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'''''Transformers Animated''''' is a cartoon series which debuted on December 26, 2007, as part of the [[franchise]] of [[Transformers Animated|the same name]].
The cartoon is produced by [[Cartoon Network]], scripted in the United States, with character and background designs by the crews behind shows like ''[[wikipedia:Teen Titans (TV series)|Teen Titans]]'' and ''[[wikipedia:Ben 10|Ben 10]]'', while animation is being provided by Japanese studios [[Mook]], [[The Answer Studio]], and [[Studio 4°C]].
''Animated'' sees several ''Generation One'' voice actors reprise their old roles, including [[Susan Blu]], [[Corey Burton]], [[John Moschitta]], and [[Judd Nelson]], and is the first ''Transformers'' show featuring [[David Kaye]] in which he doesn't voice a Megatron but an Optimus Prime.
{{see|Transformers Animated timeline}}
[[Image:TransformersAnimatedPoster.jpg||thumb|250px|left|"When there's trouble you know who to call..."]]
''Animated'' follows the adventures of a small crew of Autobots, who come into possession of the all-powerful AllSpark artifact. Stranded on Earth and living among the population of [[Detroit]], they face off against a series of human villains and their mighty Decepticon foes, who seek to possess the AllSpark. Though they were originally a lowly space bridge repair crew, these five Autobots must rise to their circumstances to deal with threats large and small.
The series eschews the ever-continuing space opera storylines of the [[Unicron Trilogy]] cartoons to return to the episodic approach of ''[[Beast Wars (cartoon)|Beast Wars]]''; most episodes are standalone stories, but with larger story arcs that stretch through the whole series. The focus is on characterization, dynamic action, and humor.
The episodes center not only on the war between the [[Autobot]]s and the [[Decepticon]]s, but also on the Autobots' interactions with many of [[Detroit]]'s [[human]] supervillain denizens, including a [[Angry Archer|maladjusted marksman]], a [[Nanosec|speedy racer]], and a guy who [[Prometheus Black|looks good in a pimp suit]]. The idea is to present the Decepticons as more of an ongoing background threat instead of having them be repeatedly defeated each episode and look like bumbling fools. The arrival of a Decepticon in battle is a big deal, requiring multiple Autobots working together to stop even a single one. The human villains give the Autobots "everyday" threats, and some of their schemes are the result of Decepticon treachery. Note well: [[Doctor Arkeville|human]] [[Lord Chumley|adversaries]] [[Circuit Breaker|are]] [[Cobra Commander|not]] [[Abdul Fakkadi|new]] [[Lazarus|in]] [[Hydra and Buster|''Transformers'']] [[Overlord (Masterforce)|continuity]].
While the series is not a sequel to the [[Transformers (film)|live-action movie]], they have many thematic elements in common, most notably the central role of the [[AllSpark (Animated)|AllSpark]] and the revelation that all modern technology has been reverse-engineered from the dormant body of [[Megatron (Animated)|Megatron]]. Hasbro also carried over some design elements from the live-action movie into Animated designs, including not just the aforementioned cube but also [[Ratchet (Animated)|Ratchet]]'s medical readout striped deco, [[Bumblebee (Animated)|Bumblebee]]'s black racing stripe, and [[Megatron (Animated)|Megatron]]'s helmet. These are meant to be "connection points," helping kids who had seen the theatrical film but had no prior Transformers experience ease into understanding the new series.
The series also includes many elements and homages to prior Transformers series. Most conspicuously, it has many parallels to [[G1|Generation One]] character designs, personalities, and major characteristics; [[Shockwave (Animated)|Shockwave]], [[Arcee (Animated)|Arcee]] and [[Blurr (Animated)|Blurr]] are even voiced by the same voice actors as their G1 analogues. [[Beast Wars]] gets nods in the form of the inclusion of new versions/homages of [[Blackarachnia (Animated)|Blackarachnia]] and [[Wasp|Waspinator]], plus the overall plot structure: the main war is over, the good guys won, but now a small team of heroes never meant for combat roles must go up against an upstart cell of villains led by a charismatic rogue.
This cast list is for characters who *have appeared* in the show and not include MINOR guest characters. Characters who we *believe* will be in the show *do not* appear here until the episode actually airs. Toy-only characters go on the Transformers Animated (toyline) page.
Currently, "Guests" are characters who have appeared only once each. This guideline will probably change as time passes.
