Results 1 to 17 of 17

Thread: One step closer to FILMATION per Voltron?

  1. #1
    Yuengling danielsan52's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Pasadena, MD
    Posts
    2,230

    One step closer to FILMATION per Voltron?

    I jusst read the press release about the new Voltron toys and cartoon and it looks like it might be good news for Filmation characters. Here is the press release:

    By Matty

    ICONIC Voltron™ FRANCHISE TO BE RELAUNCHED FOR NEXT GENERATION OF FANS

    CLASSIC MEDIA TO REPRESENT VOLTRON WORLDWIDE

    NEW TV SERIES VOLTRON FORCE TO DEBUT ON NICKTOONS IN 2011 AND MATTEL® SIGNED AS MASTER TOY LICENSEE



    NEW YORK, NY (June 07, 2010)—World Events Productions (WEP), a leader in animated television production, and Classic Media, a global media company with a portfolio of some of the world’s top family entertainment brands, today announced the relaunch of the iconic Voltron™ brand for a new generation of fans in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the original Voltron series, which first aired on television during the 1984-1985 television year. Effective immediately, Classic Media is to helm international distribution and worldwide merchandising and licensing for Voltron.

    As the first step in reintroducing the Voltron brand to fans, an all-new animated television series is being created. The series, Voltron Force, is the first original franchise-related television content in 10 years and is scheduled to debut on Nicktoons in 2011, with WEP and Classic Media producing along with leading Hollywood production company Kickstart Productions (Wanted, Wolverine and the X-Men).

    Voltron, the original robot-action series, is the story of five space explorers who pilot incredible robotic lions that combine to form Voltron, an invincible guardian sworn to defend the universe. Voltron Force will follow a group of new recruits on their once-in-a-lifetime chance to battle alongside the original group of heroes led by Commander Keith in the Black Lion and Allura in the Blue Lion. The new series will consist of 26 half-hour episodes of 2D and CGI animation and will have all the thrilling excitement of robot lions in action, combined with compelling storylines and the dynamic, relatable characters that made the original series so popular. Voltron Force promises to be an excellent co-viewing opportunity where lifelong Voltron fans can now share the experience with their own children.

    In addition, Mattel is developing a new line of Voltron toys for fans of all ages. Mattel’s toy offerings will appeal to adults who grew up with the popular ‘80s series, as well as a new generation of fans that Voltron Force will create.

    “I am thrilled to partner with Classic Media as we introduce Voltron to a new generation of fans,” said Ted Koplar, President, WEP. “Classic Media’s exceptional brand management capability will play an integral role in the highly-anticipated relaunch of this classic property.” Koplar continued, “Voltron’s legacy of innovative and iconic toys is in great hands with Mattel, whose vision promises to re-imagine and re-invigorate Voltron toys like never before.”

    “We are delighted to be a strategic partner of WEP’s on the revival of such an iconic brand as Voltron and greatly look forward to working with Kickstart Productions in bringing this new animation series to all of our key international partners across broadcast and home entertainment,” said Chloe van den Berg, EVP, International, Classic Media.

    “Classic Media is excited to partner with WEP and Kickstart Productions to reintroduce Voltron to the next generation of fans,” said Nicole Blake, EVP, Global Marketing & Consumer Products, Classic Media. “With a renewed emphasis on building a global consumer products program and its intrinsic transformation play pattern, anchored by Mattel as master toy partner, Voltron is poised to regain its position as a top kids property.”

    Classic Media owns He-Man, NA He-Man, She-Ra and even Blackstar and Bravestar. Could this alliance with MATTEL lead us into getting other characters we want in MOTUC?
    Danielsan

    Planet Claire has pink air
    All the trees are red
    No one ever dies there
    No one has a head
    The B-52's

    https://www.facebook.com/danielsan52

  2. #2
    Heroic Warrior bamf1980's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Jerusalem, Israel
    Posts
    2,803
    ooh good catch!

  3. #3
    Gimme Granita! Scorpia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2000
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    7,459
    I think it's very possible and great news. I'm hoping for some Filmation-character news soon...I don't know about everyone else, bit I'm getting a bit tired of my favourite part if the MOTU franchise being forgotten...

    I know we also haven't seen any Snake Men yet...but at least they're possible. Access to the Filmation characters will ignite new interest in the line...and hopefully maintain mine...
    Most-wanted MOTUC: Granita - Hunga the Harpy - Spinnerella - Melaktha - Vultak - Dylamug - Crita - Mermista Sprag, Sprocker and Spritina

  4. #4
    Hero of Eternia zodak74's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Location
    Point Dread
    Posts
    12,052
    Quote Originally Posted by danielsan52 View Post

    Classic Media owns He-Man, NA He-Man, She-Ra and even Blackstar and Bravestar. Could this alliance with MATTEL lead us into getting other characters we want in MOTUC?
    In a word, yes.

