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Transformers: Rescue Bots is a Daytime Emmy award-winning cartoon series that launched on The Hub on December 17, 2011 with a preview of the first two episodes, and the full season starting February 18, 2012. Unlike Transformers: PrimeRescue Bots is animated in Toon Boom Harmony (similar to a Flash cartoon), and aimed at a younger generation of Transformers fans. Unusual for a Transformers cartoon, it features no Decepticons, though they are mentioned from time to time.

Following the closure of The Hub, Rescue Bots continued to air on its replacement network, Discovery Family. The series is the only Transformers cartoon to have a full-length fourth season, and at 104 episodes total, is the longest-running Transformers cartoon ever, eclipsing the Generation 1 cartoon by six episodes.

A follow-up series known as Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy is currently in production by Boulder Media Studios. In the meantime, a choose your own adventure web series, known as My Transformers: Rescue Bots Adventure, will be uploaded to YouTube.

Sypnosis

The Rescue Bots are a team of inexperienced Autobots primarily designed to serve as a rescue team on the battlefield. When their craft is drawn to EarthOptimus Prime judges them as not ready to face the Decepticons, and instead stations them in the technologically advanced town of Griffin Rock, Maine located on an island off the east coast of America. There they must work undercover, posing as ordinary robots used as rescue vehicles by the island's "family of heroes", the Burns family. Team leader and team hothead Heatwave is paired with egotistical firefighter Kade Burns; rules pedant Chase is partnered with police chief Charlie Burns; nature-loving Boulder is paired with engineer Graham Burns, and height-fearing Blades has hotshot pilot Dani Burns for a partner.

The Rescue Bots must learn to work together, both with each other and their human partners, to help the people of Griffin Rock. Life on the island is far from ordinary—with the town a voluntary test-bed for new and advanced technology, the rescue team regularly has to cope with disasters and mishaps caused by previously untested technology. Though the Decepticon empire has yet to touch the island, it has its own villains: the devilishly-cunning Doctor Morocco makes life difficult with his MorBots and other hostile tech; Machiavellian business owner Madeline Pynch is primarily motivated by greed, particularly for the gold she knows lies beneath the island; and the hacker/thief twins Myles and Evan who are adept at using the town's technology to steal from the townsfolk. Occasionally when things get really tough, Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, or Sideswipe will visit to lend a hand.

As the years pass, much changes. The Rescue Bots reveal their identities as aliens to the townsfolk. Helping them in this endeavor are many new allies they've encountered during their adventures — Blurr and Salvage, two Autobots found frozen in time are now training to be Rescue Bots themselves, and an old friend of Optimus Prime, High Tide, lends a hand for water rescues with his helper bot ServoQuickshadow, a covert Rescue Bot agent, has been assigned by Optimus himself to work with the team. Together with these newcomers, the Rescue Bots have expanded their operations to the mainland, establishing a new Rescue Bot Training Center there, though they continue to maintain their secrecy.

Characters

Rescue Bots

Rescue Force Sigma-17

Other Rescue Bots

Bee Team

Others

Burns Family

  • Chief Charlie Burns (Maurice LaMarche)
  • Cody Burns (Elán Garfias)
  • Kade Burns (Jason Marsden)
  • Dani Burns (Lacey Chabert)
  • Graham Burns (Shannon McKain)
  • Woodrow Burns (Mark Hamill)

Greene Family

  • Doc Greene (LeVar Burton)
  • Frankie Greene (Diamond White)
  • Maura the Magnificent (Cree Summer)
  • Professor Anna Baranova (Kath Soucie)
  • CeCe Greene (Kath Soucie)

Antagonists

  • Dr. Thaddeus Morocco (Tim Curry/Jonny Rees)
  • Madeline Pynch (Stacy Darrow)
  • Evan (Robbie Daymond)
  • Myles (Robbie Daymond)
  • Priscilla Pynch (Katherine McNamara)
  • Colonel Quint Quarry (Jim Cummings)
  • Lord Thurston Chumley (Jim Cummings)
  • Chickadee (Kristen Schaal)
  • Skip Scobble (Eric Bauza)

Townspeople

  • Huxley Prescott (Jeff Bennett)
  • Mr. Harrison (D.C. Douglas)
  • Mrs. Neederlander (Billie Hayes)
  • Hayley (Danica McKellar)
  • Mr. Alper (Steve Blum)
  • Mr. Bunty (Steve Blum)
  • Edgar Pruitt (Maurice LaMarche)
  • Mr. Bufkin
  • Mr. Perkins (Steve Blum)
  • Milo (Jason Marsden)
  • Mrs. Luskey (Nicole Dubuc)
  • Nancy Morrison
  • Mr. Sharma (Parvesh Cheena)
  • Captain Arthur Shaw (Maurice LaMarche)
  • Mr. Feiffer (Brian Hohlfeld)
  • Captain Wild (Steve Blum)
  • Carin (Nancy Linari)
  • Mr. Hunter (Maurice LaMarche)
  • Jerry (Shannon McKain)
  • Barney (Jeff Bennett)
  • Amy (Hynden Walch)
  • Dr. Bieber (Maurice LaMarche)
  • Don (Robbie Daymond)
  • Ernie (D.C. Douglas)
  • Mr. Foster (Jonny Rees)
  • Miss Frederick (Lacey Chabert)
  • Mr. Hooton
  • Mr. Levy (Jason Marsden)
  • Ms. Lima (Kath Soucie)
  • Mario
  • Doctor McSwain (Ginny McSwain)
  • Mr. Rubio (Jeff Bennett)
  • Mrs. Rubio (Lacey Chabert)
  • Mr. Schulte (Jeff Bennett)
  • Mr. Talbott
  • Virginia (Billie Hayes)
  • Mr. Watkins
  • Mr. Whitaker
  • Billy (Jason Marsden)
  • Timmy (Jason Marsden)
  • Kyle (Jason Marsden)
  • Corey
  • George (Shannon McKain)
  • Jimmy (Jason Marsden)
  • Elsie Rubio

Robots

  • Trex (LeVar Burton)
  • Robo-Baby (Jason Marsden)
  • Dither (LeVar Burton)
  • MorBots (Maurice LaMarche)
  • Mechanical bull

Artificial Intelligence

  • Vigil (Bill Mumy)
  • Morocco virus (Jonny Rees)
  • CAT (Nicole Dubuc)
  • Elma Hendrickson Hologram (Kath Soucie)
  • Chester A. Arthur (Jeff Bennett)

Aliens

  • Energon eater
  • Velgrox (Jeff Bennett)

Pets

  • Mister Pettypaws
  • Edison
  • Aristotle
  • Poopsie

Mini-Cons

Awards and nominations

  • 2016 Annie Awards
  • 2016 Daytime Emmys
  • 2017 Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards

Notes

  • Jeff Kline stated that Rescue Bots and Prime occupy the same continuity, and do so because he felt two Transformers shows on the same network should share the same mythology. This is why Rescue Bots takes place on an island, so that it can exist in a relatively insulated bubble from the more dangerous plot elements of the older-skewing Prime.
  • Rik Alvarez said in 2015 that Rescue Bots and Prime being in the same continuity was a studio decision, and not one Hasbro had expected.