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Steve Blum and Jeff Kline talk Rescue Bots & Transformers Prime

Posted on 02-06-2012 at 02:41 PM by Sol Fury under Transformers Prime
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Transformers Prime and Rescue Bots Executive Producer Jeff Kline and voice actor supreme Steve Blum (Starscream, Heatwave) recently took part in a chat session with fans. This great and insightful chat session shed some light on a few cool elements of the series, including the answer to the question - are Transformers Prime and Transformers Rescue Bots in the same continuity?

We can proudly reveal, direct from Executive Producer Jeff Kline himself, yes, these two great shows are indeed in the same continuity! The creative team felt it was important that both shows share the same continuity - so when you see Optimus Prime in Rescue Bots, it means he has briefly taken a leave of absence from Jasper, Nevada.


Other questions covered include:

Guest stars
Jeff Kline says the team is pursuing their top choices for guest actors, to have them come in and do a spot where there is space in their schedules. There are a few guest voices coming up in Prime, and a couple in Rescue Bots too.
Jeff and Steve went on to say that their list of top choices for guest actors stems from people they want to work with, who they feel would be good with the group (Steve Blum commented that he's already got two of the people he really wanted to work with right there, Peter Cullen and Frank Welker)

How do you top the season 1 finale?
Jeff Kline - it is a big challenge going forward, though they feel they can and will top it with season 2. Jeff promises they will deliver on some expectations, while delivering some surprises on others. No specific clues though, the whole conversation was very spoiler free.

Will there be a Transformers Prime movie?
Jeff Kline - It is a real possibility, but it depends on a lot of things going right.
They did a showing of the season 1 finale at a local theatre and people were very impressed with how the series looked on the big screen. "And that was season 1" - sounds like there is even more jaw-dropping CGI in store for season 2!


We would like to thank Jeff Kline and Steve Blum for taking the time out to share this Q&A session with us.

Transformers Rescue Bots and Transformers Prime return to The Hub on Saturday 18 February - that's less than two weeks from now! Are you excited?

About Steve Blum

With literally hundreds of V/O credits to his name, Steve Blum is best known as the voice of "Spike Spiegel" from Cowboy Bebop, “Wolverine” from several incarnations of X-Men (animated movies, games, the Wolverine and the X-Men TV Series, The Super Hero Squad Show and X-Men Anime), “Orochimaru,” “Zabuza,” and others from Naruto, "Tom" (the robot host) from Cartoon Network’s Toonami, “Green Goblin” from the Spectacular Spiderman series, “Heatblast,” “Vilgax” and “Ghostfreak” from Ben 10, “Grayson Hunt” (Bulletstorm) “Grunt” (Mass Effect 2), “Tank Dempsey” (Call of Duty), “Killer Croc” from Arkham Asylum, “Oghren” (DragonAge),“Vincent Valentine” (Final Fantasy VII), “Leeron” (Guren Lagann), “Jamie” from Megas XLR, “Storm Troopers” and many others in most of the Star Wars games, “Boogoo,”“Sparky” and others from Disney’s Anime - Stitch, The voice of 7-11, dozens of Digimon and a gigantic list of other characters from Anime, Video Games, TV and Film.

Currently he’s working on the new super-charged CGI series Transformers: Prime, playing the sometimes delusional but always deadly Decepticon Starscream!! And coming soon as Heatwave on the brand new kid-friendly Transformers: Rescue Bots!

Check out more of Steve’s stuff at http://www.steveblumvoices.com/

or at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0089710/

About Jeff Kline

For the past 15 years, Jeff Kline has worked across numerous mediums and platforms as both writer and executive producer, and has been involved in over 40 animated and live-action series and pilots.   Currently, Kline is the executive producer and co-developer of the fully-CG series Transformers: Prime (along with partners Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci) and the animated G.I. Joe: Renegades. Both series are produced for The Hub, a television network for kids and their families, owned by Hasbro.  Hasbro recently signed Kline to a development and production deal, and he is set to premiere the new animated series , TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS, in December 2011.

Previously, Kline has been involved in such hits as Jackie Chan Adventures (Kids WB), Men in Black: The Animated Series (Kids WB), Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles (Syndicated), the Emmy nominated Dragon Tales (PBS), and That Was Then (ABC). 

Kline began his television career as a Development Executive with tenures at NBC Entertainment, and nearly six years at Columbia Pictures Television before transitioning into writing and producing.

