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  1. 1. The Transformers is an animated television series depicting a war among giant robots who could transforminto vehicles, other objects and animal-like forms.[3] Written and recorded in America, the series wasanimated in Japan and South Korea. The entire series was based upon the line of transforming toysoriginally created by Japanese toy manufacturer Takara, which were developed into the Transformers lineby American company Hasbro.In Japan, the series was called Fight! Super Robot Life Form Transformer (??! ??????????????—?—Tatakae! Cho Robotto Seimeitai Toransufoma?) for Seasons 1 and 2, and Fight! Transformers 2010 (??!??????—?—2010 Tatakae! Toransufoma Ni Zero Ichi Zero?) for Season 3. Following the conclusion of theseries in 1987, several Japanese-originated sequel series were created, but are not considered by fans to becanon and officially Generation 1, Hasbro/Marvels production ceased, and the overall stories andcharacterizations were different from the original seasons.In response to the 1993 relaunch of the toyline and its accompanying comic being called Transformers:Generation 2, this series and its comic book parallel are frequently referred to by the retronym,Transformers: Generation 1, aka G1. Initially a fan-coined term, it has since made its way into official use.Contents[hide] 1 Production background 2 Show history 2.1 "More Than Meets the Eye" pilot/mini-series 2.2 Season 1 2.3 Season 2 2.3.1 The Transformers: The Movie 2.4 Season 3 2.5 Season 4 2.6 Season 5 2.7 Generation 2 series 3 Plot 3.1 Other Transformers continuities 4 Supplemental sequences 4.1 Opening sequence 4.2 Ending credits 4.3 Transition sequences 4.4 "Bumpers" 4.5 Mini-documentaries 4.6 Public Service Announcements 5 VHS and DVD releases 5.1 Region 1 5.2 Region 2
  2. 2. 5.3 Region 4 5.4 Other releases 5.5 Issues with Rhino Releases 6 References 7 External links[edit] Production backgroundThe Transformers toyline and cartoon/animated series was inspired by the Japanese toyline, Microman (anEastern descendant of the 12" G.I. Joe action figure series). In 1980, the Microman spin-off, Diaclone, wasreleased, featuring inch-tall humanoid figures able to sit in the drivers seats of scale model vehicles, whichcould transform into humanoid robot bodies the drivers piloted. Later still, in 1983, a Microman sub-line,MicroChange was introduced, featuring "actual size" items that transformed into robots, such asmicrocassettes, guns and toy cars. Diaclone and MicroChange toys were subsequently discovered at the1983 Tokyo Toy Fair by Hasbro toy company product developer Henry Orenstein, who presented theconcept to Hasbros head of R&D, George Dunsay. Enthusiastic about the product, it was decided to releasetoys from both Diaclone and MicroChange as one toyline for their markets, although there were eventualchanges to the color schemes from the original toys to match the new series.[4]By 1984, U.S. regulators had removed many of the restrictions regarding the placement of promotionalcontent within childrens television programming. The way was cleared for the new product-based televisionprogram. Hasbro had previously worked with Marvel Comics to develop G.I. Joe: A Real American Herofor a three-pronged marketing scheme - the toyline, a tie-in comic book by Marvel, and an animated mini-series co-produced by Marvels media arm, Marvel Productions, and the Griffin-Bacal Advertising AgencysSunbow Productions animation studio. Given the success of that strategy, the process was repeated in 1984when Hasbro marketing vice president Bob Prupis approached Marvel to develop their new robot series,which Jay Bacal dubbed "Transformers."[3]Marvels Editor-in-Chief at the time, Jim Shooter, produced a rough story concept for the series, creating theidea of the two warring factions of alien robots – the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons.[5] To fleshout his concept, Shooter called upon veteran editor Dennis ONeil to create character names and profiles forthe cast, but ONeills work – for whatever reason – did not meet with Hasbros expectations, and theyrequested heavy revisions. ONeill declined to make said revisions, and the project was turned down byseveral writers and editors approached by Shooter until editor Bob Budiansky accepted the task. Hastilyperforming the revisions over a weekend, Budianskys new names and profiles were a hit with Hasbro, andproduction began on a bi-monthly four-issue comic book miniseries, and three-part television pilot.Japanese designer Shohei Kohara was responsible for creating the earliest character models for theTransformers cast, greatly humanising the toy designs to create more approachable robot characters for thecomic and cartoon. His designs were subsequently simplified by Floro Dery, who went on to become thelead designer for the series, creating many more concepts and designs in the future.
