Voltron is a media property produced as a joint venture between World Events Productions and Toei Animation. The original TV series, which aired in syndication from September 10, 1984 to November 18, 1985, was titled Voltron: Defender of the Universe.
The original series was created by Peter Keefe in 1983 using material he had licensed from the Japanese cartoons Beast King GoLion and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. The series was dubbed into English and edited, rewriting the scripts with reduced violence and the removal of Japanese cultural and location references. The series was an immediate hit in the United States, topping the syndication market for children's programs in the mid-1980s. Voltron: The Third Dimension, a sequel to the original series, was made in the 1990s using computer generated imagery (CGI) techniques.
Distribution rights to all shows are now under ownership of Sony Pictures Television.
The first season was based on the 1981 series , which featured a team of five young pilots commanding five robot lion which could be combined to form Voltron. In this undefined future era, the Voltron Force was in charge of protecting the planet Arus (ruled by Princess Allura) from the evil King Zarkon (from planet Doom), his son Lotor, and the witch Haggar, who would create huge Robeasts to terrorize the people of Arus. Despite being the first of the two robots to appear on American television, the "GoLion" version of Voltron was regarded as "Voltron III" within the storyline because, within the original planned "three-Voltron" continuity, Arus was the furthest setting from Earth's side of the universe ("Voltron I" being intended for the Near Universe, and "Voltron II" for the Middle Universe).
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