Transformers Animated

Season 1 Episode 1

Transform and Roll Out, Part I

Aired Saturday 8:00 AM Dec 26, 2007 on Cartoon Network
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Transform and Roll Out, Part I
While working on a space bridge, the Autobots and their leader, Optimus Prime, find the AllSpark. After an epic battle between their ship and Megatron, they crash land on Earth in the city of Detroit. After 50 years, the Autobots awake and discover a futuristic world.

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  • Bumblebeegrimloc

    Bumblebee is very funnny in animated in g1 he's serious in the 2007 movie serouis that makes animated bumblebee funny grimlock changed he is not funny like in g1 so in g1 I like grimlock better. I like grimlock better in g1 here are not real words e5tgfh dtgfrtvftf 45trb6ygytryg fceb45t t4gf e45bgr hybrhg6yb tybgtvf t4 3btgv t4b3gfb 5v vv rtfr r rv31vewsgre vtfgv t4ef rgvfcb t2v4fgv 3v4 r2vwcedfvc v2cwsf v2fefv43 rv43dg vfe bt3r gerbgt tbv4gf t b b bgfv bt v34 t rvf btg 4bgb brvf trfvegf berf ryhfdtsf rgfghf tgfbgfbv gfnbgghg see those are not real words thanksmoreless
  • optimus prime is good in the tv series

