There’s just something exciting about seeing a giant robot kick ass. Growing up in the ’80s, cartoons like Transformers and Voltron were fan favorites because of that very idea. Long before that, Godzilla and the Toho crew fought plenty of giant mechs, and the formula has been exploited in anime, live action television and some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. In projects like Evangelion, Power Rangers, and Pacific Rim, big robots kicking ass is a long-standing tradition.
The Acid Free Gallery in Philadelphia, PA is putting that fact to good use at the upcoming Wizard World ComiCon Philadelphia taking place May 30th through June 2nd. They’ve employed four of the top posters artists working today: Laurent Durieux, Tom Whalen, Kevin Tong and Jesse Philips to make exclusive, robot themed, posters for the event. There’s Voltron, Starscream, Soundwave and the Dinobots. Check them out below. Read More »
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Voltron: The End is the realization of a childhood dream – a live action Voltron movie. It’s also an evil, downbeat tease in the best possible way. Fans of the property – which centers on a massive robot composed of five individual mechanical lions – have been given the run around for years. Scripts have been leaked, concept art revealed and bidding wars reportedly waged but even with the success of robot fighting movies like Transformers and Real Steel, we’re still not close to a live-action Voltron movie. It seems like a no-brainer.
Maybe this will be the push Hollywood needs. Voltron: The End was directed by Alex Albrecht, best known for his work with Diggnation and the popular Totally Rad Show video podcast. He now joins his co-host of that show – Dan Trachtenberg – in making an awesome short film from a geek property begging for a blockbuster adaptation.
Watching Voltron: The End leaves so many unanswered questions, maybe the people who hold the movie rights will make the film just to get them answered. Check it out after the jump. Read More »
After the billion dollar, international success of the first two Transformers films, it seems like a no-brainer that Hollywood would jump on an adaptation of the cult 1980s TV show Voltron. It too has large robots getting into big battles, plus it’s got strong themes of friendship and teamwork. For years, we’ve heard about scripts that are flying around town, seen concept art from the films (such as above thanks to Joblo) and much more. Now, we’re hearing that a bidding war for the finally red-tape free rights to the franchise is heating up, lead by Relativity Media. There’s a new cartoon set to premiere and, if all goes well, there might be a movie within two to three years. Read more after the break. Read More »
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In the off again, on again relationship between Hollywood and Voltron, it seems the film might actually be on again. A pair of awesome concept images have just surfaced attached to an upcoming pitch by Atlas Entertainment. Screenwriters Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan, Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune) are reportedly part of the deal and if these images are any indication, it seems like they are certainly on the right track. Enough stalling, hit the jump to check out the pics. Read More »
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Teefury’s T-shirt of the day is a design titled Plastic Heroes created by Nova Scotia-based artist PowerPig. The design should bring back memories for anyone who played with action figures growing up in the 1980’s. A note from the artist:
Today’s toys are super detailed and super articulated, and that’s cool. Still, they’ll never come close to the awesome action figures we had when we were young. This design is a tribute to the toys that defined a decade, which for many of us are now abandoned, broken, or simply lost to time
Priced at only $9, the tee will only be available on Wednesday, September 1st 2010. So act fast! Hit the jump to see the full tee design in higher resolution.
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Last month, it was reported that John August was in talks with Dreamworks to pen a big screen adaptation of the Monsterpocalypse board game which has been described as “part strategy, part Kaiju Big Battel, and part Rampage!, all played out with miniatures on a tabletop.” At the time, it was speculated that the involvement of Burton’s regular collaborator might mean that Tim Burton was developing the project to direct. We now have a confirmation and more information on the project.
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Earlier this week, it was announced that the live-action Voltron movie was officially dead, and that the giant robot franchise would instead re-appear on television, via a Nicktoons show called Voltron Force. We’ve known about this Television show for a while; so we thought this was strange news. Turns out it wasn’t exactly true.
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We’ve reported over the past couple years that Transformers had seemingly created enough giant robot movie momentum that Voltron, the Americanized edit of a 1981 Japanese animated series in which robot lions form a giant super-robot, would get a movie of its own.
That’s no longer the case which, given the quality of the Transformers films, might not be a bad thing at all. Read More »