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forgeforsaken
07-26-2005, 11:56 AM
So it looks like transforming robots are the next big thing in the movies
Voltron (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050726/film_nm/voltron_dc/nc:790;_ylt=AlO0VkGrS_8DYb81SPLaR6YwFxkF;_ylu=X3oD MTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl)

mouselock
07-26-2005, 12:16 PM
Five.. so apparently it's the lion voltron. Coolness.

(The vehicle one was kind of nifty too, but a cast of, what, 14 characters would be a bit much. Has anyone ever seen the TV series depiction of the middle Voltron, which was, IIRC, 3 humanoid robots that somehow morphed together to make Voltron? And anyone know the history of the different Voltrons? I assume it's akin to the power rangers, where they were all vastly different japanese series that got hacked up and re-dubbed into one thematically similar series over here.)

Timemaster Tim
07-26-2005, 12:27 PM
I didn't realize Voltron was popular enough to warrant a movie treatment. (cue Hollywood bankrupt of ideas rant). I can see why they would use the five lions, but I preferred the cars. But they had better not mess with Voltron in the way that other movies treat TV shows. I fully expect to see:

Bad ass giga-monster causing havoc.
Five lions trying to take on bad ass giga-monter and getting pounded.
Five lions desparately coming together to form Voltron.
A huge struggle played across a cosmic background that puts Voltron on the defensive.
Form blazing sword!
Bad ass giga-monster is cleaved to its loins.

I've always wondered why Voltron doesn't just skip directly to the blazing sword instead of farting around. I fully expect there's fanfic out there that explains this curious phenomenon.

Jason Levine
07-26-2005, 01:06 PM
I've always wondered why Voltron doesn't just skip directly to the blazing sword instead of farting around. I fully expect there's fanfic out there that explains this curious phenomenon.

That would have somewhat reduced the running time of each episode.

Rywill
07-26-2005, 01:17 PM
I've always wondered why Voltron doesn't just skip directly to the blazing sword instead of farting around. I fully expect there's fanfic out there that explains this curious phenomenon.
They probably learned battle tactics from the guys on the Godzilla hydrofoil ("We're totally getting killed again! What did we do last time we were getting our asses kicked? Holy crap, I totally forgot I can push this button and add Godzilla to my team!") or the crewmen of the Starblazers battleship ("Well, here we are about to be defeated again. I thought I could pull this one off without the Wave Motion Gun, but I guess not. Fire that baby up.")

Andrew Mayer
07-26-2005, 01:41 PM
Well, in the case of the Wave Motion Gun, at least, they were never too sure about the blowback.

Robert Sharp
07-26-2005, 07:41 PM
The fire sword is overkill. You have to try to subdue the bad guys first...otherwise you wouldn't be good guys. THEN you slice them in half with a sword. But only because they just won't behave!

MattKeil
07-26-2005, 09:46 PM
Generally there was also the classic Voltron plot device of detaining/knocking out/distracting one of the pilots or disabling one of the lions so the other four had to desperately stave off the RoBeast attack until the prodigal robo-kitty could rejoin the pride and start up the recycled "LET'S GO, VOLTRON FORCE!" animation.

This movie could be ten kinds of awesome if they do it right.

Duality
07-27-2005, 04:28 AM
But they won't.

mouselock
07-27-2005, 05:38 AM
I dunno. Voltron always seemed far cheesier to me than Transformers, so that sets the acting standards pretty low. It's not like they have to choose among a cast of thousands like in Transformers (Umm.. let's just have the black lion, the blue lion, and the green lion. Red lion and yellow lion weren't very interesting in the comics). So most of it comes down to whether they can come up with a hackneyed plot involving a threat to the whole galaxy (I'm betting yes) and can animate some cool looking robotic lions (Dreamworks? 50/50). There's some potential here.

VegasRobb
07-27-2005, 08:52 AM
Form blazing sword!
Bad ass giga-monster is cleaved to its loins.



If it follows the TV series, the above-mentioned stuff takes up approximately the last 30 seconds of each episode.

MattKeil
07-27-2005, 09:43 AM
Frankly, as long as the "Form Voltron!" sequence is done well, the rest of the movie is irrelevant. Especially if they use some permutation of the original music for it.

I mean c'mon, this (http://www.voltronforce.com/) is awesome if you loved the show. Just need an actor who can deliver "And I'll form the head!" with panache and flavor.

balut
07-27-2005, 09:52 AM
C'mon, say it with me:

"Activate interlocks . . .
Dynatherms connected . . .
Infracells up . . .
Megathrusters are GO!!!"

(cue Voltron theme)

CJ Martin
07-27-2005, 10:48 AM
C'mon, say it with me:

"Activate interlocks . . .
Dynatherms connected . . .
Infracells up . . .
Megathrusters are GO!!!"

(cue Voltron theme)

God help me, I got chills reading that. :oops:

I am such a geek. An old one.

-CJ

MattKeil
07-27-2005, 11:22 AM
C'mon, say it with me:

"Activate interlocks . . .
Dynatherms connected . . .
Infracells up . . .
Megathrusters are GO!!!"

(cue Voltron theme)

http://www.afunk.com/other/voltron/pictures/007.jpg
LET'S GO, VOLTRON FORCE!

dannimal
07-27-2005, 11:58 AM
If they did something alongs the lines of the recent (and sadly, ended due to bankruptcy) Voltron comic (same premise, slightly less childish), I think it'd be fine.

Deal with Sven not being able to mesh with his lion and turning traitor, plus all the "learning" of how to work things (which can explain the blazing sword conundrum), and you're all set.

RobotPants
07-27-2005, 12:35 PM
I honestly don't see how they can possibly do this movie and not make it suck. I'm starting to think maybe I should just keep stuff like Voltron and Transformers locked away inside my brain's nostalgia vault and leave it at that.

Out of all the toys that I'll forever kick myself for getting rid of, my giant die-cast Voltron is the one I'm the most disappoited about losing. :(

awdougherty
07-27-2005, 02:13 PM
This feels very much like a "u-oh, studio x has the transformers, we better get a property just in case." I hope it works out but I don't have a ton of hope for this or transformers.

forgeforsaken
07-27-2005, 03:13 PM
The risk of a live action Voltron is that it is an awful lot like Power Rangers.
Transformers doesn't really have this problem.

What I'd like to see a a live action Robotech (Macross or Mospeada). I'll take americanized or original story line even.

graller
07-27-2005, 03:55 PM
C'mon, say it with me:

"Activate interlocks . . .
Dynatherms connected . . .
Infracells up . . .
Megathrusters are GO!!!"

(cue Voltron theme)

God help me, I got chills reading that. :oops:

I am such a geek. An old one.

-CJ

That does not make you old. I am 40 and this was on US TV after the age I was supposed to be watching cartoons :)

DrCrypt
07-28-2005, 02:08 AM
C'mon, say it with me:

"Activate interlocks . . .
Dynatherms connected . . .
Infracells up . . .
Megathrusters are GO!!!"

(cue Voltron theme)

God help me, I got chills reading that. :oops:

I am such a geek. An old one.

-CJ
A little day brightener for you:

http://www.pimpjunta.com/voltron.mp3

http://www.pimpjunta.com/voltronintro.mp3

MattKeil
07-28-2005, 02:21 AM
The forming Voltron mp3 must be from an early episode, since they don't have the full routine down yet (and they even say "Go Lion!" at the end). The opening is off in the mix, so I expect it's also from the early shows, but that's the cleanest version of the opening theme I've ever heard online.

DrCrypt
07-28-2005, 02:25 AM
Yeah, it's from episode 4. Let me see if they've got it down by episode 10.

DrCrypt
07-28-2005, 02:38 AM
Okay, here's the full forming sequence. Even got the "Form blazing sword!" bit.

http://www.pimpjunta.com/voltronfull.mp3

I only have the Voltron episodes up to 10 right now, so no idea if the intro changed after that, but it remains constant up until 10.

CJ Martin
07-28-2005, 02:59 AM
That does not make you old. I am 40 and this was on US TV after the age I was supposed to be watching cartoons :)

Heh - I'm 41. I used to watch this show with my roomates back in the mid-80's when I was stationed down in Va Beach. I still work with one of those guys and I'm gonna blow his mind next week when he gets back off travel thanks to the Dr's MP3 files.

-CJ

Timemaster Tim
07-28-2005, 05:01 AM
Voltron was a fixture with my roomies and I in university. We watched plenty of bad programming and enjoyed it.

G-Force
Transformers
Thundercats
Blackstar
20 Minute Workout

Brian Koontz
07-28-2005, 07:38 AM
http://www.afunk.com/other/voltron/pictures/007.jpg

Someone please give those chaps a good meal.

MattKeil
07-28-2005, 10:20 AM
Not great quality, but this is the opening as played throughout most of the show's syndication. No idea when they changed it from the version Crypt posted.

http://www.melaman2.com/cartoons/singles/mp3/voltron.mp3

DrCrypt
07-28-2005, 10:52 AM
Matt, that opening actually premieres in Episode 4, but then they stop using it at least up until episode 10. Only difference I can hear is that stupid synthesizer "Voltron Defender of the Universe" thing at the end. Is there anything else?

DrCrypt
07-28-2005, 10:53 AM
That does not make you old. I am 40 and this was on US TV after the age I was supposed to be watching cartoons :)

Heh - I'm 41. I used to watch this show with my roomates back in the mid-80's when I was stationed down in Va Beach. I still work with one of those guys and I'm gonna blow his mind next week when he gets back off travel thanks to the Dr's MP3 files.

-CJ

Ahem. You could blow his mind with more than that. (http://www.mininova.org/search/?search=voltron)

mouselock
07-28-2005, 11:05 AM
Voltron was a fixture with my roomies and I in university. We watched plenty of bad programming and enjoyed it.

G-Force
Transformers
Thundercats
Blackstar
20 Minute Workout

What, no Silverhawks?

Timemaster Tim
07-28-2005, 11:08 AM
Voltron was a fixture with my roomies and I in university. We watched plenty of bad programming and enjoyed it.

G-Force
Transformers
Thundercats
Blackstar
20 Minute Workout

What, no Silverhawks?

Well, we did have to at least pretend to study!

MattKeil
07-28-2005, 04:18 PM
Matt, that opening actually premieres in Episode 4, but then they stop using it at least up until episode 10. Only difference I can hear is that stupid synthesizer "Voltron Defender of the Universe" thing at the end. Is there anything else?

There's echo on the narrator's (Peter Cullen, better known as Optimus Prime) voice, the sound effects are less prominent in the mix, and the music is louder. It's real subtle and kinda nitpicky, but it's noticeable to someone who watched the show daily and has the audio burned into his brain. I also want to say the vehicle Voltron opening was slightly different, but I don't remember that series nearly as well.

Bill Dungsroman
07-28-2005, 05:10 PM
G-Force film. That's what I want. Anybody have that theme handy?

Robert Sharp
07-28-2005, 07:28 PM
Until I heard that intro again, I never realized how much the intro to Hercules sounds like it. Very similar approach and feel.

forgeforsaken
09-16-2010, 10:51 AM
Don't know about the robot design, seems to be inspired by the Bay Transformers.
http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=33872

As a side note, it's weird when I go searching to see if there's a thread only to find I started one 5 years ago.

MattKeil
09-16-2010, 11:23 AM
The shot of the Red Lion facing off against the ro-beast is pretty cool, but holy crap that Voltron design blows. More blocked-off edges and a little personality, please. I don't mind the Bay-ish design on the lions themselves, but they should tighten up the junkyard art aspect when they form Voltron.

Rasputin
09-16-2010, 11:25 AM
Looks like some exec said "We want it to look like the Transformer things all the kids like now." The robeast even looks like Megatron in the head area.

MattKeil
09-16-2010, 11:26 AM
Also looks like someone showed said exec Stealth Voltron from that horrible CG series they did in the late '90s.

http://toyboxdx.com/ramblearchive/991201/stealth01.jpg

Hanacker
09-16-2010, 12:03 PM
Wake me up when the Go-Bots movie is in production.

Telefrog
09-16-2010, 02:20 PM
Meh. It's concept art for a pitch. That's so early in the process, it's tough to know what Voltron will look like - if it even gets made this time.

Stepsongrapes
09-16-2010, 03:59 PM
Voltron, with the Statue of Liberty?! Does not compute.

Also, those look more like house cats (the hairless kind), rather than lions.

MattKeil
09-16-2010, 09:04 PM
One more picture has surfaced. Blue Lion (http://www.joblo.com/newsimages1/voltronexcl3-big.jpg)

Almost looks like they're going for a Voltron/Evangelion mashup with this.

Lizard_King
09-17-2010, 09:02 PM
Pretty much every thing that modern times had to say about Voltron was covered by Robot Chicken (http://video.adultswim.com/robot-chicken/voltron-got-served.html). I doubt a brain damage measuring contest with Michael Bay can compete.

Equis
09-17-2010, 10:54 PM
http://www.pbfcomics.com/archive_b/PBF186-Guntron_Alliance_Force.jpg

Marcus
09-18-2010, 10:09 AM
lol

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John Many Jars
09-18-2010, 10:17 AM
Back when Voltron was airing I saw it as a G-Force ripoff, but now I know the whole colored costume team vs. giant monsters thing is just another endlessly repetitive Japanese subgenre. Anyway, where's my Ultraman remake?

drteeth
09-20-2010, 09:33 AM
Back when Voltron was airing I saw it as a G-Force ripoff, but now I know the whole colored costume team vs. giant monsters thing is just another endlessly repetitive Japanese subgenre. Anyway, where's my Ultraman remake?

Ultraman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fr11RYITOAo&feature=related) gets updated nearly every year.