Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot

Transformers News: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 7:16AM CDT

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Courtesy of Toon Boom and an interview they published with Robert Cullen, animator and founder of Boulder Media Studios - the Hasbro partner working on the upcoming animated series Rescue Bots Academy and Transformers: Cyberverse - we have a quick look at the two designs for Hot Shot and Bumblebee from the two shows respectively (you can discussion Rescue Bots Academy in its thread here).

Cullen talks about the studio in general and the recent acquisition by Hasbro and nothing specific about the shows, but if you're curious, you can look at the relevant passages below!

Boulder went from producing three projects at most to six IPs including season two of Danger Mouse and Hasbro’s Micronauts, The Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and Rescue Bots Academy, all in Toon Boom Harmony. The studio is also storyboarding the latest Transformers series and its first CG animated feature film in Storyboard Pro.

With so many new productions, Boulder suddenly needed storyboard artists, concept designers and animators. The challenge became to scale up and find top talent without losing its quality and personality.

“We’ve always been quite selective about who we hire and it’s not just the talent I’m looking at; I want to know if they’re nice people and if they will fit in,” says Cullen.

Its team now includes people from around Ireland and the world, though growing from 160 to 360 seats in just over a year comes with certain concerns as well. Namely, keeping the boutique studio corporate culture it had established.

“Each project has a team with their own director and production manager — every piece feels like it’s a boutique production that people can take pride in,” says Cullen. “It doesn’t feel like we’re this vast company making random shows and we have to make sure it stays that way.”


Transformers News: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot
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Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1958236)
Posted by TulioDude on May 8th, 2018 @ 9:39am CDT
Bumblebee looks way to sleak,but I'm interested on how they animate his transformation.
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1958306)
Posted by WreckerJack on May 8th, 2018 @ 3:21pm CDT
TulioDude wrote:Bumblebee looks way to sleak,but I'm interested on how they animate his transformation.

Yeah he looks a lot better than the previous pics but the eyes still creep me out. Its like those dinner plate size anime eyes but with no pupils. *shivers*
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1958334)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 8th, 2018 @ 7:35pm CDT
Looks like the evergreen designs are fully taking over the mainstream non-Movie media.
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960381)
Posted by Va'al on May 19th, 2018 @ 10:45am CDT
A new article over on License Global, in light of the upcoming Licensing Expo 2018, at which Hasbro will be presenting its new line-ups of merchadise for the Bumblebee movie and potentially their other media endeavours such as Cyberverse and Rescue Bots Academy, as well as the IDW Publishing comics, sheds some light on where the future of the Transformers franchise is headed - at least, according to Hasbro's head honchos, and their 'blueprint'.

Bumblebee, of course, is at the center of it all. Even with the reboot of the live action film franchise (and the IDW narrative), the yellow bug scout is being banked on to promote the brand and franchise across multiple media, with mentions of Cyberverse, some confusion around the currently airing Power of the Primes (as the final part of the Prime Wars Trilogy), and the general intention of putting Bumblebee first as a wide appeal character, and what that means for the media approach of Hasbro's licensees. Read the full piece here, some extracts below, and take a look at a new image of the Bumblebee vehicle mode from the Cyberverse animated series!

“We decided on Bumblebee because we wanted to go in a bit of a different direction. We wanted a character-focused film versus an ensemble. He is loved by kids, multiple generations, girls and women. Everyone loves Bumblebee,” continues Warner.

Hasbro is capitalizing on the film’s surroundings with a slate of ‘80s-themed launches including a TV series, a vinyl album and a graphic novel, which the company hopes will “lead a wave of Millennial nostalgia.”

[...]

Hasbro is off to a running start with two new television programs, “Transformers Cyberverse (Chapter 1)” and “Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy.” The first is an animated series from Hasbro Studios and Boulder Media that follows Bumblebee as he attempts to recover his memories on Earth. “Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy” picks up on the “Transformers: Combiner Wars” story line and offers a more detailed look at the franchise’s characters and history.

Though the shows are not set in the 1980s, “Cyberverse” emphasizes the idea of keeping memories alive, while “Prime Wars,” which debuted on Verizon’s streaming service VerizonGo90, was conceived as a way to reach older, devoted fans who have grown up with the franchise.

[...]

The new film comes to life with the help of actress Hailee Steinfeld and action star John Cena. At a time when audiences are looking for more female representation on screen, Waters remarks that “the choice to cast Hailee in the leading role may open the traditionally male brand up to female fans.”

“We felt [Hailee] was right for the picture and we are looking to expand our audience and be as inclusive as possible with the franchise,” adds Warner. “This is a step worth noting for a brand that has traditionally been displayed in the boys’ aisle of toy stores.”


