Bumblebee – CENSORED from a 12-cert to a PG-cert in the UK

Bumblebee is a Transformers spin-off for which, as I stated on Monday, I’d expected to be a 12A like all the others…

And what wasn’t clear on that day, but which is now showing loudly on their site, is that this is a RE-EDITED version!

The info about what made it a PG is in the earlier post, below, but since I posted that, they’ve added these remarks: Re-edited version. Film originally classified 12A in a different version on 22 November 2018, on the BBFC site.

I understand the 12A was for “moderate fantasy violence” while the PG version cuts six seconds from the film, and means the PG is for “moderate fantasy violence, mild sex references, injury detail, language”, which doesn’t help tell us WHAT WAS ACTUALLY CENSORED!!! FFS!

UPDATE: In May 2019, the Movie Censorship website detailed in full what was cut between the UK and Germany Blu-rays, and you can find that in full here. As well as it coming to just a mere 6.3 seconds, I really can’t understand Paramount’s reasoning for this. A 12-cert is basically the same as a PG these days anyway, since both simply require parental guidance. And in this case of this film, I can’t see why these cuts can’t be included and for the uncut film to STILL be a PG-certificate! Check them out on that link and comment below as to your thoughts.

Also bear in mind that anyone buying tickets for this in the cinema, whether 2D or IMAX (since there was no 3D version), or the home version on Blu-ray, DVD or 4K, you are PAYING for a censored version!

Previously on DVDfever:

December 10th:

Bumblebee is a Transformers spin-off which I’d expected to be a 12A like all the others, and often, US films through in an f-word so it guarantees a 12A, or a PG-13 in the US, as a bog-standard PG is often considered box-office death in the US for a live-action movie.

To get the PG, the film was rated PG for moderate fantasy violence, mild sex references, injury detail, and language.

The full details are as follows, and I’ll hide the specific ratings reasons behind a spoiler header in case you want to avoid… y’know, spoilers.

Bumblebee is released in the UK on December 24th.

Spoiler Inside SelectShow

September 26th:

Bumblebee is still happening, and I still don’t get why anyone cares about this film who didn’t care about Transformers: The Last Knight, but anyway, it’s still due out on December 26th and the new trailer is below:

Bumblebee Previously on DVDfever:

June 5th:

Bumblebee – yes, him who they pretended would kill Optimum Prime in the trailers for Transformers: The Last Knight… and then they conventiently cut that bit out later in the actual film.

The trouble is, that while I enjoyed Michael Bay’s last movie – and, definitely, his last as director for this series of films – no-one else cared.

The second weekend in the IMAX auditorium in Manchester – the second biggest IMAX screen in Europe, and out of several hundred seats, there was less than TEN people.

NO-ONE is asking for a new Transformers film, but still, it comes, with Travis Knight holding the directorial reins, and he brought us 2016’s incredible Kubo and the Two Strings, and has also worked in Laika’s previous movies, Paranorman and The Boxtrolls, so the franchise is in safe hands, at least.

The premise is as follows:

    On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.


Seriously, Hollywood! You spent $217m on that and it took only $130m at the US box office. A film needs to take almost 3 times its budget to break even and this took $605m worldwide, so it is a certified flop… and you want to spend millions more? And I speak as quite a fan of The Last Knight!

This one is going to die on its arse quicker than you can say Atari VCS!

Bumblebee was originally due out this month, but was put back until the end of this year, and is released in the UK on December 26th… supposedly.

Writer: Christina Hodson
Also stars: John Cena, Martin Short, Pamela Adlon, Megyn Price, Marcella Bragio, Peter Cullen, Vanessa Ross, Kenneth Choi, John Ortiz, Teresa Navarro, Nina Cheek

Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image: