Shout! Factory Kids’ new Transformers Rescue Bots Is A “Tech” Of A Good Time

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids/Discovery Family/Hasbro Studios

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids/Discovery Family/Hasbro Studios

The Rescue Bots are rolling to the rescue once again this summer with a brand new collection of adventures on DVD.  It comes in the form of Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech.  The brand new DVD will be released in stores and online next Tuesday, June 21st.  Just as with the series’ previous DVDs there is plenty to appreciate about this latest release beginning with the episodes themselves.  They all follow one consistent theme throughout the course of the disc’s nearly two hour run time.  This is just one of the disc’s key elements.  The writing within the episodes is just as important to note in the episodes’ presentation as the episodes themselves.  Last but definitely not least of note is the work of the show’s cast once more.  That is especially the case in the musical episode “I Have Heard The Robots Singing.”  The cast’s work rounds out this set’s most notable elements and completes its presentation.  Each element is important in its own way to the overall presentation of Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech.  Altogether they make this set yet another welcome piece for the series’ fans of all ages.

Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech is neither the first nor the last collection of episodes to be released from Hasbro Studios and Discovery Family.  Keeping this in mind it is yet another welcome collection for the series’ fans regardless of age.  The central reason for this is the set’s episodes.  Audiences will note that all five of the disc’s featured episodes follow the exact same theme—technology.  Each episode sees the Rescue Bots—Blade, Chase, Boulder, and Heatwave—having to save the day because technology has caused some sort of havoc in one way or another.  This is so important to note because it is not the first time that one of the series’ collections has managed to follow one collective theme.  This has been done with previous collections from the show, too.  There are lots of children’s series out there that have seen multiple DVD releases, too.  The thing of those sets is that not all of them present episodes that follow the sets’ titles.  Considering this, and the fact that it is not the first time that Shout! Factory (and Shout! Factory Kids) have succeeded in this avenue, it makes this element all the more important to this set’s presentation.  Now, having noted all of this, it becomes clear why the episodes presented in this collection are so important to its presentation.  Of course the episodes are collectively just one of the set’s important elements.  The writing behind the episodes is just as important to note as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that are presented in Shout! Factory’s (and Shout! Factory Kids’) new Transformers Rescue Bots collection are in their own right hugely important to the set’s presentation.  That is because they each follow one continuous theme from one episode to the next.  That seems at least somewhat rare in today’s overcrowded field of children’s DVDs.  It is just one of the important elements of the set’s presentation.  The writing behind these episodes is just as important to the set’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  This applies both to the episodes’ stories and their smaller elements.  In regards to the episodes’ stories audiences will enjoy the adventures on which the writers send the Rescue Bots and the Burns family.  “Space Bots” is a prime example of this.  This episode sees Doc Greene and Graham take a space station of sorts called the Asgard into space.  The Asgard doesn’t just launch into space either.  It uses a space elevator of sorts in order to reach space.  It isn’t the space elevator that has been conceptualized in real life by any means.  But the fact that the episode (which isn’t the series’ only episode to feature the Asgard, either) incorporates a very real life concept at its base is impressive.  That the writers would also incorporate the equally real danger of asteroid strikes into the story makes it all the more entertaining and engaging.  It is just one part of what makes the story such a prime example of the importance of the set’s writing.  There are other elements thrown into the story that are just as impressive.  Those will be left for audiences to find out for themselves.

“The Island of Misfit Tech” is another key example of the importance of the writing in these episodes.  This is evident right from the episode’s title, one of its smaller elements.  The title is a play on the Island of Misfit Toys, from Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer.  The story itself is just as important if not more so.  This story sees the Burns family joining Doc Greene on the highly classified island as they look for Cody.  They are hunting for Cody because he has inadvertently been taken there by a mechanical bull that has shorted out.  In the process, the bull got his jacket, which also had his communicator, thus leaving him unable to communicate with the team.  This is ultimately what leads the team to venture to the “island.”  What is interesting about the whole thing is that the bull that causes the whole mess just happens along at the story’s outset.  This is notable because while it seems like this isn’t much of a setup, it actually works, and does so quite well surprisingly enough.  Considering all of this, this story is one more way in which the writing shows to be so important to the set.  The epiphany presented at the end (which will be discussed later) proves that even more.  It still is not the last way in which the stories in these episodes prove so important in the episodes’ writing.  “I Have Heard The Robots Singing” is yet another example of what makes the episodes’ writing so important.

The stories that were crafted for ‘The Island Of Misfit Tech” and “Space Bots” are clear examples of the importance of the episodes’ writing.  They are not the only episodes that can be cited in explaining its importance.  “I Have Heard The Robots Singing” is another example of the importance of the episodes’ writing.  This episode is a nearly full on musical episode, save for a few minutes in the episode’s opening scenes.  It is not the first time that any show has gone the musical route.  There has been a handful of shows for grownups that have gone this route over the years.  But in regards to children’s shows it is one of the very few shows that has gone that route, if not the only one.  That aside, it is the first time that the series has ever taken the musical route, though.  So at least to that extent the writers are to be applauded.  The approach taken within the episode (its smaller elements) add even more to the episode.  That will be discussed shortly.  The story’s setup is what makes the writing here so impressive in the bigger picture.  It is caused when one of Doc Greene’s inventions is stolen by Priscilla Pynch.  Doc Greene’s reason for building the machine leads to a message within the story that is just as important to the story as the story itself.  It is another of those smaller elements that solidifies the writing’s importance even more and will be discussed later.  All things considered, all three of the stories noted here are clear examples of why the writing behind these episodes is so important to the set’s presentation.  And it is hardly the last example, too.  “Too Many Kades” presents a familiar story line (at least in the realm of animated series) when Kade is cloned multiple times over by yet another of Doc Greene’s inventions.  Each clone presents a different part of Kade’s personality.  They also cause their own share of confusion among the team’s members until the truth is revealed and they have to get all of the clone Kades back together.  The story presented in “One For The Ages” is just as familiar.  It sees Cody accidentally turned into a grownup by yet another of Doc Greene’s devices.  This is a story line that has been used so many times before by so many other series.  But again, it is the writers’ approach that makes it original here.  And yet again there is a message in this episode, too that strengthens the episode’s writing even more.  Whether through this story or any of the others noted here, it becomes entirely clear why the writing behind the episodes is just as important (at least in regards to the stories) as the episodes themselves.  The stories are however, not the only way in which the writing proves so important to the set’s presentation.  The smaller elements incorporated into the stories are just as important to note as the stories themselves.

The stories that were crafted for each episode in Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech are in their own right key to showing the importance of the writing in the episodes.  They are however just the tip of the iceberg in doing so.  The smaller elements of the stories are just as important to the writing as the stories.  This includes the deeper messages of certain episodes, the dialogue incorporated into the episodes, and even certain other elements.  One moment in which the smaller writing elements prove entertaining comes in “The Island Of Misfit Toys.”  Right off the top the writers make a sports joke when Cody announces that he didn’t make the soccer team.  Heatwave very bluntly asks, “Is soccer the one where they run back and forth across the same patch of grass?”  Boulder responds with an almost inquisitive tone, “I think that’s called football.”  The way in which Heatwave poses his question hints at a sense of what most people think makes soccer (or football) boring.  It’s so subtle but such a great moment.  Boulder’s response is just as funny because it addresses the cultural diversity in terms of what the western world calls the sport versus what the rest of the world calls it.  The subtlety of the joke and the fact that the writers could actually incorporate two jokes into such a short moment makes it even more enjoyable.  It is even complimented right off the bat in “Too Many Kades” as the Burns family is playing basketball. Blades asks Chase about the game saying, “Okay, explain to me again.  This is football?’  Chase responds in the moment, “No actual feet are involved. The object of this game is to place the sphere through the hoop, hence the name hoopball.”  Heatwave corrects them both, noting that it is in fact called basketball.  The fact that the writers would harken back to a previous episode here is in itself great.  “Space Bots” offers some equally entertaining dialogue between Graham and Doc Greene regarding air sick bags and appetites that is a minor running gag of sorts.  And it will have audiences laughing just as much as the back and forth between Heatwave and Boulder about soccer in “The Island Of Misfit Tech.”  “I Have Heard The Robots Singing” also presents its own example of what makes the smaller elements of the writing just as important as the stories.  This episode is presented as if it was in fact a musical stage production.  It even includes a scene in which Dani and the rest of the team are singing a multi-part piece with Dani at the front.  The rest of the team shows up behind her in their own separate boxes, which feature just their faces as they sing backup (so to speak) to her.  It is a classic element used so many times in real life musicals both on stage and screen.  So seeing it used in the case of this episode is sure to put a smile on the faces of those familiar with said element and its use, and even those less familiar with it.  It’s just one more way in which the smaller elements of the writing prove so important.  There are so many more minor elements that could be cited within each episode.  When those elements are set against the elements noted here, and the episodes’ stories, the overall presentation here becomes one that audiences of all ages are bound to love.

Shout! Factory and Shout! Factory Kids’ latest collection of Transformers Rescue Bots episodes is another welcome for fans of the series regardless of age.  This is due in part to the episodes that are featured in the collection.  The episodes follow one continuous theme from one episode to the next.  It’s not the first time that a series’ compilation disc has done this.  Though, in the realm of children’s DVDs it is relatively rare.  Keeping that in mind it makes the episodes their own collectively important part of the set’s presentation.  The writing both in regards to the stories and their smaller elements is just as important as the episodes themselves.  That is because altogether the stories and their elements ensure viewers’ engagement and entertainment.  Each element proves important in its own right to the disc’s presentation.  All things considered Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech proves to be another enjoyable collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s hit series.  It is a welcome collection for Transformers fans of all ages.  It will be available in stores and online next Tuesday, June 21st.  Audiences can pre-order the DVD online now direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/transformers-rescue-bots-heroes-of-tech.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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The Rescue Bots Roll To The Rescue Again Next Month

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Shout! Factory is teaming up with Hasbro Studios once again this summer to release yet another installment of episodes from Discovery Family’s hit animated series Transformers Rescue Bots this summer.

Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, Jun 21st.  Levar Burton’s (Reading Rainbow, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Captain Planet and the Planeteers) character Doc Greene gets the spotlight in most of the collection’s episodes.  Case in point “One For The Ages.”  This Season 2 episode sees Cody turned into an adult by Doc Greene’s stasis machine while Kade has to take over Griffin Rock Emergency while Chief Burns falls ill.  In Season 3’s “Too Many Kades” Doc Greene’s Imaging Chamber stars making clones of Kade.  Each one has its own personality.  This leads to its own share of problems for Cody and the Rescue Bots.  Meanwhile Kade learns a valuable lesson about teamwork when gas leak at the Natural Gas Reserve.  And in another Season 3 episode, “I have Heard The Robots Singing,” Doc Greene’s inventions cause even more chaos.  This time Doc Greene’s Tone-O-Tuner is the culprit.  Priscilla Pynch originally got her hands on it in one of her devious plots.  But when Huxley Prescott accidentally runs into it with his van, it leads to everyone in Griffin Rock singing everything that they say instead of just speaking.  Of course Doc Greene’s tech isn’t the only cause of problems for the people of Griffin Rock.  In “The Island of Misfit Tech” (obviously an homage to Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer’s Island of Misfit Toys) an out of control mechanical bull sends Cody and the Rescue Bots to the mysterious Island via the “Beam Box.”  Even Doc Greene isn’t sure who built the box.  As they explore the island, Cody and company discover that it is populated by the world’s most dangerous technology is stored.  “Space Bots” is another episode proving that Doc Greene isn’t always at the heart of the Rescue Bots’ adventures.  Though, Doc Greene himself is at the center of the episode as he and Graham have to be saved when an experiment with a space elevator called the Asgard goes horribly wrong.  It’s up to Cody and the Rescue Bots to save them.

The five episodes that are featured in Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes of Tech all feature the same theme.  They are lifted from the series’ second and third season.  The DVD will be available in stores and online Tuesday, January 21st.  It will retail for MSRP of $14.93 but can be pre-ordered online now at the discounted price of $13.93 via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/transformers-rescue-bots-heroes-of-tech.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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SHout! Factory Kids To Release New Transformers Rescue Bots DVD Next Month

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids

Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios are teaming up yet again for another collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s hit animated series Transformers Rescue Bots.

Shout! Factory will release the new Transformers Rescue Bots DVD Adventures in Time and Space next month. The single-disc DVD compilation, the series’ ninth collection of episodes, will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, February 23rd. It features five more episodes lifted from Discovery Family’s hit animated series. Four of the disc’s featured episodes are pulled from the series’ third season and one from its debut season. The episode in question is “It’s A Bot Time.” This episode is the first half of a two part-time travel story arc that is rounded out in the episode “Bot To The Future.” That episode was previously released as part of the Transformers Rescue Bots DVD Return of the Heroes early last year. In regards to the series’ Season Three episodes, the Chase and Boulder have to head back into space to complete a mission involving an Energon Eater in “Unfinished Business.” “Switcheroo” sees a nebula causing the Burns family and the Rescue Bots to switch bodies. Dr. Morocco is back again in this collection, too in “The Last Of Morocco.” And in “Time After Time” Cody finds himself in a time loop that is being cause d by the Mayor Luskey Clock Tower.  The complete episode listing for the DVD is noted below.

 

Episodes

Episode Episode Title
1 Transformers Rescue Bots: It’s A Bot Time
2 Transformers Rescue Bots: Unfinished Business
3 Transformers Rescue Bots: Switcheroo
4 Transformers Rescue Bots: Time After Time
5 Transformers Rescue Bots: The Last Of Morocco

 

 

Transformers Rescue Bots: Adventures in Time and Space will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, February 23rd. It will retail for MSRP of $14.93but can be pre-ordered via Shout! Factory’s online store now for a discounted price of $13.93 at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/transformers-rescue-bots-adventures-in-time-and-space. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory and Shout! Factory Kids is available online now at:

 

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Every Transformers Fan Will Enjoy Shout! Factory’s New Transformers Prime Compilation

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory

The Transformers is one of America’s most popular and successful franchises in American pop culture history. The franchise, which started out as a line of toys has spawned numerous animated series ever since the debut of the original series a little more than three decades ago including but not limited to: Beast Wars, Prime, Robots In Disguise, and Rescue Bots just to name a handful. There has even been a resurgance in the Trnasformers’ popularity on the big screen in recent years with four big screen features having been churned out and a fifth on the way. Now as audiences await that movie and the upcoming episodes of the latest small screen installment of Hasbro’s beloved property, they have just the thing to pass the time in the form of Shout! Factory’s recently released Transformers Prime collection, Ultimate Decepticons. Transformers Prime: Ultimate Decepticons was released early this past September. It features five episodes pulled from the series. And while that may not seem like very much, those five episodes equal to a total run time (TRT) of an hour and fifty minutes. That is nearly two hours of nonstop action and entertainment for audiences. And while all five episodes are ultimately from Transformers Prime, not all of them are from the same chapter of the series’ run. That is one part of what makes this latest collection worth the watch and will be discussed shortly. The writing within each of the collected episodes is just as important to note as the episodes themselves. That will be discussed later. Last but hardly least of note of the collection is the work of the show’s voice cast. Thanks to their work, audiences can more easily suspend their disbelief and in turn allow themselves to be pulled into this Transformers universe and enjoy each presented episode. It is the finishing touch that along with the work of the show’s writers and those charged with choosing the featured episodes, makes Transformers Prime: Ultimate Decepticons yet another enjoyable collection for any Transformers fan.

Shout! Factory’s new Transformers Prime collection Ultimate Decepticons is not the first collection of Transformers Prime episodes to ever be released by Shout! Factory. As a matter of fact, Shout! Factory has released all three of the series’ seasons and a number of other standalone compilation discs since 2012. That aside it still does not do anything to lessen the enjoyment of this latest collection. The main reason for this is its featured episodes. Over the course of its five total episodes all three seasons of Transformers Prime are represented here. What’s more all five episodes, thanks to the work of the series’ writers, leave audiences wanting more. That being the case Shout! Factory has achieved its goal. It would be easy to see that desire to find out what happens next leading viewers to pick up any of the series’ previously released standalone full season sets. It shows that those charged with choosing this collection’s episodes have done quite the commendable job in carrying out their duties. Not only did they do a commendable job of representing all three seasons, they also presented five episodes that are sure to pull in those audiences that might not be so familiar with the Transformers Prime universe and in turn drive them to pick up the series’ full season sets. Of course it’s just one way in which this collection proves itself another successful compilation from Transformers Prime. The work of the writers displayed here is another way in which it proves itself so entertaining.

The episodes that are featured in Shout! Factory’s new Transformers Prime compilation are in themselves plenty of reason for audiences to check out this collection. They are only a small part of what makes the collection so enjoyable. The work of the series’ writers is just as worth noting as the episodes themselves. That is exhibited through each episode’s story line. In ‘Masters and Students’ the collection’s lead episode (and the series’ official premiere) writer Duane Capizzi has crafted a story that sees the vile Decepticon Starscream take control of the Decepticons after the supposed death of Megatron following the events of the Darkness Rising mini-series. What makes Capizzi’s writing so impressive here is that he didn’t just pen a whole new beginning despite the episode being the series’ official premiere. Instead he picked up right where that mini-series left off. That’s just part of what makes the writing here so impressive. The transition from Dark Rising into Transformers Prime is clean. There is no flashback or any of those other overly used elements. Rather Capizzi jumps right into the driver’s seat and keeps the story moving forward with Starscream unsuccessfully trying to take the reins of the Decepticons.

Capizzi’s fellow writer Steven Melching deserves just as much applause for his work in crafting “Con Job” also from Season 1. Melching’s script takes the classic evil twin story that has been used countless times in other TV series and gives the timeless tale its own updated take. One of the most notable aspects of Melching’s script is that unlike with so many other series’ evil twin stories, Melching doesn’t waste time with the whole sequence of Makeshift being captured. It is insinuated ahead of that as Starscream and Soundwave create their own evil duplicate. By taking this route, he actually does leave viewers questioning whether the first Makeshift is really him until the ultimate reveal and showdown that follows. Even in the final showdown between Makeshift and his impostor, Melcher avoids the all too common element of the twins trying to convince everyone that the other is the fraud. Instead he has Makeshift state that he had the situation in hand. Even then, it left viewers to wonder if that was indeed Makeshift or not. It’s a nice change of pace from the classic evil twin plot for which Melcher is highly deserving of his own praise.