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Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960384)
Posted by DeathReviews on May 19th, 2018 @ 11:03am CDT
Oh. Goodie. Just what the Transformers franchise needed. MORE Bumblebee. Because, ya know, we don't have enough of that already. No, we haven't had nearly enough Bumblebee-centric TV series and movies. And they haven't made any Bumblebee figures in decades, we're starving for one. So please, PLEASE - out with it already! More Bumblebee, we beg of thee! Why, there's no way in the world anybody could ever get tired of that character!

/sarc
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960385)
Posted by KVO Prime on May 19th, 2018 @ 11:19am CDT
I KNOW!!! BUMBLEBEE IS THE NEW SPOCK PRIME!!

in his movie with hailee steinfeld or i can't remember her name, something happens where he time travels, doesn't get his voice box ruined, and they all develop a different aesthetic, attitude, and atmosphere. I'm calling it now.

KVO PRIME
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960387)
Posted by Rated X on May 19th, 2018 @ 11:31am CDT
Bumblebee is singlehandedly destroying the franchise.
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960393)
Posted by Stormshot_Prime on May 19th, 2018 @ 12:30pm CDT
After reading this I’m thouroughly convinced that Hasbro does not listen to fans. It’s absolutely hilarious how they try and push The Prime Wars cartoons as something fans are rejoicing over, when the criticism has been almost universally scathing. That, and now we won’t even be getting a proper length cartooon! 11 minutes? What kind of shit is that?

This is my opinion but Hasbro could be cool and do what DC does, give mature fans a mature TF cartoon/movie once a year or so.
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960397)
Posted by william-james88 on May 19th, 2018 @ 12:47pm CDT
Rated X wrote:Bumblebee is singlehandedly destroying the franchise.

Or saving it, depending on the point of view. That TLK wave 1 BB was the best selling toy from the line.
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960402)
Posted by LevelRage on May 19th, 2018 @ 1:07pm CDT
Personally I like Bee, and wouldn't mind seeing a bit more stuff of him, esspecially if it helps get TF back into the spotlight. He's real popular with the kids and it's porobably thr best plan at the moment with the movie reboot about to take affect. If there's one or two things I'd like to see in the future though it'd be masterpiece figures of the '76 camero Bee, and his Volkswagon form.
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960406)
Posted by Absolute Zero on May 19th, 2018 @ 2:02pm CDT
Funny, I remember Starscream being far more popular with women and girls back in the Armada time. That was before Bumblebee usurped other peoples roles/personalities though.
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960410)
Posted by The Lonely Cracker on May 19th, 2018 @ 2:39pm CDT
fuck all this
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960413)
Posted by thedistinctroom on May 19th, 2018 @ 3:16pm CDT
Oh boy... More BUMBLEBEE!

I wish I was a nostalgic millennial. :RUBSIGN:
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960415)
Posted by Black Hat on May 19th, 2018 @ 3:39pm CDT
Oh boy, more Bumblebee. Well, I suppose I can't be surprised, but it is a bit disappointing to get the same character over and over again. Now to be fair I like Bumblebee- G1 Bumblebee was actually a really likeable character (helped by Dan's wonderful voice talent), Animated Bumblebee was a refreshingly self-aware example of the "annoying rookie" trope, and honestly I didn't mind movieverse Bee. But the fact ol' Bumbles is getting put into literally every single TF media front and centre is getting predictable and stale, and the fact he's getting put alongside Windblade is not helping matters.

Funny, when I was a kid I often thought "Why don't we get Bumblebee back again?" as I always liked him in the G1 episodes I'd watched and was surprised about his non-inclusion in the contemporary toylines. Be careful what you wish for I suppose.
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960416)
Posted by Octobotimus on May 19th, 2018 @ 3:43pm CDT
now we know what will kill this franchise, freaking bumblebee....
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960420)
Posted by kurthy on May 19th, 2018 @ 4:14pm CDT
Black Hat wrote:Oh boy, more Bumblebee. Well, I suppose I can't be surprised, but it is a bit disappointing to get the same character over and over again. Now to be fair I like Bumblebee- G1 Bumblebee was actually a really likeable character (helped by Dan's wonderful voice talent), Animated Bumblebee was a refreshingly self-aware example of the "annoying rookie" trope, and honestly I didn't mind movieverse Bee. But the fact ol' Bumbles is getting put into literally every single TF media front and centre is getting predictable and stale, and the fact he's getting put alongside Windblade is not helping matters.


