One of the most iconic cartoon series from 1980s is all set to make a comeback with Netflix's original series titled "Voltron: Legendary Defender." Though the series is mostly in anime format, like the original, several action sequences have been developed in CGI to meet the expectations of both original fans and the newer audience.
Created by DreamWorks Animation and World Events Productions, the series is animated by Studio Mir. Joaquim Dos Santos, one of the show-runners of the series, said the new Voltron series would appeal to not only the young audience, but also to adults who grew up with the 1980s cartoon.
"We're absolutely making a show we think they (adults) can appreciate," Dos Santos was quoted as saying by the Wall Street Journal.
Dos Santos and fellow show-runner Lauren Montgomery had previously worked together on "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and several other animated series. Talking about how they wanted the new series to be, Montgomery said they didn't want the series to be a mere remake of the original.
Apart from keeping the basic elements from the original show, like the teamwork theme where five people pilot five different robots to form one giant robot warrior, the show-runners wanted to explore the story-lines in the new show that were not emphasised in the original.
We just wanted to start this show over anew and really expand upon all the lore and stories and the things we felt didn't get a fair shake in the original," Montgomery said.
The synopsis of the episode, as stated by WSJ, reads:
"Five teenagers from Earth find themselves on the trail of a mysterious power source, and they end up transported to the distant planet Arus, where they encounter Princess Allura, a character from the original series, and discover they are the chosen ones who will pilot Voltron amid an intergalactic war."
"Voltron: Legendary Defender" will premiere on Netflix on June 10. A subscription of Netflix is needed to watch the series. CLICK HERE to subscribe.