Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview

Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 10:57am CDT

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Comics and entertainment website Comic Book Resources were able to have a lengthy chat with producer and head writer for the current animated TV series Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Adam Beechen. They touched upon the presence of Grimlock, the placing of the series in terms of the wider Transformers universe, the cast, Optimus Prime and more - read the whole piece here, and some selected passages below!

The producer and head writer for Cartoon Network’s “Robots in Disguise,” Beechen shared with SPINOFF how he’s working to open up Transformers to a younger audience while building on the stories that have come before. He also explained what it’s like to tap “Batman Beyond’s” Will Friedel as the voice of Bumblebee, teased the show’s long-term mysteries about the fate of Optimus Prime, and more.

Spinoff Online: Over the past few years, Hasbro has kept the continuity from all their various “Transformers” franchises unified in one way or another between TV and video games and comics. This show is a step forward in that idea since it takes the premise past the “Autobots and Decepticons crash-landed on Earth.” What’s it like to be writing what is the forefront of the canon in some respect?

Adam Beechen: I think that I had the benefit coming in of never having worked on the Transformers franchise before. I didn’t write for “Prime.” And so I wasn’t as emotionally tied to all of the continuity elements that a lot of the people who had worked on that show had been. And it’s great that they are because they’re a wonderful resource for me to find out background info I need. But my main goal coming into this series was, “Let’s make this a show for Bumblebee. Let’s give him the exposure he hasn’t really had in a brand new way.” And as part of that, we get to introduce a bunch of new characters for a new generation of viewers that they can get attached to. It’s still part of the larger Transformers universe, but you don’t have to know 30 years of history to enjoy them, appreciate them and just have fun.

And the show then can serve as a bridge tonally between “Rescue Bots” and “Transformers Prime.” The kids aging out of “Rescue Bots” can jump onto “Robots in Disguise” and still feel at home. But at the same time, they have a little bit more serious adventures with a little bit higher stakes. And then they can ease into all the giant continuity that the series have put together.

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Is it liberating as a showrunner when you work with a company like Hasbro and you have a guaranteed order for a long run on the series?

It doesn’t so much change your approach, but you know how many episodes you have, so you pace out the story you’re telling accordingly. Typically what happens in a situation like this is that at the start of the season you sit down with the brand team and find out what their plans are in terms of the upcoming seasons – as in calendar seasons – for what toys they’re releasing when and what kind of story elements they’d like to see in the upcoming episodes. You have that meeting and plan out episodes according to that, but doing so in a way that tells the best possible stories. You’re not just cramming toys in there. You want to tell a cool story and help with what they’re doing as well. And it just runs from there.

It’s pretty rare that a brand will come back to you in the middle of your season and say, “By the way, we’ve come up with a new figure that will be on the shelves of the toy stores tomorrow. Get it into the next episode!” There’s not any time for things like that. So after that initial meeting, you’re well aware of what you want to do over the course of the season and how to make everyone happy. From there, you’re free to tell the coolest stories you can.

And what about the comics side of all this? Frequently, there will be a kid-friendly comic version that ties into the show in a way that fleshes out what we see on screen. Is that the case for July’s series from IDW?

We’re very aware of what’s happening with the comics, and we love what IDW has done with this world. That factors into our thinking, and we’ve had the good fortune of having one of the key comic book writers – Mairghread Scott, who you may or may not be familiar with – work with us. Mairghread was the script coordinator on our series, and she graduated quickly to being one of the key writers on the show. She is a living repository of all things Transformers, and so she knows what’s gone on across every single medium the characters have ever appeared in. As we were working, she’d say, “The comics have already been there. You may want to do something different with an episode.” Or she may say to the comic editors, “The show did this thing, so it would be kind of cool if you tied it in this way.” I can’t say for sure how all the comics will reflect the series, but we’re definitely aware of each other as we go forward

Credit(s): CBR


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Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1694503)
Posted by PrymeStriker on June 4th, 2015 @ 2:17pm CDT
I like how the article says "years after the events of the films and Transformers Prime" as if the movies are in the same continuity. >:oP
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1694507)
Posted by Optimum Supreme on June 4th, 2015 @ 2:38pm CDT
PrymeStriker wrote:I like how the article says "years after the events of the films and Transformers Prime" as if the movies are in the same continuity. >:oP


