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Transformers - Robots in Disguise.
on 4 July 2002
First off, it needs to be said that the most frustrating thing about the Transformers DVD collection is that the individual episodes are not published in chronological order - which makes watching this series something of a choir at times and could confuse those of you who are new fans or simply do not know which order the episodes go in.
That said, this is not a bad DVD by any means and nor is the Transformers animated series in general. Watching these episodes brings back many happy memories of sitting in front of the TV watching 'Wacaday' when I was a kid, just dying to catch the next installment of my favourite animated show!
Generally, these episodes cannot be considered as high culture. Many of the storylines are nothing more than juvenile and are very hard to stomach by fans of the comic series, which in relation to the cartoon was much more adult orienated.
Perhaps the real saving grace of this particular DVD is 'Heavy Metal War' - which is not only one of the best episodes out of the 89 which were origionally created but also one of the better animated (the quality of animation throughout the series does vary immensly)
Lets not be too dour though - These episodes were created nearly 20 years ago and are not supposed to be disected by the critics amongst us. They are easily absorbed fun, very much black and white in terms of theme. This DVD is great for the twentysomethings amongst you who were fans first time around and beats the pants off the animated nonsense that we feed kids today such as 'Pokemon'.
I mean for crying out loud! Pikachu translates as 'Electric Mouse' whilst Optimus Prime translates as 'The first, the best'.
Thats what this series is.