The first panel at BotCon 2009 was on the creative process behind the Transformers: Animated show, with the subtitle, Animating Animated.
Lets start with the bad news, Transformers: Animated as a cartoon is finished! It was the first thing announced to prevent endless questions on the subject. The panel recorded all these types of questions being asked at Hasbro’s panel, which should now be even more entertaining.
Also shown were plenty of the Animated Shorts that have appeared on previous DVDs.
More details, including a full description of the creative process of the show, with pictures and videos, can be found at TFW2005 and Tformers.
NickToons are finally getting around to airing Transformers: Animated season 3 in the UK. The first episode will be airing on 1st June at 5:30pm, and will only be the first part of the 70 minute season premiere, Transwarped.
The Sky TV listings also reveal that there are more new episodes on Tuesday and Wednesday, same time, on Sky channel 606.
Hasbro Inc just announced a collaboration with Discovery Communications Inc that will lead to a new Transformers cartoon in 2010. The two companies are launching a joint venture which includes a new TV channel and accompanying website that will feature programmes based on the many different Hasbro brands, including of course Transformers.
The new network is currently operating under the name Discovery Kids, and will continue to do so until later next year when it will be rebranded. Then it will feature the new programming based on the Hasbro brands, such as G.I. Joe and Transformers. They’re aiming the programming at children aged 14 or below.
Hasbro is using the new venture to increase its reach to new audiences. Hasbro already has two movies out this summer based on its properties, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Transformers Revenge of the Fallen.
Hasbro is set to pay $300 million, which will give it half of the venture.
We’ll let you know more about the new Transformers cartoon when we hear it.
The finale of Transformers: Animated season 2 revealed what had long been rumoured, that the little human known as Sari was actually a robot (in disguise). As a New Year gift, 52Toys have posted a design drawing of Sari in her new robot design for season 3.
It isn’t clear if this is extra armour, like Samurai Prowl, or her completely new design now that her human diguise isn’t needed.
Transformers: Animated season 3 is due to start airing in the Spring.
S250 has posted the vehicle animation model for Strika on his blog. Strika is one of the new characters for Transformers: Animated season 3, and is making her first appearance since Beast Machines.
Derrick J. Wyatt has answered some more questions on his blog, this time giving some clues to returning characters in Transformers Animated season 3.
As well as discussing who designed who for the new characters appearing, he also states that there will be ore guest voice actors in the upcoming season, as well as a larger role for a former guest actor, which makes this character basically a show regular. Current betting is on either Susan Blu, who voiceed Arcee, Lance Henrikson as Lockdown, Fred Willard as Swindle, John Moschitta as Blurr or “Weird Al” Yankovic as Wreck-Gar.
He also talks about the design for Hot Shot, Red Alert, general character choosing and the fact that there are more Autobots than Decepticons.
Transformers: Animated character designer Derrick Wyatt has provided the tfwiki with the first look at a new season 3 character, Hot Shot. Hot Shot previously appeared in Armada, Energon and Cybertron.
Art & Story has recorded an audio interview with Marty Isenberg, the story editor for Transformers: Animated and writer for IDW’s Transformers: Animated The Arrival series. The interview discusses character building techniques, story production and what’s to come in season 3 of Transformers: Animated.
More rumours for you this Sunday, from insider S250, on new characters for season 3 of Transformers: Animated. The description he gives is that they are old, have the following names, A**** T**** and D** A****, and are “close to their G1 version”. Most discussion has picked out Alpha Trion and Dai Atlas as the likely candidates. Astrotrain has been considered, but his name is one word and he isn’t considered old.
We’ll have to see if these fumurs are true.