New Animated Series, “Voltron Force,” Premieres on Nicktoons

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Nick­toons brings the iconic fran­chise Voltron to a new gen­er­a­tion with the brand new ani­mated series, Voltron Force. The series will launch as a commercial-free pre­sen­ta­tion of the 90-minute movie, “Voltron Force: New Defend­ers Tril­ogy,” Thurs­day, June 16, at 8:30 p.m. (ET).

The half-hour series, which fea­tures an all-new theme song pro­duced and recorded by Grammy Award-winning pro­ducer and artist Swizz Beatz, fol­lows the adven­tures of a new class of recruits as they join forces with the orig­i­nal team to fight evil by form­ing Voltron, the leg­endary super robot. The first orig­i­nal Voltron con­tent in 10 years, this new iter­a­tion from World Events Pro­duc­tions in asso­ci­a­tion with Clas­sic Media and Kick­start Pro­duc­tions will fea­ture never-before-seen Voltron con­fig­u­ra­tions when the team’s Lions unite. The series will reg­u­larly air Thurs­days at 8:30 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons.

Voltron Force stays true to the con­cepts that made the orig­i­nal such a suc­cess, but also takes the action, adven­ture and fan­tas­ti­cal robotic cre­ations to the next level,” said Keith Dawkins, Senior Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager of Nick­toons and Teen­Nick. “As a fan myself, it’s excit­ing to see the saga con­tinue and for our net­work to be part of the brand’s legacy.”
“I’m truly excited to be involved in the re-emergence of this clas­sic car­toon,” said Swizz Beatz. “I enjoyed watch­ing Voltron as a child and now can enjoy it with my own kids.”

The orig­i­nal robot-action show, Voltron: Defender of the Uni­verse, has become a mas­sive pop-culture suc­cess since its launch in 1984. The series’ sig­na­ture maneu­ver of com­bin­ing forces to attain a com­mon goal has res­onated with many, earn­ing ref­er­ences on tele­vi­sion shows (such as South Park, The Fairly Odd­Par­ents and Lost), by hip-hop artists (Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, Wu Tang Clan, among oth­ers) and by ath­letes (like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Amar’e Stoudemire, Lau­rence Maroney and Chris Paul). The series also has a loyal Hol­ly­wood fol­low­ing of celebri­ties such as Jonah Hill, Megan Fox, Seth Green and Zach Gal­i­fi­anakis, to name a few.

Set five years after Voltron: Defender of the Uni­verse, Voltron Force fol­lows three new recruits – Daniel, Vince and Larmina – as they get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to train along­side their heroes – Keith, Lance, Hunk, Pidge and Allura – and learn to fly incred­i­ble robot lions. The series will jour­ney to new plan­ets, dis­cover new pow­ers and unearth ancient secrets. Voltron will be needed once again to com­bat a ris­ing evil in the galaxy and a tyrant from within. Bonds will be formed, friend­ships will be tested and plenty of laughs will be had as the Voltron Force gels together as a team in an epic bat­tle of good ver­sus evil.

In the 90-minute movie pre­miere, “Voltron Force: New Defend­ers Tril­ogy,” Daniel and Vince are recruited into an under­ground resis­tance move­ment led by for­mer mem­bers of the Voltron Force to recover the keys to the lions. They soon meet fel­low class­mate Larmina, and the three cadets are intro­duced to their Volt­coms, an advanced wrist device that acts as an acti­va­tion key to the lions. Their Volt­coms are also capa­ble of gen­er­at­ing unique weapons and pow­ers based on per­son­al­ity and fight­ing styles. As the new cadets explore the Cas­tle of Lions and uncover clues to Voltron’s ori­gins, the orig­i­nal Force gets their groove back to form Voltron once more, deter­mined to take on the duel-threat of King Lotor’s Robeast and Sky Mar­shal Wade’s war machine.

On Nicktoons.com, a ded­i­cated Voltron Force show page will fea­ture video clips, full episodes, flip­books, char­ac­ters pro­files, a ded­i­cated mes­sage board and exclu­sive weekly print­a­bles. A new print­able, fea­tur­ing exclu­sive char­ac­ter art, will become avail­able every Thurs­day dur­ing pre­miere episodes. Addi­tion­ally, on May 27, Nicktoons.com will launch a new game, “Voltron Force: Ulti­mate Vic­tory,” which will allow users to play as all five Lions and trans­form into Voltron. Dur­ing the on-air pre­miere of Voltron Force on June 16, the net­work will also offer a Game Code that unlocks the bonus and unlim­ited “blaz­ing sword” in the game.

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