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! style="background:#FFEEEE" | [[Autobot]]s
! style="background:#EEEEFE" | [[Decepticon]]s
! style="background:antiquewhite" | [[Human]]s
| style="background:#FFEEEE" valign="top" |
;Main Cast
* [[Optimus Prime (Animated)|Optimus Prime]] ([[David Kaye]])
* [[Bulkhead (Animated)|Bulkhead]] ([[Bill Fagerbakke]])
* [[Bumblebee (Animated)|Bumblebee]] ([[Bumper Robinson]])
* [[Prowl (Animated)|Prowl]] ([[Jeff Bennett]])
* [[Ratchet (Animated)|Ratchet]] ([[Corey Burton]])
;[[Dinobot (Animated)|Dinobots]]
* [[Grimlock (Animated)|Grimlock]] (David Kaye)
* [[Snarl (Animated)|Snarl]]
* [[Swoop (Animated)|Swoop]]
;[[Cybertron Elite Guard]]
* [[Ultra Magnus (Animated)|Ultra Magnus]] (Jeff Bennett)
* [[Sentinel Prime (Animated)|Sentinel Minor / Sentinel Prime / Sentinel Magnus]] ([[Townsend Coleman]])
* [[Safeguard (Animated)|Safeguard]]
** [[Jetfire (Animated)|Jetfire]] ([[Tom Kenny]])
** [[Jetstorm (Animated)|Jetstorm]] ([[Phil LaMarr]])
* [[Blurr (Animated)|Blurr]] ([[John Moschitta Jr.]])
* [[Jazz (Animated)|Jazz]] (Phil LaMarr)
* [[Warpath (Animated)|Warpath]] (David Kaye)
;[[Cybertron Intelligence]]
* [[Highbrow (Animated)|Highbrow]] (David Kaye)
* [[Arcee (Animated)|Arcee]] ([[Susan Blu]])
* [[Cliffjumper (Animated)|Cliffjumper]] (David Kaye)
;[[Space Bridge Security Crew]]
* [[Rodimus Prime (Animated)|Rodimus Prime]] ([[Judd Nelson]])
* [[Brawn (Animated)|Brawn]]
* [[Hot Shot (Animated)|Hot Shot]] (Bill Fagerbakke)
* [[Ironhide (Animated)|Ironhide]] (Corey Burton)
* [[Red Alert (Animated)|Red Alert]] ([[Tara Strong]])
;[[Autobot Ministry of Science]]
* [[Mainframe (Animated)|Mainframe]]
* [[Perceptor (Animated)|Perceptor]] ([[Wikipedia:PlainTalk|PlainTalk]])
* [[Wheeljack (Animated)|Wheeljack]]
;[[Cyber-Ninja Corps]]
* [[Yoketron]] ([[George Takei]])
* [[Grandus (Animated)|Grandus]] (Jeff Bennett)
* [[Tap-Out (Animated)|Tap-Out]]
* [[Alpha Trion (Animated)|Alpha Trion]] (Phil LaMarr)
* [[Teletran-1]] (Tara Strong) / [[Omega Supreme (Animated)|Omega Supreme]] (Kevin Michael Richardson/[[Phil LaMarr]])
* [[Wreck-Gar (Animated)|Wreck-Gar]] ([["Weird Al" Yankovic]])
| style="background:#EEEEFE" valign="top" |
;Main Cast
* [[Megatron (Animated)|Megatron]] (Corey Burton)
--> [[Blackarachnia (Animated)|Elita-1 / Blackarachnia]] ([[Cree Summer]])
* [[Starscream (Animated)|Starscream]] (Tom Kenny)
* [[Blitzwing (Animated)|Blitzwing]] (Bumper Robinson)
* [[Lugnut]] (David Kaye)
;[[Starscream clone]]s
* [[Skywarp (Animated)|Skywarp]] (Tom Kenny)
* [[Thundercracker (Animated)|Thundercracker]] (Tom Kenny)
* [[Sunstorm (Animated)|Sunstorm]] (Tom Kenny)
* [[Ramjet (Animated)|Ramjet]] (Tom Kenny)
* [[Slipstream (Animated)|Slipstream]] (Tara Strong)
* [[Clone number 2716057]] (Tom Kenny)
* [[Clone number 3370318]] (Tom Kenny)
;[[Constructicon (Animated)|Constructicons]]
* [[Dirt Boss (Animated)|Dirt Boss]] ([[John Mariano]]) (?)
* [[Scrapper (Animated)|Scrapper]] (Tom Kenny)
* [[Mixmaster (Animated)|Mixmaster]] (Jeff Bennett) (?)