A graduate of Boston University, Kline also helped to start the ‘BU in LA’ industry exchange program, when he was a student at the University.  He guest lectures for the program and has also received their Distinguished Alumnae award.  In the spring of 2009, Kline taught at BU’s College of Communications

Kline currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Maine, where he resides with his family.
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Soundwinder
Mreh... no less plausible than Prime and WfC taking place in the same continuity.
Sinnertwin
Neat
jackgaughan
So when Team Prime parties Optimus visits the Rescue Bots? Fair enough.
Feralstorm
Since Optimus changed look visiting the Rescue Bots, I'd love to see the RB making a cameo on Prime - in Prime style.
TFW10
Thank you for sharing.
kaijuguy19
Okay well this does confirm that Resuce Bots are in the same timeline as Prime is. I'm not planing on watching Rescue Bots anytime soon but perhaps one day I shall just to see if there's connections to Prime.

It was neat to hear that they shown the Season 1 finale at the silver screen! So I do hope there's a movie somehow because the CGI would look GLORYUS on the silver screen!
Autovolt 127
Wow.....yeah I guess it can work even though Optimus Prime's design contridict each other then again Avengers and Wolverine and the X-Men are in the same continuity and Nick Fury's eye patch is on the wrong side.
General Tekno
I've said this before, but I hope that they do a Rescue Bots episode where a ton of disasters start happening at the same time, and they're barely coping with the problems. (Unicron natural disasters)

And while this is going on, they're unable to get through to Prime.
UltraAlanMagnus
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Wow.....yeah I guess it can work even though Optimus Prime's design contridict each other then again Avengers and Wolverine and the X-Men are in the same continuity and Nick Fury's eye patch is on the wrong side.
Yeah. What Would be cool though for both Prime and Rescue Bots though would be Crossovers together.
General Tekno
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Since Optimus changed look visiting the Rescue Bots, I'd love to see the RB making a cameo on Prime - in Prime style.
Throwing in Heatwave would be easy, given Blum's already in the regular Prime cast.
Stygian360
And the reason the Rescue Botties can occupy the Jasper site alongside Bulkhead, BB, et. al.? Whatever, I'm not even sure I like RB's yet, so I'll confine my comments to Prime for now.

Mention of a Prime movie? Fully support this path. Just needs the right story, character choice, and of course they'd need to crank up the animation ever so slightly. At times the humans look a little too 'plastic' and although I understand that this is due to the limitations of CGI for TV, this would need to be cranked up for the big screen. Part of the reason why I didn't care for the Clone Wars animated movie a few years back. Who wants to pay to sit in a theatre and watch a two hour Clone Wars episode? Not effing me, that's who.
IaconStargazer
And people thought the design inconsistencies/sudden changes in the IDW G1 continuity were nutty. : D

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Since Optimus changed look visiting the Rescue Bots, I'd love to see the RB making a cameo on Prime - in Prime style.
That'd actually be a pretty cool idea, even if just for a two-part story or something.
StarryAqua
Interesting. So does this officially put the idea of Continuity Family to rest in the Aligned Continuity?

. . . I doubt it.

Anyway, I'd love to see some crossovers.
Ra88
....How does that even work...?
Angelwave
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....How does that even work...?
Why even bother asking anymore? Just nod and say "whatever".
RedAlert Rescue
So when Prime's on Patrol as 'Prime's do not party' - he's with the Rescuebots ?

I guess it will fit - but only if the Rescue Bots show takes place "Before" the Decepticons come back. that would also explain the different type of truck mode for Prime too.
It's all nonsense though especially if Rescue-Bumblebee speaks English.
Oh and can you actually bother to distribute Boulder, Blades and Chase in the UK now.
General Tekno
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And the reason the Rescue Botties can occupy the Jasper site alongside Bulkhead, BB, et. al.? Whatever, I'm not even sure I like RB's yet, so I'll confine my comments to Prime for now.

Mention of a Prime movie? Fully support this path. Just needs the right story, character choice, and of course they'd need to crank up the animation ever so slightly. At times the humans look a little too 'plastic' and although I understand that this is due to the limitations of CGI for TV, this would need to be cranked up for the big screen. Part of the reason why I didn't care for the Clone Wars animated movie a few years back. Who wants to pay to sit in a theatre and watch a two hour Clone Wars episode? Not effing me, that's who.
The problem I had with the Clone Wars movie was that the story wasn't all that great.

And, naturally, within a few episodes, when they did the Malevolence 3-parter, I found myself going "WHY DIDN'T YOU GUYS ADAPT THIS FOR A MOVIE INSTEAD".

