Bumblebee Movie Trivia: Fun Facts and Behind-the-Scenes Secrets

27 March 2023

From the very first scene, the movie immerses you in a thrilling and visually stunning world filled with towering robots, epic battles, and interstellar warfare. The action-packed scenes are complemented by a heartfelt and engaging storyline that follows the journey of Bumblebee, a fan-favorite character, as he navigates his new life on Earth and forms a bond with his human companion, Charlie.

The movie's nostalgic 80s setting, vibrant colors, and a killer soundtrack featuring classic hits from the era, like "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds and "Take on Me" by A-Ha, make it a feast for the senses. The film's creators paid close attention to every detail, including Bumblebee's design, which is faithful to his original look in the Transformers cartoons, and his character development, which is infused with humor, heart, and a touch of vulnerability.

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Overall, the Bumblebee movie is an exhilarating and thoroughly entertaining experience that seamlessly blends action, emotion, and humor into a package that's sure to please both longtime fans of the franchise and newcomers alike. It's a film that captures the spirit of the Transformers universe and sets the stage for many exciting adventures to come.

Here's a list of trivia about Bumblebee

  1. The movie is set in 1987, the same year the first Transformers cartoon premiered on American television.
  2. Star Hailee Steinfeld trained for four months to prepare for her role as Charlie Watson, including learning to drive a stick shift and practicing martial arts.
  3. The character of Charlie Watson was originally supposed to be male, but the filmmakers decided to change the gender to add a new dimension to the story.
  4. The film's director, Travis Knight, was originally a stop-motion animator who worked on movies like Coraline and ParaNorman.
  5. The character of Bumblebee went through several different designs before the final version was chosen. The original concept art had a more "alien" appearance, while another design made Bumblebee much bulkier.
  6. The movie features a number of classic '80s songs, including "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds and "Take On Me" by A-ha.
  7. John Cena's character, Agent Burns, was originally written to be a villain, but the script was changed to make him more of an antagonist with a sympathetic side.
  8. The movie features a number of references to the original Transformers cartoon, including the Autobot symbol seen on Bumblebee's chest and the Decepticon symbol seen on Blitzwing's helmet.
  9. The filmmakers built a full-scale replica of Bumblebee for some scenes, which weighed over 12 tons.
  10. The movie was originally intended to be a reboot of the Transformers franchise, but it was later decided to make it a prequel to the other movies.
  11. The movie features a number of Easter eggs and references to other movies, including nods to The Breakfast Club, Aliens, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
  12. The voice of Bumblebee was provided by Dylan O'Brien, who was chosen because his voice sounded "youthful and optimistic."
  13. The movie was shot on location in California, including scenes filmed at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Golden Gate Bridge.
  14. The design of Bumblebee's car mode in the movie is based on a Volkswagen Beetle, which was the character's original vehicle mode in the Transformers cartoon.
  15. The film was a box office success, grossing over $468 million worldwide on a budget of $135 million.
  16. The classic Transformer character that appears in the mid-credits scene of the Bumblebee movie is Optimus Prime, who is voiced by Peter Cullen. The scene sets up a potential sequel or spin-off by showing Optimus arriving on Earth and meeting with Bumblebee, hinting at a future collaboration between the two Transformers.
  17. The filmmakers used a mix of practical effects and CGI to bring the Transformers to life on screen, with the goal of making them feel more tactile and believable.
  18. The movie was the first in the Transformers franchise to be released under the supervision of Hasbro's newly-formed Allspark Pictures production company.
  19. The film was originally planned to be released in 2018, but it was pushed back to 2019 to avoid competition with other big blockbuster releases.
  20. The movie was the first in the Transformers franchise to receive a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes since the original 2007 film.
  21. Charlie's last name, Watson, is a reference to the character of Dr. John Watson from the Sherlock Holmes stories.
  22. The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, but ultimately lost to First Man.
  23. The character of Shatter, one of the film's main villains, is voiced by Angela Bassett.
  24. The scene where Bumblebee scans a yellow Volkswagen Beetle to use as his new vehicle mode is a nod to the original Transformers cartoon.
  25. The film's original title was "Transformers Universe: Bumblebee."
  26. The movie's climactic battle takes place at a decommissioned military base, which is actually a real-life decommissioned Air Force station located in California.
  27. The movie was the first in the Transformers franchise to be directed by someone other than Michael Bay.
  28. The character of Memo, played by Jorge Lendeborg Jr., was inspired by the character of Spike Witwicky from the original Transformers cartoon.
  29. The movie was filmed using anamorphic lenses, which give the film a wider aspect ratio and a more cinematic feel.
  30. The character of Blitzwing, one of the film's Decepticon villains, was originally going to be Starscream, but the filmmakers decided to change the character to add more variety to the cast of villains.
  31. The movie's soundtrack features a number of classic '80s songs, including "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears and "The Touch" by Stan Bush (which featured in  "Transformers: The Movie".
  32. The movie's score was composed by Dario Marianelli, who is known for his work on films like Atonement and Darkest Hour.


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