When the Transformers Prime CGI animated series began on The Hub at the end of last year, it did so with a five-part miniseries.
Now, Transformers Prime: Darkness Rising is available on DVD in a special format. The miniseries has been edited together into one uninterrupted movie, and it’s available starting Tuesday from Shout! Factory. Bonus content will include animatics and concept designs for characters and backgrounds.
The Autobots, including favorites Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) and Bumblebee (no credit, because he doesn’t talk), are still fighting the Decepticons, led by Megatron (Frank Welker), although this series provides a fresh start for new, younger fans, as represented by three teenage characters. In Darkness Rising, the Autobots, including Arcee (Sumalee Montano), Ratchet (Jeffrey Combs), and Bulkhead (Kevin Michael Richardson), have to stop Megatron from conquering Earth. Here’s the DVD trailer:
A series about robots fighting is a great choice for CGI, since the computer-generated animation suits the metallic content well. From this clip, I learned that Arcee is the female Transformer (a motorcycle in her other form):
And in this one, Optimus Prime explains the premise of the series to the three teens. The girl, Miko, is the sassy one.