The Transformers have been one of the most recognized franchises in the world for years, but up until now, themes of violence may have scared off younger viewers. Thanks to Netflix’s Transformers: BotBots, young kids are now able to enjoy a new iteration of robots who transform into everyday items at the mall in the new animation series.

BotBots creators Kevin Burke and Chris “Doc” Wyatt sat down for an exclusive uInterview founder Erik Meers to discuss why they wanted to make a Transformers show for kids after seeing the original toy line while working at Hasbro Studios.

“We saw a chance for the first transformers straight-up comedy, as opposed to an action-based show and it really got to the core of why we fell in love with Transformers when we were kids, which is this idea of robots in disguise … that there are secret robots everywhere,” Burke said. “That’s the set of the show. Energon came into the mall and turned all these products into secret robots, so during the day they hide on the shelves. They pretend to be regular products and then at night when everyone goes home, they rule the mall. They go and explore and play. They have the best time they could possibly have. It’s very quirky. It’s odd but it’s a lot of fun.”

As an adult, it can be difficult to create from a perspective of what kids would like. Wyatt shared how both of their experiences being parents played into the creation of the show.

“We’re both dads and we play with our kids and we see what kinds of things are fun for them and all parents have to be imaginative and think up ways to entertain kids,” Wyatt said. “We just do it professionally.”

“We’re always tapping into shows we would’ve loved as kids and see what our kids’ love,” Burke added. “We’ve written a lot of shows, and the more we write, the more ideas for shows we come up with, so creativity begets more creativity.”

Season one of Transformers: BotBots is available for streaming on Netflix now.

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