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Transformers Animated
Transform And Roll Out

review by Zach B.

 

 

Not Rated

Running Time: 68 minutes

Starring the voices of: David Kaye, Corey Burton, Bumper Robinson, Bill Fagerbakke, Jeff Glen Bennett, Tara Strong, Tom Kenny, Cree Summer, Townsend Coleman,

Written by: Marty Isenberg

Directed by: Matt Youngberg, Yutaka Kagawa, Minoru Yamaoka, Makoto Fuchigami 

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $19.99

Features: Animated Shorts

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Stereo, Spanish Dolby Stereo, English Closed Captions, Chapter Stops (7 Chapters)

Released: June 17th, 2008

 

 

This animated movie is presented in 1.33:1 full screen, and looks quite good. Colors are pretty vibrant, and the overall image quality is rather sharp - which definitely makes the fine animation stand out. Detail and black levels are pretty good too. The only real flaws are some shimmering and noise that appear throughout. In all, this is pleasing stuff. 

 

The English Stereo track is pretty good, but things probably would have been better if a surround mix was offered. Through the two speakers, dialogue comes out very clear and crisp, as does the music (including the updated classic theme song) and sound effects. It all blends together nicely. But as you'd expect, the sound effects make the strongest impression - and the stereo effects offered are nice. You have the Autobots and Decepticons flying, changing, blasting and using their weapons. It's not too discrete, but still gives off a bit of a punch. 

A Spanish Stereo mix is also on the disc, plus English closed captions are also included via your television.

 

The only bonus are two Animated Shorts, which barely add up to 3 minutes. A very small diversion for the target audience, I guess. 

 

This animated movie should keep youngsters appetites strong for their favorite robots until "Transformers 2" hits theaters in 2009. It's also clearly a product to sell more toys. As far as a DVD, it doesn't offer too much - but its presentation is more than decent. Parents of young boys will probably be buying this - and for those who were fans of the original animated series, I have a sinking feeling you won't take too kindly to this update.