• Aug 21st 2006 at 7:57PM
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Our own sister-site Cinematical picked up on this a few days ago, as it seems Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, screenwriters on Transformers, have released a webcast full of new details and also reassurances that the writing team won't ruin many a geek's and auto enthusiast's favorite tale of transforming mechanized sentient robots.

The webcast can be found here, but here's a sample of what Cinematical learned while watching the 35 minute-long video:
  • Autobots will include Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Jazz, Ratchet (Medical officer, will not be in the form of an ambulance) and Ironhide.
  • Decepticons will include Megatron, Starscream, Brawl, Bonecrusher, Barracade, Scorponok, Frenzy (started out as Soundwave, until they decided to change the character. Stealth spy) and Blackout (guy who comes in and takes out all of our abilities to fight back).
  • On why some characters look different than their original versions (i.e. Bumblebee's a Camaro Concept!): "Clothes don't make the man."
  • Contest announcement: (check the film's official website for details in the coming days) Write a line for Optimus Prime and the winning line gets put in the movie.
Also confirmed on the film's website is that Peter Cullen, the original voice of Optimus Prime, will return to voice the leader of the Autobots.

Here's a roundup of other Transformers movie news for those eager to hear Cullen say "Autobots, transform and ROLL OUT."
Character renderings
Behind the scenes video

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I wonder if the new Bumblebee will sport a mullet to match his new persona ;)

      Seriously though, that sucks that they had to replace that vehicle/character. They should have just left Bumblebee out completely and used a different character.

      Movie does look pretty damn cool though.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah, I'm thinking less "the clothes don't make the man" and more "the volkswagen don't make the payout for the product placement." Just ugh.
      • 9 Years Ago
      you guys are just wrong, this movie is going to be awesome.

      Optimus needs to say "... and knowing is half the battle!"
      • 9 Years Ago
      What the hell does this have to do with cars?
      Slow car news day?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I could care less about bumblebee - he was cannon fodder... but Jazz needs to be a Martini Racing Porsche. That's not negotiable.

      In addition, no Soundwave?

      Crazy wild CGI robots? Actually, the robots look like complete rip-offs of the MINI robot from about 1 year ago. The Transformers should have stuck to their toy-roots.

      Dumb mistake... so far this movie is underwhelming. It's going to end up in the discount DVD rack with other expensive flops like War of the Worlds and Day After Tomorrow.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I always thought the Chevy Avalanche was styled by the Transformers. Hideous and immature.
      • 9 Years Ago
      yea, they announced Peter Cullen as the voice at the beginning of august at Comic-Con
      • 9 Years Ago
      Clothes dont make the man eh? So I suppose that Optimus could be a Frito's Delivery Truck and he would still be just as big bad and tough??? Rubbish.

      It really stinks having BumbleBee played by a out-of-touch boring car company that got in the movie just for some cheap publicity.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Bumblebee is not a Bug because VW won't allow their products used to promote violence. They won't even let Hasbro make a new version of the old toy. They seem to have no problem with using their products to degrade woman or get smashed at intersections, but having their product transform into a robot that fights or shoots a gun is off limits. It's clear that VW is now ran by a bunch of Liberal idiots.

      While a MINI Cooper might have been more true to the original, the Camaro will do just fine.
      • 9 Years Ago
      sucks that the movie isnt coming out until next year..
      I saw a preview of the CGI and it looked amazing

      • 9 Years Ago
      "Optimus needs to say "... and knowing is half the battle!""
      Thats from GIJOE bro
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