    The Autobots and their leader, Optimus Prime, find the AllSpark and crash land on earth. While on earth, they meet the human Sari and fight the evil Decepticons. Millions of years ago the Autobots and Decepticons fought a great war on Cybertron that resulted in the Decepticons being driven from the planet. As Optimus Prime watches a historical video, Ratchet questions why he bothers to think about a war that ended ages ago. Optimus stresses his belief in history being a good source to learn from. Soon they find Bulkhead stuck to a chunk of rock outside so the Autobots work together to free him. The crew has to clear some rocks blocking a Space Bridge. Optimus encourages the team to work together, but the always independent Prowl is not big on team work, choosing instead to work alone. Without warning, the Space Bridge activates, sending the Autobots fyling everywhere. Through swift action OptimusPrime rescues the Autobots, impressing his crew. He explains that he trained at the Autobot Academy, leading the others to wonder why he is on a Space Bridge repair ship. All questions stop when he uncovers a mysterious device that Ratchet immediately recognizes as the legendary Allspark! He believes it isn't meant to be found, but Teletran-1 detects a Decepticon warship coming, so they quickly head back to their ship with the Allspark. Inside the ship, Ratchet explains that the Allspark is real, and everyone recognizes it as the source of Transformers life. When the Decepticon ship gets close, Optimus decides to get help from Cybertron. He contacts Ultra Magnus, who agrees to send a strike force to help. Optimus decides to take action in the meantime, dodging the Decepticon vessel as best he can. The Autobots head to the nearest Space Bridge, but the Decepticon vessel gets in their way. Onboard the Decepticon ship, Megatron decides to invade the Autobot ship himself. Starscream is not convinced this is real and instead sets his leader up for failure by planting a device on him to overload his circuits. Megatron attacks the Autobot ship, but Optimus manages to distract him using the ship's robotic arms. When the device goes off on Megatron, his cannon explodes and the ship goes out of control. As the Autobots regain control of the ship, they discover Megatron has snuck onboard! His cannon arm is gone, but he is still dangerous. On the Decepticon ship, Starscream is ready to declare himself leader but realizes the other Decepticons have already escaped. The Autobot ship winds up going through a Space Bridge, which the Allspark destroys after they enter. The resulting explosion tears a gigantic hole into the Decepticon ship, stopping it from pursuing the Autobots. Having wound up in orbit of Earth, the ship begins to enter the atmosphere out of control once again. Optimus manages to throw Megatron out an airlock and then focuses on getting the ship back under control. He orders the others to the Stasis Pods and makes sure the ship does not crash in a populated area. As the ship lands in Lake Erie, he manages to get into a Pod himself. Meanwhile, a young Sumdac finds a gigantic robot crashed in a field near his house - it is Megatron unconscious! Fifty years later, the city of Detroit has become a booming industrial center that produces robots. The brilliant Professor Sumdac gives a tour of his manufacturing facility. During this tour we meet his daughter Sari who winds up chasing her robot dog, Sparkplug around. We also see her security key, which she wears around her neck. He shows a lab where work is being conducted on nanobots for medical purposes. However, the experiment quickly goes out of control and an insect that was being experimented on begins to grow out of control, merging with everything around it including filing cabinets! Everyone is forced to evacuate the facility and the police and emergency crews quickly head to the factory including Captain Fanzone who commands these units. The rescue workers evaculate the building while the police fight it. However Sari is still inside looking for Sparkplug. When the police blow up the bug, a piece of it falls into the lake and enters the Autobot ship, awakening its security measures - forcing the Autobots out of stasis. The police victory is short lived however as the pieces of the creature start to reform into the giantic insect once again! Inside the ship, Ratchet manages to capture the small piece of the insect. Using Teletran-1's satellite, the Autobots see the creature attacking the police and decide to assist them. Fearing the Decepticons might be watching, Optimus decides the Autobots need to take on local life form disguises, which the Autobots interpret as the police vehicles. One by one the Autobots each take a vehicle form. Ratchet stays behind to figure out what the strange intruder is while the others head out to fight it. Captain Fanzone orders his people to clear away from the scene, deciding to only use armed robots to fight the insect. The small helicopter like drones attempt to destroy the insect but to no avail. When he sees the Autobots in disguise near the creature, he thinks it's his men until he sees "his car" and the other vehicles without drivers! Before the Autobots can do anything else, Sari comes running out of the building with Sparkplug. The Autobots mistake her for a pet and Sparkplug as the owner. The Autobots try to introduce themselves but scare Sari right into the arms of the insect. They quickly transform and rescue her, with Bumblebee catching her and taking her to safety while the others battle the insect. The police witness the Autobots transforming and are awestruck. They try to battle the creature but Prowl is quickly sucked into the insect's body. Back at the Autobot ship, Ratchet analyzes the nanobot segment and discovers that he needs to reprogram the nanobots to render them harmless. To do so however, the program must be inserted manually. They decide that being the smallest and fastest of the Autobots, Bumblebee is ideal for this task. The Autobots distract the creature while Bumblebee executes the plan, and soon the insect is defeated! Unfortunately the victory is not without consequence. Prowl has been severely damaged and is quickly taken back to the Autobot ship. Sari sneaks in with the Autobots by stowing away inside Bumblebee, unbeknownst to the others. Ratchet tries to repair Prowl, but has little luck. Meanwhile, Sari stumbles onto the Allspark and a transfer of information occurs between her and the mysterious device. Suddenly, the Allspark changes the key around her neck into something else, and after she is discovered by Optimus Prime, she is taken to the medlab where the key around her neck glows and leads her to the operating table where it goes on to revive Prowl! Everyone is amazed,e specially Prowl. The Autobots soon return Sari to her father. At first they are treated with suspicion, but when Sari vouches for them they become Detroit's new super heroes! A press event is held where they are introduced to the world by Professor Sumdac. Elsewhere, Starscream has found the Allspark signature after years of searching and heads to Earth. On Earth, the Autobots are acclimating to their new environment. Sari eventually takes them to an old building owned by Sumdac that he never uses. The idea is to make it their new base within the city. Before they can work on the base however a building is on fire and the Autobots go to help save its residents. Above, Starscream watches and plans his next move. The next day, they attend a press event unveiling Sumdac's new train which can reach speeds over 300 MPH. High above, several jets are patrolling US air space when they are suddenly attacked by Starscream! He battles the jets but quickly tires of it. Instead, he scans the last jet and takes on the jet form as his new disguise. When a team of similar jets put on a show of Sumdac's train, he suddenly realizes there is an extra jet! The jet swoops in and attacks the Autobots, revealing itself to be Starscream! The Autobots battle Starscream, but being inexperienced none of them are a match for him alone. He explains that he is the one who defeated Megatron by overloading his circuitry, telling the Autobots that they don't deserve the title of "hero". He begins firing on the humans who run to the train for cover. When Starscream fires a shot that threatens to hit Sari, Bumblebee jumps in the way, taking the full brunt of the blast! He tells the Autobots they have one Mega-Cycle to bring the Allspark to him or he will destroy the train and his hostages including Sumdac and Bumblebee. The Autobots decide to execute a plan by Sari to distract Starscream using the Allspark while Prowl and Sari sneak the hostages out. Sari uses her key to reactivate Bumblebee. With Sari still inside, the train almost goes over the edge of a building but Prowl and Bumblebee manage to hold it in place, that is until Starscream blasts them from behind! Bumblebee gets Sari out of the train while Prowl keeps it from hitting anyone below. Soon, the Autobots play a game of "keep away" with the Allspark, passing it to each other to keep out of his hands. This only works temporarily until he blasts Optimus and takes the Allspark! He begins utilizing its energy to destroy everything around him. Optimus grabs one end and he and Starscream wind up playing a tug of war with it. Eventually the casing opens, causing an energy surge that sends Starscream packing but also critically damages Optimus Prime. Sari uses her Key and the Allspark to bring Optimus back to life. The Autobots quickly set to work to fix the damage done by the latest battle. Inside Sumdac's personal lab, he regrets not being able to tell Detroit's heroes the truth behind his robotics empire: the disassembled form of a Decepticon known as Megatron!moreless
  • Finally something to watch on CN....