;[[Team Chaar]]
* [[Strika (Animated)|Strika]] (Tara Strong)
* [[Blackout (Animated)|Blackout]] (Bumper Robinson)
* [[Cyclonus (Animated)|Cyclonus]]
* [[Oil Slick (Animated)|Oil Slick]] (Phil LaMarr)
* [[Spittor (Animated)|Spittor]]
;Supreme Clones
* [[Lugnut Supreme]]
* [[Starscream Supreme]]
* [[Lockdown (Animated)|Lockdown]] ([[Lance Henriksen]])
* [[Soundwave (Animated)|Soundwave]] (Jeff Bennett)
** [[Laserbeak (Animated)|Laserbeak]]
** [[Ratbat (Animated)|Ratbat]]
* [[Swindle (Animated)|Swindle]] ([[Fred Willard]])
* <!--
-->[[Wasp|Wasp / Waspinator]] (Tom Kenny)
| style="background:antiquewhite" valign="top" |
;Main Cast
* [[Isaac Sumdac]] (Tom Kenny)
* [[Sari Sumdac]] (Tara Strong)
* [[Captain Fanzone]] (Jeff Bennett)
;[[Society of Ultimate Villainy]]
* [[Slo-Mo]] (Tara Strong)
* [[A.A. Archer|Angry Archer]] (Jeff Bennett)
* [[Nino Sexton|Nanosec]] ([[Brian Posehn]])
* [[Penny Princess|Professor Princess]] ([[Kath Soucie]])
;[[:Category:Supervillains|Other Supervillains]]
* [[Meltdown (Animated)|Meltdown]] ([[Peter Stormare]])
* [[Cyrus Rhodes|Colossus Rhodes]] (Corey Burton)
* [[Fusion creature|Meltdown's Experiments]]
* [[Henry Masterson|The Headmaster]] ([[Alexander Polinsky]])
* [[Master Disaster]] (Bill Fagerbakke)
* [[Porter C. Powell]] (Bumper Robinson)
* [[Mayor Edsel]] [[Mayor Edsel's Press Secretary]] (Tara Strong)
* [[Spike Witwicky (Animated)|Spike]] (Corey Burton)
* [[Carly Witwicky (Animated)|Carly]] (Tara Strong)
* [[Daniel Witwicky (Animated)|Daniel]] (Tara Strong)
* [[Sparkplug (Animated human)|Sparkplug]] (Bumper Robinson, David Kaye)
{{see|List of Transformers Animated episodes}}
{|border=5 cellpadding=5 cellspacing=5 align=center style="border:#800000"
