Transformers: Rescue Bots

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Rescue Bots
Transformers Rescue Bots logo.png
Transformers: Rescue Bots logo.
Genre Children's television
Comedy
Developed by Nicole Dubuc
Brian Hohlfeld
Jeff Kline
Voices of
Opening theme "Rescue Bots theme" Music written and performed by Starr Parodi and Jeff Eden Fair
Lyrics written by Nicole Dubuc and sung by Josh Ramsay
Composer(s) Starr Parodi
Jeff Eden Fair
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 76 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jeff Kline (Season 1)
Brian Hohlfeld (Season 2+)
Frank Molieri (Season 2+)[1]
Running time approx. 22 minutes
Production company(s) Hasbro Studios
Atomic Cartoons (Season 1)
Darby Pop Productions (Season 1)
Vision Animation (Season 2)
Moody Street Kids (Season 2)
DHX Media (Season 3+)
Broadcast
Original channel Hub Network (2012–2014)
Discovery Family (2014–present)
Original run February 18, 2012 (2012-02-18) – present

Transformers: Rescue Bots (or simply Rescue Bots) is a toyline, story book series, and animated television series based on toy manufacturer Hasbro's Transformers. Rescue Bots is the successor of Transformers: Robot Heroes and is based on the same concept as the Marvel Superhero Adventures and Star Wars Jedi Force franchises. Rescue Bots mainly focuses on educating children regarding hazards and safety.

The original main group of Autobots who take part in Rescue Bots are Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder.[2]

Relating to other Transformers series/continuities Rescue Bots features human Autobot allies and a toy line.

The original toy line and the storybook series features Chief Charlie Burns (Optimus Prime's and Hoist's partner), an adult Cody Burns (Heatwave's partner), Sawyer Storm (Blades' and Medix' Partner), Walker Cleveland (Boulder's partner), Billy Blastoff and Jack "Hunter" Tracker (Chase's partners), and Axel Frazier (Bumblebee's partner).

The TV series features Chief Charlie Burns (Chase's partner), Cody Burns as a child (Optimus Prime's partner), Dani Burns (Blades's partner), Kade Burns (Heatwave's partner), and Graham Burns (Boulder's partner), as well as Doc Greene and Francine Greene as supporting characters. Seasons 1 and 2 (except for episodes 46 and 48) are available for streaming via Netflix as of November 13, 2014. Hasbro has made Series 3 available via paid subscription on YouTube.

Toy line[edit]

The "Transformers Rescue Bots Playskool Heroes" toy line consisting of human allies, playsets, and the Rescue Bots [3] were released in August 2011.

The original 2011 Rescue Bots toy line consisted of six transforming toys and six racially diverse human allies (most of whom never appeared in the later animated television show) with rescue vehicles that changed into rescue tools for the Rescue Bots, in addition to four play sets which were supported by 4 storybooks telling the origin of the team. The second 2012 (Extended) line added 2 more Rescue Bot characters and more Rescue Heroes with rescue tools, neither of which were supported by the original story books or the later cartoon series. The third 2013 (Energize) line was made more show accurate to the cartoon by changing the paint colors and symbols. The line included alternate Energon-powered versions of the line's original six Transformers characters as well as Energon tools. The fourth 2014-2015 (Roar and Rescue) line transformed the Rescue Bots in to tiny (except for Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, which were Rescan sized) Dinobots. The fifth 2014-2015 (Rescan) line had new slightly smaller robot and vehicle modes for each Rescue Bot. Large electronic non-transforming versions of some Rescue Bots were also made of most of these various lines.

Original Rescue Bots line[edit]

  • Optimus Prime (transforms into a semi-trailer truck)
  • Bumblebee (transforms into a sports car)
  • Heatwave the Fire-Bot (transforms into a firetruck)
  • Chase the Police-Bot (transforms into a police car)
  • Boulder the Construction-Bot (transforms into a bulldozer)
  • Blades the Copter-Bot (transforms into a helicopter)

Original Rescue Bots human partners with rescue tools line[edit]

  • Axel Frazier with Microcopter (Bumblebee's partner)
  • Adult Cody Burns with Rescue Hose (Heatwave's partner)
  • Chief Charlie Burns with Rescue Cutter (Optimus Prime's and Hoist's partner)
  • Sawyer Storm with Rescue Winch (Blades' and Medix' partner)
  • Billy Blastoff with Rescue Jet Pack (Chase's partner)
  • Walker Cleveland with Rescue Saw (Boulder's partner)

Original Electronic Rescue Bots figure line[edit]

All of the electronic figure lines are much larger scale than the regular lines

  • Electronic Chase the Police-Bot Figure with Jack "Hunter" Tracker (non-transforming)
  • Electronic Heatwave the Fire-Bot Figure with an adult Cody Burns (non-transforming)

Original Rescue Bots playsets line[edit]

The play set lines are created for the regular sized Rescue Bot lines and their human partners

  • Electronic Fire Station Prime / Prime Fire Station with Heatwave and an adult Cody Burns (transforms)
  • Electronic Bumblebee Rescue Garage Playset with Bumblebee and Axel Frazier (transforms)

Extended Rescue Bots human partners with rescue tools line[edit]

