Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2000 TV series)

Transformers: Robots in Disguise, originally known as Transformers: Car Robots (トランスフォーマー カーロボット, Toransufōmā Kā Robotto), is an anime television series created by Nihon Ad Systems and Studio Gallop in cooperation with Korean company Dongwoo Animation. It was originally conceived as a reboot with a self-contained universe separate from any of the other existing Transformers universes.[1] It aired in Japan in 2000, and in the United States as part of the Fox Kids programming block from September 8, 2001 to March 30, 2002.[2]

Original (Japanese): Transformers: Car Robots
English: Transformers: Robots in Disguise
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トランスフォーマー カーロボット
(Toransufōmā: Kā Robotto)
GenreMecha, Action, Superhero
Anime television series
Directed byOsamu Sekita
Produced byHisashi Katou
Juuroh Sugimura
Makiko Iwata
Shigero Sugimura
Written byJunki Takegami
StudioStudio Gallop
Nihon Ad Systems
Licensed by
Saban Entertainment (2001–2002)
The Walt Disney Company (2002-present)
Original networkTV Tokyo (2000)
English network
Fox Kids (2000-2002)
Original run April 5, 2000 December 27, 2000
Episodes39
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Despite being the first Transformers series to not be connected to the G1 continuity,[3] it was later retconned as part of the Japanese Generation One timeline, with the western version only being a separate series.[4] The series was imported to the West as a "filler" line while production on Transformers: Armada, the first entry in the Unicron Trilogy, began in 2002. The series' episodes last 27 minutes each. The series was licensed in the United States by Saban Entertainment. It was one of Saban's last English dubbed anime projects, before the company was sold to Disney in 2002. The rights to this series is currently owned by Disney Enterprises through BVS Entertainment, which acquired the Fox Family/Fox Kids Worldwide franchise in 2001, and which is the owner of the ex-Saban Entertainment/Fox Kids libraries.

Plot

Megatron captures Dr. Kenneth Onishi, and the Autobots ally themselves with his son, Koji, vowing to safely recover him from Megatron's clutches. An assortment of plans by Megatron to steal the Earth's energy ensue, led by his subordinate, Sky-Byte, but are stopped by the Autobots, including the newly introduced teams, Team Bullet Train and the Spy Changers. Probing Dr. Onishi's mind, Megatron discovers the significance of an ancient cave system, in which the Autobots discover a coded microchip belonging to the Doctor. After scuffles involving the new Autobot troops Skid-Z and Tow-Line, the microchip leads the Autobots to the Cave of the Dragon, where they discover a mysterious artifact of Cybertronian origin.

Further information decoded from Dr. Onishi's microchip leads the Autobots to the site of a crashed Cybertronian spaceship containing six Autobot protoforms. But Megatron has also learned of the ship through his mind-probes and attacks, capturing and taking the protoforms to a nearby military base, where he scans vehicle modes for each one and infuses them with his own Spark energy to reprogram their alleigiance, creating the evil Decepticons. The final Autobot protoform scans Optimus Prime in addition to the tanker truck that will be his alternate mode, creating Scourge, a twisted "evil twin" of Optimus. Several battles with the Decepticons ensue, as Sky-Byte grows steadily jealous of the attention Megatron heaps on his new warriors. Amidst battles between the Decepticons and the newly promoted Autobot subgroup, the Build Team, Sky-Byte attempts to prove his worth by holding a tower of humans hostage in exchange for the Autobots' O-Parts, one of which is the artifact from the Cave of the Dragon. The plan meets with failure, but when Sky-Byte saves his hostages' lives, Koji begins to think he might not be all bad. Subsequently, Ultra Magnus, the bitter brother of Optimus Prime, arrives on Earth to claim the Matrix that is in Prime's possession, leading to an injured Optimus Prime facing certain doom against the Decepticons on a desert island. Magnus offers him the hand of friendship, which is a ruse to allow Magnus to take the power of the Matrix, with an unexpected side-effect – the two brothers merge into Omega Prime and defeat their foes.

