How It Takes an Old ‘Beast Wars’ to Make a New ‘Transformers’

This summer’s Transformers: Rise of the Beast is the latest in a long-running series of seven live-action movies based on Hasbro’s wildly popular toy series. It will be the first work since 2018’s critically acclaimed spin-off “Bumblebee.” It will be the first mainline work since Michael Bay’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” (2017). Like all previous films in the series, “Rise of the Beast” was first designed in his 1984 as a series of action figures for children, similar to Mattel’s Masters of the Universe and Hasbro’s his GI Joe. based on the character that was created. But this new chapter also draws from an unusual source. “Beast Wars Transformers” A little-known Canadian TV show that aired from 1996 to 1999.

Rise of the Beasts is primarily set in 1990s New York and features a race of powerful robots that live disguised as cars and trucks, including series hero Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen, reprising his work) I will draw the activity full of action. has acted as a voice actor from all past films). This time, Prime and his companions are joined by time-traveling Transformers from the distant future, the Maximals, who transform into animals instead of vehicles. They include Rhinox the Rhinoceros (David Soborov), Airazor the Peregrine Falcon (Michelle Yeoh) and the Cheetah. Optimus Primal (Ron Perlman), a gorilla who is descended from Cheetah (Tongai Chilisa) and Prime. All new animal Transformers are faithfully drawn from ‘Beast Wars’, featuring characters who live in a barren alien planet and battle foes such as the vicious Black Arachnia (spider) and Scorponok (scorpion). name.

“Beast Wars” was produced by an animation company in Vancouver, British Columbia. mainframe studiowhich was previously developed “reboot,” A pioneering computer-animated series from the 90s on YTV, the popular Canadian children’s entertainment network. It was also entirely computer-animated, and at a time when the technology was still in its infancy, Beast Wars felt more primitive and rudimentary, with colorful, bulbous character models simply moving around sparse environments. It was a bit like a version of “Toy Story”. The series aired for three seasons on YTV ( A more child-friendly title “Beasties”) and was syndicated nationwide, winning a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Animation in 1998. Inspiring a TV Sequela few comic books and two video games — and now, nearly 30 years after its debut, the feature film (sort of) is done.

If it weren’t for the reintroduction of some characters and designs in “Rise of the Beasts” this month, “Beast Wars” would likely be forgotten by all but the most nostalgic ’90s kids, turning into permanent obsolescence. would have retreated. The most avid “Transformers” fan. And while the film’s somewhat shaky relationship to the source material may prevent a sudden surge of interest in the Canadian series, ‘Rise of the Beast’ stands out especially as a ‘Beast Wars’ movie. Unpromoted, the show rarely gets talked about in the press for this film, but it’s still a good time to appreciate the long-awaited series. Luckily, the entire first run of “Beast Wars” Released on home video from Shout Factory 2011 and now Available on Amazon Prime Video.

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