Honestly, with that series, the movie seemed to me to be an excuse to build all the character models/sets and be able to recoup the costs. Kinda like how with the Battlestar Galactica reboot, they did a miniseries first, and used a meaty miniseries budget to build really nice sets they were able to carry over into a new series, thus reducing ongoing costs.

After all, you look at how many assets they had to build for Clone Wars' movie - it's quite impressive. And then they got a VERY VERY elaborate baseline for "free" in that it didn't come out of the TV budget, but was recouped by the movie revenues. Which is part of the reason Clone Wars looks so damn good, I'd say - it feels like a "living" world, which is the biggest problem with a CGI series given the cost to construct/animate new designs.

Heck - look at Prime, or that new Green Lantern series, or even Beast Wars. They can only add so many characters a season, and as such focus on small casts. Clone Wars got around that by having the budget to do HUNDREDS of designs up front (including extras), which lets them have considerably less to do down the road. (I mean, look at the latest Bounty Hunter arc - we've got at least a dozen new character models that have turned up in it so far. Many CGI shows don't go that far.)
Sprocket
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....How does that even work...?
It's not that far-fetched: would you want ambulance workers joining the military? The Rescue Bots specialize in rescue, not combat, and Optimus is keeping them involved in a mission that leaves both shows relatively separate. Works for me.

As for a cross-over, the only hope for that would be a Botcon comic or prose story, or maybe a humorous script-reading. Anything else is a pipe dream.
General Tekno
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And the reason the Rescue Botties can occupy the Jasper site alongside Bulkhead, BB, et. al.? Whatever, I'm not even sure I like RB's yet, so I'll confine my comments to Prime for now.

Mention of a Prime movie? Fully support this path. Just needs the right story, character choice, and of course they'd need to crank up the animation ever so slightly. At times the humans look a little too 'plastic' and although I understand that this is due to the limitations of CGI for TV, this would need to be cranked up for the big screen. Part of the reason why I didn't care for the Clone Wars animated movie a few years back. Who wants to pay to sit in a theatre and watch a two hour Clone Wars episode? Not effing me, that's who.
Rescue Bots doesn't take place in Jasper. It takes place in Rhode Island, doesn't it?
Bountyan
So Vangelus' crackpot theory was correct?
Sprocket
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Rescue Bots doesn't take place in Jasper. It takes place in Rhode Island, doesn't it?
Maine.
Angelwave
Well I am kinda happy that I got an FE Blades then.
Kaijumaster
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How do you top the season 1 finale?
"We plan on building a story throughout the season that contains far less filler and is leading towards an end goal instead of "OOPS Unicrons here! and heres all this information we toss at you at once, and all those McGuffins we've collected don't com into play at all" "


......Is the answer I would like.
Anguirus
I could only be a sane Transformers fan when I realized that it didn't make any sense to worry more about continuity than the actual writers and producers.

It's by now very well-established that the actual form of each bot changes with the artist and the chosen design style, and that events tend to happen in what TVTropes calls "Broad Strokes." Long as I get my toys...
ORIO
I demand toys of Heatwave, Chase, Blades and Boulder that are ages 5+ please.
Sumner Sturgeon
This is actually a lot easier to swallow than the Prime/WFC thing, really; different art styles aside (which, as IDW has shown, means nothing to Transformers), there's nothing really to contradict, since the two shows take place across the whole US from one another and it's only Optimus moving between the two bases.
PrimusVsUnicron
but Optimus in RB looks more GEEWUN and has yellow eyes
Backscatter
Lame and whatever. It's like what Takara did mashing everything together. (didn't mean to sound like G1 Wheelie)
Kaijumaster
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Heck - look at Prime, or that new Green Lantern series, or even Beast Wars. They can only add so many characters a season, and as such focus on small casts.
Yeah But the issue is what you do with those characters, Prime has in NO WAY utilized it's character to anything RESEMBLING thier full potential

Lets break it down.
Megatron - Spent a great deal of time in a Coma, most of his history we get in flashback narrated by autobots.

Soundwave - Doesn't talk (YET)

Starscream - OK we're doing good here.

Knockout - potential but not enough usage other just being genericly awsome

Break Down - Totally A+ they're using him to the full and I see bright things ahead, no problems there.