  5. #5
    I'm Anime Hyper-Detailed Battle_Brak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Posts
    1,285
    Quote Originally Posted by danielsan52 View Post
    Classic Media owns He-Man, NA He-Man, She-Ra and even Blackstar and Bravestar. Could this alliance with MATTEL lead us into getting other characters we want in MOTUC?
    Judging from their past success with this issue, somehow I doubt it'll be that simple.
    Check out my various dinosaur sculptures: http://he-man.org/forums/boards/show...re-in-progress

  6. #6
    Hero of Eternia zodak74's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Location
    Point Dread
    Posts
    12,052
    Quote Originally Posted by Battle_Brak View Post
    Judging from their past success with this issue, somehow I doubt it'll be that simple.
    But this is definitely a first step in the right direction... it can't be long before we hear of Mattel and Classic Media working something out so we can get Shadow Weaver and all the rest of the Filmation gang... and who knows, maybe an animated series too... I imagine Mattel has to be thinking that going with a new animated series might be the way to go versus doing a live-action film... especially with the recent Thundercats and Voltron announcements... I know I'd be pleased. The live-action film just seems like it could be a horrible mess and fail on so many levels. I have no faith in a MOTU film project. But a new cartoon on the other hand...

  7. #7
    Heroic Warrior vazqjose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    puerto rico
    Posts
    624
    Given those opened doors, once they are aware of the demand for these characters, the rest is history

  8. #8
    Heroic Warrior cayman shen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    494
    Sha-dow WEAVER! Sha-dow WEAVER! Everybody! Sha-dow WEAVER!

  9. #9
    HeroicUniter PrinceAdam101's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Birmingham, AL
    Posts
    2,930
    C'mon, Mattel! You've got a CASH COW waiting in the wings!!! Nab those Filmation rights!

    SHADOW WEAVER, SCORPIA, OCTAVIA, SEAHAWK, BATROS, LIZARD MAN, GARN, GARTH, CELICE, ILEENA, SHOKOTI, WINGED DELORA, AND MANY MANY MORE HANG IN THE BALANCE!!!

    It would be like opening the floodgates! At least get them and ANNOUNCE that they will be coming eventually!
    Etherian Rebel JOSH for the MOTUC (see my avatar)!

  10. #10
    I'm Anime Hyper-Detailed Battle_Brak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Posts
    1,285
    Quote Originally Posted by PrinceAdam101 View Post
    C'mon, Mattel! You've got a CASH COW waiting in the wings!!! Nab those Filmation rights!

    SHADOW WEAVER, SCORPIA, OCTAVIA, SEAHAWK, BATROS, LIZARD MAN, GARN, GARTH, CELICE, ILEENA, SHOKOTI, WINGED DELORA, AND MANY MANY MORE HANG IN THE BALANCE!!!
    I don't even know half of these but I would be up for Shadow Weaver, Scorpia, Octavia, and perhaps Batros.
    Check out my various dinosaur sculptures: http://he-man.org/forums/boards/show...re-in-progress

  11. #11
    Evil Villain!!! adam03's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Edmonton Canada
    Posts
    4,273
    Quote Originally Posted by danielsan52 View Post
    I jusst read the press release about the new Voltron toys and cartoon and it looks like it might be good news for Filmation characters. Here is the press release:

    By Matty

    ICONIC Voltron™ FRANCHISE TO BE RELAUNCHED FOR NEXT GENERATION OF FANS

    CLASSIC MEDIA TO REPRESENT VOLTRON WORLDWIDE

    NEW TV SERIES VOLTRON FORCE TO DEBUT ON NICKTOONS IN 2011 AND MATTEL® SIGNED AS MASTER TOY LICENSEE



    NEW YORK, NY (June 07, 2010)—World Events Productions (WEP), a leader in animated television production, and Classic Media, a global media company with a portfolio of some of the world’s top family entertainment brands, today announced the relaunch of the iconic Voltron™ brand for a new generation of fans in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the original Voltron series, which first aired on television during the 1984-1985 television year. Effective immediately, Classic Media is to helm international distribution and worldwide merchandising and licensing for Voltron.

    As the first step in reintroducing the Voltron brand to fans, an all-new animated television series is being created. The series, Voltron Force, is the first original franchise-related television content in 10 years and is scheduled to debut on Nicktoons in 2011, with WEP and Classic Media producing along with leading Hollywood production company Kickstart Productions (Wanted, Wolverine and the X-Men).

    Voltron, the original robot-action series, is the story of five space explorers who pilot incredible robotic lions that combine to form Voltron, an invincible guardian sworn to defend the universe. Voltron Force will follow a group of new recruits on their once-in-a-lifetime chance to battle alongside the original group of heroes led by Commander Keith in the Black Lion and Allura in the Blue Lion. The new series will consist of 26 half-hour episodes of 2D and CGI animation and will have all the thrilling excitement of robot lions in action, combined with compelling storylines and the dynamic, relatable characters that made the original series so popular. Voltron Force promises to be an excellent co-viewing opportunity where lifelong Voltron fans can now share the experience with their own children.

    In addition, Mattel is developing a new line of Voltron toys for fans of all ages. Mattel’s toy offerings will appeal to adults who grew up with the popular ‘80s series, as well as a new generation of fans that Voltron Force will create.

