No rescue too big, no hero too small
Recruits come to learn from the best of the best
They'll be Rescue Bots too, if they pass the test!
Rescue Bots Academy
Roll to the rescue! (roll to the rescue!)
Save the day, you and me
Roll to the rescue!
Hot Shot, Whirl, Hoist, Medix and Wedge
Their teamwork togheter will give them the edge!
Rescue Bots Academy
Roll to the rescue
Roll, roll, roll, roll out!"
Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy is a Transformers cartoon. Developed by Boulder Media as a Sequel Series to Transformers: Rescue Bots, it began airing in 2019 on Discovery Family, after a preview of the two-part premiere on December 8, 2018.
The series follows the first class of the new Rescue Bot Training Academy, learning from the more experienced Rescue Bots how to respond to emergency situations and become heroes.
Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy provides examples of:
- Animation Bump: Not that its predecessor looked bad, but the animation is great here.
- Art-Shifted Sequel: Because this show is co-produced by Boulder Media rather than DHX Media, it uses the ToonBoom software, similar to its predecessor's first season.
- Broad Strokes:
- Hot Shot's appearance here is much different than in Transformers: Prime. Prime!Hot Shot was an amalgamation of every prior incarnation, while RBA!Hot Shot is near-exclusively influenced from Armada!Hot Shot.
- The show itself features Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Grimlock in their Transformers: Cyberverse designs and introduces some concepts from the same show, like the Cybertronian sport Cube. Its predecessor was shown to be in the neighborhood of Transformers: Prime and its sequel, and we already know Cyberverse is in a different continuity family, so we'll see how this goes.
- Conspicuous CGI: Frequently.
- Continuity Lockout: It is necessary to watch Transformers: Rescue Bots in order to understand this series.
- Continuity Nod:
- Cody Burns said that he and his family worked with the Rescue Bots for years.
- The Mul-T-Cog is discovered from a seceret compartiment accesed via a statue of Charlie Burns's bust.
- Contrasting Sequel Protagonist: The original Rescue Bot team were adults (by Cybertronians standards) and had completed their training. The new Rescue Bots are much younger and still students.
- Edutainment Show: An unexpected use of this in the Transformers universe, especially with its predecessor's toys released under the Playskool brand.
- Extremely Short Intro Sequence: Downplayed. The intro for Transformers: Rescue Bots clocked at 43 seconds. For Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy, the intro is 30 seconds. The difference between them is 13 seconds.
- Fictional Sport: Cube.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Carries over from its predecessor.
- Gender Flip: This is the first time Whirl is portrayed as a female Transformer.
- Genki Girl: Whirl. She's the most enthusiastic character on the show.
- He's All Grown Up: Cody has grown into his late teens.
- Humble Hero: Heatwave has matured into this. At the beginning of the original show one of his complaints about maintaining cover was that he and his team didn't get credit for their efforts. Now he sees a monument to the team as a waste as their accomplishments speak for them.
- Internal Homage / Mythology Gag: As usual for a Transformers series:
- Hot Shot in this show is based on his Transformers Armada counterpart, but to differentiate him from Bumblebee, he is distinctly colored.
- Wedge is heavily based on his counterpart from Transformers: Robots in Disguise.
- Optimus Prime says to Hot Shot that he might find Earth being "more than meets the eye".
- Two in the episode "Five Into Four":
- Iacon City's Cube team seen in Cyberverse is named here the Iacon Wreckers.
- Heatwave says that Hot Shot is jumpier than an Insecticon with Scraplets.
- In "Rescue Promo", Hot Shot falls into a jam vat, saying "Jaaam", referencing his Armada self.
- A drawing of Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Whirl looking like his More Than Meets the Eye counterpart with the RBA!Whirl is seen in "About a Rock". Also possibly a Fandom Nod to the Fanon that RBA!Whirl is the daughter of FOC!Whirl.
- A few classic characters are referenced and appear as trading cards in "Battle of the Bots."
- Iron Butt Monkey: Tough Luck Chuck due to his status as a training dummy. Lampshaded by Heatwave when introducing him. He experiences a lot of abuse in this role.
- It's All About Me: Hot Shot.
- Legendary in the Sequel: The original Rescue Bots team are now seen as the best in their profession and amazingly skilled for having saved countless lives.
- Lighter and Softer: Even more oriented to a pre-school audience than its predecessor.
- The Medic: Medix. Blades as well.
- Mentor Archetype: The original Rescue Bots are now this, and they must now teach the trainees how to become Rescue Bots just like them.
- Merchandise-Driven: Duh.
- Mode Lock: Hot Shot's Mul-T-Cog runs on a variant of this. He gains access to three different vehicle modes, but can only utilize one per day.
- No Antagonist: Just like its predecessor Decepticons are absent from the setting and no human villains have appeared. Conflicts are driven by the recruits' own inexperience and happenstance.
- Out of Focus:
- The Burns family and other supporting humans (sans Cody) do not appear so far in this series. Justified since at the end of Transformers: Rescue Bots, Optimus dispatches the Burns family across the world to expand the Rescue Bots' operations.
- Downplayed for the original Rescue Bots. They may not appear in every episode, but they do appear frequently. However, Blades gets hit the worst with this, since he doesn't appear until "Go Team, Go!", the nineteenth episode of the series.
- Quarter Hour Short: Like Transformers: Cyberverse, and unlike Rescue Bots, this show is 11 minutes long.
- Scooby-Dooby Doors: One scene of the episode "Tough Luck Chuck" has Hot Shot and Whirl trying to find Chuck by searching every room.
- Sequel Series: Following on from Transformers: Rescue Bots.
- Technician vs. Performer: Hoist and Medix fill this role as the team's two engineers. Medix is very technical and by the book, while Hoist tends to favor improvisation and invention.
- Hot Shot and Wedge form this dynamic when it comes to rescue work. This is most clearly seen in "Battle of the Bots" which pits Hot Shot's freewheeling style against Wedge's strict specialization. Whirl herself tends to fall right in the middle of the two extremes.
- The Smurfette Principle: So far Whirl is the only female member of the line-up.
- Theme Tune Roll Call: "Hot Shot, Whirl, Hoist, Medix and Wedge, their teamwork together will give them the edge!"
- Time Skip: The series takes place a few years after its predecessor.
- Token Human: Due to the absence of the Burns family and other supporting human characters, Cody has become this as the only human on the teaching staff.