A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Be yourself. Work together. Issues like climate change and social-emotional messages are presented as part of BotBot stories.
Positive Role Models
Characters work hard and support each other.
The bots are voiced by a diverse cast, including Black, Asian, and White actors.
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Violence & Scariness
Bonz Eye uses a sword and there are mild cartoon injuries that are short-lived.
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Lots of mild insults and self deprecation. The flashlight is named Dimlit, and another bot -- a camera named FOMO, is referred to as a nerd.
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Products & Purchases
Based on the popular Hasbro line of toys and part of the Transformers franchise.
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.
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.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.