! style="background:#F8F8F8" | Season 1: 2007-08
! style="background:#F8F8F8" | Season 2: 2008
! style="background:#F8F8F8" | Season 3: 2009
! style="background:#F8F8F8" | Shorts
| style="background:#F8F8F8" valign="top" |
# [[Transform and Roll Out|Transform and Roll Out (Part One)]]
# [[Transform and Roll Out|Transform and Roll Out (Part Two)]]
# [[Transform and Roll Out|Transform and Roll Out (Part Three)]]
# [[Home Is Where the Spark Is]]
# [[Total Meltdown]]
# [[Blast from the Past]]
# [[The Thrill of the Hunt]]
# [[Nanosec (episode)|Nanosec]]
# [[Along Came a Spider]]
# [[Sound and Fury]]
# [[Lost and Found (episode)|Lost and Found]]
# [[Survival of the Fittest]]
# [[Headmaster (episode)|Headmaster]]
# [[Nature Calls]]
# [[Megatron Rising - Part 1]]
# [[Megatron Rising - Part 2]]
| style="background:#F8F8F8" valign="top" |
# [[The Elite Guard]]
# [[The Return of the Headmaster]]
# [[Mission Accomplished]]
# [[Garbage In, Garbage Out]]
# [[Velocity]]
# [[Rise of the Constructicons]]
# [[A Fistful of Energon]]
# [[SUV: Society of Ultimate Villainy]]
# [[Autoboot Camp]]
# [[Black Friday (episode)|Black Friday]]
# [[Sari, No One's Home]]
# [[A Bridge Too Close, Part I]]
# [[A Bridge Too Close, Part II]]
| style="background:#F8F8F8" valign="top" |
# [[TransWarped|TransWarped (Part One)]]
# [[TransWarped|TransWarped (Part Two)]]
# [[TransWarped|TransWarped (Part Three)]]
# [[Three's A Crowd]]
# [[Where Is Thy Sting?]]
# [[Five Servos of Doom]]
# [[Predacons Rising]]
# [[Human Error, Part I]]
# [[Human Error, Part II]]
# [[Decepticon Air]]
# [[This Is Why I Hate Machines]]
# [[Endgame, Part I]]
# [[Endgame, Part II]]
| style="background:#F8F8F8" valign="top" |
'''[[Studio 4°C]] shorts'''
# [[Career Day]]
# [[Evel Knievel Jump]]
# [[Mime Time]] (aka "Bumblebee")
# [[Starscream Heckles Megatron]] (aka "Mocking Megatron")
# [[Explosive Punch]]
# [[Bulkhead plays with Grimlock]]
# [[Ratchet Performs Surgery on Bulkhead]]
'''Other shorts'''
# [[Meet Bulkhead]]
# [[Meet Ratchet]]
# [[Meet Bumblebee]]
# [[Meet Optimus Prime]]
# [[Meet Prowl]]
# [[Meet Megatron]]
# [[Meet Starscream]]
==Creative Staff==
There are some talented people working on this show. Among the more prominent-
* [[Sam Register]] - Executive Producer
* [[Marty Isenberg]] - Story Editor, Writer
* [[Irineo Maramba]] - Director, Character Designer
* [[Derrick J. Wyatt]] - Art Director
* [[Jeff Shiffman]] - Co-Sound Supervisor
==Home Video Releases==
*'''Transform and Roll Out''' (DVD, June 22, 2008)
:A single DVD containing the three-part premier ''Transform and Roll Out!'' and two unaired shorts. Has Full Screen video and stereo sound in English and Spanish. A Target [[exclusive]] version contains a second disc with ''Home Is Where the Spark Is''.
*'''Season One''' (DVD, August 19 2008)
: A two-disc set containing the complete first season, from ''Home is Where the Spark Is'' to ''Megatron Rising Part II''.
*'''Season Two''' (DVD, January 6 2009)
: A two-disc set containing the complete second season, from ''The Elite Guard'' to ''A Bridge Too Close Part II''. It also contains the two shorts ''Mocking Megatron'' and ''Explosive Punch''.
==Comic Adaptations==
A [[Transformers Animated (IDW Publishing)|comic adaptation]] of the series was published by [[IDW Publishing]] starting in January 2008. The book used cartoon screen captures arranged in comic book style panels.
''Transformers Animated'' debuted January 5, 2008, at 10:30am EST as the number one television show among boys 6-11 in both cable and network television. In addition, the strength of the showing helped lift the ratings of all its neighboring shows in Cartoon Network's "Dynamite Action" scheduling block. <ref>
[,20812,1701434,00.html Transformers Animated Premieres #1 on All Television Among Boys and Boosts Kids 6-11 and 2-11 Delivery by Powerful Double-Digits]</ref>
The immediate response to the earliest promotional materials from the online fandom was the [[Ruined FOREVER|painfully traditional one]], with an added dash of overblown paranoia that the franchise would be far too "[[Pokeformers|kid]]-[[Playskool|oriented]]" for longtime fans to enjoy, based on nothing more than its artistic style. Attitudes took an eyebrow-raisingly sharp turn with the premiere of the first footage from the show at the San Diego Comic Con and Hasbro's presentation at [[BotCon 2007]], and after the debut of the show, it was essentially only the most ardent "already-made-up-their-mind-to-hate-it" viewers who were speaking ill. In particular, many fears were alleviated with the airing of [[The Thrill of the Hunt]], which involved [[Ratchet (Animated)|Ratchet]] savagely beating [[Lockdown (Animated)|Lockdown]] for revenge, Ratchet coping with the loss of [[Arcee (Animated)|Arcee]]'s memories, and a look at the horrors of war. This unusual level of maturity let many fans warm up to the new series.
The aforementioned ability of the series to carry on story arcs for multiple episodes and, in many cases, for an entire season also lends itself to enjoyment by older viewers. Multiple plot lines run simultaneously and are not resolved within a single episode, allowing a deeper, more intricate story than previous Transformers series. The return of [[Megatron (Animated)|Megatron]] took up most of season one, and the construction of the [[space bridge]] and the revelation of the identity of the Decepticon [[Shockwave (Animated)|traitor]] among the Autobots unfolded throughout the second season, while the mystery of [[Sari Sumdac|Sari's]] origin has been hinted at throughout the entire series.
