‘Transformers: Robots in Disguise’ Animated Series Coming in 2015

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While today’s younger audiences weren’t all too familiar with Transformers before Michael Bay brought it to the big screen, the franchise has seen success for years on the small screen. Beginning with Hasbro’s 1984 Saturday morning cartoon (read: 22 minute toy commercials), there have been 19 different animated Transformers series produced between Japan and the United States.

The quality has definitely varied between these iterations, but the never-ending battle between the Autobots and Decepticons remains ever present (though sometimes under different faction names, e.g. Maximals and Predacons). Led by Optimus Prime and Megatron (or again, variations thereof), the Transformers battle for control of their home planet Cybertron and the means to collect more energon.

That struggle continued in Hasbro’s most recent cartoon, Transformers Prime, which finished its run this past fall on the Hub Network. Prime was a very well-received series, especially among longtime Transformers fans who preferred its universe and characterizations over that of the feature films. However, with that series concluding, the Hub Network has a giant robot-sized hole in their schedule in dire need of filling.

And that’s where Hasbro’s newest Transformers series – Transformers: Robots in Disguise – comes in. Premiering in the spring of 2015 on the Hub Network, this new series takes place within the same continuity as Prime and will pick up events years later.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise was first announced in March, but with the Licensing Expo kicking off in Las Vegas in only a matter of weeks, Hasbro is now revealing more details about its new series. For one, as the image below implies, the new animated series will feature Bumblebee (voiced by Will Friedle) as the leader of a young team of Autobots sent to Earth to do battle with – you guessed it – a new faction of Decepticons.

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Joining Bumblebee are Sideswipe (left) and Fixit (right), as well as “an elite guard cadet” and a “bombastic Dinobot.” That is assuming “rebel bad boy bot” refers to Sideswipe, and judging by his hot-rod red color and spiky headpiece, how could it not? As for Fixit, he’s described as a “hyperactive Mini-Con.” Each are capable bots, but inexperienced working as team, requiring Bumblebee to work extra hard as “both squad leader and coach,” said Hasbro.

The above image also gives an impression of the animation design for Robots in Disguise, which will again have 3D characters rendered on hand-painted environments, similar to Prime. It also appears that Bumblebee has undergone a redesign yet again.

A few more of the series’ voice actors have also been announced. Glee‘s Darren Criss will voice Sideswipe and Fixit will be voiced by Mitchell Whitfield (TMNT). Constance Zimmer (House of Cards) and Ted McGinley (Married with Children) are also involved, but their roles haven’t been specified. The creatives behind Robots in Disguise are Jeff Kline (Transformers: Prime) as executive producer and Adam Beechen (The Adventures of Chuck and Friends) as producer. Steven Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) will serve as story editor.

A cartoon featuring a team led by Bumblebee is a change of pace for the franchise, as usually the little yellow bot is relegated to support. In Michael Bay’s films, however, Bumblebee’s been given a larger role, so it’s not surprising to see the new cartoon reflect that.

How will he fare as leader? Hopefully, better than Hot Rod, the last Autobot to assume leadership from Optimus Prime, only to be later replaced when Prime was resurrected. (“Nah, Hot Rod, it’s not that you were terrible, it’s just that… well, yeah, you are kind of terrible and the kids want Optimus back.”)

What do you think of how Transformers: Robots in Disguise is shaping up? Were you a fan of Transformers: Prime and does Robots in Disguise seem like a fitting follow-up? Let us hear from you in the comments below!

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Transformers: Robots in Disguise premieres on the Hub Network in Spring 2015.

Source: Variety

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  1. “Danger, Will Robinson–Danger!!”

  2. Ultra Magnus was the Autobots leader briefly too

  3. Loved Prime. So the new series took the name from the 2001 Tranformers series and the animation above reminds me of Transformers: The Animated Series. Not saying it’s a bad thing. We’ll see how it pans out. Hopefully it will be as good as Prime was.

  4. I’m not here to talk about Transformers. I’m commenting to ask if Screen Rant can do something their ads on the mobile site. They’re really annoying and they make it really difficult to read articles because it keeps me from scrolling. Starting to really annoy me.

  5. I love the new style, a combination of the “Transformers Animated” style I loved, with modern 3D models.

  6. The design looks similar to the current Hub Network show “Transformers Rescue Bots”

    [img]http://img.rlsbb.com/images/2014/04/07/hgfgfhfg.jpg[/img]

    • bah

  7. Loooove TF Prime a lot but I have a feeling I am not going to like this show at all.

  8. is that a Gobot on the end?

    • Hahaha my thought’s the same

  9. There was already a show called “Transformers: Robots in Disguise”. It was the American import of “Transformer: Car Robots” from Japan. Great.

    Glad that won’t be confusing for collectors.

    • Ehn. They’ll adopt some pet name for it like RiD:Animated, or relegate a new name for RiD:2001, just like I did right there.

