“Transformers” returns to TV… kind of

Transformers Prime, courtesy of The Hub

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?

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