The legend of Vox Machina comes to your screens! Following an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign in 2019, with over €11 million pledged for an animated series based on Campaign 1 of the Dungeons & Dragons Critical Role web series.
Hosted by a variety of esteemed American voice actors and with a thriving international fan base, Critical Role is perhaps the best-known example of a D&D 'real game', where a group of friends get together and post their dice-rolling adventures. on the Board. (You can check out our best D&D podcasts and our web series guide for an introduction to a few more.)
However, Critical Role has come a long way from the living room of its cast members, with a 24-episode animated series on its way to Amazon Prime Video.After the streaming giant stepped in, a successful Kickstarter made it possible to order two seasons of the show.
Whether you're new to the world of Critical Role or a seasoned fan eager to discover a new way to experience its lore, this is an exciting announcement that sets the stage for the multimedia success of Critical Role, with its own. Twitch product lines, comics, and talk shows that expand behind the core D&D show.
Unsurprisingly, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has changed the release schedule, as with many other TV shows in production: Stranger Things season 4, The Witcher season 2, etc.
But we hope that The Legend of Vox Machina lands in the near future, and this guide will tell you what to expect in terms of story, voice broadcast, access to the broadcast and more, as well as the likely follow-up to the series based on Critical Role's second campaign, The Mighty Nein.
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The Legend of Vox Machina release date
The Vox Machina legend has had production problems, like much of the film and television industry, due to the ongoing pandemic.. It was originally planned to start releasing episodes in "fall 2020" (September-December), although that date has now passed without a new release date.
We may see the first season in 2021, although exact times are difficult to predict without firm confirmation of the critical role itself.
The Legend of Vox Machina: Where can you see it?
The Legend of Vox Machina will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, after the streaming service stepped in to back the animated series for an additional 14 episodes on top of the Kickstarter-funded 10 episodes.
Contributors will continue to receive the entire first season as part of their commitment and early access to the first two episodes of the season, although the exact details and times are unclear.
We are also told that "the series will be dubbed, subtitled, and otherwise localized for our global audience."
The story and characters of The Legend of Vox Machina
For those of you hoping for a Campaign 1 retread, this will not be the case.
The Kickstarter series reveals that the animated series will cover an "entirely new story" and an "adventure in the canon," created by the cast and from the script by screenwriter Jennifer Muro, who has worked on other animated series such as Star Wars: Forces. of Destiny. , Spider-Man and Justice League: Action.
The first two episodes will act as a prequel adventure, with the original members of Vox Machina at level 7 before the episodes air, beginning with the group's arrival in the dwarf town of Kraghammer.
However, successful extended goals will mean that the streaming campaign's Briarwoods arc will also receive its own set of animated episodes.
- Episodes 1 and 2: a new story centered around Vox Machina at level 7 (FUNDED!)
- Episodes 3, 4, 5, 6: Briarwoods Arch! (FOUNDED!)
- Episodes 7 and 8: Briarwoods Arc Sequel (FINANCED!)
- Episodes 9 and 10: Sequel and conclusion of the Briarwoods arc (FINANCED!)
Vox Machina Legend Trailers
You can get a taste of the art style in this animated intro below, showing the members of the Vox Machina gang: Keyleth the Druid, Percy the Gunslinger, Grog the Barbarian, Pike the Cleric, Scanlan the Bard, Vex the Ranger and Vax the bully. The soundtrack here is the same as that used for the intros to the current episodes of the game, which we hope will be used in one way or another for the final animated series.
In mid-2020, the Critical Role team released a behind-the-scenes video of animation work in progress at Titmouse., with interviewed artists and examples of environmental art you might also want to consider, as it's the best look we've ever had in mass production.
The Legend of Vox Machina: Who is involved?
Naturally, the original cast of Campaign 1: Vox Machina will reprise their roles for the animated series.
It helps that the entire cast are pretty experienced voice actors in their own right: Laura Bailey voicing Kat from Gears 5 and Abby from The Last of Us Part 2, Ashley Johnson voicing Ellie in The Last of Us games, Matt Mercer voicing Levi in The English dub of Attack on Titan and McCree in the PvP Overwatch game, and Sam Riegel having voiced Phoenix Wright in the Ace Attorney games, to name a few of the distro's huge catalog of credits.
No word yet on guest appearances, as Critical Role often features outside players for one-off games or small story arcs, with Will Wheaton and Joe Manganiello appearing on the show Campaign 1, We hope guests repeat their roles as appropriate.
The Kickstarter page says: "To round out the main cast, we'll be bringing in additional celebrity cameos, as well as voiceover legends from the industry."
The animation studio at the heart of it all is Titmouse, an American company that produces a lot of animation programming., which includes shows for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Disney XD, Fox, and Hulu. Some of the studio's most notable productions are on Netflix, including the Netflix Original Big Mouth (with John Mulaney) and The Midnight Gospel.
The artists working on The Legend of Vox Machina will be specifically "led by art director Arthur Loftis and supervising director Sung Jin Ahn."
Critical Role announced that "the vast majority of our resources" (about 74%) would go "to the animation budget."
The Animated Series Mighty Nein: Could It Happen?
For now, The Critical Role team is busy with their first campaign animated series, Vox Machina, but the popularity of the next two seasons could pave the way for other spin-off shows based on the other Critical Role campaigns and stories.
Campaign 2: The Mighty Nein is still ongoing at the time of this writing., although it is likely to be completed before 2021. Also we've heard occasional comments about the upcoming Campaign 3 from the cast, which means D&D adventures they will surely translate to the small screen.
It is likely that let's not hear anything about a Mighty Nein animated series for quite some time yet, but the overwhelming Kickstarter interest in Vox Machina suggests there are plenty of miles to go in animated adaptations of the shenanigans now in the works. .
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