" Over the past few years, Hasbro has kept the continuity from all their various “Transformers” franchises unified in one way or another between TV and video games and comics." is a good one, too. About the only place that's true is in how TFWIKI decides to smush certain versions of characters onto the same page, no matter how they don't actually belong together, like the WFC and Prime characters, just because Hasbro has made this inaccurate claim.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1694744)
Posted by MoonHelix-888 on June 4th, 2015 @ 11:10pm CDT
Optimum Supreme wrote:
PrymeStriker wrote:I like how the article says "years after the events of the films and Transformers Prime" as if the movies are in the same continuity. >:oP


" Over the past few years, Hasbro has kept the continuity from all their various “Transformers” franchises unified in one way or another between TV and video games and comics." is a good one, too. About the only place that's true is in how TFWIKI decides to smush certain versions of characters onto the same page, no matter how they don't actually belong together, like the WFC and Prime characters, just because Hasbro has made this inaccurate claim.


Yeah, someone should talk to TFWiki about this. It's a great site, but this is so far the main complaint I have about it.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1694774)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 5th, 2015 @ 12:13am CDT
MoonHelix-888 wrote:
Optimum Supreme wrote:
PrymeStriker wrote:I like how the article says "years after the events of the films and Transformers Prime" as if the movies are in the same continuity. >:oP


" Over the past few years, Hasbro has kept the continuity from all their various “Transformers” franchises unified in one way or another between TV and video games and comics." is a good one, too. About the only place that's true is in how TFWIKI decides to smush certain versions of characters onto the same page, no matter how they don't actually belong together, like the WFC and Prime characters, just because Hasbro has made this inaccurate claim.


Yeah, someone should talk to TFWiki about this. It's a great site, but this is so far the main complaint I have about it.
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Let. It. Go, guys.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1694836)
Posted by MoonHelix-888 on June 5th, 2015 @ 4:29am CDT
Ok, ok. Was a minor gripe anyway.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1694931)
Posted by psj333 on June 5th, 2015 @ 9:15am CDT
Does Nightstrike really have a vehicle, or does he transform into a human, much like Filch, since that he hasn't transform yet in the series? :CON:
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1694933)
Posted by psj333 on June 5th, 2015 @ 9:19am CDT
Does Nightstrike really have a vehicle, or does he transform into a human, much like Filch, since that he hasn't transform yet in the series? :CON:
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1694937)
Posted by psj333 on June 5th, 2015 @ 9:29am CDT
Does Nightstrike really have a vehicle mode , or does he transform into a human, much like Filch, since that he hasn't transform yet in the series? :CON:
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1694981)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on June 5th, 2015 @ 11:27am CDT
psj333 wrote:Does Nightstrike really have a vehicle mode , or does he transform into a human, much like Filch, since that he hasn't transform yet in the series? :CON:


The way it looks, to me, is that the vampire bat form is his robot mode. Those big circles on the wings and the fact that his arms aren't attached to his wings are my basis for this. But it's purely conjecture. I have a lot more episodes to watch though.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1695008)
Posted by psj333 on June 5th, 2015 @ 12:22pm CDT
So basically, what you`re trying to tell me, NuclearConvoy, is that the circles attached to his wings are wheels, meaning that Nightstrike is very likely to have a vehicle mode. :CON:
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1695027)
Posted by Madeus Prime on June 5th, 2015 @ 1:09pm CDT
psj333 wrote:So basically, what you`re trying to tell me, NuclearConvoy, is that the circles attached to his wings are wheels, meaning that Nightstrike is very likely to have a vehicle mode. :CON:

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You literally just reiterated the exact same information NuclearConvoy just answered you with.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1695056)
Posted by PrymeStriker on June 5th, 2015 @ 2:34pm CDT
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Seriously, people...











...there's other facepalm images to choose from.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1695272)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 5th, 2015 @ 11:53pm CDT
Oh, for spark's sake.

