Transformers: Rescue Bots
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|Transformers: Rescue Bots|
Transformers: Rescue Bots logo
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||104 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||approx. 22 minutes|
|Original release||February 18, 2012– October 22, 2016|
|Followed by||Rescue Bots Academy|
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.
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. Season 4 first aired on April 23, 2016 and ended on October 22, 2016. 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.
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A television series was produced independently from the earlier released storybooks, set in the same story continuity as Transformers: Prime and Transformers Robots in Disguise. It is currently airing on Hasbro's and Discovery's television network, Discovery Family. Rescue Bots is developed for television by Nicole Dubuc, Brian Hohlfeld, and Jeff Kline. The series had a sneak peek on December 17, 2011, and officially premiered on February 18, 2012.
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.
|First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||26||February 18, 2012||August 18, 2012||The Hub/Hub Network|
|2||24||March 1, 2014||August 2, 2014|
|3||28||November 1, 2014||June 13, 2015||Discovery Family|
|4||26||April 23, 2016||October 22, 2016|
Home video release
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:
|Roll To The Rescue ||October 2, 2012||
|Energize ||June 11, 2013||
|Griffin Rock Rescue ||October 22, 2013||
|Heroes on the Scene ||March 18, 2014||
|Mystery Rescue ||September 2, 2014||
|Jurassic Adventure ||February 10, 2015||
|Return of the Heroes ||May 12, 2015||
|Dinobots ||August 25, 2015||
|Adventures in Time and Space ||February 23, 2016||
|Heroes of Tech||June 21, 2016||
|Battle for Justice||October 25, 2016||
|Protect and Explore||February 21, 2017||
|Rescue Family||June 20, 2017||
Beyond Home Entertainment have released the first two seasons on DVD in Australia:
|V1: Hot Shots ||November 6, 2013||
|V2: Cody on Patrol ||November 6, 2013||
|V3: Return of the Dino Bot ||February 5, 2014||
|V4: Bumblebee to the Rescue ||June 4, 2014||
|V5: Bot to the Future ||January 2, 2015||
|Season 2 V1: Serve and Protect ||March 2, 2015||
|Season 2 V2: Space Bots ||June 3, 2015||
|Season 2 V3: Bots and Robbers ||August 5, 2015||
|Season 2 V4: Rise of the Heroes ||December 2, 2015||
|Season 3 V1: Land Before Prime ||April 1, 2016||
|Season 3 V2: Bot-Tastic Voyage ||July 1, 2016||
- 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.
- TFW2005 Exclusive Transformers: Rescue Bots Concept Art, TFW 2005, February 19, 2011
- "Transformers: Rescue Bots - Season 4 TRAILER". Hasbro Studios Shorts. January 22, 2016. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
- The Hub Television Network Unveils Robust 2011-12 Program Schedule, Building Success as Destination for Kids and Their Families, Business Wire, March 24, 2011
- Transformers Rescue Bots Sneak Peek Saturday December 17 2011 - Voice Actors Revealed!
- Jamieson, Darren (January 13, 2012). "A crunch day for Hasbro Studios as Transformers Rescue bots debuts". TheTransformers.net. Retrieved January 13, 2012.
- Transformers Rescue Bots "Autobots! Roll to the Rescue!"
- Transformers: New "Rescue Bots" Animated Series Coming, IGN, March 24, 2011