Wednesday, June 27, 2007


First of all, I want to state how sorry I am for neglecting this blog. Work has gotten busier and I have been spending more time preparing for my switch over to Animated Views.

However, I have come across two posters for a few new shows next year and I want to share them with you.

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Transformers: Animated is set to air spring 2008 on Cartoon Network and looks like an amalgamation of all the different series and the movie. Some of the new movies designs, like Bumblebee, have been borrowed but Optimus Prime is a Fire Truck as he was in Transformers: Robots in Disguise.

Over the years, the various different versions of Transformers have had some pretty ugly character designs. Most of the reasons for ugliness were becasue they were too busy. CG shows like Beast Wars, Transformers: Cybertron and the new movie used character designs that were overcomplicated (they used the "it's CG, so why not?" mindset). They were so detailed that it made it hard to watch since characters would get lost in background or each other.

Other shows like Transformers: Armada and Transformers: Energon were Japanese-made, and you know how the Japanese are about their robots. Super detailed and probably a pain to animate.

This new show is heading in the right direction by keeping their characters neat and clean but still distinct and with style. Too bad I don't like this style at all! Transformers are supposed to be hard and tough. These designs make them look too organic. It's like the characters are wearing foam robot outfits. I hope the storytelling holds up.

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The Spectacular Spider-Man is set to air in spring 2008 on the WB! Network. This series is to compliment Spider-Man 3 but is not related like the MTV Spider-Man series. It is being developed by Gargoyles creator Greg Weisman.

According to this poster, we should see Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Electro and Vulture in the series and Weisman has said that Venom and Green Goblin will also show up. The series will revolve around a 16-year old Peter parker and his friends Flash Thompson, Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane Watson, Betty Brant and Liz Allan.

Some concept art has made its way online and while these are not the final designs, you can get a feel for what they are going for. Sort of X-Men: Evolution. I can't wait to see this one.


Chip Chief said...

Optimus needs to eat a sandwich

coolshades said...

I'm not a transformers fan...but I've noticed that Optimus Prime seems to take on a different form every time they make a new Transformers. Isn't he a semi in the movie or something?