Voltron: Defender of the Universe

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In the early eighties, New World Productions took two popular Japanimated series, King of Beasts GoLion and Armored Fleet Diarugger XV, heavily reedited the series, dubbed them into English and created Voltron: Defender of the Universe. The result was phenomenally successful in the United States and around the world. In the portion of the series created from GoLion (Commonly known as Lion Voltron.), five space explorers from Earth based alliance Galaxy Garrison are sent to Planet Arus to assist the planet in its war with King Zarkon and the forces of Planet Doom. The people of Arus hope the five newly arrived explorers can pilot the five robotic lions that can combine into Voltron. Voltron was created by the Planet's late King Alphor to fight against Zarkon's forces. However Zarkon's cunning witch Haggar disguised herself as a Space Goddess and managed to separate Voltron into five separate units. Without Voltron's help, Arus fell to King Zarkon. With the arrival of the space explorers Voltron rises again to turn the tide of the war and defeat Zarkon once and for all.

In the protion of the series created from Dairugger (Commonly known as Vehicle Voltron.), the Galaxy Garrison starship SS Explorer, under the command of Commander James Hawkins, is on a mission to find new planets that are suitable for colonization due to the overcrowded nature of planets already a part of the alliance. However Explorer soon crosses paths with the forces of the Drule Empire. Unbeknown-st to Explorer's crew, the Drule home world is on the verge of destruction and they are on a desperate search for a new home. Explorer tries to make peaceful contact with the Drules. However the Drules are not interested in peace and are determined to find a new home planet without any kind of interference. The Drules decide that war is the only answer and initiate a series of brutal attacks against Explorer and the forces of Galaxy Garrison. However Explorer has Voltron on their side and use him as an effective weapon to defend themselves against the attacks while they push for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The Drules insist on war, however there is one being, Drule Commander Hazar, who believes peace is the answer and begins to push for it.

Over the years there have been differences of opinion about which Voltron (Lion or Vehicle) is better. However one thing many fans can agree on is that Voltron: Defender of the Universe is a thrill ride from start to finish. Form Blazing Sword!

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Peter Cullen

Peter Cullen

voice of King Alfor / Commander Hawkins / Coran / Narrator

Neil Ross

Neil Ross

voice of Keith / Jeff / Pidge / Chip

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

voice of Merla

Jack Angel

Jack Angel

voice of Zarkon / Cossack

Michael Bell

Michael Bell

voice of Lance / Sven

B.J. Ward

B.J. Ward

voice of Allura / Nanny / Haggar

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Voltron is a favorite cartoon of mine. I like the lion version of the show but I really don't like the vehicle version. Lance, Keith, Pidge, Hunk, and the Princess form voltron with their totally awsome lions.moreless

    9.0
    The five lions of voltron form the mighty robot voltron. The characters were all pretty cool. Princess Alura was the only girl in the team but when the team first started it was all guys. Sven was an original memeber but when he left after only a few episodes the princess took over his lion. That's cool because I didn't really like Sven very much. He was kind of a dull character. Other than that, the show was really cool and the lion version of Voltron was the coolest. The vehicle version had too many characters and I really don't remember much about them. I didn't like that version. It was boring and confusing. To me the only true Voltron is the lion Voltron. That was the only Voltron that I ever liked.moreless
  • The forces of Planet Doom ,lead by the evil King Zarkon, are on a mission of conquest throughout the galaxy. However, the mighty robot Voltron, piloted by a small crew of pilots, is prepared to do whatever it takes to stop Zarkon and fight for justice.moreless

    9.0
    The popular Japanimated series "King of Beasts Go-Lion." comes to the United States as "Voltron: Defender of the Universe." World Events Productions, the company that reedited "Go-Lion" for American audiences, does a very good job in creating good characters, top notch suspense and thrilling entertainment. Voltron's battles with Zarkon's dangerous robeasts are in and of themselves a reason to not miss this series. Another highlight is the series' excellent music score. The heroes are well done in "Voltron" but the villans are also. The witch Haggar and Zarkon's power mad son Lotor are very strong agents of evil. Great show.moreless
  • Very well-written. I enjoyed watching it even though the quality of the version I was watching was bad. There was a few things I didn't understand. Then again I only saw the I think was the 1st and the 3rd season, whatever is on Boomerang late at night.moreless

    8.0
    I already knew about Pidge's brother from the final episode of the 3rd season. Personally I wish that Booerang showed the 2nd season or even the special. I found the part about Haggar and her alternate self sort of confusing, I only saw the show with the witch Haggar. Allura + Keith who would have guessed. The story line for the whole thing was good. I personally wished either Allura's twin on Pollux would show up. Both ships ran into trouble with the enemy and the corny joke wasn't really needed there. That was not the time or place to crack one. Also how could the strongest monster be released at the Voltron force if they beat all their toughest monsters? At least within the special we got to see some info about the other Voltron force. Even though Voltron is before my time it's a good classic to watch.moreless
  • From days of long ago comes an legend the legend of Voltron defender of the universe!!!!

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    From days of long ago from uncharted region of the sky.Comes an legend the legend of Voltron defender of the universe! Loved by good fear by evil! Yes Voltron is one of those 80 classic animes,that had been on tv.Ah I can remembered the time when I saw Voltron.This is one of the best robot anime ever.This has some good plot in the anime.However I don't know what to rate the voice acting.I mean some were awsome.Others were um...well o.k.If you hadn't noticed that in the u.s verison,they had cut out some scenes out of many episodes.That was never seen.I am planning to get Golion the uncut verison.Whenever they decide to released it.moreless
  • From days of long ago...

    9.0
    For many in my generation, when they hear "From days of long ago...," they will think of the opening of "Voltron." Back in 1984, World Events Productions brought two robot shows over from Japan and dubbed them into English ("Golion" and "Dairugger XV"). Of the two, the dubbed version of "Golion" (better known to "Voltron" fans as Lion Force Voltron), ended up being more popular. The Lion Force Voltron featured five robot lions that became one robot, as well as explored the lives of the five pilots of the lions; Vehicle Force Voltron, meanwhile, featured fifteen vehicles that formed a giant robot. Between the two, Lion Force was my favorite (Vehicle Voltron simply had too many characters and it was difficult to really get to know them very well, and the storyline was also a little harder to follow). Although, I have to admit, near the end of the its run in syndication, I developed a better appreciation for Vehicle Voltron (but I still prefer Lion Force). Lion Force managed to combine science fiction with the magic of the witch Haggar and King Alfor, the human interest stories, the medieval feel of Arus, and the darkness of Planet Doom to tell a good story. Unfortunately, the second season of Lion Force (which were original episodes produced by World Events) were nowhere near as strong as the first season of Lion Force Voltron.moreless
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    April 28th, 2009 DVD Releases

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    March 24th, 2009 DVD Releases

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    Animation, Kids

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    Classics, Pre-Teens, giant robots, futuristic technology, for the child in you