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Sunbow Transformers Deleted Audio - A Plague of Insecticons

Transformers News: Sunbow Transformers Deleted Audio - A Plague of Insecticons
Date: Monday, January 15th 2018 2:23pm CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Tyrannacon | Credit(s): Transformers At the Moon on Twitter and YouTube

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We got some new recovered audio posted by the TransformersAtTheMoon Twitter today, this time from season one, episode fifteen, "A Plague of Insecticons." Featuring the late Wally Burr and his impressive voice talents along with featuring "body English" sessions for the Insecticons voiced by Hal Rayle, Michael Bell and Clive Revill! Be sure to check it out below!



TRANSCRIPT:
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Wally Burr: Episode Introduction

### Insecticon Body English Segment ###
Wally Burr: Body English direction for Bombshell
Wally Burr: Body English direction for Shrapnel

### Additional Dialogue 1 ###
MEGATRON: Giant insects? Well done, Laserbeak. We must intercept them at once. Prepare for aerial rendezvous.

**NEW** MEGATRON: If those insects are really what I think they are. Our Autobot friends are in for a ghastly surprise.

MEGATRON: Soundwave, send Ravage to investigate.

### Insecticon Body English Segment ###
Wally Burr: Body English direction for Sharpnel (eating)
Wally Burr: Body English direction for Bombshell (eating)
Wally Burr: Body English direction for Kickback (eating)
Wally Burr: Body English direction for Sharpnel (menacing noises)
Wally Burr: Body English direction for Bombshell (menacing noises)

**Note that not all of Skyfire's audio was not recorded during the episode. **

### EXTENDED SCENE ###
WINDCHARGER: Quick, behind me! Those spikes can't penetrate my repulsor field.
SPIKE WITWICKY: Great work, Windcharger. But we're still in trouble!

**NOT RECORDED ** SKYFIRE: I can't fly us outta here. That wallop from Kickback shorted my transform circuits.
**NOT RECORDED ** BRAWN: Well, let's look at the bright side. At least they didn't bring that sawed-off nerd Rumble along.

**NEW** RUMBLE: Wrong rustbucket!
**NEW** Body english of the Autobots reacting, introduced by WALLY BURR
**NEW** Body english of Spike reacting, introduced by WALLY BURR

### EXTENDED SCENE ###
SOUNDWAVE: My sensors indicate we are no longer alone.

**NEW**MEGATRON: Laserbeak Investigate
**NEW**LASERBEAK: Squawk
**NEW** WALLY BURR: Laserbeak squawk two

MEGATRON: All right, Insecticons. We'll take care of your clones, you take care of Jetfire!

### EXTENDED SCENE ###
TRAILBREAKER: Let's try a little force field to interrupt his override waves!
SHRAPNEL: Interruption-interruption!

**NEW** SIDESWIPE: Uhh!, we're free.

BRAWN: Give me a toss, Optimus. I wanna teach that bug a lesson!
OPTIMUS PRIME: Uhh! Go get him, Brawn!
BRAWN: Gotcha, beetle-brain!

### WALLY BURR: Body English for Brawn (wrestling) ###
### WALLY BURR: Body English for Sharpnel (wrestling) ###

### Wally Burr: Body English direction for Sharpnel (cackling) ###
### Wally Burr: Body English direction for Sharpnel (cackling internally) ###
### Wally Burr: Body English direction for Bombshell (slurping oil) ###
### Wally Burr: Body English direction for Kickback (slurping oil) ###

### EXTENDED SCENE ###
OPTIMUS PRIME: Ironhide, quick! If the flames reach the refinery, the whole place will explode!

**NEW** SPIKE WITWICKY: Quick Bumblebee, in here!

KICKBACK: Bombshell! Shrapnel! Look! Storm clouds! The day is won!
MEGATRON: What is that idiot-headed grasshopper talking about?
BOMBSHELL: He's talking about the end of the Autobots!
MEGATRON: But our enemy is on the ground, not in the sky.
SHRAPNEL: But our weapon is in the clouds, and Bombshell's explosion has brought it to us-us!

**NEW** SIDESWIPE: What's going on?
**NEW** WHEELJACK: I wish I knew.

SHRAPNEL : Now......taste the lightning, Autobot fools!
WHEELJACK: Erh... it tastes terrible!


