'The Legend of Vox Machina': 5 things to know about Amazon Prime animation series
The series is based on Critical Role's first-live-streamed role-playing game campaign and features a band of misfits
In recent years, we have seen a lot of projects based on popular video games series. But, it is never easy for production houses or streaming services to tackle such ventures because fans would want to see every single aspect of the game on the screen as well. However, it can be really tough for the makers to do that and it might get tough for them to engage with the fans as well.
From ‘The Witcher’ to ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’, a lot of these projects have been able to enthrall viewers with superb storytelling and staying close to the source material. After seeing the popularity, Amazon Studios is also on board to treat the audiences with another impeccable series based on a highly popular game. Titled ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’, the upcoming animated series is based on the adventures of Critical Role’s first live-streamed tabletop role-playing game (RPG) campaign of the same name.
Critical Role created a lot of buzz with their first campaign and raised a lot of money. The campaign was so successful that it raised more than $11.3 million, becoming one of the most successful projects in history. With so much support from fans, Amazon has picked up the series for 24 episodes across two seasons.
Here’s everything you need to know.
When does ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ release and where can you watch it
Season 1 of the upcoming animation series will be premiering exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, January 28. A 30-day trial of Amazon Prime is available for new users. People can also watch Prime Video on other platforms such as Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, and Virgin Media TiVO.
What is ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ all about?
The official synopsis reads, “Based on the beloved characters and adventures of Critical Role’s first live-streamed tabletop role-playing game (RPG) campaign, ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’ is an animated fantasy-adventure series that chronicles the journey of ‘Vox Machina’, a band of misfits with a fondness for boozing and brawling. In a desperate attempt to pay off their mounting bar tab, these unlikely heroes end up on a quest to save the realm of Exandria from dark magical forces. From a sinister necromancer to a powerful curse, the group confronts a variety of obstacles that not only test their skills but also the strength of their bond.”
Who stars on the upcoming Prime Video show?
The series features a stellar voice cast, including some of the founders of Critical Role. Matthew Mercer will be voicing the character of Sylas Briarwood while Ashley Johnson will be lending her voice to Pike Trickfoot. On the other hand, Laura Bailey will be voicing Vex’ahila “Vex” Vessar.
Bailey has been one of the most influential names in the world of voice acting. She started working at the age of 18 and made her anime debut with ‘Dragon Ball Z’ in 1999. Since then, she has given her voice to several iconic characters in projects such as ‘Case Closed’, ‘One Piece’, ‘Shin-Chan’, ‘Marvel Anime: Iron Man’, ‘Avengers Assemble’, ‘The Powerpuff Girls’, and ‘Spider-Man’.
Other voice actors included on the show are Travis Winningham (Grog Strongjaw), Liam O’Brien (Vax'ildan "Vax" Vessar), Taliesin Jaffer (Percival "Percy" Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III), Sam Riegel (Scanlan Shorthalt), and Marisha Ray (Keyleth of the Air Ashari).
The series is being created by the founders of Critical Role and is being produced by Amazon Studios, Critical Role, and Titmouse.
Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Liam O’Brien, Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel, Travis Willingham, Brandon Auman, Chris Prynoski, Shannon Prynoski, and Ben Kalina serve as executive producers.
The trailer starts with a narrator saying "evil rises", and it shows five warriors that are said to be the last hope to save the world. However, they die in gruesome ways. So, who's gonna save the world now? The answer to that question is 'Vox Machina'. But they are not the usual kind of heroes. They drink, they curse and they know that they always "f*** this sh** up." Will they be to do what other heroes couldn't? We would have to wait and see when the show arrives on Amazon Prime Video.
You can watch the trailer here.