  • Jack "Hunter" Tracker with Rescue Jet Pack (Chase's partner)
  • Adult Cody Burns with Rescue Axe (Heatwave's partner)
  • Walker Cleveland with Rescue Jackhammer (Boulder's partner)

Extended Rescue Bots playsets line[edit]

  • Electronic Bots and Robbers Police Headquarters with Chase and a robber (non-transforming)
  • Electronic Mobile Headquarters Playset with Optimus Prime and a young Cody Burns (transforms)

Extended Rescue Bots line[edit]

  • Medix the Doc-Bot (transforms into an ambulance)
  • Hoist the Tow-Bot (transforms into a tow truck)

Energize Electronic Rescue Bots Figure line[edit]

  • Electronic Energize Bumblebee Figure with Spinning Drill (non-transforming)
  • Electronic Energize Optimus Prime Figure with Spinning Saw (non-transforming)

Energize Rescue Bots line[edit]

  • Energize Heatwave the Fire-Bot (redeco of Heatwave with clear blue arms and ladder hold, comes with Energon water gun)
  • Energize Chase the Police-Bot (blue redeco of Chase with clear blue hands and legs, comes with Energon shield)
  • Energize Blades the Copter-Bot (redeco of Blades with clear blue arms, windshield, rotors, and hook winch, comes with Energon hook winch)
  • Energize Boulder the Construction-Bot (redeco of Boulder with clear blue arms, comes with Energon drill)
  • Energize Optimus Prime (redeco of Optimus Prime with clear blue hands and legs, comes with Energon guns)
  • Energize Bumblebee (redeco of Bumblebee with clear blue arms and car front section, comes with Energon hook drill)

Energize Rescue Bots playsets line[edit]

  • Energize Prime Rescue Trailer (trailer can carry 4 Rescue Bots in vehicle mode and transforms into Optimus Prime's jetpack)

Dinobot Electronic Rescue Bots figure line[edit]

  • Electronic Optimus Primal with Rescue Drill (transforms into a Tyrannosaurus)
  • Electronic Heatwave the Rescue Dino-Bot (non-transforming Brontosaurus)

Dinobot Rescue Bots line[edit]

These Primal Form Autobots share their size with the Rescan Rescue Bots line

The following tiny Rescue Dinobots, along with Optimus Prime share their dinosaur modes with the original Dinobots from the 1984 Transformers animated series

  • Heatwave the Rescue Dinobot (transforms into a tiny Apatosaurus)
  • Blades the Rescue Dinobot (transforms into a tiny Pteranodon)
  • Boulder the Rescue Dinobot (transforms into a tiny Triceratops)
  • Chase the Rescue Dinobot (transforms into a tiny Stegosaurus)

Rescan Rescue Bots line[edit]

These Rescue Bots are a new smaller size, approximately 3/4 of the previous regular-sized lines

  • Heatwave the Fire-Bot (transforms into a fire boat)
  • Bumblebee (transforms into a racing motorcycle)
  • Optimus Prime (transforms into a monster truck)
  • Chase the Police-Bot (transforms into a sports utility vehicle)
  • Blades the Flight-Bot (transforms into a fighter jet)
  • Boulder the Construction-Bot (transforms into a dump truck)

Rescan Electronic Rescue Bots playsets line[edit]

This playset is create for Rescue Bots of the new smaller size, approximately 3/4 of the previous regular-sized lines

  • Electronic High Tide Rescue Rig (Robot transforms into a mini-sub)

Additional Rescue Bots line[edit]

These Autobots share their size with the Rescan Rescue Bots line

  • Salvage the Haul-Bot (transforms into a garbage truck) Salvage was previously announced as Rubble the Haul-Bot
  • Optimus Prime (transforms into a semi-trailer truck, new mold)
  • Blurr (transforms into a racing car)

Story books[edit]

Transformers: Rescue Bots storybooks were included as a bonus with the larger of Rescue Bots toys released in 2011. The 4 volumes are numbered #0-#3. They were produced independently from the later released cartoon and do not follow the same continuity. Art for the storybooks was provided by Bull-Pen Studio.

Volume #0: Rescue Bots Roll Out[edit]

Heatwave the Fire-Bot, Chase the Police-Bot, Blades the Copter-Bot and Boulder the Construction-Bot work together as a highly-trained rescue team. One day, Optimus Prime sends the team a special message ordering them to join him on Earth. The Rescue Bots don't know anything about Earth, but are excited to get there and start helping out right away. They have a brief moment of trouble when they encounter an asteroid storm, but Chase keeps cool and flies them through.

Once the Rescue Bots arrive on their new home, Optimus Prime meets them to explain the rules. Because humans aren't used to seeing giant alien robots, the Rescue Bots will have to take on disguises based on their vehicles to avoid scaring anybody. The Rescue Bots head out to Griffin Rock to meet Optimus' friend Chief Charlie Burns, but Blades loses control of his new helicopter mode and chops down a tree. Luckily, Boulder is able to catch the falling trunk with his shovel, and Heatwave's axe makes short work of it. Blades' teammates assure him they know it was an accident.

The team finally makes it to Griffin Rock and is greeted at Fire Station Prime by Chief Burns and his rescue dog, Sparkplug. Optimus Prime leaves them, saying that other Transformers need his help, but promises to keep in touch. The Rescue Bots look forward to their new adventures.