### Wally Burr: Body English direction for Bombshell (eating sound) ###
### Wally Burr: Body English direction for Shrapnel (eating sound) ###
### Wally Burr: Body English direction for Kickback (eating sound) ###

Steve Jablonsky Transformers: The Last Knight Score Available for Free Download

Transformers News: Steve Jablonsky Transformers: The Last Knight Score Available for Free Download
Date: Monday, January 15th 2018 12:51pm CST
Categories: Live Action Movie News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Paramount

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For those of you who follow the wider entertainment world, you'll be aware of this being awards season - and the Oscars are up soon (March 4, 2018) - and that movie companies and productions are gearing up for the consideration of the industry and the Academy. In light of that, Paramount has made available 'For Your [ours too] Consideration' the full score by Steve Jablonsky from the 2017 live-action movie Transformers: The Last Knight, for free, from their website!

If you already had a copy from the previous retail release, you may spot some differences between that and this version, with some the tracks not corresponding in the two copies, but rather this current release being the exact score used in the movie itself - as you can see already from the track listings. Take a listen, and join the discussion in the Energon Pub!

Transformers News: Steve Jablonsky Transformers: The Last Knight Score Available for Free Download

Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"
Date: Sunday, January 14th 2018 2:50pm CST
Categories: Site News, Digital Media News, Podcast
Posted by: Razorclaw0000

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Welcome to the latest Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast episode, featuring host ScottyP, along with xRotorstormx and Razorclaw0000 as we journey through the latest toy and comic news in the first episode of 2018.

Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

First up, we continue the in-hand impressions of Wave 1 Power of the Primes toys, this time focusing on the Leaders. We discuss the common QC issues as well as the play pattern, inner robots, evolution modes, and discuss the relative successes and compromises of both Optimus Prime and Rodimus Prime.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"
They're just Prime


The discussion of the Power of the Primes toys leads us into a roundtable on the collecting epoch that is the Prime Wars Trilogy: as a new collector, are you OK to focus on Prime Wars (Combiner Wars, Titans Return, Power of the Primes) and largely ignore the first "Neo-G1" set of lines made up of Classics, Henkei, Generations, Universe 2.0, Thrilling 30, United, and Power Core Combiners? We discuss putting together a set of shelves of G1 characters using nothing but Prime Trilogy toys, thoughts on head sculpts, and other rules to help regulate a collection. Have opinions? We'd love to hear about them in the comments!

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"
Neo-G1 Headmasters, impossible before Prime Wars!


While our thoughts are on Power of the Primes, we spend a few minutes discussing the recent news regarding the unconventional, but high profile, casting for Machinima's Power of the Primes cartoon. Ron Perlman, Samoa Joe, Mark Hamill, Jamie King, Wil Wheaton, and many others round out a large ensemble cast for the third show in the Prime Wars animated trilogy. We get down to the nitty gritty on potential reasons for the big-name talent, discuss the current fan apathy towards the shows, and discuss a coordinated fan response to the recent and future developments.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"
Why so seri-oh wait?


Next, we shift focus to the recently revealed Movie Masterpiece Ironhide, focusing on scale, accuracy, face sculpt, and more. We then digress to a discussion of GMC Topkicks as well as other movie Ironhide toys, looking back at some of the decos and more. We also give our thoughts on the Movie Masterpiece line and question Hasbro's decision of numbering.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"
He's a brick...house


Things take a decidedly heated turn as we enter into a spoiler-filled and angry teardown of Transformers vs Visionaries #1 and IDW Publishing's social media presence around it. Hear our thoughts on the issue, the ending of the issue and editorial decision, and finally the Tweetstorm around IDW's decision to both spoil the ending of #1 two days after the book launched, and the borderline sociopathicly chipper way they did it. You won't like ScottyP when he's angry.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"
Exactly how we felt...!


