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80s & 90s Cartoons that Could be Great Blockbuster Movies

Show: Voltron: Defender of the Universe

Original Run: 124 episodes and a 1-hour special (September 10, 1984 – November 18, 1985)

Premise: A mighty robot (powered by space explorers), loved by good, feared by evil, that maintains peace throughout the universe.

Why It Could Work: Twenty years of The Power Rangers may have stolen a bit of momentum from a big screen Voltron: Defender of the Universe adaptation but there's no doubt that many fans still want to see a grounded take on five heroes piloting Lion-shaped space tanks that join together to form a 60 meter tall, 700 ton sword-wielding robot. Filmmaker Alex Albrecht delivered a Voltron short film that teased how it could work, and with Pacific Rim presenting epic (and believable) kaiju fights here on earth, the stage is set for Hollywood to let Voltron take robot versus monster combat into outer space and otherworldly locales. Additionally, the five-member Lion Force team, and central antagonist King Zarkon, should provide rich and interesting world-building with competent drama and character beats to round-out the CGI spectacle.

Watch the animated intro from Voltron: Defender of the Universe - HERE and the entire first episode - HERE.

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