Transformers Prime (2010-2013)
Description: In this new set of adventures the Autobots live on Earth and maintain their secret identity. They are joined by 3 teens as they battle the Decepticons.
Stars: Peter Cullen, Sumalee Montano, Jeffrey Combs
One of the few Transformers continuities in which Cliffjumper isn’t simply a slightly tweaked and red-colored Bumblebee lookalike, but has his own, very distinct design.
Peter Cullen and Frank Welker reprise their roles of Optimus Prime and Megatron in the first weekly Transformers TV series since the 1980s.
Originally, Ironhide was to star in the show instead of Bulkhead, but after the writers realized his portrayal would be better suited for Bulkhead, they replaced the character.
Airachnid is a sadistic trophy hunter who wants to capture and kill Jack for blowing up her spaceship, and to add him to her collection of alien species. However in the more jovial Japanese dub of the show, which was aimed at a younger audience, she wants to keep the teenager as part of her harem of boys, and her teasing of him is much more “romantic” in nature. At one point, she even sings a Japanese folk song about raping men in the Japanese dub, which is played for laughs. Airachnid is less of a vengeful sadist and more of a creepy stalker in Japan.
The concept of Bumblebee being mute was directly taken from Transformers (2007). It is in stark contrast with his loudmouth portrayal from Transformers: Animated (2007), where it would be unusual for him to be silent.
As in most Transformers shows, the robots noticeably change size when they transform; this is especially apparent in Arcee’s case, who turns from a nearly human-sized motorbike into a circa 15 feet tall robot. The issue hasn’t been addressed in the cartoon, but it doesn’t count as an error, because mass shifting is a very common means of taking artistic license with the characters.
Cliffjumper’s design was made to look heftier when the designers were told that Dwayne Johnson would be voicing him.