Welcome to Day 3 of Voltron Week!
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Today’s Interview is Part 3, and the final video we have done with Jeremy Corray. We would like to take this time to thank Jeremy and all the staff at World Events Productions in St. Louis for being such gracious hosts. Jeremy was able to find the time in his crazy schedule to give ToonBarn a great interview, all while feeling a little under the weather. Jeremy, while being a great showman, and extremely professional Creative Director for WEP, is also the biggest Voltron fanboy I have ever met. He knows everything that ever happened in the Voltron Universe, and can have intimate conversations about characters, plots, and places, all at the drop of a hat. He has these conversations, from time to time, on the Voltron Fan Forums. That is why these interview videos are so special. You rarely get to see this level of detail about a show on TV.
Jeremy also introduced us to Ted Koplar, the “Black Lion” of World Events Productions. Ted Koplar brought Voltron to the US from Japan in 1984, where it was known as Beast GoLion. Ted had actually asked for 3 different Japanese cartoons. The third one he received wasn’t the one he had asked for, and came in an unmarked box. Ted talks about how he opened it up, put the tape in and watched it. Even though it was in Japanese, he could follow the whole story, and thought it had a great formula with a terrific theme. When Ted tells this story to us, it’s as if he was telling it for the first time. After all these years, he still never tires of telling it. After all, it is a great story. And you can see the little boy inside Ted who just thinks it’s cool to play in this ‘world’ he has created. You can see Bob and Ted Koplar in the Photo Below:
Jeremy also took us around the St. Louis Loop on a tour of the downtown area. We were able to see quaint shops and St. Louis landmarks like the Tivoli theater, where they show independent film festivals and older movies year round. We stopped by Blueberry Hill, a nice restaurant that brings us back to the old days. This is where Chuck Berry used to play, and still plays to this day. The place has tons of pictures on the wall from celebrities in all areas of entertainment. Of course, we had to see the St. Louis Arch and Busch Stadium, home of the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.
We also stopped by the local comic book store, the Star Clipper, to see the latest comic books, including the Voltron Comics. So, we had to take a candid photo with Jeremy and WEP Intern, Josie.
In today’s interview video, Jeremy talks about the funnier Voltron Force episodes, “Gary” and “Rogue Trip”. He also gives us great insight about the Origin and Mythology of Voltron, as well as tells us how they decided to make the Cadets on Voltron Force into full members that pilot the Lions. There’s even some talk about Season 2 of Voltron Force.
Without further adieu, the 3rd and final part of the Jeremy Corray Interview is here:
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.
Stay tuned to ToonBarn tomorrow as we continue Voltron Week with Part 1 of the Bob Koplar Interview. Bob will be talking about how World Events Productions brought Voltron Force to Nicktoons, where you can currently see Classic Voltron and Voltron Force episodes, and some of his favorite moments from the first Season of Voltron Force. This can be seen only… on ToonBarn.