Turning our attention to happier things, we give our thoughts on the recently released MP-39 Masterpiece Sunstreaker. We break down the accessories and packaging, discuss scale, Chip Chase, transformation and the "masterpiece moments", and finally pairing him next to MP-12 Sideswipe. We get in depth on some transformation steps so take this as fair warning if you want to experience the transformation first hand and enjoy the surprises unspoiled.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"
It's Always Sunny for Sunstreaker


We conclude the episode with some listener questions, specifically Skullcrunchberries' question regarding "surprise"/forgotten purchases and pre-orders. After discussing some, we hit some bragging rights from the holidays and discuss a few collecting goals for 2018.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #192 "Transformers vs. Impropriety"
A red dragon, now with 100% less Anthony Hopkins


We hope you enjoyed the latest episode and would love to hear your thoughts on our roundtable or any other topic. We've got some exciting things on The Road to 200 and we hope you'll keep listening!

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Video Review of Transformers: Power of the Primes Tailgate

Transformers News: Video Review of Transformers: Power of the Primes Tailgate
Date: Sunday, January 14th 2018 1:14pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): peaugh

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There's been a lot of buzz about the upcoming Transformers: Power of the Prime Battletrap figure - made up of Legend class Battleslash and Roadtrap - as we first reported on their video review here. Part of the same wave of Legend figures, though, is also Tailgate, a repaint with new head of the Windcharger figure from wave 1, which was reviewed in pictures for us back here.

Check it out, and let us know what you think of this second use of the mold. Do you prefer this version over the first? Would you prefer a more IDW styled toy? Is this an upgrade compared to the previous Generations toy in the Thrilling 30 line? Join in the discussion down in the Energon Pub!


Hasbro and Activision Transformers Contract End Confirmed, Games No Longer Available Digitally

Transformers News: Hasbro and Activision Transformers Contract End Confirmed, Games No Longer Available Digitally
Date: Friday, January 12th 2018 5:46am CST
Categories: Game News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): IGN

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As we reported back before the end of the year (see the story here), Activision Transformers videogames War For Cybertron, Fall of Cybertron, Devastation, and Rise of the Dark Spark have been removed from multiple platform stores, such as Steam, XBox, and PlayStation.

Thanks to fellow Seibetronian Sunstar, we have now confirmation of the actual reason for the removal of the games, and it is exactly what numerous readers and players have suggested: the contract between Hasbro and Activision has expired. IGN has more information on the story, as you can read below, and you can follow this link for a longer piece hammering the point.

Hasbro confirmed to IGN its contract with Activision to publish Transformers games has expired. However, Hasbro is not at this time discussing what, if any, plans it might have for Transformers games on PC and consoles in the future. Multiple mobile games, including Transformers: Forged to Fight, are still ongoing, however.

IGN has reached out to Activision for more details about the contract expiration and will update this story should they respond.


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Final Character Poster for Machinima Transformers Titans Return Megatronus / Mark Hamill

Transformers News: Final Character Poster for Machinima Transformers Titans Return Megatronus / Mark Hamill
Date: Thursday, January 11th 2018 2:39am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): Machinima

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With the conclusion of the second animated series in the Prime Wars Trilogy co-produced by Hasbro and Machinima - Transformers: Titans Return, see our final review here - we have a final poster release, of the kind we saw when the series first started airing, featuring the last character revealed in the series: Megatronus.

Voiced by Luke Skywalker's cousin Mark Hamill, though no Gershwin was gargled on the show, the Prime (as in of the Primes) character will also return in the third and final series Power of the Primes, also released by Machinima as reported here, during the Spring of this year. The discussion thread for that series can be found following this link, but check out the image below!

Not everyone will survive Megatronus’ arrival on Cybertron. Watch the finale of Transformers: Titans Return on go90​ now go90.show/2CJToSC


If you’re outside of the US head to go90.show/TransformersINTL to watch.



Transformers News: Final Character Poster for Machinima Transformers Titans Return Megatronus / Mark Hamill

Machinima Transformers Power of the Primes Cartoon Full Voice Cast Announced

Transformers News: Machinima Transformers Power of the Primes Cartoon Full Voice Cast Announced
Date: Wednesday, January 10th 2018 2:24am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Bounti76 | Credit(s): LRM Online

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Hasbro and Machinima, who have been partners on the first two entries in the Prime Wars cartoon trilogy, today announced the full cast list for the finale of the trilogy, Power of the Primes. Interestingly, they note that the last installment will be airing on go90 in the "Spring of 2018", which is just a few short months away, when the Power of the Primes toyline will still be going full force. This is a marked departure from the previous two series, Combiner Wars and Titans Return, which both began airing well after the two toylines had finished and were no longer being sold/promoted in stores- though to be fair, the Titans Return line hadn't quite been finished in stores yet.