Volume #1: Prime Alert[edit]

It's early morning in Griffin Rock, and Charlie Burns assigns Heatwave to do some training. The Rescue Bot is sent at high speed across town to the Fire Safety Training Center, where a building has been set on fire for him to tend to. Once Heatwave saves a pair of cats from the burning building, he sets about extinguishing the fire.

Cody Burns reports for duty at Prime Fire Station, and the Chief assigns him a job — washing Sparkplug. While Cody sees to Sparkplug's bath, he notices a fire, and after putting it out, rushes up to the roof to get the Chief. Unfortunately the stairwell catches fire, and they become trapped up there, forcing them to sound the alarm. Heatwave races back across town, but as the roof is too high, he has to transform to robot mode, revealing his secret to Cody.

Once the fire is out, they contact Optimus Prime, who invites Cody to join the Rescue Bots. This done, the Chief gives Heatwave and Cody their first mission together: giving Sparkplug a bath.

Volume #2: Rescue Bots Respond[edit]

Chief Charlie Burns, Heatwave and Cody wait for a new Rescue Bot to arrive at Prime Fire Station. They don't have long to wait until Blades drops in, though Heatwave thinks he's showing off as he introduces himself to the two humans. Greetings are interrupted by an alarm — there's a forest fire endangering campers. Cody hops into Heatwave and takes off with the two Rescue Bots, and is briefed by Chief Burns by radio. Blades' partner Sawyer Storm is reportedly already on the scene, however Blades's radio isn't working.

The team reaches the fire, and as Heatwave and Cody fight it, they realize Blades is inadvertently fanning the flames with his downdraft. Their attempts to communicate him result in him moving away, but he soon comes back as he's located the campers. The team heads to where Sawyer Storm is keeping the two campers safe, and while Blades evacuates them, Heatwave and Cody deal with the fire.

Back at the fire station, Optimus Prime congratulates Blades and Sawyer on a job well done, and Sawyer reveals he'd been on his way to the station when he got the alert about the fire and had gone there directly. Once Heatwave and Cody arrive back, Chief Burns gives congratulations all round and tells them to fix Blades's radio.

Volume #3: Rapid Rescue[edit]

As Boulder and Chase drive towards the city, they discover a building site at which a flash flood is endangering two humans, Walker Cleveland and Jack "Hunter" Tracker. Chase zooms down, expecting to get there first, but is surprised to be beaten by Boulder, who has taken the direct route. The two Rescue Bots transform, much to the surprise of the humans. Chase tries to walk across the flood, but quickly finds he just sinks into the mud, so instead Boulder provides a makeshift ramp so Chase can jump the water.

On the other side, there's not enough room for Chase to get a run-up to jump back, so Boulder throws a rope across, enabling Walker to climb across it to safety. Before Hunter can start across, a huge wave sweeps him and Chase downriver. When they come to a fork, Hunter directs Chase to steer right, and having got ahead of them by taking the direct route, Boulder knocks down a tree for Chase to grab hold of. The two Rescue Bots arrive at Prime Fire Station, where they report to Chief Charlie and Optimus Prime, and the two rescuees agree to join the team.

Television series[edit]

A 3 season television series was produced independently from the earlier released storybooks and do not follow that previously established continuity. It is currently airing on Hasbro's and Discovery's television network, Hub Network.[4] Rescue Bots is developed for television by Nicole Dubuc, Brian Hohlfeld, and Jeff Kline.[5] The series had a sneak peek on December 17, 2011,[5] and officially premiered on February 18, 2012, and continues to air to this day.[6]

Synopsis[edit]

Set on the fictional island of Griffin Rock off the coast of Maine, the Rescue Bots (a group of Autobots designed for rescue missions) named Heatwave, Boulder, Blades, and Chase respond to Optimus Prime's message for any active Autobots in space to come to Earth. Coming out of a long stasis, the Rescue Bots learned what became of Cybertron and that they are the only Rescue Bot team remaining. Optimus Prime deems them not yet ready to fight Megatron and the Decepticons and they are partnered with the Burns Family composed of first response rescuers. Together, they learn teamwork and heroism alongside their human friends as they deal with various disasters.[5][7][8]

Characters[edit]

Burns family[edit]

  • Chief Charlie Burns (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) - Griffin Rock's chief of police and leader of its Rescue Team. He is also the father of Cody, Kade, Dani, and Graham. He gets along well with his partner Chase and is a very levelheaded man.
  • Cody Burns (voiced by Élan Garfias as a kid, Oliver Vaquer as an adult) - The youngest member of the Burns family. Despite his age, he acts as the team's communications officer. He also acts to help the bots become accustomed to life on Earth and guide them. He acts as a mediator between them and his older siblings. Occasionally, he helps out in the field (such as riding in Blades with Dani). In the episode "Bumblebee to the Rescue," he meets Bumblebee and like the rest of his family is unable to understand the Autobot's speech. However, over the course of the episode, Cody learns how to understand him, making him the only human character able to do so (much like Rafael Esquivel does in Transformers: Prime).
  • Kade Burns (voiced by Jason Marsden) - Cody's older brother who works as a firefighter. He is somewhat of a glory-hog and isn't too keen on working with Heatwave at first, though they eventually come to respect each other (though neither would admit it).
  • Dani Burns (voiced by Lacey Chabert) - Cody's older sister who works as a rescue helicopter pilot. Unlike her partner Blades, Dani loves flying and has trouble getting along with Blades due to his fear of heights, but eventually learns how to work with him.
  • Graham Burns (voiced by Shannon McKain) - Cody's older brother who works as a construction engineer. At first he has trouble working Boulder due in part to his own misconceptions. Though he is fascinated by Boulder and wishes to learn about Cybertron, he mistakenly believes that because Boulder is from an advanced alien civilization, there is little he (someone from a more primitive civilization like Earth's) could possibly teach him.