Airachnid - Just go away. We get it, your bad. blah blah blah

Vehicons - thier generic foot soldiers

As for the autobots. we essentially have two. Bee can't talk and Prime & Ratchet rarely leave/do anything. so it's just arcee and Bulkhead. which are fine characters but between thier overuse and the fact that no one even SNAPS at Miko....just weakens them.
Pauly T
There's only one reason to have these two shows in the same continuity: crossovers.

I certainly don't think there's ever going to be a storyline that starts on one series and ends on the other, but I would like to see some characters show up in their neighbor's yard, especially in the toylines.
shroobmaster
I figured it was the same continuity the second they mentione dead Cybertron and made the robots work with government officers. No surprise.
General Magnus
This makes no sense and I´m ignoring it.
The F.N.G.
Cool, nice to see official word on the connection. And I'm all for the Rescue Bots making an appearance in Prime, even if it does end up nothing more than a quick cameo.
moreprimeland
Okay, but so far Optimus has had just one brief appearance and then has just appeared on a monitor in RB, so it's not like he has had to leave Jasper, NV much at all...they should show him bridging to the RB base every other week or so...or vice versa.

Also, why does RB seem to set more in the not too distant 'future' and how will they explain that...the 'we're a high tech test island' story?

Good try...but already we have differences that will start the questions and comments.
Bumblebee765
I was hoping that Rescue Bots and Prime wouldn't be in the same continuity, but oh well... I'm going to try to watch Rescue Bots now, can anybody provide a link to the first two episodes? I've been searching YouTube (I don't get the Hub) and no luck...
SouthtownKid
I honestly don't care one way or the other. It neither bothers nor excites me.
MaxxieOD
I knew they were in the same universe! Wasn't too hard to figure!

And RB cameos and such in Prime? And vice versa? Hell yeah! I would love to see Prime version of Heatwave and Blades. Tho I do hope things between the two shows can affect each other, such as all the disasters from Unicron overwhelming the RB.

And...what Orio said...I'd love some awesome RB toys!

Moreprimeland, I guess RB doesn't feel that far in the future to me, if at all. It's an area where they test new technology, so naturally it's gunna seem like they're more advanced. Plus I think the Prime series in itself to me seemed somewhat in the future as well (with some of Mech's weapons and the like).

Bumblebee765, there are no eps on youtube, tho there are clips. The eps I think got yanked down, but you can find torrents of them.
eagc7
Mystery Solved, i and tfwiki was right.

remember guys hasbro said that any NEW tf story that have nothing to do with past universes will be part of one single continuty
Bumblebee765
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Bumblebee765, there are no eps on youtube, tho there are clips. The eps I think got yanked down, but you can find torrents of them.
Torrents?
eagc7
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Torrents?
Torrent file - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ravenxl7
Doesn't bother me, yet doesn't excite me. Though I would be interested to see how the rest of "Team Prime" would look as Rescue Bots, and even more interested to see how Boulder, Chase, Blades, and Heatwave would look in Prime's aesthetic.
MaxxieOD
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Torrents?
You don't know what a torrent is? It's a way to share files. You can dl a program like Bittorando (that's the one I use). It's free to dl and use. Then you can look at torrent sites such as isohunt to find the files you're looking for.
ediblesteak
I'm ok with this.
Bumblebee765
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You don't know what a torrent is? It's a way to share files. You can dl a program like Bittorando (that's the one I use). It's free to dl and use. Then you can look at torrent sites such as isohunt to find the files you're looking for.
I honestly didn't know... I've never needed to use one before...
The Bucket Kitten
... I'm speechless
transgeek2345
So....Amnesia Prime automatically changes persoanlity and body design when he is in the same continuity?....sounds reasonable
MaxxieOD
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So....Amnesia Prime automatically changes persoanlity and body design when he is in the same continuity?....sounds reasonable
Body designs I can live with since IDW did this so freakin much, but not sure how his personality changed at all?
grimlock_king25
First WFC and Prime, and now Prime and rescue bots. STOP PRETENDING THINGS ARE IN THE SAME CONTINUITY!
ZacWilliam
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First WFC and Prime, and now Prime and rescue bots. STOP PRETENDING THINGS ARE IN THE SAME CONTINUITY!
Stop pretending they aren't. Seriously though,Transformers belongs to them, Hasbro gets to decide. They may make continuity errors but it's their property. It's not like there aern't continuity errors that crop up in things like comic books and cartoons all the time anyway.

It's not like it hurts anything and it very much makes sense for it all to be one continuity if you stop and look at it all from Hasbro's point of view.


-ZacWilliam, for them making their modern offerings all one uber continuity family is a significantly better idea then letting them go in random fictional directions...

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