[[Image:Tfa_widescreen2.jpg|thumb|right|250px|The fullscreen broadcast and DVD release (top) cuts the sides off the widescreen image (bottom). ]]
* Despite being animated in a widescreen format, the series is delivered to Cartoon Network in a cropped-down, fullscreen format, and is subsequently broadcast this way, even on Cartoon Network HD. Alas, the series has been released on DVD in this format, too. Fans could glimpse various widescreen images in a promo reel screened at various conventions before the launch of the series, which was later included on the DVD packaged with action figure two-pack, "The Battle Begins".
* The series is the first in over a decade to re-establish the classic Generation One convention of blue eyes for Autobots and red eyes for Decepticons- though there is the [[Swindle (Animated)|occasional]] [[Jetfire (Animated)|exception]].
* As well as the aforementioned Generation One voice actors, [[Townsend Coleman]] returns to a Transformers series. He voiced [[Rewind]] in the original Generation One cartoon.
* For some reason, a lot of fans want to believe that ''Animated'' is full of references to the anime ''[[Wikipedia:Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann|Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann]]'', selecting lots of random, generic, anime-influenced hand motions and assorted design quirks throughout season 1 as "obvious" nods to the series. Then Derrick Wyatt announced that he hadn't even seen the show until the production of Season 1 was finished. ''HA''. Of course, the possibility exists that the second season may see some ''Lagann'' references, as Wyatt notes that it and ''[[Wikipedia:Diebuster|Diebuster]]'' have since inspired the production staff, but Wyatt singles out ''[[Wikipedia:Mighty Orbots|Mighty Orbots]]'' and the British comic ''[[Wikipedia: 2000 AD|2000 AD]]''<nowiki>'s</nowiki> ''[[Wikipedia:ABC Warriors|ABC Warriors]]'' strip as the biggest influences on the character designs, with ''Lagann''/''Diebuster'' producers [[Wikipedia: Gainax|Gainax]] animation studio as a constant source of influence. <ref>[ Comment section of "Back from Botcon" entry in Derrick Wyatt's blog]</ref>
*This is the first Transformers show that [[David Kaye]] and [[Scott McNeil]] were not featured in together. David Kaye and Scott McNeil have been working on voicing the Transformers series since the premier of [[Beast Wars]]. Many fans ask why was it that [[Tom Kenny]] was to play Wasp/Waspinator and not Scott McNeil, the original. The answer? Guilds. [[Gary Chalk]] has also been working with these very talented voice actors since the Beast Wars as well (As the Optimal man, of course), but alas, not a cast member in Animated. Now the answer to ''that'' is currently processing.
* In May 2008, when North American broadcasts of the series were only four episodes into season two, all the remaining episodes of the season aired in Dubai. While almost nobody in the fandom had personally seen these episodes (and no one had seen them in English as they were intended), gossip based on viewer reviews and screencaps resulted in many plot developments and potential surprises being spoiled. Hooray.
* There is one possible continuity error throughout the entire first season: Megatron's decapitated head appears to be his Earth-mode head. However, it could be argued that this look is due to [[Isaac Sumdac]]'s mechanical tinkering over the last few decades, or that falling through an atmosphere might do a fair bit of damage.
* As it was said earlier, the show is loosely based on Teen Titans, which has a main cast with a robot (Cyborg), an alien (Starfire) and a Transformer (Beast boy). Not to mention that both "Bumblebee" and "Headmaster" are names of characters in both shows and [[Alexander Polinsky]] did the voice of the Headmaster in [[w:c:teentitans:Control Freak|Control Freak]]'s style.
* Yes, they have large [[chin]]s. Shut up about it.
* However, they lack [[nose]]s. At most they have what appears to be an extension of their helmets into general nose area. And if anybody asks "How do they smell?" I'll shoot them.
* While it's not confirmed by official means, [[Derrick Wyatt]] wants Wheelie in [[Transformers Animated]]. <ref>Derrick replies to an email about Wheelie. That's right, [ it's the real dealie].</ref>
* Season 3 began airing in the [[United Kingdom]] on June 1st. However, all the slag lines were removed.
* Due to poor voice acting, the Philippine dub of the series developed problems to the characters. Like Ratchet sounding younger and Sari sounding older...WAY older.
* Since, December 18, 2009, [[Takara Tomy]] would be bringing the series to Japan to take over after the series finale of Tomica Hero Rescue Fire.<ref>[ TV Aichi's Transformers Animated Website] 2010-01-18}}</ref>
== Intro ==
<center>'''Transformers Animated American Intro'''</center>
<center>'''Transformers Animated Japanese Intro'''</center>
==External Link==
*[ Derrick Wyatt's blog]
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