Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers

Transformers News: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers

Friday, January 10th, 2014 12:47PM CST

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If you're a Transformers fan with young kids, it can be a struggle to try to find a great show that balances your desire to pass Transformers along to the next generation with your desire to show your kids appropriate media. Rescue Bots was great for the young set, but only season 1 has been available for some time. We already know that season 2 is rumored to start soon, which is exciting news for young fans. But now, we have also heard in a new interview with Hasbro Studios' Stephen Davies, posted on WorldScreen.com, that a new show geared at young children is in the works. The interview is for members only, but we've quoted the relevant part below!


TV KIDS: What new shows do you have coming up?
DAVIES: We have this great new show, which is kind of the entry point forTransformers for littler boys called Transformers Rescue Bots. Although interestingly, when we reimagined Transformers for a younger generation, typically big brother doesn’t want to watch what little brother is watching, but because the Transformers brand resonates across so many generations and it’s so relevant and relatable, we’re actually finding that while we conceived Rescue Bots principally for 4- to 5-year-olds, the older brother, who is 7 or 8 years old, is also watching with little brother.

 
We just talked about co-viewing and children wanting to watch with their parents, well, now we have this show where little brother wants to watch with older brother and big brother also wants to watch with little brother, which is a phenomenal opportunity because, again, there are not a lot of shows where you have that kind of multigenerational appeal at all levels. In fact, Rescue Botsinspired us for our new chapter of Transformers, because Rescue Bots is a much simpler show to understand, the transformations are much simpler, and it’s a lighter, brighter, more humorous approach. So a lot of what we learned fromRescue Bots we are now applying to our new Transformers series.
 
It starts with Transformers; we’ve had several very successful seasons ofTransformers Prime. Excitedly, Finn Arnesen, who runs international distribution for us, is introducing our new Transformers series, which is a lot of fun because it really harkens back to the old Transformers: Generation 1 days. It’s a lighter, brighter more comedic show. It’s still full of all the wonderful characters that our fans love, but it’s really a complete reimagination of our Transformers series, which we will be rolling out next year.
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Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1540904)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 10th, 2014 @ 12:51pm CST
Fits well in line with what Roberto Orci told IGN, and I'm cool with it.

The next TF cartoon after Prime being lighter than Prime and more like the tone of G1 and RB will be a nice change.


...AAAAAAAAAnd cue the mass hysteria and fanrage over this news making Transformers Ruined FOREVER! :P :roll:

Noideaforaname wrote:Animated and Beast Wars were aimed at a younger audience than Prime, and those 2 are my favorite TF shows, so I'm curious to see how this new show turns out.

Also, this reminds me I still need to watch Rescue Bots. Well, more than just the Tim Curry episodes...
All three shows are excellent. ;)^

Noideaforaname wrote:
EDIT: I really hope "harkens back to G1" doesn't mean "more G1 movie quotes".
It's referring to the tone of G1.
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1540906)
Posted by Dr Va'al on January 10th, 2014 @ 12:59pm CST
That's what we just posted. :P
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1540908)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 10th, 2014 @ 1:07pm CST
Va'al wrote:That's what we just posted. :P
Originally, it was just a summary that was posted. Didn't see that the first post was edited to include the excerpt.
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1540909)
Posted by ScoutBumblebee on January 10th, 2014 @ 1:10pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
Va'al wrote:That's what we just posted. :P
Originally, it was just a summary that was posted. Didn't see that the first post was edited to include the excerpt.


He knows, he's just messin' with ya. ;)
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1540911)
Posted by Dr Va'al on January 10th, 2014 @ 1:17pm CST
ScoutBumblebee wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Va'al wrote:That's what we just posted. :P
Originally, it was just a summary that was posted. Didn't see that the first post was edited to include the excerpt.


He knows, he's just messin' with ya. ;)


:-$
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1540912)
Posted by ScoutBumblebee on January 10th, 2014 @ 1:19pm CST
Va'al wrote:
ScoutBumblebee wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Va'al wrote:That's what we just posted. :P
Originally, it was just a summary that was posted. Didn't see that the first post was edited to include the excerpt.


He knows, he's just messin' with ya. ;)


:-$


>:oP
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1540914)
Posted by Dead Metal on January 10th, 2014 @ 1:23pm CST
This is kinda scary since I really want a sequel to Prime, but this sounds like yet another re-imaging and start from zero.
A lot of this also sounds like those leaks someone posted a few months back, especially the simpler designs.

