When 2011 began, Hasbro knew it was a big year for them. They joined together with Discovery Channel for their own TV Station just few months ago and were getting ready for the release of the third Transformers Live Action Movie; Transformers: Dark Of The Moon that year. Business was booming and Toy Fair was less than two months away. There was something else they were working in the background and they casually gave the name away during a press conference before the aforementioned Toy Fair. But none of us knew on that day, just how big Rescue Bots was going to be.
And on this day as we celebrate the 100th Episode of Transformers: Rescue Bots, follow the wonderful success story of a story of a ragtag team of Cybertronians rolling to the rescue, after the jump.
Toy Fair 2011 came and went and briefly showcased several toys from Rescue Bots. It was a Transformers toyline specifically for Pre-School kids. Less than a week later, 2005 Boards Member Matrix Soul approached our site with several concept art and info from the [then] upcoming Rescue Bots line. We exclusively revealed what Rescue Bots was really all about. Slated for release in August 2011, “Transformers: Rescue Bots” is the successor of Transformers: Robot Heroes. Based on the same concept as Superhero Squad and Hero On-The-Go, Rescue Bots mainly focus on educating children regarding hazards and safety.
The info was quickly followed by a reveal of a Trademark at the United States Patent & Trademark Office, announcing a new Animated Series. The new series found a permanent home at the newly rebranded Hub TV Network (currently known as the Discovery Family Channel). Little did we knew back than, Rescue Bots will go on to become the longest running Transformers TV Show with an episode count second only to the combined number of the Unicron Trilogy (Armada, Energon, and Cybertron).
Featuring an ensemble voice cast including Peter Cullen the legendary voice of Optimus Prime, Steve Blum, D.C. Douglas and many others, Transformers: Rescue Bots Animated Series debuted on December 17th and went onto become a smashing hit. The show was everything expected from Transformers cartoon aimed at pre-schoolers. That didn’t stop the adults from enjoying the show and resulting in multiple awards and nominations.
To this day, the show has won a Day Time Emmy (“Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program”) and nominated for categories such as “Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children”, “Outstanding Writing for an Animated Program”, “Best Sound for an Animated Short Film”, “Best Vocal Ensemble in a Television Series” and many others.
Though attached to the “Aligned Continuity,” Rescue Bots went on an independent path even surpassing the parent show Transformers: Prime which collapsed with the final days of the continuity and the sudden departure of Hasbro from the partnership with Discovery. With Season 2 hitting the television on March 2014 and Season 3 on November of the same year, Fans quickly added the numbers to realize if Rescue Bots received a 4th full season, it will go onto become the longest running Transformers Cartoon Show to date by defeating the original G1 series.
And it happened. Season 4 arrived on April 23rd, 2016 much to the joy of its fans.
With an extremely successful toyline which spanned for 5 years and still going, here we are on the first day of October, on the International Children’s Day to celebrate the 100th Episode of Transformers: Rescue Bots. Amazingly, the date written in US standard also denotes 100. Don’t believe us? Check this out: 10/01/2016.
Official Press Release from Discovery Network states the following:
Transformers Rescue Bots
World premieres continue Saturdays at 8:30a/7:30c
TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS follows the adventures of four young Transformers and their human counterparts – a family of emergency responders with 12-year-old Cody Burns at the center. The Rescue Bots – Heatwave, Chase, Blades and Boulder are tasked by Optimus Prime to study the ways of humanity and protect mankind on the island of Griffin Rock, a highly advanced hub of technology located off the coast of Maine. Throughout the series, Cody and his family teach the Bots how to live amidst humankind while learning about teamwork, cooperation and overcoming obstacles along the way.
100th Episode: A Brush with Danger premieres Saturday, October 1 at 8:30a/7:30c
In the 100th episode of TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS, Kade’s idol, a pompous movie star, causes trouble for the Rescue Team who are trying to solve a series of mysterious break-ins.
To Infinity…and Back premieres Saturday, October 8 at 8:30a/7:30c
When Dani’s out-of-this-world test flight doesn’t go according to plan, the Rescue Team is her only hope of ever making it back home.
Family Business premieres Saturday, October 15 at 8:30a/7:30c
Cody rides along with each of the Bots to decide what kind of rescue worker he wants to be. But when a member of his family is in danger, his true calling becomes clear.
Upgrades premieres Saturday, October 22 at 8a/7c
When Optimus Prime splits the Rescue Bots into different teams for new assignments, the evil genius Doctor Morocco returns to wreak havoc.
Season Finale: Transformations premieres Saturday, October 22 at 8:30a/7:30c
In the season finale of TRANFORMERS RESCUE BOTS, the computer-generated Doctor Morocco hatches a bold new plot to defeat the Rescue Bots by becoming one of them.
We do hope the you will enjoy today’s episode. It’s not everyday a Transformers Show get a 4th Full Season let alone on the same network. We wish the show all the very best and a great future ahead.
RESCUE BOTS!!! ROLL TO THE RESCUE!!!