  3. 3. [edit] Show history[edit] "More Than Meets the Eye" pilot/mini-seriesThe three-part mini-series was animated by Japans famous Toei Animation studio and it first aired in theUnited States in September 1984, then in the United Kingdom in early 1985.The pilot introduced Optimus Primes Autobots (Brawn, Bluestreak, Bumblebee, Cliffjumper, Gears,Hound, Huffer, Ironhide, Jazz, Mirage, Prowl, Ratchet, Sideswipe, Sunstreaker, Trailbreaker, Wheeljack,Windcharger, and Hauler (who was seen only in vehicle mode, had no dialogue and was not seen again inthe animated series)) and Megatrons Decepticons (Starscream, Skywarp, Thundercracker, Reflector (leaderViewfinder, Spyglass & Spectro), Soundwave and his cassette spies (Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Ravage, Rumbleand Frenzy), and Shockwave (who stayed behind to guard Cybertron under Megatrons orders),transplanting them from their metallic homeworld of Cybertron to present-day Earth, where they warred forthe resources that would take them back home.The conclusion of the series has the Decepticons defeated and the Autobots poised to return to Cybertron,but this was blurred somewhat when the series was picked up for continuation, and the Autobots remainedon the planet to protect it from renewed Decepticon threats. The Autobots make friends with their first twohuman allies, Spike Witwicky and his father Sparkplug Witwicky. A few episodes later, a paraplegiccomputer whiz named Chip Chase became an additional ally.[6][edit] Season 1Thirteen further episodes were commissioned for the first season of the series, and the pilot was re-aired,now with the title "More Than Meets the Eye." Running from September to December 1984, the seriesestablished important new concepts that would persist through the rest of its run, such as the DecepticonSpace Bridge, and featured the debuts of several new characters that would be available in the toyline thefollowing year—the Dinobots (leader Grimlock, Slag and Sludge. Then Swoop & Snarl to combat theoriginal three Dinobots who were tricked by Megatron.), Jetfire (known as Skyfire on the series), theInsecticons (leader Shrapnel, Bombshell and Kickback) and the Constructicons (leader Scrapper, Long Haul,Mixmaster, Bonecrusher, Scavenger and Hook), and their combined form, Devastator.[7]While most of the characters for this and the following seasons were Diaclone and Microman toys fromTakara (or based on them), Hasbro also drew on other resources to bulk up the line, acquiring toys fromToyCo (Shockwave), ToyBox (Omega Supreme, Sky Lynx) and Takatoku Toys (Jetfire, Roadbuster, Whirland the Deluxe Insecticons). The latter companys absorption by Bandai—the main competitor to Takara,which was releasing Transformers in Japan—caused some legal problems, however, and none of their toysfeatured in the cartoon, save for Jetfire, renamed "Skyfire" and had several aesthetic elements altered.[edit] Season 2With the series having proved a great success, the second season was created with the intent of getting theseries into syndication and thus consisted of 49 episodes (and a new version of the theme song), bringing the
  4. 4. total number produced up to the 65 episodes needed to meet syndication requirements. Where the firstseason primarily functioned episodically but had a general continuity from episode to episode, which thusrequired they be viewed in a specific order, Season 2 and its syndication goals saw this method ofstorytelling dropped in favor of single-episode tales mostly without lasting repercussions which could hencebe generally watched in any order that networks chose to air them. These episodes often served to spotlightsingle characters and flesh them out more. Most of the new characters introduced in the 1985 toyline werefurther Diaclone and Microman toys, some of them modified in unique ways.The first batch of new characters were introduced with no explanation whatsoever of where they had comefrom. The new Autobots in this group were Beachcomber, Cosmos, Powerglide, Seaspray, Warpath,Grapple, Hoist, Red Alert, Skids, Smokescreen, Inferno, Tracks, the scientist Perceptor,the defense baseOmega Supreme and Soundwaves Autobot counterpart Blaster. An Autobot bounty hunter named Devconappeared in an episode called The Gambler, but he was never seen or heard from again. Another new humancharacter was introduced: Spikes new girlfriend