      Either way, they’ll survive. ;)

  10. I might just check this out for Darren Criss’s Sideswipe… then again, he’s not gonna be singing in this one isn’t he? Hmmmm…. pass.

  11. Hooray! Bumblebee will actually START this series with a voice! I’m so tired of the Mute bumblebee. It was cute for the ’07 Film, but hasn’t been even slightly amusing since. (or at least I never found it amusing.)

    Here’s hoping that Arcee will return from Prime, or else we get some new female robots in the leading team lineup (New would probably be better actually). Transformers has been waaaay too much of a bro-fest for like… 30 years now. : P

    Also hoping this manages to capture some of the special Magic of Animated along with that art style. That’s like… my all time favorite Transformer series. :D

  12. Am i the only one seeing the guy on the left as knockout from prime. I mean red color, white face, spikey red top. Even the grey upper leg and red lower is exactly the same too. And as we know he joined the autobots at the end of the Predacons Rising movie, and he is a hothead.

    • Interesting thought. He could have changed his name in the intervening years. And we know that Sideswipe is known for his ego about his appearance. Still needs to rejoin with his long-lost brother in yellow. Not to be confused with the other almost-twins in red and yellow.

  13. This sucks
    Prime was awesome and the story was awesome
    I don’t think I can watch this happly knowing that Optimus is dead and the animation is nowhere as good as Prime.

  14. This sucks
    Prime was awesome and the story was awesome
    I don’t think I can watch this happly knowing that Optimus is dead and the animation is nowhere as good as Prime.
    Sucks

  15. LOVE IT! and all i know so far is what i read and that SIDESWIPE! SIDESWIPE IS BACK YAY! i just really really REEEEEEALY HOPE THEY BRING SUNSTREAKER IN :(but i think the elite guard that will be escorting and or helping out will be jazz. just a gut feeling see as he was and elite guard in tfa but hey ya never know :)

  16. I would like to eventually see a return to the original characters and original typeface and logo, even if the vehicle models and transformations are updated. And some new voices, since obviously several of the originals are dead. Think G1 in a modern setting.

    Yes, update the threat level of the ‘Cons. Keep Ratchet, Wheeljack, Perceptor, and First Aid all busy with repairs.

  17. It doesn’t look too good…the animation of “Prime” was better and the gritty/darkness of it cannot be pulled off with this look, NO WAY. The darkness was what made prime superior…enough kiddie toons….Rescue Bots fills that niche.

    Plus, no Wheeljack….

  18. Bumblebee looks different, I’m not to fond of how he looks, in Prime he didn’t get a full redesign, he got a paint job, more black on his body then yellow as a disguise so the Cons wouldn’t find him and Raf. And the look just stuck, he still looked the same, I loved THAT version of Bee, this one is just…. a little strange.

    But since it’ll be the same animation style, I’ll give this the benefit of the doubt and give it a look see when it premieres

    I also don’t know how I feel about a Transformers show with the big guy himself: Optimus Prime. Knowing he’s dead in this spinoff I’ll be extremely sad whenever they mention him, and if they have the balls too I’ll scream with pure joy if they find a way to bring him back and have him be the badass he is, if they do he BETTER be voiced by Peter Cullen, that man is Optimus, no questions asked!

    I would love to see Optimus again, Also I want to see Ratchet and I think it would be awesome to see Ironhide!!

  19. Looks bad real bad and the name has been used already,

  20. I love me some Sideswipe!! (now where’s Prowl??)

    And for those who didn’t really read the article, the artwork above is NOT indicative of the animation style – the article states that it will be done in 3D similar to “Prime” so don’t get your panties in a wad just yet.

  21. I absolutely loved Trasformers: Prime! Like someone above said, I don’t believe the darkness can be achieved with such “child-like” looks of the robots. Also it seems that they are planning on making this a more family-friendly series, which I don’t think will bring anything good. I’m not interested in watching a children’s show. No way. Loved the gloominess of Prime.

    And about Optimus… Are they really planning on making a series without him? He has to be in it! I cried my eyes out when he died. I’m really hoping they bring the mighty guy back.

    I’m also hoping the predacons didn’t really snuff out Starscream’s spark, for I wish his witty character would return in this new series. He was so entertaining! Also, the less we se of the human race, the better. This should be a series about ROBOTS.

    Anyway, I do have to say that I can’t wait for this to come out, even if it isn’t as good as prime. I want transformers!

  22. While this direction for the next series was stated some time ago, it had better not be like Transformers: Animated. That series was a wretched mess and strayed too far from what the Transformers should be about.

  23. I loved transformers prime, but I’m kind of mixed about this new show. I hope they tell us what happened to the other bots of team prime and I also hope that they might make an appearance. But over all I hope it will be just as good as prime and I am looking forward to it.

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