It’s already a proven fact that Netflix has produced some great original content. Some examples are House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Well, it seems like things are about to get better for the streaming service because it was announced earlier today that Netflix and Dreamworks “announced an expansion of their multi-year distribution deal that will see several new DreamWorks Animation properties debuting on the streaming service.” Included in this deal are a reimagining of Voltron: Defenders of the Universe and a new fantasy series from Guillermo del Toro called Trollhunters.
Voltron was one of the best cartoons to come out of the 1980’s, and for many, helped shaped their childhoods. For those of you who were too young to have seen the show in its original form, Voltron was an animated television series about a team of young astronauts who piloted a giant robot known as Voltron. This wasn’t your ordinary robot though. There were five memebers of the Voltron team and each one piloted a lion robot. When times got tough, they would bring all the lions together to form Voltron. It’s probably better if you just watch it for yourself.
Over the years, Voltron has seen other reimaginings such as Voltron Force on Nicktoons, but none have been up to par with the original from the 1980’s. It could be that the newer versions are a little too light hearted for the taste of those who grew up with the original. Or it could be that some just don’t want to give into change. There is nothing wrong with the newer incarnations of the animated series, and it’s great that this generation is being shown something like it. But in the end, it’s just not the same.
As far as del Toro’s Trollhunters is concerned, the only information that has been released is the title of the show. However, knowing that it has the del Toro name attached to it should be enough to attract an audience to watch.
Here is a statement made by Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Series for Netflix regarding the announcement.
“DreamWorks Animation is synonymous with great storytelling that families around the world enjoy…It’s with great pleasure that we expand on an already successful relationship with DreamWorks Animation to bring more premium kids and family television to Netflix members globally.”
It should also be mentioned that the deal also covers “streaming rights to DreamWork’s Animation’s feature film library, and extends rights for current series streaming on Netflix, including How to Train Your Dragons spinoff Dragons: Race to the Edge.”
Voltronand Trollhuntersare scheduled to premiere on Netflix later this year.