From the “everything old is new again” file
Tonight marked the debut of Transformers Prime, a weekly computer-animated cartoon on the also newly launched channel, The Hub (http://hubworld.com). The styling and action are more in line with the recent Tranformers movies than the cartoon I grew up with, but it’s cool that one of my favorite childhood cartoon franchises is being carried on in a way which my kids can actually watch (as opposed to the movies, which are not school-age friendly in my opinion). Still, I miss the original robots that actually somewhat resembled the objects they were in disguise.
This is my first introduction to The Hub, but as I browse their website, the programming all has a familiar feel to it. Tranformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake… even Pound Puppies! All they need is He-Man and a few Smurfs and their 80s collection would be complete. I like the nostalgia, but I wonder: is this really the best we can do? Pound Puppies. Really?
Ben Martin is the CEO of THE FATHER LIFE. He lives with his wife and five children in the Rochester, NY, area.