Its time to bring the lions back together! One of the most beloved anime franchises in existence is set to form once again on our screens. Netflix announced a few months ago that the would be reviving Voltron: Defender of the Universe once again on the popular streaming service, and now, finally, we have our first look at the art style the show will be going for.
The new Netflix show is running with the official name Voltron: Legendary Defender. The original show aired in the states from ’84 – ’85 and featured 5 young pilots given the keys to 5 legendary lion robots that when, brought together, would for the giant fighting robot Voltron in order to stop an intergalactic alien threat from conquering planet earth. The producers have said they want to keep as much of the feel of the original as possible.
“We’re trying to keep as much of that classic feel to it as we can, because ultimately we have huge amounts of nostalgia for (the original) show,” says co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery.
The show works for executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos because it marries “a true sense of epic adventure” with “the campy nature of five lions that become a giant robot.”
Whereas most of the original characters were nondescript space explorers, the main players in the new series will have backstories, and “a real purpose for being on this mission and getting involved with Voltron in the first place,” says Dos Santos.
“Voltron is nowhere near the scale of a Star Wars in terms of mythology, but it has managed to stick around in pop culture and became this representation of teamwork.”
As for the plot of the show, the producers had this to say.
Princess Allura, a main hero, will be more realistic, Montgomery promises: “She doesn’t have to be the (greatest) fighter right off the bat. She’s still a princess from a peaceful kingdom. But she’s certainly not fainting at every little thing that overwhelms her.”
DreamWorks gave the creative team carte blanche to make changes in the Voltron franchise, andDos Santos admits that while they considered a version that was “really military and really serious, everything had chainsaws on it and was really bro’d out, and we just didn’t want that.”
Instead, they opted to play to a wide age group by giving Voltron an epic Game of Thrones feel with some humor, and upping the danger level. So when the good guys encounter a vicious Robeast, “you actually feel like, ‘Oh man, is Voltron going to get out of this one?’ ” Dos Santos says. “There are some of those encounters they just manage to survive.”
Adds Montgomery: “Not everything is solved by Voltron alone. Sometimes they need to beat something just as the lions. Sometimes they just do it as themselves fighting as men.”
I know a lot of people that I talked to who grew up with the series are looking forward to the reboot, as am I. But what about you? Does the first look give you hope for the show, or should Voltron stay disassembled and let what was in the past stay there? Let us know below!