Carly. The new Decepticons were Dirge, Ramjet, Thrust,and the Triple Changers Blitzwing and Astrotrain. A young street punk named Raoul appeared in a coupleof episodes involving Tracks.The tail end of the second season introduced four combining teams of Autobots and Decepticons - theAerialbots (leader Silverbolt, Air Raid, Skydive, Fireflight and Slingshot who form Superion), theStunticons (leader Motormaster, Dead End, Breakdown, Wildrider and Drag Strip who form Menasor), theProtectobots (leader Hot Spot, Streetwise, Groove, Blades and First Aid who form Defensor) and theCombaticons (leader Onslaught, Brawl, Swindle, Blast Off, and Vortex who form Bruticus), each teamcapable of merging their bodies and minds into one giant super-robot. Although debuting in this season, thetoys - based on an unmade Diaclone line that was aborted in Japan in favor of importing the Transformerstoyline itself - would not be available until 1986.After Season 2 was produced, Toei Animation worked on Transformers: The Movie, but since the filmwouldnt be released in Japan until 1989, they instead had an OVA made, once again by Toei Animationcalled Transformers: Scramble City. This OVA dealt with the alternative combining abilities of theAerialbots and Stunticons. The other teams, the Protectobots and Combaticons appeared later on and thiswould be the first introduction (to the Japanese) to characters like Ratbat, Ultra Magnus, Metroplex andtowards the end of the OVA Trypticon. The OVA was unique as it used the original music cues from theAmerican series, though Toei made their own transition effect for this OVA. The OVA however ended on acliffhanger that was never resolved, where Metroplex and Trypticon looked like they were about to fight oneanother.[edit] The Transformers: The Movie1986 would prove to be a big year for Transformers, with the summer release of The Transformers: TheMovie. Although a critical and box-office flop, the movie was a turning point for the animated seriesuniverse, jumping the action forward twenty years to the then-future of 2005 and introducing a new cast ofcharacters that were the first to be originally created for the Transformers line, and not derived from other
  5. 5. toylines. The new characters were the Autobots Hot Rod, Kup, Blurr, Arcee, the triplechanger Springer,Ultra Magnus, Wreck-Gar, Wheelie, and Blasters own group of mini-cassette Autobots Steeljaw, Ramhorn,Eject and Rewind. The first new Decepticon was Ratbat, Soundwaves new minion. Other new characterswere the ferocious Sharkticons who were owned by a race of evil five-faced robotic aliens called theQuintessons.Free of the restrictions of television, the movie featured many character deaths (Optimus Prime, Brawn,Ironhide, Ratchet, Wheeljack, Windcharger, Prowl, and Starscream), as the old guard were wiped out tomake room for the next generation of toys. Megatron, Skywarp, Thundercracker, and the Insecticons wereremodeled into Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge and the Sweeps by a planet-sized Transformer known asUnicron. Megatron and Thundercracker clearly became Galvatron and Scourge, but there is debate as to whoactually became Cyclonus, Bombshell or Skywarp.Near the end of the movie, Hot Rod used the Matrix of Leadership to destroy Unicron, save Cybertron andbecome Rodimus Prime, the new leader of the Autobots, at least until Optimus made his surprise return atthe end of the third season. The movie also introduced an adult Spike and his son Daniel.[edit] Season 3The future setting of the movie continued on into the third season of the series, which debuted in September1986 and ran to November of that year, picking up right where the movies events had left off. With theaddition of Flint Dille as story editor, the series took on a strong sci-fi orientation, with grimmer storylinesand stronger inter-episode continuity that revisited concepts more regularly than past seasons. More newcharacters were added to the show. On the side of the Autobots, they are the Triplechangers Sandstorm andBroadside, the space shuttle Sky Lynx, the Technobots Afterburner, Nosecone, Strafe, Lightspeed and theirleader Scattershot who combine to form Computron, the Autobot city Metroplex and the Throttlebots(Chase, Freeway, Rollbar, Searchlight, Wideload and Bumblebee who was rebuilt into Goldbug). On theside of the Decepticons, the original Predacons (Rampage, Headstrong, Divebomb, Tantrum and their leaderRazorclaw who can merge into Predaking), BattleChargers Runamuck and Runabout, the TriplechangerOctane, the Terrorcons (Rippersnapper, Sinnertwin, Cutthroat, Blot and their leader Hun-Gurrr who canmerge into Abominus), the Decepticon city Trypticon and finally, Soundwaves new minions Slugfest andOverkill.A slightly different version of the theme song was the new intro for the season, first heard in theTransformers commercials. More than fifty percent of the seasons episodes were produced by Koreananimation studio AKOM, whose work was widely derided by fans. The studio would later work on Batman:The Animated Series and The Simpsons, although after producing similarly poor-quality work for Batman,they were eventually let go from that series.[8]The grim direction, different animation and new cast of characters ultimately failed to sit well with theviewing audience, who desired to see Optimus Prime return to life after his big-screen demise. Theproduction team ultimately gave in to these demands, and Prime was brought back in a two-part dénouement
  6. 6. that aired in February 1987. Starscream would also return as a ghost. Unicron makes a few appearances aswell as his head continues to orbit Cybertron. Carly, who is now Spikes wife and Daniels mother, alsoappears in the series (Sparkplug is gone from the series with no explanation), along with two new recurringhuman characters: Commander Marissa Fairborne of Earth Defense Command and the dictator AbdulFakkadi of the desert nation of Carbombya. The sadistic Quintessons also appear in the series and arerevealed to be the creators of Cybertron and the Transformers themselves. The Autobots volcano base,along with the Ark and Teletraan-1, were all destroyed by Trypticon. And finally, as bit players, Chip Chaseand Raoul never appeared in the series again.The conclusion of this series marks the end of the shared cartoon continuity for western and Japaneseaudiences. While the U.S. production proceeds to the "Season 4" mini-series, this was ignored in Japan andreplaced with several full-length cartoon series, starting with The Headmasters.[edit] Season 4Finally, Hasbros attention from the series drifted, and Transformers was not allocated the funds that wouldallow it to continue. The series was brought to a close in November 1987 with the airing of the fourthseason, which consisted solely of a three-part story entitled "The Rebirth." Penned by regular series writerDavid Wise, who had previously scripted several mythology-building episodes, "The Rebirth" introducedthe Headmasters (Autobots Cerebros, Brainstorm, Chromedome, Highbrow, and Hardhead and DecepticonsMindwipe, Skullcruncher and Weirdwolf, plus the triplechanger Horrorcons Apeface and Snapdragon) andthe Targetmasters (Autobots Pointblank, Sureshot and Crosshairs and Decepticons Triggerhappy, Misfireand Slugslinger) including the Headmaster Autobot and Decepticon cities Fortress Maximus and Scorponok(plus the Autobot and Decepticon clones Fastlane, Cloudraker, Pounce and Wingspan, the Autobot doublespy Punch-Counterpunch, and the Decepticon six-changer Sixshot), and restored a new age of peace andprosperity to Cybertron.But the Decepticons stole the final scene of the episode, just to let viewers know that their evil was not yetcrushed, and that the battles would go on. As Arcee becomes a Headmaster with Daniel and Spike pairs upwith Cerebros who becomes the head of Fortress Maximus, then Kup, Hot Rod, Blurr, Cyclonus andScourge all become Targetmasters. After both factions landed on the planet Nebulos, the Autobots sidedwith Gort and his freedom fighters Arcana, Stylor, Duros, Haywire, Pinpointer, Firebolt, Peacemaker,Spoilsport and Recoil. The Decepticons team up with an evil organization called the Hive, made up of theirleader Lord Zarak (who becomes the head of Scorponok) Vorath, Monzo, Spasma, Krunk, Grax, Nightstick,Aimless, Fracas, Caliburst, and Blowpipe.The theme song was still the same as the one from season three, but the intro had scenes from season threeas well as scenes from past Transformers commercials.Although this was the end of the series in the West, in Japan, four additional animated series were producedto replace Rebirth for Japanese audiences—Transformers: The Headmasters, Transformers: Super-GodMasterforce, Transformers: Victory and Transformers: Zone.
  7. 7. [edit] Season 5The Transformers did not quite disappear from American airwaves either, however, as a fifth season aired in1988, serving as "best of" collection of the series. It re-aired 15 episodes from the original series, along withThe Transformers: The Movie edited into a further five episodes. To help promote the then-newPowermaster Optimus Prime figure, the first new Optimus Prime figure since 1984, Sunbow produced newmaterial featuring a stop-motion (and machine prop) version of Powermaster Optimus Prime interactingwith a boy named Tommy Kennedy. Each episode would be told as a story to Tommy by Optimus Prime,and together they would essentially introduce and close each episode. This time, the intro had clips fromboth the series and the movie.[edit] Generation 2 seriesMain article: Transformers: Generation 2From 1993-1995, the original Transformers series was rebroadcast under the Generation 2 label. TheGeneration 2 series featured a new computer-generated main title sequence, computer-generated scenetransitions, and other small changes.The original stories were presented as though they were recordings of historical events by the CybernetSpace Cube (sometimes referred to as the Cybercube). The cube had the various scenes on its faces, which itspun between for transitions, replacing the classic spinning Autobot/Decepticon logo.A large percentage of the characters featured in the show did not feature in the toyline, and vice versa. TheG1 toys re-released for G2 which did feature in the show sometimes had their color-schemes radicallyaltered and no longer matched their animated counterparts. One of the most notable discontinuities was theG2 Megatron; more stringent toy laws concerning gun replicas forced the re-imagining of Megatron as anM1 Abrams tank with a green camouflage color scheme, completely at odds with his form on the series as aWalther P38 handgun.[edit] Plot For the purposes of plot, The Transformers: The Movie (1986) is considered part of the series. Thisplotline reflects only the events depicted in this cartoon series, and in the accompanying animated feature.Four million years ago, on a distant planet called Cybertron, life existed in the form of sentient robots whichcould think and feel, called Transformers. The race of Transformers was divided into two main clans.Autobots (known as Cybertrons in the Japanese cartoon), led by Optimus Prime, wished for peaceful co-existence. Decepticons (known as Destrons in the Japanese version), under the command of Megatron,sought conflict and universal conquest. Both sides were embroiled in an ages old war for supremacy.[9]With both sides running low on energy, the Autobots, aboard the Ark, sought out a new source, but theDecepticons, aboard their space-cruiser (later given the name Nemesis in the Beast Wars animated series),ambushed them in hopes of gaining a decisive advantage. The Decepticons boarded the Ark and the ensuing
  8. 8. space battle resulted in both the ships crash landing on a prehistoric Earth, the Ark crashing into the side of adormant volcano. (The fate of the Nemesis is subject to retroactive continuity. For the full story, see theNemesis article.)Four million years passed while the Autobots and Decepticons lay dormant aboard the Ark. In the Earth year1984, the volcano housing the Ark erupted, reawakening the ships computer, Teletraan I, which then set outa probe to scan Earth life, and modified the Transformers so as to give them alternate modes that couldblend in on Earth, but the probe did not recognize carbon-based life, and instead chose vehicles like a truckfor Prime and F-15 Eagles for 3 Decepticons.The Autobots and Decepticons, now stuck on Earth, continued their war more ferociously than ever. TheDecepticons wished to drain Earth of all its resources, converting it into energon for their use, while theAutobots were committed to stopping them, and to protecting the human race. This era would later bereferred to by Transformers as the "Great War." The war was almost ended as soon as it began, as theDecepticons gained an early lead, and were even able to build a space cruiser to leave Earth, howeverAutobot intervention prevented them from escaping orbit.New allies were gained on both sides. Humans Sparkplug Witwicky and his son, Spike Witwicky, alliedwith the Autobots, while the human Doctor Arkeville sided with the Decepticons. Jetfire and the Insecticonswere discovered