WildBrain brings Tobot to YouTube
DHX Media’s WildBrain has partnered up with South Korean toy manufacturer Young Toys to launch Tobot online in the English world. The CG-animated transforming robot franchise got its own English-language YouTube channel on May 11th, where clips and full episodes are available to view.
While investigating a string of mysterious car accidents, Dr. Franklin Char is abducted. This incident activates his creations called “Tobots”, cars that transform into robots with a special key called a “Tokey”. Dr. Char’s first two Tobots, Tobot X and Tobot Y, are entrusted to his twin sons Ryan and Kory to fight crime and protect their neighborhood.
Animated by some of the heads behind Cubix at Retrobot, Tobot debuted in its local market in 2010. With transforming cars officially licensed by Kia Motors, the franchise was a near instant hit, topping LEGO as South Korea’s most popular toyline in 2013. The original series consists of stories told through 392 x 5-minute episodes. These were later edited together to form larger episodes. After the original series concluded in 2015, it was followed up by the spinoff Tobot Athlon in 2016, which used an 11-minute format from the start. A theatrical film, Tobot: Attack of the Robot Force, debuted last year.
Young Toys previously uploaded an English version produced in the Philippines at Beginnings at Twenty Plus on their YouTube channel. That version was made for Asian audiences and was aired on channels like MediaCorp’s OKTO in Singapore. For its western launch, Young Toys enlisted Vancouver’s Ocean Productions to produce a new English language version. The company has made 102 x 22-minute episodes. WildBrain is uploading a compressed version of this dub onto YouTube.