Voltron: The Legend Begins Roars Onto DVD

From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend, the legend of Voltron, Defender of the Universe!

Press Release from Classic Media

New York, NY — From days of long ago, from uncharted regions of the universe, comes a legend, the legend of Voltron, Defender of the Universe! On August 16th, 2011, Classic Media, a global media company with a portfolio of some of the world’s leading family entertainment brands, in collaboration with World Events Productions (WEP), a top animated television production company, will release the first seven episodes of the iconic 1980s robot-themed television action series, Voltron: Defender of the Universe, on a brand-new DVD, Voltron: The Legend Begins ($12.98 SRP).

Voltron: The Legend Begins tell the original story of a brave team of space explorers—Keith, Lance, Sven, Hunk and Pidge—who search for the keys to five mythical robot lions on the planet Arus.  Arus has been destroyed by the armies of King Zarkon and his use of giant Robeast monsters created by the witch Haggar. The planet's only hope lies in the discovery of these five robot lions, which combine together to form the mighty robot, Voltron: Defender of the Universe!  With the compelling stories, memorable characters, humor and heart-pounding action that made the Voltron television series and brand so popular, Voltron is the ultimate story of good versus evil, and the triumph of the human spirit. Voltron: The Legend Begins DVD features 180 minutes of action on one disc including extra bonus content.

“We cannot think of a better time to bring back the ultimate robot action-themed series in a fresh package for fans and collectors,” said Robert Mayo, SVP & General Manager, US Home Entertainment, Classic Media. “To this day, Voltron remains an icon that continues to impact pop culture in areas including sports, music and more. We’re proud to be a part of this movement, and we’re excited to encourage new generations to learn the Voltron story.”

Voltron: The Legend Begins Includes:    * Voltron 101: An introduction to many of the elements that made the classic Voltron series such a hit in the ‘80s

    * Voltron Art Slide Show: An exclusive slideshow that features professional fan art from the recently released Voltron: United and Drawn art book, and interpretations of the classic Voltron characters

    * Voltron Force Sizzle Reel: A peek at the new Voltron Force series which takes place 5 years after the classic series concluded

About VoltronIn a galaxy plagued with chaos and evil, five robotic lions, piloted by a team of brave space explorers, combine to form the mighty robot hero, Voltron.  After blazing onto TV screens in 1984, Voltron:  Defender of the Universe quickly became a top-rated animated series.  The hit series inspired a best-selling toy line and made Voltron a pop-culture icon.  An all-new 2D/CGI animated series, Voltron Force, is set to debut in the U.S. on Nicktoons, and with other broadcasters around the world, in 2011.

About Classic MediaClassic Media, one of the world’s largest independent entertainment companies, is a leader in reinventing the classics of yesterday and creating the entertainment classics of tomorrow. The Company owns and manages a globally-recognized portfolio of well-known family and pop-culture entertainment brands, including Casper the Friendly Ghost®, Where’s Waldo?, The Lone Ranger, Lassie, Postman Pat, and new global brands Tinga Tinga Tales and Guess with Jess. Big Idea, a member of the Classic Media family, is the leading faith-based studio and producer of children’s programming, including the best-selling animated series, VeggieTales®. More than 3,600 hours of Classic Media programming is distributed in more than 170 territories worldwide and showcased in multiple formats, including TV, film, home video, consumer products, publishing, digital, and music.  Visit us at http://classicmedia.tv.

About World Events ProductionsSt. Louis-based World Events Productions, Ltd. (WEP) has produced and distributed children’s animation for over 25 years.  WEP is the IP holder for shows including: Voltron, Defender the of the Universe, Voltron: The Third Dimension, Denver the Last Dinosaur, Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs and Vytor the Starfire Champion, among others.  WEP is a Koplar Communications company.  WEP is represented by United Talent Agency.  For more information visit www.wep.com and www.voltron.com.

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