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Peter Cullen and Frank Welker on voicing Optimus Prime and Megatron, the Transformers legacy and other iconic roles | Fan Expo 2019

While Transformers is known best for robots in disguise and the eternal battle between the Autobots and Decepticons, there are two names who have become synonymous with the franchise: Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, the original voice actors for Optimus Prime and Megatron. The two have had long careers within Transformers and have been so popular among fans Peter Cullen ended up playing Optimus in Michael Bay’s live action films with Welker returning as Megatron later in the franchise. The two also reprised their roles in an animated series for the first time in over 25 years with Transformers Prime. Needless to say, Transformers would not be the same without Cullen and Welker.

At the Fan Expo convention in Toronto, the pair held a panel for fans where they discussed their roles as Optimus Prime and Megatron and how they made the characters their own. They also took time to
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HeyUGuys travels Bee-Hind the Scenes of BumbleBee

Last month DaniElle DeLaite took HeyUGuys behind the scenes (or…yes- Bee-Hind the Scenes) for the epic Transformers prequel movie BumbleBee. She spoke with screenwriter Christina Hodson, Foley Artists Alicia Stevenson and Dawn Lunsford and the movie’s on-set mechanic Sarah Lyon to find out how the story of the diminutive robot was told on the big screen.

The film stars Hailee Steinfeld and WWE superstar John Cena in the first Transformers spin-off film which was directed by Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight.

The film also stars Justin Theroux, The Maze Runner’s Dylan O’Brien, Angela Bassett, Peter Cullen, Megyn Price and Pamela Adlon.

Here are our interviews and videos from (once more…) Bee-Hind the Scenes.

The film stars Hailee Steinfeld and WWE superstar John Cena in the first Transformers spin-off film along with Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight.

BumbleBee is out now on Digital Download,
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Interview: Travis Knight on bringing Bumblebee to the big screen

Ahead of the home entertainment release of Bumblebee, Director Travis Knight talks about the first Transformers spin-off movie Bumblebee.

Michael Bay has brought Hasbro’s Transformers to the cinema in a big way over the last decade. The tales of Cybertron’s Optimus Prime, Megatron and, of course, fan-favourite Bumblebee have made a huge dent at the box office. Now it’s time for the yellow bug to get his own film. Bumblebee goes back to the 80s, complete with G1 (Generation 1) Transformers such as Shockwave, Soundwave and Ravage and a kicking soundtrack. It may well be the film fans since the 80s have always wanted to see.

Knight talks about how he worked with Michael Bay, and how he protected the film as a protector of the film. With a mute titular character Knight talks about how his animator’s knowledge helped him bring Bumblebee to life.

The film also stars Justin Theroux,
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Review: Bumblebee

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Allow me to state upfront that I have now nor ever have been a fan of the Transformers. When they arrived, my tastes ran in other directions. That said, I have done some behind-the-scenes work with the franchise a few times in my career so have a good working knowledge. I’ve also seen the first Michael Bay and bits of the subsequent ones, enough to know these also aren’t to my taste.

I was therefore ready to outright reject the first solo film, Bumblebee, but the trailers hooked me. That and the arrival of Hailee Steinfeld, who I have enjoyed since True Grit. As a result, the film, out now on disc from Paramount Home Entertainment, is far more enjoyable than imagined.

By making this about a girl and her robot, a tried and true formula dating back decades (was Gigantor the first?), the film is smaller, needing
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Movie Review – Bumblebee (2018)

Bumblebee, 2018.

Directed by Travis Knight.

Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Dylan O’Brien, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Cena, Angela Bassett, Justin Theroux, John Ortiz, Peter Cullen, Jess Harnell, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos, Gracie Dzienny, Kenneth Choi, Pamela Adlon, Stephen Schneider, Grey Griffin, Steve Blum, Marcella Bragio, Andrew Morgado, David Sobolov, Jon Bailey, Megyn Price, Glynn Turman, Vanessa Ross, Len Cariou, and Tony Toste.

