Netflix‘s current business strategy of reviving thought-dead properties to milk the public using the sweet, sweet power of nostalgia is, we can assume, a profitable one. After all, it seems that nary a day goes by that we don’t hear about yet another beloved property getting a Netflix revival. I mean, I don’t wanna jynx it, but there’ve been rumblings about Dredd. But in the mean time, the next big Netflix revival is Voltron, that 80s classic toy line and cartoon series about a team of color-coded robot lions who combine into a giant robot, and the brave youths who pilot them. Voltron has always been around in one form or another, despite never attaining the same popularity he did in the 80s. There was even talk of a movie for a while, but that seems to have fallen through. Of course, it’s possible that if the new series does well, those plans might be put back into motion.
The last teaser for Voltron: Legendary Defender gave us a peek at what will probably become the show’s most familiar piece of footage, the combination sequence (or Gattai for us nerds). That sequence won a lot of goodwill with me for some pretty clear-looking visual homages to one of my favorite anime. But now we have a full trailer, giving us a better look at the show’s characters, story and overall aesthetic. And that aesthetic….is kind of Avatar-ish? Sometimes? Is anyone else getting that? Or at least….it sometimes is. I was worried that the new Voltron would be an all-CGI affair, possibly with weird looking character designs like that King Kong show Netflix did that you almost assuredly didn’t watch. But thankfully, the characters are rendered in good old fashioned 2D. Less thankfully, something about the art style seems somewhat inconsistent to me. Is it just me or does the lady who tells the crew about Voltron look like she’s from a completely different series than everyone else? It also must be said that some of the voice acting isn’t as solid as I’d like it to be. Still, I’ll definitely be checking the series out when it debuts next month, and most likely doing reviews over in the TV section.
Check out the trailer below