Rowdy misfits-turned-mercenaries turn out to be unlikely heroes within the red-band trailer for The Legend of Vox Machina, a brand new grownup animated fantasy series coming to Prime Video.
The series has an inspiring origin story. A gaggle of skilled voice actors used to get collectively to play Dungeons & Dragons, and when actress Felicia Day (Eureka, The Guild) heard in regards to the sport, she invited the actors to play in a livestreamed format for her YouTube channel, Geek & Sundry. (Day herself performed a visitor position as a human wizard named Lyra.) Voice actor Matthew Mercer served as Dungeon Master, and the campaigns happened in a fictional world he created known as Exandria. The internet series Critical Role was born.
Eventually, the parents at Critical Role fashioned their very own manufacturing firm and break up from Geek & Sundry in February 2019, streaming new exhibits on their Twitch and YouTube channels and launching a spin-off comedian ebook. Episodes usually run for three to 5 hours, and between 30,000 to 40,000 folks watch stay every week. Add in VOD and YouTube, and most episodes garner round 1 million views every week, making Critical Role a bona fide media mini-empire.
After failing to pique Hollywood’s curiosity in creating an animated series primarily based on their campaigns, the Critical Role actors determined to launch a Kickstarter marketing campaign to make their very own 22-minute animation—primarily a prequel protecting the occasions of the streaming portion of the marketing campaign. They hoped to boost $750,000 and surpassed that objective inside an hour of launch, elevating greater than $4.3 million and breezing previous all their stretch targets by the tip of the primary day.
By the time the Kickstarter closed on April 19, 2019, the undertaking had raised greater than $11.3 million, and Critical Role‘s members determined to develop the undertaking right into a 10-episode animated series. It’s one of essentially the most shortly funded initiatives in Kickstarter historical past, elevating more cash than the high-profile Kickstarter campaigns for Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and the Veronica Mars function movie.
That’s the type of cash that catches Hollywood’s consideration, and Prime Video quickly acquired the streaming rights to The Legend of Vox Machina. The studio commissioned two extra season 1 episodes and renewed the series for a second season of one other 12 episodes. The pandemic delayed the series premiere, which was initially slated for June 2020, however the present is now able to make its debut later this month.
All of the unique forged members will reprise their characters for the series, besides for Orion Acaba’s character Tiberius. (Apparently, Acaba had a falling out with the remainder of the Critical Role crew early within the first streaming marketing campaign and left the sport.) Mercer performs Sylas Briarwood; Ashley Johnson performs a gnomic cleric named Pike Trickfoot; Travis Willingham performs goliath barbarian Grog Strongjaw; Laura Bailey performs half-elf ranger Vex; Liam O’Brien performs half-elf rogue Vax; Taliesin Jaffe performs human gunslinger Percival Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III (“Percy” for quick); Marisha Ray performs half-elf druid Keyleth of the Air Ashari; and Sam Riegel performs the gnome bard Scanlan Shorthalt.
Per the official premise:
Based on the beloved characters and adventures of Critical Role’s first livestreamed tabletop role-playing sport (RPG) marketing campaign, The Legend of Vox Machina is an animated fantasy-adventure series for adults that follows Vox Machina, a band of misfits with a keenness for boozing and brawling. In a determined try and repay their mounting bar tab, these unlikely heroes find yourself on a quest to avoid wasting the realm of Exandria from darkish magical forces. From a sinister necromancer to a strong curse, the group confronts a range of obstacles that not solely take a look at their abilities, but in addition the power of their bond.
The first two episodes will inform a brand new story that includes the seven Vox Machina staff members, set earlier than the occasions of the primary streaming marketing campaign. The relaxation of S1 will adapt the Briarwood story arc from the primary marketing campaign, incorporating a number of different traditional story arcs as nicely. The staff travels to Percy’s ancestral house, Whitestone, which his household as soon as dominated till Lord and Lady Blackwood killed most of his household and took management. The Briarwoods are additionally actually into necromancy and a secret cult, and Vox Machina should forestall them from finishing a harmful ritual that may endanger everybody within the kingdom.
The Legend of Vox Machina premieres on Prime Video on January 28, 2022. You can even tune in to Critical Role‘s ongoing third marketing campaign, which premiered final October on Twitch and YouTube.
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