already living on Earth. Both sides even built new allies to join their cause, the Autobotsbuilding the Dinobots and the Aerialbots, and the Decepticons building the Stunticons and the Combaticons.They were later joined by some allies who had been elsewhere in the universe including Omega Supremeand the Constructicons.Despite wild gimmicks on both sides, including attempts to build better weapons, to undermine historythrough time travel, and even a temporarily successful attempt to warp Cybertron into Earths orbit, neitherside gained an overwhelming advantage, despite the Decepticons being defeated by the Autobots in nearlyevery episode. In the long run however, the Decepticons took the lead in the Great War, creating a SpaceBridge that allowed them to warp individual Transformers to and from Cybertron at any time. This allowedthem to claim rule of Cybertron, which gave them the winning edge for many years.All of this changed in 2005, over 20 years after the start of the Great War. The Decepticons launched asurprise attack on Autobot City, on Earth. Countless Transformers lost their lives in the battle for AutobotCity, but the Decepticons were repelled thanks to Optimus victory over Megatron, a victory that came at thecost of his own life.Megatron and the other wounded Decepticons were abandoned by the stronger members of the team, in partdue to Starscreams desire to usurp Megatron as leader. The god-like Unicron found them drifting in space.He rebuilt Megatron as Galvatron, and sent him on a quest to destroy the Matrix of Leadership. TheAutobots new leader, Rodimus Prime, was able to stop the Decepticons however. In his first battle asleader, he destroyed Unicron, reclaimed Cybertron for the Autobots, and expelled Galvatron into deep
  9. 9. space.The Decepticons, without focus and dangerously low on energon, retreated to the burnt out world Charr. Itwas there they waited, until Cyclonus discovered Galvatron was simply expelled and not killed. Uponrescuing Galvatron, the Decepticons renewed their efforts to vanquish the Autobots and to claim completecontrol of Cybertron.Both the Autobots and Decepticons soon learned they had a common enemy. A secretive race known as theQuintessons plotted the destruction of both Autobots and Decepticons. Rodimus Prime learned that these"new" Quintessons were no strangers to the Transformers at all. Rather, the Quintessons were the originalcreators of the early Transformers. Cybertron was a Quintesson factory before it was ever the Transformers"home." The Quintessons went so far as to destroy their own home world in an attempt to vanquish theTransformers. In the end, the Quintessons, who relied on thorough probability analyses, were outdone by anow adult Spike Witwicky whose actions, unlike those of the robotic Transformers, the Quintessons werenot able to predict.The Great War continued, this time with the Autobots controlling Cybertron, and enjoying the advantage.The war was no longer waged primarily on Earth. Now, the whole universe was their battlefield.In 2006, a disease called the Hate Plague was released upon the universe. This disease, which infectedhuman and Transformer alike, threatened to destroy everything. With their leader Rodimus Prime infected,the remaining Autobot Sky Lynx and a Quintesson finished rebuilding Optimus Prime, who was able toreclaim the Autobot Matrix of Leadership from Rodimus Prime and use it to eradicate the Hate Plague,draining the Matrix of all the power it had possessed.Optimus retains leadership of the Autobots. While the Decepticons continue to pose a threat to peace,Optimus vows to resist Decepticon rule forever.[edit] Other Transformers continuitiesThe cartoon was produced in tandem with a comic book series, produced by Marvel between 1984 and1991, and also referred to now as "Generation One" (or more simply "G1"). The comics tell a substantiallydifferent version of the story. Both versions were equally authorized by Hasbro.The name "The Ark," referring to the Autobots ship, was not used in the original cartoon. In the cartoonseries the ships computer was called Teletraan I; in the comics, it was called "Auntie," though this namewas not often used.[edit] Supplemental sequences[edit] Opening sequenceThe opening sequences for each of the first three seasons were entirely unique, with no episode footagebeing reused, and each of the three had their own version of the famous Transformers theme tune.