The Predacons and Decepticons attempt to turn Ultra Magnus to their side, but he refuses, and channeling the power of the Matrix he and Prime now share, he supercharges the Autobot Brothers, giving them new powered-up 'Supercharge Modes'. The discovery of a mysterious energy field radiating from beneath the Earth's surface leads both sides to the discovery of Fortress Maximus, a city Transformer hidden on the planet to protect it. In the ensuing battles to claim Maximus' power, Dr. Onishi is accidentally set free by Sky-Byte. Now with Dr. Onishi advising them, the Autobots begin to put all the pieces together and, under his guidance, quickly locate all the O-Parts, which are combined to form a map that leads to the Orb of Sigma. In a failed attempt to acquire the orb, Megatron is buried in the ruins of a mysterious pyramid, but is resurrected by its energy as Galvatron. The Orb of Sigma soon leads the Autobots to Cerebros, the power key of Fortress Maximus, who is stolen by the Decepticons and used by Scourge to activate Maximus in an attempt to have Maximus' power rampage through the city until Koji calls out to him, and he stops. Experimentation soon makes it obvious that Maximus responds to human bio-signatures, leading the Decepticons to attempt to capture Koji (but accidentally snatching his friend Carl instead). With Maximus active, Scourge makes his power play, attempting to use him to destroy Galvatron, but when the scheme fails, all the Decepticons have their brains wiped of any treachery and rebellion. Galvatron proceeds to drain Fortruss Maximus's energy, boosting his already-formidable strength and then releases a swarm of cyber-bats across the Earth, using them to hold the children of the world to ransom to stay Optimus Prime's hand. Believing he has destroyed the Autobots in a lava flow, Galvatron then recalls his bats, but finds that his foes are still alive, leading to a final confrontation with Omega Prime at the Earth's core. The children of the world re-energize Fortress Maximus, who transmits his energy to Omega Prime, forming the Matrix Blade, with which he finally defeats Galvatron. At the end, the Predacons and Decepticons—all but Sky-Byte—are imprisoned aboard Fortress Maximus and escorted by Ultra Magnus to Cybertronian space, and the remaining Autobots prepare to leave Earth for good after some rest and relaxation.

Release

Episodes

The three clip shows of Robots in Disguise differ between the English and Japanese versions. Both are listed at the appropriate numbers.

