Beast Wars Transformers / Beast Machines

Beast Wars Transformers / Beast Machines

Synopsis of Saturday Morning Show

Set about 300 years after the original Transformers, Beast Wars found new factions fighting on the ‘bot planet Cybertron. The Maximals, led by Optimus Primal (named after Autobot hero Optimus Prime) chased the criminal Predacons, led by Megatron (new bad guy, same name).

The two groups slipped into a time/space warp and ended up crash-landing on Earth around the dawn of man. At the time, the planet was filled with pure energon crystals, a source of energy for the ‘bots. When the undiluted energon proved to be too much to handle, both Maximals and Predacons spliced their “cybergenetic code” with DNA from native animal species. The end result was a continuation of the transforming robot idea of the original Transformers. Optimus Primal transformed from robot to metallic blue gorilla, and Megatron transformed into a purple and red T-rex.

The syndicated series also continued its predecessor’s complex storylines, often in multiple parts. Plots were ongoing, characters switched loyalties and occasionally even died. Among the Maximals were Silverbolt, Cheetor, Rhinox, Rattrap, Tigatron, Air Razor, and the ex-Predacon Dinobot. The Predacons included Scorponok, Terrorsaur, Tarantulas, Waspinator, Black Arachnia, Inferno, and Quickstrike.

The fully-rendered computer-animated series chewed up the competition in the kids’ TV syndicated market. Together with a successful new toy line, Beast Wars revived the aging Transformers franchise, redefining it for a new generation. Later seasons found the titles changed to Beast Machines Transformers, but the cool CGI and all-out robot warfare remained unchanged.

Release History

9/16/96 - 5/7/99 syndicated
9/18/99 - ? Fox ( Beast Machines Transformers )

TV Sub Categories


TV Studio

Mainframe Entertainment

Television Cast

Air Razor Pauline Newstone
Black Arachnia Venus Terzo
Cheetor Ian James Corlett
Depthcharge David Sobolov
Dinobot Scott McNeil
Inferno Jim Byrnes
Megatron David Kaye
Optimus Primal Gary Chalk
Predacon Computer Carol Savenkoff
Proto-Humans Gary Chalk
Quickstrike Colin Murdoch
Rampage Campbell Lane
Rattrap Scott McNeil
Ravage Lee Tockar
Rhinox Richard Newman
Scorponok Don Brown
Sentinel Ian James Corlett
Silverbolt Scott McNeil
Tarantulas Alec Willows
Terrorsaur Doug Parker
Tigatron Blu Mankuma
Tigerhawk Blu Mankuma
Vok Blu Mankuma
Waspinator Scott McNeil

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