Travis Knight has now taken over the Transformers franchise, and one specific thing he has changed with the Bumblebee prequel is the overall design of the Transformers. Thanks to this new featurette, we get a great look at the G1 accurate looks for the robots in disguise, and the producers talk about their choice to simplify the look.
As you can see, the film has dropped the aesthetic of the Michael Bay films to give us a blockier look for all of the heroes. Besides the more accurate toys that it will lead to, a lot of old-time Transformers fans are excited to see the film actually embrace the 80s cartoon that made Transformers the pop culture franchise that it is.
Though the modern robot design is still there, you’ll see that they’ve taken a lot of specific elements that make the new look feel like the classic show. Optimus Prime looks so close to the cartoon from the windshield chest to the Autobot logos on each of his shoulders. Heck, he’s even holding that really long gun with just one hand.
For now, the movie has promised to simplify what has become oversaturated with the Transformers franchise. Now we have a smaller film, filled with less robots, but that just means we get to see more character development—especially with main Autobot Bumblebee taking front and center.
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 when it hits theaters Dec. 21.