|aired from: Sep 1998
to: Feb 2000
Voltron Returns...This Time In 3D
by Deborah Reber
that classic animated series of the 1980's, Voltron: Defender of the Universe?
Well, if you've been flipping through the channels on your television and caught
a glimpse of Voltron with a twist, chances are you've spied Voltron: The
Third Dimension. This new series, which premiered in fall 1998, takes its
title literally, as it is made using 3D motion capture animation.
Voltron: The Third Dimension is unique from other televised animated fare
in that it is the first 3D CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) series to be
produced solely in the United States. The result is a program where the
characters and background look strangely surreal, and the life-like characters
move with fluidity and exaggeration. Many of the scenes don't utilize close-ups
of the characters' faces, as facial expressions are limited without the
opportunity to do a lot of post-production tweaking.
Ted Koplar, President and CEO of Voltron distributor World Events
Productions, Ltd., feels that the new look for the revived series will appeal to
today's youth. "This new, cutting-edge Voltron will hit a new
generation of kids, and we have the expectation that this show will be bigger
than the original Voltron," says Koplar.
Already, Voltron has been a hit among broadcasters, who have picked up
the show in more than 90% of the country, including the major markets like New
York and Los Angeles. In its first season, it has captured the top spot over a
ten-week rated period.
If the original Voltron of the 80's is any indication, Voltron: The
Third Dimension will find a place in the the harts of science fiction fans
everywhere. A huge fan base already exists for the characters and stories of
Voltron. In fact, the cancellation of the original animated series was met with
public outcry, and petitions from fans to 'return one of the greatest cartoons
in history,' to quote one fan web site.
Voltron: The Third Dimension is produced by Mike Young Productions (The
Secret Garden), and Netter Digital Entertainment, the same company that
brings us the sci-fi cult hit, Babylon 5. Netter Digital Entertainment
specializes in computer visual effects, and is responsible for creating the
innovative motion capture technique used in the production of Voltron.
Bill Schultz, producer of The Simpsons, King of the Hill, and The
Critic brings his talent to Voltron as producer of the series. Voice
over talent includes Tim Curry, Billy West, B.J. Ward, and Kevin Michael
Deborah Reber manages Ancillary Projects for Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues and
is a freelance writer based in New York.
Episode # Prod # Air Date Episode Title
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1st Season 1998
1- 1 12 Sep 98 Escape from Bastille-12
1- 2 12 Sep 98 Red Lion Breaks Loose!
1- 3 3 Oct 98 Building the Forces of Doom
1- 4 10 Oct 98 Lost Souls
1- 5 31 Oct 98 A Rift in the Force
1- 6 7 Nov 98 Shades of Gray
1- 7 14 Nov 98 Bride of the Monster
1- 8 21 Nov 98 Dominus
1- 9 28 Nov 98 Voltron vs. Dracotron
1-10 6 Feb 99 Descent into Madness
1-11 13 Feb 99 Pidge Gets Iced
1-12 20 Feb 99 Dark Heart
1-13 27 Feb 99 The Big Lie
1-14 1 May 99 The Trial of Voltron
1-15 8 May 99 The Troika Moons
1-16 15 May 99 Biography: The Voltron Force
1-17 22 May 99 Queen Ariella
2nd Season 1999
2- 1 9 Oct 99 The Voltron Force Strikes Back
2- 2 23 Oct 99 Stealth Voltron
2- 3 30 Oct 99 Gladiators
2- 4 6 Nov 99 Dominus Goes Home
2- 5 13 Nov 99 The Hunter
2- 6 20 Nov 99 Consider the Alternatives
2- 7 5 Feb 00 Mind Games
2- 8 12 Feb 00 Raid on Galaxy Garrison
2- 9 19 Feb 00 Castle Doom Dead Ahead