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A New Version of Voltron Headed to Nicktoons in 2011

by Rich Keller, posted Jun 8th 2010 2:40PM
'Voltron Force,' a new version of the classic 1980s series, comes to NickToons in 2011Just in time for its 25th anniversary, 'Voltron,' the memorable, classic cartoon from the 1980s is being reincarnated for a new generation of viewers.

According to Cynopsis, World Events Productions, in cooperation with Classic Media, will launch 'Voltron Force,' a new animated series that will air on NickToons starting in 2011. The two companies, who were previously working on a live-action 'Voltron' movie, will work with 'Wolverine and the X-Men' producers Kickstart Productions to produce an edgier and modernized version of the giant robot and its handlers. In addition to the 26-episode animated series, Classic Media and WEP will handling licensing for a series of new toys.

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TV genre series live on in iTunes thanks to Comixology

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 8th 2009 8:21AM
MIddleman and other TV properties live on via iTunes.Apple's iPhone and iPod are emerging as the preferred delivery device for online comic books. They're portable, hand-held and feature vivid screens capable of delivering any necessary colors. You can use the touch screen to flip the pages back and forth.

An online comics website, Comixology, is a central point for scores of online comics available via iTunes' App Store, including several titles based on popular genre shows of the recent and not-so-recent past.

You'll find that 80's anime after school favorite, Voltron living here. Marvel's animation-influenced X-Men flourishes in multiple versions. The Middleman, a now-canceled creative comic-book inspired children's live action show, continues in iPhone form. In fact, The Middleman stories on Comixology were written to continue the TV show's storyline.

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Original anime TV series Astro Boy evolves into movie, game

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Oct 14th 2009 8:04AM
Astro Boy posterBefore Speed Racer offered an anime slant to Saturday morning cartoons in the 1970s, and before G-Force or Voltron made kids rush home from school in the 1980s, there was Astro Boy.

Widely considered the original manga comic, Astro Boy was conceived and written by the recognized pioneer of the genre, Osamu Tezuka in 1952.

From the franchise's diminutive launch pad, the endless chain TV anime franchises took flight. Without Tezuka's creation, there's no Lupin III, no Golgo 13, no Ghost in the Machine, no Cowboy Bebop, etc. The strange thing is, some of those TV shows from different eras pack more U.S. pop culture recognition than the franchise that set the table.

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We got your Titan Maximum right here

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 12th 2009 10:14AM
Robot ChickenIt was mentioned a few months ago that some of the folks behind Robot Chicken (including Seth Green) are making a new Adult Swim series called Titan Maximum, which is basically a Voltron parody. I didn't realize when I first heard of this project that there was also a little Thunderbirds in the mix as well. And quite probably some Team America: World Police.

It's too early to tell, but based on the preview, the show certainly looks funny. Unlike Robot Chicken, this show will likely have things like plots and regular characters (the nerd kid from Robot Chicken doesn't count). In that sense, it's more a parody in the vein of The Venture Brothers.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 27th 2009 6:00PM
Donna Reed ShowHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I have a feeling a lot of DVD sets are going to be sold this week. Rabid fans of Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse, Doctor Who, and Torchwood all have something to buy. If you didn't/don't watch any of those shows ... well, you can always buy season two of The Donna Reed Show. That's one classic sitcom that I never really got into. Not sure why. I loved Leave it to Beaver and I Love Lucy and Father Knows Best, but not The Donna Reed Show. Probably because it wasn't on as much as those other shows.

  • Battlestar Galactica - Season 4.5 and Complete Series
  • Doctor Who - Planet of the Dead
  • Dollhouse - Season 1

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 20th 2009 6:01PM
SpongeBob SquarePantsHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

I don't care how much controversy there is, why would anyone want to buy the Jon & Kate Plus 8 DVDs? Would you really want to sit around a year or two or five from now and watch the episodes again? Why?

There's a new Route 66 DVD set out, Season 3, Volume 1, but if you got the Season 3 collector's set from Best Buy or Critic's Choice, they've issued a recall.

  • Charlie's Angels - Season 4
  • The Donna Reed Show - Season 2
  • Hotel - Season 1
  • Jon & Kate Plus 8 - Season 4, Vol. 2
  • The Lucy Show - Season 1

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Voltron movie gains momentum

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 20th 2009 3:06PM
voltron movieAfter years in development, a film based on the '80s animated series Voltron is reportedly moving forward. Normally, news about a big-budget movie starring giant robot cats from outer space would make me happy. But not today. Not when the producers of the proposed film are already comparing their project to Michael Bay's bloated Transformers movies.

According to THR's Risky Biz Blog, one of the film's producers compared Voltron favorably to Transformers and called it "the personification of the human spirit, a quality that will set this movie apart."

Bleak translation: The robots will have zero personality and we'll fill the movie with irritating human characters that are nothing like their cartoon counterparts and that no one will care about. Oh, and the movie will be "epic." Like two hours too long epic.

