That’s right, Transformers fans. As expected, there is a new Transformers series on the horizon. The new series will be called Transformers: Robots in Disguise. It is a direct sequel to Transformers Prime. The series will follow Bumblebee as he is summoned back to Earth to battle a new generation of Decepticons and assembles a rogue team of young Autobots that includes Sideswipe (a rebel “Bad Boy Bot”), Strongarm (an Elite Guard cadet), a bombastic Dinobot, and Fixit (a hyperactive Mini-Con). The series will be CG the same as a previous series Transormers: Cybertron but stylized in the same fashion as Transformers Animated. On key note, since this is a coming of age series for Bumblebee, it will be the first Transformers series to not feature Optimus Prime or any variation of him in the lead. Yes, it is upsetting. However, he will continue to be a presence throughout the series as Bumblebee will have visions of him guiding him along the path to leadership. This may sound corny but this no different than when Rodimus sought guidance from Optimus in the original series. Also, portraying a character coming into his role is not unfamiliar for Will Friedle. Let’s not forget, he voiced Terry Mcguines in Batman Beyond which was a successful series. So I do have confidence in this series holding its own. Joining Friedle are Darren Criss, known for his role as Blaine Anderson in the FOX series “Glee”, will voice Sideswipe, Mitchell Whitfield, who played Rachel’s orthodontist ex-fiancé Dr. Barry Farber on “Friends”, is Fixit, Constance Zimmer, who currently stars in the Netflix series “House of Cards”, plays Strongarm, and Ted McGinley, best known for his role as Jefferson D’Arcy on “Married…with Children”, will voice a yet to be known character.
Transformers: Robots in Disguise is scheduled to premiere in 2015 on The Hub network (USA), Cartoon Network (UK) and Canal J (France).
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