Transformers: Cyberverse

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Transformers: Cyberverse
Transformers- Cyberverse logo.png
Logo of the series
Genre
Based on
Written by
  • Randolph Heard
  • Zac Atkinson
  • Gavin Hignight
  • Eugene Son
  • Kate Leth
  • Peter Di Cicco
  • Dan Salgarolo
  • Kevin Burke
  • Chris "Doc" Wyatt
  • Brandon Auman
  • Mairghread Scott
  • Mae Catt
  • Andrew Robinson
  • Benjamin Townsend
Directed by
  • Robert Cullen
  • Ehud Landsberg
  • Jean Texier
Voices of
  • Jeremy Levy
  • Ryan Andes
  • Jake Tillman
  • Sophia Isabella
  • Marc Thompson
  • Deanna McGovern
  • Billy Bob Thompson
  • Marc Swint
  • Liane Marie Dobbs
  • Saskia Marx
  • Mike Rose
  • Travis Artz
Theme music composer
  • Max Repka
  • Toonocracy LLC
Composer(s)
  • Max Repka
  • Toonocracy LLC
Country of originUnited States
Japan
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes62 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Peter Lewis
  • Mikiel Houser (co-producer)
Running time
11 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorAllspark
Entertainment One
(United States and worldwide)
Takara Tomy (Japan)
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Original releaseAugust 27, 2018 (2018-08-27)[1] –
June 7, 2020

Transformers: Cyberverse (retitled Transformers: Bumblebee Cyberverse Adventures in season 3)[2] is a cel shaded computer animated series based on the Transformers toy franchise by Hasbro produced by Boulder Media Limited and Allspark Animation for Cartoon Network.[3]

Premise[edit]

When Bumblebee begins to suffer amnesia, his partner, Windblade, comes to the rescue, and begins the process of helping him repair his memory files, enabling him to rediscover his past adventures on Cybertron. Once his memories are repaired, Bumblebee gets a clue that will lead both him and Windblade to complete their current mission and save their friends, unaware that Megatron sent his Decepticon assassins to hunt them down.[4]

Synopsis[edit]

Chapter One[edit]

Prior to the series, Cybertron was a peaceful planet, but when Megatron was elected supreme ruler of Cybertron, half of the planet's inhabitants protest against his rule which escalated into a civil war in an effort to overthrow him and his rule.

During the war on Cybertron between the Autobots and Decepticons, Optimus Prime decides to throw the Allspark through a space bridge to an unknown location. The Allspark holds all Cybertronian life and possesses vast powers that must not fall in the hands of the Decepticons. Eventually, it becomes clear that Cybertron is slowly dying without the Allspark. Optimus Prime goes on a journey to the Allspark on a spaceship called 'the Ark' together with Bumblebee, Arcee, Prowl, Grimlock, Ratchet, Wheeljack, Chromia, Rack'n'Ruin, Drift, Teletraan-1 and Teletraan-X. Due to energon shortage, all Autobots have to go into stasis. The Ark finds the Allspark on Earth, but it gets damaged and crashes. Bumblebee and Grimlock fall out of the ship before the Ark hits the surface. Bumblebee stays in stasis, but Grimlock befriends the dinosaurs and teaches them Cybertronian technology. They search the entire planet for the Ark and the Allspark, but then a meteorite crashes on Earth. The dinosaurs go extinct and Grimlock goes back into stasis.

The first chapter focuses on Windblade who was the only bot able to get through a partially repaired space bridge. She lands on Earth in search for the Ark. She only finds Bumblebee, who has now awoken from stasis, but has lost all his memory files. Windblade has got telepathic powers and helps Bumblebee to restore his memory. Old memories from Cybertron and the journey on the Ark are rediscovered in every episode. Meanwhile, they have to defend themselves against several Decepticons, who are also looking for the Ark and the Allspark.

Eventually, they find Teletraan-X, a flying hard drive of the Ark, and they manage to awake Grimlock. Teletraan-X is able to locate the Ark with the data Grimlock has collected. They manage to awake everyone from stasis right before Starscream arrives on Earth with his Decepticon armada.

Chapter Two: Power of the Spark[edit]

Following the Autobots' reawakening, they and Decepticons continue their war on Earth as Megatron attempts to slam the moon into the planet. In the ensuing battle, Megatron is wounded by Optimus Prime, and when Starscream refuses to aid him, Megatron names Slipstream the new commander of the Seekers. Tired of being humiliated and insulted by Megatron, Starscream attacks him and briefly takes command of the Decepticons. However, Megatron survives the attempt and apparently kills Starscream in revenge, leaving his body on the moon. Meanwhile, the Autobots destroy the device the Decepticons were trying to use to make the moon smash into Earth, but as they celebrate their victory, Bumblebee sees a yellow, spotted Earth creature watching him.

With help from Arcee, Bumblebee is able to identify the creature as a cheetah. The cheetah is eventually seen by Megatron, and both he and Optimus Prime learn that this cheetah is Cheetor, a Cybertronian created by the AllSpark to serve as its guardian. Cheetor holds a contest where Optimus and Megatron battle one another to see who is worthy of holding the AllSpark. But before a winner can be determined, a still-living Starscream appears and steals the AllSpark for himself. Using the AllSpark and Vector Sigma, the now-insane Starscream creates an army of Scraplets, planning to use the AllSpark's power to kill everyone who opposes him. Slipstream tries to warn the Decepticons and Autobots of Starscream's plan, but is only successful in informing Windblade before being killed by the Decepticon Bludgeon, who believes that she had sided with Starscream like most of the Seekers had done.

