Transformers: Rescue Bots

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Transformers: 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 4
No. of episodes 92 (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+)
Release
Original network Hub Network (2012–2014)
Discovery Family (2014–present)
Original release 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 and Autobot allies as well as a toy line.

The original toy line and the storybook series features the team of 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 and Salvage'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 (who later in the series become temporary partners to the Autobot High Tide). Seasons 1-3 are available for streaming via Netflix. Hasbro has also made seasons 1-3 available digitally on iTunes and via paid subscription on YouTube.

The trailer for the fourth season was released on January 22, 2016 which shows an older Cody Burns and a female rescue bot named Quickshadow.[3][4] Season 4 started airing on April 23, 2016.[5]

Story Books[edit]

Toy line[edit]

Television series[edit]

A television series was produced independently from the earlier released storybooks, set in the same story continuity as Transformers: Prime.[6] It is currently airing on Hasbro's and Discovery's television network, Discovery Family.[7] Rescue Bots is developed for television by Nicole Dubuc, Brian Hohlfeld, and Jeff Kline.[8] The series had a sneak peek on December 17, 2011,[8] and officially premiered on February 18, 2012, and continues to air to this day.[9]

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. Believing them not ready to join the fight against the Decepticons, Optimus Prime partners them 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 while also getting themselves familiar with Earth's cultures.[8][10][11]

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Home video release[edit]

Primal Screen in the United Kingdom have rights for the first two seasons through Region 2, including most of Western Europe and the Middle East.

Shout! Factory have released several DVDs in the USA, featuring random episodes:

Title Release Date Episodes
Roll To The Rescue [12] October 2, 2012
  • "Family of Heroes" (season 1, episode 1)
  • "Under Pressure" (season 1, episode 2)
  • "Hotshots" (season 1, episode 3)
  • "Flobsters on Parade" (season 1, episodes 4)
  • "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock" (season 1, episode 5)
  • "Four Bots and a Baby" (season 1, episode 7)
Energize [13] June 11, 2013
  • "Cody on Patrol" (season 1, episode 6)
  • "Walk on the Wild Side" (season 1, episode 8)
  • "Christmas in July"(season 1, episode 9)
  • "Deep Trouble" (season 1, episode 10)
  • "Return of the Dinobot" (season 1, episode 11)
Griffin Rock Rescue [14] October 22, 2013
  • "The Other Doctor" (season 1, episode 12)
  • "The Reign of Morocco" (season 1, episode 13)
  • "Small Blessings" (season 1, episode 14)
  • "The Griffin Rock Triangle" (season 1, episode 15)
  • "Rules and Regulations" (season 1, episode 16)
Heroes on the Scene [15] March 18, 2014
  • "The Lost Bell" (season 1, episode 17)
  • "You've Been Squilshed" (season 1, episode 19)
  • "Little White Lies" (season 1, episode 22)
  • "Shake Up" (season 1, episode 23)
  • "Rescue Boy" (season 1, episode 24)
Mystery Rescue [16] September 2, 2014
  • "Countdown" (season 1, episode 20)
  • "The Haunting of Griffin Rock" (season 1, episode 21)
  • "Spellbound" (season 2, episode 5)
  • "Blame the Gremlins" (season 2, episode 8)
  • "Feed the Beast" (season 2, episode 9)
Jurassic Adventure [17] February 10, 2015
  • "Family of Heroes" (season 1, episode 1)
  • "Return of the Dinobot" (season 1, episode 11)
  • "What Lies Below" (season 2, episode 10)
  • "What Rises Above" (season 2, episode 11)
  • "In Search of the Griffin's Nest" (season 2, episode 16)
  • "Movers and Shakers" (season 2, episode 20)
Return of the Heroes [18] May 12, 2015
  • "Bumblebee to the Rescue" (season 1, episode 18)
  • "Bot to the Future" (season 1, episode 26)
  • "A Virtual Disaster" (season 2, episode 6)
  • "Changes" (season 2, episode 19)
  • "Rise of the Heroes" (season 2, episode 24)
Dinobots [19] August 25, 2015
  • "Land Before Prime" (season 3, episode 1)
  • "Big Game" (season 3, episode 2)
  • "Quarry vs. Quarry" (season 3, episode 11)
  • "Did You See What I Thaw?" (season 3, episode 13)
  • "The Attack of Humungado" (season 3, episode 14)
Adventures in Time and Space [20] February 23, 2016
  • "It's a Bot Time" (season 1, episode 25)
  • "Unfinished Business" (season 3, episode 5)
  • "Switcheroo" (season 3, episode 8)
  • "Time After Time" (season 3, episode 16)
  • "The Last of Morocco" (season 3, episode 19)

Beyond Home Entertainment have released the first two seasons on DVD in Australia:

Title Release Date Episodes
V1: Hot Shots [21] November 6, 2013
  • "Family of Heroes" (season 1, episode 1)
  • "Under Pressure" (season 1, episode 2)
  • "Hotshots" (season 1, episode 3)
  • "Flobsters on Parade" (season 1, episode 4)
  • "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock" (season 1, episode 5)
V2: Cody on Patrol [22] November 6, 2013
  • "Cody on Patrol" (season 1, episode 6)
  • "Walk on the Wild Side" (season 1, episode 8)
  • "Four Bots and a Baby" (season 1, episode 7)
  • "Christmas in July" (season 1, episode 9)
  • "Deep Trouble" (season 1, episode 10)
V3: Return of the Dino Bot [23] February 5, 2014
  • "Return of the Dino Bot" (season 1, episode 11)
  • "The Other Doctor" (season 1, episode 12)
  • "The Reign of Morocco" (season 1, episode 13)
  • "Small Blessings" (season 1, episode 14)
  • "The Griffin Rock Triangle" (season 1, episode 15)
V4: Bumblebee to the Rescue [24] June 4, 2014
  • "Rules and Regulations" (season 1, episode 16)
  • "The Lost Bell" (season 1, episode 17)
  • "Bumblebee to the Rescue" (season 1, episode 18)
  • "You've Been Squilshed" (season 1, episode 19)
  • "Countdown" (season 1, episode 20)
V5: Bot to the Future [25] January 2, 2015
  • "The Haunting of Griffin Rock" (season 1, episode 21)
  • "Little White Lies" (season 1, episode 22)
  • "Shake Up" (season 1, episode 23)
  • "Rescue Boy" (season 1, episode 24)
  • "It's a Bot Time" (season 1, episode 25)
  • "Bot to the Future" (season 1, episode 26)
Season 2 V1: Serve and Protect [26] March 2, 2015
  • "Road Trip" (season 2, episode 1)
  • "Sky Forest" (season 2, episode 2)
  • "One for the Ages" (season 2, episode 3)
  • "Tip of the Iceberg" (season 2, episode 4)
  • "Spellbound" (season 2, episode 6)
  • "A Virtual Disaster" (season 2, episode 5)
  • "Prescott's Bots" (season 2, episode 7)
Season 2 V2: Space Bots [27] June 3, 2015
  • "Blame the Gremlins" (season 2, episode 8)
  • "Feed the Beast" (season 2, episode 9)
  • "What Lies Below" (season 2, episode 10)
  • "What Rises Above" (season 2, episode 11)
  • "Space Bots" (season 2, episode 12)
  • "The Island of Misfit Tech" (season 2, episode 13)
Season 2 V3: Bots and Robbers [28] August 5, 2015
  • "The Vigilant Town" (season 2, episode 14)
  • "Buddy System" (season 2, episode 15)
  • "In Search of the Griffin's Nest" (season 2, episode 16)
  • "Bots and Robbers" (season 2, episode 17)
  • "Rescue Dog" (season 2, episode 18)
  • "Changes" (season 2, episode 19)
Season 2 V4: Rise of the Heroes [29] December 2, 2015
  • "The Riders of Midwinter" (season 2, episode 20)
  • "Movers and Shakers" (season 2, episode 21)
  • "Chief Woodrow" (season 2, episode 22)
  • "Odd Bot Out" (season 2, episode 23)
  • "The Griffin Rock Express" (season 2, episode 24)
  • "Double Villainy" (season 2, episode 25)
  • "Rise of the Heroes" (season 2, episode 26)
Season 3 V1: Land Before Prime [30] April 1, 2016
  • "Land Before Prime" (season 3, episode 1)
  • "Big Game" (season 3, episode 2)
  • "Too Many Kades" (season 3, episode 3)
  • "Phantom of the Sea" (season 3, episode 4)
  • "Unfinished Business" (season 3, episode 5)
  • "No Place Like Dome" (season 3, episode 6)
Season 3 V2: Bot-Tastic Voyage [31] July 1, 2016
  • "Bugs in the System" (season 3, episode 7)
  • "Switcheroo" (season 3, episode 8)
  • "Bot-Tastic Voyage" (season 3, episode 9)
  • "Quarry vs. Quarry" (season 3, episode 10)
  • "Did You See What I Thaw?" (season 3, episode 11)
  • "The Attack of Humungado" (season 3, episode 12)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dubuc, Nicole (March 20, 2014). "No, Jeff is on other Hub shows now. We miss him, but @BHohlfeld and Frank Molieri are kickin' hiney as the current EPs.!". Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ TFW2005 Exclusive Transformers: Rescue Bots Concept Art, TFW 2005, February 19, 2011
  3. ^ "Transformers: Rescue Bots - Season 4 TRAILER". Hasbro Studios Shorts. January 22, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  4. ^ http://news.tfw2005.com/2016/02/12/hasbro-toy-fair-2016-sneak-peek-titans-return-rid-rescue-bots-309573
  5. ^ http://news.tfw2005.com/2016/03/18/transformers-rescue-bots-season-4-air-dates-revealed-311558
  6. ^ http://news.tfw2005.com/2012/02/06/steve-blum-and-jeff-kline-talk-rescue-bots-transformers-prime-174315
  7. ^ The Hub Television Network Unveils Robust 2011-12 Program Schedule, Building Success as Destination for Kids and Their Families, Business Wire, March 24, 2011
  8. ^ a b c Transformers Rescue Bots Sneak Peek Saturday December 17 2011 - Voice Actors Revealed!
  9. ^ Jamieson, Darren (January 13, 2012). "A crunch day for Hasbro Studios as Transformers Rescue bots debuts". TheTransformers.net. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  10. ^ Transformers Rescue Bots "Autobots! Roll to the Rescue!"
  11. ^ Transformers: New "Rescue Bots" Animated Series Coming, IGN, March 24, 2011
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  19. ^ http://www.shoutfactory.com/tv/animation/transformers-rescue-bots-dinobots
  20. ^ http://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/transformers-rescue-bots-adventures-in-time-and-space
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  26. ^ http://www.beyondhe.com.au/transformers-rescue-bots-serve-and-protect.html
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