Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons

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Updating the rumours about Boulder Media Studios - Dublin based company working with Hasbro on animated series - working on a new Transformers series, we have confirmation that this is indeed the case, and in fact, is working on two series: a Transformers one, and a Rescue Bots Academy show (plus one for Micronauts)! Check out the full piece here, and the relevant snippet below.

Boulder Media, a multi-award winning Irish animation company, is one of Ireland's largest animation studios. It has produced many great shows for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, BBC and Disney, including Wander Over Yonder for Disney, and Go Jetters and Danger Mouse for BBC.

The Studio, whose current slate includes animation for 'Transformers', 'Little Pet Shop' and 'Rescue Bots Academy' and 'Micronauts' for Hasbro Studios, as well as 'Danger Mouse' and 'Dorothy and the Wonders of Oz' (Warner Brothers), is ramping up to deliver innovative animation and storytelling across multiple formats and genres.
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Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1887894)
Posted by Kurona on June 8th, 2017 @ 7:00am CDT
Fingers crossed that this ends up being good. It'll probably be in the '''Aligned''' continuity, right?
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1887914)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 8th, 2017 @ 9:21am CDT
As long as Rescue Bots Academy has some of the same writing and creative staff as the first series, it should be good.
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1888156)
Posted by PrymeStriker on June 8th, 2017 @ 10:18pm CDT
So Rescue Bots is getting a sequel series of its own, eh? Alright then. I wonder what the other series will be? Another aligned series or starting from the ground up? At this rate, I honestly want to see some new stuff from the franchise that isn't tied to a jambled continuity that started seven years ago. I feel like Robots in Disguise is running nice and dry given the newest episodes.
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1900734)
Posted by Va'al on July 30th, 2017 @ 3:05am CDT
Two new job listings have appeared over at Boulder Media, the Irish animation studio working on a number of Hasbro Universe properties, including Rescue Bots Academy and Micronauts. One is a 2D Concept Designer specifically for their Transformers project, as seen here.

The other, a 3D CG Supervisor position, tells us something a lot meatier about what is currently happening with Hasbro, as it reveals that a whole new feature animation division is being set up, also under Hasbro Entertainment banners. And remember how it was rumoured that an animated Cybertron sequel was in the pitching works..? Take a read for yourselves, and head here for the job application!

As part of Hasbro Entertainment, Boulder Media is building a new feature animation division. We are excited to offer a talented 3D CG Supervisor the opportunity to join our very successful and established animation studio as we expand into a new area. We will be producing the first 3D CG theatrical feature film made entirely in Ireland. The movie is based on a very well-known Hasbro property and we can’t wait to bring it to the big screen for the first time.

The 3D CG Supervisor will play a vital role in building the new studio pipeline along with the rest of the team.

The 3D CG Supervisor will bring their expertise to the technical aspects of the project while working in collaboration with the production team. As such, they serve as a key member of the project’s leadership team and help define Boulder’s pipeline. At the beginning, you will have an important role in the look development, raising the quality while ensuring the assigned areas of production have sufficient technical, capital and human resources to meet the deadline.


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Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1900776)
Posted by Graviton on July 30th, 2017 @ 10:16am CDT
Its nice to finally get some possible information on the Cybertron Prequel.
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1900822)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 30th, 2017 @ 1:49pm CDT
Graviton wrote:Its nice to finally get some possible information on the Cybertron Prequel.
Other than the fact that it's being written by the guys who wrote Ant-Man, of course.
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1901011)
Posted by DeadCaL on July 31st, 2017 @ 12:19pm CDT
As there's no delete option, I'm writing this
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1901450)
Posted by Va'al on August 2nd, 2017 @ 1:59pm CDT
It looks like there are more job opening over at Boulder Media - the Ireland-based animation company working on the Hasbro Micronauts and Transformers projects, including Rescue Bots Academy. If 2D Props and Concept designs are your cup of tea, why not try applying? Read the descriptions below!

Boulder Media are looking to hire for the role of Props Designer to join Transformers Production.

Responsibilities include:

The Props Designer will work to a brief provided by the Production Management.
They will report to the Art Director and take feedback/ noted form the Art Director as required.
The brief will be provided on a per episode basis and will comprise both the content necessary to be designed and also a reasonable time allowance to complete the work.
Any difficulties in understanding the requirements of the brief must be reported as soon as possible and all work must be submitted to Production Management for approval from the show’s director.
Amendments or revisions may be required which will be factored into subsequent work briefings.
The Prop Designer is responsible for ensuring all naming conventions are followed and proper file management is followed.

