Voltron

Are you dealing with a little more individual lion action than the original series, where it seemed like they formed Voltron all the time?

Dos Santos: Every episode. For sure, that was one of our goals, to make sure that the paladins did awesome stuff on their own, the lions do incredible action sequences on their own and when Voltron rolls out, you know stuff just got really serious. So Voltron only comes out for really, really big stuff. He’s not prominent in every episode so that was something that we went into knowingly saying we want when Voltron shows up for it to resonate that kids know serious stuff is going on.

Does Voltron have any new powers in this incarnation?

Dos Santos: He does. He gets cool new weapons and upgrades as the series goes on.

Montgomery: We introduce some new things. Watch the show to see what those are.

Dos Santos: It’s all the stuff that you’d want to see from a show like this. He’s awesome. He’s an awesome warrior.

We saw Zarkon. Could we see any other classic Voltron villains like Lotor?

Dos Santos: We got Haggar standing right next to Zarkon.

Montgomery: We definitely bring back some of the classics from the original. We don’t want to give away any spoilers as of now, but we’re fans of the original so we chose what we could from there to bring back.

Did you get to develop your own new aliens for this?

Dos Santos: 100%.

Montgomery: Absolutely. That was one of the funnest parts of it was just in the original, a lot of the aliens that we would see would oftentimes be very humanoid and they would just wear maybe a funny outfit. Everyone on Arus was just kind of humans but they had little kind of space outfits.

Dos Santos: Right, or they’d be Roman themed.

Montgomery: So we just really wanted to push our alien and our creature designs because we could go everywhere. You could go cute. You could go menacing and dangerous.

Dos Santos: You could go menacing and dangerous with a really placid personality. You get to play all those themes so can’t judge a book by its cover. That’s something that comes up a lot.

Since it’s streaming continuously on Netflix, will individual episodes have an intro theme song?

Dos Santos: I think they all have a unified intro that will play across, but I think we have a serialized story arc that goes over the entire first season. Within that, each one of those episodes works as standalone as well. You’ll be able to follow the story. Some of the episodes pick up right where the other one left off and some of them you assume that days or a couple weeks went by in between.

Is it a version of the classic theme song?

Dos Santos: It is not right now. We decided to go in a new direction with the theme song which I know will potentially get the ire of some hardcore old school fans, but I think they won’t be disappointed on the whole. We’ve paid homage so much to that era of animation that we all grew up with.

Montgomery: Ultimately the way we chose to go with the music was just to different from the original theme song that I think if we had ended up going with it, it would’ve felt a little out of place.

Dos Santos: It would’ve felt a little forced.

You were fans of the original series. Could you imagine if you had streaming back then to watch every single episode at once?

Dos Santos: Oh my God. I wouldn’t be here right now.

Montgomery: I used streaming to rewatch every episode. Yeah, I think I probably would have never left my house.

Dos Santos: I can’t imagine, just as somebody who’s making the show, that we’re potentially going to get feedback the day after this thing drops about the entire first season.

Montgomery: We’re so used to our whole lives of episodes coming out one per week. I still feel like, “And then they’ll see the first episode and then we’ll get to tease the second one.” No, it’s all going to happen in the same day. I think my brain isn’t really going to figure that out until it actually happens.

Dos Santos: I was just saying to somebody, I was obsessed with this film called Buckaroo Bonzai growing up and I rented that film every day one summer. Finally the guy at my video store just gave it to me. He said, “Dude, just take it, man, because you have it at your house every day.” I would just show back up, like, “I’m going to take this one back.”

Of course the original was five male pilots. Did you ever consider gender switching any of them?

Dos Santos: Yes.

Montgomery: For sure, but ultimately we made the choices we made for reasons. Ultimately, we just ask people to give it a chance. If they’re upset that there’s not a female on the team right now, just give it a chance. We definitely have female representation in the show. They bring things in different ways. Watch the show.

Dos Santos: All of our characters evolve over the course of the series. Princess Allura I think in this iteration really is kind of the key to a lot of this. She understands the importance of Voltron more than any of our other characters do.

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Voltron: Legendary Defender premieres Friday, June 10 on Netflix.

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