Rescue Bots[edit]

  • Heatwave (voiced by Steve Blum) - A Rescue Bot that transforms into a fire engine and is partnered with Kade Burns. Heateave is also the leader of the Rescue Bots. He dislikes the fact the Rescue Bots have to pretend they are mindless robots whenever they are around Griffin Rock's citizens. In "Bumblebee to the Rescue," it is revealed that Heatwave desires to join Optimus Prime's team. He has a temper at times, but understands the need to place saving lives above all else. In "Changes," Optimus Prime trains Heatwave into harvesting the energies from within in order to gain another vehicle form. Inspired by a sunken fireboat when returning to Griffin Rock at the time when it was under a weather attack, Heatwave scans it in order to get to Griffin Rock and help stop the fiery cyclones and shut off the prototype weather machine. This now makes Heatwave a Triple Changer Rescue Bot. In "Quarry vs. Quarry," Heatwave gains an Apatosaurus form upon scanning an Apatosaurus model making him now have four forms.
  • Chase (voiced by D.C. Douglas) - A Rescue Bot that transforms into a police car and is partnered with Chief Charlie Burns. Chase has a "by-the-book" personality and tends to fuss over any new concept that violates any law he is familiar with, though at times his dry sense of humor and understanding emerges. He gets along well with Charlie Burns. In "Quarry vs. Quarry," Chase gains a Stegosaurus form upon scanning a Stegosaurus model making him a Triple Changer.
  • Blades (voiced by Parvesh Cheena) - A Rescue Bot that transforms into a rescue helicopter which makes him the only rescue bot that can fly and is partnered with Dani Burns. Back on Cybertron, Blades had a land-based vehicle mode and is not used to flying, thus culminating in a slight fear of heights. In "Bumblebee to the Rescue", Blades meets the legendary Autobot scout Bumblebee whom he greatly admires. Out of the Rescue Bots, he is the most expressive emotionally. In "Quarry vs. Quarry," Blades gains a Pteranodon form upon scanning a Pteranodon model making him a Triple Changer. Blades managed to finally assume this form when it comes to stopping Colonel Quint Quarry's Amber Bot.
  • Boulder (voiced by Imari Williams) - A Rescue Bot that transforms into a bulldozer and is partnered with Graham Burns. Boulder is fascinated with Earth culture and is always eager to learn more from books and other sources. He has a very kind and friendly demeanor. In "Big Game," Boulder works on an Energon Patch to use on Optimus Prime's Primal Form and tests it by scanning a Triceratops model to assume this Primal Form, thus making him the second rescue bot to be a Triple Changer. After some tests with the Energon Patch, Boulder and Graham arrive where they free Optimus Prime's Primal Form from Colonel Quint Quarry's trap and apprehend Colonel Quint Quarry.

Other Autobots[edit]

  • Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) - Leader of the Autobots who transforms into a semi-trailer truck. He gave the Rescue Bots their mission and mainly appears via view-screen. In "Bumblebee to the Rescue", he briefly assigns Bumblebee to observe the Rescue Bots and their human allies in action. In "It's a Bot Time" and "Bot to the Future," Optimus and Bumblebee travel back in time to aid the stranded Rescue Bots, only to return to an altered present. There Optimus and Bumblebee take on Dr. Morocco's MorBots before traveling back in time again to correct the past, thus restoring the proper present. He later returns-without Bumblebee-in "What Lies Below" and "What Rises Above," where he comes to Griffin Rock after Chief Burns' brother Woodrow inadvertently discovers a deposit of Energon beneath the surface. Like the Rescue Bots, Optimus is still trying to grasp human nature, comparing the construction of an artificial volcano to the design of the pogo stick. However, he has gained some knowledge of human customs as well. After the group is separated below ground, Optimus and Heatwave work together to find the others, and Optimus expresses his confidence in Heatwave's ability to take on new responsibilities. In "Changes," Optimus Prime trains Heatwave into harnessing his energies for a new vehicle re-scan. In "Land Before Prime," Optimus Prime arrives on Wayward Island to help the Rescue Bots. He scans Trex as a secondary form where gains a Tyrannosaurus form (with this form being referred to in the toyline as Optimus Primal). This makes him a Triple Changer as he states that scanning anything techno-organic might have unpredictable results. It is in this form that Optimus Prime learns that the dinosaurs were protecting their young which are trapped underground. After the hole to the prehistoric cavern has been sealed, Optimus Prime starts to show signs of getting used to his Primal Mode. In "Big Game," Optimus Prime works to get control over his Primal Mode where it causes the Rescue Bots to chase him around Griffin Rock. He is captured by Colonel Quint Quarry and is hunted on Quarry Safari Land with Cody still inside him. Fortunately, the Rescue Bots determine that his loss of control is due to low Energon reserves, and are able to replenish his energies and restore him to normal.
  • Bumblebee - Legendary Autobot Scout, war hero, and member of Optimus Prime's team of Autobots. As seen in Transformers: Prime, Bumblebee lost his voice box while being tortured by Megatron and possesses a unique form of speech. In "Bumblebee to the Rescue", he pays a visit to Griffin Rock while tracking a meteor that lands on a nearby uninhabited island and meets the Rescue Bots and the Burns family (who were also investigating the meteor). He is later briefly assigned by Optimus Prime to observe the Rescue Bots and Burns family working together. Later on, he teams up with Blades and the Burns family to destroy the meteor after the other Rescue Bots are infected by a mysterious substance contained within the fallen meteor. As he does throughout most of Prime, Bumblebee does not speak any recognizable language, communicating instead in a series of beeps understandable only to fellow Cybertronians and eventually to Cody (similar to how Rafael is the only human who can understand him in Prime).