Person Specification:

Comfortable in working to tight deadlines.
You must have excellent drawing skills with a great sense of colour and a flair for designing Sci-Fi, vehicles and weaponry.
Strong communication skills.
A good working knowledge of Toonboom Harmony is not necessary but would be a distinct advantage when applying.

Boulder Media is an equal opportunities employer.


Boulder Media are looking to hire Concept Designers to join our Transformers Production.

Responsibilities include:

Work with the Art Director to help establish a consistent visual direction.
Develop inspiring concept designs for locations, props and effects.
Provide information to storyboards and BG Key Department.
Assemble influential research and reference material.
Work effectively with the Art Director so that they are aware of Production concerns and issues dealing with creating concept art.
Produce work in an efficient and timely manner, on schedule.

Person Specification:

Extensive Knowledge of Photoshop.
Strong knowledge of colour, lighting, atmosphere and overall composition.
Knowledge of 3D modeling is a plus.
An excellent understanding of whole animation production process.
Exceptional drawing skills.
A broad range of drawing styles.
Excellent communication, visual storytelling and written skills.
Strong interpersonal skills-able to interact with team members of different disciplines.
Task driven, self-motivated and proactive.
Must be open to direction and can visually interpret other people’s ideas.
Ability to work collaboratively with multiple tasks in a fast-paced production.
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1901702)
Posted by Va'al on August 3rd, 2017 @ 2:39pm CDT
The major news from the Hasbro Investor day webcall, which took place today in Burbank rather than Rhode Island, and to which we were able to listen once it was over, has revealed the next animated project (the one being developed by Boulder Media, alongside Rescue Bots Academy) that will follow Transformers: Robots in Disguise - Transformers: Cyberverse!

Divided into chapters - Chapter One and Chapter Two were mentioned, airing in 2018 and 2019 respectively - it will serve as a prequel of sorts, focusing on the characters and the Transformers mythology from a remastered version of Generation One (as seen many times before, but most recently in the Busy Book images) that will possibly lead into the animated feature (also confirmed in the webcall, and which we first reported on here). Hasbro have also just uploaded the slides used during the call, so we have images to share with you too!

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Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1901729)
Posted by o.supreme on August 3rd, 2017 @ 4:10pm CDT
I really try not to judge something based on day one information, but my instincts have not been wrong (with the exception of Machinima's CW series), at least for my personal preferences.

My personal History since being online are as such-, again these are just my own opinions, which proves that for me personally, my own feelings about whether I ultimately like something or not, are usually based on first impressions

Beast Wars-Thought the toys looked goofy at first, no predisposed opinion of the show, gave it a chance, ended up liking it.

BWII- Liked the toys, liked the show

BW Neo- thought the toys were a notch down from BWII, liked the show much less than BWII

Beast Machines -Had a bad feeling, turned out to be right, hated it

Car Robots/RiD - Loved the Idea, Really liked the show (though I admit I liked the Japanese CR better)

Armada
-Didn't look good initially-I ended up not liking it

Energon- Looked slightly better than Armada, was proven right to myself, liked it slightly better than Armada

Cybertron
- Disjointed continuity along with CN god awful out-of-sequence episode order, and erratic timeslots, made me not even care

TFA
-hated it from the first press release, was right for the most part, S3 stories won me over a bit, but I never warmed up to the awful look of the show

Prime- Loved it from the first press release, It is now my 2nd favorite Transformers series of all time.

RiD15- was apprehensive at first. Turned out to be ok, but definitely several steps down from TFP

CW-Machinima -basically this is a case of false advertising. I thought we were going to get a fully animated series called Combiner Wars, not a poorly animated, hack production, that had little to do with Combiners, or characters at all in general.



Now, my first impressions of Cyberverse based on what it *claims* to be are very positive. There has never been a true retelling of the original series, and this could be quite well done. The switch to a lesser known production studio (Boulder Media) makes me a bit hesitant after the whole Machinima fiasco. If future seasons (chapters) have the opportunity to explore Beast Wars and the like, I'm all for it.

I was thrilled to hear Hasbro finally is going to be producing Transformers animated films again. Bummed they are based on the Movieverse though :( .
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1901752)
Posted by Kurona on August 3rd, 2017 @ 6:45pm CDT
Much as I love G1, I'm a bit sick of seeing it everywhere. We've got the IDW comics, we've got Machinima, we've got an entire toyline devoted to G1 updates, we've got a lot of non-G1 stuff being based on G1 anyway - including RiD 2015 veering more towards G1 lately despite its more original roots - and we get a £150 titan-class G1 figure every year.

