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RetroCon Recap and Neil Ross Interview

RetroCon Recap and Neil Ross Interview

RetroCon! While the name tells you that it is a convention about everything “retro”, it is really a celebration of a time when there were some really cool things for people to get excited about. That time, in the 70’s and 80’s, when cartoons were still hand made, in 2 dimensions, and voice actors were not well known, like they are today.

Back-to-the-Future

RetroCon, now in its second year, is a one-day convention, which took place on Saturday, September 14, 2013, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. After last year’s successful debut, they moved it to a Saturday, added a Preview Dinner on Friday Night for pre-registered ticket buyers, and topped it off with a special screening of the 80’s classic movie, Back to the Future, at the Regal Theater in Oaks, PA. Special guests included veteran voice actor, Neil Ross (see our interview below), Don Fullilove, who played Mayor Goldie Wilson in the first two Back to the Future movies, G.I. Joe writer – Larry Hama, Angry Video Game Nerd – James Rolfe, Cinevore Studio’s Michael Licisyn & Matt Conant (Living in 8 bits, Nerd vs Geek), and The Nostalgia Critic – Doug Walker. This year’s RetroCon also included 3 panels, a Costume Contest for both kids and adults, and prizes that were raffled off every hour.

ToonBarn visits Voltron Headquarters: Jeremy Corray Interview, Part 3

Voltron Week at ToonBarn - Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of Voltron Week!

Contest Reminder: World Events Productions has allowed us to give away 3 Voltron Prize Packs to 3 lucky winners. In order to be eligible to win, you must be a ToonBarn member and you must comment at the end of one of the Voltron Week stories or on one of the YouTube Interview Videos. If you are not signed up for ToonBarn, you can sign up HERE. Winners will be announced on Friday’s story.

Voltron Force: Deceive and Conquer Review

Voltron Force: Deceive and Conquer

Voltron Force: Season 1 has one final episode remaining. We started this season with Sky Marshal Wade in control of the Galaxy Alliance, after Voltron had been banished, and the Voltron Force had become insignificant without their Lions. The Voltron Force had formed an underground resistance against Wade’s tyranny. 3 Cadets joined the ranks of the Voltron Force, and their first mission was to retrieve the keys to 4 of the Lions from Wade himself, while Commander Keith retrieved Black Lion on a solo mission.

Prince Lotor of Planet Doom, who had been re-animated by Maahox using an evil energy called Haggarium, had now become King Lotor. His single goal was to destroy Voltron. Between the various Robeasts sent by Lotor to destroy Voltron, and Wade’s obsession over Voltron, the Voltron Force has had their hands full. Though, Voltron has always triumphed. In many instances, it was the Cadets, and their unique powers, that saved the day.

Voltron Force: Army of One Review

Voltron Force: Army of One

We are getting close to the end of Season One of Voltron Force on Nicktoons. This all started on June 16, 2011, with the 3-part New Defenders Trilogy. We have been on a wild ride ever since. From the introduction of the Cadets, including the back story on how the old Voltron Series led into this series, to the Cadets becoming full-fledged members of the Voltron Force team, we have seen some amazing stuff. Half-way through the season, Sky Marshall Wade was defeated, and the Galaxy Alliance was back in good order. However, Wade had escaped his trial and joined with the Lider, Kala, to become the beast that was able to re-form after the destruction of AwesomeTron, the Cadets version of Voltron. Will the Wade/Kala Lider survive the end of the season? The last two episodes promise to have a ton of action, and maybe we’ll get to see whether Daniel gets to become a member of the Voltron Force, and whether King Lotor cuts ties with Maahox for good. By the way, one question that still lingers in our minds: does anyone know how Sven’s son is doing? Allura promised to take good care of him, but since she left him with the Nanny that raised her, we haven’t heard about him at all. We thought they would at least check up on him once in a while.

Voltron Force: Roots of Evil Review

Voltron Force: Roots of Evil

Voltron Force: Roots of Evil took the Voltron Force in a totally new direction. We really didn’t think there was going to be a change in the dynamics between the Voltron Force Pilots and the Cadets in Season 1. In this episode, Larmina proves her worth, time and time again, until she ultimately makes the move no Cadet has made to this point. She replaces her Aunt Allura as the Voltron Force Pilot for the Blue Lion. We would have expected a little more from a ceremonial perspective, though. Considering something like this doesn’t happen very often, we were expecting a lot more gallantry and hullabaloo. There was no more pomp and circumstance than a brownie becoming a girl scout. One thing that did make it special was that it concluded the episode.

