If you grew up in the ’80s and were hooked on the cartoon version of Transformers, prepare to punch the air. The new trailer for Bumblebee — a prequel to the live-action Transformers franchise — will restore your faith in those robots in disguise. In fact, for the first time since Michael Bay started making live-action Transformers, this looks like a flick that just does what a movie like this is supposed to do: resemble its source material in a way that makes you say “awesome” and “oh yeah” more than once.
On Monday, Paramount Pictures released the second trailer for Bumblebee. Technically, this movie is the sixth installment in the live-action Transformers movie franchise and its second prequel. But, because this movie is set in the ’80s (dovetailing with the original cartoon) it feels special. In fact, the best thing about it is that it feels, simple insofar as doing a straight-up Transformers movie, one that doesn’t try to change the aesthetic of the robots too much, feels like a freaking revelation.
There are a lot of reasons this trailer works and will get ’80s kids pumped, but there are two examples that stand out. First, Bumblebee transforms into a VW Bug again. Thank God! In the first 2007 Michael Bay movie, Bumblebee’s vehicle mode became a Camero and everyone’s childhoods weren’t ruined per se, but, were certainly shaken. Bumblebee must transform into a VW Bug. Always. That’s real Bumblebee.
The second reason this trailer is so great is that there’s just ton of robots transforming into cool planes and cars complete with that iconic sound-effect. (You know, the one you always tried to make with your mouth but is just totally impossible to emulate with a human voice box.) For some reason, the previous Transformers movies haven’t really been able to capture the look and feel of the old cartoons, but this trailer really nails it. And yeah, even though iconic voice actor Peter Cullen has been doing Optimus Prime for the new movies since 2007, this time it really feels like we’re getting the original Optimus.
Bumblebee, directed by Travis Knight, hits movie theaters on December 21, 2018.