Greene family[edit]

  • Dr. Ezra "Doc" Greene (voiced by LeVar Burton) - Ezra Greene is Griffin Rock's inventor, scientist, and the father of Francine Greene. Though many of his inventions he creates are meant to be helpful or with good intention, they have a tendency to go haywire or cause trouble in Griffin Rock which the Rescue Bots and the Burns Family are forced to deal with. As a result, Ezra Greene often finds himself being rescued from various mishaps caused by his inventions. Most of Ezra Greene's failed inventions end up in the "Best Left Forgotten" room at the Hall of Inspiration. His inventions include a solar-powered car, Floatium (a substitute for helium), and a high-powered communications dish. At the end of the Season One, Doc Greene learns the truth about the Rescue Bots. In "The Island of Misfit Tech", it is revealed that Ezra Greene has built a teleporter to send any bad inventions to a nearby island that is dubbed the Island of Misfit Tech.
  • Dither (voiced by LeVar Burton) - A robot that is an assistant of Doc Greene, who seems obsessed with offering people toast (a possible reference to Talkie Toaster from Red Dwarf).
  • Aristotle and Edison - Ezra Greene's pet Doberman Pinschers.
  • Francine "Frankie" Elma Greene (voiced by Diamond White) - Ezra Greene's daughter and a friend of Cody's. She is somewhat suspicious of the Rescue Bots. In "Countdown," it is revealed that Francine is afraid of the dark. In "The Haunting of Griffin Rock", it is revealed that Francine's middle name is Elma named after Griffin Rock's first female scientist, Elma Hendrickson. Near the end of season 1, Frankie learns the truth about the Rescue Bots after she was saved by Heatwave. She subsequently becomes a frequent companion of the Rescue Bots on their adventures, at one point using special intangibility technology to act as a masked superhero.
  • Trex (voiced by LeVar Burton) - An ordinary Tyrannosaurus robot that was damaged by a fire at the Griffin Rock Natural History Museum. It was reactivated where it went on a rampage until it was subdued by the Rescue Bots and returned to the museum. After some break-ins at the lab, Ezra Greene took the Tyrannosaurus robot and reprogrammed it into "Trex" to guard the lab. He also programmed it to fetch him coffee, do the Macarena, and twice a day plugged Trex into the mainframe to check it hadn't been hacked. A shadowy figure (who later turned out to be Dr. Morocco) implanted a virus into Trex and it was passed on to the mainframe the next time Trex was plugged in. While the island's technology went mad, Trex stalked Ezra and Frankie around the lab before running off into the fog. He again encountered the Rescue Bots who subdued him until Cody Burns had the idea of using voice commands to override the virus. Trex headed back to the lab to make coffee, and when he arrived there, Greene purged the virus from his systems. Trex has been kept in Ezra Greene's custody.

Villains[edit]

