A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
As unlikely alliances are forged among Autobots, Decepticons, Predaking, and new Predacons, there is some evidence of the value of teamwork on display.
Positive Role Models
The characters are too cartoonishly warlike to be held up as examples of positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Unsurprisingly, this cartoon installment of the Transformers franchise is filled with fights, battles, explosions, lasers, and "hand-to-hand" fighting between rival Transformers.
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An angered Transformer blurts out the word, "Scrap!" as an obvious play on words.
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Products & Purchases
This movie is a production of the Hasbro toy company, which also sells and markets Transformers toys.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising is a 2013 production from Hasbro, which also markets and manufactures Transformers toys. Unsurprisingly, there is no shortage of battle scenes in this one; Transformers of all kinds fight, battle, fire lasers, cause explosions, and knock each other down. For younger children, the demonic voices of the characters could be problematic, and for everyone but the most dedicated fans of the Transformers franchise the story could be difficult to follow, as this film picks up after Transformer Prime's third season on television. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a difficult movie to follow if you haven't seen the previous three seasons of Transformers Prime and if you're someone who doesn't quite know Decepticons from Predacons. Although the fight scenes are enjoyable on their own terms, the complicated histories and backstories make this best for the most die-hard of Transformers fans. For everyone else, it isn't easy keeping track of what's going on.
This is also the conclusion of the Transformers Prime television series. Although some of the scenes stand on their own, without the context of the previous three seasons it isn't always easy figuring out what the characters are trying to do and why. That said, series fans will find lots to enjoy.
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