    Awesome the new transformers does not disappoint. The beginning of the episode we find Optimus looking at past times(Generation 1), the animation is different but I like it, to me the creators are really putting themselves out there with new fresh ideas making this new series a sight to behold. But the thing I like most about it is that its fully animated and there's none of that CG crap they had in the last season. There is a little girl named Sari she wasn't that annoying, But future episodes could change that. Not that many people in the series or as the Autobots call them "Organics" which is perfect for me many people just care for the robots in disguise. I highly recommend this new masterpiece. This show glistens with sheer brilliance.moreless
  • I'm impressed

    I've come to the sad conclusion that the 80's are dead & unfortunatly aren't coming back no matter how we wish for them to. However, unlike the awful 2d/3d crap that was Energon & Cybertron, this ANIMATED attempt appears to have a LOT of potential.

    My complaints are few. I'm not crazy about the choice of animation style or the decision to make the Autobots younger but both grew on me as I got involved in the story. The one thing that absolutley turned me off was our heroes uttering phrases like 'As If'. It only happened 2 or 3 times but it was that many too many.

    The upside for this series is tremendous though. The voice actors, while naturally aren't as good as the original crew, fit the characters very well. The human characters were likeable. The story had a nice pace & the storyboarders seem to know where they want take this. The one question mark is The Decepticons. They're not involved much is this opening chapter & most of them are new (not sure why they didn't bring the originals back). I will be watching this series with great interest.moreless
  • "Autobots, Transform and Rollout!"

    Transforming goodness returns, and it's better than expected. Optimus Prime, not exactly the head honcho commander he used to be, is now a newbie commander of a repair ship alongside: Ratchet, a veteran Transformer, but still is the crews repairbot; Bumblebee, the rookie on the team; Bulkhead, the "The Thing" of Autobots; and Prowl, a loner who carelessly jumps into battle, but while the repair crew is working on an asteroid, they accidentally discover the Allspark --the key to creating a Transformer, however, a Decepticon ship is sensed approaching and the crew has to hide it, but the Decepticons decide to shoot their ship out of space anyway, only to find unknown high energy readings vacating the ship. Being a newbie commander, Optimus is forced to call in for backup, but the Decepticons are too persistant, and think that the Autobots have found the Allspark, so Megatron goes onboard to find out. Early in their encounter, Megatron loses his right arm, and soon his life when an explosive Starscream planted goes off, sending the Autobots (along with Megatron) through a nearby portal that dashes them down to Earth, where the ship sinks to the bottom of Lake Erie, where it sits undisturbed for 50 years.moreless
David Kaye

David Kaye

Optimus Prime, Lugnut

Bumper Robinson

Bumper Robinson

Bumblebee, Blitzwing

Bill Fagerbakke

Bill Fagerbakke


Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Prowl, Ultra Magnus

Corey Burton

Corey Burton


Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In the video Optimus Prime was watching, Bumblebee from the original Transformers series is shown.

    • Character(s) Introduced:
      Optimus Prime
      Sentinel Prime
      Ultra Magnus


      Isaac Sumdac
      Sari Sumdac

    • While every Optimus Prime in the Transformers series (Excluding Beast Wars) had Prime as the bot in charge of Cybertron, in this series, he is a commander of a small group of repair bots even after being taught at the Autobot Academy.

    • Transformers Animated is the first series to feature an Autobot named Prowl that is not a car, but a motorcycle. Keeping with the classic theme of previous Prowls, he is still a police vehicle.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Bumblebee: We're all gonna die, aren't we?