  • Dr. Thaddeus Morocco (voiced by Tim Curry in 2012, Greg Ellis in 2014) - Morocco is a mad scientist who invents things to cause damage. He is behind several of the incidents that occurred in Griffin Rock like unleashing a swarm of futuristic nanites, sending a remote-operated shark-like submarine to attack high-tech ocean equipment, and hacking into Griffin Rock's central computer by controlling Trex. Dr. Morroco also uses a Chamber of Youth invention to keep himself young. He plotted revenge against Chief Charlie Burns, Mayor Luskey, and Ezra Greene for making him an outcast. Even though the Rescue Bots managed to thwart him, Dr. Morocco managed to get away on Mayor Luskey's schooner. In "It's a Bot Time" and "Bot to the Future," a time-travel incident that involved Dither being left behind in the past enabled Dr. Morocco to study him which resulted in an alternate timeline where Dr. Morocco has taken over Griffin Rock and renamed it Moropolis. During that time, Dr. Morocco had perfected his MorBots which can transform successfully. With help from Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, Cody, Frankie, and the Rescue Bots were able to go back in time and rescue Dither before Dr. Morocco can study him which undid the alternate timeline. During the episodes it is revealed that Morocco had stolen a machine that kept him in the prime of his youth and had been using it for over a century. In "Tip of the Iceberg," Dr. Morocco returned where he had taken interest in the cargo on the S.S. Isolde. This time, Dr. Morocco had patched things up with Mayor Luskey where he had returned his schooner to him. After the freezing machine exploded, Dr. Morocco got away but sent the Burns Family the portrait of Cody's Great-Grandpa Zachary (who was the captain of the S.S. Isolde). The final scene shows Dr. Morocco opening a large crate and being surprised with what was in it. In "Changes," the device that Dr. Morocco found was a prototype weather machine from 1966 where he starts with a tornado to attack Griffin Rock. After Doc Greene had used the Tornadon't to stop the tornado, Dr. Morocco used the weather machine to cause a dangerous thunderstorm. While the Burns Family is busy, Dr. Morocco infiltrates the Griffin Rock Firehouse where he gets info on where the Rescue Bots came from. When the Burns Family catches onto his plan, Dr. Morocco uses the weather machine to summon a fiery cyclone. Heatwave in his new fireboat form managed to deactivate the weather machine. Dr. Morocco managed to get away after making off with some Cybertronian technology and has no plans to improve his MorBots. He was seen making a deal with Madeline Pynch to sell the technologies to her. In "Double Villainy," Dr. Morocco works with Madeline Pynch to capture the Autobots one-by-one to make their slaves and replace them with robotic copies of the Rescue Bots as part of a plot to get the gold that is underneath Griffin Rock. Upon using a device from the Chamber of Youth that removes 10 years in their memories, Dr. Morocco ends up claiming to them that Optimus Prime made them their liaison to the Rescue Bots and claimed that the Burns Family is their enemies. Madeline Pynch lends Dr. Morocco the Phase Bit technology to get to the gold underneath Griffin Rock. In "Rise of the Heroes," the explosion beneath Griffin Rock has left Dr. Morocco adrift in his submarine and without any contact with the Rescue Bots. Dr. Morocco was adrift until he came to the fire house and mentioned to them about Madeline Pynch's involvement. After Dr. Morocco had restored his age and did his best to restore the Rescue Bots' memories, he was arrested by Chief Charlie Burns and remanded to the police station where he claims that what had happened was Madeline Pynch's idea. He later escaped from prison.
    • MorBots (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) - A bunch of robots that were created by Dr. Morocco. They are Morocco's version of the Rescue Bots.
  • Myles and Evan (both voiced by Robbie Daymond) - Two local troublemakers who reside in Griffin Rock. Myles is adept with hacking into computers while Evan just does grunt sounds where he lacks the power of speech. They first appeared in "Small Blessing" where they used Ezra Greene's Minimizer to shrink Heatwave, Blades, and Boulder. They were caught by Chase and arrested by Chief Charlie Burns without telling them what happened to the other Rescue Bots. In "The Haunting of Griffin Rock," Myles tricked Deputy Barney into letting him "check his E-Mail" where Myles accessed Griffin Rock's hologram systems. They created holograms of themselves which fooled Deputy Barney as they escape from jail. The pair later used the holographic system to produce a plague of "ghosts", enabling them to scare people away from buildings so they could then go in and steal things. They managed to clean out the bank vault and the till of a restaurant before Cody, Frankie and the Doc worked out was going on. Using more holograms, the Rescue Bots caught the pair in the act of robbing a jewelery store and are recaptured. In "One of the Ages," Myles and Evan steal some devices from the government upon its arrival in Griffin Rock. They managed to evade Chief Burns and Chase by doing an oil slick. Myles and Evan then target Ezra Greene's stasis machine and end up spotted by Chase and Cody. They end up being pursued by the Burns Family where Evan and Myles use the device to de-age Kade. With help from the Rescue Bots, Cody and Kade were able to apprehend Myles and Evan and reclaim the stolen part for the stasis machine. In "Bots and Robbers," Myles and Evan steal mechanite from the museum where they hack the museum's anti-theft hack. They use the mechanite to power their Tech Wrecker to disable all of Griffin Rock's technology. After Evan and Myles rob some technology from Huxley Prescott's van during his safety tips broadcast with Mayor Luskey, the Rescue Bots pursue them and nearly run over Chief Burns where a power strip disables their car only for Myles and Evan to carjack Chase. Upon being inspired by detective movies, Chase pretends to be a robot in order to go undercover to find out what Myles and Evan are up