    “I am thrilled to partner with Classic Media as we introduce Voltron to a new generation of fans,” said Ted Koplar, President, WEP. “Classic Media’s exceptional brand management capability will play an integral role in the highly-anticipated relaunch of this classic property.” Koplar continued, “Voltron’s legacy of innovative and iconic toys is in great hands with Mattel, whose vision promises to re-imagine and re-invigorate Voltron toys like never before.”

    “We are delighted to be a strategic partner of WEP’s on the revival of such an iconic brand as Voltron and greatly look forward to working with Kickstart Productions in bringing this new animation series to all of our key international partners across broadcast and home entertainment,” said Chloe van den Berg, EVP, International, Classic Media.

    “Classic Media is excited to partner with WEP and Kickstart Productions to reintroduce Voltron to the next generation of fans,” said Nicole Blake, EVP, Global Marketing & Consumer Products, Classic Media. “With a renewed emphasis on building a global consumer products program and its intrinsic transformation play pattern, anchored by Mattel as master toy partner, Voltron is poised to regain its position as a top kids property.”

    Classic Media owns He-Man, NA He-Man, She-Ra and even Blackstar and Bravestar. Could this alliance with MATTEL lead us into getting other characters we want in MOTUC?
    Ummmm Sony Pictures owns the distribution rights to the Voltron franchise, Not classic media they hired classic media to distribute new cartoons and Mattel for new toys Classic media is in charge of licensing on Voltron only

  12. #12
    Wise Old Trollan Uncle Montork's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    South Philly, PA
    Posts
    5,755
    Quote Originally Posted by PrinceAdam101 View Post
    C'mon, Mattel! You've got a CASH COW waiting in the wings!!! Nab those Filmation rights!

    SHADOW WEAVER, SCORPIA, OCTAVIA, SEAHAWK, BATROS, LIZARD MAN, GARN, GARTH, CELICE, ILEENA, SHOKOTI, WINGED DELORA, AND MANY MANY MORE HANG IN THE BALANCE!!!

    It would be like opening the floodgates! At least get them and ANNOUNCE that they will be coming eventually!
    Garn was in the mini-comics so he's fair game, but yeah, I'd love to see the rest of them!
    Uncle Montork has returned from Trolla!

  13. #13
    Illumina & Cat please! Darkspecter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    14,957
    Maybe this is why TG has asked fans to stop asking/writing/calling about the Filmation rights issues? He's afraid someone might accidentally let the cat out of the bag that they HAVE acquired the rights? Just a fun speculation.

    That would be one heck of an SDCC reveal though!

    I think they should release Shadow Weaver first to make EVERYONE happy (MOTU fans, Horde fans, PoP fans...and Hordak, of course)...and then Sea Hawk to make She-Ra happy!
    Take part in Illumina Day! Let people know who she is and help get her in MOTUC.

    http://motuc-illumina.proboards.com/...cgi?board=talk

    You can join the Illumina Facebook page here!

    https://www.facebook.com/Illumina.Sleetah

  14. #14
    Cheap Repaint FAKER II's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    2,738
    It would be good news to hear if Mattel acquired the rights to Filmation characters. I doubt Mattel would do it but I would love to see MOTUC Blackstar and Overlord. They could make it a SDCC exclusive or something like that. Just a one shot 2 pack. With Marlena and John Blackstar both being astronauts from earth who became stranded on planets with magic a sorcery, I don't think it would be too hard to write a bio making some kind of connection.

  15. #15
    Heroic Reviewer of MOTUC Pixel Dan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Location
    Springfield, IL
    Posts
    4,916
    Quote Originally Posted by adam03 View Post
    Ummmm Sony Pictures owns the distribution rights to the Voltron franchise, Not classic media they hired classic media to distribute new cartoons and Mattel for new toys Classic media is in charge of licensing on Voltron only
    Yeah, this press release definitely reads that Classic Media was hired to do the new cartoon, and Mattel was hired to do the new toys. sorry guys...but I don't think this is going to help with the Filmation stuff.
    For toy review videos and more, visit Pixel-Dan.com!
    SUBSCRIBE to me on YouTube! YouTube.com/Mandalorian30
    Latest MOTU Classics Videos:

  16. #16
    Council Elder Tallstar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    In support of Joe Amato & the Meteorbs
    Posts
    27,864
    Even though Classic Media doesn't own Voltron, this is exciting for the point that it probably opens up some communication between Mattel and Classic Media and potentially gives them the motivation to work together on MOTU and POP.

  17. #17
    Evil Villain!!! adam03's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Edmonton Canada
    Posts
    4,273
    Quote Originally Posted by Tallstar View Post
    Even though Classic Media doesn't own Voltron, this is exciting for the point that it probably opens up some communication between Mattel and Classic Media and potentially gives them the motivation to work together on MOTU and POP.
    Seeing how their working relationship was forced by Sony, I don`t see it helping at all with Filmation rights, unless both parties are game for negotiations that license isn`t going anywhere

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •