the only animated
robot series made during the 1980's (though it obviously might remain
remembered stateside). Challenge of the
GoBots was created in part to help coincide with the toys made by
Once again, there are two battling/contrasting sides in this cartoon
just like in Transformers. The
Guardians are the good guys that kids are
meant to side with while the corrupt Renegades aim to take control of
entire universe (and their evil plans begin with conquering Earth)! >
almost hard to believe that an animated program like this was even
but not for the reasons many might suspect. This isn't really that
style to Transformers or even many
other action-packed series made in its time. That's not to say it lacks
threads with other shows, but this is a series with enough unique
to make it worthwhile and entertaining as well.
of the GoBots:
The Original Miniseries is
actually a delightfully quirky and offbeat robot series.
It jump-starts the entire program with a great deal of determination
The enthusiasm from the writing team and animators can seem to even
the screen. It seems all too clear that the creative individuals behind
show were aware that this was unique as a different approach to
is shockingly a very unusual show (if that point hasn't already been
made perfectly clear). The script-writers must
have spent a lot of time thinking up rather ridiculous puns and
It's often hard to take the series all that seriously. What is rather
is how these are aspects of the production that end up making it such
delightful fun for the entire family to watch. Many action-oriented
focus on making things dark and dreary to increase the tension and
that builds while this is a rare comedic approach that has more laughs
moments that scare.
to the brim with silly cartoon action that is more humorous than
intense, GoBots was produced by Hanna-Barbera in
1984. The entire first season contains just five half-hour episodes but
entertainment factor seems uncommonly noteworthy and the campiness
extremely high. The "campy" element is what helps to make the show a
delight in the most surprising of ways. This GoBots
series would rather make an audience member laugh and smile
at how weird everything happening on-screen is than simply blow stuff
repeatedly and without fail.
animation might seem dated and that's because it is, but it only adds
charm if viewers watch the show with the right approach - as an older
series - and not as something that is supposed to be on the same level
action shows produced in the many years following this creation.
old-school fans who cherished these episodes back when they originally
should definitely consider revisiting this program as long as the
that the show was enjoyed more for its unusual surprises than for the
is delivered. Challenge of the GoBots
really just wants to entertain kids and adults by being an interesting
show and sometimes that is exactly what it takes to have a great, good
colors pop off the screen more times than I
expected with this release of the original miniseries produced to
audiences to the Challenge of the GoBots.
The packaging promotes this as being a "newly re-mastered from original
elements" release. The animation clarity delights for a great portion
presentation. Specks of dirt are still noticeable though during many
the show and throughout the five episodes. Series fans should
definitely still consider
this presentation as pleasing. Each episode is presented in the
broadcast aspect ratio of 1.37.1 (4:3, full frame).
original English language mono track included is not as pleasing.
sounds fine and that seems to be all one can truly hope for with some
older television releases. There is one unfortunate concern with the
During certain episodes the opening titles feature a slight audio
the beginning. A speaker also dubs over the title cards for when the
back on but this audio was only included on some of the episodes.
episodes only display the title card and the audio appears to be
wasn't able to view these when they first aired on television but this
to be a minor audio error. Everything
else about the audio presentation is modestly pleasing.
Made On Demand DVD release contains no bonus
of the GoBots was one
the most surprising Hanna-Barbera cartoon series ever
because it was so "out there" as to actually seem more
entertaining and sneakily well made as a result. The series won't
everyone but this is the type of show that will appeal to viewers who
a campy action-comedy and accept the fact that the silly nature is
an essential part of the series charm. This release includes the
miniseries (which contained five enjoyable episodes). One might hope
Warner Bros. will release a Made On Demand (M.O.D.) set for the rest of
someday. Highly Recommended.
release is presented as a DVD-R disc with
full-color artwork and disc art in a standard DVD-sized case.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.