We all know how Transformers usually goes by now. Decepticons vs. Autobots on the planet Earth for Energon. Well it seems there is a new Transformers show that has changed that formula. The question is, does it hold up and does it work? In Transformers: Rescue Bots, the story centers around four Autobot Rescue Bots that are summoned to Earth by Optimus Prime and ordered to learn how to be heroes from a family on earth. We have Heatwave, Boulder, Blades and Chase. Heatwave takes on the form of a firetruck. Boulder is a bulldozer. Blades is a helicopter and also ironically is afraid of heights. Chase is a police car. Together the bots head for Griffin Rock and learn about teamwork and being heroes with the family. So despite it having a cheesy premise, many shows can take weird premises and make them work well, and this show does a great job doing that. For one thing, the characters are good and each have their own personality. The humans I have to admit kind of come off a little generic, but for the most part they do actually have character development to them and become more likable as the show goes on. The Autobots on the other hand do have their own personalities to them as well. Heatwave acts like the leader and is a little reckless. Boulder is the smart one and can create ways of doing unique rescues. Blades acts a little more like the comedy relief of the group, but he does also have his strong moments as well and can be funny. Chase acts more like the serious member of the group who takes things very literal. All in all, these characters are good for the most part and are developed. One of the brightest things this show does right is that it does have moral at the end like in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It borrows elements from that show and does a great job of not shoving the moral down our throats like most shows that do that these days. The plots are simple, but they are actually creative. Some like fame going too far or not acting like a team have been done before, but this show does them well and come off fresh. Humor wise, the show does have some great slapstick or silly moments, and there's none of that overuse of crude humor like in most cartoons today. Instead it goes back to simpler humor that can be fun for all. I especially love some of the wacky antics of the professor. Artwork wise, the show has great character designs and set designs to them. The Autobots look unique and simplistic and the humans look good for the most part. The animation is also top notch, characters move around great, lip syncs are on cue, but it does get a little repetitive here and there. All in all, Transformers: Rescue Bots is indeed very worthy to watch. The characters are great, the stories, while rehashed, come off excellent, the humor is nice, and the artwork and animation is well done. If you are looking for a break form all the Autobots vs. Decepticons formula of Transformers, then this is the show for you. This is a show that should in fact be looked upon, so don't pass this show up and see it.
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