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BotCon 2009 - Transformers Animated Panel Report w/ Video!
Ender - Friday, May 29, 2009


Before the start of the Animating Animated Panel, the attendees were instructed to limit their questions to the creative process behind Transformers: Animated, that Animated's life as an animated show was over, and to leave questions of Animated "positioning" for Hasbro. The near capacity audience was large and enthusiastic, but it was hard to shake the feeling that this was a wake.

The panel started with a treat to a series or TF: Animated shorts. Some had been featured on the Transformers: Animated DVD collections as special features, but there were quite a few new ones. Here are some brief descriptions.

Bumblebee, Bulkhead, and Sari watch a mime in the park who is trying to be a robot. The Autobots take issue with the inaccuracy of the performance. Bumblebee decides to show the mime how it is done. Bulkhead asks Sari about the applause Bumblebee’s performance generates and Sari explains that it is appropriate to clap at the end of a show. Bulkhead proceeds to clap, nearly leveling the park.

Ratchet and Sari are repairing Bulkhead, and Ratchet declares the job done. Upon sitting up, Bulkhead notices that a great deal of parts remain and asks about them. Ratchet responds by pouring the parts down Bulkheads throat. As Sari and Bulkhead remain terrified, Ratchet leaves, whistling.

Starscream conquers the Autobots, is lauded by the Decepticons, and served by Megatron. Then Megatron wakes him, informing him if he napped during staff meetings he would not wake up.

The screen is filled with a familiar spinning set of Autobot and Decepticon insignias, accompanied by the good old scene transition music. Except this time it’s hummed by Blitzwing, who is spinning a disk with both insignias from a wire. Lugnut slaps him, and is thanked by Blitzwing for shaking him out of it.

After that there were several character profiles featuring re-used footage from the show.

There was a brief but interesting overview of the process of creating the show, then as the panel ran along the call went out for questions. The aisle quickly filled, some who had hopped up to enter the line sat down in the realization they would not make it to the front.

After a few fans took their turns, the panel was forced to close. Like its subject matter it left an audience hungry for more and a long line of unanswered questions.



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Nguyen_Dragon
2009-06-05
11:09 pm

I hope so... I am not done buying Animated style toys... 
deceptikhan
2009-06-04
8:35 pm

Though Hasbro DID say that tthe nexty show would be of "Animated like quality" and possibly be like the Energon for Armada. Ya never know, this is what im guessing might happen. 
Ender
2009-06-03
8:35 pm

There was NO indication at this panel of some unseen return of Animated. It seemed very clear from all angles at the con that Animated as a tv show is over. Period. The only hope for it seemed to be IDW's interest in a comic continuation. 
Zonker
2009-06-03
12:44 am

I dont know about y'all, but I was searching around the site and I have yet to find the summary from the hasbro q & a panel. Where the hell is the link for it on what they had to say for themselves?!? 
formerly nortagem
2009-05-30
4:59 am

Dude, balls or ball-less, there's no avoiding this storm! It's inevitable! Unleash HELL!!! Damn it, I wish I was there for that... 
deathknell
2009-05-30
1:51 am

Unless Hasbro does the same thing CN did and leave their balls at home. Which I'm willing to put money on that they do. They're at a convention of THOUSANDS of TF fans....many of them irate over the whole Animated BS. I bet they force the softball questions. 
formerly nortagem
2009-05-29
10:17 pm

^Agreed, this isn't the panel for those kind of questions. Ya gotta hit the Hasbro panel (and hit'em hard) for questions! Believe that one's tomorrow... 
bwbm
2009-05-29
8:20 pm

The people at the panel don't have that kind of control. They asked to refrain until the Hasbro panel tomorrow, which people will undoubtedly ask a barrage of questions during that time. 
spystreak
2009-05-29
8:12 pm

so they aren't going to tell us wether animated is dead or if it will comeback hell i'll right the damn season 4 if it means will get more episodes 
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