Transformers: Rescue Bots

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Transformers: Rescue Bots
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Transformers: Rescue Bots logo
Genre
Developed by
Voices of
Opening theme
Composer(s)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 104 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time approx. 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original network
Original release February 18, 2012 (2012-02-18) – October 22, 2016 (October 22, 2016)
Chronology
Followed by Rescue Bots Academy
Related shows

Transformers: Rescue Bots (or simply Rescue Bots) is a toyline, story book series, and animated television series based on toy manufacturer Hasbro's Transformers franchise. 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 1-4 are available for streaming via Netflix. Hasbro has also made seasons 1-3 available digitally on iTunes and on YouTube through a paid subscription.

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 first aired on April 23, 2016 and ended on October 22, 2016.[5] As of its fourth season, Rescue Bots is the longest-running Transformers series, surpassing The Transformers, which aired for 98 episodes.

On June 6, 2017, it was announced that the series will be followed by Rescue Bots Academy upon this show ending production.[6]

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[7] and Transformers Robots in Disguise. It is currently airing on Hasbro's and Discovery's television network, Discovery Family.[8] Rescue Bots is developed for television by Nicole Dubuc, Brian Hohlfeld, and Jeff Kline.[9] The series had a sneak peek on December 17, 2011, and officially premiered on February 18, 2012.[9][10]

Synopsis[edit]

Set on the fictional island of Griffin Rock somewhere 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 outer space to come to Earth. Coming out of a long stasis, the Rescue Bots learned what became of Cybertron and that they are one of the only Rescue Bot teams 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.[9][11][12]

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired Network
1 26 February 18, 2012 (2012-02-18) August 18, 2012 (2012-08-18) The Hub/Hub Network
2 24 March 1, 2014 (2014-03-01) August 2, 2014 (2014-08-02)
3 28 November 1, 2014 (2014-11-01) June 13, 2015 (2015-06-13) Discovery Family
4 26 April 23, 2016 (2016-04-23) October 22, 2016 (2016-10-22)

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 [13] October 2, 2012
  • "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 [14] 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 [15] 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 [16] 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 [17] 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 [18] 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 [19] 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 [20] 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 [21] 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)
Heroes of Tech[22] June 21, 2016
  • "One For The Ages" (season 2, episode 3)
  • "Space Bots" (season 2, episode 12)
  • "The Island Of Misfit Tech" (season 2, episode 13)
  • "Too Many Kades" (season 3, episode 3)
  • "I Have Heard The Robots Singing" (season 3, episode 26)
Battle for Justice[23] October 25, 2016
  • "Rescue Dog" (season 2, episode 18)
  • "The Griffin Rock Express" (season 2, episode 22)
  • "Double Villainy" (season 2, episode 23)
  • "Bugs In The System" (season 3, episode 7)
  • "Pirates Ahoy" (season 3, episode 17)
Protect and Explore[24] February 21, 2017
  • "Tip Of The Iceberg" (season 2, episode 4)
  • "Buddy System" (season 2, episode 15)
  • "No Place Like Dome" (season 3, episode 6)
  • "Thieves Like Us" (season 3, episode 15)
  • "The New Recruits" (season 3, episode 20)
Rescue Family[25] June 20, 2017
  • "Road Trip" (season 2, episode 1)
  • "Odd Bot Out" (season 2, episode 21)
  • "Chief Woodrow" (season 3, episode 12)
  • "More Than Meets the Eye" (season 3, episode 25)
  • "Prescott's Bots" (season 2, episode 7)

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

Title Release Date Episodes
V1: Hot Shots [26] 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 [27] 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 [28] 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 [29] 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 [30] 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 [31] 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 [32] 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 [33] 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 [34] 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 [35] 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 [36] 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. 
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  6. ^ http://www.hotpress.com/Boulder-Media/Boulder-Media-Announces-Plans-To-Hire-New-Staff--Open-Second-Studio-Space-in-Dublin/20174183.html
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  8. ^ The Hub Television Network Unveils Robust 2011-12 Program Schedule, Building Success as Destination for Kids and Their Families, Business Wire, March 24, 2011
  9. ^ a b c Transformers Rescue Bots Sneak Peek Saturday December 17 2011 - Voice Actors Revealed!
  10. ^ Jamieson, Darren (January 13, 2012). "A crunch day for Hasbro Studios as Transformers Rescue bots debuts". TheTransformers.net. Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  11. ^ Transformers Rescue Bots "Autobots! Roll to the Rescue!"
  12. ^ Transformers: New "Rescue Bots" Animated Series Coming, IGN, March 24, 2011
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  36. ^ http://www.beyondhe.com.au/transformers-rescue-bots-bot-tastic-voyage.html

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