“Thirst” closes out Ultimate Decepticons. Marsha Griffin crafted the script for this episode. And in watching this episode, audiences will agree that she is just as deserving of praise for her work as Melching and Capizzi are for theirs. That is because her script will bring just as many laughs as it will excitement and laughs. Griffin’s story is one of those rare instances in which the Autobots and Decepticons aren’t seen fighting one another. It sees Starscream and Knockout testing Ratchet’s synthetic Energon on Cy.L.A.S. Things don’t go exactly as planned, obviously. Instead of helping, it makes Cy.L.A.S. aggressive and requires him to be restrained. The duo decides to use Dark Energon on him in hopes that it would balance him out. The result is quite the opposite. It makes him even more aggressive and also turns him into an energon-craving zombie vampire robot thing. In their attempt to outrun Cy.L.A.S. Knockout makes a joke about having watched human horror stories and their truthfulness in killing the walking dead. Griffin is to be commended here as the playful stab at all of the horror movies out there is sure to generate its share of laughs. The duo’s very attempt to escape Cy.L.A.S. and his hordes of fellow energon-sucking zombie vampire robots is just as funny. That is because the manner in which the pair runs for their lives from each one is anything but serious. It’s obvious that Griffin intentionally did this so as to keep the mood from getting too serious. There is even a scene in which Knockout and Starscream have to convince Megatron about the hordes at which point Megatron turns around tells one of the zombies from advancing. The zombie is promptly dispatched by Megatron as it advances on him. Megatron’s cool demeanor as he does so is worth its own share of laughs. Of course for all of the entertainment value in Griffin’ s script, there is also some action as Cy.L.A.S. does meet his eventual end at the hands of Airachnid. That scene is the episode’s one real serious moment. Of course for those that might not be familiar with the series, the reveal in his death might lead to some confusion for obvious reasons. Of course it could lead said viewers to pick up one or all three of the series’ seasons so as to understand and appreciate that one scene. It is just one more example of how the writing behind Ultimate Decepticons’ featured episodes makes the collection in whole so interesting and enjoyable for Transformers fans of all ages. That is not to take anything away from her work in “Prey” or Marty Isenberg’s work in “Crossfire.” Both scripts are equally gripping and entertaining in their own right. The work put into all five episodes makes each one equally entertaining in its own right. Collectively, they make Ultimate Decepticons yet another welcome addition to any Transformers fan’s collection.

Ultimate Decepticons’ featured episodes and the writers that brought the episodes to life are both key elements in the overall presentation of this new Transformers Prime compilation. While both elements are each important in their own right, the work of the series’ voice cast is just as important to the overall experience. It goes without saying that the voice cast is just as impressive as the writers in carrying out their duties here beginning with that of Peter Cullen. Cullen has brought voice to the Autobots’ leader ever since the Transformers first came to small screens across America back in 1984. He is just as impressive here as in any of the franchise’s previous installments. Whether leading the Autobots in battle or laying injured, on the verge of dying, Cullen has perfected his performance of the famed Autobot. Steven Blum is just as impressive throughout each episode as the voice of Starscream. He fully embodies Starscream’s persona as he schemes to overthrow Megatron (as in previous Transformers series) and throws his pride around, which in turn leads to him being thrown around more than once in each episode. On another note, Jeffrey Combs and Kevin Michael Richardson are just as impressive as the voices of Ratchet and Bulkhead respectively. Combs does a great job of bringing out Ratchet’s grumpy but caring old grandfather style figure while Richardson is just as entertaining as the charismatic Bulkhead. That is especially displayed in “Con Job” when Bulkhead originally thinks that the Makeshift he is talking to is the real Makeshift. He’s one of those light-hearted figures that is as caring as can be but is just as deadly when necessary. It’s just one more example of why the work of the show’s voice cast is just as important to the whole of these episodes as the work of the episodes’ writers and of the episodes themselves to the overall viewing experience of Transformers Prime: Ultimate Decepticons. All three elements together make this latest compilation, again, one that any Transformers fan will want to have in his or her own home DVD library if they don’t already own any of the series’ full season sets.

Transformers Prime: Ultimate Decepticons is a collection that while it features only five episodes, offers plenty for audiences to appreciate. Its selection of episodes represents all three of the series’ seasons and does so to the point that they will leave audiences wanting to purchase all three seasons and get the whole story of Transformers Prime. The work of the series’ writers in each of the featured episodes is just as important as the episodes themselves. The work of the series’ voice cast is just as important as the previously noted elements to this DVD’s overall viewing experience. Each noted element plays its own important part in the whole of Ultimate Decepticons. All combined, they make this collection another welcome addition to any Transformers fan’s home DVD library. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered online direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/transformers-prime-ultimate-decepticons. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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Transformers Rescue Bots’ New DVD Is “Roaring” Fun For The Whole Family

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids/Hasbro Studios

Shout! Factory and Hasbro Studios will release the latest collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s hit Transformers series Rescue Bots next week. The collection, Transformers Rescue Bots: Dino Bots will be released next Tuesday, August 25th. The ninth collection of episodes from the hit series, it is also one of the best to be released so far. The main reason for that is that its episode list doesn’t just lift randomly from the series’ so far three seasons. Rather it keeps its five episodes limited to just one season. What’s more the episodes in question are presented in mostly chronological order than a random order. As important as both of the noted elements are to this disc, they are just small parts of what makes it so enjoyable for viewers. The writing behind each of these episodes is just as important as the episodes and their ordering. The series’ writers are to be commended for their efforts to make each of the stories as believable as possible and as enjoyable as possible, too. It can be said that they succeeded quite well in both arenas, leading this collection to be one more that Transformers fans of any age will want to add to their own home library.