Synopsis:

On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

At this point, a new Transformers film might be considered an exercise in redundancy, but for Paramount and Hasbro’s sixth instalment in the franchise they’ve managed to really shift gears and deliver a Transformers film that succeeds in nearly all areas. For the spin-off Bumblebee,
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In Defense of 2007's Transformers: Why Michael Bay Deserves Less Hate

In Defense of 2007's Transformers: Why Michael Bay Deserves Less Hate
Much has been said about the Transformers franchise over the years. The five movies that make up the multi-billion dollar behemoth, despite being lambasted by critics time and time again, have turned big profits for Paramount and now make up one of the most financially successful franchises in cinema history. With Bumblebee now in theaters, the series has turned a corner and looks to change things up for the future after The Last Knight proved that many moviegoers had simply had enough with what Bay had to offer the Autobots and Decepticons. But it's easy to forget that these movies didn't start out quite as hated as they became. For many, myself included, the first Transformers live-action movie from 2007 remains a highly entertaining blockbuster that, at the very least, deserves less hate, but I would argue is even deserving of some love.

Heading back to 2007, when we got the first live-action Transformers,
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Bumblebee Review: The Best Transformers Movie Since The Original

Bumblebee Review: The Best Transformers Movie Since The Original
Bumblebee is the best film in the Transformers franchise since the live action original. It's not a bloated, juvenile, CGI barrage with a hackneyed script and terrible acting. In other words, Michael Bay is not the director. The sixth volume succeeds because the story and characters are well-written, have depth. Bay's dripping machismo is replaced by a more feminine sensibility. Screenwriter Christina Hodson and director Travis Knight breathe fresh air into a stale commodity. Bumblebee rekindles the spirit of the cartoon, while adding an unexpected dose of warmth and humor.

Set in 1987, Bumblebee opens with the fall of Cybertron. As the Autobots evacuate the planet, Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) dispatches B-127 (Dylan O'Brien) to Earth. He is to scout the planet as a possible secret base. The journey does not go smoothly. The Decepticons are one step behind him. His landing observed by a stunned military officer (John Cena).

Hailee Steinfeld stars as Charlie,
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Movie Review – Bumblebee (2018)

Bumblebee, 2018.

Directed by Travis Knight.

Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Dylan O’Brien, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Cena, Angela Bassett, Justin Theroux, John Ortiz, Peter Cullen, Jess Harnell, Jason Drucker, Abby Quinn, Rachel Crow, Ricardo Hoyos, Gracie Dzienny, Kenneth Choi, Pamela Adlon, Stephen Schneider, Grey Griffin, Steve Blum, Marcella Bragio, Andrew Morgado, David Sobolov, Jon Bailey, Megyn Price, Glynn Turman, Vanessa Ross, Len Cariou, and Tony Toste.

Synopsis:

On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

Bay-humor was a plague on the live-action Transformers adaptations. I don’t think any sane, rationally thinking person will debate that (just about every scene in the series with the parents was some excuse for purposeless gross-out humor). There’s also nothing inherently wrong with
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‘Bumblebee’ Review: Dir. Travis Knight (2018)

Bumblebee review: The Transformers franchise puts itself into reverse gear and heads back to its 1980s roots with this prequel-reboot from the director of Kubo and the Two Strings.

Paramount Pictures

It would be fair to say that the Transformers franchise was in need of a re-tool following the latest effort from Michael Bay (last year’s The Last Knight). When that film’s $605.4 million worldwide box-office proved to be a disappointment for the studio (relative to the franchise anyway), the powers that be determined it was time for a change. For that, they’ve done the fashionable thing and looked to tap into that grand old Oak tree of nostalgia, placing the action in the 80s and dialling down the Bayhem to deliver a refreshing change of pace for the robots in disguise

The film kicks off on the Transformer home-world of Cybertron, as the Autobot Resistance led by
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‘Bumblebee’ Review

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Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, Justin Theroux, Dylan O’Brien, Angela Bassett, Pamela Adlon, John Cena, Megyn Price, Kenneth Choi, Peter Cullen, Marcella Bragio, Gracie Dzienny, John Ortiz, Len Cariou | Written by Christina Hodson | Directed by Travis Knight

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow Vw bug.

After five incredibly financially successful, yet critical duds, of Michael Bay Transformer films, Paramount – or Hasbro for that matter – has finally come to their senses and injected new blood into a wailing and often entertainingly fleeting franchise. Of which comes in a burst of excitement and possibility with a new director of Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) and
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Movie Review – Bumblebee (2018)

Bumblebee, 2018.

Directed by Travis Knight.

Starring Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Pamela Adlon, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., John Ortiz, Dylan O’Brien, Angela Bassett, Justin Theroux, and Peter Cullen.

