When I heard about Transformers Rescue Bots I was very excited because now there would be a program I could watch with my 4 year old daughter where she could be introduced to the Transformers. I saw the toys in the store and I picked up a bunch of them to give to her. I gave her Optimus Prime for her first day of school last year. She just recently took him to school for Show and Tell. I was excited because this is a way to share with her something that I have loved most of my life.
When I was asked to review a copy of this DVD Rescue Bots: Roll to the Rescue I said sure because I know how much Eva enjoys watching the show. And also because I enjoy watching the show with her. IT is a good introduction to the Rescue Bots with some fun shows to get you excited about more.
Transformers Rescue Bots is a kids show aimed at younger children. The Rescue Bots in the show are Autobots who were in statis and when they intercept a message from Optimus Prime their ship lands them on Earth. In order to get up to speed on Earth and its inhabitants Optimus Prime charged the four Rescue Bots with the mission of working with a Family of Heroes. The Burns family which consists of Chief Charlie Burns, Kade, Dani, Graham and the youngest Burns, Cody. The Rescue Bots are Heatwave, Chase, Boulder and Blades. Each Rescue Bot is paired with a human partner to work with and learn from.
While the Rescue Bots are in the public eye they must behave as if they are taking orders from their human counterparts. They have to live their lives on Earth as Robots in Disguise. Not every Rescue Bot likes this mission however.
Heatwave is the leader of the group and he is resentful of having to be a “Robot in Disguise” while on this planet. He also very much wants to be part of Optimus Prime’s team and fight Decepticons. Heatwave is also paired with the most egotistical member of the Burns family, Kade. Kade is perfectly content to call the shots even if that means he makes mistakes often. Kade and Heatwave, grudgingly , learn how to work together. Heatwave becomes a fire truck.
Chase is the most pragmatic of the bunch. He is obsessed with rules and protocol and has the least trouble acting like a robot in front of the humans. He is partnered with Chief Burns and turns into a police car.
Boulder is very excited to be on Earth and wants to learn as much as he can about culture, nature and history. Boulder tries to do many human things and often forgets that he is supposed to be pretending to be a mindless machine. Boulder turns into a heavy construction vehicle and yet remains one of the most gentle of the team. Boulder is paired with Graham, the smartest Burns family member.
Blades is a helicopter and he’s afraid of heights. He’s paired with Dani the only daughter of Chief Charlies Burns. Dani is a thrill seeker and must learn to work with Blades’ hangups and shortcomings.
Eva and I have watched every episode of the Rescue Bots show. It has a sort of Eureka vibe to it. Levar Burton place Doc Green, a sort of mad scientist, or rather absent minded scientist, who keeps creating things that don’t quite work as he intends. While there is a disaster or emergency every week a larger storyline began to emerge through the season. There was even a more sinister character, voiced by Tim Curry, named Dr. Morocco who will most likely be back to cause more trouble next season.
In this show the values of teamwork, friendship,loyalty, trust are what are most important. The team learns from each other and as they become a true family of heroes.
The show is also very funny and there some great pop culture references in it as well.
Here is a gallery of the Rescue Bots and then the official press release on the DVD that came out today which has six episodes to give you a taste of Transformers Rescue Bots. There is also a link to downloadable activity sheets.
TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: ROLL TO THE RESCUE OWN IT ON DVD THIS OCTOBER 2, 2012 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY KIDS
From the creators of TRANSFORMERS PRIME comes an all-new animated series TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS, created specifically for the younger generation of TRANSFORMERS fans by Hasbro Studios. Emphasizing the importance of teamwork and heroism, this hit show brings action, adventure, heart and humor, and follows a group of AUTOBOTS assigned by OPTIMUS PRIME to serve and protect mankind. On October 2, 2012, kids and families will be entertained by the adventures of the RESCUE BOTS – HEATWAVE, BOULDER, BLADES and CHASE when TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: ROLL TO THE RESCUE DVD hits store shelves everywhere from Shout! Factory Kids, in collaboration with Hasbro Studios. Featuring five fun-filled episodes, special DVD bonus content and coloring sheets, this DVD is priced to own with a suggested retail price of $14.93. This DVD is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com.
Executive produced by Jeff Kline (TRANSFORMERS PRIME), TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS features the vocal talents of LeVar Burton (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Lacey Chabert (Party of Five), Steve Blum (TRANSFORMERS PRIME), Maurice LaMarche (Emmy® Award winner for Futurama) and the legendary Peter Cullen who voices OPTIMUS PRIME when he makes cameo appearances in the series. The TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS series is currently airing on The HUB TV Network in the U.S. and on Treehouse in Canada.
Griffin Rock seems like just another chunk of land floating off the coast of Maine. But if you look a little closer, you just might find more than meets the eye! Meet the RESCUE BOTS — CHASE, HEATWAVE, BLADES and BOULDER! Stationed undercover, they’re given the task of protecting and learning about mankind by teaming up with a family of first responders, including a police chief, firefighter, helicopter pilot and engineer. With help from Cody, the family’s youngest, the RESCUE BOTS help keep people safe, and along the way they learn what it really means to be a hero!
- Under Pressure
- Flobsters On Parade
- The Alien Invasion Of Griffin Rock
- Four Bots and A Baby
DVD Bonus Content
- The premiere episode Family of Heroes
- Printable Coloring Sheets
TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: ROLL TO THE RESCUE DVD
- Street Date: October 2, 2012
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1)
- Total Running Time: Approx. 110 minutes
- Closed Captioned
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative, well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. Programming in the U.S. is distributed on The Hub TV Network, a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the Company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” Learn more at www.hasbro.com.
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About Shout! Factory
Shout! Factory, LLC is a diversified multi-platform entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their entire careers sharing their music, television and film favorites with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD and Blu-Ray™ offerings serve up feature films, classic and contemporary TV series, animation, live music and comedy specials in lavish packages crammed with extras. Shout’s audio division boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. In addition, Shout! Factory maintains a vast digital distribution network which delivers video and audio content to all the leading digital service providers in North America. Shout! Factory also owns and operates Timeless Media Group, Biograph Records, Majordomo Records and HighTone Records. These riches are the result of a creative acquisition mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit shoutfactory.com
Disclosure: I received a copy of Rescue Bots: Roll to the Rescue DVD to watch and review. Opinions about it are 100% my own.
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