Transformers Rescue Bots: Dino Bots is one of the best collections to be released from Discovery Family’s hit animated series to date. There are multiple reasons for this, the least of which being its episode list. The episode list featured in this collection stands out among those of Shout! Factory’s previous Transformers Rescue Bots collections by and large because it actually lifts from just one of the series’ current three season run. The series’ previous collections each lift randomly from each of the series’ seasons at the time in order to match their collective titles. So in the case of this collection, its title Dino Bots actually is far more fitting than any of the series’ previous compilations. That is not to say that the series’ previous sets are any less enjoyable for that reason. Rather it just means that for the first time audiences actually get a full complement of episodes thoughtfully assembled from one source rather than a group of random episodes tossed together for the sake of making a compilation. It’s just the starting point in the examination of what makes this compilation so much fun for the whole family. The sequencing of the featured episodes also plays an important part in its overall success and enjoyment.

The fact that the episodes featured in Transformers Rescue Bots: Dino Bots are all pulled from just one of the series’ three current seasons is in itself a major positive to the disc. On a related note, the sequencing of the episodes is just as important to the compilation’s presentation. Audiences will note in this compilation that all five episodes are presented in the same chronological order as they appeared in their original airings on Discovery Family. As far as this critic can tell, this set marks the first time since Shout! Factory started releasing the series’ sets three years ago. It shows even more the dedication on the pat of all involved to finally bring audiences a true, proper compilation. Some might ask why this is so important. The answer is that pulling randomly placing episodes into a set produces the potential of having bits and pieces of story arcs being picked and chosen thus leaving open ends. Even in a series based in standalone episodes such as this one, there are some small story arcs incorporated into the series such as the two-part story arc presented in this set in which the Rescue Bots have to face off against Colonel Quarry. And having them piecemealed such as in the series’ previous sets tends to throw things off. So having five episodes presented here in largely the same order as they appeared on television helps to maintain a certain level of enjoyment. It is an element that far too few people consider in compilations, period. But it is something that deserves notation as clearly exhibited here. For all of the importance of the episodes’ sequencing in this set and of the episodes themselves, they are not the compilation’s only important elements. The writing behind each of the episodes is yet another important element in the collection’s success and enjoyment.

The writing that went into each of this collection’s episodes is just as important to the collection’s overall success and enjoyment as the episodes themselves and their sequencing. That is because it shows the writers’ attempts to make each episode just as believable and entertaining as possible for viewers. One way in which those efforts are exhibited is in the Rescue Bots’ acquisition of their new forms. The writers don’t just let the Rescue Bots get them and have them. Audiences will note that the Rescue Bots in fact have a little bit of trouble getting accustomed to their new forms almost being taken over by the primal behaviors of the dinosaurs that they scanned. At more than one point Optimus is overcome by those behaviors after having used his new form in order to help save the Rescue Bots. Even Boulder begins to fall victim to them at another point. On a more specific note, the set’s opening episode sees both Cade and Dr. Green using life vests while making their way on-bard Heatwave to the island to investigate it. These are just a few ways in which the writing proves so important to these episodes. They aren’t the only examples of what makes it so impressive, either. There are great references to Jurassic Park and Godzilla peppered into the episodes for good measure. And having the Rescue Bots, who are themselves still learning human culture having to teach an unfrozen caveman about modern life is itself well worth its share of laughs. It is one more way in which the writing behind these episodes proves to be so important in the overall success and entertainment value of Transformers Rescue Bots: Dino Bots. The writing, together with the collection’s episodes and their sequencing, make the collection whole. All together, they make this collection one more impressive collection of Transformers Rescue Bots episodes if not the series’ best collection of episodes yet.

Transformers Rescue Bots: Dino Bots is one of the best collections of episodes to be released from the hit Discovery Family series to date. It could even be argued to be the best of the series’ collections to date. That is thanks in large part to its episodes and their sequencing. The writing behind each of the set’s episodes is just as pivotal to their success and enjoyment. All things considered this latest collection shows in the end to be one more that Transformers fans of all ages will want to add to their home DVD libraries. It will be available next Tuesday, August 25th in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct from Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/transformers-rescue-bots-dinobots. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory and Shout! Factory Kids is available online now at:

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The Rescue Bots Roar This Summer In Another New Collection Of Episodes

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids/Hasbro Studios

The Rescue Bots return once again next month.

