Dreamworks and Netflix are teaming up to launch the return of the 80s cartoon series, Voltron. At WonderCon yesterday, it was announced the series would hit the streaming service this summer on June 10. With the news also came the animated series’ first teaser.
The goal for the series’ return with Voltron: Legendary Defender is to expand upon the mythology and character arcs that went without in-depth exploration in the original show. At WonderCon’s Voltron panel on Friday, executive producer, Joaquim Dos Santos, explained “I think the idea is that, when you watch a show like this growing up, you fill in the gaps that aren’t necessarily there.”
While the team strived to fill in those gaps, they also wanted to ensure the characters, especially Voltron, would be easily recognizable to fans. They updated the character’s look, but maintained the style Voltron is known for.
The WonderCon panel also debuted the show’s voice cast which includes: Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) as Keith; Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow) as Pidge; Tyler Labine (Tucker) as Hunk; Kimberly Brooks (Mass Effect and BioShock Infinite) as Princess Allura; Rhys Darby (Flight of the Concords) as Coran, Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time) as Lance; Josh Keaton (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Shiro (the Lion Force pilot formally known as Sven); and the series’ villain, King Zarkon, will be voiced by Neil Kaplan (Transformers: Robots in Disguise).
Dos Santos added that Voltron will not appear in all 13 episode of the series’ season one, as the main focus will be on developing the characters. It was also revealed the show will imbue the characters with more humor than before, as well as provide more action and stronger storytelling elements.
Are you excited for the show’s return or were you more of a Transformers kid? Let us know in the comments below and also tell us what other shows you hope Netflix brings back… Green Lantern: The Animated Series would be a welcomed start.
Netflix begins streaming season one of Voltron: Legendary Defender on June 10.
Source: IGN; Images: Dreamworks Animation