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The Transformers Animated: Transform and Roll Out - animated DVD / children's and family DVD review
Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Actors: David Kaye, Jeff Bennett, Bumper Robinson, Bill Fagerbakke
  Distributor: Cartoon Network
DVD release: 17 June 2008   Feature runtime: 68 minutes
(1 disc)
Format: Animated, Color, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
DVD Features: Audio tracks (Dolby Digital Stereo - English, Spanish), Closed captioned, 2 Transformers animated shorts

The Transformers animated series has been around for years, delighting many a viewer over time. This all-new series on the Cartoon Network breathes life into the franchise and inspires a new generation of Transformers devotees who were awakened by the live action movie from last year. Fortunately, this cartoon is appropriate for younger children (the movie was rated PG-13, much to the disappointment of many younger kids).

Transformers are robots from the planet Cybertron, come to earth in search of the Allspark, a large artifact that is the key to control of the Transformers. When on Earth, the Transformers become everyday vehicles - trucks, cars, planes, etc. - in order to disguise their identities from unknowing humans.

Transform and Roll Out includes the first three episodes of the series, including the two-part first episode. All of your favorite Transformers are here: Autobots (the good guys) Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and others, and Decepticons (the bad guys), led by Megatron, and Starscream.

My nine-year-old son and his friends have watched this DVD multiple times already and love it, even though it is short. According to the Transformers site, the additional 13 episodes of the first season of this series will be released in a DVD box set in August 2008.

The only quibble with the presentation is that this is only available in full screen, difficult to adjust to when widescreen is your viewing norm. The DVD includes only one special feature, two animated short cartoons.

The Transformers are entertaining and humorous, and even adults will enjoy watching these episodes.
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reviewed by Melissa Parcel
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