On Tuesday, August 25th, Shout! Factory Kids and Hasbro Studios will release the latest collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s hit series Transformers Rescue Bots, Transformers Rescue Bots: Dinobots! This latest collection boasts five more episodes from the hit series. Unlike previous Rescue Bots collections, this collection features five episodes from the series’ most recent season, its third. This time out, audiences get a two-part story arc of sorts in its first two episodes–“Land Before Time” and “Big Game”–that sees Optimus gaining new abilities after having to save the Rescue Bots and the introduction of a new villain in the form of the hunter Colonel Quint Quarry.

Colonel Quarry returns in the disc’s third episode “Quarry vs. Quarry.” He holds Professor Baranova hostage in an attempt to obtain more robotic dinosaurs. It’s up to Optimus Prime and Boulder (who both have their own Dinobot forms by now) to save Professor Baranova from Colonel Quarry. Things only get more complicated from there, leaving it to Cody and his dad to save the day along with the rest of the Rescue Bots.

In the disc’s fourth episode “Did You See What I Thaw?” a caveman preserved in ice is discovered and thawed out. In thawing him out, it is revealed that he is wearing an energon necklace, leading to a search for even more energon. All the while, the Rescue Bots and the Burns family must protect the caveman, who is given the name Ira, as Mrs. Dumont makes a visit to Griffin Rock.

“The Attack of Humungado”, the disc’s final episode, sees a pair of movie monsters lift off the big screen and into Griffin Rock when a power surge hits Doc Green’s holomorphic projector. Having both of the big screen baddies in the “real world” it is up to the Rescue Bots to stop them and return them to their own big screen battles.

What audiences will especially appreciate about this collection of episodes is that not only does it offer five recently premiered episodes from the hit Discovery Family series, but it presents them in the exact same order as they appeared in their original broadcasts. Transformers Rescue Bots: Dinobots! will be released on DVD on Tuesday, August 25th. It will retail for MSRP of $14.93. It can be pre-ordered online now direct from Shout! Factory’s online store at a discounted price of $13.93 at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/transformers-rescue-bots-dinobots. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory and Shout! Factory Kids is available online now at:

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Return Of The Heroes Is A Welcome Return For The Transformers Rescue Bots

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/Shout! Factory Kids

In just a few weeks, Shout! Factory Kids will release its latest collection of episodes from Discovery Family’s hit series Transformers Rescue Bots. Transformers Rescue Bots: Return of the Heroes will be released Tuesday, May 12th in stores and online. Whether viewers are familiar with this family friendly incarnation of Hasbro’s beloved Transformers franchise or not, it can be said that it proves just as enjoyable for first time viewers as for those that are more familiar with the series. The main reason for this is the writing behind each of the collection’s five episodes. The stories themselves are tried and true. There are also smaller elements of the writing such as the dialogue that makes the episodes just as entertaining. The series’ animation remains the same in these episodes. Though, there is one episode in which the show’s animators get to show off their talents a little more as Blades and Cody enter a virtual reality video game. Audiences will enjoy this slight change of pace from the animation that they have become so accustomed to seeing from the series. It’s one more positive to the whole of this set that makes it worth the addition to any Transformers fan’s collection regardless of his or her age. Last but not least of all worth noting of this latest release is the work of the voice cast once again. LeVar Burton, Jason Marsden, Mauriche LeMarche and company are spot on in each episode as are the actors responsible for bringing the Rescue Bots to life. All three elements make this new collection of episodes a hit for Transformers fans of any age. Collectively, all three elements show why once again, Shout! Factory Kids, along with Discovery Family and Hasbro Studios, has released another DVD that is an easy candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s best new releases for children and families in Transformers Rescue BotsReturn of the Heroes.

Transformers Rescue Bots: Return Of The Heroes is another welcome return for Shout! Factory Kids and for this hit series from Hasbro Studios and Discovery Family. The main, and strongest, reason that it is such a welcome return is its writing. This applies not just to the episodes culled for the disc but for the actual writing within the episodes, too. The episodes themselves present plot lines that are tried and true. There is the standard plot line of the good guys being brainwashed in “Rise of the Heroes.” In “Bot To The Future,” audiences see the Rescue Bots, along with Cody go back in time and set things right so that their original timeline can be re-established and the bad guy defeated. “A Virtual Disaster” tackles the topic of technology gone awry as Blades and Cody go into a virtual video game, only to fin themselves trapped in the game after a freak accident. “Bumblebee To The Rescue,” the disc’s opening episode, sees Blades having an identity crisis of sorts when legendary Autobot Bumblee comes to Earth to investigate a meteorite crash that is affecting the Rescue Bots. Knowing Bumblebee’s legacy, Blades doesn’t like being rescued by him. He wants to prove to Bumblebee that he’s not helpless and to impress Bumblebee. These are stories that have been used plenty of times in any number of series before this one. But even used in this setting, the stories are still just as enjoyable as they were in those other shows. That could be because of the execution of each story line. The stories have been updated and adapted to the series to make them completely entertaining and in turn fully engaging.

