Probably one of the biggest changes that the Bumblebee film is bringing to the Transformers franchise is the choice to have the robots inspired by their G1 appearance from the original cartoon. Now Paramount has released a new featurette which gives us a closer look at the designs plus the motivations behind them.
With the film being set in the 80s, I think it's only fitting that they embrace the look of the Transformers from that era as well. Though they're not a hundred percent accurate to the G1 look, the designs of the robots do take a lot of significant elements while at the same time modernizing the design to make the transformers look like alien robots.
While the Michael Bay films were filled to the brim with action setpieces and colorful robots, Bumblebee aims to be more simplified. Besides the war on Cybertron teased in the trailers, the movie is only going to include a total of four transformers—Bumblebee on the Autobots side and Blitzwing, Shatter, and Dropkick for the Decepticons.
It's also been said that the film will be taking a lot of cues from the animated classic Iron Giant, and it's kind of evident in the trailers, what with Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) discovering a giant robot and teaching it how to blend in with society.
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.
Catch Bumblebee in theaters Dec. 21.