It has been several centuries since the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons came to an end. Their decedents, the Maximals and Predacons have inherited Cybertron and have been more or less living in peace (albeit not a happy one in the eyes of the Predacons). One day, a Predacon fanatic, named after the legendary Megatron, leads a team of Predicon extremists to steal a ancient golden disk and flees Cybertron. A lone Maximal exploration vessel, the Axalon, captained by Optimus Primal is called in to pursue the thieves and capture them. Fighting through time and space, the two ships crash land on a primitive alien world, which is discovered to be full of raw energon (a transformer's main source of power). In order to explore the planet, and battle their enemies both Maximal and Predacon must choose a animal form in order to protect themselves from the planet's harsh environment. Will Optimus and his crew mates stop Megatron from achieving his ultimate goal, or will they be left stranded on this mysterious planet?
Transformers: Beast Wars was a CG animated series that served as the primary promotion for Hasbro's Transformers toy line. The series' story was developed by Larry DiTillio and Bob Forward and was produced by Mainframe Entertainment in Canada, who had also created another CG animated series called Reboot. This series, along with Reboot were some of the first animated programs to consist entirely of computer generated animation. It consisted of 3 seasons and ran a total of 52 episodes.
Despite all of the initial hate that this show received when it was first released, it has gone on to be one of the most celebrated shows in the franchises' history and for good reason. It took the idea of telling a story to advertise these toys and went one step further with it. Pushing the boundaries of not only animation but how best to entertain it's target audience in a way that could surpass generational barriers.
Transformers: Beast Wars is available on DVD, in both individual seasons and the complete series collection.