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Transformers Animated: Transform and Roll Out (2008)

David Kaye , Jeff Bennett  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Kaye, Jeff Bennett, Bumper Robinson, Bill Fagerbakke, Tom Kenny
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Hasbro
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008
  • Run Time: 20 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015I2S88
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,382 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Transformers Animated: Transform and Roll Out" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Two animated shorts

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Product Description

A ragtag group of AUTOBOTS led by OPTIMUS PRIME are in a remote sector of CYBERTRON cleaning space bridges when they stumble upon the most import artifact in TRANSFORMERS history; the ALLSPARK! The DECEPTICONS who are only scary myths for many AUTOBOTS are in hot pursuit of the ALLSPARK; now this new band of AUTOBOTS must fight for their lives and the future of CYBERTRON. The AUTOBOTS are able to escape the DECEPTICONS and crash land on an unknown planet called Earth. They land in Lake Erie and remain in stasis for 50 years. Meanwhile, MEGATRON, sabotaged by STARSCREAM lost the ALLSPARK and fell to Earth in scattered pieces. A young scientist named Isaac Sumdac discovers him and uses his technology to create the modern robotics industry in Detroit. The AUTOBOTS awaken from stasis, during an emergency. Deciding to help the new organic life forms, they convert into emergency vehicles and fight off a scary creature. Unable to stay in disguise they change into their robot forms able to save the day! In doing so, they become new celebrities and heroes to the humans. OPTIMUS PRIME and his band of AUTOBOTS make Detroit their adopted home and vow to protect the ALLSPARK and Earth from the DECEPTICONS and anyone else who try and cause chaos. MEGATRON comes online during all of the commotion and discovers his headless body in Isaac’s lab! AUTOBOTS hold the key to his rise and eventual rule of the universe!

An entertaining amalgam of the Transformers toy line, 1980s animated series and the live-action film by Michael Bay, Transformers Animated: Transform and Roll Out updates the venerable robot warriors without losing their core appeal to younger viewers. Sold as a feature film but actually the first three episodes of the Transformers Animated TV series, Transform and Roll Out re-imagines the Autobots as a misfit crew led by an untested Optimus Prime (voiced by David Kaye), who find the Allspark (the key to the Transformers' power) while clearing the way for a space bridge. The discovery brings the Decepticons on their trail, and the five Autobots (who include Bumblebee, Ratchet, Bulkhead and Prowl) decide to cool their jets for a half-century in Lake Erie. The action flashes forward when the Allspark is found by young Sari Sumdac (Tara Strong), whose scientist dad Isaac (Tom Kenney) is having some trouble with his robotic experiments, namely a monstrous cyber-cockroach that threatens Detroit. The heroes come to the rescue of humanity, but their actions also bring the villainous Starscream (also Kenney) to Earth for a crowd-pleasing Autobot-Decepticon showdown. As with any revival of an established and well-loved storyline, there's much to quibble over in Transformers Animated--there are fewer players on the board (though the number of Transformers increases over the course of the series), and the change in the characters' origins may raise some hackles among longtime fans (the manic Sari may also be an acquired taste). But as pure rock-em-sock-em action, Transformers Animated delivers the goods, which should satisfy newcomers to the Transformers' world, and also displays a welcome sense of humor. The latter gets a fun showcase in the two animated shorts which make up the DVD extras, the best of which pits Optimus Prime against an inquisitive classroom of children. --Paul Gaita

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This only contains the first 3 episodes of the series. Season 1 boxset is coming out on August 19 2008 for about $20, which will include the remaining 13 episodes (episodes 4-16). These episodes, from what I hear on TFW2005 site says will not be included in the season 1 boxset.

This is a fantastic series, and being a fan of the original, you will notice a lot of references to G1 that casual viewers would miss. I will not post any of those here as it might be spoilers to those who have not yet seen the series.

I highly recommend viewers to give this series a chance, you will be surprised at how cleaver and entertaining it is.

My 3 star ranking is based on the fact that they are not including extras, and separating the first season into 2 packages instead of releasing them all at once. The show gets 5 stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Transformation June 24, 2008
The cult classic "Transformers" gets a brand-new look in the new Cartoon Network series "Transformers Animated". Given the success of the hit Transformers movie, I'd say that is the reason why they created this "Megas XLR" meets "Teen Titans" action series.

The original characters like the Autobots such as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Bulkhead, and the Decepticons like Starscream take on new adventures in a futuristic Detroit. Whether they take on villains as robots or stop them in their tracks in their vehicle modes, you just know it'll get cooler every time.

This DVD has the very first three episodes, which is the "Transform and Roll Out" opener. The Autobots not only attempt to rescue the city, but they have a whole lot to learn about the human world with the help of a little girl named Sari.