Voltron Force: Crossed Signals Review

Crossed Signals: Ghostly Ship sends out distress signal to Voltron Force

Voltron Force faces a mystery in the latest episode, “Crossed Signals”. By answering a distress signal from a ship that has been missing for 100 years, they learn some things about Keith’s past that could be a real game changer for the Voltron Force. This new information seems to make Allura see Keith in a whole new light. From the bad guys side, we find some things out about Haggarium that we didn’t know before. Maahox and Lotor are able to use Haggarium in ways that would surely become a problem for Voltron, when you imagine the possibilities. With this ability, they could make trouble for Voltron in several different corners of the galaxy, all at the same time.

Voltron Force: I, Voltron Review

Voltron Force: I, Voltron Review

“I, Voltron” reminds us of a collection of short stories written by Isaac Asimov and published in 1950, entitled “I, Robot”. Isaac Asimov’s collection of 9 stories share a theme around the interaction of humans, robots and morality. Asimov had originally wanted his collection to be called, “Mind and Iron”, but the publisher wanted the “I, Robot” title. Thoughts about whether robots could ever behave like humans, or even think like humans, and whether they really should, have plagued the minds of science fiction writers for many years.

In this Voltron Force episode, we find out what would happen if the brain of a human was used to control Voltron, who is himself, a collection of 5 robots brought together to form 1 giant robot. Daniel goes through an experience that helps him to learn about the true nature of Voltron, and his relationship with the Voltron Force. We had seen previously, in “Clash of the Lions”, what happened when Sky Marshall Wade became Voltron, through the use of a Corite bullet shot into Voltron’s Nexus. In that episode, the Voltron pilots were rejected from the Lions, and Wade was able to control Voltron, only until Vince was able to combine the powers of all the Voltron Pilots to remove the Corite infection.

Voltron Force: Dradin, Baby, Dradin Review

Dradin, Baby, Dradin

Remember last week how we said 5 was a magic number for Voltron? This week, the 5 “C”‘s play a big part in the episode, “Dradin, Baby, Dradin”. The 5 “C”‘s are Color, Cameo, Campy, Conflict and Convention. “Dradin, Baby, Dradin” had to be the most Colorful episode of all the Voltron Force episodes. Just like the Casinos in Las Vegas, the endless array of lights and color that are on display in Manset’s LeisureDrome Resort on Dradin are truly a spectacle for the eyes. Once I was able to see it on iTunes in Full HD, I was blown away by the amount of color that saturated this episode. There was one explosion of a tank that was particularly well done to the point that it looked almost real.

Voltron Force: Five Forged Review

Voltron Force: Five Forged

When it comes to Voltron, 5 is a magic number. 5 Pilots in 5 Lions come together to form the mighty Defender of the Universe. As we find out from watching “Five Forged”, there are 5 Planets that each contributed to the creation of Voltron. Pidge’s Planet, Balto, provided the technical designs for the big guy, forming 5 Lions into 1 giant robot. Ariel was where Voltron was forged, and some of the main elements of Voltron are found within the mines of Ariel. Arus is where the Lions call home, and is where Voltron developed its strong sense of Unity. Earth provided the human element, whereas Voltron would not need pilots without it. There are still questions that need to be answered about the 5th Planet. As it turns out, the Voltron Force has to pass through 5 Trials, each coming from a different Planet involved in the creation of Voltron, to prove they are worthy to find what they seek (fixing the injured Black Lion).

Harry Debuts on ToonBarn reviewing Voltron Force: Gary

ToonBarn Harry

Here at ToonBarn, we hope you are delighted to meet our newest sensation, a cartoon character named Harry. Harry will be popping in from time to time to talk about stories relating to cartoons and animation, or he may review an episode of a TV show, or a full-length animated feature film. Harry won’t take the place of the text that comes with a story. That will always be there. More so, he will be an additional way to view and hear about these stories that ToonBarn provides. In this first video, Harry will introduce himself, and then take you on a ride through the latest Voltron Force episode, “Gary”. Below the video, you will see that we have included the review of the episode, complete with screenshots, in case you would like to read about it. So, buckle up. Here we go!

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