to. Chase pretends to give in to Myles and Evan's orders to find out what they plan to steal from Ezra Greene. The item in question turns out to be Floatium which Myles and Evan plan to use it for their big plan. After Chase steals the Floatium, Myles and Evan make Chase fight passed the Rescue Bots. Myles and Evan combine the stolen technology to complete the Tech Wrecker to shut down all of Griffin Rock's tech while keeping their hideout immune to the Tech Wrecker's effects. With all of Griffin Rock's technology down, Myles and Evan being their heist. Using a device that Myles and Evan used to shield their base from the Tech Wrecker's effects, Chase reunites with the Rescue Bots. The Burns Family had to use scooters in order to go after Myles and Evan. After the Burns Family captures Evan and Myles, the Rescue Bots use Floatium to get to the Tech Wrecker and disable it. With the Tech Wrecker disabled, Chief Burns remands Myles and Evan to the police station.
  • Madeline Pynch (voiced by Stacy Darrow) - Madeline Pynch is a rich woman who is the mother of Priscilla Pynch, works at an as-yet-unnamed company, and is good friends with Mayor Luskey. In "Spellbound," she planted golden cellphones around town which mesmerized people to help in her company's plot to get to the gold that is underneath Blossom Vale, in which they were passed down to everyone (including the Rescue Bots) but Cody. Her plan to mine the vale went into operation and managed to reap some reward before the cellphone controlling Boulder falls off and he helps Cody take down the cell tower, breaking the hypnotic hold over the town's residents. When Priscilla later told her mother that she found a cellphone under the seat of the limo that they are in, her mother said it was a model that was being recalled while reflecting that the cellphones put out would have to be much stronger. At the end of "Changes," Dr. Morocco contacts Madeline Pynch stating that he has some technology that he'd like to sell her for a substantial fee. In "Odd Bot Out," Cody mentioned to Francine that his father had heard that Mayor Luskey denied the construction of Madeline Pynch's ocean drilling platform. It was discovered by Blades and Optimus Prime that Madeline Pynch went ahead with the drilling platform's construction which unknowing activated the Liquifier artifact that started liquifying Griffin Rock until Optimus Prime deactivated it. At the end of "The Griffin Rock Express," it is revealed that Madeline Pynch's company was behind the Phase Bit (a phasing technology) that Frankie used in her heroics as Rescue Girl when she saved the passengers of the Griffin Rock Express. In "Double Villainy", Madeline Pynch works with Dr. Morocco to capture the Autobots one-by-one to make their slaves and replace them with robotic copies of the Rescue Bots as part of a plot to get the gold that is underneath Griffin Rock. After Dr. Morocco used a device that removed 10 years of their memories, Madeline Pynch gives Dr. Morocco the Phase Bit so that the Rescue Bots can get to the gold underneath Griffin Rock. She does manage to steal some of the Cybertronian technology from Dr. Morocco. In "Rise of the Heroes", Madeline Pynch evacuates from her sinking submarine in her mini-sub and heads to an unknown location. The Burns Family were informed by Dr. Morocco about Madeline Pynch's activities.
  • Vigil (voiced by Bill Mumy) - As a vigilant-model computer, Vigil is programmed to protect humans and also itself. It can invade and control technology, track people by accessing their mobile phones, and even listen in on conversations. It's all completely above board because it does it to keep humans safe. However, Vigil becomes too overprotective and is dedicated to the point of obsession, enforcing heavy restrictions and even acting to prevent the Rescue Bots from performing their duties since it is incapable of taking control of them. It was eventually shut down and sent to the Island of Misfit Tech, but apparently managed to reactivate itself. In "No Place Like Dome," it later gained the ability to move from device to device and used that technique to return to the island and tries to regain control of Griffin Rock. Vigil is defeated once again by the Burns family and the Rescue Bots where it was tricked into the EMP Zone.
  • Colonel Quint Quarry (voiced by Jim Cummings in an Australian accent) - A big-game hunter who owned his own private island called Quarry Survival Land where he held illegal safaris for hunting wildlife. Colonel Quarry has a wide array of gadgetry and vehicles at his command including the Heli-Jet (a helicopter with jet engines), a jeep equipped with net-launchers and camouflage features, and Q-Drones. Upon learning of Optimus Prime's T-Rex form from the news in "Big Game," Quarry traveled to Griffin Rock and captured him, with Cody inside, and brought him back to his island called Quarry Safari Land to hunt him. His island is filled with various traps designed for capturing his prey, which he used on Optimus and the Rescue Bots when they came to recover their abducted friends. Fortunately, Boulder-who had adopted a new Triceratops mode-restored Optimus' control over his T-Rex mode before teaming up with him to free the other Rescue Bots and the Burns family. Quarry was arrested by Chief Charlie Burns, but managed to escape and it was predicted that he would return seeking revenge. In "Quarry vs. Quarry," Colonel Quint Quarry holds Professor Baranova hostage on his latest island so that he can have Ezra Greene build him some Dinobots (which Quarry plans to sell to his clients if they are in good shape) in order to pay off the damages to Quarry Safari Land which resulted in the other Rescue Bots gaining Dinobot forms. With help from Blades' Dinobot form taking down the Amber Bot, Colonel Quarry is arrested by Chief Burns upon the Burns Family's arrival.
    • Q-Drones (voiced by Jim Cummings) - The tiki-shaped flying robots that work for Colonel Quint Quarry. These hovering drones possess an array of technology including the ability to produce energy fields, project holograms, act as a mobile surveillance network, fire bolas, and record and broadcast videos.