Synopsis:

In the year 1987, a young Autobot soldier is sent to Earth to scout the planet as a potential hideout for the warring Transformers. Bruised and battered, he disguises himself as a yellow Volkswagen Beetle and hides on the lot of a rundown car repair shop, where he befriends 18-year old outsider, Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld).

It’s very easy to forget that the Transformers franchise wasn’t always dialled up to eleven, shouty dialogue accompanied vehicular porn. Michael Bay’s first film had the D.N.A. of producer Steven Spielberg all over its boy and his alien framework. However, as his Amblin fingerprints wore off, so did the appeal of Bay’s toybox pyrotechnics; even a kid will tell you that smashing robots together,
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BumbleBee Interviews: Hailee Steinfeld & John Cena on why they joined the first Transformers spin off movie

Michael Bay has brought Hasbro’s Transformers to the cinema in a big way over the last decade. The tales of Cybertron’s Optimus Prime, Megatron and, of course, fan-favourite BumbleBee have made a huge dent at the box office. Now it’s time for the yellow bug to get his own film. BumbleBee goes back to the 80s, complete with G1 (Generation 1) Transformers such as Shockwave, Soundwave and Ravage and a kicking soundtrack. It may well be the film fans since the 80s have always wanted to see.

This evening at the IMAX Cineworld in Leicester Square, London a special fan screening took place, with stars Hailee Steinfeld and WWE superstar John Cena walked the red carpet for the first Transformers spin-off film along with Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight.

The film also stars Justin Theroux, The Maze Runner’s Dylan O’Brien, Angela Bassett, Peter Cullen,
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The Most Memorable Voice Performances in Sci-Fi History

Paul Bradshaw Nov 23, 2018

We take a look at the off-screen actors who helped define their corner of the genre.

This article comes from Den of Geek UK.

So much visual design goes into good sci-fi that it’s sometimes easy to overlook the sounds. World-building doesn't happen in silence though, and the voice actors who record their lines off-set and out of costume have helped shaped the genre into what it is – providing chilling, mellifluous, gravelly, or downright otherworldly vocal performances to some of the most iconic characters in film and TV.

These, then, are the most memorable voices in sci-fi – the growling, lisping, singing, monologuing heroes and villains who made pop-culture history from a lonely sound booth.

Douglas Rain as Hal (2001: A Space Odyssey)

Douglas Rain sadly passed away recently, aged 90, leaving behind a long and illustrious stage career. His most memorable performance though came in 1968 when he
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The Transformers: The Movie Event Expands to 300 More Screens on September 27

The Transformers: The Movie Event Expands to 300 More Screens on September 27
Thanks to overwhelming fan feedback, The Transformers: The Movie will play on an additional 300 screens throughout the U.S., bringing the movie to nearly 750 movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, September 27 only. It's '80s nostalgia, Transformers fandom, and a cinematic event all rolled into one, and now there are more opportunities than ever to see The Transformers: The Movie on the big screen.

More than 300 additional movie theaters nationwide will play The Transformers: The Movie at 7 p.m. (local time), bringing the remastered, restored animated adventure to nearly 750 screens across the U.S. Tickets for The Transformers: The Movie are available at FathomEvents.com and at participating theater box offices.

"We anticipated a lot of enthusiasm for this classic film, but it has far exceeded our expectations," said Nancy Silverstone, Fathom Events VP of Programming. "Transformers fans are unbelievably passionate, and seeing this film back on the big screen surrounded
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Transformers: The Movie Re-Release Sneak Peek Resurrects Rodimus Prime

Transformers: The Movie Re-Release Sneak Peek Resurrects Rodimus Prime
The Transformers: The Movie is heading back to theaters for one night only this September, and we've honestly never seen fans so excited for a Fathom event. The animated movie hit theaters on August 8, 1986, and to celebrate its arrival so many years ago, we have a special sneak peek at the upcoming re-release event along with a side-by-side comparison of the remastered movie. Here's a special message from Fathom.

"The world-renowned animated feature The Transformers: The Movie hits theaters nationwide for a special one-night event on Thursday, September 27, but today we're remembering the day this movie first debuted in theaters (1986). Join us to celebrate The Transformers: The Movie by going down memory lane and share with readers (+ social followers) and us about your nostalgia obsession for this movie."

