Nickelodeon and Netflix Announce New Transformers Animated Shows
Well, it appears that the Transformers franchise is getting a new power surge. Two animated shows set in the franchise are about to debut in the next few months. First, Nickelodeon is developing a new project involving the Transformers. In a press release, the television channel announced that they reached a deal with Hasbro’s Entertainment One to bring the most famous robots in the galaxy on the small screen once again. The new animated series will consist of 26 half-hour episodes. It will debut in the US before hitting the international market and will involve a new species of Transformers. In the story, they “must find their place and purpose among Autobots, Decepticons, and the human family that adopts them.”
“As soon as I read the creative concept, which at its core is about family, I knew we absolutely had to tell this story with our good friends at eOne and Hasbro,” said Ramsey Naito, President, Nickelodeon Animation. “The series will tell a reimagined story featuring both original characters and fan-favorites for a whole new generation of kids and families. The creative team at Nick, overseen by Claudia Spinelli, SVP of Animation Development, can’t wait to get started on building this new world.”
The series sees Ant Ward executive producing together with Nicole Dubuc. Dale Malinowski will develop and co-executive produce the story that will expand the Transformers animated universe. At the moment, Nickelodeon hasn’t revealed an official release date for the new Transformers animated series’ release.
On top of that, Netflix is producing a new Transformers: BotBots series together with Entertainment One. The upcoming animated comedy series will take inspiration from Hasbro’s popular BotBots toy line, featuring small robots based on household items. The new 20-episode show will see Kevin Burke and Chris Wyatt as executive producers and showrunners. The official logline for the series reads:
“BotBots are Transformers robots that disguise themselves as everyday mall objects. By day, these BotBots hide quietly on store shelves but at night, they jump into adventure until a group of BotBots called ‘The Lost Bots’ run into the mall security guard and put all the bots in danger. Will these misfits be able to overcome their differences, defeat the security guard and gain acceptance in the eyes of the other bots?”
Netflix has yet to announce an official debut date for the Transformers: BotBots series.
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