New ‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ Trailer Shows ‘Korra’ Connections

Brian Linder
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The new trailer for Voltron: Legendary Defender has formed, and it’s as awesome as we expected after seeing a sneak peek of the series at WonderCon last month.

WARNING: If you have nostalgic feelings for the original series/toy line, and happen to be a fan of The Legend of Korra, with which this series shares creative DNA, then prepare to be totally obsessed with this show.

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All episodes of the all-new DreamWorks’ animated series hit Netflix for streaming on Friday, June 10, so plan your weekend activities accordingly. It kicks-off with an hour-long origin story entitled “The Rise of Voltron,” which is followed by 10 shorter episodes.

The ambitious reimagining of the fan-favorite sci-fi saga promises a heavy dose of action and adventure, but there are LOLs, too, thanks to snappy dialogue and an expert-level voice cast.

The prolific vocal talent includes Kimberly Brooks (Princess Allura), Rhys Darby (Coran), Josh Keaton (Shiro/Black Lion), Tyler Labine (Hunk/Yellow Lion) Jeremy Shada (Lance/Blue Lion), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Pidge/Green Lion), and The Walking Dead‘s Steve Yeun as Keith/Red Lion. Neil Kaplan voices the evil Emperor Zarkon. Cree Summer is Haggar.

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Executive Producers Joaquim Dos Santos and Lauren Montgomery come to the series via The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender. One look at any of the clips, and it’s immediately apparently that they’ve brought many from their creative team with them. Voltron is visually similar, and has a familiar dialogue rhythm that fans of Korra and Avatar will appreciate.

The team applied both old and new animation techniques, and creatively evolved the characters and classic lore to give a fresh take on Voltron that’s designed for fans of all ages.

The updated story follows five unsuspecting teenagers who are transported from Earth into the middle of a sprawling intergalactic war where they become the pilots of five robotic lions in the battle to protect the universe from evil.

Brian Linder
Brian is a Sr. Content Producer at FANDOM. He's been on the fan-media scene since dial-up. Arriving at FANDOM via IGN, Brian was a founding editor at early Star Wars fansite TheForce.net and co-created the movie site, FilmForce, acquired by IGN in 2006. He's a fan of space operas and superheroes.
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