Transformers: Beast Wars

Transformers: Beast Wars
Voice Director: Susan Blu

US Premiere: Sep 16, 1996
US Conclusion: 1999
US Home Media: Aug 12, 2003

Seasons: 3
Episodes: 52

Animation Studio: Rainmaker Entertainment

Popularity: 308th All Time, 261st This Week

Franchise: Transformers
Characters on BTVA: 33
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said at 8:31 AM on Tue Jul 10 2018
A classic of 90`s cartoon Television.

A lot of these 90s cartoons based on popular franchises did a trope where they made them more serious and introduce new concepts. Beast Wars is really unique in so many regards.

the voice acting was great too, Susan Blu being a TF veteran knows her stuff so the actors sounded great. Chalk and Kaye played off each other nicely.

I only have 2 flaws with the show was that the animation is dated but making a cgi show in the 90s is difficult so I`ll give a pass and the G1 voice matches which didn't sound good.

but other than that one of Transformers`s best shows.
said at 9:27 AM on Tue Jun 19 2018
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Beast Wars was one unique Transformers series down to the premise and it characters and with stellar performances by a great ensemble cast
EPA Deane
said at 3:14 PM on Tue Jun 19 2018
@batcool "YEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS, There's a PRIMAL Truth in these Words....."
said at 12:04 PM on Thu Feb 22 2018
Trukk not munky
8000 Saiyans
said at 11:12 AM on Tue Dec 5 2017
 4 Shout Outs!
The best Transformers cartoon.
EPA Deane
said at 3:14 PM on Tue Jun 19 2018
@8000 Saiyans and One of the Best Uses of Ocean Studios' Voice Talents
said at 5:58 PM on Sat Dec 10 2016
This was a pretty good show but I can NOT stand the CGI. Sure, this was made in the 90's. but dear god. Still pretty good
said at 2:46 PM on Fri Apr 22 2016
 6 Shout Outs!
Happy 20th Anniversary Beast Wars!

Still the best Transformers cartoon.
said at 4:05 PM on Thu Aug 27 2015
 6 Shout Outs!
Horrible acting in Japanese. No excuse, considering this show has perhaps the best Japanese VAs in any show. HOW can such a cast phone in like that?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 4:20 PM on Thu Aug 27 2015
In Japan, Transformers targets a younger audience than it does in the west. Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Animated, and Prime were all toned down greatly to remove a lot of the dark elements and replace them with screwball comedy.
said at 4:32 PM on Thu Aug 27 2015
@NCZ I understand, but still, it's such a shame that the best of the best VAs weren't as good as they should have been.
said at 6:19 AM on Sun Aug 30 2015
@AntiSabat666 Yeah it's a shame what they did with Beast Wars in Japan. I mean Beast Wars had its fair share of goofy moments but it was also rather serious and mature when it needed to be so taking that away and just making it goofier is kind of sad.

I agree the cast was talented. I mean Takehito Koyasu as Optimus Primal, that is such a good idea, if he played him a little more seriously. it'd be perfect. Shigeru Chiba was no doubt miscast as Megatron, that should have been Norio Wakamoto instead, maybe even Kenyu Horiuchi could have worked?

Transformers Animated has a surprisingly good Japanese dub even with the goofy ad-libbing, it's probably the closest to sounding and feeling like the show in English all things considered. It has the most hot blooded Transformers opening ever courtesy of the JAM Project.

Transformers Prime's Japanese has some good performances but umm wow....Yandere Love Dovey Airachnid that is all. XD.
said at 7:53 PM on Wed Mar 8 2017
@AntiSabat666 Airazor is a man in Japan....

What was Japan thinking?
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:44 PM on Wed Mar 8 2017

Airazor was male in the toyline, but Mainframe made her female in order to get some diversity up in there. I haven't looked into why the J dub ignored that change... Not sure if they didn't get the memo or actively chose to ignore it for god knows what reason.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 4:40 PM on Sun Sep 14 2014
 12 Shout Outs!
Although the animation hasn't held up the best (though, gosh, it's nearly two decades old, so I cut it some slack), I cannot believe how well the STORY and CHARACTERS have held up.

I often re-watch clips of it on Youtube, and although they're scenes I've seen dozens of times, each time is like new. I enjoy the voice-acting, I enjoy the plots, I enjoy the characters, I enjoy the fun. It was dark, yet comedic. Serious, yet fun. Balanced world-altering arcs with episodes about energon farts.

said at 6:45 AM on Mon Sep 15 2014

But seriously, this show is All That.

*Looks up*
And all that's left to do is to preserve Campbell Lane's memory.
said at 8:50 AM on Mon Sep 15 2014
@TylerMirage I totally agree. This is still by far my favorite Transformers show I've seen yet, and the others just haven't quite hit the mark for me.
said at 3:40 PM on Tue Sep 30 2014
@TylerMirage However, the animation, though from 1996, is still Superior to Energon and Cybertron Lol.
said at 3:29 PM on Sat Jun 21 2014
 4 Shout Outs!
If anyone reading this comment hasn't seen this show before, do not, I repeat, DO NOT READ the favorite reasons in the upper right corner! I got one of the BIGGEST MOMENTS IN THE SHOW spoiled for me! Don't read them!
said at 2:02 PM on Sat Apr 19 2014
 5 Shout Outs!
After watching David Kaye say it so many times I now say "Yes Yes" with his tone
said at 7:03 PM on Tue Feb 18 2014
 7 Shout Outs!
Definitely the best Transformers series for a bunch of reasons, the voice acting here outdid Prime's, the writing was very consistent, every character was entertaining in some way for the most part, it saved the franchise, the list goes on and on.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 7:13 PM on Tue Feb 18 2014
@pete I agree with nearly everything you say...

...expect "the voice acting here outdid Prime's". BW and TFP both had phenomenal voice acting in it - so much so that for me, personally, they're tied for awesome voice-acting.
said at 7:21 PM on Tue Feb 18 2014
@pete Though I still have yet to finish the entire series, as a VA enthusiast, Beast Wars has some amazing acting.... ....but I think TFP's overall acting is much better (however smug/prejudice I may come off as).

As a whole, Beast Wars is probably the best TF show overall: in terms of FAVORITES, for me, it probably ranks third BARELY being beat out by Rescue Bots, and RB being just ONE measly step behind Prime. I guess it's like choosing a favorite Star Wars film: it's not relatively easy to rank.
said at 1:49 PM on Wed Feb 19 2014
@TylerMirage I only said hat because of fun performances here, something Prime lacked. Knock Out was about it with fun Decepticons on that show. I should've added that I only think that by a margin.
said at 3:30 PM on Wed Feb 19 2014
@pete I agree with you. With Beast Wars, all of the Predacons had fun, unique voices. Prime had some great dramatic acting and most of them were at least genuinely distinct, but Beast Wars' voice work has an element of fun that's pretty refreshing. I'd say these two shows are about even in terms of quality, it's just a different kind of acting. One is a little more down to earth and dramatic, and one is more fun and exaggerated, but neither are by no means bad.

I do agree that the Decepticons in Prime were a little less distinct and fun, but that's not to say all of them weren't memorable. Megatron, Starscream and Knock Out (cuz come on, a Daran Norris character being boring doesn't happen often) were great, as well as Dreadwing, but that's about all the Decepticon voices I can remember being unique right off the top of my head.

On an unrelated note... I feel that Beast Wars' music and theme song were MUCH better than anything Prime. Prime has one of the most boring intro themes I've ever heard in my life, and I can't clearly remember a single track from the show's score.
said at 4:31 PM on Wed Feb 19 2014
@pete *that
said at 4:33 PM on Wed Feb 19 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy Those are the memorable ones I can think of, unless you count Arachnid. Every other character is open to debate.
said at 12:27 PM on Thu Feb 20 2014
@PsychicVoiceSpy Oh and I agree on the music too, Beast Wars music made it really intense, can't really remember Prime's too well, but I won't say it wasn't intense, and it probably was once I get a chance to rewatch it, but I'm watching other shows now so I'll check later.
said at 4:36 AM on Tue Feb 8 2011
I think Cheetor is an immature twit but I still like him.
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