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Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1695350)
Posted by smdudajr on June 6th, 2015 @ 7:46am CDT
psj333 wrote:Does Nightstrike really have a vehicle mode , or does he transform into a human, much like Filch, since that he hasn't transform yet in the series? :CON:


Actually it looks like Nightstrike could be a possible remold of TFP Skystalker. I understand that the "wheel" placement is in a different spot, but just a quick remold of the head and some paint.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1695352)
Posted by dreadwing95 on June 6th, 2015 @ 7:54am CDT
smdudajr wrote:
psj333 wrote:Does Nightstrike really have a vehicle mode , or does he transform into a human, much like Filch, since that he hasn't transform yet in the series? :CON:


Actually it looks like Nightstrike could be a possible remold of TFP Skystalker. I understand that the "wheel" placement is in a different spot, but just a quick remold of the head and some paint.

that actually sounds pretty sweet. hope we get a toy like that
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1695359)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on June 6th, 2015 @ 8:17am CDT
smdudajr wrote:
psj333 wrote:Does Nightstrike really have a vehicle mode , or does he transform into a human, much like Filch, since that he hasn't transform yet in the series? :CON:


Actually it looks like Nightstrike could be a possible remold of TFP Skystalker. I understand that the "wheel" placement is in a different spot, but just a quick remold of the head and some paint.


Link please?
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1695393)
Posted by psj333 on June 6th, 2015 @ 9:52am CDT
NuclearConvoy, you once said that the vampire mode is Nightstrike`s robot mode. Also, you also said that the circles attached to his wings are appeared to be wheels. Is it true that those circles are really wheels? If so, does that mean that he will the first flying animal to have a vehicle mode? If he does, is he most likely going to be some kind of a plane, as opposed to Filch? :CON:
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1695397)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 6th, 2015 @ 10:14am CDT
psj333 wrote:NuclearConvoy, you once said that the vampire mode is Nightstrike`s robot mode. Also, you also said that the circles attached to his wings are appeared to be wheels. Is it true that those circles are really wheels? If so, does that mean that he will the first flying animal to have a vehicle mode? If he does, is he most likely going to be some kind of a plane, as opposed to Filch? :CON:
No one know anything that is "true" about this. We're all guessing, making assumptions. Stop asking for facts when we have none. None of us has any connections with this show to answer to questions you keep asking. We're all just ordinary fans who don't work on the show.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1695880)
Posted by Va'al on June 8th, 2015 @ 4:38am CDT
Much like the last report we had from French TV listings website Programme-TV.com, we have some further details on the remaining episode of the first season of Transformers: Robots in Disguise - and they have more spoilers than you can shake a Decepticon Hunter at.

Feel free to proceed below to read our translation of the synopses (found here) for episodes 22 to 26, airing on Wednesdays June 24th and July 1st on Canal J, but you have been warned!

22. Sworn Friends
Grimlock discovers and gets closer to another Dinobot fugitive, letting them escape, resulting in destruction and fear among the humans. Our heroes must join forces to stop them. Meanwhile, Denny builds a camper for Russell, afraid of his dad's tacky decorative taste.


23. Queen Bee
Sideswipe finds a solitary Autobot on mission on Earth, apparently also sent by Optimus. The newcomer accepts to join forces with Bumblebee's small team to defeat a Decepticon who bears striking resemblance to a queen bee.


24. Ghosts and Impostors
Bumblebee decides to show his team planet Earth's sights. He leads them to a Far West ghost town, but they encounter an Decepticon capable of mimicking any and every shape.


25. Optimus Returns
The threat looming over Earth becomes clear, and the Primes decide to send Optimus back, even though his training is not complete. Meanwhile, Steeljaw's gang allows a new, formidable enemy to also arrive on Earth: Megatronus.


26. Megatronus' Revenge
Megatronus gets ready to destroy Earth, but thanks to Bumblebee's strategy, the loyalty and courage of this team, and with the assistance of a particularly powerful Optimus, our heroes are able to defeat him.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Producer Adam Beechen Interview (1695891)
Posted by Lockdownhunter on June 8th, 2015 @ 5:56am CDT
I rather like these.

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