See the modest beginnings of the iconic yellow beetle in the first teaser for "Bumblebee".
SAN DIEGO – Comic-Con gave fans an insight into two consecutive December movies on Friday – "Bumblebee" and "Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verses" – with friendships aimed at directly to child-friendly target groups. And by coincidence, they happen to happen to Hailee Steinfeld.
Those who are fed up with Michael Bay's rock-emsock-robot nonsense in the Transformers movies might come up with the retro-prequel "Bumblebee" (in theaters on Dec. 21), a coming-of-age Journey over a young girl and her transforming car. There will still be plenty of action and explosions, but with much more heart from director Travis Knight.
"Every time you have gigantic pieces of metal that beat each other up, you have to be very, very careful how you feed it," said Knight, director of the Laika Animation Studio, which staged 2016. Kubo and the two strings. "
" At some point it can be incoherent, if you look at it. It moves from two giant robots hitting each other up to two radio halls reenacting the Kamasutra.
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With his "Bumblebee" will definitely appeal to the children of the 1980s who grew up with the original "Transformers" TV show and toys. (The comic-con panel of the movie even featured guest star Stan Bush, who rocked The Touch, a power pop anthem from the 1986 animated Transformers : The Movie ".)
But the story has a fresh touch. Also in the 80s: Charlie Watson (Steinfeld) is a misunderstood teenager who has suffered a great loss in her life and this void with love, friendship or just wants to fill with someone who gets them.
Enter a large robot which turns into a yellow VW Beetle. Knight showed the comic-con footage of the girl-robot meeting, a sweet moment in a garage where everyone looks into the other's eyes and she gives him his name because "you sound like a bumblebee"
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"Bumblebee is like a youthful character and you are thinking of the experiences you are experiencing at this time of your life," Knight said. "We are constantly changing and evolving, we are always trying to find our place or to adapt or stand out, and often we feel completely alone."
And Charlie "longs for a sense of freedom and sees that in this car," Steinfeld added. "This is a character who finds who she is and what her place in the world is and finds her voice, and so is Bumblebee."
With spider Petersen Parker (Jake Johnson), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld) and Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) sing in the animated film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider verses "together. [Photo: SONY PICTURES ANIMATION]
Steinfeld also plays a role in "Spider Verse" (Dec. 14), although the main duo is a pair of Spider-Men from different universes.
Miles Morales (spoken by Shameik Moore) is a black / Hispanic boy who looked up at the deceased Peter Parker, the Spider-Man of his world, and one night at the grave of his hero inexplicably Peter (Jake Johnson) of another reality meets who has his super heroine behind him.
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"Peter Parker with 40 and Peter Parker with a bad back and Peter Parker who is not sure if he wants to be Spider-Man, "Johnson said of his" chubby "do-gooder.
Miles sees him as a potential mentor because, frankly, he does not really want to be Spider-Man, Moore said. "He just tries to go to school like a normal kid and suddenly he's bitten by that spider and he has those powers and now people are trying to kill him and he has a duty to save most of the universes."
Miles Morales (spoken by Shameik Moore) receives some lessons from Peter Parker in the animated "Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse".
Peter struggles first, "but sees something really special in this guy and it reminds him of what he loves about those forces," Johnson said.
And in the midst of super villains like Kingpin (Liev Schreiber) and Spider people from other places like the shadowy Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) and Piggy Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), the main putter guys meet with the boys Gwen Stacy, aka Spider-Gwen (Steinfeld).
"She's really just the toughest and coolest and the most capable in the room, and she knows it," Steinfeld said.
Executive producer Phil Lord added that Miles, Peter and Gwen find similarities to be born from the tragedy. "For the first time, there's someone out there who knows what they're going through, and they finally have a trunk to hang out with."