The Return Of Optimus Prime…


so we all know that hasbro has a joint venture with discovery networks called the hub, due to hit the airwaves this october. many of us also know that there is a new transformers cartoon set to air on the hub called transformers:prime. some of may have even seen the image of bumblebee that will most likely represent the character designs for the new show:

definitely movie inspired, which may or not be a bad thing. but i was a big fan of animated, with its great writing, characters, and endless generation 1 references. this, coupled with the horrid incarnations of the robots in disguise we’ve had to cope with post beast wars, i’ve been fairly nervous about the new show.

well, i now have one reason less not to be. advertising age reported this morning that peter cullen himself will be returning to role of optimus prime. heres the relevant bit:

Some of the Hub’s most high-profile shows will be updated versions of well-known Hasbro programs from the 1980s, including “G.I. Joe,” “Transformers” and “My Little Pony.” The latter is being re-imagined for young girls by “Powerpuff Girls” creator Lauren Faust, while the new “Transformers Prime” will feature the voice of Peter Cullen, the original voice of Optimus Prime from the animated series as well as the Michael Bay-directed feature films. Additionally, “Transformers” feature screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci will act as showrunners. “G.I. Joe Renegades” will spotlight the Joes on the lam from government forces and the agents of Cobra, a storyline that echoes the recent feature film released by Paramount last summer.

i’ll give you a second to digest that.


sweet jebus. that is freaking awesome. if nothing else, at least prime will sound like prime again. nothing against david kaye mind you. his work as megatron since beast wars has been phenomenal, and hopefully he’ll still be involved with the series (though it would be supremely badass if they got frank welker as well.) but its peter cullen folks. peter freakin’ cullen! the man, the myth, the legend!! optimus prime himself!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i just wet myself.

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