There's nothing wrong with a new G1 cartoon series in and of itself - and there's certainly nothing here to suggest its quality one way or the other so it can't possibly be judged - but when I saw the letter 'G' and the number '1' the only reaction I could possibly have was "Again???"
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1901756)
Posted by Ultra Markus on August 3rd, 2017 @ 7:17pm CDT
Kurona wrote:Much as I love G1, I'm a bit sick of seeing it everywhere. We've got the IDW comics, we've got Machinima, we've got an entire toyline devoted to G1 updates, we've got a lot of non-G1 stuff being based on G1 anyway - including RiD 2015 veering more towards G1 lately despite its more original roots - and we get a £150 titan-class G1 figure every year.

There's nothing wrong with a new G1 cartoon series in and of itself - and there's certainly nothing here to suggest its quality one way or the other so it can't possibly be judged - but when I saw the letter 'G' and the number '1' the only reaction I could possibly have was "Again???"

to be honest as big of a generation one fan as i am i would rather see a continuation of season 4 rebirth
like it was meant to be not a whole re telling of the very begining, but although if a re telling of the G1 story is happening i hope they do good on story telling and quality animation ;)
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1901767)
Posted by Deadput on August 3rd, 2017 @ 8:24pm CDT
Yum can I have more of that stale 32 year old G1 bread? I love eating the same loaf all these years and I'm totally not poisoned and sick of it... :SICK:

The most that G1 should influence is a few G1 characters and designs inspired by the originals and maybe a couple of concepts but I would love more original characters like how Rid does it except maybe a little less of them so their meaningful and actually important to the show unlike a certain wolf pack from rid.
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1901782)
Posted by dbwells on August 3rd, 2017 @ 10:16pm CDT
As long as they have noses, I'm good. >:oP
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1901784)
Posted by Ultra Markus on August 3rd, 2017 @ 10:23pm CDT
Deadput wrote:Yum can I have more of that stale 32 year old G1 bread? I love eating the same loaf all these years and I'm totally not poisoned and sick of it... :SICK:

The most that G1 should influence is a few G1 characters and designs inspired by the originals and maybe a couple of concepts but I would love more original characters like how Rid does it except maybe a little less of them so their meaningful and actually important to the show unlike a certain wolf pack from rid.

you mean like the unicron trilogy ;)^
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1901787)
Posted by Deadput on August 3rd, 2017 @ 10:29pm CDT
Ultra Markus wrote:you mean like the unicron trilogy ;)^

I guess but it should have good writing like Beast Wars.

It doesn't have to be dark and edgy for "adults" heck look how dull Prime was since that show was never allowed to have fun or how some people hate the live action films.


I just hope we don't get anything like the Machinima show.
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1901791)
Posted by DecepticonFinishline on August 3rd, 2017 @ 10:49pm CDT
Deadput wrote:
Ultra Markus wrote:you mean like the unicron trilogy ;)^

I guess but it should have good writing like Beast Wars.

It doesn't have to be dark and edgy for "adults" heck look how dull Prime was since that show was never allowed to have fun or how some people hate the live action films.


I just hope we don't get anything like the Machinima show.


Dull? I loved Prime... :(



In general, though. Some character designs are too classics to ignore, but Generations has been awesome, and I don't really want to be buy two separate sets of G1-Updates at the same time. I would love a well-written G1-story, though.
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1901793)
Posted by Zeedust on August 3rd, 2017 @ 10:56pm CDT
Animated had some pretty heavy G1 influence, and it still managed to be fresh and vibrant. I'm worried about Cyberverse, but I won't abandon all hope just yet.

RBA not being for another two years is ludicrous, especially since it'll be the only thing left that isn't G1 or Bayformers.
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1901806)
Posted by Deadput on August 3rd, 2017 @ 11:31pm CDT
DecepticonFinishline wrote:Dull? I loved Prime... :(

I see why people love the show but Prime is absolutely lifeless in the show and I don't mean in a lack of new robot characters.

Where were the civilians? Why were all the locations all barren and abandoned...even that one time they went to new york they only met one human in the whole episode? Why was the show nothing but relic hunts, no change of status quo and characters with either zero or consistently resetted character development?


The new Rid show might be a little boring but at least it has life and humans running around on Earth like they should.
Re: Boulder Media Studios Working on New Transformers, Rescue Bots, Micronauts Cartoons (1901807)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on August 3rd, 2017 @ 11:32pm CDT
This is exactly what I hoped for.

But some people can't be happy unless they are constantly complaining about something, or in some cases, everything!

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