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G1 Bumblebee voice actor Dan Gilvezan has reported on Facebook that Wally Burr, the voice director for the original The Transformers animated series, has died at the age of 91. Burr was well-known as a director who knew exactly what he wanted, leading to friction among those he directed at times. But nearly every actor who worked with the man had a humorous Wally Burr story to tell. TFormers offers its heartfelt condolences to Mr. Burr's family and friends.

The Guardian has posted an article entitled "How We Made Transformers," featuring the recollections of writer Bob Budiansky and TV series editor Bryce Malek. Much of it we've heard before, though Malek provides some new insights. But it's an interesting inside look at how Transformers took shape, and worth reading. Keep reading for excerpts and a link!

Dr. Tess Hightower, wife of actor Richard Gautier, has reported to Facebook that Gautier passed away quietly last night at the age of 85. Gautier was likely best known to readers of this site as the voice of Rodimus Prime in the third season of the original The Transformers cartoon as well as Serpentor on GI Joe: A Real American Hero. He also had a long career of onscreen performances - most notably Hymie the robot on Get Smart - and was among his other talents a gifted caricaturist as evidenced by his website. TFormers offers its sincerest sympathies to his family, friends, and fans for their loss today.

Vimeo has announced that they will be offering the original Transformers Cartoon for streaming! Invidual episodes will cost 0.99 USD to rent and $2.99 to own and view by streaming and/or download - but the much better option is to buy the whole series for $40. Keep reading for the trailer - a pretty high quality copy of the original G1 title sequence - and a link.

Gothamist reports that Transformers Generation One will be taken out of circulation on Netflix on January 1st 2015. If you've yet to (re)watch the series and have a Netflix subscription, you've got two weeks to get some friends together and catch it while you can! GI Joe is also on the chopping block, so consider setting aside some time to recreate your weekday afternoons before the turn of the year. Keep reading for the full list of shows and films leaving Netflix next year!

Tomorrow 12/2, from 2-7pm ET / 11am – 4 pm PT The Hub Television Network will present 5 straight hours of the Original series that started it all: Transformers Generation 1! The 10 back-to-back action-packed episodes include two fan-favorite trilogies: "More Than Meets The Eye" and "Ultimate Doom." Be sure to tune to your local cable station to watch them.

Time for another edition of The Ark Addendum, picking up where The Complete Ark leaves off. This week, I focus on the episode A Prime Problem, where the Decepticons clone Optimus Prime and attempt to lead the Autobots into a deadly ambush.

Robot Chicken has been a tour de force lately in featuring Transformers in Season 5. In this week's episode, "Malcolm X: Fully Loaded", the crescendo features a seminar for evil leaders. Masterpiece Megatron gives a testimonial, while another notable transforming 'renegade' is shunned from attendance. Be sure to watch Adult Swim for this latest Transformers appearance! Then talk about it on the forums.

Jim Sorensen has updated his BLOG with more G1 goodness" Well, all the details that were hampering me uploading the many, many scripts have been put to bed, which means that I can now start to upload these pretty awesome scripts. What makes them especially neat are all the cross-outs and handwritten comments by Ron Friedman. You can really see how he helped shape the dialogue, keep it consistently Cybertronian from episode to episode. It's late, I'm tired, so I'm gonna start with just two - Dinobot Island, part one and two. Download them both now at

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Just a friendly reminder from your friends here at, The Hub network starts today! The sneak peek takes place all day today and the official rollout is tomorrow, October 11, 2010. Don't know if you have the channel? Find out at the channel locator at

The Hub's official website Hub World has made select Generation 1 and Transformers Energon episodes available for streaming. There currently isn't a very good way to sort through the episodes, so you'll just have to go the episodes section of the video page to see what they have. It is unknown if these episodes will be a revolving door of episodes, or if they will consistently add more later down the line. Note: This is only available in the United States at this time.

Chances are by now you've seen the History Channel's TV show Pawn Stars. Recently, they have been airing and episode where they meet with a Transformers collector with a lot of robots. See multiple copies of many G1 figures like Fortress Maximus, Scorponok, Mirage and many more that won't believe. Thanks to forums member Backfire who posted a whole mess of stills from the show.

Our good friends over at Moonbase 2 Podcast have revealed some secret tidbits in an their recent interview Michael Bell. The voice actor has revealed the next Transformers cartoon is presently being cast by Susan Blu who handled the casting for Transformers Animated, Beast Wars, and was the voice of Arcee in G1. Bell says he has auditioned for the role of Ratchet and a character that goes by the name "General Fowler." Bell also stated that David Sobolov, who played the voice of "Depth Charge" in Beast Wars, is another actor up for audition. Check out the full interview now at Moonbase 2.

Robot Chicken does it again! The new episode shown this weekend, #17 - "Cannot Be Erased", features none other than Optimus Prime as the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. Join Robot Chicken's own delightful version of how Dorthy (the nerd) deals with the evil flying monkeys and Wicked Witch with some help from his friends.

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