Moreover, The Transformers: The Movie has been meticulously remastered, restored from the original film elements, and transferred in HD. It's time to
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Transformers: The Movie Returns to Theaters for One Night Only

Transformers: The Movie Returns to Theaters for One Night Only
Brace yourself to relive the excitement and nostalgia of the thrilling action battles between the Autobots and the Decepticons from the 1986 Transformers movie on the silver screen! The world-renowned animated feature film The Transformers: The Movie hits cinemas nationwide for a special one-night event on Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. local time. The film has been meticulously remastered, restored from the original film elements, and transferred in HD.

The Transformers The Movie Event will catapult audiences into the super-charged, action-packed Transformers universe, and enables lifelong fans to relive the excitement and awe of this 1986 animated feature, just months before Bumblebee, the new live-action feature film set in the year 1987, hits theatres everywhere in December 2018.

This special event is a collaboration between Fathom Events, Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory, and it will also provide moviegoers with a sneak peek behind the making of the Bumblebee feature film, and a brand-new
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Transformers: The Movie is Returning to Theaters For a One Night Event!

The 1986 animated film Transformers: The Movie is the best Transformers movie that has been made. Sure, it scarred us for life when all of our favorite characters were brutally killed off in the first 20 minutes of the film, but that's part of what made it so great and memorable. I actually got to attend the premiere of the screening when it was first released and I remember bawling when Optimus Prime died!

Now fans will get a chance to see it in theaters again or for the first time thanks to Fathom Events, Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory. They've come together to bring the film back to theaters for one night only in September, and it has been remastered in high definition!

The Autobots, led by the heroic Optimus Prime, prepare to make a daring attempt to retake their planet from the evil forces of Megatron and the Decepticons. Unknown to both sides,
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The Transformers: The Movie returning to theaters for one-night event in September

Transformers fans, get ready for the franchise’s first feature film to return to theatres. The 1986 animated film The Transformers: The Movie will be making its way to select cinemas for a special one-night only event on Thursday, September 27. The film has been remastered and restored from the original elements and transferred for an HD presentation.

This special event is a collaboration between Fathom Events, Hasbro Studios and Shout! Factory, and it will also provide moviegoers with a sneak peek behind the making of the Bumblebee feature film, and a brand-new interview with singer-songwriter Stan Bush including recent performances of the theme songs “The Touch” and “Dare.” Moviegoers will be able to enjoy the film in approximately 500 select U.S. movie theatres. A complete list of theater locations will be available at Fathomevents.com.

The Transformers: The Movie premiered between seasons two and three of the original Transformers cartoon series
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New Bumblebee Poster Art and New Details on the Story, Villains, and a Big Cameo in the Film

Paramount Pictures released a new piece of poster art for the upcoming Transformers spinoff film Bumblebee and during their panel at Comic-Con, they revealed some cool new information on the story, the villains, and another transformer that will be making a cameo appearance in the film.

This actually ended up being a really fun panel that showed off some extremely cool new footage from the movie. This movie explodes with the spirit of the original animated series and fans are going to love this movie. Even if you're a hater of the Transformers franchise, this is just going to be a great film that you won't want to miss.

As you already know, the story is set in the 1980s and even though the movie will focus on Bumblebee, it will also include lots of other elements from the franchise. Director Travis Knight confirmed that part of the story will be set on Cybertron,
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Sdcc 2018 - Bumblebee Panel Shines With Stan Bush, John Cena, and Travis Knight

  • Cinelinx
The Transformers prequel, made a mark at San Diego Comic Con, but unless you were there, you wouldn't know it. Thankfully BC was on the case with his Bumblebee Panel Breakdown!

Panel Happenings:

Bumblebee panel was so hyped. They kicked it off with a live performance from Stan Bush singing “The Touch”. That’s how you return the Transformers to Hall H! Hailee Steinfeld and Jorge Lendeborg Jr. came out with Travis Knight they were fun, but it really got dope when they mentioned the villain. “Fight For Your Right” blared, a lot of lights went off, and John Cena made his entrance through the crowd. He controlled the crowd and owned the room the rest of the panel. We learned that Starscream is not in the film, which sucks. But it's Blitzwing we've seen in the trailer. Peter Cullen, the voice of Optimus Prime, was in audience and asked a question as Prime!
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