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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Transformers: BotBots is an animated series based on the popular Hasbro line of toys and part of the larger Transformers franchise. It's an easy-to-watch show for the whole family, with lively voice acting and a few jokes thrown to grown-up viewers. For littler viewers, who the show is primarily aimed toward, there's some mild insult-slinging and self-deprecating comedy. For example, the flashlight is named Dimlit, and another bot -- a camera named FOMO, is referred to as a nerd. The show also takes on pretty big issues for a show about robots, including social media and climate change.
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What's the Story?
Closing time at the mall is the start of party time in TRANSFORMERS: BOTBOTS. BotBots are regular objects that are sold in stores during the day that transform into robots by night. One night, a group of BotBots who have been trapped in the mall's lost-and-found have a dangerous encounter with the mall security guard, putting them and the other BotBots at risk. Will they outwit him to keep the identities of the BotBots concealed from the Flesh Beings (aka humans)? In adventure after adventure, this group -- The Lost Bots -- will learn to work together and figure out where they belong for the safety of all of the BotBots in the mall's after-hours.
Is It Any Good?
The whole family can sit down to watch this, but it's a bit of a departure from the standard Transformers action. For some, especially younger viewers, that's a great thing: Transformers: BotBots takes on modern day issues like social media, cell phone safety, climate change, and self esteem. However, those looking for something more true to the rest of the action-heavy franchise won't find it here; instead they'll find more of a Night at the Museum/Toy Story knock-off that may have kid viewers begging parents to buy the very toys the series is based on.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about teamwork in Transformers: BotBots. How do the BotBots work well together? How could they work better together? Why is teamwork important for accomplishing goals?
Which of the BotBots is your favorite? Why?
If you were a Transformer, what would you turn into? Why? What Transformer crew would you fit in with?
- Premiere date: March 25, 2022
- Cast: James Hartnett, Joseph Motiki, Josette Jorge, Deven Mack
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Robots
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
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