GO GO GO-BOTS!
"Since the dawn of time. The city of Botropolis has been home to a race of highly adaptable robots. Each year, the Council selects a team of Go-Bots to protect and serve the planet which needs the most. This time, that planet is Earth."Transformers: Go-Bots
was a series active between 2002 and 2005 as part of the overall Transformers
franchise. Aimed at preschool-aged children, it focused upon a team of robots from the city of Botropolis. These robots were sent to Earth to protect it from danger.
Unlike most parts of the franchise, this series didn't have a full-length cartoon. Instead four episodes, each 10 minutes long, were produced by Hasbro
and Taiwanese animation studio Wang Film Productionsnote
akin to the third My Little Pony
series. Two of them aired in New York and Chicago only, which makes the cartoon extremely hard to find unless you go on YouTube
The toyline itself was distributed through Hasbro's Playskool subsidiary, consisting of chunky-looking robots that had (at first) rather quick transformation schemes. As such, they were marketed like so
Despite some similarities, this should not be confused with Tonka's version of the Machine Robo franchise
This show exhibits the following:
- Acting for Two: Several characters share voice actors, due to the ridiculously small (voice) cast.
- Badass Car: Speed-Bot
- Catch Phrase: "Go Go Go-Bots!"
- Cool Car: Speed-Bot, Mototron and the Racer-Bot Twins.
- Drives Like Crazy: The Racer-Bot Twins and Mototron.
- Five-Man Band:
- Four-Fingered Hands: Areo-Bot (on occasions), Silver-Bot, Speed-Bot and Kid-Bot.
- Follow the Leader: This series has a few similarities to Lilo & Stitch: The Series in its premise (Aliens that are unaware of their own strength, and the leads have to take them to a good place; or in this case, back to Botropolis for more training).
- Last Episode Upgrade: Go-Brillium.
- Merchandise-Driven: It is Transformers, after all.
- Name's the Same: Despite having a jet for a leader (Aero-Bot) and Wang providing the animation, this series bears no resemblance to Hanna-Barbera's and Tonka's Challenge of the Go-Bots in any way, shape or form.
- Never Say "Die": Surprisingly averted in "Racer-Bot Road Rally", where the word "death" is said at one point.
- No Antagonist: The problem usually stems from one or more reckless, though still good, Go-Bots unaware that they're causing mayhem. They do promise to get better, though.
- Off Model: Not as bad as Transformers Armada (released at the same time), but still evident.
- Opening Narration: Done by the Armada narrator.
- Shout-Out: There's a character named Cheetor in the toyline, and Beast-Bot's gorilla form resembles that of Optimus Primal in Beast Machines.
- Spiritual Successor: Transformers Rescue Bots is looking to be this. Also serves as this to Rescue Heroes, as both have similar themes and art styles.
- Three Shorts: Sort of - The episodes were separate, but only 10 minutes long. This made it shorter than the average Transformers episode, which usually (if not always) lasted around 22 minutes.
- Unskilled, but Strong: Reptron, considering the damage he makes in his episode.
- Verbal Tic: Buzzer-Bot has electronic sound effects peppered into his speech.
- The Voiceless/The Unintelligible: Kid-Bot and Gas-Bot.
- What Could Have Been: According to the TFWiki, there was going to be a BotCon exclusive Go-Bot. Unfortunately, due to Hasbro rejecting the coloring book that would have featured it, this never came to be.