    • Starscream: Megatron is a fool whose been chasing a ghost for centuries! I seriously doubt we'll find this "AllSpark" aboard such an insignificant vessel.
      Lugnut: Traitor! Megatron is wise! Megatron is bold! Megatron will return the Decepticons to Cybertron and...
      Blackarachnia: And wipe our homeland clean of the stench of "Autobot tyranny," bladdy blah blah blah! Did you memorize that speech, Lugnut, or is it just hard wired into that thick one-track processor of yours!?

    • Bumblebee: Cool your circuits, Bulkhead. I'm working as fast as I can, and you know there's no bot faster!

    • Megatron: Starscream, report.
      Starscream: Energy readings off the scale, my liege. Shall I fire upon the Autobots?
      Megatron: Cripple their ship, but do not destroy it... yet.
      Starscream: Yes, yes, brillant strategy, oh wise and great leader.

    • Bumblebee: But, we're Repair bots. We're not programmed for this kind of action!
      Optimus Prime: Then consider this an upgrade.

    • Optimus Prime: Set a course for the nearest space bridge.
      Bulkhead: But Ultra Magnus said to stay put.
      Optimus Prime: With all do respect, Bulkhead, Ultra Magnus isn't carrying the AllSpark.

    • Ultra Magnus: Oh and Prime, don't try to be a hero.

    • (talking to Blackarachnia)
      Blitzwing: (second face) The name is Blitzwing, insect! Remember it cause it's the last thing you're gonna hear before I... (third face) express my feelings in song! (singing) The itzy bitzy spider...

    • (After Optimus Prime cuts off the gravity)
      Ratchet: Good thinking Prime. Putting us on equal footing... so to speak.

    • Optimus Prime: Would it kill you bots to say something like 'heads up' or 'look out' or...
      Ratchet: Incoming!

    • Starscream: (sees Autobot ship explode from detonator) Yes! (turns around and clears throat) Solemn face; Solemn face...

    • Ratchet: Young-bots: can't live with 'em, can't melt 'em for spare parts.
      Bulkhead: (To Bumblebee) Why is he always so grumpy?
      Bumblebee: You'd be grumpy too if you lost a servo to the scrapheap! (Ratchet slaps Bumblebee in the back of the head)
      Ratchet: I may have lost a few servos to the scrapheap... but I can still hear!

    • Optimus Prime: Sometimes I feel like I'm destined for more then just fixing Space Bridges.
      Ratchet: I've got a diagnostic program that'll get rid of those thoughts like a bad line code.

    • After Optimus Prime cuts off the gravity
      Bumblebee: Hey who turned off the (Bulkhead slams into Bumblebee) Whaaaaaaaaa!!!
      Bulkhead: Sorry! My bad!
      Bumblebee flips out of control, until he hits Megatron's foot
      Bumblebee: You know what? You're even uglier from this angle!

    • (The Detonator Starscream planted on Megatron's back goes off, seemingly killing both the Autobots and Megatron)
      Starscream: This is a dark day in Decepticon history. May the legacy of our fallen leader, Megatron, live in our memory cores, for all eternity. As I appoint myself new leader, I solemly pledge to... (Turns around, realizes that the other Decepticons have already abandoned ship) Where's everybody gone?!

    • Megatron: What do you want now, Starscream?
      (Starscream places a detonator on Megatron's back, seemingly patting his leader)
      Starscream: Only to wish you luck, my liege.
      Megatron: I do not believe in "luck". (Transforms and leaves)
      Starscream: Neither do I...

    • Starscream: I volunteer to deploy and breach the Autobot ship.
      Megatron: I didn't spend the last 4 million solar cycles just so you could get your greasy wings on the AllSpark! (Grabs Starscream's wing and pulls him in)
      Starscream: Ow! Ow!
      Megatron: I will harness its energy into the ultimate weapon... and crush the Autobots for good! (Lets go of Starscream and leaves)
      Starscream: (About his damaged wing) Well I'll just... get this fixed then...

  • NOTES (11)

    • Sentinel Prime's appearance in this episode is noticeably different from that of his later appearances. Derrick J. Wyatt revealed that, at the time this episode went into production, the only part of Sentinel that had been designed was his head. This non-final design was later replaced with his normal design.

    • Marty Isenberg wanted to use a Transformer who could "transform into anything." When that proved unworkable for toy reasons, the triple changer named Blitzwing was used. Eric Siebenaler, Hasbro's lead designer on Transformers, gave the idea of Blitzwing's face swapping.

