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Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, known as Transformers: Robotron (トランスフォーマー カーロボット, Toransufōmā Kā Robotto), is an American-Japanese-Australian anime Cartoon television series based on the Transformers franchise. The series was produced by Entertainment One and Toei Animation in cooperation with Australian company Glitch Productions, that aired in Japan in February 2022 before The U.S Premiere.

Conceived as a reboot to the franchise, with a self-contained continuity separate from any previous incarnation, The English Version aired as part of the Cybertron programming block on Freeform in the United States from May 6, 2022-Present.

This show Introduced New Designs to the Characters rather then The Evergreen designs in Cyberverse and Had a Dark Tone Because of the Collaborators that the Glitch Productions had on Meta Runner.

Plot

See also: List of Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye (Fanon Series) episodes

This series focuses on the Transformers, split into two warring factions: the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons as they crash land on Earth and continue their eons long conflict there.

Story arcs

Story arcs are the episodes leading up to season finales "The Fallen Arc" is Season One's arc while "Sentinel Prime Vs Scourge" is Season 2's Arc

Production

Development

Hasbroinc, has produced several incarnations and continuities of the Transformers franchise, often labeled by the fans as "generations". With many brands, including Transformers, the company uses a multi-generational plan. The My Little Pony: A New Generation film inspired Hasbro, as it helped increase sales of the MLP toy line; the company wanted to retool the Transformers franchise to appeal to the current demographic of young and older boys. According to Tara Duncan, CEO of Freeform, Transformers is a Franchise Beloved by Kids (and Adults) since it began in 1984 it's a really exciting opportunity, several of whom were fans of such shows. Hasbro's senior vice president, Linda Steiner, stated the company "intended to have the show appeal to a larger demographic"; the network was trying to create shows that parents and children would watch together. Central themes that Hasbro sought for the show included friendship,Destiny and Fate and working together, factors they determined from market research in how boys played with their toys. The Show's Infulnces were the oringal cartoon,Beast Wars, Cyberverse , Dragon Ball Z,Transformers: Animated and The Galaxy Railways. The Series was Developed By Kevin Lerdwichagul, Luke Lerdwichagul, Liam Vickers, Jackie Marchand and James Bailey. with Haim Saban as The Executive Producer Under his Saban Capital Group and Saban brands Companies and Production had Begun.

Storyboarding and animation

Completed scripts were sent to Studio Deen for pre-production and animation using Adobe Animate, Photoshop, Adobe Fresco, and Adobe Illustrator. Thiessen's production team was also allowed to select key personnel subject to Hasbro's approval; one of those selected was art director Ridd Sorensen. The Toei Animation team storyboarded the provided scripts, incorporating direction and creating scenes the writers believed impossible to show in animation.[60] The Glitch Productions team went through the storyboard and design process, recorded dialogue, and created a storyboard animatic from the voice recordings.[61] The animators then prepared the key character poses, layout, background art, and other main elements. These versions were sent back to the production team in Los Angeles for review by Hasbro with suggestions from the writers.[60] Hasbro also received black-and-white rough drawings, colored and finalized character and prop designs, and animatics and a rough cut.[61] Thiessen credited much of the technical expertise to Wooton, who created Flash programs to optimize the placement and posing of the pony characters and other elements. This simplified and economized the work needed from other animators.[60] For example, the Humans' Clothes and Hair are generally fixed shapes, animated by bending and stretching them in curves in three dimensions. This gave them a sense of movement without the need to animate individual hairs. According to Darren Throop of Hasbro Global, storyboarding action scenes was difficult because the stories' important points might be lost; storyboarding and intent needed to be clear. Episodes with large amounts of dialogue could "sort of slog and grind because there's so much talking". A crucial point was to keep the shots interesting and have a good flow of one into another, but action sequences tended to have more cuts than dialogue. The storyboard artists and animators also added unscripted background characters to populate the world. According to Bailey, many of the acknowledgements to the fandom, pop culture references, or other easter eggs were added by the studio. Japanese animation studio Toei also worked on the animations. in an interview promoting the release of the TV Show, James Bailey Said That "if We are able to Try and do what Previous Transformers Shows did Not do Then we would be left in [the red] and to Be Honest I hadn't seen stressed in a Long Time, but we did get it done and it was a Slam Dunk"

Casting

Jon Bailey, Alex Heartman and John Hopkins were cast as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Ratchet while the other Autobots and Decpticons later in 2021.

Reception

Ratings

The series attracted approximately 102,000 viewers per episode.

Critical response

Dusty Stower of Screen Rant, placed Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye as the sixth best Transformers cartoon. Stower described the first season as "a very slow burn, [with] its eventual payoff [being] incredibly anticlimactic" and that in their attempt to focus on the Transformers' mythology, the writers "forgot to craft three-dimensional, likable characters". However, he concluded that the show did live up to its promise of an epic tale late in its run and reacted positively to the show's portrayal of Ratchet and Starscream.

Eric Goldman of IGN gave season one a "great" 8.0 out of 10. He praised the show for creating fully formed, relatable characters, well-done action sequences, serious-minded storylines and voice acting, singling out Jon Bailey (Optimus Prime), John Hopkins (Ratchet) and Andrew Kishino's (Megatron) performances. He criticized Bumblebee's portrayal as a brash, adrenaline junkie, and very Teenager personality. He concluded the review saying that the series "accomplishes its goals, delivering plenty of fun and action, while also incorporating darker and more complex moments that older viewers can appreciate".

Brian Lowry of Variety said that Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye is "unexpectedly sharp" and better than the movies, adding that the show's CGI animation on the Autobots and The Decepticons is well-suited for rendering shiny robots and "their vehicular alter egos"; he ended the review by saying that while "there's nothing more than meets the eye here, [..] what does appear is plenty entertaining".

Trivia

  • Blackarachnia is Portrayed as An Autobot then a Decepticon in this

Other media

More Than Meets the Eye is associated with the 2022 relaunch of Transformers toy line, with figurines and playsets based on it. Due in part to older fans, Hasbro saw Transformers as an "Adventure" brand, with over 200 licenses in 15 categories of products, including clothing, houseware, and digital media. The brand grossed over US$650 million in retail sales in 2022, and US$1 billion annually in retail sales in mid to late 2022 and 2023.

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