Griffin Rock townspeople[edit]

  • Mayor Lusky (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - The Mayor of Griffin Rock who wears a toupee which always comes off in different incidents. Mayor Luskey is vain and egocentric where he would often blame his mistakes on other people or claim credit for ideas that aren't his.
  • Mrs. Luskey (voiced by Nicole Dubuc) - The wife of Mayor Luskey. She owns a pet poodle named Poopsie.
  • Huxley Prescott (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - Griffin Rock local TV reporter. He doesn't believe the Rescue Bots are simply robots. Though he correctly believes they are aliens in disguise, he mistakenly believes they are alien spies sent to Griffin Rock as part of a mission to takeover the Earth (unaware of their peaceful intentions). In "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock," he creates mass panic on the island when he broadcasts a message that he believes proves he is right (unaware the message was from a documentary the Rescue Bots and Cody were watching via satellite).
  • Mr. Harrison (voiced by D.C. Douglas) - Mr. Harrison is a resident of Griffin Rock. He owns a heli-pack that has a few technical issues and is a recurring beneficiary of the team's efforts.
  • Mr. Rubio - Mr. Rubio is a resident of Griffin Rock and the husband of Mrs. Rubio.
  • Mrs. Rubio (voiced by Lacey Chabert) - Mrs. Rubio is a resident of Griffin Rock and the wife of Mr. Rubio.
  • Mrs. Neederlander (voiced by Billie Hayes) - Mrs. Neederlander is an elderly resident of Griffin Rock who runs a quiet bed and breakfast. She has a cat named Mr. Pettypaws. In "Buddy System", it is revealed that Mrs. Neederlander has a talent in snake charming. In "It's a Bot Time," it was revealed that she has lived in Griffin Rock at least since 1939.
  • Edgar Prewett - Edgar Prewett is a truck driver in Griffin Rock who has an imaginary wife.
  • Mr. Bufkin - Mr. Bufkin is a Griffin Rock farmer who owns lots of cows.
  • Don - Don is a resident of Griffin Rock who has a need for speed which often gets him in trouble with Chief Charlie Burns.
  • Milo (voiced by Jason Marsden) - Milo is an excitable resident of Griffin Rock.
  • Captain Arthur Shaw (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) - Captain Arthur Shaw is a sea captain who runs the Griffin Rock ferry. He has a tendency to want to go down with his ship.
  • Hayley (voiced by Danica McKellar) - Hayley is a Griffin Rock resident who works as a pre-school teacher. She has often gone out with Kade on different occasions. In "Buddy System," it is revealed that Hayley has studied botany.
  • Nancy Morrison - Nancy Morrison is a resident of Griffin Rock.
  • Pfeiffer - Mr. Pfeiffer is a jolly baker who runs a bakery in Griffin Rock.
  • Captain Wild (voiced by Steve Blum in a Scottish accent) - Captain Wild is a resident of Griffin Rock who is a keen fisherman.
  • Mr. Sharma (voiced by Parvesh Cheena) - Mr. Sharma is a Griffin Rock resident.
  • Taylor (voiced by Roger Craig Smith) - Taylor is a young pilot in Griffin Rock who is a love interest for Dani. He first appears-unnamed-in "The Lost Bell," where Dani and Blades save him from his own plane as it is being blown about by an intense storm, and he displays almost immediate interest in Dani. Taylor has an interest in outdoor sports and is shown to have had some EMT training as seen in "Road Trip" where he has tended to Kade's broken leg.
  • Professor Anna Baranova (voiced by Kath Soucie) is a scientist who lives on Griffin Rock and is a colleague of Ezra Greene. She had resided in the underwater laboratory called Midgard which had since been trapped near an ocean trench following a methane explosion. Although Anna was reluctant to leave Midgard, Cody convinced her to leave Midgard as she blows it up. Afterwards, Anna moves back to Griffin Rock, taking up residence in a replica of Midgard. Doc Green also seems to find her fascinating, which Frankie takes as a sign of possible romantic interest. In "Countdown", it is revealed that she had a part in "Project Sanctuary" where the insect-like Tracers would place the humans in the largest underground cavern of Griffin Rock in the event of a cataclysm that hits Griffin Rock. In "Quarry vs. Quarry," Professor Baranova is held hostage by Colonel Quint Quarry so that Ezra Greene could make him some Dinobots. After Colonel Quint Quarry is defeated, Professor Baranova learns the truth about Optimus Prime and the Rescue Bots.
  • Deputy Barney (voiced by Jeff Bennett) - A deputy that works for Chief Charlie Burns at the Griffin Rock Police Department.
  • Priscilla Pynch (voiced by Katherine McNamara) - Priscilla Pynch is the spoiled daughter of Madeline Pynch, but is apparently unaware of her mother's illegal activities. She takes part in various contests aimed at Griffin Rock youth and becomes irritated when she fails to secure first prize.
  • Woodrow Burns (voiced by Mark Hamill) - Woodrow "Woody" Burns is the free-spirited younger brother of Charlie Burns and the uncle of Cody, Kade, Dani, and Graham. Both an inventor and an adventurer, Woodrow has a keen interest in the mysterious and paranormal, spending his time hunting for evidence of aliens and various other cryptids. His relaxed, risk-taking personality often sees him at odds with his more straight-laced brother, leading to many an argument, but at heart they're brothers. During his visit, Woodrow has learned about the Rescue Bots and Optimus Prime where he shares in keeping their origins a secret with his family. In "Chief Woodrow," Woodrow returns to watch over the Burns Family while Charlie was away at a Police Conference.

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Home video release[edit]

On October 2, 2012 Shout! Factory released a Rescue Bots DVD titled, "Roll To The Rescue". while rights United Kingdom-based Primal Screen has rights for the first two seasons through Region 2, including most of Western Europe and the Middle East.

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