  10. 10. Additionally, the third season story Five Faces of Darkness had its own specialized opening sequence for allfive parts, depicting events that occurred in the miniseries. The fourth season of the show, however, did notfeature any new animation in its opening sequence, instead combining together footage from the thirdseason opening and various clips of animation from 1987 toy commercials, alongside the third seasonopening theme.[edit] Ending creditsLike the opening sequences, the ending credits sequences changed every season. However, these sequenceswere clip reels of scenes from episodes of that season. Instrumental versions of the theme music were used,although the third and fourth seasons utilized a male chorus.[edit] Transition sequencesA brief sequence was used frequently to transition between scenes. The symbol for either the Autobots orDecepticons would be seen being replaced with the other symbol (or in some cases, the same symbol again).Which symbol was shown initially depended on which Transformers faction was being chiefly depicted justbefore the transition, and likewise, the latter symbol was for the faction that was to be depicted immediatelyafter the transition. For scenes primarily featuring the Quintessons, the Decepticon symbol would also bedisplayed.This transition technique, reminiscent of the one used in the original Batman TV show, became a hallmarkof the series. It was used throughout the entire four-year run.[edit] "Bumpers"Brief, eyecatch-styled original animations were used as bumpers to segue in and out of commercial breaks.These would depict individual characters transforming from one mode to another, often against a blankcolored background, and would end with the Transformers logo. The bumpers were accompanied by avariation of the Transformers theme, and a voice-over by Victor Caroli.[edit] Mini-documentariesSeveral mini-documentaries, narrated by Caroli, aired at the end of certain Season 3 episodes. Excepting onebrief newly-animated shot of Slammer and Scamper in the Transformers cities segment, all of these simplyused clips of the series. Mini-documentaries were made on each of the following subjects: A detailed history of the Autobots A detailed history of the Decepticons A detailed profile of Ultra Magnus The story of a Decepticon subclan, the Predacons The history of the Quintessons The history of cassette Transformers The stories of the Transformer cities: Metroplex and Trypticon.
  11. 11. [edit] Public Service AnnouncementsFive proposed public service announcements (PSAs) were created for the second season of the series, butnever actually aired on television (they appear as bonus features in Rhinos Transformers Season 3 DVD set,Metrodomes Season 1 DVD set, the Transformers: The Movie 20th Anniversary DVD and theTransformers video game from Atari) And Shout Factorys DVD sets. These PSAs were based on the PSAsproduced by the G.I. Joe television series (which was also produced by Sunbow Productions and MarvelProductions and also based on toys made by Hasbro). They even reused the catchphrase "...and knowing ishalf the battle," which was popularized by the G.I. Joe PSAs. These PSAs included: Bumblebee advising children not to run away from home. Tracks catching kids in the act of stealing cars. Red Alert reminding us to wear reflective gear when riding our bicycles at night. Seaspray showing us why its important to wear life jackets when boating (voiced here by Wally Burr,rather than by his regular actor, Alan Oppenheimer). Powerglide teaching us not to judge others without getting to know them first.[edit] VHS and DVD releasesThis section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations toreliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (April 2010)In the 1980s, various episodes were released on VHS by Family Home Entertainment.[edit] Region 1Seasons 1-4 were released on DVD in the USA by Rhino Entertainment (a subsidiary of Time Warner)between April 23, 2002 and March 9, 2004.[10]In 2005, Rhino lost the rights to distribute Transformers on DVD. The license was subsequently acquired bySony Wonder (a division of Sony BMG). Sony Wonder announced in October 2006 that they would re-release the first season of the series in 2007, with the other seasons presumably following.[11] In June 2007,Sony BMG dissolved Sony Wonder and moved the label to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,[12] withoutreleasing any DVD sets.In May 2008, Hasbro re-acquired the rights to the Sunbow library of shows including Transformers.[13]In March 2009, Shout! Factory announced that they had acquired license from Hasbro to releaseTransformers on DVD in Region 1. They subsequently released the complete first season on June 16, 2009.Season 2, Volume 1 was released on September 15, 2009. Season 2, Volume 2 was released on January 12,2010.[14] Seasons 3 & 4 was released together in one set on April 20, 2010.[15]On October 20, 2009, Shout! Factory released the complete series in a box set for the first time in Region 1.
