Bumblebee Movie ILM Concept Art Reveals What Could Have Been a Real Transformers Movie

As always, we don't get the real scoop on what went on behind the scenes until it is too late. Fans of the Transformers have been clamoring for something remotely decent since Hollywood got their hooks into the franchise in 2007. At just about at every turn we have seen our beloved robots teased, baited, and switched out for sophomoric teen stories that are boring and pedestrian at best. What's most aggravating is to see the designs begin with really good ideas, but what ends up on the screen is a disaster trying to appeal to everyone at the same time.

Bumblebee Movie ILM Concept Art Reveals What Could Have Been a Real Transformers Movie


The recent post on the Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) site showing the Bumblebee designs confirms the rumors that the Cyberton sequences were added at the last minute when previews were panned by viewers. It also shows us that these people can produce what the fans want, but for reasons unknown are vehemently reluctant to embrace the Transformers lineage we all know and love. Showing us intricate designs and other details that were very briefly touched on in a formal Bumblebee film is painfully patronizing, and erodes faith that these producers even understand the properties they are presenting. "What could have been" seems to be the echoing response to every Transformers film so far, and Bumblebee in many ways feels it is more a shell game than an epic story for fans to engage with.

Bumblebee Movie ILM Concept Art Reveals What Could Have Been a Real Transformers Movie


That said, ILM can deliver stunning work and its not hard to see that its the producers who are the weakest link in these films as the art and design is top-notch on the drawing board. The various designs of Cybertron and the classic G1 characters brings them into the present day without distracting from the three decades of development that fans are keenly connected with. There will never be a good answer for why the most important elements that fans are drawn to are marginalized to up-sell sugar coated stories of teen angst and locker room comedy. Fortunately, we have the comics and toys to collect and engage in a pure fantasy that is so much more satisfying than settling for what comes out of Hollywood.
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TMan978 - 2019-04-05 @ 1:44 pm

I think the Bumblebee movie designs we got looked great. reading how they used the skeleton of Bumblebee and Optimus, I'm willing to bet these characters will look vastly different in the future.

BaCon - 2019-04-05 @ 12:22 am

Just stating that the designers can, and do come up with ideas we can at least relate to. And even still, we can't take any of the Bumblebee movie scenes as definitive. After all, they were added as an after thought.

But hey, the great thing about the Transformers is there is something for everyone. Thankfully, we can't collect them all so its great to be able to choose.

Bronk - 2019-04-04 @ 10:20 pm
On 4/3/2019 at 12:37 AM, Jimmy Hauser said:

Stunning work top notch on the drawing board. Those statements might be true if you have low standards and no imagination. Whatever else the bayverse designs are, they were completely new and like nothing ever seen before. Great thought and effort was put into them, These designs are derivitive and bland. They took the simple G1 cartoon aesthetic and tweaked it a bit. And poorly at that. Just like the IDW artists, there is absolutely no originality coming from these designers. Or from whomever was leading them by the nose.

I can almost forgive it due to it obviously being hurried, 11th hour work. And done to appease tasteless fans who just want G1 regurgitated endlessly. Unfortunately, unlike Bay, who doesnt understand Transformers , but at least has resolve and a spine, Travis Knight is a coward who whores himself to internet whiners and trolls.

The saddest part is that ILM used to be the gold standard. Ever since Lucas sold them, the quality of their work keeps getting worse and worse. They are chasing all the other cgi startups right to the bottom.

But at least youre getting your crappy 21st century g1 transformers on the big screen.

Uh, no? They were heavily tweaked. There was plenty of originality coming from these guys, as they gave us amazing updated looks to classic G1 characters like Starscrean and Optimus Prime. A ton of work was obviously put into these designs. Travis Knight is In 0 way a coward for bringing back something we all know and love and refining. He tried to strike a perfect balance between the Bayverse designs (which are awesome) and the classic designs. His team made one of, if not the best Optimus Prime design I've ever seen. Saying these people are uncreative and that Travis knight is a coward who only listens to internet whiners and trolls, while it may be an opinion, is EXTREMELY childish, because if anything he saved these kinds of movies from becoming extinct.

butterflyboy - 2019-04-03 @ 8:32 am

...somebody needs a huuuuuuuuuuuug!

Jimmy Hauser - 2019-04-03 @ 4:37 am

Stunning work top notch on the drawing board. Those statements might be true if you have low standards and no imagination. Whatever else the bayverse designs are, they were completely new and like nothing ever seen before. Great thought and effort was put into them, These designs are derivitive and bland. They took the simple G1 cartoon aesthetic and tweaked it a bit. And poorly at that. Just like the IDW artists, there is absolutely no originality coming from these designers. Or from whomever was leading them by the nose.

I can almost forgive it due to it obviously being hurried, 11th hour work. And done to appease tasteless fans who just want G1 regurgitated endlessly. Unfortunately, unlike Bay, who doesnt understand Transformers , but at least has resolve and a spine, Travis Knight is a coward who whores himself to internet whiners and trolls.

The saddest part is that ILM used to be the gold standard. Ever since Lucas sold them, the quality of their work keeps getting worse and worse. They are chasing all the other cgi startups right to the bottom.

But at least youre getting your crappy 21st century g1 transformers on the big screen.

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