# Title Japanese title Writer Director US airdate Japanese Airdate
1""Battle Protocol!""初出動! ファイヤーコンボイ
First Deployment! Fire Convoy
Junki Takegami (JP)
Tom Wyner (US)
Yoshiaki Tsutsui,
Akira Katō
September 8, 2001 (2001-09-08)April 5, 2000
Predacons have come! The Autobots must defeat a gigantic hand!
2""An Explosive Situation""高速バトル! ゲルシャーク
High-Speed Battle! Gelshark
Junki Takegami (JP)
Tom Wyner (US)
Yoshiaki Tsutsui,
Akira Katō
September 10, 2001 (2001-09-10)April 12, 2000
3""Bullet Train to the Rescue""合体せよ! 新幹線ロボ
Combine! Bullet Train Robo
Yukiyoshi Ōhashi (JP)
Steve Kramer (US)
Akira KatōSeptember 12, 2001 (2001-09-12)April 19, 2000
4""Spychangers to the Rescue""忍者ロボ! スパイチェンジャー参上
Ninja Robo! The Spychangers Enter
Kazuhiko Gōdo (JP)
Richard Epcar (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiSeptember 13, 2001 (2001-09-13)April 26, 2000
5""The Hunt for Black Pyramid""決死のジャンプ! マッハアラート
Resolute Jump! Mach Alert
Tadashi Hayakawa (JP)
Marc Handler (US)
Akira KatōSeptember 14, 2001 (2001-09-14)May 3, 2000
6""The Secret of the Ruins""ギガトロンの襲撃!
Gigatron's Raid!
Junki Takegami (JP)
Tom Wyner (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiOctober 11, 2001 (2001-10-11)May 10, 2000
7""Sideburn's Obsession""スピードブレイカーの危機!
Speedbreaker's Crisis!
Yukiyoshi Ōhashi (JP)
Richard Epcar (US)
Akira KatōSeptember 15, 2001 (2001-09-15)May 17, 2000
8""Secret Weapon: D-5""謎の兵器! D5
Mysterious Weapon! D5
Kazuhiko Gōdo (JP)
Marc Handler (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiSeptember 17, 2001 (2001-09-17)May 24, 2000
9""Mirage's Betrayal""カウンターアローの裏切り!?
Counterarrow's Betrayal!?
Tadashi Hayakawa (JP)
Richard Epcar (US)
Akira KatōSeptember 18, 2001 (2001-09-18)May 31, 2000
10""Skid Z's Choice""爆走! インディーヒート!!
Out of Control! Indy Heat!!
Junki Takegami (JP)
Tom Wyner (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiSeptember 19, 2001 (2001-09-19)June 7, 2000
11""Tow-Line Goes Haywire""駐車違反だ! レッカーフック
Parking Violation! Wrecker Hook
Yukiyoshi Ōhashi (JP)
Matthew V. Lewis (US)
Akira KatōSeptember 20, 2001 (2001-09-20)June 14, 2000
12""The Ultimate Robot Warrior""究極! 大仏トランスフォーマー
The Ultimate Extreme! The Large Buddha Statue Transformer
Kazuhiko Gōdo (JP)
Richard Epcar (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiSeptember 21, 2001 (2001-09-21)June 21, 2000
13""Hope for the Future""ギガトロンの野望を暴け!
Gigatron's Ambitions Revealed!
Junki Takegami (JP)
Tom Wyner (US)
Osamu SekitaOctober 26, 2001 (2001-10-26)June 28, 2000
14""The Decepticons""敵? 味方!? ブラックコンボイ
Friend? Foe!? Black Convoy
Junki Takegami (JP)
Tom Wyner (US)
Akira KatōSeptember 22, 2001 (2001-09-22)July 5, 2000
15""Commandos""5体合体! バルディガス
5-Body Combination! Baldigus
Yukiyoshi Ōhashi (JP)
Marc Handler (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiSeptember 24, 2001 (2001-09-24)July 12, 2000
16""Volcano""対決! ふたりのコンボイ!
En Garde! Two Convoys!
Tadashi Hayakawa (JP)
Tom Wyner (US)
Akira KatōSeptember 25, 2001 (2001-09-25)July 19, 2000
17""Attack from Outer Space""宇宙から狙え! シャトラー!!
Aiming from Space! Shuttler!!
Kazuhiko Gōdo (JP)
Matthew V. Lewis (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiJanuary 12, 2002 (2002-01-12)July 26, 2000
18""The Test""正義に目覚めよ! ブラックコンボイ
Awaken to Righteousness! Black Convoy
Junki Takegami (JP)
Tom Wyner (US)
Akira KatōSeptember 26, 2001 (2001-09-26)August 2, 2000
19""The Fish Test""秘密作戦! ゲルシャーク
Secret Strategy! Gelshark
Yukiyoshi Ōhashi (JP)
Marc Handler (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiSeptember 27, 2001 (2001-09-27)August 9, 2000
20""Wedge's Short Fuse""熱血戦士! ビルドマスター
Hot-Blooded Warriors! Buildmasters
Junki Takegami (JP)
Richard Epcar (US)
Akira KatōSeptember 28, 2001 (2001-09-28)August 16, 2000
21""Landfill""四体合体! ビルドキング
Four-Body Combination! Build King
Yukiyoshi Ōhashi (JP)
Richard Epcar (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiJune 22, 2002 (2002-06-22)August 23, 2000
22""Sky-Byte Saves the Day""正義の味方? ゲルシャーク
Friend of Righteousness? Gelshark
Tadashi Hayakawa (JP)
Matthew V. Lewis (US)
Akira KatōJune 23, 2002 (2002-06-23)August 30, 2000
23""A Test of Metal""狙われたビルドマスター
Targeted Buildmasters
Kazuhiko Gōdo (JP)
Richard Epcar (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiSeptember 29, 2001 (2001-09-29)September 6, 2000
24""Ultra Magnus""登場! ゴッドマグナス
Enter! God Magnus
Junki Takegami (JP)
Tom Wyner (US)
Akira KatōOctober 6, 2001 (2001-10-06)September 13, 2000
25""Ultra Magnus: Forced Fusion!""強制合体! ゴッドファイヤーコンボイ
Forced Combination! God Fire Convoy
Junki Takegami (JP)
Matthew V. Lewis (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiOctober 13, 2001 (2001-10-13)September 20, 2000
26""Lessons of the Past""集結せよ! 新戦士たち
Assemble! New Warriors
Junki Takegami (JP)
Tom Wyner (US)
Osamu SekitaDecember 14, 2001 (2001-12-14)September 27, 2000
27""The Two Faces of Ultra Magnus""絶体絶命! カーロボ3兄弟
Stalemate! 3 Car Robo Brothers
Yukiyoshi Ōhashi (JP)
Michael McConnohie (US)
Akira KatōOctober 20, 2001 (2001-10-20)October 4, 2000
28""Power to Burn!""発動! ダブルマトリクス
Invoke! Double Matrix
Tadashi Hayakawa (JP)
Tom Wyner (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiOctober 19, 2001 (2001-10-19)October 11, 2000