So, given the quick turnaround in airtime, and the voice talent for the final cartoon series in the trilogy, are you hopeful for this cartoon? Let us know in the Energon Pub Forums!

CAST
NEW TALENT FOR POWER OF THE PRIMES

  • Ron Perlman (OPTIMUS PRIMAL) – Star of the original Hellboy franchise, Sons of Anarchy, Hand of God, and Adventure Time.
  • Jamie King (SOLUS PRIME) – Star of Hart of Dixie and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. 
  • Gregg Berger (GRIMLOCK/VOLCANICUS) – The original voice of Grimlock from the 1986 film The Transformers: The Movie.
  • Nuufolau Joel Seanoa (Samoa Joe) (PREDAKING) – Professional wrestler currently signed to WWE.
  • Mikey Way (SNARL) – Musician best known as the bassist from the rock band My Chemical Romance.


RETURNING TALENT:

  • Mark Hamill (MEGATRONUS) – Star of the Star Wars franchise. Also known for his work as the The Joker in various animated Batman projects.
  • Wil Wheaton (PERCEPTOR) – Star of The Big Bang Theory and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Judd Nelson (RODIMUS CRON) – Star of The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire and the original voice of Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime from the 1986 animated film The Transformers: The Movie.
  • Kari Wahlgren (VICTORION) – Well known voice over actress with credits including Rick and Morty, The Fairly Odd Parents, and Phineas and Ferb. 
  • Jason Marnocha (MEGATRON) – Actor from Bat In the Sun’s popular YouTube series Super Power Beat Down. Previously voiced the character of Megatron in COMBINER WARS and TITANS RETURN.
  • Abby Trott (WINDBLADE) – Voice over actress with credits including video games Halo Wars 2 and Killer Instinct. Previously voiced the character of Windblade in COMBINER WARS and TITANS RETURN.
  • Patrick Seitz (OVERLORD) – Voice over actor with credits including Call of Duty: WWII and World of Warcraft: Legion. Previously voiced the character of Devastator in COMBINER WARS and Overlord in TITANS RETURN.
  • Rob Dyke (DEVASTATOR) – YouTube creator best known for his Seriously Strange series. Previously voiced the character of Devastator in TITANS RETURN.
  • DashieGames (MENASOR) – Popular YouTube gamer with more than 6 million subscribers. Previously voiced the character of Menasor in COMBINER WARS and TITANS RETURN.
  • MatPat (SWOOP) – YouTube influencer and creator of the web series Game TheoristFilm TheoristGT Live and MatPat’s Game Lab. Previously voiced the character of Computron in TITANS RETURN.
  • Frank Todaro (SLUDGE) – Voice over actor who previously voiced Starscream and Trypticon in COMBINER WARS and TITANS RETURN. Other credits include the video game franchise LittleBigPlanet.

Transformers The Ultimate Doom Part 3 & Countdown To Extinction Extended / Deleted Audio

Transformers News: Transformers The Ultimate Doom Part 3 & Countdown To Extinction Extended / Deleted Audio
Date: Monday, January 8th 2018 9:19am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Digital Media News
Posted by: Tyrannacon | Credit(s): Transformers At the Moon on YouTube

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Transformers at the Moon has some new goodies from us from days long past of Generation One involving some extended and deleted audio for two episodes The Ultimate Doom Part 3 and Countdown to Extinction. Check out the descriptions and embedded videos below!