So anyway, this is a good DVD to own, but the full complete first season will be released later this summer ! Also keep an eye out for brand new episodes Saturday mornings only on Cartoon Network's Dynamite Action Squad block !
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why oh why no widescreen! June 17, 2008
Having seen these episodes in HD widescreen the full frame presentation here is somewhat, well, lacking.

Otherwise Transformers: Animated is a great new retelling of familiar stories with a fresh look and a bit more friendly to the younger crowd. Looking forward to the rest of season 1 in August.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past... October 2, 2008
By -DG
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I loved transformers g1 growing up. I bought the G1 DVD's a few years back, and thought they were a little too violent for my 3 year old (even though he loved them). I caught this on Cartoon network by accident and thought it was perfect for him. He really likes it, and it brings back some memories for me. Good fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ravage 24/7 February 1, 2012
Transformers Animated is a great series all around!Transform and Roll Out is the first three episodes to kick the series into high gear.This is an awesome DVD 3 episode movie that gives the classic G1 characters such as Optimus Prime,Bumblebee,Starscream,and Megatron a more futuristic look with amazing action scenes and a very good storyline to really open the series up for alot of compelling plots and thrills along the way.Bumblebee gives you a reminder of the G1 version,but with alot more attitude and sleek look.Optimus grows more as a leader through the movie with the outstanding qualitys we all admire Optimus for.Prowl is really cool in this series with samurai fighting skills that make him a stealthy decepticon assain.Ratchet is his usual classic self with improved vital medical skills while Bulkhead is pretty much a big wrecking bot with a heart of gold.This is a great series kickstart that is perfect for transformer fans of all ages.Bottom line Transformers Animated Transform and Roll Out is a cool,action packed,thrill ride that is an awesome addition for all transformer DVD collections out there.Transformers Rule!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Transformers animated is better than I expected! August 23, 2008
By N. Kok
Transformers animated is better than I expected.This new Transformers animated series is really good! I am suprised that cartoon has references to Transformers: Generation 1! Transform and Roll out is the three-part pilot episodes to Transformers Animated! This Cartoon is really good with references to G1! My only problem with this series the animation is not as good as the past Transformers cartoons. The animation feels more like a copy of Bruce Timm's Batman the animated series rather than being a different animated show. The animations is cute but not better. Despite this, I still like it! If your a Transformers fan, I highly recommend it! A
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5.0 out of 5 stars My grandson loves transformers! July 6, 2014
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My grandson loves transformers! Could go wrong 👍
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transformers Animated: Transform and Roll Out December 20, 2013
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I have all the series now. This is a great animation series with a great story telling. It is well written and the animation is outstanding. I have all the series now. I have been a fan for over ten years and counting and the animation just got better and better. This series is great to have in your collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best TFs on TV
One of the most fun, least self-conscious and innovative Transformers series. A clear attempt to capture the fun of Genndy Tartovsky's animation style and writing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Spencer Ellsworth
1.0 out of 5 stars got ripped off.
Supposedly was a brand new dvd, but upon opening, the wrong dvd was inside and it looked like it was from redbox.
Published 20 months ago by Sarah Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Need a Nanny?
My two youngsters keep watching this over and over ---endlessly. Good babysitter! Recommend it to those parents or grand parents for a good diversion. Read more
Published 22 months ago by J.A. Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Easier to buy these then collect off cable. Getting them in order helps the series make more sense. Looking forward to getting the rest
Published 22 months ago by Scott Guthrie
4.0 out of 5 stars It's ok.
This is an alright movie, but I have seen better. But in my son's opinion at age 5, he loves it!
Published on September 16, 2011 by Carol M. Humphreys
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise..
In truth, at first, I didn't really like this, but being open minded, I decided to give this a chance. Read more
Published on July 15, 2010 by Betty L. Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Transformer movie: "Transformers Animated: Transform and Roll Out"
Perfect for my 3 year old grandson! He loves it and watches it with his Daddy. In fact, I had to go and buy more transformers for him due to his watching this movie. Read more
Published on January 30, 2010 by Judith M. Lafleur
4.0 out of 5 stars unexpected
total G1 fan, didn't really expect to like this - girl is kind of annoying. still, they didn't mangle the prime character beyond redemption (my fav from the orig) too much and... Read more
Published on September 4, 2009 by Feles31
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY PLEASED GRANDMA
Published on June 1, 2009 by Stella L. Pointer
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay...
A bit disappointed because I grew up watching the transformers, it's different but once you get over it it's okay to watch. Warning...Season One is the the same movie as this one!!
Published on January 7, 2009 by Mother of Toddler
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Why not a season 1 box set?
They've announced that the rest of season 1 will be released later in the summer, and will not include Transform and Roll Out. So, if you wait for a set, you won't be getting these 3 episodes.
May 27, 2008 by Bryan Lane |  See all 3 posts
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