If this is yet another complete revamp I think I'm done, I take too long to get used to a new TF take, so once I do and then fall in love with it it'll just get replaced, an I just can't deal with that anymore.
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1540918)
Posted by welcometothedarksyde on January 10th, 2014 @ 1:37pm CST
Well as long as they have Decepticons. Why didn't Rescue Bots have them? Were they deemed too mature for kids?
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1540924)
Posted by VirusCarnage on January 10th, 2014 @ 1:56pm CST
I'm not too optimistic about this, I'll give it a shot though. I hope it's more like G1 and less like RB.
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1540971)
Posted by PrymeStriker on January 10th, 2014 @ 5:52pm CST
If it's going to take the tone of the G1 cartoon, I hope it's not written as poorly as well. >:oP
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1540973)
Posted by njb902 on January 10th, 2014 @ 5:56pm CST
Prime was pretty dark I can see them wanting to lighten it up a little.
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1540976)
Posted by ScoutBumblebee on January 10th, 2014 @ 6:02pm CST
njb902 wrote:Prime was pretty dark I can see them wanting to lighten it up a little.


Prime was really dark. I enjoy it, but I won't let my kids watch it. Oldest is 4, and it's way too intense for him. He thinks he wants to watch it, but it's too scary for him, and has too much stuff that's too mature for him. I think it's nice to have both sides of TF spectrum.
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1540990)
Posted by Shockwave7 on January 10th, 2014 @ 6:46pm CST
Daaaah, gee Hasbro - I donno - ya think maybe you should bring back TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED?????

Why did you (and/or Cartoon Network, depending on who you talk to) cancel a perfectly good series that appealed to both children, AND adults? And now you're scratching your heads, wondering what kind of transformers series could possibly appeal to children and adults?

Try NOT cancelling the good series' that you've already done before dweedling your lips and wondering how come there aren't any. Why re-invent the wheel here when TFA was a great series that was killed while it still had plenty of juice in it?
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1541000)
Posted by PrymeStriker on January 10th, 2014 @ 7:49pm CST
Shockwave7 wrote:Daaaah, gee Hasbro - I donno - ya think maybe you should bring back TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED?????


God no.

The art, animation, and characters were poor as it was. On top of that, Hasbro has constantly stated that they want to move forward, not backward with the brand. Bringing back TFA is an example of moving backward. :roll:

Point being: Animated's return is implausible. It doesn't need to come back either.
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1541005)
Posted by Flashwave on January 10th, 2014 @ 8:26pm CST
PrymeStriker wrote:
Shockwave7 wrote:Daaaah, gee Hasbro - I donno - ya think maybe you should bring back TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED?????


God no.

The art, animation, and characters were poor as it was. On top of that, Hasbro has constantly stated that they want to move forward, not backward with the brand. Bringing back TFA is an example of moving backward. :roll:

Point being: Animated's return is implausible. It doesn't need to come back either.


I'll give you its too late to reboot Animated. It had its time and the window is closed, but even if you didnt like the asthetic, and quite a few people don't, Animated had a huge multi generational following. A lot of people loved it, and it wasnt afraid to poke fun or pay homage, not just to the omnipoyent G1, but also to Beast Wa rs, Diaclone, the Japanese series' no one had heard of. It was fun crowd scanning, the same fn we get pickng out Kreons frm the TakTom comics. Like it or lump it, quality wise, it was not a step backward.

Rebooting a five year old series, now that would be kind of a bad idea, but thats a different point.
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1541010)
Posted by PrymeStriker on January 10th, 2014 @ 9:10pm CST
Flashwave wrote:
PrymeStriker wrote:
Shockwave7 wrote:Daaaah, gee Hasbro - I donno - ya think maybe you should bring back TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED?????


God no.

The art, animation, and characters were poor as it was. On top of that, Hasbro has constantly stated that they want to move forward, not backward with the brand. Bringing back TFA is an example of moving backward. :roll:

Point being: Animated's return is implausible. It doesn't need to come back either.


I'll give you its too late to reboot Animated. It had its time and the window is closed, but even if you didnt like the asthetic, and quite a few people don't, Animated had a huge multi generational following. A lot of people loved it, and it wasnt afraid to poke fun or pay homage, not just to the omnipoyent G1, but also to Beast Wa rs, Diaclone, the Japanese series' no one had heard of. It was fun crowd scanning, the same fn we get pickng out Kreons frm the TakTom comics. Like it or lump it, quality wise, it was not a step backward.

Rebooting a five year old series, now that would be kind of a bad idea, but thats a different point.


I'm not sure how that paragraph relates to my post. It seems that you're trying to disagree with me by saying that Animated's quality was not a step backward, in which I never brought up to begin with. Can you clarify?
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1541011)
Posted by Avensis-Mahiya on January 10th, 2014 @ 9:17pm CST
I honestly don't know how to feel about this.

