TRANSFORMERS ONE: New Character Posters Offer A Closer Look At The Movie's Cartoonish Lead Robots

TRANSFORMERS ONE: New Character Posters Offer A Closer Look At The Movie's Cartoonish Lead Robots TRANSFORMERS ONE: New Character Posters Offer A Closer Look At The Movie's Cartoonish Lead Robots

Transformers One's animation style has drawn a mixed response from fans of the Autobots and Decepticons, and these newly released character posters are unlikely to change many minds. Check them out...

By JoshWilding - Apr 20, 2024 09:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Transformers

Paramount Pictures has rolled out four new character posters for Transformers One (via, putting the spotlight on the movie's leads: Orion Pax/Optimus Prime (Chris Hemsworth), D-16/Megatron (Brian Tyree Henry), Elita-1 (Scarlett Johansson), and B-127 (Keegan-Michael Key). 

Despite praise coming out of CinemaCon, the trailer hasn't received glowing reviews from Transformers fans. Comparisons are being made to a Nick Jr. animated series, and while this is a little (well, a lot) higher budget than that, it's easy to see where they're coming from. 

In a recent interview with IGN, director Josh Cooley addressed the decision to go with a CG-driven look for a franchise which has typically been presented in classic 2D animation.

"Because of where it exists in the timeline, there was no reason to have humans. So the live-action aspect of it was off the table," he explains. "This whole thing being on their planet and Cybertron, which is completely made of living metal, which means that it can transform itself and move around, and that our characters are robots, it just felt natural to tell this movie in CG."

"Even though it is animated, my whole goal was to make it feel believable. You don't look at it and go, 'This is real,' but you look at it and you almost forget that you're watching an animated film and you're just enjoying this characters," the filmmaker continued. "So my goal is always to have a level of believability to it."

As for why the movie's robots have expressive faces now, Cooley added, "Absolutely. Yeah. Everything in CG is a choice, because nothing's real and nothing is for free. So first of all, they have to earn their faceplates. They don't just get them right away. They have to earn the rights for them, basically. Yeah, in order to have these characters be able to emote clearly, I wanted be able to see their eyes, see their faces."

"That's why we went back to kind of the G1 style of design for these characters, the original cartoon, that had very expressive faces and wanted to do an updated version of that."

Transformers One is the untold origin story of Optimus Prime and Megatron, better known as sworn enemies, but once were friends bonded like brothers who changed the fate of Cybertron forever.

The first-ever fully CG-animated Transformers movie features a star-studded voice cast, including Chris Hemsworth (Orion Pax), Brian Tyree Henry (D-16), Scarlett Johansson (Elita-1) and Keegan-Michael Key (B-127), Steve Buscemi, with Laurence Fishburne, and Jon Hamm.

Transformers One is directed by Josh Cooley and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Tom DeSanto & Don Murphy, Michael Bay, Mark Vahradian, Aaron Dem and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Zev Foreman, Olivier Dumont, Brian Oliver, B.J. Farmer, Matt Quig.

The movie is set to be released in theaters on September 20.

TRANSFORMERS ONE: Chris Hemsworth And Scarlett Johansson Assemble The Autobots In First Trailer

TRANSFORMERS ONE: Chris Hemsworth And Scarlett Johansson Assemble The Autobots In First Trailer

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ObserverIO - 4/20/2024, 9:06 AM
These cartoon characters are too cartoonish.
dragon316 - 4/20/2024, 9:39 AM
@ObserverIO - welcome to world of generation one transformers ?feature=shared
bobevanz - 4/20/2024, 9:53 AM
@dragon316 - apples and oranges
ItsNotForMeWahh - 4/20/2024, 9:12 AM
Should have had Chris Pratt
TheVisionary25 - 4/20/2024, 9:19 AM
Has the animation style drawn a mixed response or the tone because Im seeing more divisiveness because of the latter then the former…

I don’t mind the more kid/family-friendly tone they are going for here since it seems like the movie will still have moments of drama (even the director has said the trailer focuses more on the humor and fun even though there’s more to the film then that).

There have been “serious” or dark Transformers content made before and if that appeals to you more then this then that’s great , go seek those out & enjoy but it’s ok to have both since variety is a good thing imo.

Anyway , I thought the trailer was decent and am looking forward to the film…

The humor pretty much worked for me , I like the cast and the animation/visuals are gorgeous!!.