    • During preproduction, Rodimus Prime, Optimus Prime's sucessor from the original animated series, was going to be his rival. When the idea of Rodimus Prime being "a jerk" didn't go, the character was dropped in favor Sentinel Prime, making it the first time the name is used in an animated series.

    • During the show's preproduction, the character Red Alert was suggested as one of the five Autobots. Unlike previous incarnations, the character would have been a female. Apparently, because of the live-action movie and to attract older fans, the character was dropped in favor of Ratchet.

    • The character Hot Shot, an Autobot rookie from the past three Transformers series (also known as The Unicron Trilogy), was suggested for a character during the show's preproduction. Because of the live-action movie and to help new fans understand the series better, the character was dropped in favor of Bumblebee.

    • Toonami Jetstream Airdates:
      February 11th, 2008 - March 31st, 2008
      October 27th, 2008 - December 8th, 2008

    • International Airdates:
      Canada - January 1, 2008
      Australia - May 31, 2008

    • Tom Kenny, who voices Starscream in the series, also does the voice of the title character from Nickelodeon's 'Spongebob Squarepants.' Bill Fagerbakke (Bulkhead) also voices a Spongebob character, the dim-witted Patrick Star.

    • This is the first animated Transformers series since the original G1 cartoon to be produced by an American company.

    • Two of the voice actors in this series have portrayed characters in previous Transfomers shows. Corey Burton (Megatron and Ratchet) voiced Sunstreaker, Brawn, Spike Witwicky and Shockwave in the Generation One cartoon. David Kaye (Optimus Prime) is perhaps better known as the voice behind Megatron in Beast Wars/Machines and Megatron/Galvatron in the Unicron Trilogy

    • Out of the 5 Autobots, Bulkhead is the only one who doesn't reuse a name that originated from a Generation One Autobot. His name comes from the Energon Series of Autobots. In Energon, Bulkhead was a helicopter.


    • Megatron: Appearance.
      Megatron's head resembles the design used for the 2007 movie character and carries the arm cannon of the original 1984 G1 Megatron.

    • Sentinel Prime: Appearance
      Sentinel Prime's rather large chin and blue coloring makes him a physical parody of the animated Superhero, The Tick. Townsend Coleman, who voices Sentinel, was coincidentally the voice of The Tick in the cartoon series of the same name.

    • The footage of the Great War Optimus Prime was watching at the beginning come from the epsiodes "More than Meets the Eye, Part 1" and "War Dawn" from the 1984 Transformers series. If you watch closely, you can see several G1 characters in the clips, including G1 Megatron, Skywarp, Thundercracker, G1 Bumblebee, Wheeljack, and the one shot character Dion.

    • Blitzwing having three revolving faces could be a reference to Man-E-Faces from "Masters of the Universe." This would make sense, since Mattel and Hasbro are competitors and filmation has a few badguys in "She-Ra, Princess of Power" who are based on the Transformers.

    • Sentinel Prime
      Although this is the character's first appearance in a animated series, Sentinel Prime has appeared in nearly every comic book incarnation of the Transformers franchise. In all his appearances, Sentinel is shown as the Prime who preceded Optimus, the former's death (at the hands of Megatron in the Dreamwave and recent IDW stories) often the catalyst for latter taking the mantle of Prime.

    • Bumblebee: We're all gonna die, aren't we?
      This is a possible homage to Rattrap and his constant line "We're all gonna die" from Beast Wars.

    • Bumblebee: Bad choice of words, Big-Bot.
      Bumblebee's nickname for Optimus is the one that the Maximal Cheetor used in Beast Wars for Optimus Primal. The order of the Autobots in this series share similarities to the 5 Maximals in the beginning of Beast Wars: Optimus Prime/Optimus Primal (Leader), Bumblebee/Cheetor (Youngest), Prowl/Dinobot (Loner warrior), Ratchet/Rhinox (Doctor), Bulkhead/Rattrap (Attitude).

    • The AllSpark
      The AllSpark seems to be similar to the object of the same name from the live-action Transformers film. It is an object of great power that can turn machines into Transformers. One major difference is that the movie version is shaped like a cube, while the Animated version is shaped like a Hexagon.

    • Transform and Roll Out!
      This episode gets its name from the classic Transformers line "Autobots, Transform and Rollout!" This line is always stated by Optimus Prime.