I was VOLTRON for Halloween once. It was either 1984 or ’85 (probably ’84), and a full costume wasn’t then-available. I had the “role play” set, which included Voltron’s signature “Blazing” Sword, along with a helmet that emulated the top of Voltron’s head. My mom painted my face black and white to best match the character, and my dad made me a chestplate and armor – crafted from cardboard, and with details done in marker. Problem is, it rained that Halloween, and my armor was ruined. The marker ran into a blurry mess, and the costume became unwearable. Saddened, I switched into an alternate “robot” costume we had at home. Voltron was a big deal for me, and we had the robot lions, their drivers, even the Castle of Lions Playset, which is now very coveted. More than three decades since, I still dig Voltron, and here in my office stands a 1997 Trendmasters reproduction of the die-cast Matchbox Voltron from when I was a kid. My then-future wife bought it for me during our first year together. This week’s announcement that DreamWorks Animation will be producing a “reimagining” of VOLTRON as a Netflix Original Series got me started on today’s nostalgia trip, but it’s just one piece of a bigger announcement that extended the partnership between DreamWorks & Netflix.
From the Official Announcement: Netflix, Inc. and DreamWorks Animation have announced the expansion of their current multi-year deal, making Netflix the global home, outside of China, to a number of new original series for the whole family from the studio. The deal also covers streaming rights to the DreamWorks Animation feature film library.
In addition, the deal extends the rights of current original series for kids from the studio available on the service throughout operating Netflix markets as well as expanding to include second window rights for the series everywhere around the world, outside of China. Series include The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Dinotrux, Dragons: Race to the Edge, among others.
Starting in 2016, Netflix will launch several new series from DWA, including a reimagining of Voltron, and the new series, Trollhunters, from master storyteller Guillermo del Toro, who will unleash a new, fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown.
Over the term of the new agreement, a number of new original series will be developed and produced by DreamWorks Animation for Netflix, based not only on recent and upcoming feature films from the studio, but also on other classic IP.
“This agreement adds to the incredible foundation we’ve built together with Netflix over a number of years across both film and television,” said Ann Daly, President of DreamWorks Animation. “We are proud to work closely with Netflix to continue delivering high-quality programming to audiences around the world.”
Stay tuned for more. VOLTRON Approves!
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