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Blah blah die Michael Bay something something hate the movies yadda yadda sucks. There, now that I’ve got that out of the way, let’s rewind back to around May of this year when we heard about a new Transformers cartoon in the works. At the time it was unnamed, or at least they were bouncing around a few names. Today the interwebs are alive with the sounds of robots transforming into stuff and trying to destroy each other, and lo, there was a name attached to the project. It’s called ‘Robots In Disguise,’ and you don’t get a more Transformers title than that. It’s sprinkled with a few new faces, and a familiar one gets a promotion. Steer your optics over to the next page for more info and a full video teaser of the series.

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If any robot car was due for a makeover, it was Bumblebee. The new series will have him answering the call from Optimus Prime to lead a fresh set of Autobot warriors into battle against an updated crew of Decepticons. Easily confused with the 2001 series of the same name, this RID will appear on the Cartoon Network as Hasbro and The Hub are no longer bff’s. Since the franchise’s former home was…(ahem) transformed as Discovery Family and started targeting a young female audience, it only made sense for the legendary brand to hit the open road. Hasbro president Steve Davis couldn’t be happier with the outcome:

“Robots in Disguise begins a brand-new chapter in storytelling, filled with great humor, lots of fun adventure and animated in a cooler, lighter, brighter style that we know kids are going to really love…We have spent a lot of time listening to what kids like about Transformers and they haven’t been shy about giving us their opinions. And we have listened! Robots in Disguise is reflective of all that we have learned in our conversations with kids. It has the most relatable Autobot and Decepticon characters we have ever ‘rolled out’ in a Transformers animated series.”

Boilerplate and customary. Here’s more of the same from Finn Arnesen, senior vice president of distribution.

“As the regularly top-rated U.S. TV network in prime among Transformers’ core audience of boys ages 6-11 and 9-14, our beloved Autobots and Decepticons will feel very much at home on Cartoon Network…And to seal our new partnership with Cartoon Network on the 30th anniversary of the Transformers franchise makes this a truly iconic event.”

The Wiki plot gives us a prettier breakdown of what to expect:

“Years after the events of Predacons Rising, Bumblebee is summoned back to Earth to battle a new generation of Decepticons and assembles a rogue team of young Autobots that includes Sideswipe (a rebel “Bad Boy Bot”), Strongarm (an Elite Guard cadet), a bombastic Grimlock, and Fixit (a hyperactive Mini-Con). Bumblebee will be experiencing visions of Optimus Prime.”

Here’s the teaser:

Okay let’s get into this. I’m good with Bumblebee leading the team because I’ve tired of the more recent incarnations of Optimus. I’d rather Ultra Magnus was in charge, but I’m perfectly fine with Old Yeller up there. I feel like he’ll need a new name though. It’s hard to strike fear in the power cells of alien robots when you’re named ‘Bumblebee.’ And God, please don’t go all Rodimus on us and call him Bumblebus Prime. I’ll throw my shoe at the damn screen. And plus, Peter Cullen will return as the iconic voice of Optimus, but he won’t last forever on this earth. I think it’s time to develop a new legend to head the Autobot team because I can’t stand anyone else voicing Prime.

What’s up with Sideswipe being in the show? Curious pick there. My research confirms that it’s the same bot we’ve been seeing since the 80’s, so it’s not like they recycled the name. With no obvious explanation of where his twin brother Sunstreaker might be, I’m wondering why they’d break up the team. Last time we saw Sunstreaker, he was flying the shuttle to Autobot City in ‘Transformers: The Movie.’ His destruction is never, ever reported, so I’m saying he still functions. If this new series doesn’t address what he’s doing and where he’s been all this time, I’ll deem that unacceptable. You just don’t break up the team of Sunstreaker and Sideswipe for no good reason.

Thoughts on this? At first read, I thought this would be like a ‘Teen Titans Go!’ kiddy expedition, but not so much. Comment below!

Source – THR

 

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