The world of both TV and film are currently being dominated by nostalgia. Classic programs are being rebooted and revived at alarmingly increasing rates, with millennials being able to relive their childhoods by calling back to the shows that entertained them as kids. Streaming service Netflix, in particular, has been active in rebooting old shows, following the success of Fuller House, and with the upcoming Gilmore Girls: Seasons in production, now the animated series Voltron: Legendary Defender is getting closer to returning us to the ‘80’s.
Netflix has just released the first trailer for Voltron: Legendary Defender and it’s essentially everything you want it to be. Check it out:
There it is folks. I bet you never knew just how much goes into creating Voltron.
This trailer opens with one of the pilots, presumably the one being voiced by The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, opening the hangar-sized garage door in order to release the legendary robot lions from their den. After seeing the individual robots for a quick moment, they fly into the sky and quickly begin forming the star of the show: Voltron.
While it is a bit early to show us footage from the new series, this trailer did go into the mechanics that it takes to make five lions into one humanoid robot- as a kid, we just assume that these robots fit into each other like our action figures or legos. But it seems that the upcoming Netflix series is going for a bit more realism, even though we’re still talking about giant flying lion robots.
The detail-oriented animation regarding Voltron’s construction is actually rather telling to how Voltron: Legendary Defender will set itself apart from its predecessors. The team behind the reboot have stated that they want to tell more serialized stories with higher stakes in the new series. Plot points will build and move forward for a larger arc, rather than the one-shot silly adventures from the 1980’s cartoon.
As a reference, check out a clip from the original series, Voltron: Defender Of The Universe and see just what you aren’t going to get in the Netflix reboot.
The cheese-factor may be strong here, but Voltron: Defender Of The Universe was the series that made it all happen. Of course, that original series does lack in rewatchability due to its childish tone. Where certain cartoons, like the Batman Animated Series, can be enjoyed into adulthood, the original Voltron is a bit harder to stomach now. The Netflix series; however, will be made for a mix of child and adult audience.
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