This video contains audio that was cut from the Transformers Generation One episode The Ultimate Doom Part 3. The audio has been taken from an original slugged cassette tape from the original recording sessions. You can read a transcript of the dialogue in the description below The full script is available to download at http://bit.ly/2m4T8Ct thanks to Jim Sorenson and Chris McFeely

########### EXTENDED SCENE ###########

REFLECTOR: Energon cubes secured, leader.
MEGATRON: Excellent. I've left Starscream behind to prepare for the next tidal wave. When its force is harvested, we'll have all the energon cubes we need to revitalize Cybertron completely.
REFLECTOR: What about the flesh creature, Dr. Arkeville?
MEGATRON: He is of no further use to me.
**Note Shockwave's name was added later**
WHEELJACK: We had a run-in with Shockwave, Prime, and couldn't rescue Sparkplug. But we learned how the Decepticons are making Earth people into mind slaves.
OPTIMUS PRIME: That's good news. Do you have any plan to counteract their work?
WHEELJACK: Let's just say we're onto something that looks like a winner. BRAWN: If it works.
WHEELJACK: We'll field-test it when we take another crack at rescuing Sparkplug. *NEW*
WHEELJACK: In five thousand astro-seconds
*NEW* OPTIMUS PRIME: Good luck, Optimus Prime out.
*NEW* SHOCKWAVE: Prepare the human known as Sparkplug. His Autobot rescuers are in for a surprise!




Our series of deleted and extended audio from the Transformers Generation One series continues with Countdown to Extinction. You will note that Optimus Prime is not voiced by Peter Cullen in some scenes even though the correct dialogue is used. You can download the original script from http://bit.ly/2EjjdVP, thanks to Jim Sorenson and Chris McFeely.

#### Act 1 - Opening ####

WHEELJACK: More! Straighten it up! Nuh! There. That does it!
*NEW* WHEELJACK: Looking good Slag. Now stamp it down, good and solid HUFFER: Yo, Gears! Get with it! Put that slab in right, or we're gonna be here 'till the Big Dipper get rusty!
*NEW* BRAWN: Ahh, that dirty-bird, Laserbeak is back again! Check it out!
*NEW* HUFFER: Mirage! Nail him before he gets away!
*NEW* LASERBEAK: #shriek#
*NEW* HUFFER: Good shooting!
*NEW* MIRAGE: But band news, Whenever Laserbeak shows up, the Decepticons aren't far behind

### Scene shifts to Decepticon base as final edit ###

### Extended by one word ###

OPTIMUS PRIME: Too clear, Cliffjumper. Megatron is operational. We can't let him and the Decepticons regroup. Autobots
*NEW* OPTIMUS PRIME: transform!
OPTIMUS PRIME: Roll out!
### EXTENDED SCENE ###
STARSCREAM: Ahh! Just as you told me! An exponential generator. The ultimate power source!
DR. ARKEVILLE: Careful, Starscream! Disturb the generator's rhythmic pulse, and the Earth and every living thing on it will cease to exist!
STARSCREAM: I do not care about this minor planet.
*NEW* MEGATRON: Soundwave! Send Laserbeak ahead
RUMBLE: Megatron! Autobots following below!
MEGATRON: Thundercracker, Skywarp! Stop them.
THUNDERCRACKER: Right, Megatron!
SKYWARP: Attack!

###############

### ACT 2 ###

### EXTENDED ###

OPTIMUS PRIME: Autobots, halt! Brawn, dig Bumblebee out. The rest of you, transform and take cover.
WHEELJACK: I don't wanna take cover! I wanna fight in the clear!
IRONHIDE: Yeah! Let's clobber those flyin' garbage cans!
*NEW* THUNDERCRACKER: Come in, Megatron. Skywarp's down! *NEW* THUNDERCRACKER: Wrong! - He's okay!
MEGATRON: Decepticons, land and attack!
*NEW* RUMBLE: Now you're cooking on all circuits!
*NEW* MEGATRON: Fire!
*NEW* OPTIMUS PRIME: Return fire -- and deploy!
*NEW* JAZZ: On the downbeat ... beat them suckers down!
*NEW* VARIOUS: (Battle cries)
*NEW* SOUNDWAVE: Prepare to be destroyed!
*NEW* WHEELJACK: Ooooooof!
*NEW* OPTIMUS: #grunts#
*NEW* THUNDERCRACKER: The bigger they are, the better I like it!
MEGATRON: Fall back, Decepticons! These Autobots are too hero-programmed to know when to quit!

### NOTE: The scene with the quicksand was originally split by Dr Arkeville being electrocuted.

### ACT 3 - Wrong Vocal Recordings + additional lines ###
OPTIMUS PRIME: Hello again, Megatron!
MEGATRON: Guhh!
MEGATRON: Here, have a ton of fun!
RUMBLE: Unnnaahh!
OPTIMUS PRIME: (Laughs) Your aim's improving, Megatron!
*NEW* WINDCHARGER: Hey, Skywarp... this'll give you a "charge"
*NEW* SKYWARP: -- Hey! What's going--?!
*NEW* WINDCHARGER: Ah ah ah... only big boys get to play with guns! #################

### ACT 3 - Stand in Optimus Recordings ####

MEGATRON: Get away from that, Optimus Prime! It belongs to me!
OPTIMUS PRIME: Then you're not foolish enough to fire at me while I'm standing in front of it, are you, Megatron?
RUMBLE: Let me blast him. I'll –
MEGATRON: Quiet! I always hit what I aim for, Prime. Stand clear.
OPTIMUS PRIME: Gladly. I hate standing at ground zero when an explosion is imminent. Or hadn't you noticed that your possession is in an unstable condition?
MEGATRON: Leave! I only want what's mine.
SHOCKWAVE: Megatron, come in! Megatron, this is Shockwave! Acknowledge! If you are functional, Megatron!
MEGATRON: Of course I'm functional! Call back later. I'm busy.
SHOCKWAVE: Megatron, you must find Dr. Arkeville's lab and disconnect the detonator on his exponential generator. It will explode any astrosecond!
OPTIMUS PRIME: A timing mechanism.

#################

### ACT 3 - Stand in Optimus Recordings ####

OPTIMUS PRIME: Careful, Megatron. It's still dangerous.
MEGATRON: Prime, I... I've been lost in my work.
OPTIMUS PRIME: Lost is an appropriate word. Your plaything has melted your housing.
MEGATRON: It's of no concern. I'll reduce temperature soon enough. Now get out of my way!
OPTIMUS PRIME: Anything you say, Megatron. I had to get this out of your hands!
MEGATRON: Nuuh! Give it back! OPTIMUS PRIME: Careful! It's at a critical stage! It's going to explode!
MEGATRON: Not here if I can help it! Ruhh! MEGATRON: No time to argue, Prime. Hold this while I transform.
MEGATRON: Now load me.
OPTIMUS PRIME: Fire!

####################################

### ACT 3 - Stand in Optimus Recordings ####

BUMBLEBEE: Heh heh! Hey, Prime, what do you think Megatron's gonna do to Starscream?
OPTIMUS PRIME: Nothing gentle, I would say.
VARIOUS AUTOBOTS: (Laugh)

**** Jazz dialogue was not on the tape ***



Peter Cullen Interviewed by Den of Geek

Transformers News: Peter Cullen Interviewed by Den of Geek
Date: Monday, January 8th 2018 1:40am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, People News, Digital Media News, Interviews
Posted by: WreckerJack | Credit(s): Denofgeek.com

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Recently Den of Geek did an interview with the one and only Peter Cullen. In the article he talks about his role as Optimus Prime and Ironhide throughout the franchise, including the most recent Titans Return animated series. He reflects on the moment when he got word that Optimus would be written out of the Transformers: The Movie (1986). He goes on to talk about how he portrays Optimus and Ironhide in the live action films by Michael Bay.

He later gives some advice in the article to those who aspire to be voice actors. It is worth the read for those who are thinking about being the voice of a character in a show. If you would like to check out Peter Cullen's latest work, Transformers Prime Wars: Titans Return is available on Go90.com.



I was a 1980s kid, and I remember seeing Transformers: The Movie and just being devastated by the death of Optimus Prime. How did you first find out about this plot point, and after Optimus died did you find yourself grieving for the character?

I was stunned when I first read about it. I was reading the script, getting ready to go into recording. I was with Frank Welker and I got to the page, and I just read it and when the dust settled in my brain, i said "wait a minute, this is it, I’m not coming back. Oh damn." Or whatever curse words were available at the time, I chose those that were appropriate.

