Stop-motion virtuoso Travis Knight may not have gotten the audience he deserved for his freshman debut, Kubo And The Two Strings. His latest stint at the helm for Paramount’s latest Hasbro work-around with Transformers prequel take, Bumblebee, however, may bode as a worthy rebound for the director in wake of its tease on Sunday.
The official trailer that arrived thereafter is now here for the taking, and you can’t deny it’s got some appeal to it. The design and look of our alien robot characters look a little more friendlier on the eyes this time compared to what most of us have infofar seen in Michael Bay’s applications for the live-action franchise.
We also see a little more of Cybertron this time around (which could have – and probably should have – been a whole movie of its own from the get-go), in addition to the return of Peter Cullen’s ever-regal V.O. depiction of Optimus Prime.
On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.
Bumblebee buzzes in theaters on December 21!