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Beast Wars: Transformers

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Award-winning '90s series is violent but entertaining.

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The second animated series in the Transformers franchise, Beast Wars is a futuristic story that bears just the right amount of resemblance to the original to simultaneously please existing fans and tickle the curiosity of those wanting a bigger, broader story. It's always an accomplishment when a sequel succeeds on its own merit rather than leaning too hard on the original's popularity, and that's just what's going on here. If you're already familiar with the Autobots and Decepticons' tale, you'll notice aspects of the story that remind you of it, but because the characters and setting are entirely different, there's no harm in making Beast Wars your introduction to the Transformers.

For a '90s show, the graphics feel surprisingly modern, which bodes well for keeping kids' interest, and the continuity between the characters' robot and animal forms makes it easy to keep track of who's who as they morph from one persona to the other. As for the show's content, parents' biggest issue may be the verbal jabs and put-downs between the sparring characters. If your kids do watch, be sure to remind them what is and is not appropriate for them to say around their friends.

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