New Transformers are coming after Christmas

The swell of passion for all things Transformers continues unabated, and Cartoon Network is hoping to get a piece of the pie—the brand new Transformers: Animated show will premiere on Wednesday, December 26th. This is great news, right? I mean, there was a popular Transformers cartoon on when I was a kid, and a new one would have to be even better. Right?

Ummm….

Look; I have to tell you right up front that some of this is lost on me. It could be because Transformers have never really intrigued me all that much or because it annoyed me that a kids’ show was made into something for adults or because I don’t possess the Y chromosome necessary to really “get” them, but I read this stuff and it all sounds like Charlie Browns teacher to me. (“Wah wah wah wah wah.”) Regardless, for the fans out there this stuff is important, and I will try to summarize as best I can.

If you want to read a great rundown of the debate and the fallout go here for Steve Fritz’s account and lots of interesting comments.

Seriously, wars have been fought with less passion and vigor than what Transformer fans exhibit in the defense of their favorite incarnations of the robots in disguise.

So, you think Marty Isenberg isn’t getting ready for this? Actually, as the former Story Editor of Beast Machines he’s more than aware of what’s to come.

“T-fans are clearly very passionate. I found that out the hard way,” says the current story editor of Transformers: Animated, which makes its debut on Cartoon Network on Wednesday, December 26 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. “While I don’t think we’ll make them all happy, I’m encouraged by the early largely positive response to the various clips that have gotten out there. I fully expect the inevitable backlash to come as the series progresses. While I’m happy when fans like my work, ultimately it’s more important what kids 6-11 think of it.”

Fritz runs down the story changes, then ends with:

As for what I think of the show? Based on the pilot movie and first true episode, I liked what I saw. Fans of Isenberg’s work should remember the man can put together intricate and well-conceived story arcs. Yes, I don’t truly cotton to Wyatt’s character design, it’s too round and loose for me, but it doesn’t offend me either. The voice cast is truly up to the job though, and I can’t wait to see what characters are introduced as the show moves through its first 26 episodes.

So let the old timers wail, drape themselves in ash and sackcloth. This Transformers, as Isenberg noted, is not for them. And I get the feeling it will do quite well with its own generation of fans.

In summary: Kids will like it. Rabid adult fans probably won’t. Also: Wah wah wah wah wah. (That was for my fellow moms. You’re welcome.)

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