It was disappointment for sure. As an actor you either learn to put up with rejections or disappointments or you’ll break, you'll succumb. I'm used to that. Most actors are used to that, getting hired for something that means a lot to them. You hope, you hope, you hope. Your hopes shouldn't be dashed because you didn’t get the part. But in my case I was a little disgruntled because there was no explanation, there was no intended meaning behind it, other than years later to find out they were just trying to create a new character to sell more toys. But at the time you interpret that as being “my character sucks, God I must have been terrible in this role.”

We didn’t get fan mail. I never received a letter of fan mail although I was told it did come. And we didn’t have the internet so there was no thermomenter to judge how popular or unpopular something was. So move on, go on to the next job.

Of course now you realize how beloved Optimus is. Jumping ahead a few years when you were first cast for the Michael Bay Transformers movie, was your approach to the film version of Optimus different than his cartoon counterpart?

I think the answer is a two-fold answer. The character traits were ultimately for me going to be the same, but how to enact them and make the change from a small television screen with painted pictures to a full-on, blown up 45-foot character who is talking to human beings in real-life form in a believable way, that was something that had to be contended with. And I might add that Michael Bay and the people in his department were very concerned whether or not Peter Cullen could act. In other words could he act in a real-life situation and the way they were going to conceive it and portray it?

I had to audition a total of three times, they weren’t quite convinced. I don’t blame them, because at the audition Michael asked me if I played any other characters and I said yes, I played Ironhide and Ironhide had a scene with Optimus Prime. There was a girl reading Ironhide not giving it any dimension. I assumed that Michael Bay was at least aware of some of these characters so I said “if you don’t mind I’d like to read that part, I did him two and half years on the television series." She said ok.

Netflix The Toys That Made Us Transformers Episode in Post Production Coming Soon #TTTMU

Transformers News: Netflix The Toys That Made Us Transformers Episode in Post Production Coming Soon #TTTMU
Date: Wednesday, January 3rd 2018 5:43am CST
Category: Digital Media News
Posted by: Va'al | Credit(s): TTTMU Facebook

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For those of you keeping tabs, or just wondering about the new Netflix series The Toys That Made Us - focusing on eight toy brands that made a big impact in the 80s and their legacy - we have a small update from the official series' Facebook page.

The Transformers episode, which along with with Star Trek, LEGO, Hello Kitty will form the second half of season one, is currently in post-production - and will feature not only our very own Seibertron / Ryan Yzquierdo, but also movie director Michael Bay, and a whole roster of Transformers-related people, such as Cullen, Budiansky, and more! Additionally, we have an interview with show creator Brian Volk-Weiss explaining more in detail his intention with the show, and how he chose what he did for the series, courtesy of Fatherly. Stay with Seibertron.com to find out more about the actual release date of the next four episodes, and read an extract of the interview below!

You focus on the history of a different toy for each of the eight episodes. What did the process look like for picking which toys to focus on?

In picking the toys, we sort of created four categories that we would pay attention to when we were asking whether or not a toy belonged.

Category one: Are the toys still being made today? We didn’t want to look at a toy that was great for three years or even ten years and then went away. We wanted to be covering toys that were relevant 30, or, in some cases, even 50 years ago and are still relevant today.

Category two: If there was a Mount Rushmore of toys, would this toy be selected? Could Optimus Prime be up there? Yeah, so that makes the cut. It means there needs to be a personality or a face.

Category three: Does the toy have a fanatical following? I wanted to find out the history of toys that had conventions where people were dressing up.

Category four: Is there a good story to tell? If there was a toy that became a hit and that was that, we didn’t want to cover it.

Why do you think toys can play such a strong role in shaping us even as adults?

Everyone has an imagination and toys allow you to utilize your imagination more than watching TV or reading books ever could. When I was a kid, there were no toy versions of the ships in Star Trek so I would make my own out of LEGOs. And eventually, I started designing my own Star Trek ships with LEGOs. When I started drawing Star Trek ships in eighth grade, I’m drawing the ones I designed as well as the ships from the show. I wouldn’t have done that without LEGO. Toys allow us to manifest our imagination in a physical way.


Transformers News: Netflix The Toys That Made Us Transformers Episode in Post Production Coming Soon

Transformers News: Netflix The Toys That Made Us Transformers Episode in Post Production Coming Soon

Transformers News: Netflix The Toys That Made Us Transformers Episode in Post Production Coming Soon

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