The new Transformers film, Bumblebee, isn’t just literally going back in time to the late 1980s, its designs are going back in time as well.
In a recently released featurette, director Travis Knight and the team behind Bumblebee explain why they went back to the beginning for the Generation 1 designs featured in the film. The move makes sense, as the original toy line and animated series began in the mid 80s. As a fan of the original toys and animated series, Knight was eager to honor that history.
Bumblebee focuses on the star of the original Transformers live action film series, a bright yellow Autobot (good guy). In the earlier films, his alternative vehicle was a yellow Camaro with black racing stripes, but in getting back to Generation 1, his alternative form in this film is a Volkswagen Beetle. The year is 1987, and Bumblebee finds himself in a California beach town junkyard, where he’s discovered by Charlie (Hailee Seinfeld).
Check out the featurette below for more details, and look forward to a return of the classic Transformer look when Bumblebee hits theaters on December 21.