Powered by the AllSpark, Starscream attacks both sides, but is driven off by Cheetor, who has now sided with the Autobots. Later, the Autobot Jetfire and Decepticon Sky-Byte come to Earth, pursuing one another to put an end to their rivalry. Starscream pits the two against one another to distract both sides from his plans, but this eventually leads to the two leading their respective sides right to him. After absorbing the sparks of his fellow Seekers, Starscream attempts to do the same to the Autobots and Decepticons, but Optimus uses the Matrix of Leadership to rob Starscream of the AllSpark. Cheetor recovers it for the Autobots, and they also take Starscream prisoner.

With the AllSpark in hand, the Autobots leave Earth to return to Cybertron. Unknown to them, the Decepticons use a Space Bridge built by Shockwave to get back to their home first. During the journey back to Cybertron, Windblade uses the AllSpark to reawaken Croaton, an ancient Titan who was forced into emergency stasis by an unknown force that kidnapped the colonists who were traveling with him. As Croaton departs into space to find his missing colonists, he unknowingly picks up an escaping Starscream as a passenger. Eventually, the Autobots discover another Space Bridge which they use to travel to Cybertron, unaware that Megatron has already conquered the planet and is leading the Autobots into a trap.

Chapter Three: Bumblebee Cyberverse Adventures[edit]

The third and final season consists of the final battle between Autobots and Decepticons and the fate of Cybertron after the two factions are forced to unite against the invading Quintessons. But even then, the planet is still not united, with Autobots and Decepticons populating a half of the planet each. Things come full circle in the series finale, bringing both factions to an alternate and more tyrannical version of Megatron from other universe with his perfect Decepticon Army.

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Subtitle Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 18 None September 1, 2018 (2018-09-01) December 29, 2018 (2018-12-29)
2 18 Power of the Spark September 7, 2019 (2019-09-07) January 4, 2020 (2020-01-04)
3 26 Bumblebee: Cyberverse Adventures March 15, 2020 (2020-03-15) June 7, 2020 (2020-06-07)

Production[edit]

On June 7, 2017, Boulder Media Limited confirmed working on an additional Transformers series besides Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy.[5]

Transformers: Cyberverse was first announced during Hasbro Media and Investor Day in August 2017. The first season, titled "Chapter 1", would air in 2018, while a second season, titled "Chapter 2", is set to air on 2019. The series puts more emphasis on characters.[6] The first season consists of eighteen eleven-minute episodes.[7]

On September 23, 2017, Hasbro applied a trademark for the series and its related products.[8][9]

On October 14, 2017, a first look of the series was revealed, along with the synopsis.[4]

On December 9, 2017, Dan Salgarolo, who previously worked on Transformers: Robots in Disguise, has joined the series.[10] On April 9, 2018, voice actor Lianne Marie Dobbs has also joined the series.[11]

A 1-minute clip from the episode "Megatron is My Hero" was previewed at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con, alongside the show's intro.

On July 23, 2018, it was announced that the home channel for the series is Cartoon Network.[12]

On August 23, 2018, a trailer was released, with the premiere date revealed to be September 1, 2018.[13]

On February 9, 2019, it was announced that season 2 would be released in Q4 2019.[14]

On September 28, 2019, it was announced that the series has been renewed for the third and final season for 2020.[15] It has also retitled as Transformers: Bumblebee Cyberverse Adventures.[2]

Broadcast and release[edit]

Similar to Transformers: Prime and Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Cartoon Network acquired the global broadcasting rights for the series, which includes linear and digital rights.[16]

The series premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network, with the first two episodes released earlier on the Cartoon Network App on August 27, 2018 and debuting on television on September 1, 2018; starting with the third episode, subsequent episodes are released in advance on Fridays on the Cartoon Network App before the television broadcast.[13] In Canada, the series premiered on Teletoon on September 16, 2018[17] and YTV on September 28, 2018.

Internationally, the series premiered on RTL 7 in the Netherlands on September 2, 2018,[18] on Cartoon Network on September 29, 2018 in Australia,[19] October 2, 2018 in Latin America,[20] October 27, 2018 in India, Central and Eastern Europe,[21] and the United Kingdom,[22] and on Gulli on October 7, 2018 in France.[23]

Hasbro started to release the series on its official YouTube channel since September 7, 2018.[24] Episodes in many other languages have followed suit. Unlike other web shows on Hasbro's YouTube channel, only select languages are available for specific regions, whilst the rest are region-locked.

Home media[edit]

The series started to be available on iTunes on November 6, 2018.[25][26]

The first six episodes of season one were released on Region 4 DVD in Australia on February 20, 2019 by Beyond Home Entertainment.[27] The second installment was released on DVD in April 2019 followed by the third and final release in June. Season two has yet to be released on DVD.

Reception[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2019 Irish Animation Awards Best Writer for an Animated Series Episode: "Megatron Is My Hero" (Peter Di Cicco) Nominated [28]
Best Sound Design Episode: "Matrix of Leadership" (Windmill Lane) Nominated

References[edit]

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