Recently watched one of Movie Bob's segments on The Escapist about how nerd culture has gone to the dark and gritty starting with comic books as an excuse for old fans to enjoy something that has been traditionally been seen as more for kids. Instead of being confined to just comic books the dark and gritty has been a theme for films as well. If you want to check out the segment Movie Bob, Done with Dark. So since Transformers was an example it kind of got me wondering, do the Transformers films have to be dark and gritty to appeal to older viewers? Not one of those should the films be G1 because we've done that plenty of times, but should the films appeal to our inner child more than our inner teen?