When Bumblebee opens next month, we'll see the Transformers like we've never seen them before, at least on the big screen anyways. The franchise is heading back to the 1980s with classic designs and some Transformers that haven't had the chance to shine yet in live-action. A new video for Bumblebee gives us our first look at one of those characters, Cliffjumper, and possibly Arcee as well. Check it out:
At one point in the video, you'll see Optimus Prime, gun in hand, running through a firefight, and if you pause the video or go frame by frame, you can see a bright red Autobot running beside him. That looks to be Cliffjumper, the paranoid hothead who absolutely hates Decepticons and transforms into a Porsche 924 Turbo.
We know that Andrew Morgado will voice Cliffjumper in Bumblebee so he's definitely in the movie and it looks like he is fighting alongside Optimus just like in the original Transformers cartoon. And although you don't get a great look at him here, it's cool to see that this original hero is back.
A split second later in the video posted to the Transformers Twitter account, as Optimus Prime jumps from an explosion, you see a Transformer or Tranformers on the right side of the frame. Some fans think that they see Arcee in the mix there.
Arcee is a female Autobot who is traditionally pink and white was introduced in 1986's The Transformers: The Movie. This character did sort of already appear in the Michael Bay-Verse in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as a motorcycle, but maybe she'll get a bit more to do here.
In addition to the brief glimpses at OG Transformers characters, what this video really seems to be stressing is that Bumblebee is taking the franchise back to its roots. The film is set in the '80s, the time when Transformers became part of pop culture. As a result, the aesthetics for the Transformers in Bumblebee are directly drawing from the Generation 1 designs that fans fell in love with in the cartoons.
This has come through in the trailers, as just seeing Optimus Prime in his original more simplistic, toy-like design has a potent nostalgic effect. With potentially more Transformers of the likes of Arcee and Cliffjumper from the decade the cartoon was at its height of popularity only makes Bumblebee all the more exciting. It feels like Bumblebee has the potential to be the Transformers film fans of the cartoons and toys have wanted all along.
Bumblebee is directed by Kubo and the Two Strings' Travis Knight and stars Hailee Steinfeld and John Cena. Bumblebee rolls into a positively jam-packed weekend when it opens on December 21. For all of the biggest movies hitting theaters next year, head on over to our 2019 release schedule.
Nick grew up in Maryland has degrees in Film Studies and Communications. His life goal is to walk the earth, meet people and get into adventures. He’s also still looking for The Adventures of Pete and Pete season 3 on DVD if anyone has a lead.
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