus almost passed down the Matrix to him.
The ship is down. Right at the edge of the Well.
Whoops. Screamer's cell door broke.
YEAH! Autobots and Predacons vs. Terrorcon Predacons = AWESOME!
Oh no. The horde made it into the well. Along with the Pred trio.
Here comes Prime and Jackie!
Nice! When Bulkhead cries out Jackie's name and rides off the check on him, Arcee follows. Guess she and Wheeljack really hit it off before better than we thought.
UniMegs has the AllSpark... or does he?
Unicron, being a being of pure energy, was sucked into the reliquary of the Primes.
Oh look, Megatron lives. Again. Huzzah.
Megatron has... changed. He has renounced his need to inflict oppression, and has declared, no, demanded that the Decepticons are no more. Has old D-16 finally come back to us?
Starscream has returned to wanting to lead the Decepticons, and has taken it upon himself to rebuilt the faction under his name. But, incoming Predacons put a damper on that, wanting to "settle scores." Ah well, sorry Screamer.
Optimus put the energy of the AllSpark into the Matrix of Leadership, so that the reliquary could hold Unicron's essence.
Thus, Optimus's spark can no longer be separated from the multitude of others. In other words, he is now "one with the AllSpark/Allspark".
Optimus: "Because the Matrix must now be relinquished with the AllSpark, it cannot be restored. Or passed down to another. But while this may very well mark the end of the age of Primes, leadership can be earned with or without the Matrix."
Well, folks, looks like we're finally getting a dead Optimus. To those who wanted one back in episode 56, wish granted.
That final line of Optimus's makes it sound like it was written to act as the tiniest of elbow room for Optimus to return to life in a new body should a sequel series need him to do so.
Darksteel was voiced by Steve Blum (whom I could have sworn was voicing Skylynx instead). Skylynx was voiced by Nolan North. No new voice actors for these two, just existing ones.
That was very cool. A lot happened in this movie, and it all felt pretty good. Except for one little thing: The title. This movie was less "Predacons Rising" and more "Unicron Rising (plus a couple of Preds)". It really shows how much the Preds felt forced in to a story that otherwise did not need them. Darksteel and Skylynx were generic brutes who served as mostly background extras who only existed to breath fire and do tough stuff. The Terrorcon Predacon army could have easily been replaced by ordinary Terrorcons with little alteration to the story. Unicron stole this movie, but at least his awakening here, due to Primus's reactivation, made a lot more sense than some random, poorly-written planetary alignment. Bumblebee also stole this movie, being practically the star of it on the Autobots' side and taking center stage in a role of command. Will Friedle can really carry his own weight, and it shows. It was also interesting to see this being entirely Cybertron-centric, with no bits on Earth outside of a few quick shots, and no human characters at all. But, I still feel Optimus's finding the AllSpark was handled a little too easily, with it being found as though it were hardly a challenge to find it. Really, Optimus really couldn't have done this already back when he had the Ark all those years ago? I mean, he had the Matrix back then, which is all that he indicates as necessary to find it now, so what was the problem back then? And then there's Megatron, who's now no longer a warmongering tyrant. Will his change of heart be reflected in future fiction? Or will Hasbro force some way to throw him back into the ways of villainy? And what of Starscream? Did the Preds kill him? Did they not?
And what of the Dinobots? Or Rescue Force Sigma-17? While I don't expect the latter to get any resolution anytime soon, the former has their own comic storyline going on, so hopefully their fate is given in there. Same with Airachnid, who's another open book.
And Soundwave. Holy smoke, Soundwave was completely missing from this movie!
Though, as fun as it was, I'm actually kinda glad that it's all over. TF: Prime was an interesting series, but now that it's run its course, I feel that I'm ready for something new. The Go! cartoon has been entertaining enough, but it's become tough to watch it, so that's a slow going process. Rescue Bots season 2 comes this Winter, but that's still a way's off. Then there's Age of Extinction coming next year, but I need something other than another Movieverse flick to keep me vested. Here's hoping that whatever comes next to replace TF: Prime turns out to be good.[/spoiler]
Posted by Samsonator on September 15th, 2013 @ 1:47am CDT
Posted by Regamors on September 15th, 2013 @ 6:41am CDT
Posted by Flashwave on September 15th, 2013 @ 1:27pm CDT
[spoiler]Megatron is completely dead, but he cannot fully pass on to the afterlife (i.e. - join with the Allspark) because of the Dark Energon that once flowed through his veins binds him to Unicron's "Anti-Spark". I guess he's just stuck in a state of limbo, then.[/spoiler]
[spoiler]Megatron and Unicron occupy the same mind space within the same body.[/spoiler]
[spoiler]And Soundwave. Holy smoke, Soundwave was completely missing from this movie![/spoiler]
Yish, addressing spoilers out of context makes my head hurt. My thoughts are pretty much the same, but I wanted to call these particulars out
1&2 go together so here goes:
[spoiler]If Megatron is dead and can't go to the all-spark, making him go to Unicron instead, A) is he in "Limbo" (Like we really need another region of not-space for that word...) or in a Unicron based Allspark? Does this in a roundabout way show what the Cybertronian allspark looks like? A bunch of Cybertronians walking around the body of a sleeping god talking to each other? Cause to this point its always sounded more like a mixing pot and one's distinctiveness tends to fade.
And to that same point, we've killed a lot of Dark Energon infused cybertronians already. Vehicons, mostly, although Prime tends to handle those more like spark bearing Cybertronians in matching uniforms than anything else. But if they're dead, and we kiled poor Cliffy back in Season 1 with Energon breath, why doesn't he get drawn to Unicron? And if Skyquake expires in the Shadowzone, what about his spark, will he return to Unicron? He did have a lifesign, as did Cliffjumper, the Autobots tracked him same way they did Megs in the movie.[/spoiler]
3)[spoiler]Matter of debate, but since Soundwave was Shadowzoned, does he stay on the Nemesis doomed to forever stalk its halls or is he drawn to Earth since its a big honkin' space object with its own pan-dimensional gravitational pull? Ifd the latter, did poor Sounwave have the Nemesis pulled through him? Either way, I suspect if anyone could restart the war, it'd be him, and its propbably n the Autobots best interests to NOT go back for him, but sureley they know he's still alive, at least until he runs out of Energon and is forced to power down.[/spoiler]