Yet jest gettin' old. Now get off my lawn!
My oldeat son has watched G1, some of BW, rescue, some of prime, and RID. His favorite. He knows almost every single character in my 400-500 piece cillection. And his 50 or so piece collection. Guess who his favorite character is? I'll give you a hint, it's not one of the wreckers.
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960430)
Posted by WreckerJack on May 19th, 2018 @ 8:22pm CDT
Please Hasbro, don't turn Bumblebee into Roman Reigns.

In other words we like him when he is not shoved into the spotlight so much that other characters get ignored. One of the best things about Transformers is there are so many characters - please feature more than just Bee. I know that the fact that Bee, Optimus and Megatron are on most of the merch for branding and recognition but we want to keep fans instead of just draw their attention.

It's not that we don't like Bee. I like him a lot, he is a fun and awesome character but too much is too much. Similar to how wrestling fans are bored of Roman Reings, TF fans are tiring on Bee. Its not that people actually dislike Roman (or Bee) its that we want to see balance. We don't like the way the character is being overused when others deserve to be featured.

Bumblebee was the main character in RiD15, he's getting his own live action film and has always been one of the bots to be featured in pretty much every Transformers media ever. Let's give some of the other characters a chance please!
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960434)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 19th, 2018 @ 8:49pm CDT
Stormshot_Prime wrote:After reading this I’m thouroughly convinced that Hasbro does not listen to fans. It’s absolutely hilarious how they try and push The Prime Wars cartoons as something fans are rejoicing over, when the criticism has been almost universally scathing.
Except on Facebook, YouTube, and other social media outlets (which Hasbro probably does check), as the majority voice about the CW and TR was almost universally blind praise for how GEEWUN they were and how they were SO much better better than all the non-G1 shows and movies we get on TV and in theaters, along with people begging for Hasbro to make more shows like those and at full length and with more G1 voice actors back and with more G1 characters voiced by their G1 actors and G1 G1 G1 G1 G1... :HEADHURTS:

Absolute Zero wrote:Funny, I remember Starscream being far more popular with women and girls back in the Armada time.
That's cuz Starscream was emo in Armada. Girls dug the brooding bad boy loner who had issues and just wanted to be loved. :P
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960443)
Posted by william-james88 on May 19th, 2018 @ 10:17pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Stormshot_Prime wrote:After reading this I’m thouroughly convinced that Hasbro does not listen to fans. It’s absolutely hilarious how they try and push The Prime Wars cartoons as something fans are rejoicing over, when the criticism has been almost universally scathing.
Except on Facebook, YouTube, and other social media outlets (which Hasbro probably does check), as the majority voice about the CW and TR was almost universally blind praise for how GEEWUN they were and how they were SO much better better than all the non-G1 shows and movies we get on TV and in theaters, along with people begging for Hasbro to make more shows like those and at full length and with more G1 voice actors back and with more G1 characters voiced by their G1 actors and G1 G1 G1 G1 G1... :HEADHURTS:


:lol: I asked on facebook what people's thoughts were and I did get the reply of "at least it aint Bayformers"
Re: Another Look at Transformers: Cyberverse Bumblebee & Rescue Bots Academy Hot Shot (1960444)
Posted by Stormshot_Prime on May 19th, 2018 @ 10:40pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Stormshot_Prime wrote:After reading this I’m thouroughly convinced that Hasbro does not listen to fans. It’s absolutely hilarious how they try and push The Prime Wars cartoons as something fans are rejoicing over, when the criticism has been almost universally scathing.
Except on Facebook, YouTube, and other social media outlets (which Hasbro probably does check), as the majority voice about the CW and TR was almost universally blind praise for how GEEWUN they were and how they were SO much better better than all the non-G1 shows and movies we get on TV and in theaters, along with people begging for Hasbro to make more shows like those and at full length and with more G1 voice actors back and with more G1 characters voiced by their G1 actors and G1 G1 G1 G1 G1... :HEADHURTS:

Absolute Zero wrote:Funny, I remember Starscream being far more popular with women and girls back in the Armada time.
That's cuz Starscream was emo in Armada. Girls dug the brooding bad boy loner who had issues and just wanted to be loved. :P


Well that’s the thing, it’s fan demanding these things and are disappointed, cause there’s no way you can exactly recapture that 80s “vibe,” as much as Hasbro wants.

Transformers is iconic and strong when they branch out a little, it’s how we got Beast Wars and Armada. Transformers will always somehow relate to G1, Hasbro just seems stuck in this vicious cycle.

I also think the Prime Wars cartoons were made by people being rushed who aren’t too familiar with the overall TF “multiverse”.

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