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Marvel streaming bizarre 1970s Japanese Spider-Man

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jun 12th 2009 10:00AM
Peter Parker heads to the Far East in the Japanese Spider-Man.Marvel Comic's website is now offering a look at Spider-Man not seen by many on this side of the Pacific, with a Japanese television show from the 1970s.

Taking an American superhero and blending him with the traditional motifs of Japanese children's TV produces a bizarre mix -- like tossing a hot dog and sushi in a blender set to frappe.

Rather than take on the Green Goblin or Electro, The Land of the Rising Sun's version of Peter Parker defends precocious Japanese kids from guys in rubber suits, ala Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 23rd 2009 6:02PM
Andy Richter Controls The UniverseHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

Am I a terrible person for not wanting to get Andy Richter Controls The Universe? Not that it was a bad show, it wasn't. It's just not one of those short-lived shows where I say to myself, "boy, I can't wait until that comes out on DVD." I can think of many other short-lived shows on DVD that I would buy before I bought this one. But it's good to see it being released.

I have Room 222 on my shelf but haven't watched it yet.

  • Andy Richter Controls The Universe - Complete Series
  • Charles in Charge - Season 4 (Amazon.com only)
  • The Dog Whisperer - Very Best Of

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Voltron episodes available online

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 21st 2008 2:01PM
Voltron Black LionIn a story that is chock full of cool, ComicMix reports that XBox Live is putting Voltron, Defender of the Universe episodes online. They have every episode from the first two seasons available to watch. The very first episode, "Space Explorers Captured" is available for free. All the others cost approximately $2 each.

Being a child of the 80's, I remember Voltron pretty well. It involved a princess in a castle on an alien world and these five robot lions (piloted by five humans) joined together to form a giant robot that beat the crap out of other giant robots (which they called ro-beasts). The best part of the show was Voltron's finishing move, the Blazing Sword. Whenever he pulled out his Blazing Sword, you knew the fight was over. Given the phallic imagery of his weapon of choice, you knew who they were marketing to.

I'm sure if I watched it today, I probably wouldn't be as impressed with the show as I was back then. For a nostalgia trip, it might be worth checking out the first episode.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 10th 2007 6:05PM

High School Musical 2

Here are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • Beverly Hills, 90210 - Season 3
  • Big Love - Season 2
  • Dirt - Season 1
  • Disneyland - Secrets, Stories, & Magic
  • Frasier - Season 10
  • Gomer Pyle, USMC - Season 3
  • High School Musical 2
  • Lost - Season 3
  • Masters of Horror - Season 1, Vol. 4 and The V Word
  • Voltron: Defender of the Universe - Collection 5

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 24th 2007 6:03PM

DaveyHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Complete Series
  • The Bronx is Burning - Complete Series
  • The Cosby Show - Best Of
  • Count Dracula - Complete BBC Miniseries
  • Davey and Goliath - Lost Episodes
  • Dog The Bounty Hunter - The Arrest
  • Drawn Together - Season 2 Uncensored
  • Grounded For Life - Season 5
  • Home Run Derby - Vol. 3
  • Inside The Actor's Studio - Leading Men
  • The King of Queens - Season 9
  • Midsomer Murders - Set 9
  • My Name Is Earl - Season 2
  • Numb3rs - Season 3
  • Robert Klein: The HBO Specials 1975-2007
  • The Streets of San Francisco - Season 1, Vol. 2
  • Thunderbirds - 40th Anniversary Megaset
  • The Unit - Season 2
  • The Untouchables - Season 1, Vol. 2
  • Voltron - Collection 4
  • What About Brian - Complete Series

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Voltron movie gets closer

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 10th 2007 11:01AM

voltron toyDon't you wish someone would make a live-action movie based on a popular cartoon from the '80s about giant robots?

No, not that one, I'm talking about Voltron. Variety reports that Voltron: Defender of the Universe is finally on the cusp of getting made. Of course, the success of Transformers has helped quite a bit as far as stirring up interest. New Regency and the Mark Gordon Company are close to finalizing a deal to start production on the movie. New Regency's other live-action adaptation is Alvin and the Chipmunks. Eek.

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New TV on DVD releases this week

by Bob Sassone, posted May 7th 2007 6:10PM

Jason of Star CommandHere are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.

  • The 4400 - Season 3
  • Cagney & Lacey - Season 1
  • Daniel Boone - Season 3
  • Everybody Loves Raymond - Season 8
  • Jason of Star Command - Complete Series
  • McLeod's Daughters - Season 2
  • That 70s Show - Season 6
  • Voltron: Defender of the Universe: Collection 3: Green Lion
  • The Waltons - Season 5

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New TV on DVD releases today

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 12th 2006 10:00AM
  • Pam AndersonThe Andy Griffith Show - Season 8
  • Dog The Bounty Hunter - The Wedding Special
  • Full House - Season 5
  • Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. - Season 1
  • Law and Order: CI - Season 2
  • Masters of Horror - Fair-Haired Child
  • Stacked - Complete Series
  • Voltron: Defender of the Universe - Collection 2: Yellow Lion

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