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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 six seasons with the seventh airing at an unknown date.

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 six confirmed seasons, with five 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
("The Legend Begins")
██ 4 6 October 13, 2017
("Code of Honor")
October 13, 2017
("A New Defender")
██ 5 6 March 2, 2018
("The Prisoner")
March 2, 2018
("White Lion")
██ 6 7 June 15, 2018
("Omega Shield")
June 15, 2018
("Defender of All Universes")
██ 7 13[3] August 10, 2018
("TBA")
August 10, 2018
("TBA")

Music

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

Cover Season Tracks Release
OST1 1 11 July 21, 2016

Comic

  • For more information, see the Comic article.

The Voltron: Legendary Defender Comic is a series of comic issues published by Lion Forge Comics, drawn by Digital Art Chefs, and written by show head writers Tim Hedrick and Mitch Iverson. The first comic was published on July 13, 2016. Once all separate issues are released, each storyline is complied into a paperback volume (abbreviated "TPB" for "trade paperback"). Beginning June 15, 2017, the comics were released on the DreamWorksTV YouTube channel as "motion comics" with animated panels and voice acting from the main series cast.

Collectibles

Several extra collectible books have been published for the series, including character storybooks profiling certain characters, chapter books retelling certain episodes, and official guidebooks.

Games

The series has spawned two games: A series of interactive virtual reality episodes released for various virtual reality platforms, and a 2D horizontal shooter on the official Voltron website.

Cover Title Type Release
VoltronVR Voltron VR Chronicles Virtual Reality September 26, 2017
Cover Title Type Release
SMLA Super Mega Lion Attack Horizontal Shooter December 2017

Cast & Crew

Staff

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

Producers

Directors

Writers

Designers

Composers

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

Main Cast

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

Team Voltron

Galra Empire

  • Acxa: Anika Noni Rose, Erica Luttrell
  • Ezor: Kimiko Glenn
  • Zethrid: Jamie Gray Hyder

Other

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

Galra Empire

Blade of Marmora

Humans

Aliens

Alteans
  • Hira: Virginia Madsen
  • Trayling: Dee Bradley Baker
  • Altean Scientist: Dee Bradley Baker
Arusians
Balmerans
  • Rax: Scott Wolf
  • Shay: Emily Eiden
Mer
Olkari
Other Aliens

Trivia

  • Work on the series began as early as the year 2014.[5]
  • The series has been dubbed in: English, Filipino, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Dansk, Deutch, Nederlands, Norwegian, French, German, Finnish, and Swedish.[7][8][9]
  • The series aired on Netflix Korea on October 10th, 2016.[9]
  • Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery are fans of the original Voltron show and 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 franchise 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]

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