Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Transformers Prime Cancelled After Beast Hunters Story Arc

An article from the magazine Kidscreen has verified that Hasbro is ending Transformers Prime with the 13 episode Beast Hunters story line. From AllSpark's Vivid Redshift page scan:

As for Hasbro's established stable of series, which drive the programming on its US joint venture network The Hub, the 13 episodes of Transformers Prime Beast Hunters due to launch this year represent the final chapter of the Transformers Prime story. It has grown to encompass 65 half-hour episodes that continue to roll out around the world. Look for a 75-minute Transformers Prime Beast Hunters movie to hit DVD shelves in Q4.

But that's not the end for Transformers. [Hasbro's SVP of International Distribution and Development Finn] Arnesen says a "new iteration of the animated TV series" is slated for delivery in late 2014, which looks like it might be shaping up to be the year of Autobots, given that audiences are already expecting the fourth live-action blockbuster in July.
Sadly this doesn't come as a surprise as I called this back in October when news first broke of the shortened seasons. Where prime time television considered 100 episodes to be the "magic number" for syndication (Fringe's season 5 renewal is thanks to this line of thinking), for whatever reason cartoon's "magic number" threshold is much lower at 52. The season 3 renewal was probably only because of the Beast Hunters angle to fill the gap to Generations (fall 2013) and Transformers 4 product line (spring 2014). So enjoy it while it last (trailer here) and start speculating on what Hasbro plans after TF4.

16 comments:

  1. So... we are left with a cliff hanger all because of one bad idea? No more Transformers: Prime? I could care less about the Beast Hunters but what about the Prime series???
    -Someone please explain....

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    1. To answer your question, the season 2 cliffhanger will be addressed in the first episode of Transformers Prime Beast Hunters. Probably the end of that episode (or at least the second half) will then introduce Predaking. From there its all Beast Hunters until end of the series 12 episodes later.

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  2. Actually 65 is the magic number for animation. It allows you to get four full rotations in a year of a daily run. (260 weekdays in a year, divided by 4 = 65)

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  3. That still doesn't answer my questions...

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    1. Check out youtube vid URL is /watch?v=muWnbvmDyxo It is a three parter of the soon to be canceled Beast Hunter series. Is Real good .

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  4. How depressing... This probably means they'll end the series killing my favorite character too >:[

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  6. Why cancel a hit show to make way for the movie merchandise? That is the lamest thing I've ever heard. They'll waste all the Decepticons before episode 4 most likely and the show will be renewed with Predacons or whatever thing they do in the movie. Does anyone know if the figure redeco is going to appear in the show or is it just a gimmic to sell action figures? I hate watching fictional characters die. Didn't they get enough carnage in DOTM? How many ways can they animate Megatron & Starscream dying before it gets overused and dropped?

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    1. I know what you mean, for once I would like to see a Transformers series that doesn't kill Starscream. But he'll probably be the first one to go >:[

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  7. Even my mom loves that silly droid and she gets weepy when we talk about him dying. It would be so original to not kill him because its never been done. They even killed him in all the comic series. Its so lame and I hate that they'll probably have the Predacons kill the old guys because they are the new and better marketing gimmic. Unless the planned 2014 series is a continuation of the Prime I am not watching it. They nailed the original series in this one and I'm not going to get involved in another one that will aire between movies and be cancelled again for the next toyline.

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  8. I forgot to share my digital tissue box, here you go: [^]

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  9. What about PredaKing.......? Hasbro must show at least the end of PredaKing. Also end of Starscream and Shockwave.

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  10. Fear not, the ending is just for all robots in Predacon's Rising. It isn't exactly what I expected, not for Megatron and Starscream anyways, Optimus yes. I was disappointed that Starscream didn't have a bigger role, no one really did except for Optimus and Predaking. It ended with more to tell which is terrible because it's over and even the IDW comic isn't writing the rest of the story, they're too busy writing for Dinobots.

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  11. Anyone else think Jhiaxus (sorry if I typoed that name) and Bludgeon will be the number 4 movie bad guys? I HOPE NOT! I want Galvatron and Starscream, preferably from the TF Prime animated in the movie. LOL! For the next animated series I want TF: Seekers. Or at least more of MegaCron and Steve Blum's Starscream.

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  12. its not cool to cancel transformers. that is what i look
    forward to watch on Friday night. can Hasbro rethink
    there cancellation. lots of people (including me)like to
    watch transformers. please uncancel transformers season 5 please.

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