I'm not going to scream RUINED 4EVER because it's too soon. On one hand, I'm happy that they're doing another reboot since Prime is pretty much wrapped up (even though here are too many fates left ambiguous and plot threads just left hanging). On the other, I like it when Transformers tackles the darker stuff. But I understand that they need to balance it out and not turn it into Evangelion (though that would be pretty cool).

Maybe whatever the new series brings will surprise us. Maybe it'll be something really amazing to the table. We don't know yet.
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1541012)
Posted by Shockwave7 on January 10th, 2014 @ 9:25pm CST
PrymeStriker wrote:
Shockwave7 wrote:Daaaah, gee Hasbro - I donno - ya think maybe you should bring back TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED?????


God no.

The art, animation, and characters were poor as it was. On top of that, Hasbro has constantly stated that they want to move forward, not backward with the brand. Bringing back TFA is an example of moving backward. :roll:

Point being: Animated's return is implausible. It doesn't need to come back either.



I'll allow some folks didn't like TFA. I had severe doubts when I first saw it, but it grew on me because it was good. I don't propose 'rebooting' TFA. They left it at a point that begs for them to pick up where they left off. It wouldn't be the first time that a series was come back to after a long haitus.

Plus, I fail to see how going from a serious TF prime style series to a quasi-kids show is a 'step forward' anyway, but that's another issue. If Hasbro is planning to make transformers into another kiddie-style show, then TFA would definitely not be a 'step backward' compared to this 'rescue gobot' thingy they're doing already. Not to mention, TFA was ended when they were on the cusp of putting out some really kick-butt toys that should have made it to market. (TFA Thundercracker, Marauder Megatron, Blackout, Wingblade Optimus...)

God knows we can't count on the likes of Michael Bay to take the Transformers 'forward'. Every movie he does digs them deeper and deeper into ridiculousness.

[quote]I'm not sure how that paragraph relates to my post. It seems that you're trying to disagree with me by saying that Animated's quality was not a step backward, in which I never brought up to begin with. Can you clarify?[/quote]

I'll take a stab at it. The part where you said "The art, animation, and characters were poor as it was." and in the same breath lumping TFA with the statement that Hasbro 'wants to take the transformers forward, not backwards'. Sounded like quite the knock there, no? You may not have intended it that way, but it kind of sounded like it.
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1541030)
Posted by ScoutBumblebee on January 10th, 2014 @ 10:24pm CST
welcometothedarksyde wrote:Well as long as they have Decepticons. Why didn't Rescue Bots have them? Were they deemed too mature for kids?


I don't know this to be fact, so take it with a grain of salt. But I believe that RB didn't have Decepticons because the focus was more on rescues, safety, etc than the eternal war between Decepticons and Autobots. It's alluded to that Prime and Bee are off fighting Decepticons, but never outright mentioned. Rescue Bots is fun to watch... With my kids. But I wouldn't watch it without them, like I do Prime. So we shall see what the new series brings. >:oP
Re: Stephen Davies Alludes to New Series Aimed at Younger Viewers (1541044)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 10th, 2014 @ 11:44pm CST
welcometothedarksyde wrote:Well as long as they have Decepticons. Why didn't Rescue Bots have them? Were they deemed too mature for kids?
Because including Decepticons goes against the entire point of that show. :roll:

It's to get away from the harshness and turmoil of warfare and focus on something more positive and optimistic. It's not a war show because it's not supposed to be, it's a sitcom.


viruscarnage wrote:I'm not too optimistic about this, I'll give it a shot though. I hope it's more like G1 and less like RB.
In all honesty, I don't see that much a tonal difference between the two. In fact, I'd be willing to say that G1 seasons 1-2, Beast Wars season 1, Robots in Disguise eps 1-26, the first half of Armada, the first half of Cybertron, Animated seasons 1-2, and Rescue Bots all have roughly the exact same tone. :)


PrymeStriker wrote:
Shockwave7 wrote:Daaaah, gee Hasbro - I donno - ya think maybe you should bring back TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED?????


God no.

The art, animation, and characters were poor as it was.



ScoutBumblebee wrote:Rescue Bots is fun to watch... With my kids. But I wouldn't watch it without them, like I do Prime. So we shall see what the new series brings. >:oP
Well, I'm 23 and have no kids, yet I enjoy Rescue Bots far more than I ever did TF: Prime (and I do really like TF: Prime a lot). Needless to say, I'm anxious for season 2. :D

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