ToonBarn visits Voltron Headquarters: Bob Koplar Interview, Part 1
Welcome to Day 4 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. Midnight tonight is the LAST CHANCE to enter. Hurry! Winners will be announced on Friday’s story.
Today’s Interview is Part 1 of 2 videos where we talk to Bob Koplar, the Executive Producer of Voltron Force, and Vice President of World Events Productions. In the interview, Bob talks about the companies WEP had to partner with to get the Voltron Force animated TV Show off the ground. It takes an amazing amount of people and resources to make a really good animated program. He started by mentioning Keith Dawkins from Nicktoons, Jason Netter of Kickstart Productions, Mattel, for the toy line, and Classic Media for Worldwide distribution of the show. You also heard Jeremy Corray mention several people and companies that he works with to get episodes made, from a premise, all the way to the final product. There’s writers, storyboard artists, animators, voice artists, directors, producers, musicians, technicians, etc. We could go on and on and on, but if you really want to know who to thank for all the work that goes into a typical episode, as well as the people that made the deals (like Bob Koplar) to bring all these talented people together, we strongly encourage you to go to this link:
There, you will find the review we did last August, of “Dark Blue”, where we included the screenshots of every credits screen that runs at the end of the Voltron Force episodes (go the the bottom part of the review). Although the voice cast might change up a little from episode to episode, depending on additional guest voices, the names are pretty much the same from episode to episode. Imagine if we could get all these people together for a party, all at the same time, to celebrate the contributions they have made to Voltron Force. We want to be at THAT party! All totalled, there is about 527 names on those credits. We are still imagining the magnitude of this party…give us a minute. To just toast a few drinks to people like Randy Kiss, Olaf Miller, Dante La Torre, Archie De Los Santos, Hal Beckett, Stefan Andrews, and all the rest, would just be a great time indeed. So, in the St. Louis tradition, raise a Bud and toast, “Here’s to all 527 of you for bringing absolute joy and anticipation to us every week when new episodes of Voltron Force are coming on Nicktoons for the first time.” Cheers!!!
Ok, now everybody come in closer for a group picture… just kidding.
Now, imagine what that credits list is going to look like at the end of the Live-Action Voltron Movie… WOW!
Jeremy Corray was nice enough to give us some storyboards from the episode, “Brains”, where the Voltron Force is fighting off Tech Ninja Zombies. In this sequence of storyboards, Pidge pulls out a Ninja Throwing Star, which splits into 4 Throwing stars after he throws it. Two of the stars catch 2 Zombies and Pin them against the wall. This process is how the scenes are developed for each episode. Check it out!
If you missed Part 1 of the Jeremy Corray Interview, you can catch it on the story link HERE.
If you missed Part 2 of the Jeremy Corray Interview, you can catch it on the story link HERE.
If you missed Part 3 of the Jeremy Corray Interview, you can catch it on the story link HERE.
Stay tuned to ToonBarn tomorrow as we finish Voltron Week with Part 2 of the Bob Koplar Interview. Bob will be talking about how they used a toy to make the animation for Dudley’s Voltron Replica, what some of his favorite toys were, and which is better, Voltron or Voltron Force. This can be seen only… on ToonBarn.