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Five unsuspecting teenagers, transported from Earth into the middle of a sprawling intergalactic war, become pilots for five robotic lions in the battle to protect the universe from evil. Only through the true power of teamwork can they unite to form the mighty warrior known as Voltron.

—Official Summary[1]

Voltron: Legendary Defender is a Netflix original web television series produced by DreamWorks Animation and World Events Productions, and animated by Studio Mir with a combination of drawn and CGI animation. It is based on the original American TV show, Voltron: Defender of the Universe, released in 1984, which drew its material from two different Japanese anime: Beast King GoLion, released in 1981, and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV, released in 1982.

Previous additions to the Voltron franchise were the Fleet of Doom television special (1986), Voltron: The Third Dimension (1998), Voltron Force (2011), and various comic book appearances.[2]

Legendary Defender is the latest addition to the franchise with a reinvented story that premiered on June 10, 2016, and has since aired two seasons.

The third season was apparently scheduled to air a total of 13 episodes in September 2017, but has moved up to August 4, 2017 with 7 total episodes; the fourth season will air in October 2017 with 6 episodes.[3][4][5][6] The series has a 78 episode commitment.[3]

Media

Seasons

  • For a more in-depth list of the episodes, see their respective season pages, or see the respective episode pages for more information on each episode.

The series currently has three confirmed seasons, with two aired.

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
██ 1 11 June 10, 2016
("The Rise of Voltron")
June 10, 2016
("The Black Paladin")
██ 2 13 January, 20, 2017
("Across the Universe")
January, 20, 2017
("Blackout")
██ 3 7 August 4, 2017
("Changing of the Guard")
August 4, 2017
("TBA")
██ 4 6 October 2017
("TBA")
October 2017
("TBA")

Music

The series has spawned a single soundtrack released for Season One.

Cover Season Tracks Release
OST1 1 11 July 21, 2016

Collectibles

Several collectible books have been published for the series, including "retellings" of specific episodes, the Voltron: Legendary Defender Comic, which takes place within the storylines of the show, and an official guidebook.

Staff

  • For a full list of staff, see the articles on IMDB and Wikipedia.

Producers

Directors

Writers

Character Designers

  • Christie Tseng
  • Kim Il Kwang
  • Jin Sun Kim

Composers

  • Alex Geringas (Opening)
  • Brad Breeck (Score)
  • Brian Parkhurst (Score)

Cast

  • For a full list of the cast, see the article on IMDB.

Team Voltron

Galra Empire

Blade of Marmora

Humans

Aliens

Arusians

Balmerans

  • Rax: Scott Wolf
  • Shay: Emily Eiden

Mer Aliens

Olkari

Other Aliens

  • Alfor: Keith Ferguson
  • Baujal: Jim Cummings
  • Nyma: Lacey Chabert
  • Rolo: Norman Reedus
  • Sal: Fred Tatasciore
  • Slav: Iqbal Theba
  • Slice Capades Salesman: Vince Offer
  • Unilu Salesman: Paul Reubens
  • Varkon: Fred Tatasciore
  • Xi: Robin Atkin Downes

Trivia

  • The series has been dubbed in: English, Filipino, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Dansk, Deutch, Nederlands, Norwegian, French, German, Finnish, and Swedish.[4][8][9]
  • Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery wanted to make the new series similar to how fans nostalgically remember Defender of the Universe, rather than a strictly faithful update or a complete reinvention. Legendary Defender is a means to reel in both a new generation and old fans. To get a more coherent grasp on the older series, staff watched both Defender of the Universe and Beast King GoLion, paying homage and honor to both. They avoided going the darker route of a story, preferring to keep campy humor and fun amongst a serious storyline.[10][11]
  • Dos Santos stated that the biggest influence on him for Legendary Defender are Robotech and Macross, appreciating the dramatic aspects of the show.[ citation needed ]
  • According to Dos Santos, "As far as themes go, the overall theme of teamwork is a huge thing for us to get across. Not just teamwork like, ‘we gotta work together to make this happen’ but really building characters that are complex enough to overcome their own shortcomings, evolve, and become the fully realized heroes we know they can be. Nobody at the beginning or end of the show will be perfect by any means but they will change and rise to the occasion."[10]
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender marks the first series in history where the pilot of the Green Lion is a female character: Pidge, who was male in all the other versions of Voltron. Pidge's gender was on Lauren Montgomery's list of "must-haves", as well as mermaids.[12]
  • The series aired on Netflix Korea on October 10th, 2016.[9]
  • This is the fifth Animated series made by DreamWorks for Netflix.

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References

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