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Live Action Voltron Short Film (3 minutes)
October 12, 2011 10:58 PM   Subscribe

"Voltron: The End"
posted by ®@ (32 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
If you thought that actor looked familiar, here's his IMDB page. You probably recognized him from "Psych."

This looks like the first upload to YouTube from the creator, personally I'm looking forward to seeing more.
posted by ®@ at 10:59 PM on October 12, 2011


That's what happens when you send a lion to do a vehicle team's job. Good riddance to those aristocratic mercenaries.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 11:08 PM on October 12, 2011 [4 favorites]


Voltron: Defender of the Universe!

That always cracks me up because I assume Voltron is defending against other universes. And, you know, by definition there's only one universe.
posted by twoleftfeet at 11:10 PM on October 12, 2011 [2 favorites]


Brilliant.
posted by chemoboy at 11:13 PM on October 12, 2011


Voltron was pretty much my favorite thing in the world when I was like six.
posted by kaibutsu at 11:13 PM on October 12, 2011 [3 favorites]


Oh please make this. Do want!
posted by XhaustedProphet at 11:24 PM on October 12, 2011


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posted by taz at 11:35 PM on October 12, 2011


That's a cartoon I watched when I was a child but now I'm grown up!
posted by drjimmy11 at 12:15 AM on October 13, 2011 [9 favorites]


Soooooooo...did nobody on the production team/set know the difference between "imminent" and "eminent," or are my ears broken?
posted by GoingToShopping at 12:51 AM on October 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Lion Voltron > Car Voltron
posted by dirigibleman at 1:05 AM on October 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


And now I've watched the video.

Lion Voltron >> Car Voltron.

Hey! The guy from Psych!
posted by dirigibleman at 1:11 AM on October 13, 2011


WANT THIS NOW.
posted by strixus at 1:25 AM on October 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


My friend Jono talks about watching the original Japanese cartoon - GoLion:

I was in no way prepared for how TOTALLY FUCKING METAL this show is. It is a hundred times more hardcore than Voltron. Check out the following badass plot points which you were totally missing out on in the watered-down, "appropriate for children" American version.

1. In the prologue, GoLion is going on a merry rampage through the universe chopping shit up. He wasn't built by anyone or piloted by anyone, he's just a primordial, self-aware giant robot. He gets cocky and decides to take up arms against The Goddess of Space (宇宙の女神), who smacks him down for his hubris, Greek-mythology style! To teach him a lesson, she separates him into five parts and dumps him on a nearby planet.

2. There's no "Earth federation" or "galaxy alliance" or whatever those peacenik hippies were called in Voltron. Earth is destroyed in World War 3, which happens in the distant year 1999. We get to see a lovely montage of screaming women and babies dying in nuclear fire.

....

So yeah. Nuclear war, slavery, torture, cannibalism, dismemberment, black magic, dudes getting stabbed and blown up, a giant mountain of skulls, a robot getting smacked down for challenging the gods, and a promise to kill and eat the devil. And that's just the first episode. It's like, did Hieronymus Bosch write this cartoon?

posted by yeloson at 1:26 AM on October 13, 2011 [19 favorites]


And I'll form... THE HEAD. Ah, good times.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:14 AM on October 13, 2011


Fuckin' Robeasts, how do they work?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 4:21 AM on October 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Beast King Go Lion: Escape From Slave Castle
Totally watching this...
posted by kaibutsu at 5:39 AM on October 13, 2011 [3 favorites]


Ah, and here's the full 52-episode run of Beast King Go Lion, you know, in case you've got some time to kill this evening.
posted by kaibutsu at 5:45 AM on October 13, 2011 [9 favorites]


I enjoy things like this far more than I rationally should.

One of the things I always thought was a failing of the Star Trek series was their unwillingness to go far beyond the bridge crew for their stories. There's an entire ship there - there's kids in school, cleaning crews, security teams, research labs, all kinds of people who must have stories worth telling. And those stories could, done right, add a huge depth and richness to the fabric of that universe, but we never get to see them.

Thank God for fan fiction, I say, and the fact that making full-out, feature-quality movies is getting cheaper all the time.
posted by mhoye at 5:59 AM on October 13, 2011


I was going to come in here and say "do we really need a grim and gritty Voltron?" Then I read yeloson's comment above, and I realized that we've had one all along... Mind blown.

In full disclosure, I have not had all my coffee yet, and I am facing a 12-hour work day, so maybe my mind is a little less resilient right now than I might wish.

Also, if I was piloting a Red Lion with that computer voice, I might run right into a sun on general principles. Haven't galactic scientists made any progress on speech synthesis? You can build a robot lion, but you can't do a decent voice? Screw you and your priorities!
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:11 AM on October 13, 2011 [2 favorites]


Obligatory topic-relevant MC Frontalot song.
posted by foldedfish at 6:23 AM on October 13, 2011


A little context?
posted by Outlawyr at 6:34 AM on October 13, 2011


It's good to see that some critics(Albrecht) can actually create good content.
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 8:11 AM on October 13, 2011


I never watched Voltron as a kid but I'd watch the hell out of this.
posted by immlass at 8:21 AM on October 13, 2011


It's pretty odd seeing a grown man with grey hair piloting a giant robot lion. Some things should probably just stay animated.
posted by curious nu at 9:21 AM on October 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wait - this wasn't ironic?
posted by GuyZero at 9:56 AM on October 13, 2011


i had that voltron assembly toy robot thing when i was a kid

i remember it being as big as my fucking torso
posted by This, of course, alludes to you at 10:09 AM on October 13, 2011


> i had that voltron assembly toy robot thing when i was a kid

I still have it! 15 vehicles that all look pretty cool individually fit together to make a a monster that towers over pussies like Devastator. That thing is pretty high quality for a toy. All the resistance motors still work and the thing still fits together. The build quality for new Transformers doesn't even come close.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 10:14 AM on October 13, 2011 [1 favorite]


Dear Hollywood, please give this man all the money. Cordially yours, the rest of us.
posted by Errant at 10:45 AM on October 13, 2011


1. Vehicle Voltron, if I have my facts straight, was an unrelated show in Japan.
2. Also dependent on the straightness of my facts: it was fairly unique among Japanese anime imports in that, although there are many differences between the Japanese GoLion and the U.S. dub Voltron, after Voltron's success in the US, they actually paid the studios in Japan to make a few more episodes specifically as Voltron, to conclude the story.
posted by JHarris at 11:14 AM on October 13, 2011


> Vehicle Voltron, if I have my facts straight, was an unrelated show in Japan.

You don't need to guess when we have the Wiki.
posted by Horselover Phattie at 11:20 AM on October 13, 2011


I always liked that the one guy said he would form the head. There really was nothing left but the head. Everyone else had gone. Why was he pretending it was his choice?
posted by puckupdate at 2:24 PM on October 13, 2011


"I'll form..."
"The head. Just say 'the head'."
"But it's a guy robot, right?"
"Just...just say 'the head'. We are not doing this today."
posted by obiwanwasabi at 4:50 PM on October 13, 2011 [3 favorites]


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