It took 11 years, five movies, and the departure of director Michael Bay, but Transformers fans – the fans who grew up on the 1980s animated TV series/Hasbro commercials – finally get the live-action Transformers film, Bumblebee, they’ve always wanted and maybe even needed to help justify their decades-long love of the series. With paired down, grounded visuals, an intimate sense of scale, and an emphasis on the unbreakable bond between a teenaged girl, Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), and a fugitive soldier-robot, B-127, from a dying, warring planet of self-aware, transforming machines, plus a nostalgia-heavy ‘80s setting, Bumblebee delivers the first, near great entry in a franchise that had all but dissipated the enormous goodwill of longtime fans with Transformers: The Last Knight two years ago. And it all took was a coherent, compelling script by Christina Hodson (Batgirl, Birds of Prey, Unforgettable) and deceptively competent direction from Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), making his live-action debut after a career in stop-motion animation. (more…)
Transformers has broken our heart time and time again, but nerds the world over can’t help but give their beloved robots in disguise a second chance. Or fifth. Or sixth. And now the full-length trailer for Bumblebee drops and fans are assuring themselves that this time, this time will be different. This one will be good. And it has signs of a good Transformers adaptation! The original form for Bumblebee that fans have been begging for, a likable human counterpart, and tons of 80s references. But does it have enough to make up for the previous movies?
Transformers: The Last Knight sort of came and went at the box office earlier this summer, and has barely made $500 million at the worldwide box office, or about half as much as Transformers: Age of Extinction made during its run in 2014. That’s probably not a good place to be as you’re looking to expand your film franchise into spin-off movies, but time marches on, and so does the first of planned Transformers cinematic universe in the form of Bumblebee. Based on the yellow sports car that’s been a main character in all the Transformers movies so far, the stage is set for “Bee” to ride solo, and in a familiar form. (more…)
Sometimes unlikely pairings can work. Whether it’s banana and ketchup or white chocolate and olive, things that sound insane at first often end up surprising you. One that might be just as hard to get your head around is the pairing of the head of Laika studios, whose stop-motion insta-classics are engaging, beautiful and staggeringly difficult to put together, with the shouty explosion porn of Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise. Well, ever since we were convinced try peanut butter on our hamburgers, we’ve learned to keep an open mind. (more…)
The promotional pieces for Transformers: The Last Knight continues to preach doom and gloom for Bumblebee fans with another troubling look at the yellow hero in this latest movie poster. The first trailer was filled with Bumblebee betrayal and while many are crying fake out, the powers behind the movie’s marketing are doubling down with another image of the fallen Bumblebee. (more…)
You can’t stop a lucrative thing from churning out sequels. Whether you love or hate Michael Bay‘s approach to cashing in on 80’s nostalgia, the Transformers movies are a definite hit and as such, have already planned ahead for 3 more sequels, scheduled to hit theaters in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively. However, according to Hasbro, a fourth film has currently been greenlighted, to tell the stand-alone tale of one of the second most famous Autobot…
Transformers might be “robots in disguise” to the average person, but to the consumer, there ain’t no disguising the avalanche of robotic projects coming our way. Falling in with the likes of Marvel, DC, and the Star Wars franchise, the folks behind Transformers are creating a “shared universe,” and it sounds like pretty much anything contained within the canon of the Autobots and Decepticons is fair game. Are you ready for a Bumblebee solo film? How about a story of robotic lives and love set on pre-war Cybertron? Can you handle the heart-palpitating excitement of a story focused on Cosmos (you remember Cosmos from the original cartoon series, right – the robot alien who decided to come to Earth inconspicuously disguised as… a UFO)?
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. (more…)
Mark Wahlberg, Kelsey Grammer, Sophia Myles, Stanley Tucci… These are NOT the names you typically associate with a Transformers movie, but they’re the names we know are involved so far. But because secrets don’t stay secret in Hollywood for long, we seemed to have gotten our first confirmation about which robots will be fighting it out for the Earth (and bragging rights) in Transformers: Age of Extinction. (more…)
There’s some new shots coming out of Micheal Bay’s Transformers 4 production that just started shooting. We get another look at Drift, the Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse from yesterday and over there, on the back of that truck, is that Bumblebee sporting a brand new look and paint scheme? What’s that rusty old tractor-trailer truck, is that Optimus Prime before his makeover? Take a look at the pictures below.
That’s certainly a different look than the slick new Optimus Prime look Bay tweeted out yesterday. The leader of the Autobots should look the part.
What do you think about Bumblebee’s new look? Is Bay trying to make Bumblebee look like a bad-ass? Could that just be a new disguise for Bumblebee, something to help him get a closer look at some new Decepticon shenanigans? I’ve always liked that Bumblebee looked kinda wimpy next to the other Autobots and Decepticons, but when he fought he showed his true heroically kick-ass self.