I vaguely remember watching the Transformers with my brother way back in the 80s, when it first came out. Back then, it was pretty much your average kids cartoon. Over the years, as the original viewers aged, the Transformers franchise grew up too. Seeing the robots come to life in the live-action blockbuster movies was an awesome experience for those of us who used to watch them on Saturday mornings. For many parents, though, the franchise grew up a little too fast, and didn’t really appeal to younger audiences, like the preschool to early elementary set. Transformers Rescue Bots: Roll to the Rescue remedies this by creating a series designed for that age group.
Transformers Rescue Bots: Roll to the Rescue, produced by Shout! Factory in collaboration with Hasbro Studios, released on October 2nd on DVD. The DVD features five episodes that focus on the importance of teamwork and standing up for those who need a hero. The Rescue Bots–Chase, Heatwave, Blades, and Boulder–live on Griffin Rock, a small island off the coast of Maine. They team up with a family of first responders to keep mankind safe and learn about how humans interact. The family’s youngest member, Cody, helps them out along the way in both aspects.
Jacob loves the Transformers, and while he’s a big fan of the more grown-up versions, he also really enjoyed watching a series geared more towards his age group. The graphics aren’t splashy, the colors are bold and simple. I think this is actually better for younger kids, because it allows them to focus more on the story. While kids won’t see much of the familiar Transformers, like Bumblebee, Optimus Prime does make a few guest appearances. The DVD also features the premiere episode of Family of Heroes, as well as coloring sheets to print out.
Transformers Rescue Bots is currently airing on the HUB in the US, and on Treehouse in Canada. Check out clips from the movie, then head to your favorite video retailer to pick up a copy for your child that is “more than meets the eye.”