The execution of the stories in this collection makes for plenty of enjoyment for audiences of all ages. On a deeper level, the writing within the episodes coupled with the execution of the stories themselves, makes for even more enjoyment. One example of how the writing within the episodes makes them more enjoyable can be pinpointed in the episode “A Virtual Disaster.” Before Blades ends up being caught in the virtual video game with Cody, he is helping rescue an unconscious skier on a mountainside. As he is hovering over the mountainside, Dani (Lacey Chabert) tells him he has made the exact same maneuver hundreds of times. Baldes’ reply to Dani: “Yeah, but not on a snow day.” His grasp of the term snow day is itself entertaining. At the same time, Heatwave makes a typical hero remark saying, “looks like it’s time to play in the snow.” If that line alone doesn’t get some laughs, then nothing will. Blades’ comment about whether or not Cody and his family are leading the Rescue Bots into a trap while they are brainwashed in “Rise of the Heroes” will get just as much of a laugh, considering his character’s worrywart personality. There is also Chase’s constant deadpan delivery about so many situations such as his inability to control his reactions in “Bumblebee to the Rescue.” He tells Cody and the others that he can’t move or control himself in any other way. This is linked directly to the work of the cast’s voicework, which will be discussed later. Again, his deadpan delivery at such an important situation makes for so many laughs. It’s one more example of how the writing within each of this collection’s episodes adds to the episodes themselves, proving once again why the writing incorporated into each of this set’s collection is so important to the whole of the disc and its enjoyment.

The writing incorporated into each of the disc’s presented episodes proves clearly both on n macro and micro level its importance to the whole of Transformers Rescue Bots: Return of the Heroes. The writing is just as certain in this collection of episodes to entertain audiences of all ages and keep said audiences fully engaged throughout each episode. While the writing is pivotal to the enjoyment of this collection, it is just one part of what should be considered. The animation incorporated into the presented episodes should be noted, too. More specifically the animation incorporated into “A Virtual Disaster” should be noted. This episode is one of those rare times when those responsible for bringing the series to life artistically changed things up. Rather than using the artistic style used throughout the series, said individuals got to stretch their wings, utilizing a completely different artistic style. that style is used when Blades and Cody go into the virtual video game. It actually throws back to the days of hand drawn animation. That is evident from the definition of both Blades and Cody. Their color is much richer. And neither figure looks as rigid, stylistically speaking, as they do outside the game. Their look is more smooth for lack of better wording. The same can be said of their surroundings, too. Regardless of their familiarity with the series, viewers will clearly notice the difference in animation styles. It’s a nice, welcome change of pace especially for those that are more familiar with the series. And it makes for one more reason that audiences will enjoy this latest collection of episodes.

That writing and animation incorporated into Shout! Factory Kids’ new Transformers Rescue Bots collection each play their own important part in its enjoyment. For all of their importance, they are not the disc’s only positives. The work of the series’ voice cast once again makes for its own share of enjoyment once again. As already noted, Chase’s deadpan personality and Blades’ worrywart make quite the character contrast. D.C. Douglas’ and Parvesh Cheena’s handling of the two rescue bots respectively is to thank for that continued character style. The same can be said of Heatwave’s voice, Steve Blum. The actors have developed such a clear style with their characters. And it shows time and again as is evident in their dialogue within each of this collection’s episodes. Jason Marsden takes a slightly lesser role in these episodes. But even when he does get some screen time, actor Jason Marsden gets in his own laughs. By comparison, lead voice actor Elan Garfias keeps audiences engaged thanks to his work voicing Cody Burns. Cody is just as confident as ever in these episodes showing once again that one doesn’t have to be a grown up or even the tallest in order to be confident and a leader. Garias’ interpretation of Cody’s role in each script shows once again that even the smallest person can be the biggest on the inside. Yet again, whether for Garfias’ voice work or that of his cast mates, it can be argued with ease in watching these episodes that the work of the Transformers Rescue Bots cast plays just as important part in the enjoyment of these episodes as those presented in any of Shout! Factory Kids’ previous collections from the hit Discovery Family series.

The work of the voice cast in the episodes culled for Shout! Factory Kids’ new Transformers Rescue Bots collection is its own important part of the presentation’s whole. By itself, it only goes so ar in making the episodes worth the watch. The addition of the writing both on a macro and micro level adds even more enjoyment. And the rare break from the series’ standard animation in at least one episode shows the series’ potential even more. All three elements combined, they show exactly why Transformers Rescue Bots: Return of the Heroes is one more collection from Shout! Factory Kids, Discovery Family and Hasbro Studios that is an easy candidate for any critic’s list of the year’s best new releases for children and families. It will be available Tuesday, May 12th in stores and online and can be pre-ordered online now direct from Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/kids/kids-animation/transformers-rescue-bots-return-of-the-heroes at a discounted price of $13.93. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory Kids is available online at:

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