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The Legend of Vox Machina is an upcoming animated series of the Vox Machina campaign, funded by a Kickstarter campaign of the same name and animated by Titmouse.

Series content

In a Kickstarter update, it was revealed that the first two episodes of the series will follow a new adventure within the canon of Vox Machina, falling in the timeline before Kraghammer. The following episodes will complete the Briarwoods arc and move "into other classic Vox Machina story arcs as well."[1]

The official description for the New York Comic Con panel of The Legend of Vox Machina described the series as "an animated fantasy-adventure series for adults that follows 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."[2] The necromancer mentioned is likely Delilah Briarwood, while the curse may be referring to the events in Stilben that were covered in Vox Machina Origins Series I.

Production

In November 2019, Amazon Prime partnered on the project to be seen exclusively on Amazon Prime Video and expanding it to two seasons totaling 24 episodes.[3]

In June 2020, Critical Role announced that the launch of the series would be delayed from the originally projected Fall 2020 date to an unspecified date in Summer to Fall 2021.[4] At a panel at New York City Comic-Con, the release date was announced to be February 4, 2022.[5]

Production credits

  • Chris Prynoski - President and Founder of Titmouse, Executive Producer
  • Antonio Cannobio - Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer[6]
  • Brandon Auman - Executive Producer
  • Sam Riegel - Executive Producer
  • Sung Jin Ahn - Supervising Director
  • Mary Elizabeth McGlynn - Voice Director[7]
  • Young Heller - Episodic director[8]
  • Alicia Chan - Episodic director[8]
  • Rebecca Ung - Production coordinator[8]
  • Elizabeth Schantz - Writer's room production assistant[8]

Cast

Art

  • Arthur Loftis - Art Director
  • Phil Bourassa - Lead Character Designer
  • Karen Guo - Storyboard artist[8]
  • Cassey Kuo - Storyboard artist[8]
  • Marvin Britt - Storyboard revisionist[8]
  • Joseph Martinez - Background designer[8]
  • Victoria Thornberry - Color design[8]
  • Nick Lombardo - Character designer[10]
  • Luke Ashworth - Character designer[10]
  • Bertrand Todesco - Character designer[10]

Writers' room

  • Eugene Son - Story editor[11]
  • Brandon Auman - Writer[11]
  • Ashly Burch - Writer[11]
  • Jennifer Muro - Writer[11]
  • Marc Bernardin - Writer[11]
  • Chris “Doc” Wyatt - Writer[11]
  • Kevin Burke - Writer[11]
  • Daniel Thomsen - Writer[11]
  • Mae Catt - Writer[11]
  • Meredith Kecskemety - Writer’s assistant[11]

Music

Crowdfunding

Promotional image from the Kickstarter campaign

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The Legend of Vox Machina Animated Intro

The Legend of Vox Machina Kickstarter[18] was launched on March 4th, 2019, lasting for 45 days (ending on April 18th, 2019 at 11:59 pm). The original animation was to be a 22 minute long special. Within the first 45 minutes of the Kickstarter going up, the $750,000 goal was surpassed, and $1,000,000 was hit in the first hour. After the first day, $3.0 million was raised, passing all the stretch goals the team had planned. Within the next few days, The Legend of Vox Machina became the most funded film/animation project across Kickstarter. It eventually raised $11,385,449, becoming the 5th most funded project on Kickstarter at the time with 88,887 backers.[19]

Kickstarter Campaign End Party

Campaign end party

To celebrate the close of the Kickstarter campaign and to thank Critters for their love and support the cast was joined by special guest Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the Kickstarter Campaign End Party.

