Two seasons of fan-favorite Kickstarter funded series have been ordered; story-driven and world building digital media brand also signs first-look deal with Amazon Studios to develop new projects.
CULVER CITY, CA – Amazon Prime Video has announced that they will be the exclusive home to Critical Role’s upcoming series Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina, based on the adventures and characters developed by the story-driven and world-building digital media brand. Two seasons of the series have already been ordered; the companies have also closed a first-look agreement to develop new series that will premiere exclusively on the Amazon streaming platform. This content agreement builds on the long-standing engagement Critical Role has had with Amazon’s live-streaming service Twitch, which has broadcast their live role-playing show since 2015.
The show, an adult animated action-comedy series, follows a group of second-rate, drunken adventurers on a quest to save the realm from terrifying monsters and dark magical forces, only to discover they become a found family in the process.
Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina stars Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Liam O’Brien, Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, and Travis Willingham, who are also serving as executive producers, alongside Brandon Auman (Star Wars: Resistance) and Chris Prynoski (Metalocalypse), with Sung Jin Ahn (Niko and the Sword of Light) joining as supervising director. Emmy award-winning studio Titmouse is the animation partner. Critical Role is represented by CAA, who helped broker the deal.
Earlier this year, Critical Role launched The Legend of Vox Machina as a Kickstarter campaign to fund a 22-minute animated special produced by Titmouse. The original funding goal was reached within minutes of the launch thanks to a passionate fanbase, making it the most-funded TV, film or animated project in Kickstarter history. Over $11.3M was raised, enough to fund a 10-episode season.
“This project just keeps getting better!” shared Titmouse president and founder, Chris Prynoski. “At first I was blown away that the fan base was willing to fund more than just one special. Thank the Everlight that the Critters demanded to see a full animated series! Then Amazon came along and rolled a 20 on us - more than double the damage by picking up a second season out of the gate! Roll initiative!”
“We were absolutely floored by the level of enthusiasm we received on the Kickstarter campaign, and now we can deliver exactly what the fans wanted, and more,” remarked cast members and executive producers, Sam Riegel and Travis Willingham. “Teaming with Prime Video to deliver the series to fans across the globe is exciting and surreal -- and we’re psyched to be able to tell even more stories with not just one, but two 12-episode seasons!”
“Critical Role blazed a new trail for original digital content, with fresh new voices and humor that earned devoted fans around the world, as evidenced by their wildly successful Kickstarter campaign,” noted Amazon Studios head, Jennifer Salke. “We’re thrilled to work with the whole team to bring The Legend of Vox Machina, and new Critical Role series, to our Prime Video customers.”
“I’ve been wanting to make an animated show based on fantasy role playing games since I was 1st level,” Prynoski added. “I'm overjoyed that Titmouse is producing Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina! There's no show more perfectly suited for the designers, directors, animators, editors, painters, and every other artist within our walls. Seriously, there's so many RPG games being played between the Titmouse employees that I can't keep track. It's a fantasy come true to work with our friends at Critical Role - and landing on Amazon as a distribution partner made the blood on my axe taste that much sweeter!”
When we meet the members of Vox Machina in Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina, they’re a rowdy, ragtag assortment of swords and wands-for-hire. Seven wandering dumbasses who care more about easy money and cheap ale than actually protecting the realm. But when their home city of Emon is attacked by a horrific monster, they realize they are the only ones capable of avenging their neighbors and restoring justice. United as Protectors of the Realm, we follow Vox Machina as they venture beyond the walls of Emon to battle even darker forces across the kingdom. Throughout the first season they will face undead giants, help overthrow a sinister necromancer, and confront a powerful curse that has taken root inside their own group. Through it all, they learn how to function as a team, and discover they’re much more than that: they’re family.