Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising



Action-packed animated sequel is best for die-hard fans.
  • Review Date: November 12, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 65 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable

An angered Transformer blurts out the word, "Scrap!" as an obvious play on words.


This movie is a production of the Hasbro toy company, which also sells and markets Transformers toys.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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What's the story?

TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS: PREDACONS RISING picks up where the third season of the animated series Transformers Prime left off. A Unicron has come back from the dead and taken over the body of Megatron (Frank Welker) to seek revenge on the Autobots, with the help of cloned Predacons, and to destroy Cybertron. Meanwhile, Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) is in search of the AllSpark to complete the revitalization of Cybertron. To protect Cybertron, an unlikely alliance forms among the Autobots, Decepticons, and Predaking, who must find a way to stop Unicron and ensure Cybertron's future survival.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why this movie was made. Why do you think a toy company would produce a feature-length movie that prominently features toys it manufactures and sells?

  • Was this movie easy or difficult to follow? Why?

  • How does this film compare with other movies and TV shows from the Transformers franchise?

Movie details

DVD release date:October 4, 2013
Cast:Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Steve Blum
Director:David Hartman
Run time:65 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 10 years old January 28, 2014


It was super cool! The plot was sensible, the animation was beautiful, the characters, as always, had great voices, and there was no language but a little bit of bloodless, non-gory fighting that still may look scary to a young child since it's in 3D. Unicron, surprisingly, is in this movie and may look scary to your younger child. Megatron, by him, was raised to life and then came back to Cybertron with an even more intimidating look than he normally has. It doesn't turn out bad in the end at all, because the Decepticons are no more, bu the sad part is when Optimus (unfortunately) has to go back to the Allspark (their way of saying he had to die.) This may disappoint your children as well, but it still is a great movie that'll be good and greatly entertaining for any 9+ year old.
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence


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