Stretch goals and rewards

The stretch goals from the Legend of Vox Machina Kickstarter page

  • 1 Million
    • Free digital download of the special's soundtrack for $20+ Backers.
    • One-shot: The Search For Bob.
  • 1.5 Million
    • 22 addition minutes to the animated special.
    • Backers at the $100+ will get an exclusive crew knitted Legend of Vox Machina beanie.
  • 2 Million
  • 2.5 Million
    • 22 addition minutes to the animated special.
    • Backers at the $100+ will get an exclusive Legend of Vox Machina d20 with their dice sets.
  • 3 Million
    • 22 addition minutes to the animated special.
    • Backers at the $200+ will get an exclusive Dagger Dagger Dagger letter opener set.
    • One-shot: Vox Machina x Mighty Nein.
  • 5.75 Million
    • The start of the Briarwoods Arc (2 episodes, 44 minutes of animation)
  • 7.5 Million
    • Continuation of the Briarwoods Arc (2 episodes, 44 minutes of animation)
    • One-shot: Vox Machina Guest Battle Royale
  • 8.8 Million
  • 10 Million (secret goal)[20]

Pre-release specials

In the time between the announcement of the Kickstarter and the series' release, several sneak peak videos were posted on Critical Role's Youtube channel.

Trivia

  • The name of the series is likely a callback to "The Story of Vox Machina" (Sx06), a special episode summarizing Vox Machina's adventures before the start of the stream. This special also featured animation, done by Wendy Sullivan Green.
  • Only one of the stretch goal specials has not aired as of yet, the Vox Machina Guest Battle Royale.
  • A few elements from the series were hinted at in Crew & A Episode 4.[21]
    • Greyskull Keep will likely make an appearance, as a crew member described it as an "early location" that they got to explore, where "Vox Machina get to live in and start off their journey".
    • Crew members mentioned a spell used by Scanlan to conjure up different body parts that may allude to a creative take on the spell Bigby's Hand (this was later confirmed when the spell appeared in the opening title sequence). It was also said that Scanlan uses his lute to cast spells. Other spells that were mentioned included "Keyleth's vines" (probably the Grasping Vine spell) and "fireballs".
  • The series' composer, Neal Acree, assigned certain instruments or music genres to each of the main characters. Grog's is heavy metal; Keyleth and Pike's are flute and choir; Percy's is classical opera; Vex and Vax's are strings and classical waltz. Scanlan, being a bard, sings original songs, with lute and heavy metal being mentionned.[22]

References

  1. Critical Role update on Kickstarter.
  2. Event information on Kickstarter
  3. November 2019 Critical Role update on Kickstarter.
  4. June 2020 Critical Role update on Kickstarter.
  5. Critical Role Logo.png "The Legend of Vox Machina" NYCC Highlights: A Premiere Date, a Table Read, and LVM’s Official Opening Title Sequence! on CritRole.com
  6. "Crew & A Episode 4: Exploring Exandria" on YouTube
  7. See "The Legend of the Voices of The Legend of Vox Machina" at 0:01:38.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 "Crew & A Episode 1: Getting to Know You" on YouTube
  9. See "The Legend of the Voices of The Legend of Vox Machina" at 0:09:49.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Named in Kickstarter Update #44
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 11.9 See the announcement of the writing team on Kickstarter.
  12. See "The Legend of the Music of The Legend of Vox Machina" at 0:00:58.
  13. See "The Legend of the Music of The Legend of Vox Machina" at 0:07:50.
  14. See "The Legend of the Music of The Legend of Vox Machina" at 0:07:50.
  15. See "The Legend of the Music of The Legend of Vox Machina" at 0:00:45.
  16. Credited by the composer in this tweet
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 "The Legend of the Music of The Legend of Vox Machina" on YouTube
  18. Kickstarter main page.
  19. List of most funded Kickstarter projects.
  20. After being mentioned on "Talks Machina #106: 'In Love and War'" (TMx106) and "Wood and Steel" (2x58), this stretch goal was confirmed in a Kickstarter update.
  21. See Crew & A Episode 4: Exploring Exandria | The Legend of Vox Machina
  22. See The Legend of the Music of The Legend of Vox Machina

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