  12. 12. This set, dubbed "Transformers- The Complete Series: The Matrix of Leadership Collectors Set" features all98 remastered episodes along with all new bonus features.[16]DVD Name Ep # Release DateThe Complete First Season: 25th Anniversary Edition 16 June 16, 2009Season Two, Volume One: 25th Anniversary Edition 28 September 15, 2009Transformers- The Complete Series: "Matrix Of Leadership" Edition 98 October 20, 2009Season Two, Volume Two: 25th Anniversary Edition 21 January 12, 2010[14]Seasons Three and Four: 25th Anniversary Edition 33 April 20, 2010[15][edit] Region 2Metrodome Distribution released Seasons 1-4 in the UK between November 17, 2003 and October 11, 2004.The seasons were released in four box sets: Season 1, Season 2 Part 1, Season 2 Part 2 and Seasons 3-4.Sony Wonder had released Season 1 previously in the UK in 2001, before Metrodome acquired the rights.Three individual volumes were released (though the episodes are in the wrong order), a box set of the threedisks, which included a fourth disk containing bonus features, and one volume of Transformers: Generation2 with five episodes that had the Cybernetic Space Cube graphics added. They also released a volume ofTransformers: Takara which included the first six episodes of the Asian English dub of Transformers: TheHeadmasters.[edit] Region 4Madman Entertainment released the four seasons in six box sets in Australia (Region 4): Season 1, Season2.1, Season 2.2, Season 3.1, Season 3.2 and Season 4.[edit] Other releasesA collectors tin box set was released in Asia by Guangdong Qianhe Audio & Video Communication Co.,Ltd. under license by Pexlan International (Picture) Limited. The set includes the entire series, TheTransformers: The Movie, a set of full color postcards, a rubber keychain and a full color book (graphicnovel style) which serves as an episode guide. While the book is almost entirely in Mandarin, the chaptermenus contain English translations for each episode. The set is coded as Region 1.In July 2009, Transformers G1, Season 1 (25th anniversary) was made available for digital download via thePlaystation Networks video store in the United States for $1.99 per episode.Starting on October 10, 2010 the Hub (formally discovery kids) will start airing the original episodes oftheTransformers G1 Series on the network.Currently iTunes has the complete first season of the Transformers for digital download for $19.99. It hasnot been stated whether the movie or the rest of the series will be added to the iTunes store.[edit] Issues with Rhino ReleasesRhinos DVD boxsets have been criticized by owners. Various reasons include that the episodes as seen on
  13. 13. the Rhino DVDs are based on incomplete 35 mm film masters, as opposed to the original 1" broadcastmaster videotapes aired on television. Although the film masters are very detailed and colorful, some of theepisodes contain alternate or incomplete/missing animation that was originally corrected/completed for thebroadcast versions. As a result, the DVD versions on some of the episodes are less "finished" than theversions that aired on television. Rhino attempted to fix some of the "new" errors, with lackluster results.Most of the errors are in the Season 1 box set with "Heavy Metal War" being the worst episode in terms ofincomplete animation and bad attempts by Rhino to fix the errors.[17]In addition, the telecine transfer of the film masters turned out to be sub-par, and did not provide any proper3:2 pulldown system for transferring the 24 frames-per-second film to 60 fields-per-second video. As aresult, aliasing (jaggies) appear frequently in most, if not all, of the episodes.Further, the Rhino versions of the episodes have a plethora of newly-added sound effects from a stock soundeffects library (which many fans have said are annoying and distracting), sound effects that did not appear inthe episodes as originally produced and broadcast. These sound effects were intended to only appear on theepisodes 5.1 soundtrack, but for select episodes in the Season 1 and Season 2 Part 1 sets, the stereosoundtrack also exhibited the added sounds. For the Season 2 Part 2 set, every single episodes 2.0 stereosoundtrack had the added sounds from the 5.1 track. It wasnt until the Transformers Season 3, Part 1 boxsetthat Rhino bowed to the fanbase and added an "original broadcast audio" option. These new sound effectswere also applied to several European releases of the Transformers series, as well as to The Transformers:The Movie: Reconstructed DVD (although it should be noted that Rhinos own version of TF:TM does nothave the added sound effects). Only serving to enhance the discontent, the sound studio responsible for this,Magno Sound, claim that the sounds were always there.[18]yabanci dizi izleyabanci dizi