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Beast Machines: Transformers

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Exciting, violent action continues robotic animal story.

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This visually captivating addition to the Transformers franchise continues in epic fashion the tug-of-war between good and evil that spans Cybertron and Earth. Now focused on Maximals and Vehicons, the story otherwise leans heavily on the kind of content that's long made Transformers a household name: strong heroes, exciting battle sequences, and intricately animated adaptable characters. BEAST MACHINES: TRANSFORMERS might surprise viewers who haven't seen the characters as animals yet, but it doesn't take long to settle into this engaging plot.

That said, Beast Machines is rather violent, and some of the characters are downright imposing on-screen, so it's not a sure fit even for kids who have seen other Transformers stories. The fact that the protagonists are variations of animals rather than of robots bolsters sympathy for them and their plight as well. Ultimately this is a know-your-kid situation; if yours can handle the tense content, then they'll enjoy both the story and the action.

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