While all of your points are true, Animated shouldn't be dismissed simply because it was kiddish, which it undoubtedly was. TFA made a lot of people sit up and take interest in Transformers again, especially a good deal of the older fanbase who were just happy to see a new TF cartoon on the air again.
It also helped that the toys had innovative transformations and were just downright fun to mess around with. I have Leader Bulkhead, Deluxe Samurai Prowl and the three Dinobots - all damned awesome figures, and I wouldn't part with 'em for anything.
Granted, TFA wasn't to everyone's taste, but we can't deny it was a big success, and that it grabbed a lot of people's attention.
That's true, very true. It just seemed a little weird. I still can't watch it, I've tried to watch it from the beginning and I couldn't. But that's okay because in really into TFP. That's like my G1 and it's like that for so many others too!