29""Fortress Maximus""浮上! サイバトロンシティ
Arise! Cybertron City
Kazuhiko Gōdo (JP)
Richard Epcar (US)
Akira KatōOctober 27, 2001 (2001-10-27)October 18, 2000
30""Koji Gets His Wish""JRX 対 バルディガス
JRX versus Baldigus
Junki Takegami (JP)
Richard Epcar (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiNovember 3, 2001 (2001-11-03)October 25, 2000
With Fortress Maximus discovered, the Autobots move to ensure the Predacons and Decepticons don't acquire it before looking for Cerebros, the Headmaster of the huge Autobot. At the same time, Sky-Byte may just ensure that Koji gets a great gift for Dr. Onishi's birthday without even knowing it.
31""A Friendly Contest""ゲルシャークの罠
Gelshark's Trap
Yukiyoshi Ōhashi (JP)
Matthew V. Lewis (US)
Akira KatōNovember 10, 2001 (2001-11-10)November 1, 2000
32""Peril from the Past""最後の鍵? さよならアイ
The Final Key? Farewell, Ai
Tadashi Hayakawa (JP)
Michael McConnohie (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiNovember 17, 2001 (2001-11-17)November 8, 2000
With the O-Parts in their possession, the Autobots head to the Sahara Desert to locate the Orb of Sigma, but Megatron decides to personally get involved, and Koji may prove to be of vital aid to the Autobots to ensure they don't lose T-AI to the combined O-Parts/Orb of Sigma, while the Decepticons begin to show signs of treason against Megatron.
33""Maximus Emerges""奪われたプラズマ
Stolen Plasma
Kazuhiko Gōdo (JP)
Tom Wyner (US)
Akira KatōFebruary 16, 2002 (2002-02-16)November 15, 2000
Despite the Autobots having acquired the O-Parts and Orb of Sigma to lead them to Cerebros, Scourge and the Decepticons get to the Headmaster of Fortress Maximus first, but it is clear no one understands how Cerebros and Fortress Maximus work once combined and its power is unleashed.
34""The Human Element""ブレイブマキシマスの謎
The Mystery of Brave Maximus
Junki Takegami (JP)
Tom Wyner (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiFebruary 23, 2002 (2002-02-23)November 22, 2000
Realizing that when he was created, he inherited Kelly's human bio-signatures into his format, Scourge prepares to use Fortress Maximus himself now that he realized that Cerebros functions via human control.
35""The Mystery of Ultra Magnus" (Note: This episode is English-titled in an unresolved error as "Mstery of the Ultra Magnus")"ゲルシャークの憂鬱
Gelshark's Blues
Junki Takegami (JP)
Tom Wyner (US)
Osamu SekitaMarch 30, 2002 (2002-03-30)November 29, 2000
36""Mistaken Identity""ブラックコンボイの野望
Black Convoy's Ambition
Yukiyoshi Ōhashi (JP)
Michael McConnohie (US)
Akira KatōMarch 2, 2002 (2002-03-02)December 6, 2000
An attempt by Scourge to finally usurp Galvatron as leader results in Koji's friend Carl becoming the pilot to Fortress Maximus, but while things don't work out as Scourge hoped, it only gets worse when Cerebros finally lands safely in the hands of the Autobots.
37""Surprise Attack!""ブレイブマキシマスの起動!
Brave Maximus's Rise!
Tadashi Hayakawa (JP)
Tom Wyner (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiMarch 9, 2002 (2002-03-09)December 13, 2000
With Cerebros now safely in the Autobots' possession, Galvatron puts the Decepticons firmly back under his control and places them under Sky-Byte's command to hunt down Koji, resulting in them finding and attacking the Autobot HQ, but Optimus is ready and lures the Predacons and Decepticons to where the final battle to determine Earth's fate begins as Galvatron calls in the Megastar to face off with Fortress Maximus when Wedge's courage enables Cerebros to bring the giant Transformer into the fight to protect the planet.
38""Galvatron's Revenge""逆襲! デビルギガトロン!
Counterattack! Devil Gigatron!
Junki Takegami (JP)
Richard Epcar (US)
Akira KatōMarch 16, 2002 (2002-03-16)December 20, 2000
Despite losing his ship, Galvatron is far from finished as he prepares to use the planet's children as leverage to get the Autobots to back off, and possibly be destroyed, leaving Earth ripe for the picking.
39""The Final Battle""最後の戦い! ファイヤーコンボイ
Final Battle! Fire Convoy
Junki Takegami (JP)
Tom Wyner (US)
Yoshiaki TsutsuiMarch 23, 2002 (2002-03-23)December 27, 2000
As Galvatron and Omega Prime have their final confrontation in the Earth's core, Koji works to get the children of Earth to provide Fortress Maximus the energy needed to aid Omega Prime in defeating the Predacon/Decepticon leader once and for all.

Reception

References

  1. ^ TRANSFORMERS ROBOTS IN DISGUISE Returns! Hasbro Launches Product Line Based on Original '80s Theme; Fox Kids Series to Debut September 8th. Business Wire September 5, 2001
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television cartoon shows: an illustrated encyclopedia, 1949 through 2003. McFarland & Co. p. 872. ISBN 07864-2255-6.
  3. ^ "5 Of The Best Transformers TV Shows (& 5 Of The Worst)". CBR. 2020-02-05. Retrieved 2020-04-27.
  4. ^ This strictly applies to the Japanese Generation One timeline only, Transformers: Robots in Disguise is still a entirely separate universe to the original 1984 The Transformers

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