"I think the idea is that, when you watch a show like this growing up, you fill in the gaps that aren't necessarily there," Dos Santos said at WonderCon's Voltron panel on Friday. Essentially, their approach was to fill in the gaps of the mythology that weren't explored in-depth on the old show, while also paying homage to what came before. Voltron's design, for example, had to pass the artists' "squint test" -- that is, it could be tweaked and updated, but still had to be immediately recognizable.
In addition to the video preview, attendees were shown several clips from Legendary Defender, featuring the characters' early days as cadets, discovering Voltron for the first time. Korra fans will be happy to know Dos Santos, Montgomery and Hendrick have re-teamed with Studio Mir for the series' animation -- and as a fan of their previous work I can attest to Legendary Defender's stunning 2D visuals. (While most of the robots appear to be cell-shaded, the characters and environments look like they're hand-drawn.)
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