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SuperCat - 4/20/2024, 9:20 AM
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xfan320 - 4/20/2024, 9:40 AM
@SuperCat - more like Transformers "TWO" 🥸
SuperCat - 4/20/2024, 9:26 AM
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GhostDog - 4/20/2024, 9:37 AM
Paramount Plus exclusive looking movie
bobevanz - 4/20/2024, 9:56 AM
Looks cheap, has 1k jokes like a typical Marvel movie, it's a buddy cop movie, and it's whole budget went to famous actors. Why must they keep doing this. The point of voice actors isn't to just pay for the most expensive live action actors and use the voices. Star power doesn't work that way.. idiots
theFUZZ008 - 4/20/2024, 10:08 AM
@bobevanz - agreed. Once Aladdin was a hit, they started the stunt casting of actors. This peaked with Shrek. Then, gave us Shark Tale.
bobevanz - 4/20/2024, 9:58 AM
"Looks fun" "it's for children" yeah well they can keep their after-school special, flop city
FireandBlood - 4/20/2024, 10:22 AM
The premise sounded 🔥 but this shit looks 👎
Arthorious - 4/20/2024, 11:06 AM
I would love to see a good interpretation of Jazz outside of the G1 transformers
dracula - 4/20/2024, 11:30 AM
Like Mutant Mayhem just another attempt to replicate Spiderverse

These guys are Megatron and Optimus in name only

Might as well have made them Hot Shot or Hot Rod and a new character that can turn decepticon

Best transformers show with development :
StSteven - 4/20/2024, 2:22 PM
@dracula - Yeah, I really liked "TF:Animated" as well. Too bad we never got a 4th season (because Hasbro likes to do everything in 3s for some reason - probably because people (mainly kids) lose interest after the 3rd iteration of things), although there were definitely plans for a 4th season. I have both volumes of the "Allspark Almanac" and I believe it's in vol. 2 where they talk about season 4 and have a lot of the character designs including Powermaster Optimus Prime (like the G1 toy). It also would have included a storyline about the Shattered Glass universe where the Autobots are the bad guys and the Decepticons are the good guys.

I'm still holding out hope that they'll revive the show at some point. Hell they have updated versions of some of the characters in the current "Legacy" toy line so we'll see.
dracula - 4/20/2024, 4:40 PM
@StSteven - yeah sucks season 4 was scrapped from what ive heard it was to get revenge of the fallen toys on the shelf

You seen the trial of megatron pitch reading from the cast


There are 3 parts

From what ive heard they had two pretty cool ideas for season 4

First they were going to take a break from Megatron and make Blackaracnia the big bad. Set on Cybertron mostly, with a lot of focus on predacons.

When that was rejected they came up with the one most people know about

Sucks they didnt finish devastator or the dino bots (one idea was to include a take on the beast war dinobot)

There was also q pretty good convention exclusive comic written by the writer of the allspark almanac that does a wrap up
StSteven - 4/20/2024, 5:48 PM
@dracula - Yeah I had heard all of that as well, although I haven't listened to the table read or read Sorenson's graphic novel, but thanks for sharing that link. Maybe one of these days... Every now and then new info/art on that 4th season pops up on the TF sites that I frequent. Recently I saw the concept art for the Shattered Glass characters and what Devastator would have looked like. It's a shame that Derrick J. Wyatt died a couple of years ago because he was like the heart and soul of "TF:A" and he would release new drawings of various characters in the distinctive "TF:A" style (which I'm still surprised they were able to make into show-accurate toys).

Speaking of the toys, I actually have every one of the "TF:A" toys that were sold in stores, including the store exclusives. I also have third-party figures of the main human characters ((Fanzone, Sari, and Sumdac) as well as Animated Cheetor in Cybertron mode based on the Blurr figure that was a OTFCC exclusive. As you may have seen from some of my other posts, I'm a HUGE TF fan (Deception symbol tattoo on my shoulder, etc.) with a spare bedroom for my collection (I easily have thousands and growing) and I have my little "TF:A" section. I wish we could post pics here. I think you'd get a kick out of it. Not sure what I'm going to do when I run out of room though. Welp, looks like it boarding school for the kids then. Daddy needs your room ;).
dracula - 4/20/2024, 11:32 AM
Why is Bumblebee here, he is suppose to be the younger bot

Now he is hanging out with optimus and megatron before they become optimus and megatron
RubyRhod - 4/20/2024, 12:23 PM
These are not real Transformers, they look like something from a Disney movie!
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HermanM - 4/20/2024, 2:24 PM
Matchesz - 4/20/2024, 6:09 PM
They cash out on these huge blockbusters for the wrong audience. If they did a modern take with better looking character designs of the G1 cartoon I think everyone would still enjoy it
NinnesMBC - 4/21/2024, 12:32 AM
I am utterly perplexed at the lukewarm feedback, if not the outright rejection this project's been received with.

The IP is finally free from Michael Bay's CGI catastrophic direction and lack of good storytelling sensibillities, they're using more faithful designs inspired from the G1 days/era like many wanted, it's animated with good designs, the color palette is vibrant, Cybertron looks awesome, good voice cast and it's telling a (re-imagined?) origin story of Optimus and Megatron because not even those two started knowing it all.

And you all bunch of Debbie Downers are dissing it as mediocre because some humor? As if it was directed by Waititi. Get over yourselves, seriously.

Megatron's my favourite poster. I can't wait for this film.
ThorArms - 4/21/2024, 2:28 AM
Genuinely disappointed with the direction they went with this.

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